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VET was fun and exciting because it was a whole new environment
and I got to meet other people with the same interests.

VCE VET Hair and Beauty
Salon Owner

Why I chose VET

VET was a fantastic way for me to have the option to start my career while I was still at school. I wasn't the most academic student so I believed a VET pathway would be perfect for me. It gave me the power to step outside my comfort zone, begin a new journey and start my dream career.

What I got out of VET

VET gave me the opportunity to attend school at the same time as giving me the opportunity to begin my dream career. I found that the balance between school, VET and Structured Workplace Learning was great because it gave me a completely different view on school and what my future would look like. During my VCAL I completed a Certificate II in Salon Assistant and commenced a Certificate III in Hairdressing which I completed after school. Through VET I was able to challenge myself and gain professional skills for my trade.

Kiralee doing a client's hair

My VET success story

I began VET while I was studying Year 11. I then went on to a school-based apprenticeship while completing Year 12. After my school-based apprenticeship, I was lucky enough to get offered a full-time apprenticeship. After completing my apprenticeship, I was offered a full-time job.

Then I decided to undertake a Diploma of Beauty Therapy as well. After a few years, I became qualified. I moved from my home town to Edenhope and brought the local salon. I am now living happily in Edenhope and I'm living the dream of being my own boss.

My advice

Go for it! You really have nothing to lose. VET is a great way to find out if a certain career path is really what you want. It allows you to step outside your comfort zone and try something different. And it is a fantastic way to get a head start in your career.

Kiralee's VET success story (pdf - 771.2kb)

My pathway

1 Completed

Hair dryer iconVCE VET Hair and Beauty

  • Certificate II in Salon Assistant

Certificate III in Hairdressing (SBAT) (commenced)
VCE Computing
Literacy and Numeracy Skills
star medal icon Industry Specific Skills
Work Related Skills
Personal Development Skills


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Certificate III in Hairdressing (continued)

Employed full-timedollar sign icon
Apprentice Hairdresser


Employed full-time

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Diploma of Beauty Therapy

4 Current

Salon Owner

VET in 3 words

Challenging. Interesting. Successful.

Secondary school: Nhill College
Location: Nhill
VET qualification:

  • Certificate II in Salon Assistant
  • Certificate III in Hairdressing
  • Diploma of Beauty Therapy

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