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By Ana Isabel Alonsagay | 19 March 2019

When it comes to upskilling and further study, studies have shown individuals experiencing that much-needed career ‘boost’ soon after, opening the doors to professional success. In fact, 78% of vocational study graduates in Australia were reported to land a job after their course, and 45.8% reported a promotion in their employment status. 

As one of Australia’s leading RTOs, we take pride in knowing we drive our students to such achievements. The follow four stories involve former Upskilled students, each sharing their successful journey towards landing their ideal career. 

Upskilled alumni students questions and answers

  1. George M. – Diploma of Human Resources Management (BSB50618).
  2. Orsolya Fekete – Diploma of Leadership and Management (BSB51918).
  3. Kate Johnson – Diploma of Counselling (CHC51015).
  4. Youri Wystyrk – Diploma of Event Management (SIT50316).

1. George M.  – Diploma of Human Resources Management (BSB50618).

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A former Upskilled student with a fierce drive, George M. is now living out his career goals in the human resources sector after discovering the value of further education. 

As a veteran of the HR industry for nearly two decades, a late-40’s George found himself passionately searching for further career opportunities in the field. The process proved to be a challenging one, with hundreds of applications sent from his end – and not a single job interview in return. 

After realising that his skills may need updating, he decided to return to study and pursue a Diploma of Human Resources Management (BSB50618) as a “mature-age” student in his 50’s. 

A year goes by, and sure enough – a newly-graduated George began to reap the rewards. He scored himself an interview and received calls from “at least eight” recruiters, proving the stark difference a formal qualification could make in the eyes of potential employers. 

“It hasn’t been a retrograde step at all, and I think the upskilling, is essential,” George shares. “…My kids are so proud of me because I was always “banging onto them” about getting an education and they’ve both finished university, and I’m proud of them both. And since I was a university drop-out, I had to prove it to myself.” 

2. Orsolya Fekete – Diploma of Leadership and Management (BSB51918).

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Driven by a deep interest to hone her managerial and leadership skills, Orsolya Fekete decided to study a Diploma of Leadership and Management (BSB51918) with Upskilled. Coming from an extensive career background in education and having worked in a multitude of teaching roles, Orsolya eventually found herself in the position of an Assistant Education Manager at a college.

Wanting to enhance her value and efficiency as a manager, she decided that further study in the field would help her find success. Towards the end of her experience with Upskilled, Orsolya was headhunted by a small college, offering her a position as Head of the Department. 

Feeling accomplished, Orsolya stated that her plans of continuing a career in management, preferably within the education sector. 

With all the responsibilities to juggle in her busy professional life, Orsolya was grateful for the flexibility provided by her course. The thorough support and resources available were an also incredibly valuable aspect of her experience, and coming from a education background herself, she “can appreciate how organised Upskilled was during [her] studies.” 

At a currently high point in her career, Orsolya also admits that the skills developed from her course come handy in everyday practice as well. Not only is she now well-versed in the theoretical knowledge of management, but the practical strategies involved in solving common hurdles, and the confidence required to take them on. 

3. Kate Johnson – Diploma of Counselling (CHC51015).

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Having had a persistent desire to help others, Kate Johnson began her career studying legal practice. After feeling ‘stuck’ in a paralegal role she didn’t enjoy, she decided to take her knowledge of the field and combine it with youth work, becoming a legal advocate in the field supporting disadvantaged clients.  

This sparked her passion in community work. When her son was diagnosed on the autism spectrum, Kate decided to set up a not-for-profit organisation named ‘Spectrum Journeys’, an establishment that eventually transformed into a community service designed to help parents with children who were also on the spectrum.  
Determined to provide these families with the full support they needed, Kate decided to study a Diploma of Counselling (CHC51015) with Upskilled, to acquire the industry recognition needed to offer specialised parental autism counselling. 

As someone constantly working on her professional goals, it was critical for Kate to have flexible study opportunities that accommodated her busy lifestyle. Luckily, Upskilled’s course model suited her needs perfectly. 

Kate has a positive outlook on the future of the disability services industry, hopeful that disadvantaged children will soon acquire plenty more access to the therapy and support services they need. 

As not many specialist autism counsellors are accessible in the field, Kate aims to be able to provide that quality counselling support her clients require. With her go-getter attitude and a formal qualification under her belt, there’s no doubt that her goals are just within reach.  

4. Youri Wystyrk – Diploma of Event Management (SIT50316).

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As an active and passionate member of the entertainment industry, Youri Wystryk found himself drawn to the event management aspects of the field. Keen to broaden his skillset, he turned to online study and took up the Diploma of Event Management (SIT50316) with Upskilled. 

Diving into the world of online learning was an enjoyable experience for Youri, giving him the freedom to study at his own pace and schedule. This was particularly helpful as he continued to have an active career in the entertainment sector, working part-time in security for Suncorp Stadium and travelling internationally as a tour manager for large concerts. 

Being a tour manager helped spark his interest in the organisational aspects of entertainment, and helped him develop skills that would eventually lend themselves to event management. In wasn’t until the end of his study, however, that the opportunity to become Suncorp Stadium’s ‘Event Coordinator’ was presented to him. 

“It all seemed to good to be true, since this was actually what I was aiming for! I of course applied for the job, letting Suncorp Stadium know that my study in ‘Event Management’ was almost complete,” he shares. 
Soon after, Youri found himself working his ‘dream’ job, in a fast-paced, exciting industry where “no day is ever dull”. With the help of his diploma, he was able to sharpen the skills, knowledge, and mentality required to pursue a fulfilling role in a booming industry.

Interested in online study? 

You too can accomplish your professional goals with Upskilled. Courses span across a wide range of industries from Information Technology to Community Services, providing a plethora of options to suit your career objectives. 

For more success stories from our former students, our archive of alumni Q&A has plenty more to get you inspired.  

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