David Mallett of Yanun: “I want to be the largest employer of indigenous Australians in professional services”.

Success doesn’t always follow a linear path; follow your instincts, and remember to give back to others who may need a helping hand.

There is a lot of pressure to know what you want from life while you are still a teenager. Many young people can feel that if they don’t choose the right profession by age 18 then they’re doomed. But with the age of retirement here in Australia rising to 67 in 2023, it’s worth spending some time to work it out. When I left school, I pursued a reliable, structured career in the Armed Forces and then I quit – having no idea what I was going to do with myself. But by playing the long game, I know I’m now on the path to success, on my own terms.

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Yanun is an Indigenous-owned and operated Project Services company, specialising in the delivery of on-time and on-budget complex projects and programs.