By the time Karita McCarthy was 43, she had five children and had worked in nearly “every industry”.
“I’d been a cleaner, I’d been on the mines driving dump trucks, I’d run a nightclub, I’d run a restaurant, I’d worked at the mandatory treatment centre for alcohol withdrawal, and I’d been in roles like Aboriginal liaison officer and Aboriginal mental health worker,” she told Mamamia.
“I’d had hundreds of jobs but I just couldn't find anything that was my niche."
Then in 2017, the First Nations woman from Darwin said she just “got sick of it".
“I’d had enough of checkouts, hospitality and working in health because I didn’t feel like I was changing anything, and I wasn't progressing in my career because I didn't have the paper that I needed to be able to progress with my career,” the now 49-year-old explained.
So, on a dare with her 12-year-old daughter, she did the one thing she knew she needed to achieve her dreams. And that was to enrol at university as a mature student.