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The ability to pore over lots of numbers without becoming confused by them is an essential skill for an accountant So, you're thinking of being an accountant… As long as businesses and individuals are interested in minimizing expenses and documenting all business transactions correctly and honestly, the work of accountants will always be in demand. Accountants are much more than...

We've tapped into a large creative vibe in the local surrounding neighbourhoods, so we've been able to position the Campus as a creative hub Campbelltown TAFE is a large sprawling campus located on a grassy knoll on the outskirts of town, just a stone's throw from the M5. The grounds have lots of beautiful native flower gardens and towering gum trees, making this a wonderful...

Having a broad understanding of these skills can make a big difference to your success rate at university So, you're thinking of studying for a degree or continuing on to higher education. While universities and higher education courses have much in common with vocational education and training (VET), there are also some fundamental differences. This includes an emphasis on...

It allows students to replicate a full-sized house, giving more on-site experience to a real scale instead of small models The Macarthur Building Industry Skills Centre (MBISC) is a specialist centre, rather than a campus, located at Ingleburn. But that doesn't mean it doesn't still buzz with a great TAFE campus type of vibe. The main feature of MBISC (easier to call it that)...

So you're interested in becoming a project manager but you're not exactly sure what it's all about? Were here to help. What is a Project Manager? The simplest way to sum up project management work is that it's all about managing available resources, finances and meeting deadlines. As a "project" is generally defined as being a specific, temporary endeavour that's...

Not everyone is cut out for a supervisory role in an underground coal mine, so remuneration tends to be generous So, you're interested in working in an underground coal mine… Australia's mining boom is showing no signs of losing steam any time soon. The industry therefore offers plenty of lucrative opportunities for career advancement. Formal qualifications Management If you're...

Ethical hackers... need to be able to think like hackers and be capable of identifying vulnerabilities in their client's computer system Computer hacking involves seeking out and then exploiting weak points in a computer system or network. It's believed that members of the '70s counterculture in America pioneered computer hacking and that it started off as a form of...

Have common grammar rules been confusing you? Here's a low-down on the most common mistakes It's getting close to the pointy end of the TAFE NSW calendar. Assignments are due, exams are scheduled and you may start to feel the pressure mounting. We all want to see our hard work reflected in our results, so be sure you aren't throwing away marks because of these common grammar...

It can be just as rigorous and demanding as face-to-face study and deserves to be treated with the same respect Online study with TAFE NSW Online is a great way to learn at your own pace. And because it's online it also means you can study almost anywhere you choose. On the bus or train, sitting in a café or under a tree in the park. You can even study at the beach! Too good to...

No matter what you do or what you want to achieve in life, never give up, always keep going and never stop Dad is usually our first hero and though he may not have all the formal qualifications, he is often our first teacher as well (sure, Mum may have also played a role here :P). To honour all the in-house educators (AKA Dads) this Father's Day we asked the TAFE NSW community what...

It's a great time of year to get out and about and sample some of the spring time goodies on offer There may be no such thing as a free lunch, but if you're in Sydney this September, there are loads of free (or almost free) events as part of Sydney Fringe, which is organised by the City of Sydney. Whether you're into food and wine, photography, exhibitions, comedy, recycling, green...

Organic farming is based on a sophisticated knowledge of entomology, soil science, botany, energy flows and the complex rotations of animals So, you're thinking of being an organic farmer… Becoming a successful organic farmer doesn't happen overnight. The conversion to Certified 'A' Grade organic generally takes about three years, so it requires commitment, training and knowledge....

It requires an almost superhuman effort of will to not know where our meat is coming from Over the last couple of decades, something strange has happened to farming. It's moved from being mostly nature-driven, to being mostly industry-driven. Exactly when this transition occurred is impossible to say. But the reason is fairly simple – market forces. To meet a rapidly growing ...

They're like the Olympic Games for tradies. Competitors from over 50 different nations collectively descend upon a host city to release a lot of sweat, tears and emotion. Welcome to the 43 rd WorldSkills Competition. This biennial tournament showcases vocational trade and industry. For five days in August, the best of the best in each country pitted their skills against each other...

This gory piece of history is probably more myth than fact, but we thought the chimney was nonetheless a cool structure We started our SWSi road trip at Miller College where we delved into the mostly male-dominated world of building and construction. Our next stop was Liverpool College, where we learned the ins and outs of the mostly female-dominated world of hair and beauty....

Your workplace can vary between hospitals, community health centres, research institutes, the government or private industry Pathology includes the collection and testing of biological products such as blood, urine and other fluids and tissue samples. Working in a pathology lab can be a high-pressure environment, but also stimulating and exciting as it's so varied. How to be a...

Finding the perfect study formula can be difficult, it varies depending on what course you are studying, how you best absorb information and how well you've planned your study around your life. We've heard our share of old-wives tales on achieving the perfect study methods and in the spirit of National Science Week we've decided to bust a few of these myths to help you...

Episode 3 of 3 - More than just desserts TAFE has played a massive role in my professional life. It's an iconic brand that I'm proud to showcase locally, nationally and internationally It happens in Paris, once every four years. It's the most prestigious baking competition in the world. Welcome to the Coupe du Monde de la Boulangerie  - the ultimate goal of the Australian Baking...

My colleagues and I employ teaching strategies which are the most effective researched teaching methods for a person with an intellectual disability Recently the Grattan Institute published a report that recommends " greater use of proven programs that lead to better targeted teaching ." The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) has published its...

You've heard the old saying, "you are what you eat". But did you know that your subconscious is made up of the external factors we expose our brains to? Research from MIT states that "thoughts" are directly triggered by external stimuli-a feather brushing your skin, seeing these words on the computer screen, hearing a phone ring. Each of these events triggers a...