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Marley Mitchell

Marley Mitchell

Since Graduating from Charles Darwin University in 2013, Marley Mitchell has carved a successful career as a Graduate Civil Engineer with Western Australian Civil and Mining contractor, Brierty in Darwin.

As a young student still at Sanderson High, Marley had his sight firmly set on becoming an Engineer after his passion for engineering was ignited during a visit to CDU ‘Taste of Uni’ program and a group visit to the Engineering area to meet with staff. Marley was also fortunate to be given an opportunity to attend the University of New South Wales, Engineering Summer School. After experiencing first hand a ‘taste’ of engineering, he recognised the many career opportunities available once he completed his studies.

Through the support of Indigenous Academic Support, Marley was fortunate to gain a NT Government Cadetship with the Department of Planning and Infrastructure, Northern Territory Government. The Cadetship was a great financial help which eased the pressures of everyday living and assisted with the high cost of books and fees.

It has been a long hard journey undertaking full-time studies, but Marley, an Arabunna/Bidjuri man attributes the support from the Office of Indigenous Academic Support, Aboriginal & Islander Education worker at Sanderson High School, and the CDU Engineering School as the catalyst for his success, which has enabled him to attain his long held dream of becoming an engineer.

Sound words of advice from Marley to new students, ‘grab any opportunity out there and seek assistance when and where you can, as it will be of benefit to you in the long run’.

Marley is now a frequent invited guest speaker at Gurinbey and shares his learning journey of trials and tribulations of achieving his dream with other students and visiting school youth. He insists that choosing the right subjects at high school was beneficial to his gaining entry into the undergraduate course at CDU.

The Office of Indigenous Academic Support are extremely proud to be part of Marley’s achievements and acknowledge that through hard work and determination Marley Mitchell will be a great role model for others and continue on his way to greatness.


Nathan Fanning

Nathan Fanning

"I thoroughly enjoyed studying Mechanical Engineering at Charles Darwin University. The small, supportive and interactive class environment allowed for great rapport between lecturers and students. The dedicated and caring lecturers and collaboration between hardworking classmates made learning complex engineering calculations easier. For my thesis, I was able to use the brand new Northern Australian Centre for Oil and Gas facility where I investigated alternative storage and transportation methods for natural gas.

I was offered so many opportunities through my Charles Darwin University engineering degree such as Northern Territory Government Department of Infrastructure scholarship and ConocoPhillips SPIRIT scholarship. Both of these scholarships not only had a financial reward but allowed me to complete in total a year’s engineering work experience before I even graduated. In my third year of study I was also afforded the opportunity to undertake a one year study exchange to University of Windsor in Canada which allowed me to further enhance my engineering knowledge.

I have no hesitation in recommending to other students that they complete their studies through Charles Darwin University as my experience has been really positive and allowed me to excel in my career. I am now employed by the Minerals Council of Australia where my role is to liaise with member representatives regarding key policy issues affecting the Northern Territory minerals industry and to advocate mineral industry policies with Government Ministers, Government Department CEO’s and relevant stakeholders."


Joanna Winslade

Joanna Winslade

"Studying at Charles Darwin University was one of the best decisions I ever made. The commitment and support of the staff and their rapport with the students as individuals, significantly contributed to my success at University. The smaller class sizes enhanced learning and allowed each student to undertake a wide range of practicals; either individually or in small groups. This, I have come to understand, is rare and very beneficial to full comprehension of various topics.

University life was an incredible experience; with friends, colleagues and contacts I shall keep for life. The university provided me with the building blocks required for me to continue in my chosen career, and even excel. My way of thinking and approach to problem solving was constantly challenged and my academic ability strengthened."


Cordelia Mac

Cordelia Mac

"Studying Electrical and Electronics Engineering at Charles Darwin University (CDU) involved commitment and hard work. This degree provided me with the fundamentals I require to enter the work force. It also allowed the development of myself both personally and professionally through vacation placements. Throughout my studies, the lecturers provided me with continuous support and encouragement.

The lectures were interactive which made it easy for me to ask and verify material discussed. The open door policy in School of Engineering and Information Technology (SEIT) made the lecturers approachable. SEIT have been very supportive with the students, including myself, as we were provided networking opportunities for various events throughout the year, career fairs, access to the SEIT computer lab and study areas.

Studying Engineering at CDU has been a very rewarding experience. I feel that I am ready to start the next chapter of my life. I am due to start a graduate program with INPEX in 2015."


Binil Baby

Binil Baby

"I am a recent graduate from Charles Darwin University. I studied the Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) at the School of Engineering and IT (SEIT).

One of the things that made me feel at home at the School of Engineering and Information Technology (SEIT) were the small class sizes and the friendliness of fellow students. Particularly the senior students who happily gave advice on important things such as getting work placement and help with some of the more challenging subjects. It was also very helpful to have video recordings of lectures that we could access anytime. This was really handy when revising for exams.

The school hosts a lot of barbeques and an annual Careers Fair where students can meet and talk to local industry representatives. It was at a Careers Fair that I landed my job with Baulderstone-Lendlease. I was still studying my degree when I first started work for them. I am now employed full time with them and am currently working on an Australian Defence project in Townsville.

I am excited about where my career will take me and look forward to new challenges, but I will also look back on my degree years fondly and remember some of the wonderful friends I made there."

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