The Cathedral College Careers Co-ordinator and CQUniversity alumnus Karen Copping knows first-hand the potential tertiary education and training.
“For some students it’s about different pathways rather than just getting an (Overall Position) OP score,” Karen said.
“At TCC it’s pretty much fifty-fifty for students who want an OP for University entrance and those who want a different pathway such as a trade or traineeship.
“We already have about 60 students undertaking school-based training with CQUniversity and they’re all very happy with the training.”
Karen, who moved to the Rockhampton region from Adelaide in the early 1990’s after studying Hospitality, understands the benefits of both aspects of tertiary education and passes that message on to her students.
“I studied Hospitality at Regency Park TAFE in Adelaide in my early 20s and I really appreciated the hands-on training I received,” she said.
“After TAFE I worked in the industry for a while and then ran a caravan park and bed and breakfast. We moved to Queensland in ’92 and in 1999 I ran Kelly’s Bar & Grill in Yeppoon with my husband until 2002.
“It was then I decided upon a career change and I enrolled in a Bachelor of Learning Management and Secondary Vocational Education and Training at CQU.”
She found a job as a teacher with TCC delivering hospitality until she settled into her current role as Careers Co-ordinator almost two years ago.
She has now come full circle, liaising with CQUniversity’s VET in Schools team to deliver training options to her students.
“I’ve been doing this role for almost 18 months and for some students, vocational training is a really good option and now with CQUniversity offering pathways from Certificate I right through to PhD’s TCC students have so many options,” she said.
“Everyone is different, but to me a TAFE pathway is a good option because you can still get to where you want to be.”