Post school work/study options

Beyond School Study Guide

The Beyond School Study Guide provided by the Australian Government can help you decide what type of study to pursue post school. It provides in depth information regarding all types of study options, how to fund your education, how to study overseas, support for rural and remote students and additional support services.

If would like to view the full report and gain further insight into study prospects it can be viewed here.

Job Search

SpotED is an education division for one of the largest job boards that provides a large database of different courses and opportunities. The site varies from introductory courses to kickstart studying, whilst also covering expert level courses. SpotED will help you maximise employment decisions and outcomes. Click here to explore.

If would like to view the full report and gain further insight into study prospects it can be viewed here.

Industry links

IT Careers foundation
Agriculture Career Harvest
Construction/building Build your career
Health My Health Career
Hospitality Discover your career
Design Design.org

University

University is an institution for tertiary education and research providing academic degrees for various academic disciplines for either undergraduate or postgraduate education. University is required for specific job pathways. To find out what university life is like, this article can explain more.

University Courses

To search specifically for university courses The Good University Guide provides a search engine that can be tailored to your requirements. You can compare institutions, course types and entry requirements, fees and structures.

Alternatively, the Careers 4 You job/course search can provide a broader range of search results.

Admission Centers

To gain entrance into your desired university course it is important to ensure you have completed all admission requirements correctly. There are differences in university admission requirements for each state. To further understand the requirements and information on scholarships and funding, explore the admission centers below for your state.

State Admission centre Course search page
VIC VTAC VTAC course search
NSW & ACT UAC UAC course search
SA & NT SATAC SATAC course search
QLD QTAC QTAC course search
WA TISC TISC search

Overseas University Study

About Studying Abroad

There is a lot to consider when choosing to study overseas. It is becoming more popular and accessible to study overseas. Anyone can study in the UK or US but it is important to start preparing early. There are many benefits by choosing to study overseas including gaining international experience, making worldwide friends and access to the best institutions in the world. Crimson Education provides a large range of resources that can be used to support your decision to study overseas, choosing the right university and ensuring you comply with admission requirements.

The Ted Talk below is about how studying abroad is important:

How to Apply

It is important to be prepared and be aware of submission dates. Students applying for overseas

It is important to be prepared and be aware of submission dates. Students applying for overseas study need to begin the application process from the start of their final year of secondary school.

This article provides a month by month guideline to submitting your applications.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

The average cost of university will depend upon the university you choose. There is a Net Price Calculator here to determine the cost of your tuition fees for US institutions. Additionally, you are able to apply for financial aid which is not a loan, you are given money to cover costs. You can find out more about this here. UK universities are often more expensive than Australian universities and sometimes US.

TAFE

Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutions offer vocational courses that can lead to certain job prospects or serve as a pathway to university. TAFE is more accessible than university as it is not required to complete high school and is more cost efficient. TAFE generally offers more hands-on learning providing core skills to be ready to work in industry

To search TAFE courses, click here.

The choosing Beyond School Study Guide can be helpful to determine if TAFE is right for you.

Government-Subsidised Training

If you are choosing to complete an apprenticeship or TAFE course you may be eligible to receive funding to support your education. It is offered by training providers who have a contract with the government to deliver training.

To discover the funding opportunities within your state and if you are eligible, click the relevant links below.

Apprenticeships/Traineeships

Apprenticeships/Traineeships are available to anyone of any age in which work and formal training are combined to achieve a nationally recognized certificate. An employer uses this to as a way of employing and training new employees. Positions may be part-time or full-time, but they are permanent positions. They are great option to start a career or build on current existence.

This website provides resources that inform of:

  • Job and Training Descriptions
  • Pre-apprenticeships
  • Steps to an apprenticeship
  • Job pathways that begin with an apprenticeship
  • Strategies to find your work type

The website is also helpful for finding apprenticeship/traineeship programs, click here to view.

Defence Forces/Emergency Services

Australian Defence Force Academy

The Australian Defence Force Academy provides options to complete military training to become an Officer in the Navy, Army or Air Force and the option to complete a degree at the same time.

Completing a scholarship with the ADFA allows you to study a job-relevant degree at your choice of university, join the ADF, have study fees pain and earn a salary while studying.

To explore more, hear testimonials of current students, understand the benefits of a scholarship and find out how to apply visit here.

Emergency Services

There are a whole range of career opportunities within the emergency services to be considered. These include the Australian Federal Police, State Police, Ambulance and Fire services. You can find out about specific programs and requirements for your state from the websites listed below.

  • Job and Training Descriptions
  • Pre-apprenticeships
  • Steps to an apprenticeship
  • Job pathways that begin with an apprenticeship
  • Strategies to find your work type

The website is also helpful for finding apprenticeship/traineeship programs, click here to view.

Entering the Workforce

Before you start looking for work, develop a standard resume with the essentials - personal details, education, experiences. Later, when you find jobs of interest then tailor your resume to suit the criteria required of the vacant position.

There are many services that can assist you in building and/or tailoring a resume. If you are a student, your institution of study e.g. university, school will likely have a career service available to review your resume. However, if you are not studying, you can seek assistance from an employment services in your local area.

You may find our World of Work map useful if you don’t know where to start looking for a job or career. If you have a student login, you can also access our resume builder [insert link to resume builder], or book an appointment with your careers advisor to speak about your resume [links to resume builder].

Preparation documents

Upon hire, employers will provide you with onboarding documents that may ask for your payment, tax and working rights details. To ensure a smooth process, the following should be completed in advance:

  • Open an Australian bank account so that your employer can deposit your earnings
  • Apply for a Tax File Number (TFN) from the Australian Taxation Office to ensure you are taxed at an appropriate rate.
  • Be familiar with the pay and conditions for your area of employment – Fair Work Ombudsman.