26-year-old Nowra resident Emily Nye’s determination to succeed in the events industry has won her TAFE Illawarra’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year Award.
The award places her as one of the top TAFE students across South Eastern NSW, which Emily says: “Is such an honour. It’s still sinking in.”
The talented and driven young professional says her passion for events was inspired by her late mother.
“My Mum ran the local Carols in the Park for years and was a member of the Rotary Club where she was regularly running fundraising events. I was always helping her out and I loved it.
“I decided events was an area I wanted to expand my skills in, so I enrolled in the Certificate III in Events at Nowra campus.
“While I was studying, I was also running my Mum’s mobile coffee business which I took ownership of after she passed away.”
Emily plans on keeping the coffee business running, but her big dream is to run her own business.
“My ultimate goal is to own and operate an events company that covers weddings, conferences and community events.”
On her experience with TAFE Illawarra, Emily says there’s so much to love about it.
“I loved working the events as part of my course, the friends I made and my teachers, who are just so supportive.”
Emily is now continuing her studies with the Diploma in Events at TAFE Illawarra Nowra.
“Just give it a go. Going to TAFE is the perfect opportunity to build your skills, make friends and learn more about yourself.”
Emily encourages the community to explore their study options for Semester 2 and enrol at Choices Day on Saturday 4 June, 9am to 12pm at Nowra campus. You can find other Choices Day locations on this event page.
Choices Day is great way for people to seek career advice from TAFE Illawarra’s expert staff, get helpful information on how to study now, pay later with VET FEE-HELP student loans and see if they are eligible for fee-free study options.
There will be information on options to get qualified faster and at a lower cost with Recognition of Prior Learning. Visitors to Choices Day can also get assistance with creating a USI (Unique Student Identifier), which all future students must have before enrolling.
Enrolments for Semester 2, 2016 at Nowra campus open on Saturday 4 June. You can search for courses and enrol via our Course Search tool.