Choosing a career

If you're not sure what you want your future job to be, think first about what you enjoy doing now. You’ll be happiest studying a course and working in a job that matches your interests and strengths.

Ask yourself:

  • what are my favourite subjects and activities at school?
  • what activities do I enjoy outside school?
  • what am I good at?

Your answers to these questions will give you a starting point for the kinds of courses and careers you could choose. Check out our quick guide to courses and careers if you need further help to decide what job would suit you.

You can also take the Job Outlook career quiz to help you understand what areas of work you may enjoy, then browse through a range of careers on the Job Guide website.

Volunteering or applying for work experience in the 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.

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 Bachelor of Sport Science. This course could help you find work as an exercise physiologist or sport scientist for a professional sport team.

Our quick guide to courses and careers provides more examples of courses and the possible careers you might enjoy.

TAFE or uni – what's best for you?

At VU you can choose to study a university course, or a TAFE course through our TAFE division, Victoria University Polytechnic.

There are several differences between TAFE and university study. The following comparison may help you decide which you would prefer:

TAFE courses

  • Types: certificates, diplomas and apprenticeships
  • Length: 6 months - 3 years
  • How courses are taught: classes, interactive workshops, practical training
  • How you learn: supported learning (more hours are spent learning in the classroom)

University courses

  • Types: bachelor degrees (with the option to continue studying a graduate certificate, graduate diploma, masters or PhD)
  • Length: 3 - 4 years
  • How courses are taught: theory-focused classes and workplace learning
  • How you learn: individual learning (for each hour in the classroom, students are expected to study 3 hours on their own)

You can also choose to first study at TAFE, and then at university. We make it easy for you to transfer from TAFE courses at Victoria University Polytechnic to degrees at VU through our pathways program.

Getting into a course

Entry into your chosen course depends on whether or not you meet the admission requirements, which are different for each course. In most cases, this will be the study score (raw score) you obtain in prerequisite VCE subjects.

Once you have chosen the courses you would like to study, be sure to check the admission information for the prerequisite VCE subjects. By basing your VCE subject selection on these, you will give yourself the best chance of gaining a place in the course you want to do.

More examples of courses and corresponding VCE subjects are available in our quick guide to courses and careers.

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.

Certain courses at VU and VU Polytechnic also include an audition or interview in their entry requirements.

The specific entry requirements for each course are outlined on our course pages.

Meet with us in person

Come to one or more of our informative events throughout the year.  They're tailored to provide students in secondary schools with more info about our courses in a face-to-face setting.

Study area information sessions at VU campuses

At our study areas info sessions you'll hear about:

  • studying a short or long course at TAFE or university
  • our strong industry links, workplace learning opportunities and expert lecturers that help you to graduate work-ready
  • our network of local and international partnerships
  • our overseas exchange programs that will help you expand your global career opportunities.
Date Area of Interest and event details Campus
Tuesday 30 April Nursing & Paramedicine St Albans Campus
Tuesday 7 May Creative Arts & Humanities Footscray Park Campus
Thursday 9 May Business Flinders Street Campus
Tuesday 14 May Education & Early Childhood Footscray Park Campus
Thursday 16 May Music Kindred Studios
Tuesday 21 May Building & Engineering Footscray Park Campus
Thursday 23 May Law, Criminology & Legal Services Queen Street Campus
Tuesday 28 May Psychology & Social Work Footscray Park Campus
Thursday 30 May Biomedicine & Health St Albans Campus
Tuesday 4 June Sports & Exercise Science Footscray Park Campus
Thursday 13 June Beauty & Dermal Science Queen Street Campus
Tuesday 18 June Youth Work Footscray Park Campus
Thursday 20 June Science & IT Footscray Park Campus
Tuesday 25 June Tourism, Hospitality & Event Management Flinders Street Campus

Tertiary information evenings

At these events different tertiary institution staff, including VU’s course advisers, about all the great opportunities on offer to help you reach your goals:

Upcoming events

10 Jul - 25 Jul (16 days)
Location: Footscray Park
16 Jul - 25 Jul (10 days)
Location: Multiple Location
29 Jul - 2 Aug (5 days)
Location: Multiple Location
Multiple, starting 9 Sep
City Queen: 295 Queen Street

Ease into university study

We offer many workshops and activities for secondary school students so that you can experience university life:

We encourage you to contact your school's career practitioner to find out more and register for these activities, or you can provide them the links above.

VU Block Model

Moving from secondary school to university can feel like stepping into a completely new world.

Not only are you expected to juggle several units and assignment deadlines all at once, but you may also want more time for work, travel and to explore everything life has to offer.

That's why we've developed our exciting VU Block Model - to help you ease into university study and the pressures of adulthood, while making sure that you graduate industry and job-ready.

Our VU Block Model offers:

  • more focused learning, as you take only one unit at a time
  • the chance to get to know your classmates better with smaller, more interactive classes
  • practical, hands-on learning
  • more support and guidance, with the same teacher throughout your unit
  • regular and ongoing feedback, so that you know how you're doing before completing a unit
  • flexible timetabling options to give you more time for work and life outside of uni.

Find out more about how our VU Block Model, formerly First Year Model, works.