A local teenager with hopes of working in the public sector has fast-tracked his career by studying a business course while still in high school.
Joseph Stanley, who has now secured two scholarships worth $30,000 to study a Bachelor of Arts at UNSW, as a pathway to studying law, started studying at TAFE.
He completed a Certificate II in Business through TAFE Digital as a TVET (TAFE-Delivered Vocational Education and Training) course.
"In Year 9, I learnt through my career advisor that I could gain a TAFE NSW qualification as part of my HSC," Joseph said.
"Since then, I've gained a real passion for giving career advice and have helped lots of my friends decide on their career path.
"While the default option for students is often university, I've found studying a TVET course gives you a huge head start on your career.
"Being able to study something you're passionate about, which not only counts towards your HSC but gives you an industry-recognised qualification, is a no-brainer," he said.
Joseph's move to university has been assisted by securing the two scholarships through UNSW.
An accommodation scholarship, to the value of $25,000 per year, will help cover on campus accommodation costs for the duration of his three-year degree, while a UNSW Gateway Equity Scholarship to the value of $5000 will help with educational materials, such as a laptop computer and textbooks.
Joseph said he was looking forward to one day working in HR or employment, and helping others find their passion and succeed in their careers.
TAFE NSW Business Administration Head Teacher Monica O'Neill said Joseph was a prime example of how students could gain job-ready skills before finishing high school.
"Our nationally accredited business courses equip students with the hands-on administration, communication, and organisational skills they need to join the workforce, and provides a strong pathway to further study," Ms O'Neill said.
"TVET courses are unique in that they help students build practical skills and industry-specific knowledge in an area they're genuinely interested in, while counting towards their HSC."
She said studying online provided flexibility and freedom so students could work around their other work and study commitments, and progress their career goals at their own pace.
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