Student Profile: Thi My Hanh Nguyen

As part of our Adult Learners Week this week, we’re thrilled to introduce you to some of our students who we’re extremely proud of. People who have ‘#changedtheirstory‘ to reach for their goals.

Meet our student, Thi My who has learnt English at YCC and now is completing a program in community services.   Here is her story… “I came to Australia about 16 or 17 years ago. I came with my husband, an Australian man. We moved to Brunei for three years because he was a teacher and had work there. We lived in Victoria together and then my marriage finished a few years later. After five years I divorced and I met another Australian man who lived in Queensland so we moved there for a short while.

I came to Victoria to live in December 2020 right in the middle of Covid, after my relationship broke down. So it’s been tough. A neighbour helped me move back to Victoria – he is my hero, he let me stay at his place and helped me get back on my feet. Coming to learn English at Yarraville Community Centre has been very important to me. I was really struggling at the time and I was finally able to do something for myself and study English. I am also doing the Skills for Work and Study: Community Services (ACFE) course with Jo. There are 6 of us and we learn together, helping each other. We are a team.

I am doing this course because I want to give back to the community. So many people have helped me and I want to do the same for others. I need to find a job at the moment because my family are very affected by Covid in Vietnam. It is very bad over there and I need to send money back to my family.

I was working as a cook in St Kilda Road but COVID closed the restaurant. Now I am looking for a job that will allow me to keep learning one day a week so I can do the Certificate III in Community Services. Even if I have to work 5 days I will ask my boss for a day off so I can keep studying.

All of my teachers are very good – I learn a lot from them.”

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