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Education and training

Information for students and school leavers

There are many different ways to build your knowledge and skills.
You might want to study and work part time, train on the job or start training while you are still at school. What you decide will depend on the work you are planning to do.

Before you begin, check out the study and training options in Your training pathways.

If you are unsure where study or training may lead:

You could also start by asking yourself the following questions.

Don’t know what to study?

  • What is your current career goal?
  • Does this match your current skills, interests and values?
  • What study or training is required?
  • Is there an alternative way to achieve this goal?
  • What type of education and training suits you best?
  • Do you want to study at university, a TAFE College or a private RTO?
  • What social and financial compromises are you prepared to make while you are learning?
  • Are you prepared to invest in your study or training?
  • Have you discussed options with a mentor or trusted adult?

Your answers will give you some idea of the direction you want to take. Use the career planning process to help you focus on the next step.

If you already have some ideas about what study you need to do to work in a specific occupation there are some steps you can follow to make sure you are ion the right track.  

Have some ideas but not made up your mind?

You can use our course search to explore the content, entrance requirements, qualifications, charges and provider details for these courses. You can also find out about other study and education options here.

Once you have selected a course follow these steps to confirm your study and training plan.

  • Clarify the class hours, study hours and duration of the course.
  • Check how the course is delivered. Is it class based, online, external or flexible delivery?
  • Talk to people who have done the course and find out what they liked, disliked and how they were able to use the qualification.
  • Speak with the trainer, lecturer or teacher about the course content and outcomes.
  • Speak to employers and find out their preferences.
  • Visit the training organisation if possible.
  • Enrol in the course.

Remember: Making informed learning and work decisions takes research and time. 

A back up plan

It can be hard to decide what you want to do when you leave school. Sometimes your first option does not work out or you change your mind so it’s a good idea to have a back up plan.

Make sure you have a short list of two or three choices.

If you are not sure about study options, you can also use the questions below to start thinking about what you want to study.

Help with study and training options

If you require more information or need help with making your learning decision contact the Career Centre to speak with a qualified career practitioner.

Click here to find out how we can help.

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