Carnarvon Community College graduate Rhianna Couzens is a true role model for many of her peers having successfully completed her Undergraduate Degree in Anthropology and Indigenous Studies at the University of Western Australia last year.
Now fully immersed in the newly created Masters in Heritage Studies course at UWA, Rhianna admits she once found school to be quite difficult, but the Follow the Dream/Partnerships for Success Program changed all that for her.
“When it came to school I always found it seemed to take me extra time to understand what we were being taught and as a result I didn’t get very good marks,” Rhianna said.
By Year 12, Rhianna says she was an average student but Program Coordinator John West recognised her potential and gave her the encouragement she needed to achieve better results.
Shortly after commencing her Bachelor of Arts Degree, Rhianna was offered a cadetship with Rio Tinto Iron Ore’s Communities Division working in the areas of Indigenous Employment and heritage and since then has not looked back.
“I’ve loved working with Rio Tinto as they teat their cadets really well, they’re flexible and let us work in different areas in the company.”
Rhianna is now following her dream of working with and alongside fellow Indigenous people, helping other Indigenous Australians and would one day like to branch out and help other Indigenous communities around the world.