Nadia Hesler (South America)


A young South American woman who lives in Victoria Park was chosen to represent the interests of international students at a national conference aimed at improving their Australian experience.

A former journalist in Brazil, Nadia Heisler moved to Western Australia to study human resources at South Metropolitan TAFE and is now working in HR at a major entertainment and hotel chain.

Her success in WA saw her selected to attend the Council of International Students Australia’s National Education Conference in Sydney – a forum for international students to debate, learn and discuss topics related to their experiences.

"We focussed on important aspects of international students’ lives in Australia, such as right to work, accommodation, public transport and access to education," Nadia said.

"It was an amazing opportunity for me to participate in such a big event and to meet other international students and hear about their experiences."

Nadia said she has been eager to share her learning from the conference with other international students in Western Australia and also prospective students from Brazil, using online forums and social media.

"After the conference I have been able to share the information I have gained by giving sincere advice and support through these networks but also through more formal networks, such as student sessions at South Metropolitan TAFE and via the WA Council of International Students," she said.

Nadia said WA was an ideal destination for international students because it has a lot to offer, including friendly people, beautiful beaches and a healthy work-life balance.

"When I first started in Australia I couldn’t even speak English but this country is so open and multicultural that I didn’t feel alone for one second during my time here," she said.

"Today I’m doing work experience at Crown Perth in the human resources department, which is the field of study I undertook at South Metropolitan TAFE."

Nadia completed a Diploma of Human Resources at South Metropolitan TAFE​ and is able to use the qualification as a pathway to study a Bachelor of Human Resources Management at Murdoch University.

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