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Accounting is cooler than you think

Designer threads with a difference



Getting to know your online self

From lush strings to dirty beats


Art by the plateful

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DO UNI DIFFERENTLY We’ve trawled through the reports, read the research and spoken to the employers and we know what it takes to score the jobs of tomorrow. All of the projections are showing that as well as technical knowledge, the leaders of tomorrow need to be creative and collaborative. We’re heading into the fourth industrial revolution and the skills of yesterday aren’t going to cut it. The research has shown that collaboration, automation and globalisation will rule the next generation of business and at TAFE Queensland Brisbane we’ve hand-picked the industry professionals who can teach our students those skills. They come to the classroom with hands-on teaching methods, and a strong sense of where their industry is heading.

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In this issue of MAKE we highlight those skills being put into action. We’ve spoken to a fashionista of the macabre, a musician embracing the power of technology and old-school collaboration, an awardwinning chef who is changing the way we think about food, and teachers bringing together their top tips for making it in the fourth industrial revolution. No matter what the industry, our graduates are making a difference in the way the world does business. The future is now and we’re putting the research into practice with new university degrees being offered as part of our exciting partnership with the University of Canberra. We’re helping you to do uni differently.

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Why creativity can get you a job in every industry.

05. GUARANTEED BANGERS Get to know the next big thing in electronic music.

06. POWER AESTHETIC If Tim Burton and Lady Gaga had a love child, they would be dressed in Harpi.




CREATIVITY isn’t a dirty word

Prepare for the jobs of tomorrow.



Food so good, it belongs in a gallery.

10. DIGITAL DARLINGS How to prepare for the conceptual age.



From tax accountant to catching corporate crims, accounting has something for everyone.

11. GET TO KNOW QTAC Get the low-down on all the dates and deadlines you need to know.

12. EVENT CALENDAR Experience the real TAFE Queensland Brisbane by coming along to one of our free events.


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CREATIVE CRINGE: WHY CREATIVITY CAN GET YOU A JOB IN EVERY INDUSTRY. Long gone are the days when creativity was a virtue only required of those working in the arts. Data collected from 4.2 million unique, online job ads, collated by the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA), found the demand for creative employees has spiked significantly across a number of industries. And according to projections about the future of the job market, it’s a trend which is pegged to keep rising. The survey, printed in the FYA report 'The New Basics: big data reveals the skills young people need for the new work order'; shows a 158 per cent rise in positions needing critical thinking skills, and a 65 per cent rise in the desire for staff with creativity. In fact, enterprise skills, traditionally thought of as 'soft' skills, such as problem solving, communication skills, critical thinking, creativity, and digital literacy, have been noted to be the most powerful predictor of long term success. The same report found that jobs with transferable 'soft' skills were 70 per cent more likely to survive automation. And the good news for you? If you’ve got these skills you’re likely to earn between $3,000 and $8,600 more per year. Find out more about TAFE Queensland Brisbane’s hands on learning approach and creative offerings at

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ALISTAIR MARSDEN IS AS AT HOME FILLING A NIGHTCLUB DANCE FLOOR AS HE IS ARRANGING A CLIFFHANGER STRING SECTION FOR THE SILVER SCREEN. The aspiring musician, who completed the Diploma of Sound Production before moving into the Bachelor of Contemporary Music Practice, hasn’t waited for graduation day before starting his career. In his first year of study Alistair had written a Q Music Award-winning dance track, Days of Doom , featuring fellow Brisbane muso and vocalist SASKIA, and has since gone on to compose musical scores in six independent movies, one of which is currently touring the festival circuit in the US. “It was the first single I put out under my solo project called AJ ,” he said. “SASKIA suggested putting it into the Q Music awards, so we did and then this happened. Since then I’ve just been working on getting a lot of material together for an EP, that can be used for a live show.”

Although Alistair had a musical background, playing guitar, piano, violin and drums in his early high school years, it was the discovery of technology that allowed him to thread together mixed tapes, that led him to consider a career in electronic music. And though his two projects may seem worlds apart, he believes that working with the rich orchestral elements used to make complex movie scores, has helped him find his own “sound” as an electronic musician. “It’s quite hard trying to find your own sound in music,” he said. “You know when Calvin Harris is being played on the radio and you can pick a Skrillex or Avicii song just by how it sounds. “Dance music and film scores use the same musical theories and I definitely find myself writing orchestral sections and using orchestral instruments in dance songs as well as film scores. They go hand-in-hand and it helps me expand my musical sound as well.”

