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TAFE NSW careers counsellor Lisa Fox is urging prospective students to “pursue their passion” and consider kickstarting a new career in the new year. Photo: supplied
TAFE NSW careers counsellor Lisa Fox is urging prospective students to “pursue their passion” and consider kickstarting a new career in the new year. Photo: supplied

A TAFE NSW careers counsellor has urged locals to “pursue their passion” and consider kickstarting a new career in the new year.

As the New Year’s Eve fog lifts, thousands of locals are expected to make a resolution to take the first steps towards re-skilling into a different career.

Career change studies have revealed the average young Australian worker is expected to change jobs between five and seven times in their career.

TAFE NSW Senior Careers Counsellor Lisa Fox said one of the first considerations when changing jobs was the most obvious – find something you enjoy.

“You need to find what you’re passionate about and explore whether you can make a career out of it,” Ms Fox said. “You spend about a third of your life at work and it makes sense to do something you enjoy. Of course, you need to balance that with other factors, like money, family considerations and location.”

Ms Fox said TAFE NSW was ideally positioned to deliver training to the full spectrum of career-changers.

“TAFE NSW provides both short-term and long-term courses to help you reach your career goals,” she said. “Short-term study can get you into a workplace quickly and you can start earning money; and courses go right up to degree level.”

Ms Fox said it was natural to reevaluate your career over the new year period.

“It can feel like the end of something and the beginning of something new,” she said. “If the year has been particularly challenging professionally, it’s a chance to wipe the slate clean and consider doing something different.

“TAFE NSW has more than 1200 courses to choose from – so there’s something for everyone no matter where you live, your skill level or qualifications.”

TAFE NSW graduates have a higher median income and employment rate than university graduates, a recent report by Skilling Australia revealed.

You need to find what you’re passionate about and explore whether you can make a career out of it.

Lisa Fox, TAFE careers counsellor