A Degree at TAFE: Choose your own way to great

With a practical degree, you’re one step closer to defining great for yourself in the years ahead.

4 Jul 2017

“You must always be able to predict what’s next and then have the flexibility to evolve” Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce

While you may not have heard of Marc, it isn’t hard to agree with his words. As we have mentioned in a blog or two recently, the world of work is changing.

But hey, where there’s a will, there’s a way. We believe in your capacity to achieve greatness from one industry to the next. For the sake of an added boost, we’ve broken down the what, why and how of this change and opportunity for you.

The Australian employment landscape

According to researchers at Deloitte, the onset of automation, the evolution of information networks (e.g. internet of things), and the acceptance of the gig economy (casual work) are turning the employment landscape on its head.

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Employers want forward thinking workers with creative thinking and digital literacy

We live in an age where a doctor in a major city can utilise technology to treat a patient in a remote community; where a digital marketer needs to think in 24-hour time as they jump between writing, designing and coding; and because we live in a world where contract roles, telecommutes, and self-employment are fast becoming the norm.

Even the experts from the World Economic Forum are backing this concept. They too see a future where the workforce is as broadly skilled as it is specialised, and where working across multiple borders, timelines and projects are routine.

Global job market statistics to keep in mind

Regardless of what industry you might be leaping into, consider the following:

  • 69% of workers are employed full time, the lowest level on record.
  • 75% of youth in the labour force are working part time
  • Over the next two decades, 35% of jobs in Australia will be eliminated by new technology
  • The demand for critical thinking skills has risen by more than 158%
  • The highest salaries in the job market now are for non-traditional office and non-office roles

Adapt by learning new job skills

How can you make the most of/combat this as you begin to build your career?

In the words of Malcolm X, “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”

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A degree these days can connect you with industry standard technology sooner.

The Committee for Economic Development of Australia tells us that the starting point is the coding, networking, and design skills so many of us see as specialist, but will soon be a broad norm. But alongside this is a call for skills that no machine could ever truly master – problem-solving, teamwork and interpersonal negotiation are must-haves when guiding projects and securing new work.

For example, all of the below industries are powering forward with a focus on new skills:

Can I learn all of this in a degree?

When it comes to succeeding, it comes down to a balanced mix of your drive, your industry’s expectations and the skills you’ve learned.

Recent research has even highlighted that the traditional degree is no more a guarantee of success or high pay than your standard diploma.  But what about doing both? Or doing a degree that is based on the hands-on approach of vocational education?

Both options exist, and as you may have guessed they exist with us. Our diploma programs more than speak for themselves, as examples of our 130 years of educational experience. While our degrees are a natural evolution of all we have learned in our time, and what we have gained from working directly with top universities.

When the future is yours for the taking, why wait to make great?

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