genYOU Story 12 – Khairul

Our 12th genYOU story is on Khairul Razali. Coming to us all the way from Malaysia, Khairul is an ambitious, hard-working and insightful psychology student at Flinders University in Adelaide. Khairul brings an inspiring perspective to our genYOU stories series. 

Name: Khairul Razali
Current role: A post-graduate student in his final year of a Masters Degree in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, a Trainee Psychotherapist at the Centre for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Flinders Medical Centre, a Mentor in Flinders University Inspire Mentor Program + Flinders University Peer Mentor Program and a volunteer in the National Executive Team for Malaysian Students’ Council of Australia!

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

I have been in Australia for more than 5 years; I was in Canberra for the first 3 years as I did my undergraduate studies in Philosophy and Psychology at Australian National University.

Given the study loads of a full-time Masters student, I decided to fully focus on my studies rather than dividing my attention to other areas of my life, including my career. However, now that I am moving towards the end of my Masters, I am actively seeking for a job that would suit my skills and current qualifications. Hopefully, something good will turn up soon (fingers crossed).

In addition to actively seeking for a job, I am also volunteering in the various areas mentioned above – I believe that volunteering has more flexibility in terms of meeting the needs of a student.

My long-term objective, career-wise, is to become a clinical psychologist and help my country to become more aware as well as accepting towards the issue of mental health. It is a mammoth task, I reckon, but it is one that I am willing to take on-board.


I am blessed and grateful for the support of my loved ones as they continuously encourage me to pursuit something that I want to do, which is to help and motivate others, especially those with mental health issues, to get better when they are faced with challenging situations.

I love playing soccer (I am an avid fan of Manchester United) and badminton (Malaysia Boleh!).

You recently attended our generationYOU 2017 Adelaide Event! How has or how is generationYOU helping you achieve your goals? 

generationYOU has helped me to realise that I have lots of potential in myself. It is just a matter of unleashing them upon the world. Take kindness as an example. Turns out it is a “power” that we have, and kindness is the truest power we have. That may sounds cheesy, but it is true. Especially when I am still at that stage of figuring what I would like to do in my life, and consolidating my own identity as a human being.

For example, in 1 of the sessions that was held during the generationYOU conference, the speaker shared with us that our personal brand is already inside of us, so we need to use our own personal experience to show the world what we are.


Another speaker in another session of the conference reminded us to “just chill down!” whenever there are challenges that we need to face. It is helpful when others are honest with us and sort of giving us a gentle reminder to calm down so that we can face the challenges with a clear mind.

Who is your biggest inspiration and why? 

Whenever I was asked this question, I would always say that my biggest inspiration was my late father. He still is, my biggest inspiration. The contributions that he made to the community when he was alive aspired me to do the same thing within my expertise.

I would also like to include my mentor, who is well-known in Canberra for giving free hugs in the CBD, as my source of inspiration. It amazes me, all the time, of his courage to do something so simple yet very noble.

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

When something challenging happens in our life, try our best to take the positives out of the situation and cherish them, so that we can become more resilient to the future, challenging situations.

It will be hard, but if we manage to do that, the happiness that happens in our life will come from within.


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