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ISSUE 11 RIDING THE NEW DIGITAL WAVE

TAKING THE LEAD ON E MAN' S PER SON AL PATH T O MEN T ORS H IP

USING N E W T E C H NO L O GY T O BUI LD NE W CI TI E S

TRADING CAREERS

BECOMING A CAREER CHAMELEON T HE R E ' S N O S U C H T HIN G A S TO O MA NY S K I LL S

F R OM B EETH OVEN T O B UILDING HOUS ES

WINNING FORMULA B U I LDI N G UNITY WI T HIN TH E ATH LETE COMM UNITY

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TYLER IWINSKI THE NEW FACE OF TAFE

INSPIRATION FOR THE D OERS, THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE OUR WORLD TURN


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WE'VE HAD THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION AND THE DIGITAL REVOLUTION TOO, BUT HAVE YOU EVER CONSIDERED THAT IT WAS HIGH TIME FOR A REVOLUTION OF YOU? WHATEVER YOUR GOAL, 2018 IS THE YEAR TO MAKE GREAT HAPPEN FOR YOURSELF. There are new roles, industries, skills, and places to explore. All it takes is a thirst for adventure, and the will to leap into the unknown with absolute confidence. After all, fortune favours the bold — even more so when you have the training to back up your bravado.

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How do we know this? After 135 years, countless industry shifts, and a mountain of technological breakthroughs, TAFE Queensland knows a thing or two about turning change into opportunity. We, like you, are learning and growing with the times, taking on new information and trends as they emerge. We say all this now, because in 2018, almost more than any other period in our history, knowledge is power. If you are willing to learn, we are more than happy to teach. We want this to be your year for revolution or transformation, however big or small.

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Don’t just take it from us. From Forbes and The Economist through to The Federation of Young Australians, the research and projections are clear – those who train and evolve can and will own their careers, now and into the future. In the classroom, boardroom, sports field, salon, kitchen, workshop or wherever else, together we help you achieve your goals and make great happen.

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COMM-UNITY Winning designs at the Commonwealth Games

GARNET EVANS + CHAD BECKER

STEP UP AND STEP FORWARD How to diversify your job potential

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TYLER IWINSKI A clear cut pathway to the forefront of fashion

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BORN TO LEAD

MADELINE RAWLINGS

SUITED FOR SUCCESS

Making education his business

Using new technology to build new cities

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Switching from concerts to construction

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RACHAEL TURNER

Fast-tracking through Recognition of Prior Learning

Editor in Chief

Carolyn Garner

Designers

Natala Stuetz Michelle Tinker

Writers Production Coordinator

Alita Pashley Tim Trotman Shannon Morris

Contributors

Tayla Arthur Daniel Otto Camilla Seymour Sarah Weir

COVER PHOTO BY ELLIOT TONKS - LIVE EXPOSURE OPPOSITE PAGE PHOTOGRAPHY BY JUSTIN NICHOLAS - ATMOSPHERE PHOTOGRAPHY ALL INFORMATION WAS ACCURATE AT TIME OF PUBLICATION; HOWEVER, TAFE QUEENSLAND POLICIES, TUITION FEES AND COURSE CONTENT ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.

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"IN ANY GIVEN MOMENT WE HAVE TWO OPTIONS: TO STEP FORWARD INTO GROWTH OR STEP BACK INTO SAFETY." — MASLOW

ON AVERAGE, TODAY’S 18-34 YEAR OLDS CHANGE JOBS EVERY 13 MONTHS1 (FORBES 2017). CHOOSING ONE JOB OR CAREER IS HARD ENOUGH, LET ALONE SEVERAL OVER THE COURSE OF YOUR WORKING LIFE. This becomes even more of a puzzle when you consider the broad skills needed for this level of professional 'mobility'. From one job to the next, you need to be equal parts specialist and jack of all trades – the expert and the chameleon. As challenging as this may sound, it’s about knowing that knowledge is power – choosing to take that step forward. The Foundation for Young Australians reminds us that, on average, the education required for one role can be applied to 13 others2; an idea that becomes rather astounding when you consider how many times you might change roles in your lifetime.

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If you actively take on new skills, ideas, and the flexibility needed to apply them, the number of pathways open to you is endless. This is how you, or anyone else, can fight back against all the automation, globalisation and job simplification so many fear. Never be afraid of a fork in the road or to step into the unknown. Do this and you could be among the informers, designers and artisans of tomorrow.

