Australian Awards : Deafness not a problem for Clare who Graduates with Bachelors with Honours Degree in Design

 Meet Clare Guria. A part time Content Creator for Paradise Foods Limited in Papua New Guinea . Clare is from a mixed parentage of East New Britain and East Sepik Provinces. When asked where she is from, she would typically answer Sepik because she grew up in Wewak.

Clare lost her hearing ability at the age of fourteen, and has since then lived as a deaf woman.

Meet Clare Guria. Photo by Paradise Food Limited 

She began her education at Saint Mary’s Primary School in 2001, and completed high school at Mercy Secondary School, Yarapos in 2012. From there she was selected to Madang Technical College to undertake a certificate in Painting, Sign Writing and Decorating.

In 2016 Clare was awarded a scholarship from Australia Awards PNG to study in Australia. She continued her educational journey in Brisbane, Australia at the Queensland University of Technology.

Clare graduated in December 2020 with a Bachelor Honours Degree in Design (Interactive and Visual Design). In her last year she also won the People’s Choice Award at the Design Festival held in Brisbane.

As a person who enjoys reading novels, travelling, photography and meeting new people, Clare likes to challenge herself by doing things outside of her comfort zone.

Clare joined the Paradise Foods Marketing team in May 2021 as a Content Creator. Using her creativity and skills, she was tasked with creating content daily for the company’s Digital Platforms.

When asked about her experience thus far with Paradise Foods, Clare says that she has found it rewarding, as her time with the company has helped develop her confidence and skills in the corporate world.

As a fresh graduate, working with Paradise Foods has given her the experience that she has needed to work within a fast-paced company-oriented environment. Clare has enjoyed developing her skills whilst working with the company as it has given her a new perspective on her work and added to her skillset.

Clare’s message to younger Papua New Guinean’s is to ‘’BE BRAVE”. She says the fear to accomplish things within the younger generation is instilled within them because of the self-doubt they have. When Clare lost her hearing ability at the age of 14, she became scared and began doubting herself.

Overtime Clare conquered her fears through not allowing rejection to kill her spirit and motivation. She added that there will always be someone out there who will see your potential and pave your way forward.

Source: Paradise Food Limited / Study Awards

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