Determined to make a difference

Troy Flores fulfilled his dream to become a teacher through VU’s pathways, multiple placement opportunities and academic support.

“After my Year 12 results didn’t quite pan out, I discovered VU’s Diploma of Education Studies, with a course pathway that enabled me to go straight into the second year of an education degree. I also chose VU because of the P-12 option – a qualification to teach at both primary and secondary level.

As the first in my family to go to uni, self-guided study was new to me. I had to work hard in the Diploma and pass the stringent testing to get into the degree. VU provided tremendous academic support like getting my writing skills and referencing up to academic standard.

I worked as a student ambassador during my studies, which helped enhance and improve my leadership and co-ordination skills.

In class, I loved interacting with a variety of people, learning about their different cultures and experiences.

I undertook work placements in five different schools, which was vital in helping me shape my practice as a teacher. I gained my job because of these placements; my final placement school where I’m now working as a teacher and Year 9 coordinator and adviser.”

Courses studied

Diploma of Education Studies

Bachelor of Education (P-12)