“You can't get to where you want to go if you don’t know where you are going” Barack Obama

Not sure of the types of pathways available for roles working in non-traditional industry sectors? We’ve pulled together information to support you so you too, can make your own mark:

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Work Experience and Volunteering

If you are struggling to find ideas on possible career paths, undertaking extra- curricular activities such as work experience or volunteering can really help you decide on career pathways – both what you like, and what you don’t like! These experiences can also help you gain transferable skills that are valuable when applying for further studies or work. You can download our tips to help you make the most of your work and volunteering experiences.

For secondary school students in South Australia, to get a head start in their career while still at school visit https://studentpathways.sa.edu.au/for-students

For volunteering visit https://www.volunteeringaustralia.org/#/ you’ll find a list of volunteering opportunities that are currently available in your state or territory.

For university students, contact your tertiary institution to find out about work placements, internships, and volunteering opportunities.

VET Pathways

Vocational Education Training (VET) pathways provide an excellent opportunity to learn, study while you earn. Here are some links to Tafe courses, you may like to explore and information about group training apprenticeships.

You can compare courses from Australian TAFEs, universities and Registered Training Organisations (RTO’s) Providers here https://www.training.com.au

Here you’ll find information and links to hundreds of TAFE Courses

Offer you the opportunity to study and earn an income while undertaking a qualification. https://www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au/

Group Training Organisations help businesses to take on apprentices or trainees. Here you’ll find links to group training organisations you may like to investigate; https://www.grouptrainingdirectory.com.au

University Pathways

While it’s great to have a plan, it’s also important to have a plan B! As long as you are on the journey and have your radar up for new experiences/events/influences, that’s okay!

If you are concerned about not getting into university based on year 12 results or employment experience; remember there are more ways to get into university than what you think! Here are some alternative entry pathways to university that you may wish to explore.

Link: https://stat.acer.org/au

There are many alternative pathways into university; the STAT can be a quicker option than undertaking a foundation/pre-tertiary bridging course and may be suitable for:

  • Mature-age applicants who don’t have a recent or standard Year 12 qualification
  • Applicants who completed their previous studies outside Australia
  • Applicants who did not gain a satisfactory ATAR
  • Applicants to any course for which STAT scores are considered (check current course guides)

Link: https://www.flinders.edu.au/study/pathways/foundation-studies

Not everyone steps straight from school into university, and not everyone takes the same pathway to study. No matter when you graduated from high school, or even if you didn’t, you could start a degree at Flinders through our Foundations Studies program. Flinders Foundation Studies is a university bridging course designed to give you the confidence and skills you need to start one of over 30 Flinders degrees. Foundation Studies is government funded, so there is no cost to you.*

Link: https://study.unisa.edu.au/study-with-us/entry-pathways

There are many ways to enter UniSA – we’ve got your back. Whether you’ve just finished Year 12, have no previous qualifications or you’ve already studied at the tertiary level, we have different pathways to get you into your preferred degree.

Link: https://www.adelaide.edu.au/study/undergraduate/entry-pathways

There are many ways you can enter one of our degrees. 

  • Higher education study
  • Work and life experience
  • University preparatory program
  • Vocational education and training (VET) study
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander pathways

There are also many ways to use Tafe qualifications to gain entry into university. There are also dual offer courses, where you are accepted into both a TafeSA qualification and a connected university course. You may also like to check out these excellent sites: