Diploma of Business Administration

Making a positive impact

Completing Year 12 with a 90-plus ATAR, Foster Davis was in a commanding position to pick and choose his course in life. After beginning a university degree and discovering it wasn’t for him, he is now happily employed in an administrative role with a promotion in the wings and a promising future before him.

“Because I’d done well at school, university was a naturally assumed pathway for me, so I enrolled in a Bachelor of Communications in Media and Culture at the University of South Australia,” said Foster. “However, I soon knew it wasn’t for me. It didn’t satisfy my desire to impact the lives of others or to practically apply my education.”

Two weeks later Foster started his Certificate III in Business Administration through Trison Business College and his host employer, Murray Mallee Aged Care.

“I did my course online and found it really easy to pace myself and learn independently,” said Foster. “I really enjoyed the practical side of the work and it was good to be able to earn an income while studying.”

Foster excelled as a trainee, winning the Murraylands Training and Employment Association of South Australia Trainee of the Year twice, the 2014 South Australian Group Training Awards Trainee of the Year, and was a nominee for the 2014 Group Training Australia National Trainee of the Year. He is now a permanent staff member with Murray Mallee Aged Care working as a Finance Officer. Having completed his Diploma in Business Administration, he is now transitioning into a marketing role while undertaking a Diploma of Marketing.

Foster’s tips for anyone thinking about doing an apprenticeship are: “Do your research, talk to providers and people working in the field, and find out what’s really involved in the job,” he said. “It’s really important to do something you think you’ll enjoy, given how much time you spend at work. Once on the job, you need to be self-disciplined and motivated.”

Looking to the future, Foster is keen to further his career and personal development, contribute to the growth and expansion of his employer, and as an Australian Apprenticeships Ambassador, advocate for further education. “It’s really important to me to do things that will make a positive impact on the lives of others and that’s why I am so looking forward to my role as an Ambassador and exemplifying how well an apprenticeship has worked for me,” he said.

If you are interested in an Australian Apprenticeship and how to get started, download An Australian Apprenticeship - Endless Career Possibilities brochure or contact your local Australian Apprenticeship Support Network provider.

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