While technology means musicians can create, produce and distribute lush musical landscapes in their own bedrooms, Alistair believes collaborating with other musos is what makes his art magical.

“I’ve collaborated with a rapper/singer called Calligraphy, who’s an amazing lyricist, on another single,” he said.

“I have another singer that comes in and I do a lot of writing with him too it’s more fun when it’s a collaboration and everyone brings in a fan base who is then being exposed to the work of other local musicians.

“Within my classes at TAFE I’ve worked with a heavy metal drummer and a death metal guitarist and it’s interesting hearing their take on your genre or how they perceive their genre and getting their feedback on different elements being used in each other’s music. We definitely work together.”

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Kri S Ty P oWeR iSn’t Af R aid OF Tur nin g he a ds. With a portfolio that extends from corporate wear, with the added option of beetle wing detail, and Marilyn Manson-inspired swimwear, the Bachelor of Applied Fashion student knows a thing or two about making a statement. For Kristy, who was given her first sewing machine at eight, designing clothes started off as a means to accessible and unique fashion before becoming a legitimate career choice.

Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology (LMT50307) PHOTO CREDITS Queen of Hearts: Designer: Kristy Power from Harpi | Model: Holly Trim | Photography: Anthony Byron | MUA, Hairstylist: Helen Powell. Girl in white: Concept, styling, millinery: Zorza Goodman | Designer: Kirsty Power from Harpi | Model: Cherry Titanium Louella | Photography: Jon Lee | MUA: Liz Jenkinson-Muafx | Hairstylist: Hiroko Ka.

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“I used to sew all of my own outfits just before going to parties and then I thought I’d better start learning to actually pattern-make,” she said. “I couldn’t find clothes that I wanted to wear, so I learnt to design them properly and it all went from there. After high school I started making them for myself and then after I had my first child, I thought ‘well I have to put food on the table, let’s make this a job’.” As a fresh graduate from the Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology, Kristy started her own fashion label, Harpi , which has been described by bloggers as a love child between Tim Burton and Lady Gaga.

The collections, which have evolved from punkinspired tartan suits to highshouldered jackets adorned with fake animal skulls, have been getting attention from a number of niche fashion publications and gracing catwalks across Australia. Her wares have also been sported by burlesque dancers, circus performers, cos players and goths looking for something edgy to wear in their day jobs. “We make high-end goth and alternative wear, so it’s a lot of black, brocades, pleather, lace, some velvet, wet-look jersey, and stripes,” she said.

“I try and do a bit of corporate wear so people can feel themselves at work and then they can wear their outfit to the pub afterwards. “It doesn’t have to be in your face. It’s just a way of letting people express themselves subtly. That’s the power of fashion.” The collections, which borrow heavily from the dark and macabre with a touch of Sex Pistols attitude and 19th century silhouettes, have been shown a number of times at specialty fashion shows such as Circus Nocturna in Melbourne and at RAW in Brisbane.

Kristy’s pieces also won her the opportunity to take part in a shoot for bi-annual avant-garde art publication, Damed , which was part Priscilla: Queen of the Desert and part Lady Gaga concert. “It was two models, me, a designer, a photographer, and a make-up artist in a van driving from Melbourne to Coober Pedy,” she said. “We stopped at salt flats on the way back. It had rained so everything was covered in a thin layer of water. I’d made up kimonos the day before we left in the magazine owner’s kitchen, so we shot these long flowing kimonos there. It was amazing to see.”

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VIVA LA N O I C U L O V RE Millennials are stepping into a world where 70 per cent of the jobs they are training for will look drastically different, and local projects will be managed on a global scale. Borders are disappearing both geographically and within corporate culture, with employers seeking to destroy silo-offices and build teams with wider skill sets and more cross-collaborative opportunities.

