Grads from far and wide
Monday, 14th December, 2015
The South now has two “All Nations” - the hotel of that name in Eyre Street and the college on the Wentworth road.
Students from distant shores including India, Ireland and the Philippines were among the nine graduates at a ceremony held last week for Certificate III in Aged Care at Robinson College.
“There’s also an indigenous lady and some plain old Aussies, but it was interesting that we had that mix,” said tutor Irene Davey when asked about the group’s diverse backgrounds.
“And it was brilliant to see them all work together and come out at the end with such great results.
“Hopefully, some of them go on with further study in health care.”
The day was particularly significant for Dublin-born Allan Burke who said he had dreamed of a career in aged care since arriving in Australia in 1988.
He said improving the lives of the city’s older residents provided a sense of job satisfaction that was hard to match.
“It’s something I’ve always loved and wanted to do, and when I was doing my volunteer work with Homecare, I just got the itch,” Mr Burke said.
“It’s been everything I’ve hoped for, everything I could have dreamed of - just the beautiful people you meet and the insights they give you.
“And it’s lovely to go to work each day and come home with a real sense of fulfilment.”