CharlieLe, of CabramattaWest, is "extremely passionate" about property and the environment. And he wants to create change in the industry.
A first-generation migrant of Vietnamese refugees, Mr Le said his humble beginnings "spawned a desire to achieve more". "My parents had to face the open sea to escape from a lifetime of trauma," he said.
"They started a new life in Sydney with nothing and settled in Cabramatta. Hard work and wanting to be an example for my family and my community has led me to where I am today."
He was speaking after being announced as Student of the Year and Higher Education Student of the Year at the recent TAFE NSW Excellence Awards.
Mr Le, a valuer in the Sydney South Metro team at National Australia Bank, said he did a Bachelor of Property Valuation at Ultimo TAFE because it offered the best industry-relevant qualification.
"It gave me an edge on other graduates when I started my job at NAB, as no other degree offered the practical side of valuation as well as the theory." he said.
"The Bachelor of Property Valuation is a dedicated degree that prepares students to be property valuers across a range of property-asset types, including residential, commercial and public sector."
He got a scholarship for TAFE having had extensive experience in residential sales, management and commercial leasing.
As well as writing academic papers for the Australian and New Zealand Property Journal, he's on the Australian Property Institute of NSW's Young Professionals Committee.
"It's a remarkable group of young leaders," he said.
"My parents faced the open sea to escape trauma. They started a new life in Cabramatta with nothing. I'm here today from hard work and wanting to be an example for my family and my community."
TAFE NSW Excellence Awards
"And it gives me great joy to act as a role model for other students and young professionals.
"It lets me raise awareness of sustainability in the industry. I'm extremely passionate about property and the environment.
"It's my dream to merge both interests to create a positive change and to make a real difference in the industry."
TAFE NSW regional general manager MichaelCullen said the awards recognised the "most passionate, industrious and skillful students".