A career that cares

A naturally compassionate teenager, Megan Cox was only 16 when she undertook an Australian School-based Apprenticeship in aged care.

After two years of mixing her college studies with her on-the-job training as a personal carer, she found the health care services industry was perfect for her.

Rewarded for her achievements as an Australian School-based Apprentice, Megan won the 2010 ACT School-based Apprentice of the Year Award and was a finalist the same year at the Australian Training Awards.

“Looking back, training while I was still at school was a great option for me," she said.

"During my studies at the certificate and diploma levels, I completed many different student placements within the community and hospital system – giving me a real hands-on understanding of what was going to be involved in the industry."

Megan was employed at Goodwin Aged Care facility in Canberra while undertaking her Australian School-based Apprenticeship Certificate IV in Aged Care Work, later moving into the role of Care Manager.

“Megan was an exemplary member of the Goodwin team and a tribute to the Australian School-based Apprenticeship scheme," said former Chief Executive Officer of Goodwin Aged Care Services Mr Chris Lamont.

"Generation Y is often criticised in the context of employment, however, Megan stands out as a real inspiration.

Having completed a Certificate IV in Aged Care Work and a Diploma of Nursing, Megan undertook a Diploma of Management whilst at Goodwin to further develop her skills.

Megan is now working as a Teacher in the Human Services faculty at her previous registered training organisation, Canberra Institute of Canberra and studying a Bachelor of Nursing.

Megan is continually striving to further her skills and knowledge to challenge her and build her contribution to the Australian Health Care system.

In 2017, Megan was selected to participate in an International Placement for volunteer nursing in rural India for two weeks. While in India, Megan was able to observe nursing at a deeper level of realities and understand current health issues in India. This program has encouraged Megan to participate in more volunteer international nursing opportunities to try give back to more communities and help support health care and education at an international level.

“I am excited about what the future holds," Megan said.

"Having that head start on my career was the best thing I have done."

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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