Many people with have a number of destinations in their learning pathway, depending on where they begin their journey and the career outcome they are striving to achieve. These scenarios may help you to visualise ways that a TAFE pathway could benefit you.
What is your starting point?
Are you already enrolled in a TAFE course? Completing further study at a higher level or in a related vocation can compliment and extend your existing skills, making you more attractive to potential employers and increasing your chances of securing a great job.
You're enrolled in a Certificate II in Hospitality (Kitchen Operations) and work part-time in a fast food chain. Your dream job is to work in a well known restaurant in the city but you don't yet have the skills required. To make your dream a reality, your GippsTAFE teacher advises you to enrol in the Diploma of Hospitality and develop your skills at a higher level. It may even be possible to receive credit for the study you've already done in the Certificate.
Are you currently working, but looking to develop new skills and knowledge that can help you progress in your career? Talk to your employer about potential professional development opportunities that will help you achieve even better results in the workplace, or consider enrolling yourself.
You've been working a as receptionist in a large medical centre and need a challenge. While still working full-time, you enrol in an online Medical Terminology course with GippsTAFE. This course improves your pronunciation and increases your understanding of medical terms. Due to your specialist knowledge, other staff seek your help, making you a valuable member of staff.
Entering The Workforce
Are you seeking your first job, or hoping to go back to work after taking a break? TAFE can provide you with up-to-date skills for the workforce, providing you with the qualifications that employers look for and ensuring that you can hit the ground running from day one.
After spending the last three years caring for your family, you decide it's time to enter the workforce again. You are interested in working with the elderly and so enrol in a Certificate IV Aged Care Work.
Early School Leaver
Are you a secondary student considering leaving school? TAFE can offer you an alternative. Talk to us about the various pathways that can help you to succeed after school.
After deciding that school is not in your best interests, you get an apprenticeship as a carpenter with a local builder. Throughout your apprenticeship, you work full-time and attend scheduled classes at GippsTAFE for additional training. As your qualification is recognised throughout Australia, you are able to go on a working holiday when you finish your apprenticeship. This helps you to build up experience and progress towards opening your own business.
High School Graduate
Are you considering your options after completing Year 12? TAFE is a fantastic opportunity for you to gain a nationally recognised qualification, develop your skills and confidence and improve your career and further study prospects before you commence work or apply for a University program.
You complete your VCE but don't get the ATAR you need to get into University. You decide to enrol in a fulltime Diploma of Visual Arts at GippsTAFE. You complete your Diploma and depending on your interview and folio you may be given up to one year credit towards a Visual Arts Degree at University. When your studies are complete, you will have achieved not one, but two qualifications in your area of expertise.
Many University graduates choose to enrol in TAFE after completing their degree. In fact, historically, more people have made the move from University to TAFE than the other way around. A lot of people do this in order to gain the practical experience they need to assure employers that they know how to put the theory they have learned at University into action. Others seek TAFE training to upgrade or extend their skills.
You graduated from University with a Bachelor of Social Work and have been working at a local hospital for five years. You want to upgrade your skills but don't want to commit to the time and cost of another degree. You decide to enrol in Certificate IV in Community Services and gain a position with a community agency.