Choosing a Course
With hundreds of courses on offer, how do you decide which university course is for you? Here are some tips to help you narrow down your choices:
Investigate careers and job prospects
- Think about what interests you and what you feel you’re good at. Make a list.
- Browse online career sites like seek.com.au and mycareer.com.au for ideas.
- Volunteer at a local business: ask if they’ll take you on for a day or week, so you can see first-hand what the job entails. If they won’t, ask if you can buy them a coffee and pick their brain for 20 minutes.
- Review the Job Outlook website.
- Research information on University websites.
- Also consider the employment prospects, salary and working hours of your chosen career.
Speak to a careers adviser, TAFE or Uni
- Your school, local TAFE or any university will have knowledgeable people who can advise you.
Go to university open days and career expos
- Uni open days present a great opportunity to see the university and find out more information about the courses that interest you, or explore the options available.
- Career expos bring universities and other providers together in one place, so you can consider your choices and compare the different courses and providers.
- Click here for information on open days and current events
Check out the uni subjects within a course
- Sometimes you get a better idea of the course you’d like to do, if you check out the subjects which make up the course. You’ll get a feel for the specific areas you’ll be studying, and whether they might fit with your idea of the career you’re seeking.
- To find out the subjects required for a course, check the university websites, or phone the uni and ask for a copy of their subject handbook.
Find out what qualifications you’ll need
- If you’ve worked out the career you’d like to pursue, investigate the requirements for finding a job in this area. What qualification will you need? And which unis can provide it?