Dorothy’s passion for working with young people inspired her to enrol in the Diploma of Youth Work.
Education Support staff member at a secondary school.
During a really tough time, I had a youth worker reach out to me, and she saved my life. Sometimes all it takes is one person to change a life. Since that person changed mine, I’ve made it my goal to be that one person for someone else.
"Enrolling in this program has provided me with many amazing opportunities early on in my career. My biggest highlight and achievement so far would have to be when I was given the opportunity to work alongside the Victorian Police. I was a part of the Ropes Program, which is a program that gives young offenders a second chance. It was a phenomenal experience because for every shift, I was working with a different young person with a different story.
"As part of my work experience, I was given the opportunity to work for an organisation called Therapeutic Engagement Support Services Association (TESSA). Here, I was trained to work in a primary school as an Education Support staff member. I got to work alongside students who had autism, behaviour disorders and spina bifida.
"Being in a working environment allowed me to put into place strategies and plans that I had learnt in the classroom. Since my time on placement, I have been offered a two-year contract with TESSA that I have just accepted!
"Having teachers at RMIT who are experienced in the field is such an important and appreciated asset that makes the university one of a kind.
"During the program, I have acquired skills that range across being tech savvy, confident, resilient, respectful and driven. Specifically, I have learnt how to deliver a presentation, trust my judgement in a difficult situation and how to be an effective leader.
"My goal is to work in a secondary school as the head of wellbeing, and my ultimate dream is to one day open up my own youth centre.”