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How to use your justice course to grow your career

We always learn. There is always a new skill to develop or piece of knowledge to gain. For Annika McCaffrey, this pursuit has seen her make a mark in the community.


Starting with VCAL, she moved easily into a diploma course with Holmesglen. So, how did Annika use TAFE to help fight social injustice and grow her career potential?

Find a study option that fits your learning style

"Studying VCE in high school, it did not feel right for me. VCAL focused on hands-on learning and that was one of the main reasons why I carried on with studying at Holmesglen,” Annika says.

Think about the bigger picture – what makes you happy?

You don’t need to have your career figured out. The best things in life are a process. So, when it comes time to think about what you want to study, the best question to start with is, ‘What makes me happy?’

Annika’s desire to help people led her to study a Diploma of Justice.

“I feel a justice qualification opens up many different career pathways in the field. My course enables students to challenge themselves, develop a variety of skills, have the opportunity to do a field placement that they were interested in and be in an environment where your opinion is heard.”

Use your study as a way to make a difference

Annika is a member of the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria’s Young Thinkers in Residence, where she is a strong and leading voice in standing up to family violence. She has presented to state ministers, was featured in an ABC Online story and also interviewed by Australian Women’s Weekly.

“Being able to create my own campaign, The Hidden Victors, at just 19 years old was a huge achievement for me – helping organisations implement change by advising, running workshops or simply being a presenter.”

Keep the belief

“I believe if people have the determination and passion in something, you will be able to conquer anything you put your mind to.” Annika feels the best approach to study is to stay positive. It was with this optimism that she was awarded Holmesglen’s 2018 Outstanding Individual Achievement Award.

Set further goals

With two qualifications now to her name, Annika knows that like her study path, a career is much the same – evolving, changing and growing. She hopes to help young people when working in a youth detention centre or in residential care.

Find out more about our justice courses.

All information is correct at the time of printing but subject to change.

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