What’s a career pathway?
Career pathways are a structured plan that will guide your son or daughter through their career. It will provide advice, information and clear stepping stones to ensure they understand available options and set goals 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.
Your son or daughter 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 certificate to master’s university degrees and even doctorates.
It is also not a one size fits all approach – there are many ways that your son or daughter 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.
How does your son or daughter kick off their career path?
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?
Your son or daughter 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 you and your son or daughter to browse through courses for their chosen apprenticeship.
On the Job
There are many different paths, here are just a few: