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VCAL Success story - Ashlee

Ashlee

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

Personal Development Skills
Units 1 and 2 Intermediate/Senior

Work Related Skills
Units 1 and 2 Intermediate/Senior

Industry Specific Skills
Kitchen Operations (VCE VET) Unit 1
Hospitality (VCE VET) Units 1 and 2
Community Services (VCE VET) Units 1 to 4
Interactive Digital Media (VCE VET) Unit 1

VCE Health and Human Development Units 1 and 2

VCE Foundation Mathematics Units 1 and 2

Certificate II in Hospitality

Certificate II in Kitchen Operations

Certificate II in Creative Industries

Certificate III in Early Childhood Education Care

 

Why did you choose the VCAL?

I didn't initially choose VCAL, I thought I would do the VCE with a VET subject but decided that the VCAL was ultimately the best choice. It was more hands-on and I prefer that method for my education.

What did your VCAL program include?

In Year 11, we read to the Prep students at the neighbouring primary to help with their reading and literary skills. In Year 12, we travelled to the nearby retirement village and interviewed residents about their lives, creating slideshows of their accomplishments. We also raised money for a young girl who has cerebral palsy. Our VCAL program had a lot of rewarding projects to make students and others feel good.

What was your study management strategy?

I always asked for clarification when I wasn't sure about what I was supposed to do – asking for help is essential in Years 11 and 12. When I got an assignment, I tried to complete it straight away and if I had many assignments to complete, I would set out a plan of what I needed to do and list all the due dates, ticking them off as soon as I'd handed them in.

What are your top study tips?

Asking for help isn't a sign of not knowing what to do, it's a sign of wanting to know more. Choose to study something you love – your attitude to work will change if you choose to do something you're passionate about.

How has the VCAL prepared you for the future?

The VCAL has given me the confidence to do things I normally wouldn't do, such as public speaking. It's also given me more employable skills. I've decided to work for a year, using the skills I learnt in the VCAL to earn as much money as I can. I would like to continue my studies at TAFE.

What is your advice to future VCAL students?

Make sure to do your absolute best and you'll get opportunities to do things you never thought were possible. Don't be afraid to ask questions – your questions and input could help others with their own work too. You'll do great in your VCAL pathway if you choose to do the right thing and plan out your studies.