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Dominique Taylor — Australian College of Applied Education (ACAE) and the Australian School of
Diploma of Hospitality and Bachelor of Business in Hotel Management
I chose to study a Diploma of Hospitality initially because I wasn’t sure where I wanted to take my
career. Once I started the Diploma of Hospitality at ACAE, I found I was really good at it and that
motivated me to undertake the Bachelor of Business in Hotel Management at the Australian School
of Management (ASM).
I really believe taking this pathway has set me up for success. The diploma-level course has given
me practical and hands-on skills that I now relate to the theory of the bachelor course. Employers
also recognise and appreciate that you know the fundamentals while you are working towards a
higher-level qualification, including skills gained through the internship program at ASM.
I would encourage students to take a VET to higher education pathway — it will give you a broader understanding of the subject
matter and allows you to do gain both theoretical knowledge and practical skills, which is attractive to potential employers. Also, if you
choose to continue your studies, you've given yourself a headstart — both in terms of knowledge and credits towards a degree.
Thayna Da Silva Souza — Australian College of Applied Education (ACAE) and the Australian
School of Management (ASM)
Certificate IV in Business, Diploma of Business and Bachelor of Business
I chose to study certificate- and diploma-level business courses through ACAE because I wanted to
see whether a business degree would be right for me. I also knew that Australian qualifications, like
those offered at ACAE, are well recognised in my home country of Brazil.
I completed the certificate IV and the Diploma of Business before tackling the bachelor degree
through the Australian School of Management (ASM). This meant I had a good understanding of the
industry in Australia and could apply this knowledge in my studies. It also helped me to secure work
while I was studying, and improved my confidence and proficiency in communicating in English. As I
completed the pathway program I was granted credits towards the bachelor degree, which reduced
the tuition fees for ASM.
With the combination of my vocational education and degree, I feel well-equipped for the workforce. I've received training from
industry experts, had access to the latest information and technology, and had practical, industry-relevant experience. In the future, I
hope to use all of this experience and knowledge to run my own business.
Farshid Shilanitousi — Victoria University
Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology and Bachelor of Engineering (Civil Engineering) (Honours)
I immigrated from Iran in 2012 and enrolled into an Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology at
Victoria University. Reflecting back on my diploma studies, I realise that this was a good pathway for
entering university. It allowed me to become accustomed to Australia and different teaching methods.
Teaching in maths and physics started at a basic level, which gave me the opportunity to revise the
fundamentals prior to advancing in difficulty later on during the diploma. This catered for all levels of
knowledge and ensured a smooth transition to university.
After completing my diploma, I enrolled into the third year of the civil engineering degree using Recognition
of Prior Learning (RPL). I found that study at university prepares you for the real world by promoting
problem-solving skills and independent thinking. Overall, I would strongly recommend anyone to start with
a diploma and then move to a degree. Studying at diploma level helps you ensure that you have all the fundamental knowledge —
when you start your degree, you feel better prepared than existing university students. I am in my final year now and I feel confident
and excited to start working as a civil engineer.
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