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VCAL Success Stories

Chelsea

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Chelsea's VCAL studies included:

Literacy and Numeracy Skills
Reading and Writing Senior, Oral Communication Skills Senior, Numeracy Skills Senior

Personal Development Skills
Units 1 and 2 Senior

Work Related Skills
Units 1 and 2 Senior

Industry Specific Skills
Business (VCE VET) Units 1 and 2
Personal Services (VCE VET) Units 1 and 2

VCE Business Management
Units 1 and 2

VCE English
Units 1 and 2

VCE Health and Human Development
Units 1 and 2

VCE General Mathematics
Units 1 and 2

VCE Psychology
Units 1 and 2

Certificate II in Hairdressing*

Certificate II in Business

Certificate III in Beauty Services

*now Certificate II in Salon Assistant

Why did you choose VCAL?

VCAL allowed me to focus my studies in a practical way on things that really interested me.

What did your VCAL program include?

As an Indigenous student, I knew my VCAL program would include supporting Indigenous education in some way. That's why I developed a partnership between the Cathy Freeman Foundation and my school. This involved creating a range of fundraising activities throughout the year, including organising for the foundation to partner with the Stawell Gift, a world-famous foot race held in the local community, and leading the school's National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week celebrations.

I also completed a Certificate II in Hairdressing and a Certificate III in Beauty Services while participating in work experience at a local hair salon.

What was your study management strategy?

Facing challenges in study and work means you have to be super organised and flexible. Being aware of this, I always sought alternative ways to adjust my project to meet the required tasks for VCAL.

What are your top study tips?

  • Be organised so you know exactly what you need to do and when to do it.
  • Be sure to complete tasks as soon as you can, so you aren't rushing to complete them.
  • Don't be scared to ask for help from your teachers. They want you to succeed.

What is your advice to future VCAL students?

I chose to study something I was passionate about and knew I was interested in. It is so important to remain passionate and engaged for the length of the course.

If you put in the effort and remain passionate and positive, you can do things you never thought you could.

How has VCAL prepared you for the future?

My experiences through VCAL have helped me become more confident and developed my organisational and public speaking skills. VCAL helped prepare me for the studies I went on to do in the beauty industry, where I now work.

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Alex

Photo of VCAL success story Alex  

Alex's VCAL studies included:

Literacy and Numeracy Skills
Reading and Writing Senior, Oral Communication Skills Senior, Advanced Numeracy Skills Senior

Personal Development Skills
Units 1 and 2 Senior

Work Related Skills
Units 1 and 2 Senior

Industry Specific Skills
Kitchen Operations (VCE VET) Units 1 and 2

Adult Community Further Education (VCE VET) Units 1 and 2

VCE Industry and Enterprise
Units 1 and 2

VCE English
Units 1 and 2

VCE Business Management
Units 1 and 2

VCE General Mathematics
Units 1 and 2

VCE Food and Technology
Units 1 and 2

VCE Visual Communication Design
Units 1 and 2

Certificate II in Applied Language

Certificate III in Catering Operations

Why did you choose VCAL?

I knew that I wanted a career which combined my interests in business and hospitality. VCAL provided me with a way to combine practical experience in hospitality with other studies useful in business, such as mathematics, literacy and numeracy.

What did your VCAL program include?

I completed a Certificate III in Catering Operations and spent time on programs that raised awareness about autism in my school and local community.

I developed skills in communication and in working as a member of a team. Raising awareness about autism was a big part of my VCAL program and I really enjoyed it, as autism is an issue I feel passionately about.

What was your study management strategy?

At first my study management strategy was to take it day by day, but that turned into week by week, and month by month. Write yourself a study management plan and try to stick to it. There will always be setbacks, so it's good to have a clear plan for study.

What are your top study tips?

  • Have a clear idea of what you want to do at the end of study and what kind of work you want to do.
  • Know what assignments you have to do well in advance. You will need to plan ahead to be able to achieve everything you need to.
  • Study something that you're passionate about and have a connection with.

What is your advice to future VCAL students?

Put your best in. If you do, opportunities will find you. A lot of my teachers and school friends recognised the work I did, and getting a VCAL Achievement Award was an incredible experience.

How has VCAL prepared you for the future?

Doing VCAL gave me the confidence and skills to keep studying. I'm currently completing a Certificate IV in cooking and hospitality.

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