Ca­reer move a high note for for­mer mu­si­cian

Western Times - - CAREERS - Q&A with Rachael Turner, founder of Front Porch Prop­er­ties

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.

Photo: AAP/Steve Pohlner

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.

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