Balancing plates and seeing surgical procedures up close – vocational education and training (VET) in the VCE gave Andreas Zakhari some unique experiences and valuable job skills.
Andreas has wanted to work in the health industry since he was in school.
As well as studying science and maths subjects at Braybrook College, Andreas also chose to study VCE VET Hospitality and VCE VET Community Services . He says it was something 'different' and a great opportunity to develop work skills.
'I needed a subject that would teach me skills that are applicable in day-to-day life,' Andreas says.
Andreas says Structured Workplace Learning was the highlight of his VCE VET studies. He was placed in hospitals where he met doctors and researchers, and saw them in action in the operating theatre.
'I got to observe some incredible procedures and see what nurses and doctors get up to,' Andreas says.
'The most memorable experience was observing a birth via C Section! It truly was incredible.'
'Take advantage of Structured Workplace Learning! It's an incredible opportunity to learn about a career and decide if it's for you or not.'
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Learning skills for any job
The VCE VET Hospitality program trained Andreas in a real restaurant, where he learned how to carry three plates on one arm, make coffee and work with people.
'Hospitality taught me grit – how to deal with high pressure and customer service,' Andreas says.
In his VCE VET Community Services program, the class discussed social issues and visited aged care centres, child care centres, TAFEs and disability service providers.
'Community Services taught me about working with vulnerable people,' Andreas says.
Today, Andreas is studying a Bachelor of Biomedicine, volunteers for youth community organisations and is employed part-time as a VCE tutor. He says the qualifications and skills he learned in VET are transferrable to studying and working in the health industry.
'I'm always talking to new people, and so the techniques taught in both subjects have proven to be applicable to day-to-day encounters,' Andreas says.
'VET gave me transferable skills, including first aid, time management and communication. I can use these skills anywhere I go!'
His goal is to work full time in the health industry, but after his VET experience, he says he's open to working in other industries.
'My placements taught me that I needed a job that is very social and mentally stimulating,' Andreas says.
'Because of my placements, I know what to look for when deciding on a career.'
Start your study and career journey with VET
Vocational Education and Training (VET) is an important part of Victorian senior secondary school qualifications - the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL). VET opens up many future career opportunities in areas with increasing employment demands. Practical VET courses give students valuable skills and knowledge, and the opportunity to apply them in the workplace.
VET offers nationally recognised qualifications that create pathways to over 500 careers in a diverse range of industries including health, technology, robotics, engineering, food, science, construction and IT.
There are now more opportunities than ever for students to include VET in their senior secondary program of study. Whether you plan to enrol in university, TAFE, complete an apprenticeship or traineeship, or enter the workforce, VET can support your short-term and long-term goals.
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