After years spent working in advertising and as a sales assistant, Jaime Meadows was looking for a new challenge.

JaimeAnd she found it when she took up a role at Corrections Victoria, working in case management. This saw Jaime work with medium and high risk offenders and many of her clients were women with traumatic backgrounds, including having suffered domestic violence and disadvantage.

Jaime says this got her thinking about how she wanted to work more holistically with her clients and to develop a greater understanding of their challenges. Having suffered with anxiety and depression herself, Jaime says she was keen to draw on her own experience to find a more structured way of helping people.

This led Jaime to enrol in the Diploma of Community Services at Chisholm, which she completed while continuing her work at Corrections. Jaime says the course helped her to find more diverse ways to help people.

She has since returned to Chisholm to study the Graduate Certificate of Family Violence as well as the Diploma of Mental Health. Jaime says she has loved getting to know her classmates and appreciated the guidance of her teachers. She says the experience she has had at Chisholm inspired her to keep learning.

In the future, Jaime says she would like to work in a refuge or rehabilitation clinical setting helping victims of family violence and to study a Masters in Art Therapy.