Karen Lomas
April 29, 2017

Best tertiary courses for job outcomes and career success

Are you looking for the best tertiary courses for your child? The courses that offer the best job outcomes and careers success? Of course you are! That’s what all parents want for their young job seeker.

In year 10 your child is asked what subjects they want to study. In years 11 and 12 they are working really hard towards their final compulsory school years exams. They have a lot going on, and so as parents we are keen to help them, but it’s not easy:

  • You may be working yourselves and super busy with other children and commitments.
  • You may not have studied at tertiary level yourselves, and so higher education course selection is a mystery.
  • There is a choice overload. According to psychologists, the question, “what do you want to do?” is more bewildering than ever before.
  • The world of work is ever changing and precarious.

Students now have so much choice that it is in fact an exciting time. There is a lot of change happening in the tertiary sector. The Higher Education Standards Panel, which has the brilliant Professor Greg Craven, Vice-Chancellor and President of ACU on board, requires universities to publish their selection processes for every course. Meanwhile, in line with international selection practices, Australian universities are now selecting students based on more than simply grades, and this allows for equity and inclusion for disadvantaged students in particular.

The best tertiary courses are those:

  • that offer multi-disciplinary or cross-faculty courses, so that graduates are adaptable,
  • include community engagement programs and opportunities for international study placements,
  • at universities which look at applicants based on more than simply scores/ATAR/results.
  • which engage in business collaborations to provide students with real-life project experience,
  • and those that develop their students into strong communicators who possess the capacity for leadership.

What we want for our children is for them to find clarity in what they would like to do after they finish school. That way they can apply to the best tertiary courses to give them job opportunities and long-term career success.

If you need help, then have a look at my website, or contact me on 0419 390 994.





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