Unusual qualifications and laughter at TAFE


No matter how unconventional your career path is, there’s a strong possibility that TAFE offers a course that will help you gain the skills necessary to pursue it

It’s sometimes mistakenly assumed that TAFE exists solely to help train up apprentices working in the trades. While that’s definitely a big part of TAFE’s mission, it’s an educational institution that seeks to help a wide range of Australians acquire the skill set they need to pursue their dream career. Here are a few examples of some of the more unusual qualifications you can get at TAFE.

Live Sound for Rock Bands (TAFE PLUS Statement)

As Bon Scott famously observed, it’s a long way to the top if you want to rock and roll. But if you dream of a life on the road setting up sound systems for the likes of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Crowded House or Wolfmother, this practical course will teach you everything you need to know about sorting out sound for bands. It provides instructions on how to get the most out of cutting edge audio technology, how to rig PA systems and how to set everything up for a live performance.

Cheese Making 2 (TAFE PLUS Statement)

Cheddar, blue, mozzarella and gorgonzola cheese don’t just magically appear if you leave a cup of milk out in the sun for too long. This course teaches those working in the food manufacturing industry (and interested amateurs) how to create tasty cheeses, focusing on where to get the right ingredients and equipment and how to maintain proper hygiene throughout the production process.

Bush Tucker Gardens and Cultural Competence (TAFE PLUS Statement)

Ever since Bush Tucker Man first aired 25 years ago, Australians have had an increasing interest in living off the land – or at least being able to identify a tasty treat in the middle of some scrub. This course is aimed at childcare workers and teaches them what native Australian plants are safe for children to eat.

No matter how unconventional your career path is, there’s a strong possibility that TAFE offers a course that will help you gain the skills necessary to pursue it.

Business TAFE students

RMIT Business TAFE students are using their marketing skills and humour to help raise money for cancer research for the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in a community project titled ‘Operation Funnybone’.

Around 50 RMIT Advanced Diploma of Business (Marketing) students are involved in ‘Operation Funnybone’. They have developed the strategies for the publication and sale of an anthology of 200 emerging Australian cartoonists to support cancer research.

RMIT marketing lecturer Joe Rosagrata said this was a significant development in the way RMIT’s BusinessTAFE School delivered programs.

“Students are given the opportunity not only to expand their knowledge of marketing concepts and strategies, they also build their own portfolio and be involved in a hands-on community project,” Mr Rosagrata said.

Project leader Glen Shearer, a former RMIT Business student, said it was important to have business students involved in this project as they had a lot of passion and were keen to sink their teeth into real life projects.

Dillon Naylor, a cartoonist for the Sydney Sun Herald said “The RMIT students have some terrific ideas and strategies. What’s great about their involvement is that the more successful they are in developing the Australian comic art market, the better it is for the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre,” Shearer said.

Operation Funnybone hopes to sell over 5,000 copies of the 340-page anthology when it is released in October this year.


Source: Monique Ziegelaar, TAFE NSW Bytes, http://bit.ly/1PSN1XY 

Q: Why was the scarecrow awarded the Nobel prize?
A: Because he was outstanding in his field


When was the last time you laughed? And what kind of laugher are you? Are you a giggler? Or do you guffaw? Do you chuckle or chortle or snigger? Are you someone whose eyes stream with tears and your ribs ache? Or do you have more of a belly laugh?

It doesn’t really matter. The main thing is to laugh. A lot. Out loud.

Why? Because laughing keeps you healthy and reduces stress.

On Stress Down Day ……. check out your local TAFE library if you’re looking for books and DVDs to make you laugh.

24th July 2015

When it comes to your choice of hysterics where do you go first? Do you choose humourists like Anh Do and Kitty Flanagan? Or is it episodes of The SimpsonsorSouth Park? Perhaps you prefer the escapades of Hamish and Andy as they cavort around the globe clowning around?

There are endless options available on YouTube and you can even join laughter clubs or laughter yoga classes if you’re looking to extend your repertoire of side-splitting selections. In fact, you can practice laughter yoga on your own and still acquire the benefits. This is a ‘fake it till you make it’ activity where you have different exercises to do that often result in spontaneous outbursts of the real thing.

Laughter is under-rated. Like seriously. It has all sorts of great health benefits including lowering your blood pressure, increasing blood flow to your heart, reducing stress hormones, soothing tension, relieving pain and improving your mood. Simply enjoying some humour is enough to improve your immune system function and the increased blood flow to your brain means better ability to remember things. And this has obvious benefits for your TAFE studies.

Lee Berk at Loma Linda University in the US has found that “humour actually engages the entire brain – it’s a whole brain experience whose impact is similar to meditation. Laughing is like a total brain workout!”

The up-shot is if you want less stress – laugh more every day. But take note, joking at someone else’s expense doesn’t give you the same benefits. So try to avoid the sarcasm.

And what about laughing at yourself? We can all fall into the trap of taking ourselves too seriously. It’s good to remember that we’re human and we make mistakes and that’s ok.

Not long ago I was with my partner, trying to reverse park outside a local café. For some reason my usually fine driving prowess completely abandoned me and I made an utter mess of the initial attempt. Several minutes (and attempts) later, we were both giggling like hysterical teenagers. And much to the entertainment of the al fresco diners who were enjoying the show no end. When I finally got the job done, we stepped out of the car to a round of applause and cheering.

I had no words. So I did the only thing I could think of. I stopped, briefly smiled and took a bow. Then I walked into the café.

It had been a perfect debacle. But in the greater scheme of things, it just didn’t matter. The best part about it was that I helped other people reduce their stress and feel happier by giving them something to laugh at.

So, what have you laughed at today?




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