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If you're looking for a career change, TAFE NSW has a
diverse range of courses you can take advantage of.
Work is both more complicated and more interesting that it used to
be. For better or worse, the job-for-life mentality has disappeared
and an ever-increasing number of people are becoming ‘slashies' (that
is, pursuing a number of different careers simultaneously) or hopping
between careers in very different industries.
While there has long been a prejudice against being a jack of all
trades and a master of none, having worked in a range of areas can set
you up to achieve great things in a particular career, as the
following three examples show.
The man who was to become one of the UK's longest-serving Prime
Ministers started his working life as, believe it or not, a music
promoter! After finishing high school in Scotland, Blair moved to
London and spent a year trying to become famous arranging gigs for
rock bands. He even played guitar and sang in a band, called Ugly
Rumours. When it became apparent that his rock ‘n' roll dreams weren't
going anywhere, Blair began a law degree at Oxford University and soon
after got involved in politics.
Though she's now world famous as the doyen of domestic goddesses,
Martha Stewart worked as a model and appeared in TV commercials while
in high school. After studying history at university, she then worked
as a stockbroker, managed a gourmet food store and part-owned a
catering business. After meeting a prominent book publisher at a party
she catered for, she was offered the chance to write a cookbook and
went on to create an enormous business empire involving books,
magazines, homeware products and her very own talk show.
These days, Andrea Bocelli is known as the man who overcame losing
his eyesight at 12 to become a famous opera tenor, singer-songwriter
and multi-instrumentalist. What is a less well-known fact is that,
despite being blind, Bocelli managed to get a law degree and, until
his talent was recognised and promoted by Luciano Pavarotti, worked as
a lawyer by day while singing in piano bars at night.
Rather than being a disadvantage, pursuing a number of careers can
give you the kind of diverse skills that set you up to achieve great
things in the field you ultimately decide to devote yourself to. If
you're looking for a career change, TAFE NSW has a diverse range
of courses you can take advantage of.