Meet the Recruiters: Josh Farr

February 7, 2017 11:23 am

Welcome our multi-part series, introducing you to the Teach For Australia Recruitment and Advocacy team.

All of our recruiters are more than happy to chat to you about your ambitions, ideas and plans. To find out more about Teach For Australia’s award-winning Leadership Development Program, don’t hesitate to reach out to the recruiter who sounds like the best match for you!

Introducing Josh Farr, VIC Recruitment Manager, in his own words:

I had a very fortunate upbringing and early education in an environment where I had everything I needed but was still challenged. While completing my public school education I was lucky enough to be taught by a handful of life changing educators who empowered me to learn how to achieve while mentoring me towards challenging my circumstances and the norms of the world I lived in.

After completing university with a Bachelors of Civil & Environmental Engineering I worked on a major project in Sydney for the biggest construction company in the country but had not found fulfillment. I realized prestige and dollars didn’t matter if I wasn’t truly happy and passionate about what I was doing with my time. So, I side stepped and backpacked around the world for 2 years seeing 39 countries and in the process came to appreciate how much we have to be grateful for and how badly I wanted to enable young people to create amazing and exciting futures for themselves.

Why do you think this work is so important?

Education is empowering and the best tool to address the newest and biggest challenges facing the world. However, when you look at the numbers of students in Australia who lack access to high quality education and are falling behind it is not fair. 75% of young people in the juvenile justice system dropped out of school before year 10 and we have the power to change this.

Students in rural and low socioeconomic ares are now benefiting enormously through the proven results of the Teach For Australia program by placing the best minds in Australia into classrooms as teachers to both educate and inspire. The benefits to the schools, communities and futures of all of these children inspires me every day and I’m excited to be on board as this movement continues to grow.

What is your top tip for people interested in applying to Teach For Australia?

I would advise taking time to consider how you find fulfillment in life and then fuel that passion with all the energy you have. For so many involved with Teach For Australia, the ability to inspire and direct students on a daily basis is this passion and the opportunities for making your mark are endless. How would you feel if you were the teacher that changed someone’s life?

How can people get in touch?

I am based in Melbourne and share my time around the state. If you are in Victoria and are interested in a career where you can make a great and much needed impact, please don’t hesitate to get in touch! Send me through an email (josh.farr@teachforaustralia.org) and we can arrange a face to face chat whether in person or using Skype! Remember, the Teach For Australia ‘Leadership Development Program’ is a 2-year paid program where you receive a Masters Degree on scholarship and is ranked #36 in GradAustralia’s Top 100 Graduate Employers (the only not-for-profit on the list). I look forward to hearing from you.

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