Do your research
- Talk to people in the field for advice
If you really want to know what a certain career is like, talk to someone who is currently doing it. They’ll give you a great insight into what they do, and how they got there.
- Get work experience in the industry
This will give you an idea of whether you’ll enjoy your chosen field and also makes a great addition to your course applications and resume – demonstrating experience and industry knowledge.
- Talk to career advisors
They’ve got access to the latest information from a range of TAFEs and universities, and can advise you of the best way to get to your dream career.
The Gordon Counselling and Careers Unit also offers free access to a computer program called
Career Voyage which can help match your skills and interests to a possible career. All you have to do is make an appointment by phoning 5246 6218.
- Go to open days
You’ll get a taste of what student life would be like, and speak with staff and students about your courses of interest.
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Choosing your VCE/VCAL subjects
At The Gordon, we don’t require you to have completed VCE/VCAL subject pre-requisites in order to be eligible for our courses. However, there are some key things to remember when choosing your subjects which can improve your chances of selection.
- Check the selection requirements of the courses you’re interested in.
For example, some of our creative courses require you to present a portfolio. Certain VCE/VCAL subjects or VETDSS (VET Delivered to Secondary Students) programs will help you achieve this.
- Complete a VETDSS (VET Delivered to Secondary Students) program in the field you’re interested in.
This will demonstrate you are serious about the field of study and have developed some skills. If you are hoping to gain an apprenticeship, it can also give you a pre-apprenticeship qualification to reduce the time of your full apprenticeship.
- Choose subjects you’ll enjoy and are good at.
If you enjoy certain subjects at secondary school then you’ll probably enjoy a similar field of study after school and as a career. You’re also more likely to get good scores for subjects you enjoy and put time into learning.