THE BEST OF HEALTH
JOBS WITH SOLID PROSPECTS THAT ALSO COME WITH GOOD PAY
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