Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By BELINDA CIPRIANO

FOR­MER The Bach­e­lor con­tes­tant Rachael Gou­vi­gnon has a new lease on life, leav­ing the ‘bachie pad’ be­hind as part of her new role as a real es­tate agent.

The Perth woman, who was vy­ing for the at­ten­tion of last year’s The Bach­e­lor star Richie Stra­han and fin­ished in the fi­nal four, said the ex­pe­ri­ence was unique.

Ms Gou­vi­gnon, who pre­vi­ously worked in the dis­abil­ity ser­vices fields, said life af­ter re­al­ity tele­vi­sion had changed for her and opened her eyes to new ex­pe­ri­ences.

“I have been en­joy­ing a bit of travel over east and to Bali, as well as get­ting back into my nor­mal rou­tine at home,” she said. “I have at­tended many events and was asked to judge the fash­ion on the fields, at­tend the Bird­cage at Mel­bourne Cup and met some amaz­ing peo­ple along the way.”

The brunette who was re­cently linked to the sales of tea and tan­ning lo­tion, said she was be­mused to see some of the sto­ries on her but said go­ing through the show had made her stronger.

“The most im­por­tant les­son I took away from this ex­pe­ri­ence would have to be my re­silience and strong mind­set (that) I have al­ways had, but go­ing through this ex­pe­ri­ence made me more aware of these strengths,” she said.

Now work­ing in real es­tate, Ms Gou­vi­gnon said it wasn’t some­thing that just hap­pened and it had been a path­way she had al­ways thought she might go down.

“I re­mem­ber 10 or so years ago ap­proach­ing a li­censee about work­ing at an agency, so it has al­ways been in the pipe­line for me,” she said.

“I guess now the tim­ing is right. Grow­ing up I spent a lot of time around build­ing sites as my dad was a builder and I re­mem­ber many week­ends spent ei­ther at home opens or help­ing out at the build­ing site. I guess it all stemmed from there.”

Ms Gou­vi­gnon said af­ter com­plet­ing her real es­tate train­ing, she was ex­cited to join Wright Real Es­tate, af­ter be­ing men­tored by di­rec­tor Jeff Wright dur­ing her stud­ies.

“To be a great real es­tate agent you need courage, per­sis­tence, pa­tience and un­der­stand­ing, which I know I al­ready have,” she said.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d470494

Real es­tate has given for­mer The Bach­e­lor con­tes­tant Rachael Gou­vi­gnon a new lease on life.

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