Indigenous Careers Day at La Trobe

Indigenous students from across the Loddon Mallee region have gathered for an inaugural Indigenous Careers Day at La Trobe University's Bendigo Campus. 

Kym Walker, Coordinator of La Trobe University's Jimbeyer Boondjhil Indigenous Unit, said the event was an opportunity for approximately 60 Indigenous students in Years 9-12 to learn more about life after secondary school.

'The inaugural Indigenous Careers Day gave secondary school students the opportunity to explore the career choices available to them when they leave school,' she said.

'There are many exciting opportunities out there and it is important that young people have every opportunity to find the right career.'

La Trobe staff organised intensive career planning workshops, as well as sessions focusing on industry and study areas as diverse as social work, health, visual design and the humanities.

'Students, career advisors and secondary school teachers were able to explore our campus and speak with our friendly Indigenous student ambassadors and staff.'

First year Bachelor of Visual Arts (Photography) student Tashara Roberts said the day was an opportunity to discuss her experiences of university with secondary school students as well as share advice.

'It's important that these secondary school students are thinking about all the little steps they can take now to help them get into university.

Ms Roberts said that many Indigenous students were the first in their family to go to university and it was important that they know what support is available to them when they begin their studies.

'Events like this help quell the nerves, to put people at ease. Going to university is a really big step and it can be very emotional and nerve-wracking time,' she said.

Ms Walker said La Trobe University has close links with Koori communities across regional Victoria and was committed to enhancing education pathways.

Under the Future Ready: Strategic Plan 2013-2017 La Trobe has committed to almost doubling the amount of Indigenous students undertaking undergraduate degrees.

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