A career was born out of a hobby for award-winning student and apprentice Danielle

Danielle Kazi-Shedden started out young working on fitting caravans but knew she wanted to do more. A trial in a shopfitting workshop convinced her it was her calling, and she hasn’t looked back since.

"I enrolled at Chisholm to study Certificate III in Shopfitting while I worked as an apprentice and what kept me motivated at Chisholm were the teaching methods and the workshop facilities available. The teachers were incredibly supportive and inspired me to become who I am.

"Being able to do what I love for a job means a lot to me. I wake up in the morning and actually get excited about what I have to do each day. What I love most about shopfitting is the variety of materials and designs that I get to work with.

"The challenges I faced during my journey included being a female in an industry dominated by males. But I was determined be even better than them and the awards I won have proven I can be. My advice to anyone who is second guessing themselves about joining a non-traditional industry is to just do it. Try it out and work hard, get qualified. If I can do it, so can you."

Danielle continues to work as an apprentice at a large shopfitting company and will continue her studies at Chisholm. She plans to qualify in different areas of building and project management, giving her the foundations for running her own business in the near future.

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