Launch your Career

Launch your Career is a series of interactive events connecting secondary students with industry to identify future career pathways.

Developed by NSW Department of Education, TAFE NSW and Training Services NSW, Launch your Career aims to facilitate a broad range of opportunities for industry engagement for students in Years 9 -12. Increased exposure to employers and the world of work leads to better outcomes for students when selecting a sustainable career pathway and has been shown to increase student engagement at school.

Future events will be advertised on staff noticeboard and statewide staffrooms. Staff and students can register and join zoom webinar events live to engage with industry experts.

Enterprise skills

Help your child on their career journey. You can support them in building a range of employability skills that are highly transferable across all careers. Employability skills enable young people to work in varied roles across all different industries.

Launch your Career in hospitality enterprise skills

Narrator: If you want to help your child on their career journey, you can support them in building a range of employability skills that are highly transferable across all careers.

Employability skills support young people to work in varied roles across all different industries taking the stress off them when they are not yet sure about their path. The best way to load up on these skills is taking on a casual or part-time job.

For example, hospitality is one of the larger industries that employs young unskilled workers. It's an industry that is undergoing unprecedented change. It is where young people can develop a range of employability skills that will set them up for the best chance of success in any career path and help them navigate their daily lives.

Diana Foye: The changes I've noticed in Brooke since she started working in hospitality is an increased confidence. She enjoys coming to work, but also communicating with positions of authority.

Brooke Steinmann: The best part of working in hospitality is learning new skills and being around the team.

Julianne Murtagh-Fraser: The biggest one for Liam has been building of his confidence, and his ability to operate autonomously, and plan solutions for himself.

Liam Fraser: It's also really helped with my financial literacy as well as time management.

Narrator: Jobs in hospitality are flexible. Meaning they're a great way to earn money over the summer or fit around study schedules, but they can also be more than just a summer gig taking careers to the next level.

Liam Fraser: It's definitely something that you can see yourself doing long term. I attended TAFE New South Wales when I was in high school to do a barista course to get a little bit of pocket money. And then when I wanted to upskill, I did my responsible service of alcohol and my responsible conduct of gambling.

Julianne Murtagh-Fraser: One of the most obvious skills that he picked up was the ability to deal with cash. Real financial literacy at its most base level. Also being able to use that financial literacy to look at budgeting and look how business really work.

Liam Fraser: The value I found was being able to work with industry professionals in a really kind and supportive environment. It's fun. You get to make a lot of new friends and you can make good money while you're doing it.

Narrator: From providing some spending money or highly valued employability skills to finding a lifelong passion, a job in hospitality can lead almost anywhere.

Julianne Murtagh-Fraser: As a parent, I would suggest to other parents that they actively encourage their kids to look at hospitality as an avenue for employment. It's a fabulous career for anyone to have. You can leave your job, travel around the world, and ensure that you've got employment wherever you go with those skills.

Siam Flanagan: I would encourage anyone studying at the moment wondering what they wanna go into to consider the employability skills that you need because hospitality can definitely give you those employability skills to get you where you need to go in your career.

Working in hospitality has given me definitely confidence, people skills, skills that I can use throughout my whole life.

Julianne Murtagh-Fraser: Language isn't the barrier. Having these skills is the barrier. And if you take those skills with you, you can work anywhere.

Narrator: So if you are looking for an industry to help your child to build employability skills for future success, why not start with hospitality?

Hospitality (2022)

This event takes a deep dive into the roles within restaurants, cafes, bars, hotels, pubs and clubs.

High school students throughout NSW hear from inspirational industry professionals, teachers and alumni to learn more about: the exciting diversity of roles within hospitality, including accommodation, bar, wait staff, chef, marketing and business. They also explore what employers are looking for and the perks of the job, developing employability skills in the sector to suit their personality and available study options.

Launch your Career in Hospitality highlights

AgSTEM

Launch your Career in AgSTEM promotes career pathways in agriculture, and shows students, the broad range of career pathways.

Full length recording on DART Learning website.

