When Marranuggu woman Jaydah Turner moved away from her home in the NT to study in Melbourne she was understandably nervous. But Victoria University’s revolutionary learning model and support network has seen her flourish.
"I moved to Melbourne to study at VU a week after graduating from my high school, Taminmin College in Humpty Doo.
I’d always wanted to study youth work, and a family member recommended VU after their own great experience here. After I did a tour of the uni I knew this was the place for me.
At first it was an achievement adjusting to things like managing finances and big city living – back home everyone knows everyone! So the support from Moondani Balluk (Indigenous Academic Unit) staff has been amazing. They’re there for anything from academic support to just having a yarn.
Maintaining consistently good grades is something I’m really proud of. I credit VU’s Block Model as it focuses on one subject at a time. Friends at other unis are juggling four subjects, which can be extremely stressful, but the Block Model allows you to take it all in.
During first year, I completed a 12-week internship through CareerTrackers, at the Brotherhood of St Laurence. It gave me experience in administration and more importantly, working directly with young people.
With the Block Model, I also have time to work in retail and in a ‘youth foyer’, which helps people at risk of homelessness, while I continue my other passions – playing football and basketball, photography and saving up for more travels after my student exchange to New Zealand.
Currently I’m completing a uni placement at Sunshine Youth Space, a sporting drop-in centre in Sunshine. I know getting early exposure to the industry through my placements is giving me confidence and the experience employers are looking for.
My goals are to graduate and pursue further study in future. I also look forward to working in a full-time youth work job that I really enjoy – and buying my own house.”