THE BEST OF HEALTH

JOBS WITH SOLID PROSPECTS THAT ALSO COME WITH GOOD PAY

The Courier-Mail - Career One - - Front Page -

WHY HEALTH?

Nurs­ing is a mas­sive pas­sion of mine. It has been for a very long time. All through high school I knew what I wanted to do and I have a pas­sion to help peo­ple. Nurs­ing seems to be some­thing that suits that cri­te­ria in my eyes. We are al­ways go­ing to need nurses. The growth rate is in­creas­ing and pre­dicted to in­crease for the next cou­ple of years. Salary is also not bad but re­gard­less of the salary I still would have gone with the health in­dus­try be­cause that is what I am pas­sion­ate about. I didn’t choose nurs­ing be­cause of the salary.

WHAT IS YOUR PLAN?

I ap­plied for a dual award that con­nects a TAFE South Bank Diploma of Nurs­ing then goes straight into the Bach­e­lor of Nurs­ing at QUT. As soon as I fin­ish study­ing at TAFE, which is a one-year course, I can work as an EN (en­rolled nurse).

WHAT’S YOUR TAFE EX­PE­RI­ENCE BEEN LIKE?

I stud­ied Year 11 and 12 and did a Cer­tifi­cate II in Health Sup­port Ser­vices, all through TAFE. I left high school at the end of Year 10 and de­cided to com­plete my se­nior stud­ies that way and it changed my life. It’s a dif­fer­ent path­way es­pe­cially for kids that are strug­gling in high school. I couldn’t learn in that sort of en­vi­ron­ment. TAFE al­lows you to study in a dif­fer­ent and more adult learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment. Ev­ery­one that goes to TAFE for se­nior stud­ies has left main­stream high school so no­body looks at you dif­fer­ently, it’s like a big fam­ily. There are also smaller classes.

PAS­SION­ATE: Nurs­ing stu­dent Sarah Rol­land can work as an en­rolled nurse while at univer­sity af­ter com­plet­ing vo­ca­tional study. Pic­ture: RICHARD WALKER

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