Jade Williams, Graduate Year: 2012
After Clonard, I moved to Melbourne to study Nutrition and Food Science but eventually moved across to another university to complete a Health Science degree, majoring in Naturopathy. A Naturopath is a holistic healthcare provider that considers many aspects of one’s health to find root causes, not just addressing symptoms or conditions. Establishing optimal long-term health and change is the goal, which can be achieved by applying a variety of therapeutic techniques such as nutritional medicine, herbal medicine, diet and lifestyle therapy. I love being a Naturopath as it enables me to be constantly learning, growing and helping people create wholesome lives.
Currently, I am working at The Sana Co. Naturopathic Clinic in Geelong West. Specialising in Women’s & Children’s health. I also volunteer my services to local community groups around Geelong.
At Clonard, Health and Human Development, Chemistry, Biology, Physical Education and Business Management were all subjects that helped pave the way for continued success.
Advice for Clonard students: If you’re stuck on knowing what your career looks like after Clonard, try talking to as many adult friends in various career roles and have some questions ready to ask them. Don’t stress if you don’t know straight away, my pathway changed after I was one year into my initial degree. I had a passion for health and fitness, helping people and excelled in the health subjects at Clonard. Knowing my strengths helped me decide where I wanted to study after VCE, and from here my career has flourished. Refine what interests you and where your strengths lie and go from there!
Katherine Kvant, Graduate Year: 2013
After Clonard I worked at a summer camp in America twice before studying a Bachelor of Communication (Public Relations) at Deakin University. During my degree, I completed work experience in the communications teams at the Geelong Cats, AFL Barwon, Rowing Australia and Football Victoria.
Currently, I am working in the Marketing and Admissions team at Kardinia International College. I loved my time at Clonard so I knew that working at a school would be perfect for me! I also still work casually for the Geelong Cats as a writer for the VFLW and AFLW.
I always enjoyed English/Humanities subjects at Clonard, and think it’s important to choose subjects that you’re interested in.
Advice for Clonard students: Make the most of all of the amazing extracurricular opportunities available! There’s also no pressure to know exactly what you want to do after finishing year 12 – I’m so glad I took a couple of gap years to travel and work before university, and there’s plenty of time to work out what’s right for you.