THE REVOLUTION IS NOW Klaus Schwab, founder of the World Economic Forum, has said we’re on the brink of the fourth industrial revolution that will “fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another”. “In its scale, scope, and complexity, the transformation will be unlike anything humankind has experienced before,” he said. “We do not yet know just how it will unfold, but one thing is clear: the response to it must be integrated and comprehensive, involving all stakeholders of the global polity [society], from the public and private sectors to academia and civil society.” Following on from the electronic revolution of the late 60s, Schwab says this isn’t an extension, but an entirely new revolution, which is unfolding at a historically unprecedented speed. Research by the Foundation for Young Australians has shown that policy makers and educators need to move at an equally unprecedented speed to prepare today’s students to have the skills needed to become leaders in a vastly different work place to that of their parents. According to the statistics, 70 per cent of teens will get their first jobs in roles that will either look radically different, or be completely lost due to automation in the next 10-15 years. Entry-level roles for young people are disappearing. This means 12-year-olds today will have fewer opportunities than a generation ago and 60 per cent of our youth are training for jobs that may not exist in the next decade. The solution? We need to give Millennials educational opportunities that will allow them to be tech-savvy, adaptable, collaborative, and creative.

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TALKING ‘BOUT MY GENERATION The thing we know about Millennials is that they are the generational chameleon, able to adapt to fast-paced environments and fluid landscapes. The 2016 Deloitte Millennial Survey, which has collected data from Gen Ys across the globe, has shown that today’s youth thrive on change, are thirsty for knowledge and growth opportunities and fiercely committed to working toward making the world a better place.

"We have a generation of educated, globally connected, outward looking, socially minded young people, and a more culturally diverse generation of young people than ever before." Those born from the early 80s through to 2000 are less impressed by the sheer scale of a business, its prestige and age, or the general ‘buzz’ that surrounds it. What matters to Millennials is whether their employers have a social conscience, are aligned with their specific values, or are contributing to their community, whether it be local or global. Jan Owen, the CEO of the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) said it’s the main trait that characterises digital natives. “We have a generation of educated, globally connected, outward looking, socially minded young people, and a more culturally diverse generation of young people than ever before,” she said. “They have inspiring ideas for a better Australia. They want to be part of the solution. They are up for the challenge.”

FOOD WITH HE(ART) FOR JOSH LOPEZ, EVERYTHING HE COOKS HAS A STORY. As the executive chef at Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), Josh’s dishes are a reflection of his surroundings and inspired by both the latest exhibitions and local produce. Having done a stint in Gordon Ramsay’s London restaurant, Maze, and Noma in Copenhagen, which is currently ranked among the top five restaurants in the world, he said it’s the local produce of his adopted home, Brisbane, that he wants to showcase. “I knew when I came back to Australia I’d want to cook things that were very close to Brisbane or reflective of Australia, that are iconic or have a nostalgic connection,” he said. “The thing about us as a nation, is that we’re willing to give things a go. I think Australians are really open to new things and that means as a chef that you can be really creative.” These dishes include anything from using locally raised squab (young pigeon) to his much loved ‘plate of bait’, made up of over-looked foods like pippies, squid and sardines.

Though he was named Brisbane Times Good Food Guide’s Chef of the Year in 2015, Josh said cooking was a career he fell into by accident when he enrolled in a Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery at TAFE Queensland Brisbane to prepare him for an overseas working holiday. Having been born in El Salvador, he credits his mother's vibrant meals and her fresh, home-made salsas, avocado and an array of local produce as the reason he developed a love of good food. And it was his beginnings at McDonalds that taught him about the camaraderie of the kitchen. “I believe that if you teach someone how to cook, it’s a skill for life. It can be really rewarding knowing how to eat well and nourish yourself,” he said. “Some of my best life experiences have been at the kitchen table or me cooking for people. It’s so rewarding when people really taste the love you’ve put into a dish – there are few feelings like that.”

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Peter Baskerville, a business teacher at TAFE Queensland Brisbane, doubts it. The entrepreneurial veteran, who has opened more than 30 businesses ranging from cafés and restaurants to specialty retail stores, believes the conceptual age is here and not even the digital natives are prepared for it. “The internet is now globally the biggest employer and it’s critically important to be aware of the power of that,” he said.

