Dec 02, 2016

Graduates from Southport, Melbourne, Adelaide and Hervey Bay celebrate completion of their studies

Graduates from Southport, Melbourne, Adelaide and Hervey Bay celebrate completion of their studies

Around 220 students from Adelaide, Melbourne, Southport, Nerang and Hervey Bay are Careers Australia’s latest graduates.

24 students from the Southport and Nerang Campuses celebrated their graduation on Wednesday 30 November with family and friends at the Southport RSL. Students graduated from a diverse range of courses.

Melanie Woodward, who addressed the students and guests on the night, shared how her studies in Counselling and Community Services with Careers Australia have helped her grow personally and professionally. We are proud to say that Melanie was offered a position at Southport Special School in her first week of vocational placement.

On Tuesday 22 November, 73 students from our Adelaide Campus celebrated with 220 family and friends as they graduated from their studies in Nursing, Counselling, Community Services, Business and Project Management.

Cheryl Parker shared her journey with the audience. Thirty years after leaving school, and after years of working ‘just o pay the bills’, Cheryl decided to pursue her dream of becoming a nurse. With the support of her educators and fellow students, Cheryl achieved that dream and is now working as an Enrolled Nurse in an aged care facility.

One hundred and fifteen students and their family and friends filled Melbourne Town Hall on Monday 21 November. Students graduated from a range of courses including Individual Support, Early Childhood Education and Care, Hospitality, Engineering, business-related courses, Community Services, Counselling and Nursing.

Again, we saw some great employment outcomes from this group of graduates. For example, Jenna Oakley, who was the student speaker on the night and graduated from the Diploma of Community Services, secured a role as a support worker in the child, youth and family sector working with high-risk youth who are in and out of home care. Her aim is to have a positive effect on vulnerable young people and she plans to go on to study psychology and criminology.

Nursing student Angelique Mallia, who has been working in aged care for 10 years, wanted to advance her knowledge and formalise her qualifications. She has gained full time work as a nurse and plans to become a registered nurse in the future.

On Friday 11 November, 19 students from Hervey Bay graduated from the Certificate III in Individual Support with 55 family and friends proudly watching on.

While attached to the Caboolture Campus, students study locally with the course delivered by Careers Australia trainer Joy Duke, who recruits her own students, takes them through the course and helps them find vocational placement and employment. In total, 55 students have graduated from the Hervey Bay classes this year.

Ken Dimitriou - State Operations Manager Qld - presented the students with their certificates and Sally Zanella - Residential Manager for RSL Care Baycrest - presented the students with Careers Australia bags and badges.

Several of the students have already gained employment in the aged care, home and community care and disability sectors, which is a wonderful outcome.


It is really pleasing and exciting to see our students achieving such positive outcomes as a direct result of their studies. It is a reflection of the great training and support they receive from their educators and the Careers Australia support staff.

Stay tuned for more great stories about our students, with four more graduations to take place before Christmas!


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