Taryn’s Big Leap into Dream Career
Of Ngarigo descent and the fourth of 12 children, Taryn grew up with a keen belief in giving back to community, and is now on her way to doing so having taken up a position with Defence Legal through the Indigenous entry program.
“I’ve always been interested in law and wanted to do something that could benefit the community,” Taryn said.
“Growing up I was saddened by how many Indigenous Australians were incarcerated.”
Taryn has only recently graduated from James Cook University, where she studied a Bachelor of Laws and undertook a research thesis on Indigenous incarceration and recidivism rates in Queensland to graduate with Honours.
Her study not only allowed her to land her position with Defence Legal, but has also facilitated her being admitted into the Supreme Court of the ACT, making Taryn a practicing lawyer fully accepted into the legal profession by 22 years of age.
“Graduating university felt empowering but it also made me realise how much more I had to learn about the law in practice, rather than theory,” said Taryn.
Since beginning at Defence Legal, Taryn has already advanced into the Directorate of Administrative Law and Advisings, and credits her professional success to the Indigenous Cadetship Program and the opportunities it has provided her.
“The pathways give Indigenous Australians access to career pathways,” she said.
“They also build a relationship between the Commonwealth and the community.”
Taryn has also recently completed a Certificate IV in Indigenous Leadership with the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre, and aspires to have a long and successful career as a lawyer to give back to the community she values so greatly.