Launch your Career in AgSTEM highlights

Animation & VFX (visual effects)

Students can get a first-hand look at roles within the Creative Arts industry, and explore the global career opportunities that await you.

Full length recording on DART Learning website.

Highlights video for Launch your Career Animation & VFX

Careers in care

Launch your Career in Care is a one-hour webinar for secondary school students. Hear from industry experts about career opportunities in Aged Care and Disability sectors.

Full length recording on DART Learning website.

Launch your Career in Care highlights

Cyber Security

Launch your Career in Cyber Security highlights is a short video, for secondary school students, highlighting careers in cyber security.

Full length recording on DART Learning website.

Launch your Career teacher's guide 2022.

Highlights video for Cyber Security

Early Childhood Education and Care

Students can get a first-hand look at roles within the Early Childhood Education and Care Sector, and explore the global career opportunities that await you.

Full length recording on DART Learning website.

Finance

Students can get a first-hand look at diverse roles across the finance industry, including accounting, bookkeeping, mortgage broking and banking.

Full length recording on DART Learning website

Launch your Career in Finance highlights

Kyara Simms: To me working in the finance industry means being able to help people who are in need and assist them to achieve their goals.

[music plays over images of white-collar workers in the finance industry]

Kyara Simms: In year 10, I applied for a school-based traineeship. So, I applied for the position at the Commonwealth bank with the AES Aboriginal employment strategy and I got the job. So, before I worked at CBA, I worked at a Thai restaurant where I learned to interact with customers. That's helped me transition into my role and now I'm a customer banking specialist.

Kyle Sinclair: I actually, uh, wanted to be a physiotherapist, realized physiotherapy wasn't for me, you know, I had this moment of what do I do? You know, I'm, I'm 20 I'm young I need to think of what I want to do as a career and was good at maths loved numbers. So then I studied at TAFE for two years when I was at TAFE, I heard, uh, stories that it was good to get, uh, experience, uh, while studying. I put my resume out to about 15, 16 accountants, luckily, uh, hand associates was one of them, and you know, 16 years later, I'm still there.

Joel Threadgold: So, I started, uh, in an unpaid role after, after university, that job lasted about five or six months. You get 50% of everything you make and, you know, coming out of university, you need to have a little bit of funds built up. And then I moved from there into a trading platform. So, it helps people sort of buy and sell stocks. And then from there you learn enough in that job where you feel like you're capable of managing it yourself, and that I've moved the Australian stock report now.

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Selinna Doan: What excites me to, uh, go through numbers and analyse the data is, I guess I like finding the errors in the data. When I'm finding that, you know, everything matches and the final balance at the end, just everything just matches and it's definitely fulfilling.

Joel Threadgold: Most exciting part of my job would be closing big deals. And it's obviously quite a big sales process, um, leading up to that point and it's financially and mentally quite rewarding as well. When you, when you've sort of done done the hard work and it's obviously paid off.

Lachlan Darmanin: In finance in general, there's just so many opportunities out there and different area. Financial planning is a very fulfilling job, especially when you see people who, you know, come for advice and they're, um, you know, very stressed out about their situation and we, we put together a plan for them. It's not always about the numbers. It's about connecting with the clients. It's about engaging with them and helping them achieve their goals.

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Kyara Simms: After I finished my school based traineeship, I received a cert two in business services, I got a lot of support. So, I took what I learned from my cert two, and then put it into practice.

Kyle Sinclair: I studied an advanced diploma at TAFE, uh, two-year course full time found it very practical because you're in a classroom setting, you know, 20 people to a, to a teacher, you could ask questions, you could get assistance after class, all the teachers were wonderful. Some of the teachers were actually in their own public practice at the current time. So, they were also able to give us, uh, experiences. So not just, Hey, the textbook says this, they could apply the learnings actually to real life experiences.

Lachlan Darmanin: I studied Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in financial planning at St. George TAFE through the years at TAFE I got to know the teachers pretty well, and eventually they helped me get a job. We had to do some industry experience as well. The best advice I can give for a young student is to try a lot of things and push yourself and learn different areas of finance and seek out work experience in that industry.

