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Eloise Hanna made an exciting switch from Vocational Education student to employee at Skills Strategies International (SSI), landing her first full time administration role with the VET in Schools provider while finishing Year 12 at St Stephen’s School Carramar.

Eloise was thrilled to land the role of Administration Assistant before graduation and started the job just days after her final day of school.

Eloise said St Stephen’s School Head of VET Nicki Hipgrave told her Cert IV Business class about the job opportunity becoming available at SSI.

“This caught my attention because I enjoyed doing their course over the years and was looking for jobs that incorporated business knowledge I had picked up,” Eloise explained.

Eloise is enjoying settling into her new role and is enthusiastic to keep learning and develop her skills further.

“I think I’m quite fortunate with this job, as the majority of the work I do now I did when I was studying Business at school, so I’ve found the transition quite smooth. There are skills that I’ve picked up since working here, like taking phone calls, using different software, and applying what I learnt at school to a real workplace.”

“In the coming months I think I’ll start to get more involved with VET in Schools and marketing as I’m going to be starting a marketing traineeship.”

She said choosing the VET pathway was one of the best decisions she made as a student, with the program preparing her for a workplace environment with lots of practical ways to learn.

“I’m not built for the studying lifestyle and with VET it was a lot more hands on and applicable to a workplace which suited my personality and mindset a lot more.”

“I was able to prepare myself for the workplace over four years, while still getting the opportunity to pursue other interests in school.”

“I’m very fortunate to have had teachers that were able to prepare me for the real world and give me opportunities I don’t think I would have received had I gone down a different pathway.”