The variety of practical experiences I undertook prepared me for the real world.
During my degree, I had the opportunity to undertake a number of practical placements. This included conducting a university-wide food audit and research project across all of the campuses’ privately-owned cafes/food outlets, and an internship at Patricia Giles Domestic Violence Refuge. Here I worked with vulnerable children and ran sessions for parents about healthy food options. These experiences helped confirm what was meaningful to me and have shaped my career path.
Since graduating from ECU, I gained a place in the WA Health Department’s Graduate Program and I’m currently working at Royal Perth Hospital as a Project Coordinator. This is a dynamic role that covers an incredibly broad range of projects. The hands-on nature of my ECU course, and the comprehensive assessments I completed throughout the degree, gave me the skills needed to succeed in the real world.
Jessica Casado ECU Nutrition graduate
Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)
I gained employment straight after my final practicum placement.
The Early Childhood Teaching course at ECU is extremely practical. I was in the classroom on placements from my first semester, which allowed me to put theory into practice, and reinforced what I had learnt during lectures and tutorials.
I formed great two-way relationships with my lecturers. They all came from teaching backgrounds, so were able to pass on knowledge from their own experience of classrooms and early learning settings. They were also a great resource for professional networking.
In my final practicum, I took on a full-time teaching load, which allowed me to get into a good routine of working within a classroom. This gave me the confidence to walk straight into a teaching role at the end of my degree.
Mikayla King ECU Early Childhood Education graduate
ECU Nursing and Midwifery graduate
I chose ECU because it was the only university in WA to offer a dual degree in Nursing and Midwifery.
I conducted most of my learning online and I never felt out of touch or disconnected. All my learning resources were easy to access, and I knew that my lecturers and tutors were just an email away. When I did attend campus, the facilities were great, clean and plenty of places to eat! The flexibility in the course allowed me to manage the workload that the midwifery aspect required of me, as well as allowing me to work at the same time. We also completed mandatory practicums every semester and I believe that these experiences provided me with the skills and confidence I needed to be accepted into the midwifery graduate program at my local hospital, which led to a permanent position.
Jessica McGarry ECU Nursing and Midwifery graduate