Nelsyn is a proud Dunghutti woman from Armidale, NSW and a graduate of the 2018 Directions Program cohort.

What attracted you to apply for the Directions Program?

I have always wanted to work in law enforcement, and the AFP was always at the top of my list. During my final year of study I began researching AFP careers and pathways, which is when I came across the Directions Program.

The idea of working with like-minded young aboriginal people and the Australian Federal Police was perfect. The Direction Program allows you to rotate through different areas of the AFP, which, for me, has been an invaluable experience. During my time in the program I have been afforded the opportunities to work in international operations and the organised crime portfolio.

What were you doing before you joined the AFP?

Shortly before joining the AFP I had completed a bachelor of criminology and criminal justice at University.

My work experience had mostly consisted of hospitality and retail, which surprisingly, prepared me and afforded me transferable skills that I have utilised in the AFP.

Working in the fast-pace team environments of hospitality prepared me for the fast-paced work of operations. Similarly, my experience in customer service prepared me with the communication skills needed to easily liaise with internal and external stakeholders as well as other international law enforcement agencies.

What was the highlight of your time as part of the Directions Program?

The highpoint of my time in the directions program was working for INTERPOL. That had always been a dream of mine, and I am so thankful to have been able to do a rotation through that area. Also meeting the Commissioner, and have him share some of his experiences with our cohort, was quite a highlight.

What opportunities have opened up to you since graduating; and what are you doing now?

Since graduating, I'm working in International Operations, and in this area there are so many opportunities to travel internationally. International Operations allows you to gain an understanding of the AFPs international footprint and the importance of working with international counterparts to contribute to the safety of the global community. Plus, all the different people you meet during you rotations, your world just opens up.

Applying for the directions program has been one of the best decisions I've made. It has kick-started my AFP career and now my opportunities are endless.

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