While 30-40 hour weeks will still remain, our earnings will more likely come from multiple employers hiring skill sets needed to complete one-off or ongoing projects. And instead of competing with other job seekers in the same city, we’ll be competing on a global scale. “I see freelance roles as the future,” he said.

“Digital literacy isn’t just about being able to post a party invitation on Facebook, it’s about being able to use it to build your own personal brand.

“You might actually work for three employers in any given week and those employers might change every week. It’s going to be mostly online, it’s going to be collaborative and it’s going to be cross-cultural.

"When someone searches for you do they find articles establishing you as a thought leader in your industry? If not, there may be a problem.”

“That’s a scary thought for people who aren’t being taught to prepare for the future, that’s what I’m very aware of as an educator.”

YOU HAVE TO ASK YOURSELF, "WOULD YOU GET A JOB BASED ON YOUR ONLINE PROFILE AND WHAT KIND OF JOB WOULD IT BE?" Peter’s theory, which aligns with future projections, is that Millennials leaving school will be entering a vastly different job market, one where the traditional, stable 9-5 careers will be replaced with collaborative, project-based employment.

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Peter, who has been crowned Top Writer for five years running on question and answer site, Quora and been republished by the BBC, Huffington Post, Forbes and Ink Magazine, knows first-hand the power of personal branding. “I believe in the educational revolution. I’m able to use a forum like Quora and ask the VP of sales at Amazon about a marketing issue and then relay that information to my students. We’re the first

generation able to do that instantly,” he said. “This isn’t about text book learning. It’s learning from the people right now who are out there doing it. “I see teaching as being more of a facilitator for learning, because the information is already out there. It’s no longer about being the smartest person in the room, it’s about tapping into the knowledge of the crowd. “I like the TAFE model because it’s about the how-to skills. We bring people together and show them how to really analyse and apply information. It’s about teaching people to be creators and to create things that other people can learn from or add to.”

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ACCOUNTING IS COOLER THAN YOU THINK Jennifer French has lent out millions of dollars, opened bank franchises and run her own businesses and now the self-made Queen of Numbers is passing on her knowledge to the next generation of accountants. Jennifer, who teaches the new University of Canberra Bachelor of Accounting course at TAFE Queensland’s South Bank campus, believes despite the stereotypes, a career in number crunching is as exciting as it is varied. “It’s such a broad occupation and it can lead to so many things. That’s the thing with accounting, you don’t just become an accountant,” she said. “You can do anything from banking to being a specialised auditor or forensic accountant. You can be a management accountant or a tax accountant, you can be a financial planner, or a teacher, it’s extremely broad.” Accounting today is about more than punching numbers; it’s about the global political climate and shifts in the fabric of society. It’s a study in the way people use money.

And given transferable skills are key to adapting to changing job markets, it’s a future-proofed career option. “It’s certainly not a static industry, technology is changing and policies are updated,” she said. “That’s the nature of business; it’s always changing so it’s always exciting. “I had no idea how flexible the industry was when I started. If you’re an accountant for a firm it doesn’t mean you can’t all of a sudden become a teacher, or a banker, or a business owner. You’ve got that flexibility. It’s a great qualification for that.” INTERESTED IN BECOMING A NUMBER NINJA WITH US? List TAFE Queensland Brisbane/ University of Canberra courses as a preference in QTAC.



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Come on a journey that will ignite your senses and challenge the ordinary. Discover seas of light, waves of sound and landscapes of colour. Immerse yourself in the technology of tomorrow, taste artfully prepared meals and mingle with street performers. Get to know the up-and-coming stars of Brisbane’s bustling creative scene at a unique showcase of TAFE Queensland Brisbane’s visual arts, fashion, music, floristry, hospitality, gaming and animation students. But don’t wait until the night to meet the makers. Keep an eye on the #cre8Brisbane hash-tag to follow the students' journey in the lead up to their night of nights.






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MAKE 8 - Higher Education Edition  

This edition celebrates the students and lecturers in our higher education programs. Find out more about how you can make great happen too!

MAKE 8 - Higher Education Edition  

This edition celebrates the students and lecturers in our higher education programs. Find out more about how you can make great happen too!