Institution: University of South Australia
Shirley is studying
for her second Australian qualification. Having completed a psychology
degree here, she realised that she wanted to work with people with
disabilities and enrolled in postgraduate studies in South Australia.
a great environment [in which] to study. I feel that studying here I
have a lot more freedom, in that I manage my time and study myself.
There is also a greater emphasis on the practical component of my area
of study, so I am learning more about the work environment and practical
advice in rehabilitation counselling,” she said.
rehabilitation course involves work placements, giving her both good
experience and a chance to learn more about the local culture.
am undertaking practical placements during my graduate diploma and
through these I have learned more about Australian culture with my
colleagues. I now have increased confidence to communicate with people
from different cultures,” she said. “I also believe that the placement
experience will help my future employment prospects.”Shirley is proud of her Australian education and enjoys telling others about what she has learned.
I miss my home country, I don’t want to go back in a hurry. I have
learned to be more independent and now I am used to that.”
After finishing her studies, Shirley plans to work for a while before returning to university to undertake a masters thesis.