Daughter inspires mum’s career change

Barb Game with her daughter Rebecca Godin at Challenger Institute’s Murdoch campus, where mother and daughter have both qualified as nurses.
Barb Game with her daughter Rebecca Godin at Challenger Institute’s Murdoch campus, where mother and daughter have both qualified as nurses.

The 65-year-old Middle Swan resident has just qualified as an enrolled nurse through Challenger Institute of Technology.

‘As you can imagine, our pride in each other is completely mutual,’ Mrs Game said.

‘As far as my own circumstances go, I am very keen to tell my story to other ‘more mature’ people who have a dream job or passion and feel they are too old to do anything about it.

‘I was a careers counsellor for 27 years and met so many clients who felt the opportunity to follow their dreams had passed them by.

‘I know it’s a cliche, but I would always say to these people, ‘This isn’t a dress rehearsal, this is real life, don’t get to the end of your working life and be disappointed that you didn’t grasp the opportunity to change your career’.’

‘I’m proud to say I took my own advice,’ she said.

Mrs Game will graduate from the 18-month enrolled nursing course in December.

She has already secured a graduate position at a local public hospital where she will work in the mental health area.

‘Age has been no barrier at all for me in pursuing this career path. If anything, the life experience has been beneficial, and the job opportunities have also been plentiful.’

Ms Godin also works in mental health as a psychiatric nurse at Hollywood Private Hospital.

Ms Godin was named 2012 Vocational Student of the Year at Challenger Institute.

Before she became a nurse, she ran her own accountancy practice.

She said she was very proud of the move her mother made to quit her career and start afresh, at an age when most people are considering retirement.

‘People are often shocked that I am a new graduate at the age of nearly 40, so I love telling them about my mum being a graduate at 65.’

The 18-month enrolled nursing course runs at Challenger Institute’s Murdoch campus.