Grade 12 student Megan Ma Chong said that completing her Certificate III in Allied Health Assistants, gave her confidence and has put her on an exciting career path she did not know she wanted.
Doing the Certificate allowed Megan to discover an interest in becoming a physiotherapist. Megan was employed at the Caboolture Hospital and every few months got to experience a different role to add to her skills. She spent time in Medical Imaging, occupational Therapy, speech pathology, physiotherapy and a new program called Eat, Walk, Engage.
“All the sections were really good, but I think my favourite was physio because it was very hands on," Megan said. “From week one we just jumped straight into it - they treated me as if I knew what I was doing, and that gave me the confidence to know what I was doing."
Megan said she was concerned at first when she contemplated doing the Certificate as she was worried about how she would balance her subjects while working and missing a day of school each week.
After participating in the experience, she said she was supported fully the whole way through and there was no need for her initial worry.
“I would get study periods to catch up on the schoolwork I missed, and the main thing was the staff, and my supervisor Kylie. They were amazing trying to help me, and everything was very flexible. It was amazing. I felt really supported the whole way."
“I definitely recommend others to go for it. It's a struggle at the start, but you're supported the whole way through - there's no part of it that you go through alone. At the end of the day, it's a job, a qualification and you're getting paid for it. It's amazing experience.
“I also think having the qualification gives me that extra foot in the door for uni or employment. I've already been in all these different situations that I've had that hands on experience that others may not have had, it's a great opportunity to be able to test the waters before actually committing to something further like uni."