Selam’s Story – Leisure and Health – Student Success Stories

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Everyone has their own goals, experiences, and stories to tell. We want to honour our graduates by sharing a few of their study and career experiences, as well as their fantastic advice for new students.

We are starting this series by interviewing Selam1, who completed her CHC43415 Certificate IV in Leisure and Health in January. She lights up the room whenever she comes into work, and she’s found a job that feels like her calling. We discovered how she found this fulfilling job.

Our Interview with Selam

Why did you choose Celtic Training?

Selam: My niece did a course with Celtic Training; I think it was a disability course. She told me about her qualification.

I wanted to know what else I could study, soI did some research on the Celtic Training website. My sister, who also works in care, had spoken to me about the leisure and health qualification. People who earn the Certificate IV in Leisure and Health often become lifestyle coordinators. She told me I would be good at that job since I’ve always loved to help people.

So, I took the leisure and health course. This was the first time I was formally studying in about 20 years. But, once I started, I was fine. I went to every Tuesday class and finished in the 6-month time frame. I always got my assignments done before coming into class. Sandra was my lecturer and she was quite good. I was taking care of kids and a job, but I enjoyed studying. I found it interesting to learn about the industry what you can do for people in that environment.

I did all the units and then completed work placement. And I found the placement opportunity myself.

leisure and health class in action

What was your work placement experience like?

I was driving past a retirement village, so I walked in and asked for the manager. I told her I was studying and she allowed me to do work placement.

While I was doing the placement, she said that she was really impressed with my work and my interpersonal skills. Later, she said to me that the organisation has another village and they need a community coordinator. So, she took me to the other village, and we met the manager there.

I finished my work placement at the other village. After placement, the manager of the village told me ‘the residents really like you’ and she decided to hire me.


How is work going now?

I now do 2 or 3 days at one village and 1 day at another village. So yeah, it’s been really great. For the first time in my life, I am doing a job where I feel like it’s my calling. I really, really love the residents. It’s a lot like a family. To tell you the truth, they see me like family too. When I go there, we do different things like exercise. They all wait for me; they are excited to see me and I’m excited to see them. I just like that I make their day a little bit better.

When I’m there, I know that they’re a lot happier, they’re not in their room, and that they’re doing something good for their well-being. I take them out to places for lots of different activities. It’s quite rewarding. I enjoy spending time with them, and they enjoy spending time with me.

Clients enjoy exercise at a community hall

That sounds great! I’ll finish with one more question: Do you have any advice for future students who are thinking about studying this course?

The best advice I would give is that it’s important to be passionate about helping people. If someone has that passion to help others and the skills to be around people, then they should go for it.

I work in a retirement village and 99% of the people I work with are not shy. They’re old, which is why they’re in the village, but they usually don’t have dementia. There might be one or two patients, but most people just need someone to explain things to them.

I’ve worked with some amazing clients. One of them used to be a professor in Canada and Germany. Another client, who is 91 years old, still works in the stock exchange from his retirement village home. He stays up all night because of the time difference we have with the US.


That’s very impressive.

Yeah. So, keep in mind that your clients are a bit old. Some are fine in the head but have physical limitations. So, you need to be patient with them.

I don’t do this job for the money. I’m glad I get paid for what I do. But even if I didn’t need the money, I would still do it.


That’s fantastic to hear. Thanks for sharing your experience.

It was my pleasure.

Turn Your Passion for Leisure and Health into a Career

Selam found a career where she can make a real difference in the lives of people around her every day. She is one of over 65,000 welfare workers in Australia, and the number of roles is expected to increase significantly over the next three years. 2

If you’d like to join the Leisure and Health field and find a job as rewarding as Selam’s, then our Certificate IV in Leisure and Health (CHC43415) is the qualification for you. Our course is a blended method of online study and weekly workshops. The trainers also run regular Zoom support sessions throughout the 6-8 months of study, where you can ask any questions about the course or career opportunities.

We’re enrolling now for our July and August start dates:

  • Adelaide – Thursday, 22nd of July 2021
  • Adelaide – Thursday, 19th of August 2021
  • Gold Coast – Thursday, 22nd of July 2021
  • Gold Coast – Thursday, 19th of August 2021

If you are interested in securing your spot in one of these classes, send us an enquiry below. We can send you more information about the course or have a one-on-one discussion about your personal study options.

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    1 Selam. (2021). Student Success Story – Celtic Training.