Kyara Simms: At CBA, I'm learning the skills to help people with financial hardship. My biggest like thing I could make a difference is helping these people organize their banking. In my role, I am also able to help my community and help them move forward.

Selinna Doan: So fun day for me as an NDIS finance officer working in the community sector, we do help the vulnerable and the disability and age. So being able to see their smile on their faces when they go out to community outings, although I'm not the front facing on that, I'm able to secure income aside for them to go on these activities is a fun day for me.

Kyara Simms: Well, every day is like a fun day. You may have a inspiration story to tell my team is very supportive. If I have a question, the a would help me out.

Kyle Sinclair: In our firm, we've got cadets or trainees we've then got accountants we've got managers and we've got partners we also have an admin team that supports all of us. Everyone is approachable.

We have a doors open policy, the partner's doors, the managers doors, everyone is open. you've just gotta knock on the door, come in, have, have a talk. How I learn them most was actually sitting down in front of someone and them, uh, explaining why things, uh, were done that way. Why they're asking these questions. If you don't know an answer or you don't understand something, ask, um, because the only way you're going to learn is by asking these questions and through experience.

Joel Threadgold: I would say focus on your strengths because it, at the end of the day, it could just be the grades that get you to a point. They want somebody to come in and be capable of learning and being a sponge. That's something that they weigh a lot more highly here, get motivated.

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Selinna Doan: So, the main advice I would give to high school students is to do what they love. If they love the finance, if they love fast pace and something challenging finance industry is something for you. If you're not too sure, seek career advice, take advantage of the support that you have around you.

Joel Threadgold: If you feel like a social aspect is a massive part of your job, and you've got thick skin, uh, this would probably be a right avenue for you to take.

Kyle Sinclair: It's very flexible. Um, so working hours, it doesn't have to be a nine to five. Um, you can also work from home these days with technology, pay is good. There's many different paths that you can take. Uh, you don't have to be stuck behind a desk doing the same thing over and over again. Also in public practice, you, you get a variety of work it's. So, every day is changing. Uh, as you progress in, you know, your career in the first year, you might only do tax returns. And then you'll, you know, start off with small business. Then it might be meeting business, a large business, super funds auditing. There's so many different pathways for starting a career in finance.

Kyara Simms: If I was speaking to a high school student in my community, I would encourage them to take every opportunity that they can get as this is a life changing opportunity, working in a big financial institution and being only 20 is a big achievement. And I hope I inspire others.

Hospitality (2021)

Students can get a first-hand look at roles within the Hospitality industry, and explore the global career opportunities that await you.

Launch your Career Hospitality highlights

Bec Watson: Hospitality, it's not like bread. Never gets stale. It's more like aged wine. It will always get better. Every day is a new day. Every day you meet someone new, and they're going to really inspire you to keep creating an experience for the customers, which is what hospitality is all about.

[music plays over images of a beach, and a city and hospitality workers]

Gigi Awadalla: There are many reasons why it's important for students to investigate their career options now. By engaging in career exploration, students make informed decisions, not only about their career but also about subject choices. One of the best ways to get a feel of the industry and a head start is to seek work-experience opportunities. This will provide insight into the industry. Students will be able to ask questions from those who work in the industry and gain valuable advice while building their network and contacts.

Bec Watson: When I was at school, especially when I was picking subjects, I did think about my interests, and I did find an interest in business and commerce. I was fortunate enough to reach out to a mentor of mine, and he said, "Look, you can bring it together." Although I started thinking I was going to do PR and advertising, I'm now working as a front-of-house manager at Forrester's in Surry Hills.

Daniel Azzopardi: This industry is about opportunity and if you have the determination and drive, you can get those opportunities very quickly. I definitely got a lot of advice from career advisors and teachers when making those choices because I wasn't sure what I wanted to do. It was more about keeping my options open. I definitely made sure that I was growing connections and having more of an understanding of the industry. So I had a really good progression path, and when I moved to Sydney, specifically working within one of the largest groups in hospitality in Maryvale, it meant that I was given those opportunities tenfold.

