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Unemployment has always been a global issue, and there are many reasons why people lose their job, such as redundancy, company failure, or when they are injured. There are not enough jobs available for people, especially the young generation.

In recent years, more and more Chinese people choose to go abroad to study in order to have a better future. However, with fierce competition and differences in culture backgrounds, it is not easy to find a decent job in foreign countries.

Some students choose to open their own business. Is it the best way for international students?Actually, this solution has pros and cons.

If you think it is a fun and exciting career, you are only partially correct. There are also many unpredictable risks for the entrepreneur. However, not everyone wants to take risks, nor have abilities to tackle crisis.

In contrast, international students who are passionate and creative, as well as having the capacity for risk-taking and forecasting future possibilities are equipped to set up their own business. They can address the issue of unemployment. Moreover, they also can enhance their individual value, and make their life better and happier via their efforts.

In my story, I interviewed a dancer who is named Yiaoqian Guo. She was out of work because she injured her waist, and could not stand on the stage to dance as a professional folk dancer. However, she did not give up, and chose to come to Melbourne to study and to update her skills. Now she has opened her own dance training centre in Melbourne.

I hope that her story will encourage international students who are facing difficulty in their careers to improve their outlook. I also want to inspire them to never give up on their dreams. If you have passion and believe you can do well, just make an effort and try to do it. Even if we face difficulties in our lives, we should build confidence for the future.

Finally, I want to say some additional words. Individuals have different psychological frustration tolerance when they face difficulties. Some people can quickly overcome negative feelings and turn over a new leaf. However, others may experience a low mood for a long time. If you are the latter, you would be better to find positive ways to adjust your situation. Whatever the reasons, we should believe that everyday will be a brilliant new start.

KELLY Gannon is a woman of many talents. A mother, wife, qualified horse riding instructor, riding school owner, mental health rehab and recovery worker, mature aged student and qualified equine assisted growth and learning therapist.

L-R: Kelly Gannon-Mental health specialist
Ellen Gannon-Equine specialist
Shannon-Mental health student/volunteer

Having worked in welfare for over 25 years, Kelly was inspired to combine her experience in dealing with a variety of mental health issues with her passion for horses, upon commencing her employment at Aspire in Portland.

Kelly wishes she found the equine assisted growth and learning (EAGALA) model 20 years ago. Since establishing EAGALA in Portland eight months ago, Kelly has run three programs – all of which have been a huge success.

“We have seen really good outcomes,” she said.

“It’s very much about being client driven and solution focussed.”

There are two types of equine assisted growth and learning; one model focussing on mental health rehabilitation, the other designed for educational purposes.

EAP and EAL: The differences between the two equine assisted growth and learning models is clear.

A two person facilitation team is required to coordinate the program; a mental health specialist and an equine specialist. The behaviour of both the humans and the horses is observed; particularly how they interact with each other and how behaviours relate to real life experiences.

“We look for certain things like patterns, discrepancies, unique shifts that happen,” Kelly said.

So why is EAGALA so appealing and what exactly is involved?

But it’s the horses that make this program unique.

“The reason why this program works is because of the horses,” Kelly said.

“They’re big, they’re powerful, they’re dynamic; they have their own brain and mind and how they approach things.”

Kelly believes it is the way in which each individual reacts to the horses that is most powerful.

“Everyone has a response to a horse of some form, whether it be positive or negative,” she commented.

“The horses get the messages home better than what we can.”

EAGALA can target a range of issues such as; mental health rehabilitation, leadership and teamwork, self-esteem, as well as bullying. But therapy sessions work best when all members of the group share common goals and targets.

“There is no more effective way of getting people to set boundaries than to have them work with horses,” Kelly said.

“The horses are very dynamic when the clients are working with them.

“If they are push push push push push and the horse doesn’t like it, the horse lets them know.”

Kelly believes the best outcomes are achieved over a six to eight week period, depending on the goals of clients within each group.

  • Week 1 & 2 – Introduction to EAGALA. Discover client expectations & how they feel about the experience.
  • Week 3 & 4 – Focus on the changes taking place. Are clients resisting change or starting to move forward?
  • Weeks 5-8 – Encourage clients to move forward & overcome issues. Finish the program with a celebration of their journey.

