COVID-19 took Ellie Foley’s job, but she turned the loss into an opportunity to pursue her dream career as a nurse.

The 29-year-old from Ashmore on the Gold Coast was working in the hospitality industry when the pandemic restrictions left her out of a job.

“It was an unprecedented shock and I struggled to adjust to the reality of unemployment, while raising a young family and studying nursing fulltime at TAFE Queensland,” said Ellie.

“I wanted to get straight back into the workforce and being halfway through my nursing studies was the perfect opportunity to use my newly acquired skills and pursue a job in the health industry.”

The Diploma of Nursing (HLT54115) student met with TAFE Queensland Employment Officer, David Bott who connected her with Bolton Clarke Residential Aged Care in Currumbin and she has since secured a job with them as a personal carer. 

“Ellie had the ideal skill set for the role but most importantly I believed she had the right values and personality to fit perfectly into their team,” said David.

Ellie, who studies at the Southport campus said she is extremely grateful to have a job in the current climate and is thrilled to be working in the health industry alongside nursing professionals.

“I can’t thank TAFE Queensland enough - they not only gave me the confidence, skills and capability to chase my dreams, but also connected me with my new employer,” she said.

“It is without a doubt TAFE Queensland's hands-on learning method that gave me the fundamental skills to secure my new role in the health industry just six months into starting my diploma.

"Together the theory, practical work and placements ensured I had enough experience to start my nursing career and now I get to work and learn simultaneously while applying my skills in the real world.”

Upon graduating at the end of this year, the mother-of-two plans to go onto university to become a midwife.

“TAFE Queensland is the best place to start my learning journey, as I have been able to embed myself into the industry and I am now more mentally prepared to tackle a bachelor degree.

"I am hoping to use the diploma as a pathway straight into a Bachelor of Nursing, and then eventually specialise in midwifery."

Ellie said that anyone thinking about studying at TAFE Queensland should not think twice and just go for it.

“TAFE Queensland provides you with everything you need to be job-ready in your industry, from learning support, practical training and work experience to access to employment officers who can help get your foot in the right door.”

TAFE Queensland’s Employment Officers help students with resumes, interviewing skills, job opportunities and connections with industries.




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