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.Show me courses like this Back to student stories