Many students are applying for a 485 Visa once they have finished their studies, as part of their student experience. This visa allows you to stay in Sydney for another 18 months and gain valuable work experience at the same time. Speak to your immigration agent to see if you are eligible for this visa type.
Travelling from Italy to Australia
Our graduate student Ilenia Grimaldi studied Certificate III and the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care at SELC Career College at our Sydney City campus. She graduated successfully in 2016 and was thinking about her options carefully. She was offered full-time employment in Sydney and decided to apply for the Post Graduate Visa (485) to accommodate this work offer.
Originally, Ilenia moved her family from Italy and even though there were some highs and lows she has no regrets on making the move and was happy to share her story with you.
Why did you choose to move to Australia?
“I realised that my home country did not offer the same opportunities as Australia, both to myself and my children. We decided to come to Australia to experience something new that hopefully would better our future.”
Was Australia what you thought it would be?
The beginning of my journey was marked by uncertainty and a job within the disability field that I did not like. I was referred to a student counsellor in order to evaluate a course and undertake studies that took my previous life experience into consideration.
Why did you choose to study at SELC?
SELC was recommended to me by my agent Go Study Australia. The package offered to me by SELC matched my expectations. As I used to work as an educator in Italy, the idea to achieve an Australian qualification in Early Childhood Education and Care would help me to reach my goals. My Diploma allows me to work as a qualified educator and at the same time strengthens my visa application. I like being able to contribute to the Australian workforce.
What was your favourite part of the course?
I loved the strategies that the trainers implemented within the class. Role play, hands on experiences and open discussions have fostered our understanding and learning in a strong way. The best part of the course was the entry in the industry just after the first work placement. As soon as my first placement was finished I was offered a casual job in the same childcare centre.
How did SELC support you through this time?
I felt supported by SELC because of the knowledgeable trainers that headed the class, who clarified any doubt I had and continued to build my confidence. They encouraged me to believe in myself despite having English as a second language and exposed me to different and challenging perspectives within the childcare profession. SELC has always been a nurturing environment where I could be fearless about my rising career, obtain advice, support and suggestions.
Why did you choose the Post Graduate Visa (485)?
I chose this visa due to the unrestricted rights to work, which allowed me to gain both experience and could possibly still allow me to apply for the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) visa (187) later. Working full time, on a permanent basis helps to build up confidence and improve my own capabilities in order to take on a room leader role.
How are you liking life after studying with SELC?
After my SELC chapter, my work life is running smoothly and successfully. Early Childhood Education is marked by good and hard days, but I have been trained to handle everything as professionally as I can. I heartily bring with me the memories of studying at SELC and I know that, if needed, I can always go back there and have a constructive conversation with my mentors. I would definitely recommend this course to others.
SELC Career College is proud of the achievements of students like Ilenia, who work hard and take full advantage of our services. If you think studying Early Childhood Education and Care is the path for you then contact us at SELC for more information.