GOTAFE first year refrigeration mechanic, Shaun Makar has finally found his calling after testing the waters in a number of different industries since completing Year 12 at Notre Dame College.
Shaun said, “I always wanted to do a trade, I just didn’t have the platform to help me find out which one was a match for me. I didn’t really know what to do when I completed school so I moved to Melbourne and worked at a refrigeration wholesaler, then I tried carpentry because that’s what my grandfather did, he was really good with his hands. Since having a child, I re-evaluated what I wanted to do with my life, and I’ve found it in air-conditioning and refrigeration.
“I’m now 34 and my journey is just beginning. I’m looking at studying electrical once I’ve completed my current training because it works hand-in-hand with refrigeration and air-conditioning. The more I know, the more of an asset I am to the company. I love my job and get to work with a great bunch of people at CA Group Services.
“My advice if you are looking to do an apprenticeship is to research businesses that you would like to work for. Research the sort of work they do and find an employer that wants to teach you.”
GOTAFE offers hundreds of nationally recognised courses, providing students with practical hands-on skills, designed to allow students to follow their passion and increase their employability. GOTAFE also enjoys a number of partnerships with some of Victoria’s largest universities, providing students with an alternative to direct entry.
Apply now for 2018. For a full list of available courses, visit gotafe.vic.edu.au or phone 1300 GOTAFE (468 233).