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They're both SWSi classmates and self-confessed "laboratory
geeks". And they've both ended up tying for first place in the
2016 TAFE NSW State Medal Awards.
But the similarities effectively end there. Ghadeer Zeidat and Mark
Pearce have arrived at this destination from personal journeys that
are about as different from each other as it's possible to get.
Ghadeer moved to Australia five years ago and although she went to
university in Jordan, had to restart her career. She spoke very little
English so started her TAFE journey by enrolling into an English for
Academic Purposes course at TAFE SWSi. She then decided to follow her
passion and commenced a Laboratory Skills Diploma and recently
completed her third course, a Diploma in Chemical Technology.
Mark Pearce was handed a redundancy after nearly 30 years working for
the same company. He decided that it was time to think of a plan B and
chose to follow his interests and return to TAFE to start a new career
in laboratory technologies. This turned out to be the best experience
of his life.Now, Mark and Ghadeer set off to start their new careers,
who knows if their journeys will continue to a similar destination or
if their lives will once again take them in different directions.