Charles Sturt University is assisting tomorrow’s leaders by sharing insights that may assist them to navigate their future careers.
Charles Sturt Director of External Engagement (Bathurst and Orange) Ms Julia Andrews has participated in the Regional Development Australia Central West TEN4TEN Leadership Dialogue for the second year running.
Ms Andrews has acted as a mentor for a Year 11 student in 2020 and another in 2021, imparting life lessons that may assist with future career options, while also conducting tours of the Charles Sturt campus in Orange for various students within the program.
The TEN4TEN program matches ten up-and-coming youth leaders from Year 11 across Orange, Blayney, and Cabonne with community leaders from a range of sectors.
Students participate in a regular dialogue with their mentors throughout the program while also having the opportunity to engage in a range of activities and visits at their mentor’s workplace.
This year’s tour at Charles Sturt gave students first-hand insights into some of the University’s newest teaching facilities, including the Charles Sturt School of Rural Medicine, School of Dentistry and Medical Sciences, the School of Allied Health, Exercise and Sports Sciences, and concluded with a walk-through of the residential area.
Ms Andrews said the program is a fantastic way to walk hand-in-hand with tomorrow’s leaders sharing insights that may assist with navigating their future careers.
“Mentoring the students has been another great way of living the Charles Sturt ethos of providing real-life experiences of what the future could be like if students choose a particular university and career path,” Ms Andrews said.
“It’s been an absolute delight getting to know both students who I have had the privilege of mentoring.”
Last year, Ms Andrews mentored Abigail Thew from Orange High School who is planning on studying a Bachelor of Psychology with Honours.
“The TEN4TEN program really opened my eyes to the opportunities available in the Central West, as well as introducing me to many valuable people who taught me a lot,” Ms Thew said.
This year, Ms Andrews was paired with Narayani Pathak a Year 11 student also from Orange High School, who is keen to pursue a career in medicine.
Ms Pathak met with Ms Andrews on multiple occasions throughout the year and was also introduced to Course Director at the Charles Sturt School of Rural Medicine Dr Yann Guisard, which is a step towards the career path she would like to pursue upon completing her HSC.