Graduates reflect on learning pathway

A journey begins with a single step, while the adage may be old; the truth of the statement has never been greater.

Three former Central students recently received their Bachelor of Arts in Creative Advertising and Graphic Design from Curtin University.

Back in 2011, Reeanne Anderson, Hannah Fredriksson and Linda Tran began their Cert III in Graphic Design Production and perhaps unbeknown to them, a five-year study journey.

Reeanne first discovered her passion for Graphic Design in Year 10 after making a poster with Photoshop.

“I had no idea how any of it worked but I persevered to teach myself as much as I could. I continued to use what I knew for my remaining high school years and because I enjoyed it so much, I decided to study Graphic Design at Central”, she said.

For Hannah, Graphic Design was something she had been working toward, without knowing it, for a long time.

“When I was a kid my dad bought a PC magazine that came with a disc of demo computer programs, including one called Paint Shop Pro. I spent a lot of time investigating it, drawing in it and learning about layers and filters”.

It was only when Hannah began volunteer work at a not-for-profit agency did she realise how much she enjoyed it.

“The senior Graphic Designer taught me about the basics of the Adobe suite (particularly InDesign) and gave me some simple tasks to do. I enjoyed this work a lot, and I knew it would be worthwhile investing my time in refining these skills, and potentially making a career out of them one day”.

After coming to Central and completing their Cert III, the trio was inspired to continue and completed their Cert IV, Diploma and Advanced Diploma, before going to Curtin to complete their undergraduate degrees.

The three students credit their Central lecturers with not only inspiring them, but also providing a great space to come and learn.

“If it weren’t for our lecturers in Cert III, Christof, Fitz, Darren, Lawrence, John, Deb, Chris P, and Bernie, we wouldn’t have made it to where we are today. Their passion and commitment to such young students proves to be a thriving environment to future graphic designers, ones they, and industry can be proud of!” Reeanne said.

The structure of the courses at Central gave the trio, especially Hannah, the freedom to see if Graphic Design was what they wanted to do, without having to commit to a course that would take years to complete.

“Unlike uni, you receive a Certificate or Diploma at the end of each year of study, meaning you still get a valid qualification if you decide it’s not for you after a year or two. Or you might end up like me, having the time of your life at Central and never wanting the journey to end”, Hannah said.

The most valuable asset Reeanne feels the three of them gained from their time at Central was the high level of skills, which subsequently set them apart from many university classmates.

“Studying at Central was the perfect building block to continue my studies at Curtin. Knowing how to use the Adobe Suite took a lot of pressure off. I could focus on the design and feel confident enough in my skills to execute it. I feel as though that prior knowledge helped me save a lot of time!”

Congratulations to Reeanne, Hannah and Linda on completing your study journey and good luck with the next step of your career.

The graduating trio: Linda Tran (left), Reeanne Anderson (middle) and Hannah Fredriksson (right)

(The graduating trio: Linda Tran (left), Reeanne Anderson (middle) and Hannah Fredriksson (right))

Shouna Shines

As a 15 year old, following a long stay in Sudan, Shouna seized control of her studies and chose to leave school and go to Central and be responsible for her own learning. Through hard work and some guidance from Central staff, Shouna completed her studies in 2011 with a Diploma of Human Resource Management and a pathway for further study at university.

How did you come to be at Central?

In 2010 I travelled out of Australia for the first time to Sudan with my family. While there I saw how the students enjoyed their school studies and had good relationships with their teachers. This was something I didn’t have back home in Australia. The holiday was planned was for six months but I was supposed to return early to go back to school.  However, I decided early in the holiday that I would attend Central instead.

Both of my parents had done courses in Central and enjoyed them, plus I was ready for a change of scene. When I returned to Australia I was lucky enough to speak to someone who mentioned the Launch Pad training program and I immediately enrolled and prepared for an awesome first semester at Central.

What courses did you choose and why did you choose them?

I began with the Certificate III Launch Pad program and then did a Certificate IV in Human Resources Management, before finally completing my Diploma of Human Resources Management. The reason I chose the Launch Pad was because I wanted to take control of my own learning. While on holiday in Sudan I saw how my cousins where treated like adults and teachers trusted them and spoke to them with a sense of respect.   I was envious and wanted the same thing. I wanted a learning environment where I was responsible for my own learning.

The second course I did was Certificate IV in Human Resource Management,

After successfully completing the Cert IV in HR, (where I was the youngest member of the class) I wanted to continue. Doing the Diploma was the next, best thing for me to move on to. I loved the demanding workload and completed it all in the set timeframes with no issues.

What has been your journey since leaving Central? 

After finishing my studies at Central I successfully entered Curtin University. From 2012, I have been completing my Bachelor of Commerce where I major in Human Resources Management.  The courses I completed at Central certainly set down a clear path for me of what I should be doing.

Mining sector to benefit from collaboration with Curtin

The new collaboration will build on Central’s Engineering Department’s extensive and well equipped wear testing facilities at its Northbridge campus and WASM’s expertise in research and development in the mining sector. Central’s Managing Director Neil Fernandes said the collaboration will be informal at first, with Central’s wear testing laboratory and equipment to provide the raw data which will be used by WASM to develop solutions for mining companies, including advanced materials characterisation and development and research services.

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