Indigenous on her Father’s side, Ruby Stanley is from the Yirrganydji tribe of Townsville, North Queensland.
While 20-year-old Ruby currently lives in Pakenham, Victoria, her family ensures she maintains a close connection with her culture by sharing stories, teaching her parts of the language, and showing her how to play Aboriginal musical instruments, among other things.
After finishing high school, Ruby took a break to focus on strengthening her mental health. In July 2018, she felt ready to focus on her career.
Having never been employed before, Ruby’s friend recommended that she prepare for the world of work by undertaking a business traineeship.
“I wanted to…gain more experience, develop my skills and to get a bit of a head start,” Ruby says.
“My key takeaway” Ruby says, “has definitely been defining my skills. Also the confidence I have built from having people believe in me and instruct me and teach me things that are really valuable, has really helped me.”
Since this August, Ruby has been working as Business Trainee at Kangan.
“Doing a traineeship opens up opportunities,” Ruby says.
A keen learner, Ruby plans to use the traineeship as a stepping stone to continue upskilling, with hopes of eventually gaining a Bachelor’s degree.