Meet Julia: La Trobe student and Woman in Leadership

Mildura’s Women in Leadership forum is happening again this month.

It’s a great chance to hear from some dynamic women making a real impression in business and society right across Australia.

If you haven’t booked your tickets, make sure you do so ASAP!

Another great thing about this event is that proceeds from ticket sales are funnelled into a fund that supports aspiring women leaders at La Trobe.

In the lead-up to the 2020 event, we wanted to touch base with last year’s bursary recipients to find out in their own words how their leadership aspirations are coming along.

Julia Payne, Bachelor of Business (Agribusiness)

I believe that just attending university, doing the work and getting the grades for it, whether they be a pass or a pass with flying colours, is not what makes the time at university important. Future employers will take little consideration of what score you received in your assignments. Instead they will take into consideration what real world experience you have.

I believe being involved in the community and gaining leadership experience is both rewarding and is what gets you noticed. Once you become involved in one leadership activity, more soon follow and you make invaluable contacts and experiences that will last a lifetime.

I have been involved in the horticulture industry my whole life and I believed it would be a waste of my knowledge and passion to let this go to waste and move to the city. This is why I decided to study at La Trobe Mildura. I was interested in pursuing a career in Agribusiness with an Accounting support. I want to be a leader for women in agriculture, and give back to a community that has allowed me to grow into the person I am today, by offering so many amazing opportunities. 

After my degree is finished, I would love to continue my work in the agribusiness sector in Mildura, learning and experiencing new things. Although, I believe Sunraysia will always be home, I have a passion to travel Australia and beyond to see Agricultural operations in different areas. I want to gain a broad range of skills and knowledge of the entire food supply chain and eventually I would like to implement this knowledge by teaching people about where their food really comes from and the behind the scenes work that goes into getting our food on the plate. I am also excited to see how the Sunraysia region is able to progress ahead to be a technology hub for new, exciting innovation. 

If there is one thing that I would like people to take out of my experiences so far, is that you just have to have a go! If I never put myself out there to be involved in leadership activities, I would not have the amazing job I have now, I wouldn’t have made the connections and friends I have made, I would have little direction for my future and I certainly wouldn’t have won a fully funded trip to Silicon Valley for two weeks to develop an entrepreneurial idea! Bursaries like these, are what encourage people to contribute to their communities and develop into amazing leaders.