When it came to making career choices Hanna Darmody knew exactly what she wanted to do—contribute to growing the family business, Bungendore Country Butchery. With her sights set on that goal Hanna completed a Certificate III in Agriculture from TAFE NSW while in Year 12 and went on to complete a Certificate IV and Diploma of Marketing from the Canberra Institute of Technology.
“Vocational education and training (VET) was always going to be my pathway of choice as I wasn’t interested in the large commitment of time and money that goes with a university degree. I wanted to get straight into the workplace and get ahead quickly,” said Hanna.
That she certainly has done, along the way representing ACT as their Vocational Student of the Year finalist in the 2015 Australian Training Awards.
“I think the fact that I am really passionate about learning and working to the best of my abilities has been a big factor in helping me to achieve what I have so far,” said Hanna. “It also helped that my training has been so on target for what I needed for the family business. I have been able to take away everything I learned at TAFE and apply it at work.”
A typical day for Hanna involves product placement for local businesses the company supplies. She also manages marketing campaigns, social media, accounting and finance.
Besides working for the family business, Hanna dedicates a lot of her time to her larger ‘family’, the Bungendore community. “I believe it’s very important to do what I can to strengthen the local community and encourage the younger generation to be involved. My professional skills also come in very handy for marketing community events, overseeing graphic design and managing social media,” she said.
Among her many community activities and accolades Hanna is a Board Director of the Bungendore and Braidwood Community Bendigo Bank—and in 2017 she was named the Local Woman of the Year for Monaro.
Looking to the future, Hanna wants to strengthen her community involvement and work towards part ownership of the family business. “There are so many opportunities open to me and a lot of that is down to the grounding I have had through VET,” said Hanna. “As a proud member of the VET Alumni my advice for anyone considering a VET course is to go for it. There have been so many positives for me and the things I have taken away will be of enduring benefit.”
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