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The events of 2020 have revealed that being adaptable is a key life, career and business skill. As we head into an uncertain future, professionals will need to constantly update their skills and perspectives to keep up. So, how do you become adaptable?
The key is having a flexible approach to how you reach your goals, being open to learning and alert to new opportunities. Yasmine Gill CA wanted to make a difference in people's lives and give back to the Indigenous community. It's for these reasons she studied law - and ended up in commerce.
"I wanted to make meaningful change. Law was very interesting to study, but the path that I had been given the opportunity to go down really made me change my perspective of what I could actually achieve within the commerce profession," says Gill.
Having had an interest in law in high school, Gill enrolled at university. She added a commerce degree to her enrolment because, instinctively, she felt like it could be a good set of skills to have.
While university was always where Gill was heading, she took time out after finishing year 12 and worked in an admin role at the Department of Justice. It was an eye-opening introduction to the world of work.
"It was really the first insight I had into not only the professional world, but also the legal world, which was where I wanted to be. It showed me that I did feel comfortable in a professional environment and also that law was something that I wanted to study," Gill says.
"The focus change happened when I got a job at PwC and I got more of an insight into what commerce was. I found it very challenging, a lot more challenging than my law degree, and I lacked that. I lacked having more of a challenge and being pushed outside my comfort zone."
The confidence to adapt to new opportunities is supported when you have a clear mission and goals. Once you know where you'd like to be in terms of your career output, it's easier to be open to new pathways. A strong goal helped Gill abandon what she'd thought of as her career plan and pivot to the opportunity being presented: commerce.
"The reason I wanted to study law was I thought that was how I could make a difference in people's lives, and a meaningful change, and put back into my community. As time went on, I realised that I could do that in the commerce environment. That was probably the turning point for me; that I was able to give back in a profession that I really did enjoy. I didn't really know that without working in the profession," she says.
"As you go into a profession and you realise what opportunities there are, you make your own path. That's what happened with me"
"I wanted to make meaningful change. Law was very interesting to study, but the path that I had been given the opportunity to go down really made me change my perspective of what I could actually achieve within the commerce profession."
Gen CA Podcast Series
Yasmine Gill CA reveals how her adaptable approach to learning has opened up new career opportunities. Listen to this insightful interview with Peter Rupp FCA, President of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, on the Gen CA podcast. Subscribe via your favourite podcast app.Find out more