From forklift driver to social worker

As a teenager, Stacey Anderson knew she wanted to help people. Social work seemed like a dream to her, a way to make a real difference in people’s lives.

But growing up in Brisbane suburb Logan Central, one of the lowest socio-economic areas for indigenous Australians, her chances of completing enough education to do this were low.

As one of 10 children being raised by a single mother, Ms Anderson had to drop out of school before finishing year 12 to get a job and help take care of her family.

She worked as a forklift driver at a factory in Brisbane for more than 16 years before deciding to move to Canberra in 2000. She said the change was mainly so she could have a career for herself.

“If I had stayed in Brisbane, I wouldn’t have had as many opportunities as I do now,” Ms Anderson said. “I moved [to Canberra] because I had a goal. I didn’t want to just work in a factory; I wanted to really achieve something in my life.”

Ms Anderson got a job in the public service and then, in 2010, was offered an opportunity to further her education through Relationships Australia’s Indigenous Pathways program.

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From forklift driver to social worker (Catholic Voice)

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