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Brisbane - South Bank Institute of Tafe or Metropolitan TAFE Alexander Hills

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moonbeam

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Fri Jun 18, 2010 4:06 pm

Hi all,

Has anyone studied at Southbank Institute of Technology or Metropolitan Institute of TAFE in Alexander Hill for a Diploma of Nursing? Or do you have some information about them? I have visited the Southbank Institute of Technology and know its location (i.e.. new the Southbank parks).

I'm a 35 year old English guy who's taking a massive career change from senior management in an international company to nursing.... and I cant wait!

The questions I have are:

* How professional is it there?
* How large is it? Roughly how many students are there?
* Which TAFE do you think is better?
* Roughly what are the hours of study (if anyone is already or has already taking Diploma of Nursing?

Which TAFE would you think is better? I will be relocating from London and am thinking on a logistics point of view that it might be easier traveling to Alexander Hills than into the City all the time?

Moon

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Jun 18, 2010, 04:13 pm

Hi Moon,

I live around the corner from the Alex Hills TAFE. I'm currently studying distance via CQU so don't have first hand knowledge but will try and answer your questions.
I would think most TAFE's are professionaly run. They are similar to the polytechnics in the UK (I'm originally from London as well). I would imagine both TAFEs would have their course sanctioned by the Queensland Nusing Council so the outcome would be the same. I can't comment as to which is better as I've not studied in either TAFE.

If you live in the Redlands then it will be easier to get to Alex Hills than Southbank.

I've also taken the plunge into studying nursing after millions of years doing IT.

Good luck in whatever choice you make.

Dave

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Jun 18, 2010, 11:07 pm

Hi Dave,

Thanks for your message.

I am tending to think that Alex Hills sounds more positive. Firstly it's a bit cheaper than Southbank, secondly I can live in Redlands area and not have to commute right into town, and I will probably be studying with more locals than international students.

Are you still working in IT or are you workign in the care/nursing field? How long have you been in Brisbane? I visited Brisbane a couple of weeks ago having not been there for 10 years! I was amazed at the changes, but still the lifestyle felt so much warmer (in more ways than one) that here in London. I have been Head of Sales & Marketing for Europe for a business which has become more cut throat than ever. I've been interested in nursing for quite a while after I nursed some unwell close family myself. So I've decided to take the plunge and look at a new career.

How far into your course are you? I'm joining a Cert III Aged Care first of all in September, and then hoprefully while I'm studying will be able to pick up some partime work as a PCA etc.

Brgrds
Moon

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Jun 19, 2010, 10:17 am

Hi Moon,

I've been in Brisbane nearly 6 years and I'm in my first year of nursing at CQU. I'm really enjoying it and wish I had done it years ago.

I'm still working it IT but I'm starting to see light at the end of the tunnel. There is nothing wrong with IT, it's served me well over the years, but I want to do something a little more meaninngful.

The Redlands is certainly a great place to live. You will find it a little more relaxed tha London (wouldn't be hard!).

Good luck with it and if you have any more questions I'm more than happy to try and help.

Dave

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Jun 19, 2010, 06:29 pm

Hi Dave,

Yes, the phrase something meaningful is one of my main reasons for such a change! I have got 6 weeks left in my current job and I cant wait to leave! My "bosses" seem to feel I must be going through some kind of mental breakdown to want to become a nurse! You should have seen their faces when I resigned! While I am sure that there will be some stress associated with nursing I cannot imagine it being anything like the stress I have to work under now.

How old are you if you don't mind me asking? How do you feel about being a mature student? Do you attend many classes or is mainly all distance learning. As I will be going to TAFE for 18 months i am wondering if I'm going to be the old boy sat at the front of the class? Are there any guys doing your course or are most of the students females?

Thanks to being able to study at Alex Hills instead of the city I am planning to live in Redlands area. Is there any suburb you think would be better for a single 35 year old? I was thinking Vic Point may be a little far out so am looking at Manly, Wynnum, Alex Hills, or Capalaba. However, I see the demographics of those suburbs are high majority married families with children. How would you describe the social life out there? Did you know anyone before you arrived in Brisbane?

I did know some people in Capalaba (a girl I had a crush on many years ago) but I think their long moved on!

Thanks for your help!

James

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Jun 21, 2010, 09:25 am

Hi James,

It doesn't bother me being a mature age student at all (I'm 41). I wish I had done it years ago but thats the way it goes. I'll still have plenty of time when I'm finished. I'm not the oldest in the class when I go to res school. I am one of the few males which can be good and bad!

All those areas you mention are fine. Victoria Point is a little far out but probably no further than Wynnum or Manly. I'm married with 3 kids so it's hard to comment. However, I do drive a cab part time to get some extra money. You'll find plently of things to do in Wynnum/ Manly or in Alex Hills (if you dont mind the Pit - Alex Hills Hotel). I'd probablt head to the Manly area as your within reasonable distance to Alex Hills and the city.

Apart from my wifes aunt we didn't know anyone. it doesn't take long to meet people as there is lots of ex pats in the Redlands area.

Let me know If you have any more questions.

Dave

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