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Foundation for Young Australians “Millennials And Job-Hopping: What's Really Happening And What It Means” June 2017


G ARN ET CH A D ON YOUR MARKS The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games is still months away, and yet some of Queensland’s best and brightest are already winning big.

COMM-UNITY BRINGING THE WORLD TOGETHER THROUGH BETTER DESIGN Three TAFE Queensland students are preparing to make their mark on the international stage in two very different areas — by designing the hair and beauty salon for the Commonwealth Games' athletes and officials, and managing the triathlon course.

Diploma of Event Management graduate Jarrad Easlea, from the Sunshine Coast, will put his knowledge of multi-sports events and road operations to the test with his new role of Triathlon Technical Operations Manager with the Games.

“Knowing that their work will provide a more positive and healthy experience for the athletes, team officials, international media, royalty, Heads of State and dignitaries is something they can take with them for the rest of their lives,” she said.

Diploma of Interior Design student Garnet Evans and Diploma of Building Design student Chad Becker, both from the Gold Coast, created the winning design for Salon XXI, the hair and beauty salon situated within the Games village.

The graduate, who has spent the past five years working on major Ironman events, is looking forward to the biggest challenge of his career so far.

TAFE Queensland is proud to be the Training Partner for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. In our role as Training Partner, we are doing our part for the Games and the community by training a growing family of 15,000 enthusiastic volunteers, all of whom we will be celebrating in the months ahead.

Garnet said participating in the creation and development of part of the Games village was the perfect springboard for his career.

“There’s an insane amount of people all working in completely different roles, yet all working towards a common goal. It’s unlike any other workplace I’ve ever seen. It’s really like stepping through to a different world.”

“We’re being exposed to bigger roles and different people. This is my chance to expand my career beyond anything I thought possible before. The larger the better!” he said.

Executive Director for Education and Training, Lee Russell said TAFE Queensland has a long and proud history of providing students with practical learning experiences.

SIT50316 Diploma of Event Management CPP50911 Diploma of Building Design MSF50213 Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration

PHOTOGRAPHY BY JUSTIN NICHOLAS - ATMOSPHERE PHOTOGRAPHY

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" I T 'S A L L A B O UT TH E RI P P L E E F F E C T, YOU MI GH T M E E T T H E PER S ON W HO G I V E S Y O U YOUR FI R ST B R E A K J US T BY S A Y I N G Y E S TO A N I N V I T A T I ON." "TA FE RE A LLY HE L P E D ME TO SOLIDIFY M Y LOVE OF FA SHIO N . "

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SUITED FOR SUCCESS TYLER IWINSKI PIECING TOGETHER THE SKILLS NEEDED FOR GREATNESS

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STARTING WITH TAFE AT SCHOOL AND POWERING ALL THE WAY THROUGH TO A FASHION DEGREE AT SOUTH BANK, TYLER IWINSKI HAS TAKEN A STRAIGHT SHOT TO HIS DREAM CAREER. It's something he never thought possible, as he was unsure of his path when he finished high school. He just knew that he wanted to be creative and to work with his hands. Torn between a love of the arts and aspirations to design theme park rides as a mechanical engineer, it was a disinterest in maths that led him to undertake a fashion course through TAFE at School in year 11 and 12. “I love using my hands and being creative.”


“I chose fashion because there is an element of engineering in there too. You have to build the pieces you’re working on. “And there’s also the global element. Everyone wears clothes.” From those first afternoons at high school figuring out if fashion was for him, Tyler’s love of the industry grew, leading him to complete certificates II, III, and IV in fashion before enrolling into a Diploma of Fashion after graduating high school. Once he completed his diploma, he enrolled in a Bachelor of Applied Fashion with the University of Canberra at TAFE Queensland's South Bank campus. Now, five years later, Tyler – who was named as a 'Face of TAFE' earlier this year and will appear in the summer marketing campaign, has interviewed fashion royalty, Professor Jimmy Choo, and has just wrapped up his final collection.

“When I look at my work at the end of my diploma and what I’m producing now, at the end of my degree, it’s amazing how much it’s changed. I can see how much I’ve improved. “For me, it’s all about refining my practice and producing work that is up to the standard that I expect for myself. Furthering my education has definitely helped me to achieve that.” His final collection is partly inspired by a six-month break in his studies, where he travelled the world and pondered what he wanted in life.

