Some people are very fortunate when it comes to their future employment path. From a young age they know exactly what they want to do with the rest of their professional lives, and how they’re going to get there!
They’ve discovered their passion and worked out how they can turn it into an enjoyable and rewarding career. For the rest of us, working out what we want to be when we grow up can often take a long time to figure out. Even then, most people change careers a few times throughout their lives anyway. We’re constantly searching for our passion in life, and how we can turn that into a paid career
If you’re reading this, chances are you’re still searching for what you want to do with the rest of your life. Well, you’ve come to the right place! With our Course Finder you can search through all of the courses we offer, and find one that you may be interested in. But first, there are many things you need to consider before making that important commitment to enrol in a course.
Choosing the right course takes time
Unless you’re one of the lucky ones who know exactly what they want to do with the rest of their lives, and how they’re going to get there, you need to take time to do your research and pick the right course for you.
The decision you make will have a huge bearing on the rest of your professional life, so don’t go rushing into decisions about your future career without giving it considerable thought. After all, the last thing you want to do is spend lots of money on a course you aren’t likely to use after graduation, because you discover later that you won’t enjoy a career in that particular field!
Research suggests many people graduate with university degrees they’ll never use because they didn’t take the time to research whether it was what they really wanted to do. Many people feel pressure from common societal norms to eventually graduate with a university degree, regardless of whether it’s right for them or not.
Don’t let this happen to you. Take your time, weigh up the pros and cons of the courses on offer, and make an informed decision about what career is right for you.
Are you an outside person or a desk jockey?
Are you a practical person who likes to use your hands? Or would you prefer to work in an office on a computer all day? If you loved woodwork or metal work type classes at school, then perhaps a construction course or apprenticeship at TAFE is the best way forward for you.
Maybe you loved Physical Education (P.E.) at school, and have a keen interest in health and fitness? If so perhaps a Certificate Course in Personal Training, or a short course in Physical Therapy Aide is the way to go.
Did you enjoy writing and English at school? There are many options available to you, including a short courses in Freelance Sports Writing, travel writing or screenwriting?
No one wants to get up in the morning dreading the thought of going to work. Everyone wants to work in a rewarding and enjoyable environment. After all, you’re going to be spending a lot of time during your life at work, so you might as well be enjoying that time right?
What sort of learner are you?
There are several ways you can complete short courses, diplomas and degrees, and you need to take these into account when making your selection.
Are you self-motivated enough to complete all the study and assignment requirements associated with an online course? Sometimes this is the best option for people who need to progress at their own pace and in their own time. If you work, have children or other commitments that preclude you from committing to set class times, then this may be the way forward for you.
If this isn’t you, don’t worry, there are lots of in-class courses available as well. This will require you to attend classes at specific times during the week, submit assignments by a due date and sit exams with the rest of your class. If you’re available at those times and think this is the best type of learning environment for you, then you won’t have any issues finding the appropriate course.
Finally, there are courses that require a combination of online studies, and in-class attendance. This is perfect for those who need a little flexibility with their study hours, but enjoys the interaction of classroom participation with other students and teachers.
How quickly do you want to finish your course?
There are a multitude of courses to choose from, ranging from short courses that last just a few weeks, to university degrees that require full-time study for 3-4 years. So you can make the right choice about your education, you need to decide how much time realistically you have to devote to your studies.
If you’re someone who has all the time in the world, then a degree course might be right for you. Statistics show that in the long run, university graduates with Bachelor degrees earn more money than those without a degree qualification. However, when choosing a future career, your priority should always be enjoyment above monetary gain.
If you want to make a career change or get into the workforce quickly after leaving school, then a short course or Diploma might be the way to go. Some of the most successful people in the world either did not attend university at all, or dropped out before completion. These include:
- Richard Branson
- Rupert Murdoch
- Mark Zuckerberg
- Bill Gates
- James Packer
‘Professional success’, both intrinsically and financially, is far more likely if you are working in a field that inspires and motivates you.
Speak to people in the field you’re interested in
Once you’ve narrowed your options down to just a handful of choices, why not try and find people who have graduated from that particular course and find out what it was like for them? Of course, what may work for someone else may not be perfect for you, but at least you’ll be able to get some perspective for what the course is all about from someone who has done it.
Secondly, why don’t you go and talk to someone in the field about what their day-to-day working life is all about. For example, if one of your options is a Diploma of Graphic Design, why not contact a marketing agency and ask to speak with one of their graphic designers? Or perhaps you may want to complete a Certificate III in Travel and become an international travel consultant?
You’ll be able to find someone who will give you time over lunch to tell you about their role and career prospects. There’s no better way to get an understanding of what you’ll be required to do after graduation, than by someone already working in the industry. After all, there’s only so much you can understand by reading online materials. To get a real feel for your future career, talk to someone in the field.
There you have it; a comprehensive guide to selecting the course that’s right for you – and not making any expensive mistakes!
Here’s a checklist of what you need to do:
- Set aside plenty of time to make the right choice.
- Decide what sort of role would suit you best – based on what you enjoy doing – i.e. with your hands outside or on a computer in an office, as the boss or taking instructions, working for someone else or owning your own business, working with people or by yourself, etc.
- Do you have the motivation to work online, or would you rather learn in a classroom environment?
- Do you have time to study a Diploma or Degree course, or do you want to complete a short course or Certificate qualification in just a few weeks or months?
- Speak to people who have graduated from the course you want to enrol in, and people working in the industry you think might be right for you.
If you go through these steps when choosing the right education path for you, there is far more chance of graduating and finding a job in an industry that makes you happy and motivated.