Build­ing skills for a brighter fu­ture

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Fed­er­a­tion Univer­sity will present an ar­ray of po­ten­tial ca­reers to stu­dents at this year’s West­ern Vic­to­rian Ca­reers Expo.

Along with many trade-re­lated cour­ses, the univer­sity of­fers de­grees rang­ing from vis­ual arts to engi­neer­ing.

One of the newer de­grees at the univer­sity is a Bach­e­lor of So­cial Sci­ence, of­fered at the univer­sity’s Wim­mera cam­pus in Hor­sham.

The de­gree aims to equip learn­ers to de­velop a range of skills re­quired for a range of jobs, with an op­por­tu­nity to un­der­take an in­tern­ship in a lo­cal gov­ern­ment, school, busi­ness or com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Below, some Wim­mera cam­pus stu­dents share their course experience­s –

Ver­ana Hunter-raye

I am grate­ful for the op­por­tu­nity to study at Fed­er­a­tion Univer­sity, which of­fers a great com­pre­hen­sive higher ed­u­ca­tion course with the flex­i­bil­ity to ac­com­mo­date my per­sonal life com­mit­ments.

Fed Uni pro­vides var­i­ous study op­tions for the Bach­e­lor of So­cial Sci­ence, which in­clude face-to-face or on­line de­liv­ery, a flexi-op­tion that al­lows for study both on­line and faceto-face, and full time and part time study op­tions.

I am a full time stu­dent at the Wim­mera cam­pus and am cur­rently study­ing sec­ond-year sub­jects of the Bach­e­lor of So­cial Sci­ence course.

I travel a 100-kilo­me­tre round trip once a week to at­tend face-to-face classes in a wel­com­ing en­vi­ron­ment, de­liv­ered in a style of learn­ing that works best for me.

The fa­cil­i­ta­tors of the course ma­te­rial are ex­tremely knowl­edge­able in their fields and can share their knowl­edge in an ef­fec­tive man­ner with stu­dents.

The fa­cil­i­ta­tors are ap­proach­able and un­der­stand­ing of per­sonal cir­cum­stances; they pro­vide sup­port and flex­i­ble op­tions to com­plete var­i­ous tasks.

I have been for­tu­nate to re­ceive fan­tas­tic sup­port, not only from my fa­cil­i­ta­tors, but the univer­sity it­self.

There are sev­eral stu­dent ser­vices avail­able to as­sist you with stu­dent well­be­ing and en­gage­ment, fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance through schol­ar­ships, bur­saries and grants, also to help de­velop your study skills and aca­demic knowl­edge base.

The knowl­edge and skills I de­velop over the course will open many em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties in so­cial re­search, so­cial pol­icy devel­op­ment, com­mu­nity devel­op­ment, jus­tice sys­tem and so much more.

I look for­ward to what the fu­ture holds when I com­plete my stud­ies and grad­u­ate.

Jes­sica Nolan

Since be­com­ing a new ma­ture age stu­dent at Fed­er­a­tion Univer­sity in the Bach­e­lor of So­cial Sci­ence, I have felt that I have a pur­pose.

My stud­ies have let me set the be­gin­ning of a bet­ter fu­ture, with op­por­tu­nity and self-worth, and amaz­ing sup­port sys­tems, tu­tors, flex­i­ble hours and work con­tent catered to my learn­ing style.

Fed­er­a­tion Univer­sity cre­ated an easy tran­si­tion into what was a strange new world of aca­demics, and I am now ex­cited to be part of the univer­sity and flour­ish with ex­po­sure to the amaz­ing so­cial and pro­fes­sional net­works avail­able to Bach­e­lor of So­cial Sci­ence stu­dents. As a 30-year-old mother of two young boys, I never thought a true ca­reer was pos­si­ble for me.

Fed­er­a­tion Univer­sity has granted me the chance to be­come the per­son I as­pired to be and set an ex­am­ple for my chil­dren.

Fed­er­a­tion Univer­sity is the thing I ever did for my fu­ture.

Rhi­an­non Smith

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I started the Bach­e­lor of So­cial Sci­ence in Bal­larat in 2016 be­fore mov­ing to Hor­sham in early 2018.

The Hor­sham crew was more than wel­com­ing when I trans­ferred in.

I thought I would strug­gle with dif­fer­ent classes, lec­tur­ers and stu­dents be­cause I had cre­ated so many strong friend­ships with my old group in Bal­larat. This feel­ing lasted a day. My lec­tur­ers and tu­tors were very un­der­stand­ing with my cir­cum­stances and sup­ported me to stay en­rolled and to come back again in 2019.

I work full time in the pub­lic ser­vices sec­tor and am mum to two lit­tle girls.

Jug­gling three dif­fer­ent worlds has been a chal­lenge, but this course has made it pos­si­ble for me to study and achieve my goals to be suc­cess­ful in the field of so­cial ser­vices.

I hope to take my Bach­e­lor de­gree into a Masters of coun­selling.

CA­REER PATH­WAY: Fed­er­a­tion Univer­sity Wim­mera cam­pus teacher Amy Isham and stu­dent Jes­sica Nolan. Ms Nolan shares her course experience­s with read­ers below. Pic­ture: PAUL CARRACHER

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