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.


Sharon Aarons


STEM Sisters




Hello, my name is Sharon Aarons. I work at the Ellinbank Dairy Centre, a Victorian Government research farm located about 10 kilometres south of Warragul in West Gippsland. I have a PHD in Soil Science and manage soil scientists at five locations in Victoria. My experiments investigate the many aspects of how nutrients in fertiliser and manure are used on dairy farms. This is very important for dairy farmers to increase production while minimising environmental impact. My experiments occur in the field at Ellinbank and on commercial farms and in the laboratory.