“I like to think I didn’t choose to work in disability but it chose me,” says Jacalyn Williams who is currently studying the Advanced Diploma of Disability at Kangan Institute.
“I was turning 18 and at the time out of a job. My mum worked with the Department of Human Services and said ‘why don’t you just try working with people with a disability’. I thought I had limited options; retail, fast food, or a working in call centre which I knew I didn’t want to do, so I gave it a go. “
“Since then I have never looked back,” says Jacalyn.
Five years later she realised that in order to move up in her workplace and take her career further she really needed a formal qualification.
“I knew I wanted to further my study with disability from the start, but it didn’t work out for me until I enrolled with Kangan. I actually tried to study online and at another Institute but it just wasn’t the same.”
Studying disability at Kangan Institute’s specialised health training campus in Moonee Ponds equips students with the skills to be able to make a genuine difference to the lives of people with disabilities.
"With the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and of course with an ageing population the assisted living sector presents great career opportunities” says Kangan Institute’s manage of Health and Community Services Janet Dilley.
“Our teachers have real industry experience and are very passionate about teaching practical skills that students transfer to their workplaces. This really inspires students to become leaders in their field and enables them to use what they learn to help others. This in turn helps the people they assist to gain a sense of worth and belonging in the community”.
Helping her clients with their day-to-day tasks, assisting them to reach their personal goals and supporting them to be as independent as possible, is all part of the job for Jacalyn.
“I couldn’t be more proud and privileged to be there every step of the way,” she says.
Jacalyn was recognised for her outstanding study achievements and presented with the Harold Richards Student of the Year award at the Class of 2013 Graduation and Awards Ceremony.
Find out more about starting a rewarding career in health, nursing, disability or aged care. Enrolments are now open for mid-year intake.