Building skills for a brighter future
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 –
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.
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.
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