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Michael Combs, CareerTrackers Founder
In an executive team meeting at the Sydney offices of his employer of the time – a large multinational tech company – Michael Combs looked around the room and asked ‘Where are the Indigenous people?’.
The rest of the team fumbled – they thought he was joking. He thought he needed to do something different.
On October 29, 2009, CareerTrackers was born – a national non-profit with the goal of creating pathways and support systems for Indigenous young adults to attend and graduate from university, with high marks, industry experience and bright professional futures.
Celebrating eleven years, hundreds of our participants have graduated from university. Each and every member of our Alumni community is employed in a professional role, with a median salary in their first year of $62,000. This year, our Alumni community will be made up of 1073 highly educated Indigenous professionals.
The success of the program has been recognised by employers, governments and, most importantly, Indigenous communities throughout Australia. CareerTrackers students complete university at higher rates than their non-Indigenous peers, and 95% of Alumni are in full-time employment in their field within three months of graduation.
The underpinning philosophy at CareerTrackers is ‘Students at the Core’. This means every decision we make in the delivery of the program focuses on the benefit to our students. We are proud to have built a community of CareerTrackers interns and Alumni that span thousands of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households across Australia.
We see prosperous futures for our students and Alumni, who are quickly becoming leaders in their careers and communities.
Anita Lee Hong (Co-Chair)
General Manager, Gurriny Yealamucka Aboriginal Community Control Health Service
Craig Laslett (Co-Chair)
Managing Director, Leed Engineering and Construction
Angus Dorney (Secretary)
Co CEO, Kablamo
Brian Cahill (Honorary Treasurer)
Managing Director, Moody’s
Jennifer Elliott (Independent Director)
CEO, Message Stick Communications
Executive General Manager, People & Culture, Origin Energy
Chief Executive Officer
Executive Assistant to CEO
Director, Finance & Ops
Talent Acquisition Manager
Program Manager – Alumni
Region Lead – Metro Sydney / PNG
Region Lead – South
Region Lead – QLD NT