genYOU Story 41 – Carole Kisato

genYOU Story No. 41 features compassionate and driven Flinders University student Carole Kisato! Joining us from Kenya, Carole has created her own opportunities and is stopping at nothing to achieve her career goals.

Name: Carole Kisato
Current Role: Masters Student at Flinders University; volunteer at Kids to School Foundation, Save the Children, Bible Society Fellowship (BSF) International; member of the Flinders ToastMasters Club and Flinders University Inspire Mentorship Program.

Could you tell us a bit about yourself and where you are headed in your career right now?

I am an Australian Awards Scholar (AAS) studying a two-year Master of International Development (MID) degree at Flinders University, Adelaide, SA. My country of origin is Kenya where I have been working in the non-governmental sector in cross-disciplines.

I am a very curious person and always wondered why poverty keeps increasing despite all the initiatives on the ground. My coming to Australia to study was to seek solutions to some of those challenges and see what can be replicated.

During my 8 months here, I have continued volunteering with Kids to School Foundation that is based in the Netherlands, that runs programs in Kenya, Tanzania and the Philippines. Apart from academics, I engage in voluntary work with Save the Children, Bible Society Fellowship (BSF) International and the Flinders University Inspire Mentorship Program.

I also attend Horizon awards workshops and seminars and continuous Professional Development so that I do not lose touch with the current trends in the market.

I enjoy attending conferences and trainings in different countries and getting to learn from others as I share my views. The many opportunities have provided spaces to network with persons from diverse backgrounds and cultures, opening my eyes to a whole new world.

My immediate goal after completion of studies is to rejoin the International Development sector and apply the skills and knowledge gained in Australia. I would like to be part of the team that influences policy and shapes the development discourse through bridging the gap between theory and practice. My long-term goal is to establish an initiative that taps on the potentialists of young people from less privileged backgrounds as we work towards poverty reduction.

How has or how is generationYOU helping you achieve your goals?

This being my first time attending genYOU, I found the sessions very inspiring especially listening to real case studies of how different people have been able to make it in their career path. The courage to step out of your comfort zone to explore unknown places is not easy.

Sometimes I feel lost and wonder what is the best entry point to address all the new emerging challenges that cross my path. As much as they say you get wiser as you grow older, I think the current dynamics are very unique.

There is so much to learn with very little time on my hands. There are moments when what is taught in academia is miles apart from the current situation presented to us. How do we bridge this gap?

genYOU industry leaders’ stories made it very clear that our dreams are valid and we can achieve our goals if we work on them. The truth of the matter is that it not going to be easy but I need to remain focused.

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

I guess there is a reason for everything. Just sitting here and trying to think who is my greatest inspiration has been mind-boggling.  Throughout my life, I have been inspired by different people at different stages of my life. Some have been mentors while others have been role models depending on what I was going through at that particular moment.

My mother has played an active role in seeing that I progress well in life. Her dedication to family and God has been a force to be reckoned with. This led me to spend more time studying the Bible where I have garnered great wisdom that has helped me along my journey. The book of Psalms and Proverbs have one of the greatest words of wisdom to live each day.

Listening and reading people’s real stories or autobiographies has always had an impact on me. “Moth: Global stories of women and girls” supported by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation made me realise that everything is possible. We can overcome our challenges if we step out.  The list is endless. Everyday is a learning period for me. There are those who already went through what am grappling with and found solutions.

What is the one piece of advice you would love to share with your millennial peers as you reflect on your own journey?

Never stop learning and giving back to society. There is always room for improvement if we are open to constructive criticism. Take one day at a time. genYOU is the place to be!!! I will end with three quotes…….

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”

Benjamin Franklin

There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning.”

Jiddu Krishnamurti

“People generally fall into one of three groups: the few who make things happen, the many who watch things happen, and the overwhelming majority who have no notion of what happens. Every person is either a creator of fact or a creature of circumstance. He either puts colour into his environment, or, like a chameleon, takes colour from his environment.”
― Myles Munroe