Networking is the key for Jamela
Twenty-two year old Jamela King is on a mission to find out what she wants to be "when she grows up."
Jamela is only joking, of course. The Karajari woman from the Kimberley is well down her own leadership path and achieved plenty so far.
With a Bachelor of Science degree and double major in psychology in her back pocket, Jamela is in the final year of a two-year graduate programme with Rio Tinto's Iron Ore group based in Perth.
"Rio Tinto's Indigenous Cadetship Programme meant I could spend more time focusing on my studies and achieving good grades," says Jamela.
It wasn't just the financial support that Jamela appreciated. The Indigenous Cadetship gave her an insight into Rio Tinto's diverse activities and a variety of possible career paths.
"It's given me an opportunity to meet people across the company, to make contacts, to build a network. Having those relationships will be helpful with anything I choose to do in the future," says Jamela.
The Indigenous Cadetship Programme paved the way for Jamela to join the Graduate Programme and translate the skills she learned at university to the workplace.
Her work sees her visit mine sites across the Pilbara and helps maintain strong relationships with Aboriginal communities. This is something she is particularly passionate about and can see herself continuing throughout her career.
"The Graduate Programme has exposed me to so many aspects of Rio Tinto. I'm meeting people and learning about their roles. When I'm finished I'm sure I'll have a clearer idea of what I want to be when I grow up," she laughs.
Heritage and history are all-important for Rhianna
Rhianna Couzens has history, knowledge and passion on her side.
With a double major in Anthropology and Indigenous Knowledge, History and Heritage from the University of Western Australia and a Master of Cultural Heritage, Rhianna blends her academic insights with local know-how.