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Indigenous ambassador on international career path

From fishing along the riverbank in Cunnamulla to watching the sunset over Hong Kong’s cityscape – Kooma and Bidjara man Justin Dolman has a story to tell.

The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) business graduate has followed a career path across Australia and is now playing a key role for Telstra’s international program.

“Sometimes I forget how far I have come…” Mr Dolman said from his Hong Kong office, a 7000 kilometre journey away from his home town.

“I seemed to be a pretty smart kid, and could pick up things easily enough.

“I always wanted to go to university but initially thought there would be barriers that might impact my ability to enrol. I took the leap and found out that there were a range of options to help students to afford university studies.”

Mr Dolman graduated with a Bachelor of Business and Commerce last year. At the University he was an Indigenous Student Ambassador and made the most of every opportunity presented.

“I participated in the Indigenous Uni Games, worked for CareerTrackers – a not-for-profit to support Indigenous students - and worked with the University’s Indigenous Outreach and Engagement team to help build cultural knowledge of Indigenous students at the University,” he said.

After graduation, Mr Dolman was offered a position in Telstra’s Graduate Program – and has worked his way up to the Telstra’s International Sales team and is now a Business Specialist in Hong Kong.

And while his future looks bright, a part of him will always be the boy fishing with his uncles along the Warrego River, a part of his life that defines him.

“I do a fair bit of work in social justice initiatives, but I’m always looking to do more in this space,” he said.

“I’ve got a lot of long-term aspirations, and knowing how far I’ve already come reminds me that I can achieve my future goals as well.”

USQ recorded a 50 per cent increase in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander graduations last year alone – testament to the University’s specific pathway and support programs.

The University is committed to providing opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, staff and communities through its Reconciliation Action Plan.

Find out more about USQ’s Indigenous support.

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Justin Dolman has immersed himself in his new found home – Hong Kong.