Law student rewarded by Indigenous careers support body

February 16, 2015

Ashleigh Lindsay with Jason Ricketts, managing partner of Herbert Smith Freehills

Ashleigh Lindsay with Jason Ricketts, managing partner of Herbert Smith Freehills

A high-achieving Murdoch University law student has been presented with her second Excellence Award by an organisation that creates private sector internship opportunities for talented Indigenous university students.

Ashleigh Lindsay from Geraldton spoke about falling pregnant at the age of 14 and raising her son while juggling school, university, family and work at the CareerTrackers Indigenous Internship Program gala dinner in Sydney recently.

She made her presentation in front of 1400 people, including CEOs and executives from a number of top businesses and organisations across Australia.

Through CareerTrackers, Ashleigh has been interning at commercial law firm Herbert Smith Freehills for the past two years and is hoping to build a career in commercial law when she graduates. She has achieved a distinction average in her law degree so far with two years remaining on the four year course.

“I want to lead by example and prove to people you can still succeed no matter how tough life gets, as long as you have the dedication and motivation to do so,” said Ashleigh, who now lives in Bentley, Perth with her five-year-old son Shaun.

“I have always known that I wanted to make something of myself since I had my son and so I just got on with it. My determination to create a better life for my son and I has helped me to break free of a disadvantaged life and the negativity that surrounds young Indigenous mothers. I want to be a good role model for my son and my Indigenous community.”

Ashleigh was joined in Sydney by five other students including her cousin Danielle Kickett and sister Keneasha Lindsay. The other students were Anne-Marie Forrest, Trevor Armstrong and Lauren Baker-Nicholson. They have all been aided by Murdoch’s Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre, which offers Indigenous students tutorial support, friendship and cultural strength as well as cultural leadership for the University.

Braden Hill, manager of the Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre said: “It is fantastic to see our students actively pursue career development opportunities whilst studying. It provides them with a springboard into their chosen careers and sets them up for success in their professional lives. We’re very proud of all the students involved.”

The Dean of Murdoch’s School of Law Professor Jürgen Bröhmer said he was thrilled by Ashleigh’s achievement. “It just goes to show that if the right attitude is supported in the right way, great things can be achieved,” he said.

CareerTrackers works with universities and employers to recruit Indigenous university students and to place them with private sector employers in multi-year internships.

CareerTrackers’ aim is for students to convert from interns to full time employees upon completion of their university degree. The organisation also supports these students on an ongoing basis with mentoring, networking and training opportunities.

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