​Challenger graduate dreams big

Catherine Gabuyo

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​South Metropolitan TAFE international student graduate Catherine Gabuyo, from the Philippines, is one step closer to fulfilling her dream of becoming a neurosurgeon.​​

The 27-year-old, originally from the Philippines, completed a Certificate III and Certificate IV in Aged Care at South Metropolitan TAFE and is now studying a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Curtin University.

Catherine, who moved to Australia two years ago and currently resides in Rockingham, said she chose South Metropolitan TAFE to pursue her ambition to become a doctor because of the institute’s excellent health training and strong connections with universities and industry.​

“The training and education offered in Western Australia is very good, and it meets the requirements to be a globally competitive nurse,” Catherine said.

“I decided to study aged care because I wanted to learn the Australian culture of nursing and be well prepared for higher education nurse training.

“Challenger’s aged care courses place students in a workplace that suit their chosen careers, and luckily I have been able to secure employment at an aged care facility through this placement.”

Catherine said she had trained as a nurse in the Philippines, but had always wanted to further her studies in health and medicine. Challenger’s training had set her on a pathway to university and to her future career as a doctor.

“Having a bachelor’s degree is one of the requirements in pursuing my studies in medicine,” Catherine said.

“In order for me to become successful in the university course I need a good foundation in my profession, which I acquired through my experience in the Philippines, at South Metropolitan TAFE and now as an aged care worker.

“The people here have been kind and supportive to my endeavors. I will continue my studies in Western Australia and eventually I may head back to the Philippines to set a benchmark for medical practice there or maybe I can build my own hospital for my fellow Filipinos. When I dream, I dream big.”

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