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Marley Mitchell

“Taste of Uni leads to dream career...”

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.