Recently, Maggie Chan (College Head Prefect 2006), visited the school and spoke to students about her studies and the career pathway that she has followed since leaving Mary MacKillop College.
Maggie graduated from the University of Adelaide with a double degree in Health Science and Law and currently works as an Intellectual Property lawyer in Sydney for the law firm King and Wood Mallesons. Some of the clients she works for include – Woolworths, eBay, Duracell, Twilight and Gwen Stefani.
While at school, Maggie had a passion for the Sciences, Mathematics and English. She also studied Italian and Chinese.
Upon completion of Year 12, Maggie chose undergraduate courses that allowed her to continue with further studies in all of her areas of interest and passion.
In giving advice to our current students, Maggie stressed the importance of choosing subjects that will keep future study and career options open.
In her field of work, Maggie’s ability to utilize aspects of Maths and Science is of value when reading and interpreting technical data related to products and their design. Her English and communication skills are used when communicating directly with clients, preparing herself to give legal advice to clients and when presenting their cases in court.
Maggie encouraged students to always take advantage of opportunities that are presented to them – whether it be participation in school extra curricula activities involving Sport, Rostrum, Science, English and Mathematics ICAS Competitions and the National Youth Science Forum, or taking on roles of responsibility such as involvement in the school leadership team. Along with part time work, prospective employers look favorably on these activities as they show that a student is willing to challenge herself by participating in activities that lead to the development of a range of skills including communication, organisation and working in co-operation with others.
Maggie also encouraged our girls to keep their long term goals in mind, to never give up and to never see any goal as unachievable.
Maggie believes that she would not have achieved success in her studies and employment if she had not come to Mary MacKillop College and acknowledged the support of both her teachers and fellow peers. She still maintains strong links with other fellow 2006 students who now live interstate and overseas.
As Mary MacKillop said in 1907, “Gratitude is a memory of the heart”, we give thanks to Maggie and past scholars of the College as each day, they keep the spirit of Mary MacKillop alive in their heart and daily work.
Learning Area Leader - Science