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Mentors share stories of perseverance and success

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Students at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College were encouraged to have ‘belief’ in themselves as they look to their future at the bi-annual Career Mentors’ Breakfast held on May 24.

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Attended by a number of old scholars and many other professional female mentors keen to share their powerful stories of perseverance and success, the breakfast provided a valuable learning opportunity for students.

With the key message of ‘Fearless girls. Strong women’ from the recent Alliance of Girls’ Schools Conference firmly in mind, the girls were able to gain relevant and current information from experts in a range of different occupations.

Key note speakers at the breakfast were Kylie Neagle, education officer at the Art Gallery of South Australia; Melissa Wilson, public education economist at the Reserve Bank of Australia in Sydney; and Michelle Howie, Korea correspondent for Asia Options and Wireless Networks engineer at Telstra. All three delivered inspiring, strong messages about hard work, dedication and following your passion.

OLSH’s Integrated Learning Area coordinator Julie Stephenson said the breakfast provided a catalyst for “positive thought amongst our students, renewing self-confidence, improving communication skills and offering optimism for future opportunity”.

“To become fearless we need examples of courage and belief in ourselves,” she said.

“As students navigate their way through adolescence and the challenges this brings, a female mentor or role model can have a profound impact on this journey. The benefits for students are immense, but so too for mentors who learn through such relationships.”

 

 

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