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Bremer TAFE graduate inspires young people
Hearing from a trail-blazer who has faced and overcome her personal inhibitions to change direction and pursue her life calling might offer the inspiration Ipswich Careers Market visitors need to follow suit.
The Bremer TAFE Diploma in Community Services (Youth Work) graduate and RA Wearne Memorial Student Award for Excellence in Learning recipient, Rosalind Bowd knows first-hand about conquering self-doubt to make dreams a reality.
"My graduation from The Bremer TAFE formed a major milestone for me, marking the start of a new career in a field that is close to my heart and which I'm passionate about," Ms Bowd said.
"I set out to study at a time when my plate was already filled as a mother of three kids and a foster child balancing a challenging and rewarding career in hospitality management and public relations. But I wanted more - I wanted to contribute to the lives of young people as a community service youth worker.
"I had been working in marketing for the Ipswich Golf Club and before that was the Queensland Lions Soccer Club's promotional manager. In these roles, I created and introduced initiatives to serve the needs of children and their families and these experiences created a new interest in youth work.
"Completing a Diploma of Community Studies then became my goal but I have to admit that facing two years of full-time study raised self-doubt and fears."
Rosalind said her decision to change career and undertake further study wasn't an easy one for a number different reasons.
"Would studying be the right thing to do as a busy parent? Was I making the right choice to give up a career that I was already successful in? Would I cut it in the field of youth work? Was it worth committing two years of my life to study?" she said.
"I soon realised that there was nothing holding me back in pursuing my career goals and dreams. If I wanted to become a youth worker, I would become a youth worker and I made it happen with great support from The Bremer TAFE teachers and staff.
"I know that the skills, knowledge and abilities I've picked up along the way have benefited not just the way I perform as a youth worker but also benefit the young lives I work with.
"Since graduating from The Bremer TAFE, my new career in community services has brought such great rewards and I'm so happy that I took the plunge to engage in a new career opportunity."
Rosalind's successes since graduating from The Bremer TAFE have proven that her initial self-doubts and fears were unfounded. To find out more about Rosalind's story and career accomplishments in youth work, visit The Bremer TAFE's Ampitheatre where Rosalind will be speaking to Ipswich Careers Market visitors at 11am.