Most TAFE NSW campuses have careers counsellors and all you
need to do is phone to make an appointment
If you're about to officially become a school leaver you're probably
already thinking about what to do next year. Some time off? Travel? Or
maybe further study?
Further study is usually the surest way to steady employment. And
since TAFE graduates consistently perform well in the job market, many
school leavers are regarding TAFE as a more appealing and practical
choice than university. In fact, figures from the National Centre for Vocational
Education Research (NCVER) show that in recent years, close to
80% of vocational education (i.e. TAFE) graduates were employed within
the first six months of completing their training.
We know it can all seem a bit confusing and even intimidating. So
here are a couple of suggestions on how to decide what course to study
and then get yourself enrolled for 2017.
This is a pretty important one, but also one that has no simple
answer. There are many different reasons why people choose the courses
Some people choose courses that are most
likely to get them a job. If this sounds like you, a great start
would be the NSW
Government's Skills shortages list. This is a comprehensive
round-up of the career areas where the demand outstrips the supply.
Occupations as diverse as Aged care nurse, Locksmith and Civil
engineer are currently on this list.
Other people choose to follow their passion and choose a course
relating to something they're naturally interested in. If you're not
sure what your passion is, take our passion
quiz, which can point you in the right direction.
If you're still uncertain and feeling a bit confused about which
option is best for you, we recommend having a chat with a TAFE NSW
careers counsellor. These people are highly skilled professionals who
are totally across all the possible study options and the job market
itself. Most TAFE NSW campuses have careers counsellors and all you
need to do is phone to make an appointment. This service is free.
Any entry requirements for the course you've selected will be listed
in the course brochure on the TAFE NSW website. If there are no entry
requirements, this will also be clearly stated.
Many TAFE NSW courses also have recognition of prior learning (RPL)
which is acknowledgement of previous study or qualifications that
you've gained somewhere else. This can mean that you're given some
credit towards the course you're now thinking of enrolling for.
This is a question we get asked all the time. There are so many
different qualifications available, from Certificate I, II, III, IV,
through Diplomas, Advanced Diplomas and Degrees. It's understandable
that people can be confused as to what the differences are between
them. Generally speaking, the higher the qualification level, the more
time and study is involved. Click
here for a more detailed breakdown of the different qualifications
available through TAFE NSW.
Once you've selected the course that seems right for you and checked
on eligibility requirements, the actual enrolment process is fairly
straightforward. The TAFE NSW website will guide you through this
process, which can vary between different courses.