Choosing a career
If you're not sure what you want a career as, think first about what you enjoy doing right now. You’ll be happiest studying a course and working in a job that matches your interests and strengths.
- what are my favourite subjects and activities at school?
- what activities do I enjoy outside of school?
- what am I really good at?
Your answers to these kinds of questions will give you a starting point for the courses and career paths you could choose. Volunteering or applying for work experience in areas that interest you are other good ways to find out if you like them.
Find the right course
Once you have a better idea of your strengths and interests, you can search for university or TAFE courses that match those fields.
For example, if your favourite subjects at school are science and physical education, and you love playing team sports in your spare time, you might want to study a . This course could help you find work as an exercise physiologist or sport scientist for a professional sport team.
TAFE or university - What's best for you?
There are several differences between TAFE and university study.
Getting into a course
Entry into your chosen course depends on whether or not you meet the admission criteria, which are different for each course. In most cases, admission criteria include the study score (raw score) you obtain in certain prerequisite VCE subjects.
Once you have chosen the courses you would like to study, be sure to check the admission criteria for prerequisite VCE subjects. By basing your VCE subject selection on the admission criteria for your desired course, you will give yourself the best chance of gaining a place.
Some courses at VU will also use your Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) to determine your eligibility for entry. Your ATAR is based on the total of all your Year 12 subject scores and received at the completion of your VCE.
Why choose VU
We offer many workshops and activities for secondary school students so that you can experience university life:
- engineering - hands on activities for Year 9-12 students
- legal studies:
- sport and exercise science - Sport and Recreation Industry Pathway (SARIP) program for VCE students.
We encourage you to contact your school's career practitioner to find out more and register for these activities.
Regional school students
When considering university, regional students should focus on factors like course offerings, campus environment, support services, cost of living, and potential career opportunities after secondary school.
Researching these aspects can help you make an informed decision about the most suitable university for your academic and personal needs. Here at VU, we welcome and invite all students from all regions to succeed in an inclusive, supportive environment.