Work Health and Safety can be an industry dominated by males, so it was with pleasure that we welcomed Mangayarkarasi Jabanesh to her official graduation ceremony, in the company of her two daughters!
Here is Mangayarkarasi’s story:
‘I’d been working as a Health and Safety Officer in Rockhampton, and I started doing the Certificate IV but I couldn’t complete it because we had to move to Brisbane. Then, I had a baby. When she turned one, I realised I had to do something, I couldn’t just sit at home!
So I began studying for the BSB51315 Diploma of Work Health and Safety.
Studying online is really very good!
It was interesting, and it was easier for me, because there were some things I had done already or knew about, I’d already had some experience. It feels wonderful to now have the qualification, too.
It will definitely help me when I’m applying for jobs. When I was working as a Health and Safety Officer, if I’d had my qualification, I would now be at the next level. Employers definitely ask for the qualification, too. I’m from India, and I have completed my Bachelor of Civil Engineering there, but when I’m applying for jobs here, they want to see qualifications from here. Experience is important, but so is the qualification. If I want to move further up, or work in government, it’s necessary.
It’s good that my girls are here to see me graduate. I have always wanted to be a working woman, and the girls have to learn from that. I’m glad they’ve seen me do this.’
Here’s what Mangayarkarasi’s mentor, Steven, had to say about her:
‘Mangayarkarasi was my first student as a mentor for Churchill Education and I struck it lucky! I couldn’t ask for a more dedicated, hardworking and easy going student.
Mangayarkarasi has previously been employed as a Health and Safety Officer, and this was especially evident during our calls, when we swapped stories of our work health and safety experiences. Her assessments were a pleasure and a breeze to mark.
Mangayarkarasi demonstrated values of strength and determination from start to finish whilst studying her Diploma and looking after her family, and she was able to complete her studies in under twelve months. This was a sure indication of how dedicated she was. Mangayarkarasi was an outstanding student that I myself learnt so much from, and I wish her nothing but the best in her future endeavours.’
Congratulations, Manga, we’re sure you will keep doing your little girls proud!