Vicki Lawrence: I got into the industry through TAFE New South Wales when I was studying. The company, InterContinental Hotels Group, or IHJ, came to the campus and offered an outbacker program. I just fell in love with this rewarding experience of being able to make somebody's holiday.

Harley Norman: I am a bit of an artist. I love to draw, and I love to implement my art into my food. I progressed from just washing dishes to food preparations, and then eventually, I got offered an apprenticeship, and that's when I really took off into the industry. My TAFE New South Wales mentor, Bernadette, she has been an absolute inspiration for me to become a teacher in the future and then teach the next generation of chefs.

Lucy Marrinan: I love hospitality because I love people. I am a huge people person, and hospitality is something where you're serving guests. You're serving your customers. But you're also working in a team. And you just get to have such a good time and everybody teaches you something all the time. You're always learning, and it's always evolving. No day is ever the same. It's always different.

Monica Tyburczy: Every day, it doesn't feel like work. I'm happy to go into work every day, and I never dread going into work the night before. You always have fun, and you make friends, and it feels like a big family. So you're going into an environment where you're always learning, and people are there to support you.

[music plays over video clips of a restaurant]

Gigi Awadalla: Students who progress in the hospitality industry reap the long-term benefits. The global stage is their playground. They are likely to have opportunities to work anywhere in the world.

Billy Fox: This industry's been very kind to me. I've been able to travel through my work, and I was the captain of the Australian Culinary Youth Team. So we were the competitive international representatives for the country, and we'd fly in and out of a whole bunch of different countries, representing Australia and showing what we have as chefs. Australian chefs are really highly regarded all around the world. Australian produce is some of the best in the world. So young chefs have the opportunity to work with some of the best cuts of meat and seafood that the world has to offer. When you get an Australian chef walk into a kitchen in Switzerland or in London, they've got plenty of seafood experience and meat experience.

Samuel Smith: Being in this industry, the world is your oyster. When I was living and working in France, I always sort of jump on a train, and in a couple of hours, I was in Spain and then being able to travel from Paris, I fly over to the UK just for the weekend. It's just mind-boggling to me. I still sort of have to pinch myself in regards to the opportunities that I've had and where this career has taken me.

[Music plays over video of a bar]

Gigi Awadalla: Important attributes to possess when considering the hospitality industry are to have an open mind and a willingness to learn. Be prepared to be creative, practical, and like using your hands to create.

Daniel Azzopardi: The transferable skills I learned in the hospitality industry include money management, building relationships and problem-solving, and also the customer-service skills. With those skills, you get a job anywhere in hospitality.

Lucy Marrinan: You need to love working with people and you need to want to be a team player. Emotional intelligence is something that's really, really important as well. Having great initiative, knowing when something needs to get done, and doing it without needing to be told.

Harley Norman: Organization is just key. And to have everything organized around me, it makes life so much more simple, so much more easy. It makes you feel better to be very organized and to be able to do multiple jobs.

Vicki Lawrence Let your fun side come out. Let your energy shine. If you're a helper or a people person, you like learning about different things, different cultures, and different people, ask questions, and be open to what you want to learn as a person as well.

Monica Tyburczy: I would say, speak to people with experience as well. Try to get their view and try to learn from them as well. Even going into your local cafe, you can always start a conversation with the manager and ask questions and say you're interested in the industry, and their own experiences, and then just learn from that.

Billy Fox: If you have the right attitude, then in my belief, you're halfway there. Put yourself in a position where you learn from the best possible people and just become a sponge throughout your career. You will have the opportunity to go out and work with industry leaders to learn and sort of grow your career.

Gigi Awadalla: Speak to your careers advisor, who is able to clarify your understanding, provide you with industry links, and support you with work-experience opportunities. So from here your job it to speak to your careers advisor.

Bec Watson: And there's a reason why we all go to restaurants and have fun; it's because we want to have that experience. And you will be part of that. If you love putting a smile on someone's face, then this is the industry for you.

Marine and Maritime

Students can get a first-hand look at roles within the Marine and Maritime industry, and explore the global career opportunities that await you.

Full length recording on DART Learning website.

