SCU aids Kates humanitarian dream

After two degrees and six years of hard slog, former Richmond River High School student Kate McFarlane (pictured) has hit the jackpot, scoring a top job in the public service and being selected as a youth ambassador to India.

Kate was among 670 Southern Cross University students who graduated during two ceremonies on Saturday, and while she says graduating with a Bachelor of Social Science and Bachelor of Laws (Honours) was exhilarating, gaining employment and going to India was really her cause for celebration.

Kate was offered a place in the Department of Employment and Industrial Relations graduate program in Canberra, as well as being selected in the Australian Volunteers International Youth Challenge program.

Under the youth scheme, Kate will travel to southern India for 10 weeks in early December with an Australian/Indian team of 18-28 year olds who will work with a rural development organisation in remote villages.

This is an enormous challenge and one which I cant get in Australia, she said. I will learn so much about international aid issues and about team building. It will also help me decide if this is really the career path I want to follow and hopefully make it easier to gain other placements overseas in the future.

Kate is using her own savings for the trip but hopes she will be able to use the experience as a springboard to gain paid work in the field of international aid abroad.

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