Staff Spotlight: Meet Alkira Kinchela, Administrative Assistant (Indigenous Trainee)

My name is Alkira Kinchela and I am a proud Gomeroi women born and raised on Awabakal/Worimi country in Newcastle, NSW.

Prior to working at Monash University, I worked at the Aboriginal Legal Service in Newcastle as an administration officer, supporting the solicitors and community with their legal proceedings.

I moved to Melbourne at the start of 2020 to commence the traineeship program with William Cooper Institute and Monash University. I have had the opportunity to work within three departments of Monash University whilst also completing my Certificate IV in Business as part of the traineeship.

I am currently completing my second year of the traineeship, which includes completing a Diploma of Business and I still get exposure to two different departments of the university; working part-time between the William Cooper Institute and the Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA) as an administration assistant.

Having the opportunity to work within Monash University for the past 18 months has been such a great experience, especially working within the William Cooper Institute. I am truly grateful to work with such a great bunch of people who are dedicated to supporting our Indigenous students, and making sure they have every opportunity to successfully graduate and become the future leaders for our next generations to come. This resonates so deeply with my passion to help support our people, breaking cycles and showing the younger generation what they can accomplish with the right support and resources.

I would highly encourage anyone to pursue  the Indigenous traineeship with the William Cooper Institute and Monash University. You have access to a range of skills and opportunities like no other. This has been the best decision for my future and I am incredibly grateful.