Journey from Mongolia pays off due to ‘resourceful’ approach to life balance

Published:14 August 2019

Baljinnyam Davaajav (second from right) pictured with the Vice-Chancellor, Deputy Chancellor and Associate Vice-Chancellor on graduation day in Sydney.

Baljinnyam Davaajav, known as Bella, has had plenty on her plate since leaving Mongolia and arriving in Australia in 2015 as an international student.

She has been juggling roles as a wife, as the proud mother of three children, as a Master of Human Resource Management student at CQUniversity Sydney, and as a part-time employee.

Bella’s commitment has been recognised with an Associate Vice-Chancellor’s Region Medal at the recent CQUniversity Sydney graduation ceremony.

She is also thriving in her part-time HR assistant role at a Sydney-based construction company.

It’s fortunate that Bella had some maturity and life experience to draw on.

Before leaving Mongolia, she already had undergraduate and postgraduate HR qualifications and 10 years’ experience in the workforce.

“My human resource management starts from myself, by continuously striving to maintain the study-family-work life balance,” Bella says.

“Throughout my graduate degree, I have always aspired to morph into the best version of myself.”

“I have been fortunate to volunteer in events organised by the campus life committee, where I shared and learned a lot about my professional and cultural approach, with the diverse group of my fellow students.

“Furthermore, I worked as a student peer advisor, and international student ambassador.”

Through membership of the CQUni Sydney Campus Life committee, Bella has volunteered at five graduation ceremonies, and at campus events including Australia Day, Lunar New Year, Harmony Day, Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea, and the Melbourne Cup.

She also worked as a student peer advisor, taking part in ‘Get Together and Get it Done’ events and helping many students to find resources and information, access IT equipment and deal with technical issues.

As a voluntary international student ambassador, Bella organised an end-of-year function with international study agents and shared her student life experience with them.

Bella also took part in the CQUni Chancellor’s Cup sports event, a range of Student Leadership Conferences, Executive Coach training, and the Univative inter-university consulting competition.

She was a panellist for the Future of Higher Education in Australia initiative, organised the CQUni HR Club and took part in Century Leadership Summits.

“I am already an active member of the Australian Human Resource Institute and I plan to further hone my skills in HR by implementing what I have learned at CQUniversity, to help organisations in talent acquisition and employee management,” Bella says.