A TAFE course allowed Jessica to get started on her career in the disability sector while she was still in school.
18-year-old Jessica Turner says she 'fell in love' with the disability sector after volunteering for Access for All Abilities as part of her Year 11 studies. The organisation connects people with disabilities to sporting activities in Melbourne.
Jessica says she believes sports can a positive way to improve daily life, confidence and fitness for people with intellectual disability.
Jessica was able to enroll in a Certificate III and IV in Community Activities (Sports & Recreation) at SEDA College while in Year 12.
Jessica says the highlight of the course was the work placements. Her first placement was with Special Olympics Victoria where she organised sporting activities, medal ceremonies and support for athletes.
She went out to schools and had the opportunity to meet a diverse mix of people doing coaching and sport activities.
Working at Dinjerra Primary School gave her an opportunity to engage students of refugee backgrounds, promoting inclusive education and social interactions helping kids learn and make friends.
She believes studying a TAFE course opened new pathways for her and she encourages others to do the same.
'I was able to finish school with additional skills and practical work experience,' says Jessica.
'It helped me find a purposeful career direction where I can make a difference.'
After her placement, Jessica took on a volunteer role at Melbourne City Soccer club, coaching people who are blind and deaf to achieve their best in sport - and in life.
Jessica is currently studying a Bachelor of Nursing at Victoria University and has aspirations to go to medical school.
'Be the best leader that you can be,' Jessica says.
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