Exploring my options

Everyone has a skill or an interest that can turn into a career. Have a think about what you really like doing or enjoy reading about or watching on TV or something you already know you’re good at. It can lead you to amazing places.

Have a goal in mind

Look at the people around you and you might notice that some of them have a sense of purpose – they know what they are going to do and how to make it happen. They understand that the more they learn, the more opportunities they have.

You can shift into this gear too once you have your goal in mind. However, you need to explore your options first so you know how to get there.

You may already know what you want to achieve. Or you might need to spend some time exploring your education options and the kinds of employment opportunities they may open up.

You know what you like

Think about your favourite school subjects and why you like them. Do you like pulling apart an engine and then putting all the pieces back together again? Do you love watching travel shows on TV and dream of going to faraway places? Are you fascinated by beetles or ancient cultures? Are you better at chemistry than sport – or is it the other way around? 

Grab the opportunity

Lots of students start university or TAFE (or CIT in ACT) with only a broad idea of what they want to achieve. It’s not until they really get into their studies that they develop a clear idea of what they want to concentrate on. 

Fact: One in 10 first-year students plan to switch courses and one in 15 plan to change universities.

— Australian Council for Education Research

Be realistic … and positive

There are some less obvious ways into the career you want. Mischa always wanted to be a doctor. But she didn’t have the ATAR score to get into medicine straight from school. So she did a science degree and applied again. This time she was accepted and she went on to become a successful surgeon.

Even if Mischa hadn't got accepted for medicine, she could still have pursued a career in the medical world. Hospitals and clinics also have nurses, paramedics, radiologists, pathologists, receptionists, administrators, physiotherapists, electricians, computer experts, psychologists and technicians. Like any industry, it involves a large range of skills and qualifications, some involving university study, and others requiring training at TAFE.

The point is to start by imagining your ideal career – and then explore all your options. 

Stretch yourself

There are lots of different ways to get to your goal. You might be eligible for a scholarship or there may be other considerations made with your application. Take a look at the Advice page in the Getting in section to see what your situation might mean for your application.

Work out how to make your mark

This website is all about showing you what's out there so you can find the right path towards your ideal future.

Your best option for now might be an apprenticeship, a gap year, a bachelor degree or some work experience. Take your time with all the options here as you might find something fits that you've never considered before.