Graduates ready for new direction
TWO counselling graduates are ready to give back to their communities after completing their studies at Careers Australia.
Susan Ford-Young and Taryn Mulhern are among those who graduated with a Diploma of Counselling from the new Belmont campus.
They will also complete a Diploma of Community Services at the end of the year.
Ms Ford-Young’s return to study came after learning she had a vision impairment and needed to reassess her career path.
“My disability meant that I had to give up my job as a FIFO cleaner in the mining industry because I wasn’t able to drive,” she said.
She studied a computer course for a year before starting a Certificate IV in Community Services, after having completed a Certificate III qualification back in 2011.
Living with a family member with bipolar disorder and visiting her local youth centre for advice and support, motivated Ms Mulhern’s decision to study counselling and community services.
“By doing this double diploma, I’m learning how to understand illnesses better, and be more aware of people who have a condition or a disease and what they must be going through.”
Susan Ford-Young, left, and Taryn Mulhern, second from right, with other graduates of the counselling course.