Shamim turns tragedy to triumph with the help of TAFE NSW

TAFE NSW Meadowbank

Shamim turns tragedy to triumph with the help of TAFE NSW

A Ryde local credits TAFE NSW with helping her switch careers to the booming aged care sector, after being inspired by the quality of care her father received before he passed.

A Productivity Commission report into Caring for Older Australians found the aged care sector will need 1 million extra workers by 2050, which is a quadrupling of the current workforce.

Originally from Afghanistan, mother-of-four Shamim Anwari came to Australia in 2005 to a build a new life. She took a break from working in accounting to care for her children, and when tragedy struck her family, she decided to follow her dream of helping others.

After studying a Certificate III in Individual Support at TAFE NSW Meadowbank, Ms Anwari now works as a carer for older people at Care Live Smile.

“My dad dedicated his life to helping others and was a doctor for 45 years in Afghanistan, so when he became sick, we were all so appreciative of the care he was able to receive in his own home. I thought, ‘if they can help someone like my dad, why can’t I help others too?’” Ms Anwari said.

“Before my dad passed away, I promised him I would repay the care he received and help others just as he had done his entire life. I decided to enrol in the TAFE NSW course, which gave me the practical skills I needed to gain a job in the industry. The support and patience my teachers showed me was invaluable to my success.

“Working as a carer has changed my life and made me a different person. I always come home with a smile on my face – making people happy and making a difference to people’s lives is the best feeling in the world.”

TAFE NSW Head Teacher of Ageing and Disability Maryjane Mullarkey said stories like Shamim’s highlight the life-changing impact of quality education and training.

“The nationally accredited Certificate III in Individual Support equips students with the skills they need to pursue rewarding career as an aged care worker or carer,” Ms Mullarkey said.

“Given Australia’s ageing population, there is huge demand for skilled workers in this high growth industry, with countless job opportunities available in residential, home, and community care settings.”

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