Setting off on your career journey…
A "career" is now seen as the process of managing life, learning and working across the lifespan.
There are many resources and tools available to get a head start to that career!
Job for life …
The concept of "a job for life" is fading as our workplaces grow ever more responsive to skill shortage environments, the accelerated pace of technological change and shifts in the global economy.
How do I choose a career?
The first place to look is at yourself! What things are you good at? What things don’t you like doing? What experience and skills do you already have? What things will you most value in a job? Do some research and talk to people you trust.
A great place to start is with a career quiz. A useful one is can be found in the My Future website This will not tell you what to do; it will give you an indication of what types of occupations might suit you. You will need to work through the 9 stages of My career profile, most importantly pick the correct Education and training level to match your academic ability and career aspirations.
What is the labour market?
Do you know the job openings, skill requirements, salary work conditions, training requirements, future projections of employment prospects? Have a look at the Bulls-eye posters. I found the “alphabetical search” the easiest to use. You can also look at specific Skill Shortages.
Everyone needs to keep learning/training.
If you decide to do Tertiary Study (University or TAFE study), you will need to begin exploring course options to get you where you want to go. Look carefully at issues such as:
- What jobs do graduates get?
- What does the course involve?
- What is the ATAR requirement?
- Have I covered the prerequisites needed?
- Is there a good link between the course and the industry?
- Are there alternative pathways to get me to my goal? e.g. TAFE pathways, dual TAFE/University courses, upgrading options, alternative courses/universities etc
You can see the Career Advisor for more information on these topics.
Are there any special requirements e.g. Oral Health (e.g. dentistry) might require sitting of the UCAT test mid-year. Applications close in May.
Applications to such courses are made through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC). Whilst most people apply for admission for the beginning of the year, there are other intakes during the year. Applications are best made late term 3 online on the QTAC website. (be careful some courses do have earlier deadlines or require folios, interviews etc. Be careful also of the start dates of your choices).
Applicants can choose up to 6 courses. Before doing this, you will need to look at the approximate cut-offs of these courses. It is wise to keep the following in mind: