Life beyond Radford

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Last updated 24.10.2023

Helen Wilson

Class of 1996
Lives Canberra, Australia
Attendance at radford Years 7-12
House Karri
  • The Australian National University, Arts, Law, Public Policy, Legal Practice
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What does life look for you now?

Happily married with two dogs and a cat. Working at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Tell us what you are passionate about?

Travel (all the continents and over 50 countries).

When you were young, what were you hoping to be when you grew up?

Originally a doctor, then a teacher, by year 9 a diplomat (it combined law, journalism and politics).

What is your favourite Radford moment?

Mock trial and public speaking

How easy was it to decide what to do in life?


Did your further study or career go exactly as you'd planned?

Study was linear. Work was not - I started doing international affairs and had a long budget/finance diversion before coming back to international affairs.

What do you know now, that you wish you'd known when you were at Radford?

People are not terrifying as I thought for most of my time at Radford.

What advice do you have for current students?

Remember you are on your own path and comparison is the thief of joy. Be gentle to yourself as if things don’t go as planned there’s always another path.

Anything else that you would like to share?

Radford was not my favourite part of my life, but it’s part of me as it is part of everyone on this page whether they like it or not!

Where are you now?