If it’s something you want, go for it

Trying something new is often terrifying, it’s challenging and it’s hard. But, it can also be incredibly rewarding and the best thing you ever do.

10 Jun 2016

Trying something new is often terrifying, it’s challenging, and it’s hard. But, it can also be incredibly rewarding. Changing your career or studying something new is no different. The thing is you’ll never know unless you do it.


Meet Abbey

Abbey (career change to nursing)Abbey Desborough was a dental nurse prior to enrolling in a Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled – Division 2 Nursing) with TAFE Queensland. Abbey took on the qualification and career path because of her passion for and experience in patient care, and the desire to take on a new challenge.

While the course was challenging, Abbey still found it enjoyable and rewarding. She now has the goal to work as a nurse before ascending the ranks even further.

“Having great teachers like those at TAFE Queensland who are approachable and extremely helpful, makes change and study a whole lot easier,” said Abbey.

Her advice for others considering a change?

“It doesn’t matter how old or young you are, if it’s something you want – go for it! Find what makes you happy and challenge yourself. You won’t know unless you try.”

Meet George

George (career change to automotive)George Cause completed his Certificate III in Automotive Technology through Recognition of Prior Learning and gap training at TAFE Queensland in Ipswich. In a previous life he taught construction, whilst also working as a handyman to supplement his income.

George chose to reskill in automotive technology because he used to do a lot of casual work at a garage, and enjoyed fixing things.

“I chose auto so I could make a living doing something I enjoy,” said George.

“Making a career change is the best decision you can make – it’s never too late to learn something new.”


Meet Shelly

Shelly (career change to hospitality)Shelly Bell spent three years working as an executive assistant at one of Australia’s leading insurance, banking and finance companies. Prior to that she held personal assistant roles within the company. While she enjoyed the challenges and working with some really driven and talented people, her heart just wasn’t in it.

Instead, Shelly had a great love of food and would spend most evenings researching new trends in the food industry, watching tutorials and practising these methods.

After some encouragement from her husband, and speaking with one of our patisserie teachers, she learnt about the support and industry contacts the teaching staff could provide, and the industry-current, modern facilities and equipment available.

“The course has been brilliant! I feel my confidence has grown and I am excited about the future,” she said.

Not surprisingly, Shelly is a big advocate for making change happen.

“If you are not happy doing what you’re doing and you are in a job that just pays the bills, or if there is another career you feel would make working a little easier, have a chat to the friendly staff at TAFE Queensland. It won’t take long and could be the best thing you do for yourself and your future.”

Shelly now plans to work in a few different styles of restaurants, believing the more diversity in her ‘repertoire’ the better. But, Shelly’s also set herself a five-year goal – to open her own patisserie/café (and we can’t wait to eat there).

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