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Planting the seeds of success

Thanks to a work focused English program at TAFE Queensland, Iranian scientist Saeedeh was able to resume her career shortly after migrating to Australia.

Thanks to a work focused migrant English program at TAFE Queensland, Iranian scientist Saeedeh Saberi was able to resume her research career shortly after migrating to Australia.

Thirty-four-year-old Saeedeh obtained her PhD in Biosystems Engineering at Isfahan University of Technology. Over a number of years, she established her career as an agricultural researcher in Iran and published several peer-reviewed papers.

In 2021, Saeedeh emigrated to Australia on a Distinguished Talent Visa. While eager to resume her career, she recognised a need to cement her professional English language skills before commencing the job search.

Soon after settling into Brisbane, Saeedeh joined the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) at TAFE Queensland’s South Bank campus.

The AMEP, which is funded by the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs, supports migrants and refugees with free English language training tailored for life in Australia.

Through the AMEP, Saeedeh completed a work placement at a local plant nursery to gain an insight into Australian workplace standards and culture.

During her classes—led by TAFE Queensland Educator Sophie Nguyen—Saeedeh practised writing resumes, applying for jobs, and attending interviews.

“Having a successful migrant like Sophie as my teacher was so valuable,” said Saeedeh.

“After having worked in different positions in multiple countries, Sophie has a profound understanding of the job market.”

It didn’t take long for Saeedeh to apply her new skills to the job market. Less than two months after completing the AMEP, she successfully applied for a position at the Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade in Darwin.

Today, Saeedeh is employed as a scientist within the Department’s Plant Industries team.

“TAFE Queensland—and especially the AMEP—played a key role in my success,” Saeedeh said.

“Every single concept that we learned in class, ranging from writing resumes and cover letters to interview skills, has worked for me."

The Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) is funded by the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs. In Queensland, the AMEP is delivered by TAFE Queensland.