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Switch your career direction or
make a fresh start with confidence

Life's too short to waste on a course that's not making your heart sing. Listen to your instincts, follow your passion and you’ll never go wrong. And with real-world courses, an employer focus and amazing support services, you can be confident your education and training helps you to reach your new career goals. Explore changing or re-starting your career with TAFE NSW.

Former teacher Janelle has always been into interior design, and when the time switch careers, the employer focus and supportive environment of TAFE NSW was perfect. She says the information taught in a way where each stage of learning built upon the previous.

“While there was a lot of theory, it was presented in a practical way with ‘real world’ solutions and skills.” She says the industry-expert teachers were always “genuinely interested that we do well”.

Janelle won a Creative Thinker award, sponsored by EJE Architecture, including invaluable work experience, and plans to continue with an Advanced Diploma of Interior Design and a graphic design course.

Janelle's design project pictured

Re-design your career

Inside word on interior design career change

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The skills you need to change your career

Now is the time to re-train or refresh your skills. With TAFE NSW you can be confident you’re getting the most focused and relevant career training. BE in control with TAFE NSW.

Find your passion

The student becomes the teacher

(and entrepreneur and cult designer and …)

Kaylene Milner has seen her career take off since graduating from the Fashion Design Studio in 2011. She launched her namesake label then won the Fashion Future Scholarship to live and work in New York, where she gained experience at both Diane Von Furstenberg design studio and Fashion Snoops trend forecasting agency.

Upon returning to Australia in 2013, Kaylene joined the Fashion Design Studio as a design teacher, launched her cult knitwear brand, “WAH-WAH AUSTRALIA,” then won the 2017 Premier’s TAFE NSW scholarship. As such, she is perfectly placed to help students change careers to one they are passionate about in the design industry.

Make a great change

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Change your career with Jonesy


You may know him as Jonesy, from Jonesy and Amanda on WSFM. Or may not know him at all. That’s OK. This former TAFE NSW student went through a range of roles before he settled on the obvious: his passion. He has some advice for you.

A change for better

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Creative and Design student begins exciting new journey

When TAFE NSW Creative and Design Ideation Student of the Year award winner, Fiona Spence, made the decision to change careers, she knew the very best way; studying her way, via TAFE Digital.

After taking a break from full-time employment to raise a young family, Fiona returned to the workforce with gusto, forging new careers as a writer, online content producer and social influencer. Fiona is also a passionate advocate for further education as a mature aged student, as her success in her new roles bears testimony.

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Time for a re-think?

TAFE NSW Counsellors give career-change tips.

Follow your passion
Tell everyone you know about the work you want. Employers look for people with energy and ambition. There are 6 degrees of separation, and looking to move up in your career is not something you should keep quiet about. So many jobs are not advertised and opportunities are often through informal networks.
Take the opportunity
If you enrol in a TAFE NSW course, make sure you leverage it! Your teachers are all industry experts, many still work in the industry or are on boards. You’ll have the opportunity to attend industry events organised by your course and by external bodies such as professional associations.
It's your time
Life's too short to waste on a course that's not making your heart sing. Listen to your instincts, follow your passion and you’ll never go wrong.
Focus on the right course
Employers need to trust that a qualification was issued by a provider they trust, and that what you are bringing to your new career adds value for them. Sometimes a Certificate III is more valued and relevant than a degree. In other industries, an Advanced Diploma or Bachelor Degree is best.

Be advised

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Making the change online

Making the change online

How do you fit online study into an already-full schedule? TAFE NSW Counsellors give some tips.

Relax. This is a normal concern. Successful online study does require good time-management and organisation skills, and some computer skills and support. 

Double check. If you are unsure if you and your situation suits online study, the TAFE Digital website provides a checklist of what is recommended. Feel free to chat with a TAFE Digital Counsellor who specialise in providing support to online students.

Try a taster. Especially if you are looking to change careers, consider a short, free ‘Taster course’ at TAFE Digital. It can let you know if online study suits you. Once you’re enrolled you can be assured of more support from TAFE NSW staff.

Get virtual. There are virtual classrooms and connect sessions so that you can engage with teachers and other online students.

Take support. TAFE Digital students can get support from their teachers, as well as other TAFE NSW support services such as Counselling and Career Development Services, Disability Support Staff, Aboriginal Education Training Unit (AETU). Most services available at a TAFE NSW ‘campus’ are also available for online students.

Make your move