Meet the YOA Team: Heather Mofflin

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Name: Heather Mofflin

Age: 21

What are you currently studying? Masters of International Relations at The University of Melbourne.

Your role at YOA: Communications Manager

What inspired you to join the YOA team? I really wanted to get some meaningful workplace experience while at university. Studying in the arts and humanitarian field I know it is incredibly important to have a range of experiences on your resume before you graduate. YOA stood out to me because it meant working with other young people, which excited me working in communications because I would be able to understand the audience who are the same age as me and have similar motivations. I appreciated all the work YOA did, having attended previous events and following YOA on Facebook, and I thought it would be fantastic to be more involved in a company doing good for young people (and it is :))

Tell us about your dream opportunity? This is a really tough one, I’m still in my first semester of uni, and with each new subject I take and new topic I learn, my ideas about a dream career and future change dramatically. At the moment my dream opportunity would be located in Melbourne with the opportunity to do work in South-East Asia. I am really interested in changing people’s perceptions of Asia so working in diplomacy from a youth perspective would be amazing! Possibly with a consulate or embassy.

…What about something you’re really proud to have achieved? What first springs to mind is more what I am achieving at the moment. This year I have definitely stepped up my commitments and can’t remember being this busy in a long time. I’m pretty proud of managing to achieve a balance in my life of attaining good grades at uni, studying a foreign language, volunteering with YOA, working part time and somehow finding time to hang out with my friends as well. I have certainly learnt how to be more productive, which I think stems from Benjamin Franklin’s famous quote “If you want something done, ask a busy person.”

What does a ‘purposeful career’ mean to you? A purposeful career means a career where you are working towards better in your community or even on a larger scale, the world in some way or another. I think this can take many shapes as there are so many important issue companies can work on for the better.

Where do you see yourself in five years time? Like many young people my age, I can’t easily imagine myself working in just one area or job. So being relatively vague, I see myself working in South-East Asia (at this stage probably Indonesia) in diplomacy. I want to feel like I have a ‘purposeful career’ and would be disappointed if I had lost sight of this in 5 years.

Share a quote with us that captures your personality:

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”

Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given: Probably just something I’ve been hearing over and over recently- ‘go for it while you’re young.’

Your favourite TED talk or source of inspiration: Not a TEDtalk but a classic tear-jerker that always makes me want to get up off the couch: In the spring of 1977, Rick Hoyt told his father, Dick Hoyt, that he wanted to participate in a 5-mile benefit run for a lacrosse player who had been paralyzed in an accident. Far from being a long-distance runner, Dick agreed to push Rick in his wheelchair and they finished all 5 miles, coming in next to last. That night, Rick told his father, “Dad, when I’m running, it feels like I’m not handicapped.” This realization was just the beginning of what would become over 1,000 races completed, including marathons, duathlons and triathlons [click here to watch].

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