genYOU Story 05 – Linh

Linh Diep is an inspiration. Juggling many different roles and responsibilities, she is intelligent, young, and hardworking. Her journey has already taken her to great heights and she is showing no signs of stopping. 

Name: Linh Diep
City: Brisbane
Current role: Works full time in a Big 4 company; a Board Member at UQ’s Young Alumni Advisory Board; and Interactive Minds and Startup Grind Brisbane’s Marketing and Events Assistant. How does she even sleep? Wow.

How did you get involved with generationYOU and how did you find this experience?

generationYOU & Bright Conferences was my first taste of behind the scenes event management on an industry level. A mentor of mine, recommended that I volunteer for the program and secretly (well not so secret now), I wanted to attend all the awesome events as a student ‘volunteer’ whilst still at university.

The team that organises these events are beyond professional and completely know what they are doing. I would describe the team as superhuman for their super-organisation skills. But the best thing was how approachable, friendly and willing to share all the tips and tricks of what they knew with us.

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

I wear a few hats.

> I’m working full time in a Graduate role within Audit with a Big 4 company;
> A Board Member at The University of Queensland’s Young Alumni Advisory Board; and
> Interactive Minds and Startup Grind Brisbane’s Marketing and Events Assistant.

A bit all over the place I know! My career is definitely still a work in progress.

I’m a networking junkie – I love meeting new people and learning more about what they do and what they’re passionate about! This is the best form of learning, finding out from others what they wish they had known and engage with thought leaders in the space. If I could find a job that allows me to have one-on-one coffees all day, every day that would be the dream!

What am I passionate about?

I’m all about helping others take it to the next level – particularly in the digital and tertiary student space. I feel that university offers you so many opportunities but does not advertise these well to the average student. What I would like to do is share the experience I had at university with those still there to maximise the resources university offers to put yourself into an employable position once you graduate.

What inspired you to do what you are doing now? 

The people that inspire me have all started from the ground up to build movements around what they’re passionate about. These are Daniel Flynn, Lisa Messenger and Holly Tattersall. I made it a goal this year to reach out to my “heroes” and set up a conversation with them. Scary as that was, you realise everyone is human and humans will surprise you with their generosity – all you have to do is ask.

This simple lightbulb moment is what I’m passionate about.

Simply put – my mission is to help others. What I’m passionate about is growth, upskilling and employability particularly in the university, student or entry level market. I believe in education through events and workshops delivered by thought leaders and change makers in their field, creating a supportive community of like-minded individuals and equipping people with skills & tools to bridge the gap between where they are and where they want to be. The first step is awareness – once you’re aware, then you can make choices – choices that lead to change.

My time with UQ was short lived, I spent 3 of the 4 years of my degree just attending classes – and not even all classes. In my final year, I immersed myself in the clubs & societies environment, social sport and volunteering with non-profits and found myself opening many doors of opportunity. My only regret was not starting sooner.

I was very fortunate to be sponsored to go to industry networking and workshops during my employment with fintech startup, SmartBooks Online. The co-founders strongly believed in investing in personal and professional development of their staff and this has translated in developing similar activities in the UQMAS team. This belief to invest in others to grow is now something I wish to carry in everything that I do. 

You have the attention of over 1000 millennials. What is the one advice you would give them when you reflect on your own journey?

Everyone can have ideas. But those that execute ideas are the change makers.

I’ve learnt that if you want something, it’s up to you to chase it yourself and make it happen. No one’s going to work harder to attain your life aspirations than yourself. Dream it, then reverse engineer it, then make IT happen.