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1 MU­SIC PRO­FES­SIONAL

A back­ground in mu­sic can lead to work in an or­ches­tra or band but there are also op­por­tu­ni­ties in a range of other ar­eas. For ex­am­ple, some mu­sic pro­fes­sion­als choose to teach. They may be em­ployed by a school or ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tion, or they may tu­tor one-onone or in small groups from home or a ded­i­cated mu­sic school. Al­ter­na­tively, mu­sic pro­fes­sion­als may pur­sue a ca­reer in mu­sic ther­apy. The Aus­tralian Mu­sic Ther­apy As­so­ci­a­tion de­scribes this as a re­search-based pro­fes­sion in which mu­sic is used to sup­port peo­ple to im­prove their health, func­tion­ing and well­be­ing. Ther­a­pists are em­ployed in sec­tors in­clud­ing health, com­mu­nity, aged care, dis­abil­ity, early child­hood, and pri­vate prac­tice. They fo­cus on health, func­tion­ing and well­be­ing.

2 PER­SONAL AS­SIS­TANT

Also known as a PA or per­sonal sec­re­tary, this role in­volves or­gan­is­ing the pro­fes­sional — and some­times per­sonal — life of a man­ager or ex­ec­u­tive. They are re­spon­si­ble for daily tasks such as sched­ul­ing meet­ings, of­fice cor­re­spon­dence and note-tak­ing, and may be re­quired to an­swer phone calls, send emails, ar­range travel book­ings and en­ter data. About a third of PAs hold a vo­ca­tional qual­i­fi­ca­tion, such as a Diploma of Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion. Another 17 per cent hold a uni­ver­sity qual­i­fi­ca­tion, such as a Bach­e­lor of Busi­ness. The av­er­age full-time salary is $65,000, Em­ploy­ment De­part­ment fig­ures show.

3 PROJECT MAN­AGER

The role of a project man­ager is to plan, bud­get, over­see and keep track of all as­pects of a project, en­sur­ing the team knows what they need to do and all dead­lines are met. In many cases, a project is planned down to a daily or even hourly level, and a for­mal sched­ule is de­vel­oped us­ing spe­cific meth­ods and soft­ware, with mile­stones set. Although typ­i­cally project man­age­ment is as­so­ci­ated with the con­struc­tion in­dus­try, it is be­com­ing a broader role that is nec­es­sary in a wide range of in­dus­tries — from

in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech­nol­ogy to mar­ket­ing. Short cour­ses in project man­age­ment and re­lated pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment ar­eas are some­times all that is re­quired on top of ex­pe­ri­ence in the spe­cific field. Some work­ers, how­ever, study for­mal qual­i­fi­ca­tions such as a Diploma or Master of Project Man­age­ment.

BIG OP­POR­TU­NITY: Sym­phony or­ches­tra oboe player She­fali Pryor. Pic­ture: JOHN APPLEYARD

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