How learning English helped a student gain her self-confidence and employment

Posted by Ashley Calabria on 1 May 2017

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When Tara first arrived in Australia, she spoke little English and lacked self-confidence. However, since studying English in the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP), Tara has not only improved her English but she has also developed her self-confidence and gained full-time employment at a retirement village.

Tara shares her story below.

My name is Tara and I come from Nepal. I was a housewife in Nepal and I worked as a volunteer in aged care.  I came to Australia on a spouse visa because my husband was studying in Australia. My English wasn't good and I had no confidence in myself. I found it very hard to communicate with people or find a job. Life was extremely hard. I had to work as a mushroom and chilli picker in a very far away farm. It took me two hours to get to work in extremely cold conditions. I still remember the days where I would cry from being so tired and feeling sorry for myself. But there was nothing I could do, I needed the money.

After getting my permanent visa, I was pleased to start my AMEP English classes at Navitas English in Auburn. There, I could not only improve my English but also develop my job seeking skills and most importantly my self-confidence. I was determined to work hard and never give up. I started at Level 2 and within three months, I progressed to Level 3. I also completed my Certificate III in Aged Care, hoping it would help me find work but this wasn't easy.

Thanks to my classroom teachers and my Distance Learning teacher who designed the DL lessons to suit my needs. She helped me apply for jobs online and prepared me well for job interviews by practising during the lessons. I recently got a job as a carer in a retirement village. I am very proud of how far I have come and feel that through all my struggles I have become an independent woman.


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