Daughter inspires Dad to chase dreams

Aaron Annable was so moved by the compassion, dedication and support that nurses bared while caring for his sick daughter, that he decided to one day become a nurse himself.

That was seven years ago – since then Aaron has never stopped dreaming of a job in the health industry whilst working as a call centre manager just waiting for the right time to chase his dream and start studying.

“Getting into the heath sector has been something bubbling in the back of my mind since my daughter went through a lot troubles to start her life which resulted in her living with cerebral palsy, epilepsy, vision impairment and left side hemiplegia,” said Aaron.

“Watching how healthcare providers assisted in supporting and improving my daughter’s life gave me the drive to want to give back and do the same for others.”

Aaron said he was always ‘waiting for the right time’ to take the step into study and found himself justifying why the time was not right.

Then COVID-19 changed the world and Aaron took the opportunity to assess his career and took the first steps to study nursing through TAFE Queensland.

“When COVID-19 hit it showed that a lot of the future is always uncertain and sometimes you just need to take a leap and make things work,” he said.

“The time in lockdown provided me with an opportunity to reflect, reassess and take on new potential opportunities.”

Now the 35-year-old is six months into a Diploma of Nursing with TAFE Queensland at the Southport campus and said he doesn’t know why he waited so long.

“I was very apprehensive as I hadn’t studied since high school and I didn’t know how I would balance work and study, but TAFE Queensland has provided great flexibility and support which has allowed me to study at my own pace while continuing to work to support my family,” he said.

“Learning the theory online and then being able to go into the simulated healthcare labs on campus with teachers who have real industry knowledge and experience is such a well-rounded collaborative learning experience which I believe will give me the skills I need to get straight into employment.”

Aaron is set to graduate in December 2021 and plans to go onto further studies at university to become a Registered Nurse while working as an Enrolled Nurse in a hospital.

“My dream of working in a hospital setting and providing support and care to others just like the nurses did for my daughter is now reachable and achievable thanks to TAFE Queensland.”