Growing up in a single parent family solely reliant on Centrelink as a source of income, Ellen initially applied to Skyline to lessen the financial burden. But Ellen’s ultimate goal was to become more confident by taking the opportunity to socialise and build relationships with other Skyline Students and develop core professional skills including communication, teamwork and leadership.
Ellen describes being part of Skyline as being a life changing experience. –“I have met so many amazing friends through the program, we’ve become like family and I have become much more confident and therefore been able to achieve more”.
Clearly the skills Ellen gained through the Skyline Program have equipped her well for life beyond high school.
Ellen is currently studying 2nd year Commerce and Business Information Systems (majoring in Accounting) at Monash University. She is a Business Economics PAL Program Ambassador where she mentors first year students. She is also a Cadet in the DOXA Cadetship Program. Ellen also works in the Global Mobility Team.
As Ellen says: “through the skills I’ve learned through Skyline, it has helped me to become a DOXA cadetship recipient at PwC, which is such a valuable opportunity and experience that will benefit me for my career. Also, the emphasis placed on networking during the workshops has enabled me to realise its importance and change how I perceive meeting new people and maintaining relationships.
Even after the VCE Skyline Program, there are numerous events and opportunities to network with others – a major benefit of the Skyline Alumni”.