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Progressing by degrees

Getting further with a TAFE NSW Degree

Progressing by degrees

If you feel you’re in a career slump and have gone as far as talent and hustle can take you, then maybe it’s time to consider adding formal qualifications to your experience.

And that’s where a TAFE NSW Degree enters your career plan.

There are many institutions that offer formal training, but TAFE NSW’s specialty is combining job ready, real skills with formal learning in small class sizes for a personalised approach to training.

An approach that gets results.

Book smarts vs real world skills

There’s no doubt that education of any sort is a valuable addition to any CV – but what can it add to yours, if you’re already well into a career?

Apart from signalling to employers (either current or prospective) that you’re keen to stay competitive and enhance your existing skills, it also signals that you want your career to move forward and are prepared to do whatever is necessary to realise that goal.

In addition to the “book knowledge” that any degree can offer, a TAFE NSW degree also offers incredibly practical, real world skills that employers are increasingly looking for. In fact, many of the world’s leading employers are now rating practical skills and experience over degrees – or at least, degrees that don’t have practical skills hard wired into their curriculum.

“Getting a job at today’s IBM does not always require a college degree,” said the company’s CEO, Ginni Rometty, in an interview with Fast Company. “What matters most is relevant skills.”

Jeff Weiner, the CEO of LinkedIn, agrees, although he qualifies further. “It's not skills at the exclusion of degrees. It's just expanding our perspective to go beyond degrees.”

The goal, then, is to make use of all kinds of training, both in physical classrooms and virtual settings alike, to allow you to acquire skills that are immediately transferable to your career and enhance your employability and options.

Experience is the best teacher – except for a teacher with experience!

If you’ve ever had to sit through a lesson taught by a bad teacher, then you no doubt know the value of a great teacher.

One who inspires and makes learning not only easier, but a pleasure.

That’s yet another TAFE NSW difference.

All of our degree courses are taught by experts in their industry. This means that not only are you receiving training that’s up-to-date with the latest industry standards but, as many of our teachers maintain strong links within their industries, you may also have the opportunity to make these connections work for you during – and after – your studies.

One + One = Three

If you’ve already got some practical skills from your years at work, then combining those with the knowledge and training you’ll receive through a TAFE NSW Degree is a great way to stand out from the crowd.

There are many degree courses for you to choose from at TAFE NSW, all taught in dynamic, progressive learning environments, with access to industry standard facilities and equipment. Our degrees cover many different areas: Business, Community Services, Early Childhood Education & Care, 3D Art & Animation, Interior Design, Applied Engineering, Information Technology and more.

If you feel that your lack of formal qualifications are holding you back in your career, then a TAFE NSW degree will give you both a highly-valued piece of paper, as well as the advanced skills to back that paper up.

And that’s a very appealing combination.

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