My Interview With The Gordon

I was recently interviewed by The Gordon University in Geelong about my experience as a Celebrant.  They were so happy with the results that they published this as a blog post on their site to advertise the site.  You can go to the link here.  This was pretty exciting for me.  Hope that you enjoy.

Considering a celebrancy course?

Lisa has the low-down.

What does it take to become a celebrant? We recently caught up with Lisa Hunt-Wotton, one of The Gordon TAFE’s 2015 celebrancy course graduates to get her take on the course and life as a celebrant.

What course did you study?

I studied the full Certificate IV in Celebrancy to become a Commonwealth Registered Celebrant.

Why did you choose to study a celebrancy course?

I have an associate degree in Theology and had previously been working in a large Church in Melbourne for 10 years. However, I really wanted to become more available to the larger community. Transitioning to the role of a celebrant seemed like a natural progression for me and encapsulated my love of people and creativity.

Why did you choose to study at TAFE?

Even though I live in Melbourne’s Eastern Suburbs, I chose The Gordon because I found that they offered the most comprehensive course structure and they are appointed to deliver ongoing professional development for registered celebrants.

What did you enjoy most about the celebrancy course?

There were so many highlights. One was the course instructors; Amanda and Suzanne. It was obvious from the beginning that we were in very safe hands. They were extremely professional, engaging and covered every aspect of what it means to be a celebrant and run a small business.

Another highlight was the unit on funerals. This was completely unexpected for me but Amanda was so passionate and engaging about the funeral industry that it has become an area that I really want to excel in. Of course, the weddings that we had to prepare and conduct in front of the class were a highlight and although it was a little nerve-racking, they gave us invaluable insight, experience and feedback.

What have you been up to since completing your accredited training?

I immediately applied to the Attorney General and found out in the September that I had passed and been accepted.  Since then I have conducted a number of weddings and also a funeral, and I have 12 more weddings on the books as I write this. So I am working very hard at starting a small business as a celebrant and I absolutely adore it.

What key skills do you need as a celebrant?

You definitely need a love for people.  You are representing them on one of the most important days in their lives, whether it be a wedding or a funeral.  You need compassion and an ability to listen.  You are then able to accurately interpret their vision for the event and lead them in the right direction if they are confused or unsure.

You need to be self-motivated and have some basic organisational skills as you are running a small business and juggling dates and meetings.  You also need to be a good communicator.  You will obviously be doing a lot of public speaking so you need to be able to communicate clearly and confidently.

How did The Gordon prepare you for becoming a celebrant?

The course structure is designed so that you are completely prepared for the Attorney General’s exam and application, and you have absolutely everything you need to start a small business in celebrancy, even your own personalised paperwork.  After the course ended, I contacted my instructors many times asking questions and clarification on issues and they have always gone above and beyond to make themselves available to me.

What are the most exciting or rewarding aspects of being a celebrant?

One of the most exciting aspects is meeting new clients and hearing about their vision and heart for their event.  Of course, the most rewarding aspect is knowing that I have captured the essence of the couple or family that I am representing. Nothing makes me happier than executing a unique and memorable event.

What advice would you give to others considering a celebrancy career?

It is an excellent career path, particularly if you enjoy working for yourself and with people. Make good use of social media like Facebook and get a simple and modern website up and running as soon as you can.  These tools will be a great reference point for your clients as they will naturally want to find out as much about you as they can.

If you are choosing The Gordon you are starting on a great foundation.  

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