One thing that sets TAFE NSW apart in the education world is our deep, strong ties to industry. Ties that are so deep-rooted that our teachers still work in their area of discipline. Teachers that are able to use their industry connections to integrate students with businesses, to help them gain real-world, hands-on experience, and in many cases, actual jobs.
Here is how you can push your career further by taking advantage of your professional network during your course and when you graduate.
To help her stand out from her fellow graduates, with a communications degree like hers, Jorja Cowan chose to add a TAFE NSW Certificate IV in Marketing to her professional bag of tricks. During the course of her studies, her teacher was contacted by an employer seeking to find one of the top TAFE NSW students to fill a marketing and communications role within their company. Taking her shot, Jorja aced the interview and landed the job.
“Studying with TAFE NSW gave me not only the practical skills needed to be successful, but the networks which are so important to have ... I have a great job, I’m now also on the Hunter Young Professionals Board,” says Jorja.
Like Jorja, Eleanor managed secured an internship at the Byron Bay Writers Festival, as a result of her studying the Diploma of Event Management at TAFE NSW.
Armed with the knowledge gained through her TAFE Digital course, Eleanor was able to secure a position as a Festival co-ordinator and acquire invaluable exposure and experience. Boasting over 140 international, national and local writers, thinkers and commentators, the Byron Bay Writers Festival is Australia's largest regional literary event and was the perfect opportunity for Eleanor to put the theory she learned during her Event Management course, into practice.
Part of her duties included “helping with the planning of opening night, site management, organising production schedules and run sheets, sponsorship co-ordination and helping to organise the festival program,” she said.
“I really enjoyed the practical experience and applying what I have learnt in the Diploma of Event Management to a real-life working situation.”
Another TAFE NSW student who was able to transform her learning into a real-life working situation was Kaylene Milner - a 2011 graduate from the Fashion Design Studio who traversed the globe putting her learning to work.
After leaving TAFE NSW, Kaylene launched her namesake label and won the Fashion Future Scholarship to live and work in New York. There, she gained experience she gained experience at both the Diane Von Fürstenberg Studio and the trend forecasting agency, Fashion Snoops. When Kaylene came back to Australia in 2013, she returned to the TAFE NSW Fashion Design Studio. This time when Kaylene returned to TAFE, it was to bring back everything she had learned to become a design teacher.
Never one to rest on her laurels, outside of Kaylene launched a rock and punk inspired, cult knitwear brand, WAH-WAH, then won the 2017 Premier’s TAFE NSW scholarship. The scholarships allowed her to visit the USA to study creative and innovative ways to implement sustainable fashion business models and will allow Kaylene to pass on her new learnings, as well as years' worth of industry experience to her students.
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