“Cadetship to Career offers networking events. That’s where I made the connection with my employer, which is a biomedical company. The program gives young adults like me a head start in the workplace before we finish university,” she said.
Around 41% of 24 year olds from the most disadvantaged backgrounds are not fully engaged in work or study, compared to 17% of those from the most advantaged backgrounds.1 Acquiring such tangible experience and making inspiring connections is a powerful springboard for Zahra’s long-term success.
“I now have a better understanding about my future career, which helps me perform better at university,” said Zahra.
“It expands on my university learnings in a workplace environment while allowing me to network and see what types of jobs there are in the industry.
“I’m so grateful! I’m always learning from my workplace mentors who are there to help me reach my potential. My dream career is to work with medical technology design or fixing prosthetics, like artificial limbs.”
1 Lamb, S, Jackson, J, Walstab A, and Huo, S (2015), Educational opportunity in Australia 2015: Who succeeds and who misses out, Mitchell Institute, Melbourne.