BlueScope cadet alumni stories 

The combination of work experience and university education has fostered leaders across many industries.

From its earliest beginnings, the University of Wollongong was formed in partnership with industry. A cadetship program with BHP and now BlueScope was established more than 40 years ago and continues to develop an outstanding group of leaders.

There have been well over 600 UOW alumni who have completed the cadetship. Here are some of their stories.


Dynamic Duo

Meet Michael and Natalie Chapman. Despite having two very different careers, the couple share a deep passion and accomplishment in their work.

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Trading steel for silicon

A cadetship at the local steelworks might seem an unusual path to an international career with some of Silicon Valley’s biggest names. But for Omar Devlin, it provided a perfect grounding in solving complex problems.

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From Berkeley to Boral

Zlatko Todorcevski is living proof that the path to a successful international career at the highest executive levels is not always paved with privilege.

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Set up for success

A BlueScope cadetship sent Deborah De Santis on a pathway to become a business leader in the Illawarra.

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Harnessing data to solve problems

From predicting when an airplane needs servicing to increasing the number of mattresses sold at a furniture start-up, this former BlueScope cadet shows how diverse a career in mathematics can be.

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