Like many mothers, Bec Walton's career had to take a backseat while raising her two children. But now, with the help of a TAFE Queensland Scholarship, it’s her time to shine.

After seven years of focusing on her family, and with both kids in school, Bec was ready to take the first step towards her dream career as a building designer.

“Coming up to my 40th birthday I started reflecting on my achievements and what I still wanted to accomplish. At the top of the list was to complete a diploma to gain the skills I needed to start my career in building design.”

Bec is now halfway through completing a Diploma of Building Design (CPP50911 | 077748G) thanks to receiving a TAFE Queensland Scholarship last year.

The TAFE Queensland Scholarship Program provides each recipient with up to $5,000 to help cover the costs of studying.

Bec said reading the acceptance email gave her the assurance and confidence boost she needed to start studying again.

“I was so humbled because not only did it make me feel worthy of this opportunity but also someone believed that a mother and mature-age student who hadn't studied in 20 years could achieve her dreams,” said Bec.

“The scholarship funding enabled me to set up my own study space at home, purchase a new laptop and monitor as well as drawing equipment and stationery. I’ve even managed to save some for future study necessities.”

Bec she said she enjoys TAFE Queensland’s holistic hands-on approach to learning.

“I'm already blown away with how much theory and practical skills I've gained from my teachers in such a short period of time.”

“However the most valuable lesson for me so far is that you're never too old to learn new tricks.”

The mother-of-two said her ideal career after graduation is  working alongside design professionals who are passionate about a sustainable future for the building industry.

"Renovations are also right up my alley. I love a challenge and there is nothing more satisfying than updating existing spaces to include more functional rooms for a client," said Bec.

Bec, who studies at the TAFE Queensland Coomera campus said she tossed up between studying an interior design or building design course.

"It was a tough decision, but after talking to a few of the TAFE teachers in both fields, it was certainly building design that claimed the prize for me.”

“I know now that it was the right choice because every day at TAFE is still as exciting as the first.”

Bec's advice to anyone thinking of applying for the current round of scholarships before they close on 29 August is to just do it.

“You’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain — with extra financial support and the chance to further your education to make your dreams come true,” Bec said.

More than 50 scholarships are currently available across Queensland to support study in a wide range of qualifications.

The TAFE Queensland Scholarship Program first launched in 2015 and has since awarded over $1 million in scholarships, helping more than 250 Queenslanders pursue their careers goals.



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