Juggling the final year of high school, two after-school jobs, a Certificate II in Business, a school-based traineeship and a local Aboriginal school-to-work transition program, young Aboriginal woman Talia Trimboli is seizing every opportunity that comes her way. And it’s setting her up for a promising career.
Talia is one of 15 Aboriginal students participating in Ganbina’s Youth Leadership Program in Shepparton in North-Central Victoria.
The program, which identifies Aboriginal youth who have the potential to be leaders within their community, helps them unlock their full potential by keeping them engaged in education, training and employment. Ganbina is the most successful Indigenous program of its kind in the country.
What she’s learning at ANZ
Talia is also involved in a school-based traineeship with ANZ in Shepparton.
Her favourite part of the traineeship has been developing her customer service and communications skills, as well as the relationships she has formed with the staff at the branch.
“I really enjoy getting to talk to different people every day,” she says. “Out of all the skills I’m learning, I enjoy developing my customer service skills the most because I really enjoy talking to the people who come into the bank.”
For other students considering the ANZ school-based traineeship, Talia recommends they take it seriously.
“This is a really good opportunity and a great experience that not everyone gets to do so it’s important to be grateful. Take the time needed to complete it successfully and dedicate yourself to it,” she urges. “Not many people get to do this type of traineeship, I know I’m the only one who’s been chosen to do it this year.”
Talia sets an example for her community with her willingness and eagerness to become involved in a whole range of activities and programs.
In Shepparton she is a passionate member of the Rumbalara Football Netball Club, has volunteered at ASHE (Academy of Sport, Health and Education) Fest and participated in several NAIDOC events.
Preparing for her future
Talia is not sure what she wants to do once she finishes school however she knows what she’s learning at ANZ and through her Certificate II in Business and Year 12 studies will open up options for her.
“I’ve thought about working with youth in the future but I’m not too sure yet,” Talia says. “However I know a business certificate and the study I’m doing now is really going to give me choices.”
Making time for fun
Despite juggling Year 12 study, two after school jobs, a Certificate II in Business and traineeship, Talia insists she takes time to do things for fun.
“I like hanging out with my friends…. We go shopping, go out for dinner. I also really like playing netball – I manage to fit a few things in on my nights off!” she says.