I left school in grade 10 and did a fitting and machining apprenticeship in Lithgow, NSW, where I lived, and worked for a year as a tradesman.
I decided I wanted to do some further study, and was interested in studying engineering, but I wasn’t keen on committing to something for four years.
I heard about CIT and was surprised about the number of courses they ran compared to other providers. I came to Canberra to the CIT Open Day, and decided to apply for the Advanced Diploma of Engineering Design. In particular, I really liked the idea of only studying for two years.
The course was really good. Because I had finished school in year 10, there was some maths work that I hadn’t covered. I was able to get lots of help from different teachers, which built me up to the level I needed fairly quickly. The teachers were always really helpful. I liked that they shared a lot of their experiences from their working lives.
We also had to learn the basics behind mechanical welding, but because of my trade background, I got skills recognition, and didn’t have to do three units.
By the end I felt ready to go into the workforce, and I feel confident that with my qualification I’ll get the job I want. Even if it’s not specifically in design, I feel my training was fairly flexible and covered a broad spectrum of areas, so I could go anywhere and adapt to the surrounds.