My name is Liam, I’m a Mitakoodi man from Mount Isa.  As early as I can remember I’ve loved technology, anything to do with computers and I was hooked.  After moving to Melbourne for high school I was determined to go to university and study software engineering.

Now I’m an intern at a global digital consultancy, who are just as passionate about technology as I am.  Higher education is my gateway to thinking my own way and it could be for you too.


Liam's Story


My name’s Liam Ketchup and I’m a Mitakoodi man from Mount Isa and I’m studying software engineering at Monash University.  I was born in Mount Isa but I grew up in Townsville with my parents and my sister.  At around aged twelve I got accepted into an accelerated learning program in Melbourne and so our family moved to Melbourne and that’s where I’ve been ever since.

I’m currently studying software engineering at Monash University.  I’m the first person in my family to go to university.  You know I always knew I wanted to go to university.  I wanted to get a good job, I wanted to do well and I wanted to make my family proud and I knew that university was the key to do that.

I finished my year twelve VCE in Melbourne.  When my VCE results were released, I realised that I didn’t have the English score that I needed to get into my degree.  At first I panicked and I didn’t know what to do so I called the Indigenous Engagement Unit at Monash and they explained to me that there were many pathways I could take to still get to my degree.  So for me I had to take an extra English class and if I passed I could continue studying and yeah I passed.

Coming from year twelve into university, I’d heard it’d be a lot of fun but I didn’t really know what to expect.  And you know now that I’m there, like even though I still have to work really hard, I’m having the time of my life.

My advice would be work hard, stick with it.  You know high school’s only a few years of your life and once it’s over and done with, you can be having fun and doing amazing things.

I used the Indigenous Support Unit* all the time.  Yulendj has become like a second family to me.  The students have become my best friends, the staff have become like family.  You know if I need help with a unit there’s always a tutor, if I need a computer there’s always a lab, actually if I need anything they are always there to support me.

I was lucky enough to get a number of scholarships and I’ve also had the opportunity to intern at a global software consultant.  The money that I got from the scholarships actually allowed me you know focus on my studies rather than having to worry about financial problems and the internship actually guaranteed me a job at the end of my degree, which is actually pretty awesome.

My long term goals are to have finished my degree and be working for my own start up, building software that you know will still challenge me and feed my passion for technology but also give back to my community and society as a whole.

I live a great life and I get to do great things and that all started with university, you know and it’s not like university isn’t an option, it is an option and it is a very available option, so what’s stopping you, you know, give it a go.

*Note: each university may refer to their local Indigenous support services in different ways e.g. Indigenous Education Units; Indigenous Support Units; School of Indigenous Australian Studies; Indigenous Institute etc., and may include Aboriginal and/ or Torres Strait Islander language in the naming title, as relevant to the local area. 

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Location: Melbourne

Occupation: Engineering Intern

Sometimes you just know what you want to do in life and this was definitely the case for Liam, a Mitakoodi man originally from Mt Isa, Queensland and who since high school has called Melbourne home. Liam’s passion for technology kept him focused throughout his teens and made his decision to study software engineering full time at uni an easy one to make. That said, he openly admits higher education had challenges but wants to encourage other Indigenous students to give it a go. One day Liam wants to own his own business but in the meantime is happy interning for a software engineering company he thinks is pretty ‘deadly’.