genYOU Story 24 – Sarah

Our awesome 24th genYOU Story comes from one of our superstar Interns, Sarah Chlonta. Sarah will be graduating at the end of 2018, and we couldn’t be more excited to have her at #genYOU HQ before she brings her sunny attitude into the workforce!

Name: Sarah Chlonta
Current Role: Senior Ambassador at QUT & Intern at Bright Conferences

Could you tell us a bit about yourself and where you are headed in your career right now?

I’m a final year Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Creative Industries student at QUT… and to be honest, I totally underestimated how crazy my final semester would be (shout-out to coffee and good friends for pulling me through).

In the last four years of study, I’ve taken every opportunity to get myself overseas, from study tours to exchanges. In total, I’ve travelled to thirty countries … so if you ask any of my friends they’ll tell you that I love a good adventure.

I’m not one for routine and I prefer when things are different every day. I pack my day with different activities from interning, to studying, working and volunteering… so I imagine my career is going to look somewhat similar. I get excited by the opportunity to try multiple jobs within my lifetime.

As I wrap up my time at university, I’m now looking to secure a full-time job… which is both scary and exciting! While I love all things events, travel and education, I’ve kept my mind open when applying for jobs. Ultimately, if I can secure a job that allows me to work on something I’m passionate about, alongside other people who are passionate too, I’ll be stoked.

How has or how is generationYOU helping you achieve your goals?

Talking about passion, generationYOU has really brought that WHY back to the focus of my life and career. I need to have a reason for going to work each day and I want to work for a company that I believe in. genYOU has shown me how important that is for a happy and fulfilling life.

On the other hand, being involved with generationYOU has kept me realistic as I go through the transition from university to full-time work. It’s reassuring knowing other people have gone through the same uncertainty as I’m feeling now, and genYOU has great advice and tools to help me land the job I’m looking for.

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

My greatest inspiration right now is my grandfather. As he nears the end of his life, it’s been a reflective time for my family as we look back on his incredible journey.

Despite his success with business and the money he’s made over the years, his greatest achievement is us – the family he created. Through this, I’ve been inspired to redefine my idea of success and ensure there is meaning and passion in everything I do.

What is the one piece of advice you would love to share with your millennial peers as you reflect on your own journey?

The advice I want to share follows this idea of defining what success means to you. Since we all have different goals and dreams in life, success will look different to each of us, so there’s no point comparing our lives to another.

As Octavia Spencer said, “Comparing yourself to others’ success only slows you down from finding your own”. Focus on yourself, keep passion at the centre of everything you do and put in the hard work – the rewards are on its way.