What’s a Career Pathway?
Career pathways are a structured plan that will guide your student through their career. It will provide stepping stones to ensure they understand available options and set goals for them to work towards. It’s not all head down, bum up – in addition to formal education and training, each career path will involve lots of informal learning, where they will pick up a range of useful life skills and meet many people along the way.
Students can get started while they’re at school on the pathway into construction with a number of VET courses ready to start during school hours offering an early entry into the industry. From school there are a number of avenues from TAFE diplomas, apprenticeships and graduate certificates to university degrees and even doctorates.
It is also not a one size fits all approach – there are many ways that students can reach the career they want, the important point to make is to remain flexible as they work their way through to allow them to access any opportunity that may present itself.
So how do students kick off their career path best?
Apprenticeship / Traineeship / VET
Australian apprenticeships or traineeships are available to anyone of working age, and can be completed full time, part time, or while still at school. They are available in more than 500 occupations, including trades and many emerging careers.
Find out more about apprenticeships and traineeships
How do they get there?
Students can do an apprenticeship if they are a school leaver, re-entering the workforce or as an adult worker wishing to change direction or gain new skills. They do not need a secondary school certificate or prior qualification to start an apprenticeship.
They can start your apprenticeship while they are still at school finishing Years 11 and 12.
MySkills helps students browse through courses for their chosen apprenticeship.
On the Job
There are many different paths, here are just a few: