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Viengkeo Phoupraseuth

Viengkeo Student Career Changer Interpreting South Western Sydney Institute

Viengkeo Phoupraseuth knows from first-hand experience that it's never too late to take your career in a new direction.

The 61 year old Bonnyrigg local resident spends most of his working day interpreting Thai and Lao for Centrelink and other organisations in Sydney's western suburbs – a job he says is a dream come true.

After almost three decades working in the luxury hotel business, he is living proof that mature-aged people can change their career.

"The hotel business was a good job but after many years in the industry I wanted to do something different," Viengkeo said.

In 2009, he quit his hotel job and decided to pursue a full-time career as a language interpreter.

Looking back now, enrolling at TAFE South Western Sydney Institute (SWSi) was the best decision he made.

"I was nervous at first, worrying whether I would find enough work to keep me going," he said.

"But TAFE opened up so many doors for me."

Studying the Diploma in Interpreting helped Viengkeo establish a business network and a regular stream of interpreting work.

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