“Take Every Opportunity You Can” – Young Students Urged to Seize Work and Study Options

Bairnsdale Secondary College students Boris Bryant and Tayla Gollan practice their examination technique on the SimMan at Monash University’s School of Rural Health at BRHS. Photos: Jake Lynch/BRHS


“Take every opportunity you can.”

A terrific message, very simply delivered.

BRHS Allied Health Assistant Amber Buller was talking with a group of students from Bairnsdale Secondary College that were visiting Monash University’s School of Rural Health at BRHS to learn more about work options and career pathways in the public health sector.

Amber told the students that after leaving school early she found herself working at a Subway sandwich chain restaurant in Bairnsdale.

It was there that she saw an ad in the local paper seeking applicants for an Allied Health Assistant position. She didn’t know exactly what that was, but she knew wanted to do something other than what she was doing.

So she took a shot, got the job, and it changed her life.

Since then BRHS has helped Amber continue her studies and gain additional health qualifications.

Amber urged the students not to take the same path she did, but to seek out, and take advantage of, any opportunities they got while still in school.

“I wish I had done work experience when I was in school, or done more to learn about what career opportunities there were that might interest me,” Amber said. “Make sure you take every opportunity you can.”

The students that day were taking part in a program called Work Inspiration, which was organised by children’s education charity The Smith Family to help secondary students learn about the world of work and explore their career options.

Earlier in the week BRHS and Monash had hosted a group of students through Monash’s Hands on Health program, that gives students in years 9 – 12 hands-on experience of careers in the healthcare industry.

For more information about careers and work experience programs at BRHS, contact Learning and Development Officer Kylie Hayes at kylie.hayes@brhs.com.au