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4 essential strategies for career progression

To make sure you’re on track to professional success, we’ve put together a few tried and true techniques that can give your career a push in the right direction.


1. Get a head start

You already have skills and experience, so why start from scratch? Be recognised for what you already know so you can better enhance and focus your skills.

Credit Transfer means any studies you have already completed might count as credit towards your new qualification.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) recognises skills, knowledge or experience you have gained outside of the education system, including the skills you have picked up at work. Recognition means you can save time and money. It also ensures you only be hone new skills, rather than waste time on things you already know.

Meg Yates knows the advantages of ‘scaffolding’ qualifications. She began a Certificate II in Tourism at TAFE NSW as part of her HSC study. She then enrolled at TAFE Digital for an online Diploma of Travel and Tourism Management. But wait, there’s more! She was also studying for a commerce degree full-time and working part-time. Then there was the study tour to Germany!

By carefully choosing courses and building on her skills, Meg was able to achieve an extraordinary amount.

“Applying the practical knowledge that I have learned whilst studying at TAFE NSW – to assignments at university and my employment – have been beneficial,” says Meg.

She says her TAFE NSW studies have equipped her to think more critically and logically. Meanwhile, the software and business practices and strategies she learned were applied in the travel industry. Now she’s planning on building on all that with a Masters degree to research the global tourism trends.

“I know this valuable education journey would not have been possible without the practical skills, industry-specific knowledge and support received during my time studying with TAFE NSW.”


2. If you're online, stay on course

Many people studying for career advancement choose online study because it’s convenient. But no-one said is was an easy ride. Finding the time and maintaining motivation has challenges.

Always consider the support that online providers offer. TAFE Digital students can access support services that other TAFE NSW students enjoy: from counselling to career connections. 

Make sure you are studying with a provider that is recognised and respected because having a highly valued qualification as a goal will always help you stay on track.

Ensure you are comfortable with how the digital interface looks.

Design engineer Joshua McLinden enhanced his engineering career by studying online with TAFE Digital. He says the study was complementary to his BEng (Civ)(Hons) degree and was the key to his career progression. A crucial part of his success, he says, was simply that the TAFE Digital interfaces were familiar and easy to use.

The flexibility of TAFE Digital means you can adapt your study around your family and lifestyle. You can begin at any time and work at your own pace. You can be anywhere except alone.

“Studying online has always been the best fit for me as I work full-time and play multiple sports,” says Joshua.

Inclusive digital environments allow easy access to learning resources from across TAFE NSW, but also mean you can have ‘real’ interaction with teachers and other students. Enjoy being part of a friendly, focused study community with personalised support.


3. Be social and share your success

When you’re trying to further your career, there’s no point in keeping quiet about it. You want people to know you’re doing good work.

When you’ve aced a project, won a new account, finished a build or created a blissful event, make sure you let everyone know about it. If you have a professional website, blog or LinkedIn page, try and share your successes on a regular basis. Your successes won’t always be massive, but if you create a pattern of positivity around the minor wins, it will reflect well on you.

Start small and join groups that are relevant to your industry and follow industry leaders on social media. Suddenly, you’ll have a much larger exposure to what’s going on in the wider world of your business. You’ll get to see what other people and companies are doing within your industry, as well as learn about when professional events, forums and meet-ups are scheduled.


4. Take short cuts

Short courses are a perfect way to stay fresh within your business, and as a bonus, continued study always looks impressive on a CV. Beyond that, studying at an education provider like TAFE NSW gives you an amazing opportunity to learn from industry-experienced teachers, and network with like-minded people within your field.

TAFE NSW has over 500 career-focused short courses. They can take few hours, a day or two, or a few weeks. No matter how long they are, they all offer real skills and experiences across many industries.

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