Back on track
Published: 12 Feb 2016
Jenna Flood's life was well on track - and on the track - for 25 years. Her lifelong love and knowledge of horses saw her follow her parents into the racing industry as a track work rider.
All of that changed in an instant when a horse riding accident left her with major injuries to her back and neck and meant she could never ride seriously again. After working hard to recover well, she had the daunting prospect of a new career to consider.
Jenna had been good at maths and enjoyed problem solving at school and some of her family members worked in the financial services sector. She decided to move to Canberra where, still recovering, she could be supported by her parents, and pursue this strength by enrolling in accounting at CIT.
Nervous about undertaking formal study, she says her fears were quelled by the support of her teachers and growing interest in the subject matter.
"The teachers were the number one highlight of the course. They always made sure their students understood the content and were always available out of class time for extra assistance," she says.
"The content of the course gave me a really good understanding of how things work in the workplace and what I could expect, as well as lots of experience with industry programs like MYOB. I was enjoying going home and studying, I was getting good grades and passing my exams."
She can even draw some parallels between accounting and her first love of track riding.
"Every client you work for is different, which I can sort of apply to my work with horses, where each one required different work and attention."
Having completed the Certificate IV in Accounting, Jenna's life is back on track.
"I was surprised by how much I enjoyed studying accounting. All I wanted to do in high school was get out and ride horses. Now I'm really focused on accounting. I've got a lot of long term plans, but I'd like to have my own business and my own clients in a niche market."
Jenna has achieved her dream of moving back to Sydney, where she is continuing her studies at diploma level and looking for work as a bookkeeper through her contacts in the racing industry.