Burleigh 30 August 2018

Second Chance at New Career

Sometimes a second chance is just what you need to discover your true passion. Having completed a Certificate III in Business Administration 8 years ago, Bridie Hayes was unsure if pursuing further study, especially in a completely different field, was even possible. It took 12 months of unemployment and struggling financially before the perfect opportunity popped up.

The Queensland Government’s Back to Work funding made a new career possible for Bridie. After a year of difficulty finding work and inability to use her old qualification, she was able to complete a Certificate III in Individual Support with ACE, focussing on the disability sector. A leap into a brand-new industry was eye-opening. “Disability care workers offer great caring roles that help empower those who are disadvantaged in the community and open up opportunities for them. I knew immediately that it was for me.”

Bridie’s passion shone through during work placement and she was offered a 4-day a week paid position at Currumbin Community Special School. Inspired to keep going, she’s exploring options at Griffith University. She aims to pair her Disability skill set with a Biochemistry Science degree to make a big difference to the lives of others.

Now that’s exciting Bridie, the world really is your oyster. Team ACE Burleigh has been proud to be part of your learning journey.

Brigid Hayes

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