Like daughter, like mother

Monday, 25 November 2013

It was her daughter’s influence and success in pursuing her lifelong career dream that prompted former career counsellor Barb Game, of Middle Swan, to do the same.

The 65-year-old Challenger Institute of Technology Diploma of Nursing student will soon become a qualified enrolled nurse.

Ms Game followed in the footsteps of her daughter 39-year-old Rebecca Godin, of Leeming, who also pursued a change of career into nursing.

“As you can imagine, our pride in each other is completely mutual,” Ms Game said.

“As far as my own circumstances go, I am very keen to tell my story to other ‘more mature’ people who have a dream job or passion and feel they are too old to do anything about it.

“I was a career counsellor for 27 years and met so many clients who felt the opportunity to follow their dreams had passed them by.

“I know it’s a cliché but I would always say to these people ‘this isn’t a dress rehearsal, this is real life, don’t get to the end of your working life and be disappointed that you didn’t grasp the opportunity to change your career’.

“I’m proud to say I took my own advice on this one,” Ms Game said.

Ms Game is due to graduate from Challenger’s 18-month enrolled nursing course this December. She has already secured a graduate position at a local public hospital where she will work in the mental health area.

“Age has been no barrier at all for me in pursuing this career path, if anything the life experience has been beneficial, and the job opportunities have also been plentiful.  

“I know Rebecca will agree with me that Challenger provides wonderful prospects for student nurses and the lecturers here have been so encouraging and supportive of my endeavours, even though I understand I’m their oldest nursing student ever.”

Ms Game’s daughter Rebecca Godin also works in mental health as a psychiatric nurse at Hollywood Private Hospital.

Ms Godin was the winner of Challenger’s 2012 Vocational Student of the Year. Prior to becoming a nurse, Ms Godin ran her own busy accountancy practice.

She said she was very proud of the gutsy move her mum made to quit her career and start afresh, when most people are considering retirement.

“Mum has had a variety of responses to her age but the majority have been positive and have caused others to think again about what they want to do with their lives,” Ms Godin said.

“People are often shocked that I am a new graduate at the age of nearly 40, so I love telling them about my mum being at graduate at 65.”

The 18-month enrolled nursing course runs at Challenger Institute’s Murdoch campus nursing facility.

PHOTO CAPTION: Rebecca Godin and Barb Game at the Murdoch campus nursing facility.

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