Bedford College: Creating job-ready Christians ready to serve the Lord

Imagine being offered a job before you’ve even graduated. That’s the case for some of the graduates from Bedford College, a not-for-profit vocational college based in Sydney’s Hills District.

Jordan Williamson is a second-generation Bedford Business student. 18 years old from Sydney’s east, Jordan followed in the footsteps of her great aunt by studying a one-year diploma of Business at Bedford.

“After school, I wasn’t keen on a three-year degree at university or taking a gap year, so when I found out about Bedford College and realised that it was an opportunity to study business through a practical 1 Year Diploma in a Christian environment, I knew it was the right place for me.”

Offering career-based education that aims to make students job-ready in a year and help them find work through invaluable industry connections, Bedford stands out among all the options available to today’s school leavers, says Jordan.

“Bedford’s Diploma of Business suits me well, as I am being taught from a vocational perspective which focuses on attaining the skills necessary to be useful in an office environment.”

Jordan says she’s felt supported to forge a different path than her peers.

“I know that in today’s society, there is a lot of pressure surrounding going to university, and to do really well in the HSC. Bedford provides an opportunity for those who do not fit into that path of life,” she says.

“It was my personal decision to study at Bedford, and I encourage all school-leavers to think deeply about what they personally desire to do and where God is calling them rather than what other people might expect them to do.”

“I encourage all school-leavers to think deeply about what they personally desire to do and where God is calling them …” – Jordan Williamson

With Baptist roots, Bedford College is centred on equipping people to learn the skills necessary to secure employment in a nurturing Christian environment. The college has been built on the belief that employment provides an essential pathway to contribute and help make a positive difference in the world.

The caring, Christian environment at Bedford is a great landing pad for many who come to study there, whether they are school-leavers, gap year or mission year returnees, home schoolers, and mature age students looking for a career change.

The College offers courses in Business, Leadership and Management, Early Childhood Education, Community Services and Aged Care. The minimum entry requirement is completion of Year 10 or equivalent studies.

Jordan believes her time at Bedford has set her up for a bright future.

“My plans after Bedford are ultimately up to God and I am committed to following His path, but I know that with the College’s high graduate success rate and industry connections I will have plenty of opportunities. I also have plans to travel, and maybe even work as a flight attendant. Whatever I decide to do, I know that the skills learnt in my Diploma from Bedford are transferable across most industries.’’

But it’s not just about how job-ready she feels. Jordan says she’s also grown as a person while studying at Bedford.

“Since studying at Bedford, I have made lifelong friendships with fellow students, and I have really enjoyed the student life and culture aspect of the College. We were also given opportunities to engage in Christian services and a range of personal development activities. The lecturers are great too and are focused on your progression!”

The College’s graduates have been led to employment in some of Australia’s leading law firms, companies, and social services organisations. In fact, College Principal and CEO, Mr Steve Moynan says HR managers directly approach the college to find great candidates for jobs.

“We believe that the reason we are approached so often is because of our commitment to being an institution which prepares students to be professionally focused and job-ready from day one. Some of these organisations have been involved with us for almost 80 years,” says Steve.

Whatever work Christians choose to do, and whatever path of study, Steve reminds us that all Christians are called to be representatives of Christ in what they do.

“All legitimate work is an extension of God’s work of maintaining and providing for His creation.”

Bedford College is committed to helping all Christians to find their vocational call in life, regardless of what that might be.

For more information about Bedford, please be in contact with Jennifer Duncan our Student Recruitment Coordinator at [email protected] or visit our website.