Sonia’s decision to study CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support and a CHC43115 Certificate IV in Disability comes from the heart. She was her father’s full-time carer for nine years before he passed away, and had discovered a passion for helping others.
Becoming qualified in individual support and disability services has provided Sonia with the skills she didn’t feel equipped with when caring for her father.
“I was lost because I did not have formal training. He was a very sick man, I had to learn from the basics right through to the more complicated procedures,” Sonia said.
“The feedback I received from Dad’s medical workers was that I should do this for a living, so I thought, I’ve always had a nurturing side towards the elderly, so why not?
“I have always been passionate about the elderly and listening to them and learning. This opportunity came along and I took it.”
The thought of returning to study was intimidating, but as soon as Sonia came to genU Training she was at ease.
“It was daunting to come back to school after so many years, but I wanted to keep going. My trainer gave me the confidence I needed to go on,” Sonia said.
“genU Training is a positive experience and a fun and enjoyable experience, especially for a mature aged student to come back to school.”
For Sonia, caring for the ageing provides an opportunity to repay them for a lifetime of work.
“The elderly have made the community as it is today, and they deserve respect and care. We wouldn’t be where we are without them, it can’t be forgotten,” she said.
Courses at genU Training (TOID 5553) are now available.
For more information, call genU Training on 1300 582 687 or visit www.www.genutraining.org.au