Jarrod Parker – Class of 1992

What did you want to do beyond year 12? What are you doing now?

I wanted to be an accountant, I manage a couple of income streams for Vicinity Centres now.

What do you love about the type of work you do now?

It’s not accounting! I love the daily challenges and the team I work with.

What’s one of your most vivid memories of your time at the college?

I came to BSSC from Kangaroo Flat Tech, it was really tough to measure up to BSSC standards. I remember walking into my first classes and I realising I was far behind. I applied myself and got the results. I also remember the strong sense of empowerment at BSSC. I was recognised as an individual and respected enough to make my own decisions (eg. lunchtime in the Bendigo CBD) and also the respect from the teachers.

Was there a particular teacher who inspired you? Why?

Amanda Hubber. She had a great sense of humour and really encouraged me when I found things difficult.

Were you involved with any extra-curricular activities – student council, sporting teams, other groups?

Basketball team, probably the worst starting centre that ever wore a BSSC jersey!

Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give to your 16-year-old self?

Back yourself, your instincts and judgement. Make your own path.