At an age where people are traditionally eyeing retirement, Carmen Scalia has embraced study.
The 62-year-old had always wanted to do a job that involved helping and supporting people, so she enrolled in the Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing and Disability) to launch her career in the disability and aged care sector.
“RMIT has a great reputation for fantastic courses and I knew that studying at RMIT would guarantee me a job,” she said.
The course was Carmen’s first experience with university, and she found she had to learn a lot more than she had initially expected.
“At the beginning it was very hard, especially having to learn how to use a computer, and I wanted to give up,” she said.
But it all paid off – before donning her graduation robes, she’d already found a job as an aged care worker.
“Now I can do everything! I’ve tried learning computer skills at other institutions, but I’ve only been able to finally master it at RMIT.
“My instructor was very patient with me and took one-on-one time with me to make sure I had the tech knowledge I need to complete my course.”
She now sends emails on the hop from her mobile phone and won’t stop there – she said she’ll continue to take every opportunity she can to build on her depth of knowledge.
“At my new job we are constantly updating our knowledge of aged care and upskilling to ensure we’re always providing great care,” she said.
“Constantly learning is important to me and makes me feel I am always keeping up in my field.”
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