Cobden Technical School recently welcomed back one of its successful students to speak to the year 10 to 12 students. Zoe Blake completed her secondary education at Cobden Technical School. She started thinking about which subjects to choose at VCE, put in the study then went on to further studies in Melbourne. She always had an interest in the law and social welfare and pursued every chance, starting with her work experience, to get to her goal of a career in the Department of Justice and Regulation. University life was an awesome experience. Especially when you are self-motivated and you realise you alone are responsible for your studies, work and social life decisions. After her initial work in the Warrnambool district, she changed her goals to focus on another aspect of the justice system and now works as a Senior Parole Officer at Geelong Community Corrections. Zoe spoke to the students about her day to day work and the challenges it brings. Students listened very attentively as she told of the work she does with violent re-offenders. It was good to hear of the many success stories of people re-integrating back into the community rather than the very few sensational cases that attract frontpage attention. Ms Blake encourage students to pursue their dreams and goals and to make their school life count. To take every opportunity to study and not waste any of it. Zoe re-iterated the need for students to get ready for real life after school and to make every effort to get the job you really want. And hard work gets you where you want to be.