Finding a dream job is something many people aspire to. They say ‘love what you do, and you’ll never work another day in your life’. Whilst finding a dream career is easy, entering the industry can be the tricky bit.
Getting the right Floristry training and education is the first step toward landing that dream job. But getting experience in the industry is a must
At Pearsons School of Floristry, we offer a limited number of places under the government funded Smart and Skilled program to young people who have never worked in our industry but who want to get a foot in the door.
Along with our Certificate III course we have outstanding student support where we mentor and guide and help students to find work placement as part of their studies.
Recently we talked to a Certificate III student - Sarah Farrugia, who is currently studying with us as a Smart and Skilled student to find out what her experience as a PSF student under S&S have been.
My name is Sarah-Jane Farrugia, I'm 18 and I live in Western Sydney where I grew up. I'd say I'm quite introverted and enjoy letting my creativity show through my work ethic. Doing activities such as art, hanging out with friends and working allows me to enjoy time out of the industry.
Are you currently employed in the floristry industry?
Yes I work casually at Seed Blossom Pod Located in Horsley Park
What initially attracted you to studying floristry?
I was never Interested in going to Uni and always knew I had a creative side which I wanted to explore further. I also have family members who are in the industry which also attracted me to the industry.
What was it about Pearsons School that made you want to study with us?
Pearsons has always been a school I have been interested in, the work is very up to date and keeping up with certain trends and ideas which is vital for the learning process.
How would you describe the support you’ve received from Pearsons school on your floral journey so far?
Pearsons supply a large amount of support and are always there to help you no matter what. In the classroom the teachers are always helping everyone to the best of their ability and make you feel comfortable about asking anything. If not in the classroom, emailing and contacting your teachers is easy and quick.
What were the benefits to you of study SFL30115 Certificate III in Floristry under Smart and Skilled?
There have been many benefits, applying for the program was very easy and the workers were lovely to communicate with. The program allows you to undertake the course with help of government subsidisation, which largely helps students.
What is your favourite experience so far in floristry or on our course?
My favourite experience is definitely gaining all the information from the lovely teachers. This has helped me gain knowledge about the industry and everything about it. Also participating in class practical study has helped me become a better florist.
What advice would you give to someone wanting to get into floristry?
100% go for it - you never know what you may enjoy, doing floristry can become very rewarding, making people feel special or loved.
What does the future hold for you?
Hopefully being a successful well-known florist, spreading my knowledge to future florists.
What is your favourite flower and why?
Peonies are my favourite flowers because they come in many different shades of pink and are very beautiful.