TAFE can kickstart your career or create a pathway to university. There are hundreds of courses to give you skills and training to help get the job you want, and you can still enrol for 2017 at TAFEs across Victoria.
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Lauren Saylor’s career goal since she was a teenager was to work in radio, and TAFE helped get her there.
She completed a course in screen and media at Holmesglen, and has used it to gain work as a breakfast radio producer for a popular FM station.
Lauren did further study, and took up a lecturer role at Holmesglen TAFE, teaching the course she completed there.
Lauren said TAFE allowed her to hone skills she learned through work experience in community radio.
Chris Malcolmson’s plumbing course at Holmesglen TAFE built on what he had learned through his family’s long background in the trade.
He finished his studies with a high distinction, and is now director of his family’s almost 40-year-old commercial plumbing business.
Chris, who did a plumbing apprenticeship with his father, said TAFE broadened his perspective of the industry, and sparked his passion for the trade.
He still has contact with the TAFE, and has found apprentices through it.
Indi Clarke’s certificate IV in Business from Sunraysia Institute of TAFE opened up more opportunities for him to make a difference.
TAFE has taken Indi to the position of Manager at the Koorie Youth Council.
He previously used business skills learned at TAFE during his work at an organisation providing health and family services to Koorie people in the Mallee region.
In 2016, Indi was named the region’s Citizen of the Year for his commitment to his culture and community, and was the Aboriginal Student of the Year at the Victorian and the Australian Training Awards.
Jennifer Peart’s outstanding achievements in a veterinary nursing course at The Gordon TAFE gave her the stepping stone she needed to take her passion for working with animals to the next level.
Jennifer is now a qualified veterinary nurse, and has been accepted into university to study zoology and animal science.
She was named the Victorian Vocational Student of the Year for 2016.
Crystal Jones has gone from being a cookery student at William Angliss Institute to an award-winning chef catering for royalty.
Since completing her TAFE course she has been a Chef de Cuisine for the royal family in Bahrain, and worked in top international restaurants.
Crystal, whose culinary skills have been recognised with numerous industry awards for excellence, is now a Chef de Cuisine in Melbourne.
She said TAFE built on the knowledge and skills she learned on the job as an apprentice.
Crystal completed her apprenticeship at one of Australia’s top fine dining restaurants.
Melinda Lethbridge's love of hands on learning and work led her to Swinburne University of Technology after completing her VCE.
The decision set her on a path to becoming a qualified – and nationally recognised - fitter and machinist.
Melinda won a gold medal in turning at the 2016 WorldSkills Australia National Competition.
She combined her TAFE studies in engineering and mechanical trade with an apprenticeship, and went on to complete a second, related TAFE course.
Melinda took out Swinburne’s best in first and third year awards, has been a Victorian and Australian Apprentice of the Year, and served as an Australian Apprenticeships ambassador.
Gemma Olsen’s fascination with animal behaviour led her to TAFE.
She was six months into a psychology degree when she changed direction and enrolled in an Applied Science Animal Technology Diploma at Box Hill Institute.
The move paid off, with Gemma quickly finding work as an animal technician and research assistant.
She also used TAFE as a stepping stone into further study.
Gemma now runs her own animal education and therapy business.
Nasir Ali’s path to a career in accountancy started with a TAFE course at RMIT.
It helped prepare him for further study, including a business degree and chartered accountancy course.
Nasir is now a corporate accountant and settlements officer in the grain industry.
He credits his earlier TAFE studies for empowering him with the skills and knowledge to continue taking steps towards his career goal.
Tim Such’s desire to advance his career saw him study an online management course at Chisolm Institute.
The course helped Tim achieve a promotion to a management role.
He is now considering studying a Master of Business Administration.
Tim said TAFE was ideal for people who had reached the ceiling of achievement in a role, and wanted to take their career to the next level.
For Tim, studying the Diploma of Management online as a mature-aged student worked ideally around his other work and family commitments.
Matthew De Ruiter’s career change was achieved through Bendigo Kangan Institute.
He worked in several fields before turning to TAFE to pursue a passion for building and construction, sparked years earlier by a home renovation project.
Matthew now runs his own building company employing four full-time apprentices.
His said qualified and experienced TAFE teachers helped set the foundations for his new career.
Janelle Low’s TAFE studies in photography helped her win the photographic equivalent of the Archibald Prize for portraiture.
Janelle was just 22 when she won the National Photographic Portrait Prize in 2013.
She said the award and her career as a freelance photographer specialising in art documentation would not have been possible without TAFE.
Janelle completed a Diploma of Photo Imaging at RMIT.
She has returned to RMIT as a sessional lecturer in photography, and is currently studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts there.
Sevag Parseghian’s decision to defer a university degree to pursue his life-long interest in hands-on mechanical work has paid off – big time.
He completed Certificate III in Automotive Mechanical Technology (Light Vehicle) at Kangan Institute, combining this with an apprenticeship through a group training organisation, at a luxury car manufacturer.
In 2012, Sev was recognised as one of Australia’s best apprentices, and worked his way to the position of Technical Service Manager at Mercedes-Benz Australia/Pacific.
He said pursuing a career in something he was passionate about was the key to his success.
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