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Aspiring Regional Career Builder – University Student Brodie Taylor: Stepping out from behind the computer screen

COVID lockdowns and the famous 11am briefings marked an unexpected shift for Brodie and his future career aspirations… 

Brodie’s family moved to the South Coast for a lifestyle change when he was 10 years old and while he loved the beach, computer games were his passion. 

Brodie loved to play computer games and later create them, before becoming more interested in writing code. For much of his school life at Ulladulla High he worked towards becoming a software developer and even put away savings from his part time job at the Dunn and Lewis Centre to eventually study IT at university. 

In year 11 COVID hit and lockdowns took effect. Brodie and his family followed the situation closely, watching the updates together each day. Brodie began to take an interest in who presented the updates, their background and their role behind the scenes. He hadn’t given much thought to politics prior to this and yet the importance of the role, decision making and its impact on the community was suddenly thrust into the spotlight for him. 

At the same time, Brodie had put his hand up for a leadership position at school and he became Vice Captain. He began thinking about public service and decided to pursue a double degree in PPE (Politics, Philosophy and Economics) with Applied Data Analytics – combining his love of computer science with his newfound interest in public policy for a broader focus. 

A double bachelor’s degree of this nature was available in Canberra at the Australian National University (ANU) and Brodie managed to secure early entry – making him the first in his family to go to uni. Knowing that the move would be a huge financial pressure for his family, Brodie applied for support through the Shoalhaven Education Fund (SEF) -a local chapter of the Country Education Foundation. 

He was successful and his first $5000 instalment went entirely on rent said Brodie: 

“Many people don’t realise the biggest barrier for regional people attending uni is not the course fees but the upfront costs like rent and parking permits.” 

“Knowing that my first few weeks were taken care of, and I had time to find a job, get financially, socially and academically settled – took a huge amount of stress away.”  

While Brodie has secured part time work in parliament, become Vice President of ANU’s Rural, Regional and Remote society to connect with other students of a similar background and plays an integral role in the Campus’ Democracy Society, Brodie says being away from home has made him appreciate it more: 

“I miss the lifestyle and the chance to cool off at the beach on a hot day.” 

Brodie admits to keeping an eye out for future opportunities on the South Coast – even attending the Shoalhaven Professional Business Associations Graduate Recruitment Program at Shoalhaven City Council in recent years. 

“I love the South Coast, its where I’d like to raise a family in the future and I look forward to bringing my skills back to make a difference in the community,” he added. 

Students wanting to learn more about the Shoalhaven Education Fund and how it supports local youth to achieve their career aspirations through post-school education and training are invited to visit: https://shoalhaven.cef.org.au/ 

  

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