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ACE was always going to be my choice, it had the flexibility for me to study while I worked, using online learning.
The big unexpected was that I actually liked it! I genuinely don’t like studying, but doing my course through ACE with Karen as my trainer I gained a confidence I didn’t think I had when it comes to education. I actually finished not one, but two qualifications. Along the way I changed from thinking I would work in disability to aged care. On placement at Uniting Aged Care in Goonellabah I realised pretty quickly that I had a great relationship with the residents and wanted to make a difference in their lives. It is far more rewarding work than what I was previously doing. I went from my course, to employment and have also started as a buddy for other students from ACE. What a result! Honest, just do it. If you’re not doing anything, what do you have to lose by studying?
Laila comes from the Philippines, and after working part time for a very short while she decided to take a big leap into study and follow her dream of working in early childhood education. “The Migrant Centre offered me a course to attend in childcare with ACE Community Colleges”.
“My trainer was always there to help me, offer assistance and fully support. After doing my placement, the Centre offered me a full time job! To students who want to study in early childhood, I say don’t give up”.
After years in the IT industry, Arup was searching for a more. “I knew I had to make the change. I needed something to galvanise me to lead a wholesome, giving life. Resting is rusting, I want to bring about that 1% change in the world.”
And that he did, overcoming any hurdles along the way. “It was like looking at Mt Everest, but the trainers enabled me to focus on one task at a time, one step at a time. The constant feedback and classroom discussions kept us engaged and focused. What the course offers is brilliant but means nothing without the likes of the ACE Burleigh Team. You guys rock!”
Joanne took a step out of her comfort zone and found herself in her dream career. After 25 years in hospitality it was time for a change to better connect with Jo’s caring nature.
“Convenience and location were totally appealing for me with ACE being so close to home. Once the course started and I met the trainers, the way they delivered their lessons, their support and information were second to none – amazing. Flexibility of being online worked well. It was great to do the workshops, as you get to see your trainers in person, that helps make you feel part of the team”.