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“I spent that summer in many different departments. With each department that I visited my knowledge grew. I now had the skills that I needed to succeed at university.”

Keaan Mason, CareerTrackers 7th Annual Gala Awards Speaker

What is CareerTrackers?

We’re supporting more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to start and finish university – and we’re in our 10th year of doing it.

Just 67% of non-Indigenous and 41% of Indigenous Australians graduate from university within six years. Participation in CareerTrackers puts a rocket under students – 90% of our Alumni have graduated within six years.

And while 47% of Indigenous Australian university students make it to graduation, 89% of CareerTrackers participants do.

By working in partnership with universities we are able to use practical work experience and the strength of the CareerTrackers community as a mechanism for our students to achieve excellence – at university, in their paid internships, and in their future careers.

Internships are completed during uni holidays to ensure they support study instead of getting in the way of it, and each intern is paid a competitive wage during their internship which helps ease financial difficulty – the most commonly cited reason for Indigenous student attrition.

The Program

University study is prioritised in CareerTrackers. Our interns are students first, and we’re supporting them as they build on their education to become well-rounded graduate professionals. Success in the program is focused on University, Internship and Community.

University 10×10 Program

We have formed 10-year partnerships with 11 Australian universities.

For too long, Indigenous communities have seen programs come and go – they’re here one day and gone the next. We believe in something different – a 50-year vision that embeds CareerTrackers into Indigenous Australia and into universities. We’re in our 10th year now – we’re not going anywhere, and the University 10×10 Program was established to continue building trusting relationships with our students, their families, their universities and their communities.

The overarching principle of this initiative is to formalise the pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander university students into experiential learning opportunities and to work closely with universities to achieve our mutual goal of improving the educational outcomes for Indigenous students.

As 10-year partners, CareerTrackers and the universities have established a long-term strategy that enables us to work side-by-side in pursuit of our shared vision.

How to partner with us

Involve us in activities with students throughout the year so we can become a part of the Indigenous community on campus.

Your university may already be running events that we can participate in to meet new students. Listed below are a couple of great ways that universities currently engage CareerTrackers on campus to get more students involved – because we all want to see those students graduate.