Australia's leading female race car driver Emily Duggan is using National Careers Week to inspire others

NATIONAL SKILLS WEEK: Emily Duggan is a reminder that you can acheive your dreams. Photo: CONTRIBUTED.
NATIONAL SKILLS WEEK: Emily Duggan is a reminder that you can acheive your dreams. Photo: CONTRIBUTED.

Australia's leading female race car driver Emily Duggan is reminding residents that their dreams are within reach and can be achieved.

"The only limit there is the one you put on yourself," she said.

With this week being National Careers Week Miss Duggan is encouraging Wellington residents to work towards a career that aligns with their passions.

Miss Duggan has navigated her own path successful within the male-dominated world of race car driving.

In 2016, she made history as the first female driver to compete in the Super3 V8 Touring Car Series.

"I entered motorsports knowing the odds were against me as a woman, but I wanted to try.

"I'd rather have tried and failed than have listened to the naysayers who said it couldn't be done," she said.

VERTO ceo Ron Maxwell with Emily Duggan. Photo: CONTRIBUTED.

VERTO ceo Ron Maxwell with Emily Duggan. Photo: CONTRIBUTED.

Miss Duggan has worked tirelessly to prove doubters wrong, and leapfrog hurdles standing in the way of her path to success which included a lack of family support, little knowledge of the industry and no financial backing.

"The reason I love motorsport so much is because it is one of very few sports that women and men compete equally for the same title - champion," she said.

VERTO CEO, Ron Maxwell, said those seeking a career that inspires them should consider undertaking an apprenticeship.

VERTO is a not-for-profit organisation that assists businesses and individuals with apprenticeship, employment, training and more.

"Apprenticeships are a great option for school leavers and those looking for a new path to find a career that matches their skills and interests," Mr Maxwell said.

"With over 500 occupations, from cake decorator to aircraft engineer, there really is something for everyone."

For those who need a little extra help to find the right career, VERTO has launched CareerGate, a free, online tool that helps school leavers and those looking to transition careers to find a career match and even start looking for vacancies.

VERTO's CareerGate can be accessed for free at www.careergate.org.au.