Humans of GOTAFE: Creating Your Pathway to Success
When it was suggested to Raylene that she should consider a career in allied health services, she knew that this was the perfect opportunity to build on the knowledge she already acquired from her life experience.
“As nerve wracking as the thought was to go back to school after almost 28 years, I took the leap and enrolled with the full support of my family and friends behind me.”
When it was suggested to Raylene that she should consider a career in allied health services, she knew that this was the perfect opportunity to build on the knowledge she already acquired from her life experience and re-enter the workforce as an allied health assistant.
Raylene’s sons have been a large part of her inspiration when exploring a career in allied health. Her eldest, aged 26, diagnosed with Down Syndrome and Autism, as well as another of her children being diagnosed with Autism and ADHD.
Their developmental disabilities have resulted in multiple surgeries and health related issues over the years. Her first-hand exposure to the health sector has enabled her to interact with physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech pathologists - as well as therapies that Raylene assists with.
Raylene didn't leave out any details, both good and bad, about her life as a working (and studying) Mum.
“Juggling family life, appointments, work and study has been a bit of a challenge, especially with COVID-19 and having to also complete schooling from home. It means there are a lot of distractions around me.
I find that sometimes I can’t allow space for focusing on study when my kids require my attention, though as difficult as this hurdle can be, I make sure that no matter the distractions, we are getting it done.
Before I started, I wasn’t sure how I was going to go or if I was smart enough and even though it’s only early days into the course, I feel a higher sense of worth towards myself and I am surprising myself every day.”
Raylene believes education so important for everyone’s personal development, as it's a foundation for bettering communities big and small. It allows an individual to expand their mind and contribute something more to the world. When she completes her studies, Raylene is ready to enter the workforce as an allied health assistant and support others in rural communities. Her vision is to be part of an era where regional allied health services is an increasingly accessible resource.