A career change brought Brett to our island state, but it was the experience of learning at the University of Tasmania that formed the memories of a lifetime.
Queensland, Japan, United States of America, Tasmania. That’s the unlikely path that led globe-trotter Brett Elliott to studying a Bachelor of Applied Science (Nautical Science) at the Australian Maritime College.
A former Military Police officer with a love for the ocean, Brett knew his next career move was on the water. And after a recommendation from a former captain, he decided the AMC was the place to kick-start his next move.
“After making contact with the staff at the AMC it was a simple and seamless process to get all the paperwork and living arrangements sorted,” he said. “Knowing they had modern facilities for both training and recreation it was an easy decision to go and attend the course.”
While relocating to Tasmania appeared to be a big feat for Brett and his family, who made regular trips south to visit, Brett said they reflected on their adventures fondly.
“Being in Tasmania for an extended period of time allowed for my family and I to travel throughout the state at different times and seasons to make the most memorable family holiday to date.
“My girls experienced snow for the first time and the images captured that day show just how much enjoyment we had!”
At times when his family were back home, Brett made some memories of his own – often while sharing meals with his peers at the AMC’s on-campus accommodation, Norfolk Hall.
“Being surrounded by people with various backgrounds, experience and cultures was a great learning experience in itself. Living in close quarters comes with its own challenges but the experience has allowed me to develop lifelong friendships with people all around the world.
“My friends from overseas I was living with showed that my tolerance for hot spices are far shorter than theirs. It’s amazing how much enjoyment and laughter can come from someone struggling, sweating and running for the water tap and beer to cool down their mouth!”
Beyond the social aspects, Brett said the benefits of living on campus were key to his academic success.
“Having direct access to the Lecturers and being able to resolve questions in a timely manner was very beneficial to my study.
“The library was well equipped to assist with some of the specialty topics involved with seafaring and also provided a great environment for group tasks and study.“
I also really appreciated the Uni Gym – this was the one of the best ways for me to stay fit with the number of classes on offer, from early morning to late night. No matter what my schedule, I could always fit in something!”
Since graduating, Brett has enjoyed the work-life balance that comes with his job as a 2nd Officer for a Western Australian transhipment operation.
He says his degree with the AMC put him in good stead for a career that balanced family with the freedom to work anywhere around the world.
“AMC Qualification is known around the globe. Every company I spoke with knew the Australian Maritime College and the quality of training and weight that this has.
“I believe this has placed me in a more competitive position for employment and readiness to do the job.”