stories for young people
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How to choose what to study
From when I was around 10, I have been working with computers; programming, building computers and fixing them when needed. When friends wanted help with upgrading with their computers I had no hesitance about helping.
With the experience I had I knew I could go further. I had to look further into it because Information Technology is a broad field which ranges from installing software to building networks.
To organise myself to get a job that I liked, I knew that I had to study. So I went to courses in TAFE doing Cert IV in IT up to Advanced Diploma in IT.
All this study rewarded me by giving me jobs and I've worked in the industry for 15 years.
To back me up, if I couldn’t find work, I also started my own IT business and I studied Cert IV in Small Business Management.
I like to help others in what they do as well. To do so I had to study how to train people and so I got my Cert IV in Training and Assessment . This Certificate is required in any TAFE and any RTO (Registered Training Organisation).
When you know what you like doing and what you want to do in life, then it's a good thing to study. You will find it rewarding and helpful in organising your life.
stories for parents
Trying not to be a bossy mother
I know that my son is just not going to be able to research TAFE courses and work out what he’d like to study by himself. I’m expecting to have to help him a lot.
But I really must make sure that I am not taking over and being bossy. It will take much longer to slowly teach him how to be more independent in his study choices.
But I need to bite the bullet and summon patience and make sure that he’s contributing as much as he can. And that I push him more and more, little by little. Exhausting!
We’ve had advice from the school careers counsellor that we need to get down to our local TAFE and get to know the careers person there. So that’s the next step.