Whilst Kelly has found that clients initially think EAGALA is “poppycock” or “witchcraft in the bush”, by the end of the program they think everyone should do it.

“One client said to me that she hates EAGALA,” Kelly laughed.

“Because now she only ever sees solutions, never problems”.

Clients are required to complete a self-directed questionnaire, pre and post completion of the program for evaluation purposes. With the overall success of the program measured according to the Rosenburg Self Esteem Scale.

But for Kelly, the biggest success is to see how people progress throughout the program.

“There is always positives,” she said.

“A psychologist said to me after one of the programs, that she saw more movement in eight weeks than what you do in two years of therapy.”

Kelly was recently approached by Heywood and District Secondary College to develop a program focussing on leadership skills for a group of year seven and eight girls. After months of planning and negotiating with the school, in terms of how they wanted the program to look and what sorts of subjects they wanted to tackle; the three week program is under-way.

“We are basically looking at self-esteem, effective communication, teamwork and problem solving,” Kelly said.

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Adolescent Health Nurse from  Heywood and District Secondary College Leonie said that it was the first time they had tried the program so it was a bit of an “experiment”.

“It’s something different,” she said.

“It gets the kids out of the school and classroom environment, giving them room for personal growth.”

But it doesn’t stop there.

EAGALA has actually changed the operation of our riding school,” Kelly smiled.

“We are focussing more on relationships and recognising the importance of the connection between humans and horses.

“It can be an amazing experience.”

 By Magnus Nygren Syversen 

Quick and technical Etihad KSA proved unstoppable Thursday, beating their opponents, Hammers, 6-1 in the final as the Deakin YMCA indoor soccer season came to an end.

Indoor soccer, or futsal, is a growing sport in Melbourne. Hosting one competetition for each trimester of the school year, Deakin YMCA saw enough teams sign up this trimester to form three divisions – grade A, B and C.

Last Wednesday saw the league stage of the competition come to an end with the tough and physical team Hammers clinching the top spot, beating their smaller, more agile rivals Etihad KSA on goal difference. Both teams finished on 20 points, both having won five games, lost one and drawn two.

After seeing away their semi-final opposition, with Hammers beating Sunny Boy and Etihad beating Power Rangers respetively, the two top teams faced each other in the final Thursday. What looked like a close game on paper proved to be nothing but, as speed trumped power and Etihad proved simply too much for Hammers to handle.

Over 20 supporters cheered Etihad on from the sideline, singing, chanting and waving Saudi Arabian flags. The players, a group of young Arab students spread out at several univeristies in Melbourne clearly benefitted from the support, and were quick to address the crowd with each ball that founds its way to the back of the net.

With a 3-0 lead at half-time Etihad looked comfortable going in to the second half. A quick goal by Hasan Aljubran increasing the lead to 4-0 only a minute into the half helped their confidence grow even further.

Hammers never gave up, even after letting in a fifth and sixth goal, and kept fighting to the final whistle. They managed to get a consolation goal late in the half, but from first whistle to last there was never any real doubt as to who the winners were going to be.

Etihad players celebrate with their fans after becoming Deakin YMCA Grade A Indor Soccer champions.

As the final whistle went the Arabian cheer squad stormed the pitch and celebrated with the players, throwing them up in the air. Etihad had claimed a convincing 6-1 victory, and could lift the trophy as the new Deakin YMCA Grade A Indoor Soccer Champions.

Runners-up Hammers finished first in the league, but admitted they were beaten by a better team in the final.

Hammers deserve praise for their fighting spirit, and will get a chance to their revenge on Etihad when a new competition starts in Trimester 2.

The Greater Dandenong City council has refused the permit to build an Aldi supermarket in Springvale South, stating that the development does not meet parking requirements.

As Klaudia Miziolek reports, the refusal has affected both local business owners and residents with many of them hoping for the development to go ahead.

Australian for Syria rally aims to draw attention to the unstable situation in Syria recently.

Bright future for Greyhound racing: The sport described ‘as poor man’s horse racing’ is drawing a growing audience. Mark Schlegel is one of the enthusiasts chasing the big money at a brand new track in Healesville.

Invalidating the social stigmas attached to families with aupairs and the safety concerns with hiring an aupair off the Internet.

The debate about the fate of the Box Hill Boer War Memorial heats up as Council decides whether to move it from its current site on Whitehorse Road.