Launch your Career Marine and Maritime highlights

Talen Green: What I enjoy about working in the Marine industry is always really positive and everyone's looking to help you, especially when you're a younger kid. If you're young and looking to get into this industry, definitely have a go, put that foot forward, and it'll go a long way.

[music plays over video clips of boats]

Talen Green: How I got this job was through work experience from school. We contacted the manager here, and he was happy to take me on. And through that, I got a job. Out of it.

Oliver Szekely: I never thought I'd be in the boating industry. I was working in a bottle shop, and one day I started washing down a yacht twice a week for some extra cash and then I realized I really liked working on the water. And then from then on, I got my deck hands qualification. That's when I started working on the island, uh, in Sydney Harbor. Everyone was good to work with, and being out in the elements and just mingling with people really appealed to me. And now I can really see a future in the industry.

Andy O’Neil: Every day is different. You're never doing the same thing because you've got such a broad aspect of work that you do. You can utilize it every day and also in other trades as well. It's no point in doing something if you don't wanna do it. You've got to concentrate on what you aspire to do and what you enjoy doing.

Sammy Tien: My job has taken me overseas. I've travelled the South Pacific, Europe, and some parts of Mexico. It's very different, very remote, uh, very beautiful cruising areas that you get to see and do around the world.

If a young student was interested in a trade or a career path, then uh, look into possibly doing a trade and starting from there, and learn the theories, learn the basic principles. You can only build from there.

Mathew Conroy: Get that trade behind you. If you enjoy working with your hands, that will stay with you for life. Something that you'll find you can always fall back on or use in many other fields. I did a Marine mechanical apprenticeship straight from school and then continued that job for over 10 years before going over to Europe and working as an engineer on super yachts.

I wasn't sure exactly what I wanted to do when I left school, but I knew that I loved working on the water. So I ended up working for a marina down in the Shire and then continued on there as a Marine mechanic when I finished my apprenticeship.

Oliver Szekely: It was all after school, and then TAFE that I learned everything to become a captain. This is the first thing in my life that I actually want to do by myself and these courses that I've done at TAFE, it's something I wanted to do, and learning everything about it has just opened my eyes to how good learning actually can be if it's something that you like to do.

Andy O’Neil: It was What I wanted to do, I knew that I wanted to do that as a trade. Teachers are good, and everyone got along. So it was a good thing to do, but woodwork and science technology, and my teacher from that class actually recommended I do boat building.

Simon Don: A passion for the industry is probably what's led me down this path. There are probably two things that really appeal to me. You meet a very interesting and first range of people, and I'm a people person so we spend a lot of time getting to know people, catching up with them, and chatting and learning about them and I find that fascinating, and obviously, the boats themselves, you know, I'm probably only in the office half of the day; the rest of the day, I'm with people. I'm out on the water or I'm out on boats. So, you know, you can't really beat being out on the water in a beautiful boat.

Traditionally, it has been more male dominated, but we're seeing more and more females in the industry.

Talen Green: Now, there is a lot of girls that do work as captains and engineers also. It's just as accessible.

Oliver Szekely: I think these days there are plenty of women in the industry locally, internationally, from deckhands to stewards, captains, shipwrights.

The best way to find a job in this industry would be to do your research online and speak to the people. Get down to the marina and see if that's what you enjoy and what you like doing and move forward from there.

Oliver Szekely: I would recommend it to anybody who likes hands-on work, get to learn a lot, get to be out in the open. It's not like being inside all day or outside in the elements. Hopefully, in the next 10 years, I'll keep doing some more courses, drive bigger boats, maybe some super yachts, gotta dream big.

Oliver Szekely: In 10 years from now, I hope to see myself on a super yacht overseas.

Simon Don: I got a passion for the industry, and I got a passion for boats. This is a great brand that we're involved with. So I would love to still be involved with the company and brand in 10 years in a more senior position would definitely be an aspiration. But yeah, I love the job and I love the industry.

For a younger student looking to come into the industry, my advice would be definitely to reach out to some of the local businesses in your area. Businesses like us are always looking for trainees and people to help out here and there and learn the ropes and come through the ranks.

