Juggling act worth it for VET student


VET student Amber Gerwien’s hard work has paid off, as she secured a full-time job after graduation.
Juggling act worth it for VET student
VET student Amber Gerwien’s hard work has paid off, as she secured a full-time job after graduation.

The Gosnells resident had to squeeze in an extra day of school during the week as she completed an additional day of work placement as part of her VET studies.

The juggling act has paid off – the 18-year-old has now landed a full-time job at the Department of Mines and Petroleum.

Amber said most VET students at Southern River College complete a work placement or Tafe studies on a Friday.

But she did an extra day of work placement on a Thursday, meaning she had to fit in her missed school work in her own time.

Amber sat down with teachers every week to make sure she was on the right track with her studies.

“You have to put a lot of time into managing your time to be able to fit it in,” she said.

“Take every opportunity you can because you never know what it might bring.”

Although Amber did not sit the WACE exams, she did sit the end-of-semester exams, making the time to study on top of her other commitments.

“All that running around probably helped me in the long run because it makes you more independent and that is what you need when you leave school.”