Fifteen-year-old TAFE at School student Jayda Glazebrook has proven dedication pays off, after taking out the Student of the Year Award at TAFE Queensland's Gympie graduation ceremony.

For as long as she can remember, Jayda Glazebrook has wanted a career that supports her active lifestyle and allows her to help others.

The Blackall Range Independent School student is already well on her way to achieving her goal of becoming a personal trainer, after she graduated from TAFE Queensland’s Gympie campus with a Certificate II in Sport and Recreation through the TAFE at School program.

Jayda said that the course had been a lesson in learning to interact with new and different personalities, she thoroughly enjoyed it, and was excited to get a head start in an industry she’s passionate about.

“I’ve always been interested in fitness and ever since I was little I’ve been active,” Jayda said.

“I’m really into boxing and self defence too, which is what really motivated me to pursue a career in the fitness industry."

“I’d love to be able to teach and motivate people to achieve their goals. I know how happy I am when I reach my goals, so I want to be the one that helps people achieve that feeling for themselves,” she said.

The 15-year-old travelled an hour to Gympie to attend her classes each week, and is now preparing to study a Certificate III in Fitness at TAFE Queensland’s Mooloolaba campus while she completes year 12. The forward-thinking teenager also plans to gain her Diploma of Sport Development once she graduates from high school, setting her up to hit the ground running in the fitness industry.

It's this commitment to her career and her dedication to helping others succeed – which she demonstrated by supporting her fellow classmates throughout the course – that has earned her recognition by her teachers and peers. The plucky teen even took out the Student of the Year Award at the 2018 Gympie campus graduation ceremony, which was held at the Gympie RSL on Friday 14 December.

Upon receiving the award, Jayda said she felt honoured to have been nominated, let alone receive the award in front of her family and peers.

“I can’t even describe how happy I am,” Jayda said.

“This course has educated me, I’ve met great people and it’s helped me outside of school with work experience and interacting with people I don’t know."

“It really sets you up for the real world and when I’m out of school, I feel like I’ll now know what I’m doing and how to approach people when I’m looking for work.”

If you want to get a head start in your chosen career while you complete year 12, talk to your school VET coordinator about your options and see where TAFE can take you.


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