We've got staff who have gone through the ranks at TAFE and done qualifications through there as well. And that's been very valuable for us as well in having people trained up as they move up and take on more responsibility in the business. So yeah, definitely training in a more formal place like TAFE and definitely reaching out to local businesses in your area.

Supply Chain

Students can get a first-hand look at roles within the Supply Chain industry, and explore the global career opportunities that await you.

Full length recording on DART Learning website.

Launch your Career Supply Chain highlights

Danielle Markey: Career progression in the supply-chain industry, I honestly think it's about building relationships, learning from them. A lot of people are happy and willing to share their experiences and their knowledge in this industry. There's lots to learn. There's just something different all the time because there's such variety in the type of work that's available in the industry. I just don't think you can really go wrong.

Music plays over video clips of a truck, people in hard hats ships and planes]

Danielle Markey: I studied a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in HR, but an opportunity came up in supply chain, and I thought, given the exposure and all the different opportunities that they were offering, it was a really good time to try and to say yes and just kind of give it a go.

Lisa Nguyen: Funnily enough, supply chain is probably one of the industries or careers that you don't wake up and have an aha moment, "I want to be a supply-chain practitioner today." So it's really that very deliberate process of considering what do I want to do that will be sustainable as a career and a job in the future? So when supply chain came up, it was a no brainer.

Mark McKenzie: When I left school, I actually thought that supply chain was just about truck driving and driving a forklift. It's not. There's so many people in IT. There's so many people in systems design. We're employing people in big data. And so one of the key pieces of advice I would've given is, think broadly about this industry. You've got a whole lot of skills that you can develop in supply chain that you'll either be able to use as a building block through your career in supply chain, or be able to springboard you into other areas that you might be interested in the future.

Rita Antranik: The most exciting aspect of the industry would be the endless opportunities, especially for women in supply chain. I've been lucky enough to be appointed the first female terminal manager in Australia for Patrick's and in the industry. So that was certainly an exciting achievement for me and for the industry. I think it's an opportunity to pave the way for young women. I think I've visited almost every regional area of Australia that you could imagine. The exciting part is that the industry will take you to places that you wouldn't imagine being in.

Danielle Markey: If I knew that in high school, I wanted to start out in the supply-chain industry, I would definitely approach the businesses or any sort of organization that's within that industry. Any entry-level experience or exposure does naturally lead further or into a different area. You're not limited by any means.

Lisa Nguyen: Experience matters in supply chain. And so that if you want to get yourself into supply chain, get yourself the experience, whether you are interning, an apprentice, following someone else, talking to people in the industry, because people would love talking to you. Apply yourself. Be hands-on and be visible. So you need to have the practical smarts. You need to have the experience, but you also need to have some sort of qualification to support what it is that you understand. So those two do go hand in hand, and it's always, like everything, a continuous learning journey.

Rita Antranik: Mentors are a very important aspect of developing your career and pushing in the right direction, especially if you're wanting to progress. I was very lucky in having some really good mentors that invested a lot of time and effort into me. If you're looking for a particular type of mentor, for me, it's someone that has been in the industry a long time, certainly been exposed to various aspects of the supply chain, and that can really push you to the best of your ability.

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Mark McKenzie: The supply-chain industry is really on the cusp of a major change. When technology comes into a workplace, what actually happens is it changes the nature of the work. So at the moment, we've got the capacity for fuel tankers to drive themselves, but we're envisaging in the next 10 to 15 years is those drivers will be riding shotgun in the truck, not actually driving the truck. They'll be supervising its operation. And they'll be there as the first-hand response in terms of emergency response. That's just one example. But right through the supply chain, we're seeing new jobs created and they're quite exciting jobs.

Danielle Markey:I think if you're looking to climb the ladder, become successful, there is something you can certainly do in the supply chain, irrespective of the skill or the function that you wanting to work within. The skills that you kind of come with, if you've come from a different industry, it's transferable. I think it's just a matter of being willing to jump in, taste test, taking any opportunity that perhaps you didn't think or you didn't know that you'd be interested in because I think it will surprise you.

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