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Career change now a fact of life

Most people will change career direction three times during their working lives.

Maribyrnong resident Jason Evangelidis has put new life into his career by returning to university to study a Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician at Victoria University's Sunshine Campus.

Jason was already a fully qualified refrigeration and air-conditioning mechanic who installed commercial air conditioning units to protect data centres. However, after being in the workforce for some years, he realised he had the potential for a different future career if he upgraded his skills. 

Jason said: "When you enter the workforce, you are exposed to different occupations and realise there are many more opportunities and directions out there.

"I was looking at the skills I need to run my own business. Being a qualified refrigeration technician and sparkie opens up various options for upskilling. It also means that if I am running my own business and supervising staff I will understand what they are doing and be able to offer advice.

"Coming back to school has been less challenging than I anticipated.  Strong support from teachers has been helpful in getting me back into the swing of studying again," Jason said.

"We have a number of students who are looking for a different direction," said electrical teacher Paul Galea who also completed a mid-life second qualification. "I think there is a higher social recognition on the value of vocational education especially as the skills shortage increasingly bites on salary, and employment rates for trades continue to rise."

Adult Learning Week is 1-8 September.

Media contact:

Christine White,

Public Affairs Unit, Victoria University,  

9919 4322; 0434 602884; media@vu.edu.au

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