Issue 3
Tuesday, 05 May 2020
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Business student Robert Sambo at CDU's training centre in Tennant Creek
Business student Robert Sambo at CDU's training centre in Tennant Creek

Vision-impaired student focuses on a ‘good job’

By Patrick Nelson

The Barkly’s Robert Sambo believes in life-long learning, in being a good role model and refuses to let his visual impairment get in the way of pursing a fulfilling career.

The Certificate II in Business student attends Charles Darwin University’s Training Centre in Tennant Creek each week to undertake his studies, with the support of a tutor, and a speech voice program, which converts onscreen text into an aural signal.

“It’s been a challenge to do the modules as a visually impaired student on the tablet or computer, but it’s a challenge that I enjoy,” he said.

“I am working on the final module and hope to finish next month.”

Robert, who has been blind since the age of four, said he intended to enrol in a Certificate III Business course as soon as possible.

“I don’t like sitting around doing nothing,” he said. “I much prefer to be learning about the world; listening to audio books, stories and documentaries.

“You have to be prepared to keep improving and to try to get a higher education. This is one way to be a good role model for your family and your community, and good qualifications are the way to get a good job.

“Never give up on your career goals; really go for it,” he said.