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How to use study to boost your career, according to people who've done it

Improve your career prospects, climb the career ladder and secure your career with TAFE NSW.

 How to use study to boost your career, according to people who've done it

Getting ahead in your career can seem like an uphill battle. But it doesn’t have to be.

From short courses to diplomas, study can help you propel your career forward by keeping your skills up-to-date, demonstrating your capacity for self-directed professional development and making you aware of emerging technologies and trends.

Improve your career prospects, climb the career ladder and secure your career with TAFE NSW.

Just like these TAFE NSW grads.

Michael Viera, Greater Western Sydney Giants AFL

TAFE NSW Health Recreation and Fitness teacher Michael Viera kicked off his first season with the Greater Western Sydney Giants as a Sports Trainer and Massage Therapist in 2019. 

With a strong background in the fitness industry and extensive experience as a personal/sports trainer, Michael was recommended for the position through Sports Medicine Australia.

“When the opportunity to work as a sports trainer and massage therapist with the Giants came up, I jumped at the chance. Working with elite athletes has always been a dream of mine and I’m thrilled to be part of the team,” says Michael.

Michael studied the Certificate II in Fitness and Certificate IV in Personal Training, and broadened his skills and knowledge with additional courses in sport and remedial massage. During his time as a TAFE NSW student, his teacher encouraged him to come back and teach the next generation.

Taking his teacher’s advice, Michael now teaches fitness to TVET students in years 10, 11 and 12, while managing his own practice ‘Complete Body Dynamics’ and his role with the Giants.

Studying at TAFE NSW has given Michael the opportunity to pursue a career he loves, start his own business and opened up doors enabling him to work with professional teams and clubs.

Josh McLinden, AlburyCity

From wastewater to design engineer, student Joshua McLinden advanced his career at AlburyCity after studying online with TAFE Digital.

“I changed engineering pathways from a role as engineering technical officer – wastewater to take on a wider portfolio as design engineer at AlburyCity after completing the Certificate IV in Water Operations,” says Josh.

“The Certificate IV in Water Operations, with a specific emphasis on waste management, was complementary to my university degree and a practical requirement for progression in my job.”

After filling a skills gap John now has a role within the council administering trade waste license and conducting inspections of trade waste operations.

Jay and John, Mid City Smash Repairs

Dubbo smash repairers Jay and John completed the Certificate III in Autobody Repair (Jay) and the Certificate III in Vehicle Painting (John) at TAFE NSW.

They decided to combine their passions for repair and paint and became business partners of Mid City Smash Repairs in Dubbo.

“John and I both had ambitions to own our own business and with two complimentary trades it made sense. We’ve now been business partners for almost seven years,” Jay said.

“I loved going to TAFE NSW because I got to learn other skills and get exposure to different aspects of the trade that you don’t always get in the workshop. It was great to network with other apprentices in the region and talk about workshop experiences.”

Business is booming, they enjoy working for themselves and the security that brings and they are now on the search for a first-year apprentice so they can give back to the industry that they love.

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