“It’s a safari chic collection inspired by the modern day traveller,” he said. “It sums up who I am as a designer. From a visual point of view, it’s aesthetically beautiful and glamorous. I’ve always loved luxury brands. “But for me, it’s not just about travelling the world, it’s also about exploring who we are and what we want from life. It’s like battle armour, a high-end power suit.” Though Tyler thinks globally, he isn’t set on leaving Brisbane any time soon. Tyler's accepted an internship with The New Garde – a fashion start-up for independent designers run out of Fortitude Valley. “There are so many different realms in fashion to explore. People think it’s just about designing, but there’s marketing, pattern making, printing, and business.” “I’ve always been interested in all facets of the industry, from accessories to men’s, women’s, and even kids clothing. I’d love to dabble with it all in the future. I don’t want to close myself off to any opportunities.” Being open to different possibilities is a motto that Tyler lives by. It’s being open to opportunities that led him into the industry as a teenager.

“TAFE really helped me to solidify my love of fashion, but I went into it knowing that if I didn’t like it, I could just do something else. You have to be open to just trying things out. “The opportunities I’ve had are beyond what I ever expected and I’m really looking forward to the future.”

PHOTOGRAPHY BY JUSTIN NICHOLAS - ATMOSPHERE PHOTOGRAPHY MST20616 Certificate II in Applied Fashion Design and Technology MST30816 Certificate III in Applied Fashion Design and Technology MST50116 Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising 305JA Bachelor of Applied Fashion

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USING NEW TECHNOLOGY TO BUILD NEW CITIES TWENTY-TWO-YEAR-OLD TAFE QUEENSLAND GRADUATE AND SUNSHINE COAST BUSINESS OWNER, MADELINE RAWLINGS, BECAME BEWITCHED BY THE WONDER AND CREATIVITY OF GRAPHIC DESIGN AT AN EARLY AGE, AND GREW UP DETERMINED TO TURN HER PASSION INTO A CAREER. Madeline co-founded the company Xandra, while setting up her own freelance graphic design and branding company The Binding. Xandra is one of the first organisations in the world to work exclusively on developing chatbots — robots with personality that interact with people via operating chat platforms like Facebook Messenger. “Excitingly, we’re working with The City of Maroochydore to help build this for their smart city,” she said. “Our chatbot will be used to inform people about the history and future plans for the new CBD and surrounding area.”

"Personifying brands has never been more important and conversational interfaces like chatbots will dictate how brands engage customers; how companies transact business; and how physical spaces, including cities, interact with members and residents.” “It’s a really exciting time for both designers and residents on the Sunshine Coast and to have the opportunity to be a part of this project is allowing me to play an active role in shaping the future of my own community,” she said. Madeline comes from a family of creatives, including her surf reporter father, and Billabong designer aunt, who turned their passion for design and love of the Sunshine Coast’s surf culture into a career. After modelling for Billabong as a child, Madeline caught the creative bug, studying textiles and fashion at school, before enrolling in a Diploma of Graphic Design at TAFE Queensland.

“TAFE made sense to me. I didn’t want to spend months or even years learning the theory of how to design things; I wanted to get in there and do it. “I’d spent five years at school in a very hands-on practical learning environment and loved it, thrived in it, in fact. I wanted to replicate that learning environment and graduate job-ready to achieve my goal of owning my own business and doing my own thing.”

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GRAPHIC ELEMENTS BY MADELINE RAWLINGS PHOTOGRAPHY BY RIKKI LANCASTER CUA50715 Diploma of Graphic Design

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MAKING EDUCATION HIS BUSINESS SIMON NAAWI MAKES IT HIS BUSINESS TO INSPIRE OTHERS. THE 25-YEAR-OLD TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER, WHO WAS BORN AND RAISED ON THE TINY CORAL CAY — MASIG ISLAND, IS PASSIONATE ABOUT HELPING OTHERS FOLLOW IN HIS FOOTSTEPS TO HIGHER EDUCATION. Having left his tropical island home to complete his high school studies in a Cairns boarding school, 837 kilometres away, Simon returned to Masig Island after graduation, with the aim of undertaking further studies in business and management.

