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Foundation for Young Australians’ Director of Engagement, Bronwyn Lee shares lessons she’s learnt along her career journey.

Each newsletter, we’ll aim our spotlight on someone inspiring who’s positively impacting our community programs. This issue, we’ve asked Foundation for Young Australians’ Director of Engagement, Bronwyn Lee to share lessons she’s learnt along her career journey and advice for other working women.

Our focus at the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) is to help prepare a generation of young people for constant and evolving economic, social, cultural and environmental change in Australia and the region. We want our young women and men to be confident, connected, entrepreneurial, innovative, optimistic and generous and co-create the nation and world in which they want to live. 

My role at FYA is about enabling the extension of the reach of FYA’s work with young people and providing meaningful opportunities for young people to create change for themselves and in their community.  We have an ambitious goal to engage with one million young Australians over the next few years.  My team makes sure we are offering young people opportunities to be 'change-makers' and discover their social purpose.  We also provide them with opportunities to engage with their community and build their network, as well as learn new skills.  

Lessons learnt along my career journey

  For me it's always been important to find meaning in my work beyond a pay check, which is why I choose a career in the not-for-profit sector. The biggest lesson I have learnt on my career journey is that whatever sector you choose, going to work every day being motivated by what you do is an incredible gift.  It motivates me to work harder, be better and on the frustrating days, keep believing.

Some advice for other women

My advice is to always be working towards your next progression in the organisation you are working in, even if you don't know exactly what role that will be.  I read once the women won't go for a job unless they feel they have at least 80% of the required skills and experience, where for men, if they feel they are 50% there they'll learn the rest as they go.  Ambition goes a long way.