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  • Careers in caring: TAFE NSW empowers local migrants to pursue their calling

    Author: Health Times

TAFE NSW Wetherill Park is supporting the aspirations of migrants in the local community, helping them to follow their calling for caring and pursue careers in the in-demand field of nursing.

It comes as research shows 35 per cent of those living in Greater Western Sydney were born overseas, and the number of Registered Nurses in the region has grown 44 per cent over the last five years.

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Analyn Yumul, a 27-year-old migrant from the Philippines, is one of many local students following their passion and building a new life in Australia. After studying a Diploma of Nursing at TAFE NSW Wetherill Park, she now works at Holistic Support Services helping patients with in-home care, with plans to become a Registered Nurse.

“I originally wanted to be a nurse in the Philippines, but my friends said, ‘why not study abroad?’. The standards of nursing here are very high and the training I received at TAFE NSW was exceptional,” Ms Yumul said.

“I’ve always had a passion for helping others. When I was working in a warehouse as a pick packer, I realised it wasn’t for me and I needed to change careers. Enrolling in the Diploma of Nursing at TAFE NSW was the best thing I’ve ever done – it’s helped me to flourish. My patients and clients love me, and it’s flattering when people show their appreciation each day.

“The TAFE NSW course gave me the practical skills I needed to land a job. All of the teachers have experience in the industry, and they provided me with work placement opportunities which gave me an insight into what it would be like in the workplace. This really helped me to hit the ground running after graduation.

“Having access to quality training has benefited not only me but it’s also helped me to help my community and my family back in the Philippines. Once I’m a permanent resident, I’m planning to study a Bachelor of Science and Nursing and become a Registered Nurse, so I can continue to make a difference to other people’s lives.”

TAFE NSW Head Teacher of Nursing Studies, Monica Hourmozi, said TAFE NSW is dedicated to fostering opportunities for students and migrants like Analyn to chase their dreams and make a difference.

“It’s great to see our graduates go on to contribute meaningfully to their communities, utilising the skills they’ve gained throughout their training,” Ms Hourmozi said.

“The Diploma of Nursing fast-tracks students’ careers into nursing in just 18 months through a mix of theory, hands-on training, and work placement opportunities. Students learn how to care for people in a range of health care settings including acute, aged care, rehabilitation, and mental health, so they can thrive in the workplace.”

Media contact: Emma Hughes, Communications Specialist, 0409 618 291, [email protected]


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