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Never Too Late to Reinvent Your Career

Luke Hempenstall knows all about reinventing his career.
The 36-year-old has embarked on his third job path, after working as a chef and then travel agent for more than a decade with a major airline.

He gave up his travel industry career to study for a Bachelor of Urban Development (Construction Management) full-time at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), graduating last year.

Now working in the urban development field, Mr Hempenstall has enrolled in part-time studies for a Master of Urban Development (Urban and Regional Planning).

“Ultimately, I hope to be a development planner,” he said.

“It’s never too late to change careers. If you’re stagnant in your job, look for something different and find out how to make your work life better.

“I left a stable career path in the airline industry after 11 years because I wanted a change.

“My new career means I can be part of shaping urban development and planning outcomes for Queensland in the future.”

Adults interested in changing careers can learn about courses, life as a student and gaining entry into university at the 2011 Reinvent Your Career Expo on Saturday and
Sunday at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

QUT Student Recruitment Manager Leanne Cain said staff and students would be available at the expo to provide one-on-one advice about courses, careers and entry pathways to university.

“Some of the students who are working at the event have returned to study later in life, or have changed careers themselves, so they can give great advice about making the leap,” she said.

Ms Cain said many people were unaware of the pathways available into university.

“Attending the expo will give people the opportunity to receive personalised advice on the pathways available,” she said.

“People are often surprised to hear that even if they completed school many years ago, their results can still count for entry to university. If their results weren’t strong, other study they might have completed, or work and life experience can also be used for entry.”

Ms Cain said applicants who have completed university study can often change careers by undertaking a postgraduate qualification, rather than studying a three-year undergraduate degree.

A graduate certificate can take as little as six months to complete full-time and can provide a change of career, an in-depth understanding of an interest area or a new outlook on life, she said.

“Regardless of the study level or choice, there are ways to find the time to fit study into a busy life. And there are many mature age students studying at QUT, so don’t be concerned about being the only one.”


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