What’s a Career Pathway?

A career pathway is a road map that tracks your progression to your chosen profession. It’s not all head down, bum up – in addition to the formal education and training, your career path will involve lots of informal learning. You’ll pick up loads of useful life skills and meet heaps of people along the way.

The construction industry provides many opportunities and lots of support so you can get where you want to go.

So which path would you like?

University /
Tertiary Education

Australian universities are among the best in the world, offering 227 degrees and courses which can be completed part time or full time.

Universities teach you the theoretical and technical knowledge that you will require. Being at university also teaches you to think critically, allowing you to analyse and understand problems in your area of study.

How do I get there?

Contact your University Admissions Centre:
SA and NT – The Northern Territory does not have a centralised admissions centre. Applications for entry to Charles Darwin University are made via SATAC, the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre.
TAS – Tasmania does not have a centralised admissions centre. Applications for entry should be made directly to the University of Tasmania.

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 I get there?

You can do an apprenticeship if you are a school leaver, re-entering the workforce or as an adult worker wishing to change direction or gain new skills. You do not need a secondary school certificate or prior qualification to start an apprenticeship.

You can start your apprenticeship while you are still at school finishing Years 11 and 12.

MySkills helps you to browse through courses for your apprenticeship.

On the Job

Whilst some professions demand specific qualifications, there are some careers where on the job training and experience offers the skills required to perform the tasks necessary for that profession. Some employers offer training programs or courses to equip you with more skills and a better understanding of your job.

How do I get there?

To find a job, look on websites like Seek, Australian JobSearch or Adzuna. Check out newspapers; daily, weekly, local, state and national newspapers all have job ads in them. Talk to people around you, they might know about a position that’s not being advertised.

There are many different paths, here are just a few:


Left school at the end of year 10
Carpentry apprenticeship
Employed as a Leading Hand
Employed as a Project Manager
Employed as a Site Foreman at John Holland

“I love that no two days are the same.”


Finished school
Studied teaching
Carpentry apprenticeship
Construction management cadetship at Multiplex
Employed as a Site Supervisor

“I’m learning a new skill each day, and every day on the job is different.”


Finished school
Studied construction management
Employed as a cadet
Employed as a Site Engineer at Multiplex

“I’ve always had a fascination with building and creating something tangible.”


Finished school
Studied science
On the job training of ecological restoration
Studied environmental engineering
Employed as an Environmental Graduate at Leighton Contractors

“Finding solutions to environmental challenges is what keeps my career interesting.”


Left school at the end of year 10
Carpentry pre-apprenticeship course
Employed as an Apprentice Carpenter at John Holland

“I hate being stuck indoors, so being outdoors and working with my hands is great!”


Finished school
Studied a double degree in Civil Engineering and Commerce
Employed as a Graduate Engineer with Fulton Hogan

“The construction industry’s awesome, it’s fun and you’ll learn a lot of different skills.”