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Be inspired by the real-life stories of ACAP’s current students and alumni. What is it like to have your professional dreams become reality?

At most colleges, your grade is all that matters. ACAP is different. We train the heart as well as the mind, teaching our students the soft skills they’ll use across their entire careers. At most colleges, you’ll only learn the theory. ACAP students learn by doing.


ACAP isn’t just different. It’s different by a number of degrees. Hear from our current students and alumni why this was the case for them.


Despite a challenging start to life, ‘Wonder Woman of Leadership’ and former ELMO Software HR Group Chief, Monica Watt, lives the values of being an extraordinary leader, including over 20 years of experience volunteering with the Australian Defence Force.
Monica identified that there were many ‘coaches’ out there without credentials, and after exploring options, she is enrolled in the Graduate Certificate of Applied Coaching to add to her credentials. Monica is now the Founder and high-performance coach at Incredible Buzz.

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At the end of her Bachelor degree, Stephanie studied an elective in grief and loss after her own personal loss. She then realised her career path was in personal and family counselling. This was the catalyst for her enrolling in the Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy at ACAP. Stephanie is now a Family Practitioner at OzChild and owner of One Step Counselling. She is dedicated to helping families navigate complex issues including domestic violence and child protection.

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Growing up in Albury Wodonga, Mahalia knew many young people who struggled with poor mental health, and wondered why there wasn’t more early intervention. She studied the Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy at ACAP. While working at a regional high school during her Masters, a challenging fire season led to a tragic increase in youth suicide in the local schools. Mahalia is now the Clinical Practice Lead for Centacare, has created a school wellbeing program, and runs her own community-based counselling service supporting males 16-25.

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Male counselling student Alex standing at ACAP Sydney campus - close up profile shot


After fleeing anti-Semitism in Russia, Alex’s family sought safety in refugee camps across Europe before taking up permanent residency in Norway. These experiences fuelled Alex’s passion to understand human nature, leading him to pursue learning opportunities in Australia.

Alex studied counselling at ACAP, driven by his desire to facilitate meaningful changes in the lives of others. Since graduating, Alex has joined the team at ACAP, taking on the role of Academic Skills Advisor, where he is pivotal in supporting the success of students with disabilities through tailored support plans.

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Female social work student Maria sitting at ACAP Sydney campus - close up profile shot


It's never too late to switch careers and follow your passions. ACAP graduate Maria worked in customer service at Sydney Airport for over 25 years before a change of direction to study social work at ACAP.

She recently graduated top of her class with a Bachelor of Social Work and as she embarks on the next phase of her career as a social worker, she is eager to use her skills and knowledge to empower and advocate for women in need.

Click here to learn more about Maria’s career change.

Male criminology and justice student Lewis standing in ACAP Sydney campus


As a graduate of ACAP’s Bachelor of Criminology and Justice, Lewis is prepared for the situations he faces working with the inmates at one of NSW’s largest remand centres. Armed with expertise in criminology, criminal psychology, crime prevention, law enforcement, corrections and justice-related issues, Lewis also supports inmates participating in victims’ awareness courses.

Click here to read more about how Lewis creates positive change with those in the justice system.

Design element for the blog post The ACAP Story 40 Years


In the ever-evolving graduate landscape where human skills and career sustainability are paramount, the Australian College of Applied Professions (ACAP) is celebrating 40 years of continuous growth and excellence.


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