Stu­dent fol­lows dream to Can­berra

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FRE­MAN­TLE Col­lege stu­dent Alkira Gam­ble has trav­elled to Can­berra to learn about fu­ture ca­reers in gov­ern­ment.

Miss Gam­ble at­tended the Work Ex­po­sure in Gov­ern­ment (WEX) pro­gram, which brings 70 stu­dents from around the coun­try to Can­berra, ear­lier this month.

Fam­ily and friends sug­gested the pro­gram to her.

“I en­joyed go­ing to Par­lia­ment House and see­ing job op­por­tu­ni­ties,” she said. “I learnt about job and ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties in the fu­ture and how the gov­ern­ment helps Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der peo­ple.”

The 16-year-old said the pro­gram was valu­able.

“It was very worth­while, ev­ery­one was re­ally tightknit and was like fam­ily,” she said.

“In the fu­ture I first want to go univer­sity and study ge­net­ics and lin­guis­tics at Univer­sity of Western Aus­tralia.”

Miss Gam­ble is part of the Fol­low The Dream pro­gram at Fre­man­tle Col­lege.

Fre­man­tle Col­lege Fol­low The Dream co-or­di­na­tor Nathan Dines said such op­por­tu­ni­ties broad­ened the stu­dents’ hori­zons.

“The WEX pro­gram has been a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity for Alkira and the other Fol­low The Dream stu­dents as it en­cour­ages them to con­sider a wide range of ca­reer pos­si­bil­i­ties and in­spires them to pur­sue their as­pi­ra­tions,” he said.

“The fact that four Fol­low The Dream stu­dents have been se­lected out of a na­tion­ally com­pet­i­tive process is tes­ta­ment to their hard work.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie

d487116 Alkira Gam­ble was one of four WA high-per­form­ing Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der stu­dents to learn more about ca­reers in the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment.

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