Career move a high note for former musician
HOW DID YOU MAKE THE MOVE FROM MUSICIAN TO BUILDER?
BEING in music (teaching piano) and being able to design and build houses are both creative. In both instances, I have owned a business. I was able to transfer my skills across.
DID YOU RE-SKILL?
I realised I needed to get formally qualified so I went back to study at night school doing a Diploma of Building and Construction at TAFE. I worked all day then had night school then home at 10.30pm.
HOW DID YOU FIND BEING A MATURE-AGE STUDENT?
In the TAFE course there was a nice mix of ages. Had I realised my passion earlier, I would have done it earlier. The way I got into the industry was not the normal way. I wasn’t an apprentice. I feel like I fast-tracked my learning experience.
WHAT’S THE BEST PART OF THE JOB?
I love that it’s exciting and being able to transform homes is very fulfilling.
I love being part of a fantastic team. I value each of my carpenters – there is great camaraderie.
I like being out in the fresh air and being on the construction site and not in an office – that suits my personality.
BUILDING A NEW LIFE: Rachael Turner has swapped her job as a music teacher to become the director and owner of design and construction business Front Porch Properties, in Brisbane.