Speed dating works for career counsellors

Central’s fourth, annual VET Breakfast on Friday was an information session with a difference. In an attempt to freshen up the event, this year featured a rapid circulation format, with Central’s Portfolio Managers moving from table to table sharing insights into their changing course offerings, in particular the pathways to higher education and VET courses.
Guest speaker was Central’s current student of the year Meah Spiridonidis, who detailed her story of transitioning from the corporate world to the fitness industry.
“I recommend a training pathway because of the practical and theoretical way it provides you with skills that mean you are job ready at the completion of your studies. I value my university education but believe my training at Central has been paramount in my success and enabling me to follow the right path”, said Meah.
The early start did not deter the 65 high school counsellors and principals in attendance. In fact, the event received very positive feedback in follow up surveys. The speed dating format was highly favoured and 100% of respondents said they would lock in a date with Central again.

Turtle cleaning in Thailand

Last month, eight Environmental Science students from Central, together with their lecturer Gun Dolva, had a unique opportunity to visit Thailand care of the Federal Government’s Vocational Education and Training Outbound Mobility Program (VET Outbound).

The group gained invaluable work experience in the ecology field, while making a real difference towards the conservation of local species.


The VET Outbound Program provides support for VET students to undertake international short-term (less than six months) study experiences that relate to their course.

The students, currently studying a Diploma of Environmental Monitoring and Technology (EMT), were based at Phang Nga and the work undertaken supported ongoing efforts by GVI (Global Vision International) towards conservation of marine and terrestrial habitats and species.


Work ranged from cleaning turtles, scrubbing turtle tanks, applying anti fungal solution, hiking in two national parks to conduct biodiversity surveys, identifying  the species found and a collection of over 20 bags of trash from Thai Muang Beach.


“The ecological skills the students had learnt here at Central ended up fitting perfectly into the work they did at Phang Nga.  Their ability to work in teams and in the field, which is something we do a lot here at Central, paid off wonderfully”, said EMT lecturer Gun Dolva.

“For me it confirmed that the EMT course and the activities we build into it prepares the students for work not only locally, but internationally as well.”