I grew up out in Shepparton in regional Victoria and am studying a double degree in Law and Arts at Monash University. I’m also a Cadet in Doxa’s Cadetship program doing my work placement at PwC’s Indigenous Consulting (PIC). I hope to use my degrees and experience at PwC to improve education outcomes for other Indigenous young people across Australia.
Doxa’s Cadetship program supports you to complete uni and gain some incredibly useful work skills along the way. Everyone in the program receives a weekly allowance to help with living expenses; up to eight weeks work placement (flexible dates) at a corporate company with a mentor; professional development workshops; an annual allowance for buying books; networking opportunities and a really nice community of people to share your experience with, as well as Doxa staff on hand to support you on the journey.
I remember the first day I walked in to the PwC building I felt overwhelmed and just like a small country kid. My confidence has grown massively since starting my placement at PwC’s Indigenous Consulting department; I’ve been able to work on lots of different projects, communicate with directors, associates and partners. The PIC team have been so encouraging and willing to give me challenging tasks.
The process is simple – all you have to do is reach out to the Doxa Cadetship team to see if you’re eligible (Lauren is the Co-ordinator, email: lmccarthy@ doxa.org.au or phone 03 9046 8209). She will have a chat and give you some more information. Selected applicants will be invited for interview. It sounds a bit scary but the Doxa staff are super supportive and understanding. It’s an amazing experience and I can’t recommend it enough.