Grad­u­ates ready for new di­rec­tion

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Business -

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.

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