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Accelerate your career success as a TAFE NSW graduate

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Accelerate your career success as a TAFE NSW graduate

Here are some examples of how this has worked for 'real' people. People like you.

Stand out from the crowd

Jorja had a communications/journalism degree from university, but was struggling to find a good job. So she added a TAFE NSW Certificate IV in Marketing to her professional bag of tricks. During her studies, her teacher was contacted by an employer looking for a top student to fill a marketing and communications role. 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," says Jorja. "I have a great job."

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Joshua McLinden changed engineering pathways from a role as engineering technical officer to design engineer.

He says a TAFE Digital course in Water Operations was complementary to his engineering degree and meant he could make his career progression. A large part of his success, Joshua says, was that he simply found TAFE Digital interfaces familiar and easy to use.

After filling the gap in his education, Joshua moved up in his career: "The course was complementary to my university degree and a practical requirement for progression in my job.”


Work your network

Another student who was able to transform her learning into a real-life working situation was Kaylene Milner (pictured) - a 2011 graduate from the TAFE NSW Fashion Design Studio who traversed the globe putting her learning to work.Kaylene launched her label and won the Fashion Future Scholarship to work in New York. When Kaylene came back to Australia, she returned to the TAFE NSW Fashion Design Studio as a teacher.

She then won the 2017 Premier’s TAFE NSW Scholarship which allowed her to visit the USA to study creative and innovative ways to implement sustainable fashion business models. Kaylene is now concentrating on her rock-and-punk inspired cult knitwear brand, WAH-WAH.

Get hands-on

Eleanor managed to secure an internship at the Byron Bay Writers Festival, as a result of her studying Event Management at TAFE NSW.

Armed with the knowledge gained through her flexible TAFE Digital course, Eleanor was able to secure a position as a festival coordinator and get invaluable exposure and experience. 

"I was 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 says.

“I really enjoyed the practical experience and applying what I have learnt in the Diploma of Event Management to a real-life working situation.”

With over 20,000 industry connections and hundreds of courses to choose from, TAFE NSW will help set you on a path to career success. 

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