World of opportunity at Federation TAFE

December 1, 2021 BY

Samantha Brown explored other career options before settling into nursing, which she had always been interested in. Photo: SUPPLIED

For school leavers, the change of preference period is one of the most important times of the year.

IF your priorities have changed and you find yourself drawn to a new career opportunity, change of preference is the time to take that fork in the road and choose a path to a career you know you’ll enjoy for years to come.

For those who didn’t quite receive the results they were hoping for, change of preference is a chance to re-evaluate, gather your thoughts and find an alternative pathway to your dreams.

And it’s okay if you don’t quite know what you’re after yet.

Federation TAFE nursing student Samantha Brown realised when she finished high school that she wasn’t ready to make a long-term career choice.

She had always been intrigued by nursing but decided to take some time to work as a conveyancer and then in a fast-paced role managing a top hotel in Ballarat.

With her interest in nursing never waning, Samantha tested the waters through the traineeship model at Federation TAFE.

She began by enrolling in a certificate III of individual and ageing support to be sure this was the right career path for her, before going on to enrol in a diploma of nursing which included a work placement at Ballarat Health Service where she was able to put her training into practice.

Her skills shone through, and she was named Trainee of the Year at the Victorian Training Awards earlier this year.

Samantha was one of 44 finalists in the 67th Victorian Training Awards, which recognises the achievements of apprentices, students, teachers, trainers and employers.

After completing her traineeship in 2020, Samantha is now working at Ballarat Health Services, where she is applying her knowledge and experience learned during study and her traineeship.

“The traineeship was a perfect fit, as I learn best with hands on experience. The opportunity to work within the field whilst studying was a major draw card,” Samantha said.

Samantha isn’t alone in her experience; when you join Federation University and TAFE, you’ll become part of a learning community with courses grounded in real-world experience, giving you the skills you need to excel in the workforce.

With over 400 courses to choose from, from TAFE and short courses, to undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, Federation makes it easy to choose with its Info Day.

In December, each of Federation’s campuses will host an in-person and virtual event where you can connect with teaching staff, current students and student support staff who can help point you in the right direction.

You’ll hear more about why Federation might be the right higher education experience for you – and find out why Federation is number one in Victoria for teaching quality, student support and graduate full-time employment.

Federation University and TAFE’s courses are grounded in real-world experience, taught by experts in their fields using the latest technology and tools.

Whether you want to learn online, in person or a combination of both, there is an option for you at Australia’s only regional-focused university and TAFE.

For more information, visit federation.edu.au.