Name: Lewis Brown
Job: Reconciliation advisor at RMIT
VET: Certificate III in Community Services, Certificate IV in Community Services and a Diploma in Leadership and Management
When I did my VET course, that’s when everything changed
What do you do?
I help the university to include my 60,000 year old culture in their classes, I provide advice on the way that staff are hired; and generally inform day-to-day activities on campus. My job involves writing policies and I organise events for staff, students and alumni.
What was your VET journey?
I started with a Certificate III in Community Services, and this really opened the doors for my future.
I enjoyed working with the trainers so much that I enrolled in a Certificate IV in Community Services to learn more and that’s when my career started to take shape. I won the Victorian Training Awards Koorie Student of the Year which propelled me to bigger roles with more opportunities.
I’ve worked in the anti-gambling, family violence, homelessness, prisons and education sectors and it all started with the enormous opportunities available through VET.
What advice would you give to students who are considering a vocational pathway?
VET is such a supportive environment and offers so many opportunities. The trainers are really great and you can choose your own pathway. I recommend it!
What challenges did you face along the way?
I didn’t know what I wanted to do when I finished VCE and I didn’t think I’d be capable of further study. I tried different jobs and it took me some time to find VET.
Since I started my first VET course though, I’ve won two Student of the Year awards, provided advice to government ministers, and I’m now doing work that enriches me and my community.
9am-5pm Monday to Friday
Inside or outside?
Solo or teamwork?
I’m definitely part of a team.
I really value building a socially responsible community.
People don't know?
My role involves translating my 60,000 year old culture into modern day learning.
$1,800 per week for an experienced community worker.
Reviewed 15 August 2022