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I wasn't really into the whole university atmosphere where
everyone seems to be competing. At TAFE, everyone kinda helps each other
We love hearing the stories of our students. And although everyone's
journey is unique and personal, the more we chat to people the more we
notice that some common, unifying themes emerge.
One of these themes that pops up again and again is when study plans
are affected by injury or illness.
Jesse Skinner is a young man who knows all about this. Originally
working in the construction industry, Jesse's career came to a
grinding halt when his spine broke. "It was a gradual
deterioration of the bone in the spine over many years of working my
back so hard through construction," he said. "The spine just
eventually broke. I had to learn to walk again after eight months of
being laid up. In fact, doctors told me I'd never even walk again at all."
Knowing that he'd never be able to work in construction again, Jesse
turned his attention to other career options – ones that didn't
involve placing his body under any exertion. As he'd always had an
interest in the digital arts, he finally focused his attention on
"I'd dabbled a bit with this before," he said. "I
actually graduated with a Bachelor of Art and Graphic Design earlier
at uni. That course involved some 2D animation, but it focused more on
gaming and stuff. I was more interested in film."
As luck would have it, one of Jesse's uni lecturers also taught
Graphic Design at TAFE's Design
Centre Enmore. He thought the Bachelor
of 3D Art and Animation would be a perfect fit for Jesse's
skills and interests, so recommended Jesse check it out.
"I applied for other courses and got accepted as well, but I
chose TAFE over the others," said Jesse. "I felt more
comfortable in the TAFE environment. I got to meet the lecturers
beforehand at one of the open days, whereas with the others I didn't.
And I wasn't really into the whole university atmosphere where
everyone seems to be competing. At TAFE, everyone kinda helps each
other. It's much more supportive.
Now, three years down the track, Jesse has turned his life around.
He's successfully graduated and has plans to get married, followed by
a holiday in Hawaii. After that he'll be looking for full-time work.
If you're considering a career in design, click here to download
your free course guide and find out more info.
Also check out the inspiring story below from graduate and student of
the year Soheil Agha.