Joel Armbruster

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Joel Armbruster


High school attended: Gympie State High School

Degree: Bachelor of Primary Education

Target graduation date: 2017

My journey: I completed grade 12 in 2008 and then worked as a construction labourer while travelling Australia. I later began my formal apprenticeship as a carpenter. Two years later, an injury I sustained forced me to end my apprenticeship. After encouragement from others I made the decision to pursue primary school teaching which I had always had an interest in doing. I completed the year long TPP (Tertiary Preparation Pathway) course in 2013 and am now completing the final year of the Bachelor of Primary Education degree.

Other: As part of wider field experience (WFE) for my degree, I had the opportunity to participate in a week long Grade 6/7 end of year trip to Sydney/Canberra. I have been awarded the Thompson Student Support Bursary from USC which has aided me financially throughout my degree so far.

Career aspirations: My career aspirations include finishing my degree and completing my first rural placement as a primary school teacher in remote Queensland. I would like to use my degree to travel and gain a wide variety of experiences.

Why did you become an Ambassador? I made the decision to become a Student Ambassador to broaden my skills in public relations and increase my involvement in the community. I also believe that the TPP program and the structure of my degree have been invaluable assets to my learning. Therefore, I could encourage other potential students who are more mature aged learners to consider the programs offered by USC through my own experiences.

What do you like about USC? I am grateful for the opportunities USC has provided me with in regards to being a more mature aged student and living in a regional area. The opening of the Gympie campus has saved me from a lot of traveling to and from the coast. There is a huge amount of support available and the attitude of staff and students is always positive.

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