TAFE took Sarah to her dream hospital job

For Allied Health Assistant Sarah Borland, working in a hospital has been a lifelong dream - and it became a reality through TAFE. 

'I've always had an interest in health, physiology and human anatomy and I always wanted to work in a hospital environment,' Sarah says.

Before studying a Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance at Chisholm TAFE in Frankston, Sarah was a first year university student, but wasn't sure it was the right fit for her at the time so she explored other pathways.  

'What attracted me to the Cert IV Course in Allied Health was the placement component and the variety of disciplines in the Allied Health sector, that could lead to careers opportunities in the rehabilitation sector, hospitals and or the private health sector,' Sarah says.

'You are never too old to go back to studying!'

For Sarah, studying at TAFE helped fast-track her into a career she's passionate about. She also found balancing her TAFE studies and work much easier compared to doing a university course and working.

'The placement was the best part of the course,' Sarah asyas.

The on-the-job learning really helped solidify the theory and led to a job offer at Monash Hospital in Clayton.

Sarah says the best thing about working in the disability sector is the reward and fulfilment she feels when working with her patients.

'My job is about helping my patients achieve their goals, and seeing that happen as a result of the work I do makes everything worth it.'

Sarah's plans for the future include returning to university where she will pursue studies in her chosen field.   

'I would like to study further and complete a health science or allied health bachelor and masters and continue working in hospitals.'

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