Be open to the future at Choices Day

TAFE Illawarra's Student of the Year, Mikayla Brightling


“Be open. Be flexible to whatever opportunities come your way,” is the wise advice of 21-year-old baking graduate Mikayla Brightling, TAFE Illawarra’s new Student of the Year.

For Mikayla, education and training is about pursuing her passion, finding a career that connected with her interests.

“When it came to making a decision about what career I wanted to do, I chose something I enjoyed doing.

"I've loved baking since I was little girl. I spent so much time in the kitchen with my grandmother, who was a pastry chef in Greece, so it’s in my blood. Although I never thought it would take me to where I am today.”

That decision was clearly the right one for Mikayla, who has gone on to achieve countless accolades, including being named the 2014 National Apprentice Pastry Chef and receiving the Certificate of Excellence in the 2015 World Asia Pacific Pastry Cup.

Mikayla is now encouraging the public to be open to the opportunities of education and training – whether it be to start a new career or to change the direction of their lives at Choices Day on Saturday 4 June, 9am to 12pm, Wollongong campus. You can find more locations on our Choices Day event page.

TAFE Illawarra’s Relieving Institute Director, Belinda Mackinnon, says: “Choices Day gives the community a chance to explore courses on offer in Semester 2, 2016 and enrol.

“It’s a great way for people to seek career advice from our expert staff, enrol and get helpful information on how to study now, pay later with VET FEE-HELP student loans or fee-free study options.

“It’s also an opportunity to experience what TAFE has to offer. We’ll be running live bricklaying, pasta making, coffee and floristry demonstrations, our music students will be performing, and our student-made bread and cakes will be on sale.”

Come and explore our course options across a range of career areas including Agriculture and Animal Studies, Automotive, Building and Construction, Business and Administration, Community and Health, Electrotechnology, Engineering and Manufacturing, Events, Hospitality and Cookery, Information Communication and Technology, Media and Journalism, Art, Pathways to Work or Study and English Language courses.

There will be information on options to get qualified faster and at a lower cost with Recognition of Prior Learning. You can also get assistance with creating a USI (Unique Student Identifier), which all future students must have before enrolling.

Enrolments for Semester 2, 2016 open on Saturday 4 June. You can search for your dream course with our Course Search tool or call 1300 766 123.