Member Q&A - Blake Wong-Ling


Each month we talk to a PSA Youth member and find out about their work and passions.

If you want to be involved in this feature let us know at psay@psa.org.nz.

Blake Wong-Ling

What were you initial thoughts on signing up to do this Q&A?

Why me! hehe.

 

What is your job and what do you do on an average day at work? 

I am an Engagement Advisor with our Education to Employment Connections Business Group. I am fortunate that I get to be a jack of all trades in my current role. My average day at work is normally looking at how I can contribute to different projects across our organisation, looking for opportunities to engage at different levels with our big 5 industries and in and around different facets of the community.


What was a highlight at work for you in the past month?

The highlight for me was going to Niue last month for work. I had visited in November last year so the trip in September was to follow up on the work that we had begun. Niue only has one high school, so it was great being able to strengthen teacher professional development and career education.

 

What would you say is the hardest thing about your job?

The hardest thing about my job is probably working in virtual teams that are spread across the country. 

 

What do you enjoy about being a part of PSA and PSA Youth, and what brought you to join?

PSA Youth has really changed my view on how the PSA supports its members. I joined during a turbulent time in the organisation, and I think being a part of the PSA unified our organisation during its hardest times.

 

What is your vision for young members of the PSA?

For more PSA Youth members to join! To get involved more in our Regions.

 

How do you like to spend your time outside of work?

I am involved in a lot of different things like Church, Community and Family. I am an Independent Marriage Celebrant so that also keeps me busy! I contribute to a Pacific Youth Network for Niueans that was started earlier this year and we have a lot of projects going on. And am a member on two boards which broadens my horizons.

 

What cause would get you out on the streets protesting and why?

I am very passionate about climate change, especially as it affects a lot of smaller low lying nations such as in the Pacific.

 

Which three figures from past or present would you invite to your place for dinner, and why? 

Definitely Confucius (such wisdom), Abraham Lincoln (such great leadership) and my Dad who passed away in my teens (need his advice!)

 

What are your three pet peeves?

People who are always late (includes me too!), when things aren’t in symmetry lol and highly emotional people who react to everything (sorry no patience).

 

What advice would you give your 16 year old self?

Save your money! Don’t date that girl, she’s dangerous! You shouldn’t of gone out that night lol. Don’t take any moment for granted, especially with family and friends.

 

Anything else you would like to add?

:) Thank you.