He got the ball rolling by enrolling in a Diploma of Business and a Diploma of Management with TAFE Queensland, which he completed via residential block studies.

“I received continuous support from my teachers and class mates; we all became really close, like a big family of like-minded people.” Now Simon is preparing for his next step; completing a Bachelor of Business and Management at James Cook University. “I never really thought that I was ever going to study at a university level, but about halfway through my course at TAFE Queensland I realised that I really wanted to continue learning,” he said.

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“I’ve been able to gain credit toward my bachelor because of my studies at TAFE. The whole process has been pretty straight forward.” As well as gaining invaluable business knowledge, Simon believes his studies have also strengthened his resolve to help others in his community to access education. “I’ve made it my business to go back and provide mentoring support to new students,” he said. “It’s made me feel good to give back knowing that I was once in a similar situation to them.” Chat to our customer service team to find out about how you can complete higher-level qualifications without having to leave your community.

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AND CHANGING LIVES IT WAS DURING A HIGH SCHOOL WORK EXPERIENCE STINT IN A CHILDCARE CENTRE THAT RAYLEEN ROSS REALISED SHE WANTED TO WORK IN EDUCATION. The 21-year-old, who recently completed a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, believes much of who we are is learnt in our first few years, which is what drew her to the industry. “I’ve learnt that quality early childhood education can have a positive long-term impact on the lives of children and their families,” she said. “I’m teaching children to be culturally aware and respectful, I’m helping them to be effective communicators.

I’m also encouraging them to develop a strong sense of identity and so much more.” Having already secured a position in her field, Rayleen credits her swift career progression to having the option to cut down her study time and costs with Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). The RPL program took Rayleen’s work experience into account, reducing the time she spent in the classroom, and getting her job-ready faster. “My teachers were very supportive and it’s great to have my prior experience recognised because it allowed me to enhance my career pathway in a shorter period of time,” she said.

“In the near future I hope to be a lead educator and, someday, a childcare centre director.”

Though the industry is expected to keep booming, Rayleen said it’s the fulfilment she gets from her work that cemented her career choice. “Everyone I met at TAFE has been willing to go out of their way to help me achieve my goals and now I’m working in a wonderful childcare facility and I truly love coming to work every day,” she said. “It’s really great to have a career that makes me feel so fulfilled. I’ll never be bored or unsatisfied with what I do as an educator.” Get qualified faster: Chat to our customer service team to find out how your life skills can count toward your qualification.

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CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care


WHAT DREAMS ARE BUILT OF “I really believe I was born to be doing the work I do now,” she said.

FROM BEETHOVEN TO BUILDING HOUSES, THERE ISN’T MUCH RACHAEL TURNER CAN’T ACHIEVE WHEN SHE PUTS HER MIND TO IT.

“I love the construction industry and I am committed to contribute to the industry the best way I can.”

Five years after buying a run down old Queenslander in South Brisbane and flipping it for a tidy profit, the building and construction entrepreneur has quickly become the face of home renovations. With a Bachelor of Music from the Queensland Conservatorium and 10 years experience running a music school, the classical pianist traded it all in to realise her childhood dream of working in construction. From that first old Queenslander, Rachael began seeking out other derelict properties before eventually building and renovating homes for other people, which was when Front Porch Properties was born. With a successful business and ever-growing portfolio of lifestyle magazine features to her name, Rachael decided it was time to formalise her qualifications and enrolled in a Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ) funded Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) through TAFE Queensland.

“I’ve always believed in building the life you love, not working for someone else to build theirs.” With a Queensland Building and Construction Commission licensed construction business, and personal builder’s licence under her belt, Rachael’s eyes are now set on a more personal project, providing aid to overseas building projects.

“I want to be, not just a successful builder, but one that gives back and makes an impact in the lives of others.” Find out more about our building and construction courses at tafeqld.edu.au

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Since then, her business has gone from strength-to-strength. With a passion for classic and timeless homes with a twist of Americana, Rachael is already making waves in the industry as a builder with an eye for detail and artistic flair.

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TAFE Queensland MAKE Magazine, Issue 11  
TAFE Queensland MAKE Magazine, Issue 11  

Check out the latest issue of MAKE from TAFE Queensland, our first ever state-wide edition. For a fresh year and a fresh outlook, we explore...