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Former primary school teacher Sandra Morris serves up a drink at Rockhampton’s Brunswick Hotel after starting a CQ TAFE course in hospitality earlier this year.
Former primary school teacher Sandra Morris serves up a drink at Rockhampton’s Brunswick Hotel after starting a CQ TAFE course in hospitality earlier this year. Contributed

WHO said you can't teach an old dog new tricks?

Former primary school teacher Sandra Morris certainly begs to differ.

The Rockhampton woman has swapped the chalkboard for cocktails, starting a new job at Rockhampton's Brunswick Hotel two weeks ago.

Sandra enrolled in Central Queensland Institute of TAFE's Certificate III in Hospitality earlier this year and is "really enjoying" the new challenge.

After eight years as a teacher in Brisbane, Sandra tried retirement but found it just wasn't for her.

"I just couldn't sit around home - I did all the craft stuff," she said.

"I didn't want to go back to teaching, but I'm a people person, so I thought about getting into hospitality," she said.

While the other students in her class were much younger, Sandra said she felt her classmates looked up to her and that her maturity helped her secure her job.

"I get on well with everyone and I think the younger ones turn to me for advice," she said.

"This course has really given me a second lease on life."

Sandra said her partner was very supportive.

"He thinks it's great, it keeps me out of his hair," she laughed.

Sandra encouraged other older people thinking of trying a new career path or doing some study to "just go for it".

"It keeps you young," she said.

For more information on the course CQ TAFE has to offer visit www.cq.tafe.qld.gov.au.

Topics:  hospitality tafe



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