Undergraduate study has contributed to my personal growth
I was a mature-aged student and I left secondary school with very average results, so I entered tertiary education with a fair amount of trepidation.
I studied at Flinders University doing a degree in Government and Public Management. I graduated in 2010 and was awarded the Ken Wanganeen Medal from the Yunggorendi First Nation Centre for Higher Education and Research.
After being accepted into Flinders via the Yungorrendi screening process, I applied for a cadetship through the National Indigenous Cadetship Program. This helped me immensely with my finances.
While I was still studying, I accepted the offer of a full-time job as a Medicare Liaison Officer, so maintaining my grades was challenging.
I now work at the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). The ABS offers career pathways for Indigenous people within a supportive environment.
In my job I can assist Indigenous communities with their data needs and this facilitates communities making evidenced-based decisions based on budget priorities.
Undergraduate study has contributed to my personal growth and given me more confidence in working with people across a diverse range of portfolios.
Study gives an Indigenous person career choices and facilitates other personal goals.