Blogs

Walking through the carved sandstone proscenium into these stylish and elegant surrounds is like stepping back in time It's baaaaack. After a couple of months break, the great TAFE NSW Road Trip continues. This time it's the South Western Sydney Institute (SWSi) area that's marked out on the map. And this time I won't be travelling alone. I'm bringing along my two social media...

Often, the difference between a good job and a bad job can be in a single wire. So, you're thinking of being an electrician… With our society's heavy dependence on electricity showing no signs of abating, there'll always be a market for people who know how to install, maintain, repair and test electrical equipment. In short, people need electricians to keep plugged in and switched...

There's a very strong imperative to generate lots of new apprenticeships in the construction industry It's official. There's a serious shortage of bricklayers , carpenters and joiners throughout Australia. And this shortage has the potential to put the handbrake on the construction industry's growth. Bricklayers, in particular, are in short supply. Why does this matter? Well,...

"I am so pumped for a night in; I've been waiting to get stuck into this course work all week" said nobody, ever. Studying is a little like exercise; you know you should get off your behind and do it… But you can usually think of something better to do. It's time to sell yourself the positive aspects of a hard study session. As the old adage goes, if you don't put in, you...

One of the best decisions I ever made was dropping out of University to pursue a trade Our state is on a roll. We're currently enjoying a period of unprecedented growth and prosperity. But at the same time, we're also increasingly finding it difficult to meet the demand for skilled workers and apprentices. As a result, the construction sector is starting to face a crisis. What...

Episode 2 of 3 - Bread and pastry - all you knead to know Dean's goal is to be the first professional in the world to compete at the highest level in both pastry and bread In the baking world, bread and pastry are like two different sides of the same coin. They're both made from flour and they both end up as scrumptious goodies. But the similarities effectively end there. These two...

Putting a little extra effort into our spoken communication means a richer and more productive outcome Snorkelling is the favourite summertime activity for lots of people. But perhaps it isn't the most adventurous pasttime. After all, it takes place mostly on or very close to the surface of the water. It requires almost no equipment. And not a great amount of effort either. Scuba...

Episode 1 of 3 - Makin' the Kraken The completed Pièce montée will also include a Viking ship that's being attacked by the Kraken and a large anchor at the base of the sculpture Okay, first of all, what the bleep is a Kraken? According to ancient Norse mythology, it's a huge, squid-like creature that hangs out in the seas off Norway and Greenland and routinely attacks ships with...

Plan a flexible study schedule that will gradually chip away at that mountain of work while still letting you have a life It's the middle of the year. The mercury is now spending a lot of quality time in the low teens and single digits (brrr!!!!). Short sleeves and open windows seem like a long-distant memory. But even in the middle of all this winter quiet, there's still stuff to...

Whatever career (or backup career) you decide is right for you, there's likely a course at TAFE NSW that can help you achieve your goals Unsure of what's the right job for you? Pondering the following should help clarify what kind of career you should pursue. 1. What do you want out of your work? Do you want to make lots of money? Become famous? Help others? Create ...

Job seeking in your mid-fifties can be just as intimidating as it was in your early twenties "If I had a dollar (or ten, given the current cost of living) for every kind person who's told me not to worry, with my skills/experience/attitude, I'll get another job in no time… then I wouldn't need to be looking for another job." This was what a recently-retrenched friend said...

Do you know what you want to be when you grow up? It's okay if you don't know what career direction you want to take, in fact it's fairly normal. It's a big, life changing decision. Join us on Tuesday the 30 th of June at 8pm for career advice from TAFE NSW counsellor Monique Ziegelaar . Monique will share tools and tips she uses to help her clients uncover what drives them,...

Do you train yourself and shape your body with weights? If so, then you have a basic knowledge of weight training and what it does for your body So, you're thinking of being a personal trainer. Personal training is one of those occupations that barely existed just 20 years ago. The current fitness boom, which started in the 1980s and is still showing no signs of abating, has seen...

I've found blogging has been key to my own professional development This term, as in past terms I am one of those horrible teachers who forces their students to use technology. I make my students create a Google account just so we can all play in Google's Technology Playground. I usually don't have too much opposition to this, and if a student really doesn't want to create an account...

Whether you're a budding fashion designer or have an appreciation for Australian design, Instagram offers up a feed of photos that may inspire your own in-vogue moment. We didn't have to look far to find beautiful images that showcase the very best talent TAFE NSW has produced. With past students creating some of the most cutting edge fashion revered internationally and adorned by...

Remember that no one will care more about your own career than you will. Don't rely on anyone else to get you to where you want to go. When opportunities come up, take them. Always say yes You might recognise his name from the rolling credits of hit Aussie shows like Bondi Rescue, Go back to where you came from or The Biggest Loser Australia but Joel Byrnes also has the lustrous...

Education is the best investment you can make for your future. The lessons you learn in the TAFE classroom will impact your career for years to come but your thirst for knowledge doesn't have to be confined to campus. You can find thought provoking wisdom all over the internet, like right here on our blog (shameless, we know) or TED.com. TED has thousands of interesting talks on...

Stress can be a great motivator, giving you a much needed kick of adrenaline that forces you to focus on your goals. But as we near the end of semester one , your course work may demand more of your attention and that small amount of ‘normal stress' may be developing into a full-blown freak out, particularly if this is your first year at TAFE. Do you feel overwhelmed? Try these...

We love diversity here at TAFE NSW. Our students are waving flags for every one of the 10 European countries who have made it through to the 2015 Eurovision  Song Contest final! It's the world's biggest, campest, cheesefest and this year it's turning 60. To commemorate this salubrious occasion, we've trawled through the archives and come up with a list of 60 Eurovision ...

Education gives us choices, improves our self-confidence and ensures we are more capable of dealing with life Jumping into study can be daunting, but when you have been out of the game for 35 years it can be petrifying! Doubts start creeping in, you tell yourself you're not smart enough or you're too old to start all over again. This fear may be robbing you of the career you've...