It’s never too early to start considering your future career directions. Many students often feel lost about what they would like to study and many feel like they don’t know where to start.
There are lots of things to consider:
- Complete Year 12 or leave school early?
- Vocational Education or Higher Education?
- Have a Gap Year or go straight into further study?
- Can I afford to move away if I can’t study locally?
For students and their families who haven’t been to a university of TAFE information session, there are even more questions:
- Where can I study the course I am interested in?
- How do I choose between several courses across several institutions?
- How much will my course cost?
- How do I find out about scholarships?
- What if I don’t obtain the ATAR I need?
- What is university and TAFE actually like?
These decisions can be difficult to make, and then you have the added pressure of focusing on your studies and other commitments like sport, hobbies and employment.
Not only can it be tough for students, but also for families!
- Where do we access information?
- How do we best support our child?
- How can we afford the costs associated with further study?
- Will Youth Allowance be available?
Apart from meeting with you career advisor early in the year, it is a great idea to attend information sessions run by vocational and university institutes. Many run focus days and information seminars throughout the year, and most run Open Days in August and September.
By attending information session, you and your family will be able to do the following:
- Speak directly to current students and lecturers about the courses you are interested in.
- Look around the campus and get a feel for the culture of the institution. For example, does it have a modern or traditional feel? Do you think it would be easy to meet people? Would you prefer to study at a small or large campus?
- Learn about scholarships, course costs, government fee assistance, global exchange programs, and accommodation options.
- Ask about alternative pathway programs available in case you don’t get the ATAR you need for your course.
- Attend workshops and sessions on the courses you are interested in and compare facilities and student services between institutions.
Attending information sessions will assist you in setting new career goals or firming up ideas you already have. Having a course or courses in mind can also assist you in feeling more motivated to work hard at school.
Information sessions are usually free and you have to register. Start to map out session dates on a calendar and pick the ones you will be able to attend. Here are some tertiary information session dates to get you started:
Charles Sturt University: ‘MyDay‘ Seminars
MyDay’s showcase over 40 courses. Events in April include:
- Animal Science
- Veterinary Science
- Equine Science
- Dental Science
- Pharmacy and Clinical Science
You can register and receive updates by clicking here.
Monash University: ‘Inside Monash‘ Seminars
These events showcase different faculties within the University. The seminars run over several months and students have to book in advance.
Dates haven’t been released yet, but you can bookmark the Inside Monash page by clicking here.
The University of Melbourne: ‘A Day at The University of Melbourne‘
This event is being held during the Term 1 holidays. You will learn about:
- Undergraduate degrees and graduate pathways.
- Admissions and entry requirements.
- Access Melbourne and Melbourne Scholarships.
- Accommodation options.
- How parents can help with the transition to university.
You will also be able to participate in a session focusing on the course you are interested in. A date hasn’t been released yet, but you can bookmark the page by clicking here.
La Trobe University: ‘Experience Clever‘
These events are designed for future students to get a taste of what it’s like to be a La Trobe student for a day. You will be able to chat with staff and course advisors, participate in structured workshops focused on your desired career and course, and talk to student ambassadors about studying at La Trobe.
The upcoming dates are as follows:
- Melbourne – Friday 6 April and Friday 6 July
- Albury-Wadonga – Sunday 1 July
- Bendigo – Wednesday 4 July
For more information and to register click here.