I have a wonderful family with a loving husband and 2 adorable kids. It’s a privilege for me to testify how God has been providing for my family and career.

When I graduated from Uni in early 2009, I received a vision from God that I would work and serve Him in the education industry. I had no idea how I could do it because I didn’t have an education-related degree. However, God provided me with a job as an education counsellor (for international student recruitment) in an agency. I got that job because they liked my volunteer experience in Campus Christian Movement (CCM) when I was a Uni student.

As life goes on, I slowly forgot about this vision. Over the past 3 years, I have been thinking about studying again so I can change career. However, each time before I enrolled into a course, God would provide me with a new job opportunity in the education industry.

During my maternity leave for Skyler (my second child), my temporary contract with a college ended. As I was considering to study again, God gave me an opportunity to work in UQ. I got this 3-month contract because one of my former colleagues who now works in UQ recommended me. She said she thought of me because she loved the way I worked and interacted with people. I believe it’s God, not me. When we choose to do everything for God, people will see the difference.

As my 3-month contract came to an end, I applied for a few positions within and outside of UQ, but none of them was successful. I was quite discouraged one night but these verses came through ‘My Daily Bread’ (devotional material) – Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV: ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.’ That devotional entry was specifically talking about career. I then decided to hand everything over to God and not to worry. The very next day, I came across another employment opportunity in UQ, I applied and got the position 2 days later. It ended up being the most suitable job offer because it’s a part-time job that would allow me to have perfect work-life balance and to spend time with the kids. This position will also provide me with very good experience for future career progression.

I now can understand why I was rejected in my previous job applications. The best was yet to come and now I have the best. Trusting the Lord with all our heart, this is a principle not only for career but also for every other aspect of life.

Nilla Chan
Engagement and Development Officer, Graduate School, UQ