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Talented Tenterfield local, Tahlea Muchow, is successfully combining
a passion for the hospitality and business industries to carve out an
exciting and rewarding career.
Thanks to the skills she has learnt studying at the TAFE NSW
Connected Learning Centre, Tahlea has become an important asset at the
Commercial Boutique and Girraween Environmental Lodge, dividing her
time making a positive impression on customers at both local businesses.
“My position at Girraween Environmental Lodge gave me the drive to go
to TAFE and learn more skills. In 2018 I enrolled in a Certificate II
in Hospitality, and I enjoyed the course so much that I enrolled in
the Certificate III in Hospitality straight after,” Tahlea said.
“While I was completing the Certificate III, I applied for a job at
the Commercial Boutique, and was lucky enough to be offered employment there.
“Studying at TAFE not only helped me get a job, it helped me build my
confidence and was so great I have this year started studying a
Certificate III in Business. It’s a whole new challenge, but I wanted
to learn more skills that will help my career progress.”
While rotating hours and split shifts are not for everyone, Tahlea
admits she enjoys aspects of both the hospitality and business industries.
“I enjoy working at both the Commercial Boutique and Girraween
Environmental Lodge – I especially like meeting new people from all
corners of the world, and it’s a huge thrill to be able to meet their
needs,” she said. “There’s nothing better than receiving positive
feedback from clients about how wonderful their experience has been.”
TAFE NSW Tenterfield Hospitality teacher Jennifer Clancy was full of
praise for Tahlea, saying: “Tahlea is diligent in her learning and is
willing to have a go even when she feels uncomfortable or is unsure if
she is doing things correctly.
“Tahlea has an exemplary work ethic and personal commitment to do
well, which will take her a long way in her career.”
TAFE NSW Deputy Regional General Manager, Adam Bennett, added: “TAFE
NSW prides itself on offering life-changing training opportunities and
Tahlea is a great example of students getting real-life employment
opportunities thanks to the skills they learn at TAFE,” he said.
“According to the Australian Government’s Job Outlook data, the
hospitality industry is experiencing a critical skills shortage across
the country, and there will be more than 182,000 new administration
positions generated Australia-wide in the next five years.
“This opens up some very exciting opportunities for Tahlea, and
should inspire anyone considering a new career to come and learn at TAFE.”
To find out more the huge range of courses at TAFE NSW, phone 131 601
or visit www.tafensw.edu.au.