My trade skills could only take me so far
Undergraduate study was not a priority for me when I left high school. Instead I chose a trade qualification and undertook a four year apprenticeship. However, after some time, I realised my trade skills could only take me so far and I wanted to explore new alternatives.
I decided to do a degree in anthropology and psychology at James Cook University. It has been a challenge to fit into a totally new environment as a student and manage my university life, however I'm excited about what the future holds.
Once I graduate there are so many employment opportunities that may not have been available had I not made the decision to go to university.
What I am most grateful for is the support mechanisms that are in place at universities which support Indigenous students.
For one thing, accommodation and scholarship funding is often available throughout your degree program, as well as opportunities for part-time work or possibly an internship or cadetship during your summer breaks.
There are also university-funded student exchange programs that extend around Australia and the world. These programs can open up new horizons and pathways for you.
I think with a bit of passion and commitment, university qualifications are achievable.