Life beyond Radford

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Last updated 11.01.2021

Lionel Hayden

Class of 2009
Lives Canberra, Australia
Attendance at radford Years 7-12
House Acacia
  • Diploma, Canberra Institute of Technology, Building & Construction / Construction Management
  • Certificate III, Canberra Institute of Technology, Carpentry
Work history
  • Carpentry Apprentice
  • Construction Worker
  • Contracts Administrator / Production Manager
  • Able Seaman Boatswains Mate
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What does life look for you now?

Busy family life with two young children!

Tell us what you are passionate about?

Gardening and landscaping at home, propagating native trees

When you were young, what were you hoping to be when you grew up?

I can't remember - I think I wanted to replicate my upbringing for my own children

How easy was it to decide what to do in life?

Not easy, how can you decide what to do as an adult when you are a child?

Did your further study or career go exactly as you'd planned?

Not exactly. As I progressed with work and study I found that you are presented with different options and naturally you choose the pathway which most interests you.

What do you know now, that you wish you'd known when you were at Radford?

That the pathway into construction is not just through an apprenticeship (although beneficial)
That obtaining a university degree does not mean you will be locking into that field forever

Where are you now?