The Future Self program is proudly supported by the Department of Education and Training.

This initiative aims to enhance and support the learning, transition and aspirational mindset of rural and regional students at the upper primary and secondary school levels. The aim of the program is to build the career aspirations of students by increasing exposure to mentoring, role models and post school pathways. Industry Ambassadors will support students to achieve a greater understanding of employment opportunities and career pathways through school engagement activities such as school presentations, workplace tours, Q&A sessions and supporting a student on work placement.


Kathleen Kent


STEM Sisters




Hi, my name is Kathleen. I work at SMEC Engineering Consultancy in Traralgon as a Water Infrastructure Design Engineer. My role involves the design of water sewer drainage and irrigation infrastructure for various clients across a broad range of industries, both here in Gippsland and also across Victoria. A typical project for us includes reviewing information to us by our client and ongoing stakeholder engagement and design reviews, with our final deliverables being pipeline and asset designs providing project cost estimates and the design report.