• Students during a workshop at Dockside, Cockle Bay Warf
236 university students have gathered at Sydney's Cockle Bay Warf to gain skills they'll need to progress as young, Indigenous professionals.
Tara Callinan

30 Jan 2014 - 3:43 PM  UPDATED 3 Feb 2014 - 3:17 PM

The students are part of the CareerTrackers internship program which aims to provide Indigenous university students with life-changing career pathways.

The interns are in Sydney to take part in several workshops about professional development, business etiquette, public speaking and the importance of goal setting.

The students are also encouraged to be a role model for younger Indigenous generations and students.

"Being a role model means being the change you want to see in society, you going out there and doing that yourself instead of expecting government mob or these other people to come in and create that change, because we’ve got to do it ourselves,” said Gadens law firm Intern Rosemary Tabuai.

But the students have been reminded that change can’t occur without commitment to study.

"CareerTrackers really made me work hard at my grades and I think it was a real journey for me, starting off not-so-good and finishing off really well, and that was from all the support I got," said National Australia Bank intern Nick Wappett.

The annual CareerTrackers gala dinner will be held in Sydney tonight, where selected students will be rewarded for their achievements, in the workplace and the wider community.