Not sure what kind of job you want in the future? No problem. Answer the following questions and discover your possible dream career – as well as the VCE subjects and uni courses you’ll need to get there.
Good with numbers?
Dream job: accountant, business analyst, human resource adviser, market analyst.
- accounting and finance
- business administration and human resources
- business analytics
- medical administration
- project management
- supply chain, logistics and international trade.
Relevant VCE subjects to consider: accounting, business management, economics, any mathematics.
Rio Delaney, Bachelor of Business
“For my Work Integrated Learning unit I worked in HR at Australia’s largest professional services organisations. After finishing the WIL, I accepted a role in their management portfolio area, and I was recently promoted to HR coordinator at another company. Getting my foot in the door was pivotal to my career. It also gave me so many business insights that I could apply to my degree.”
Like working with your hands?
Dream job: bricklayer, builder, plumber, carpenter, make-up artist, hairdresser.
- beauty therapy
- bricklaying, plumbing, building and construction
- dermal therapy
- tourism, hospitality and events.
Relevant VCE subjects to consider: automotive, building and construction, electrical industry, engineering, furnishing, hospitality, interactive digital media.
Ellie McEvoy, Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Make-up Services specialisation)
“During my course, I undertook an eight-week placement on the set of Never Tear Us Apart: The Untold Story of INXS, which aired on Channel 7. It was an incredible opportunity. As a result of my placement I got a job working on the Oscar Nominated Film, Lion, which is my greatest career achievement so far. In fact, my placement opened the door to so much work that I’ve been employed as a make-up artist in the TV and Film industry full time for the last 4 years.”
Love to write?
Dream job: scriptwriter, journalist, writer, editor, marketing/public relations coordinator, radio/television producer.
Relevant VCE subjects to consider: literature, drama, theatre studies, media, business management.
Jehoon Choi, Bachelor of Screen Media
“I interned at a video production company, where I put my editing and videography knowledge into practice. After I finished my degree, I chased my dream job as social media videographer at SBS in Sydney. I’m loving my work, and I’m so committed to it. I’m looking forward to making it further within SBS and making change in the organisation, and society at large.”
Enjoy being creative & artistic?
Dream job: artist, festival director, music producer, graphic designer, author, poet.
- communication, professional and creative writing
- creative arts
- digital and interactive media
- screen media.
Relevant VCE subjects to consider: visual communication design, art, studio arts, music, media, product design and technology, literature, theatre studies.
Emily Pritchard, Bachelor of Music
“I love music as an art and as therapy, it just completes me. I appreciate all styles from classical to punk, folk to rock and – well – all of it! I just love music for music’s sake. Getting good uni results ensured I was qualified to move to China where I am working for an established music training school in the city of Chongqing and also planning to open my own business.”
Interested in health?
Dream job: osteopath, nurse, paramedic, dietitian, forensic scientist, wellness consultant.
- biomedical sciences
- dermal therapy
- health sciences
- medical administration
- nutrition and food sciences
- public health.
Relevant VCE subjects to consider: biology, chemistry, physics, health and human development, biology, physical education, any mathematics.
Andy Ackerly, Bachelor of Midwifery/Bachelor of Nursing
“All of the theoretical learning at VU is followed by clinical placements to expose students to potential future workplaces. During placement, the employers get to know you and watch your development. You are already a familiar face to them by the time you are applying for positions. I am currently employed as a midwife with Western Health.”
Like helping people?
Dream job: community services worker, lawyer, international aid worker, social worker, youth worker.
- aged care
- community development
- community services
- criminal justice and criminology
- laws and legal services
- migration law
- professional legal development
- social work
- speech pathology
- youth work.
Relevant VCE subjects to consider: psychology, global politics, Australian politics, legal studies.
Tamsin Mildenhall, Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
"I grew up in Melbourne’s west, went to a local high school and wanted to continue my studies there so I picked VU to complete degree. I have also chosen to practice law in the west for my whole career so far in order to help my local community. I’m currently Managing Lawyer of Victoria Legal Aid Western Suburbs Regional Office.”
Want to design & build our cities?
Dream job: draftsperson, engineer, industrial engineer, surveying technician, engineering technician
- building engineering and construction
- built environment
- civil, electrical and electronic, or mechanical engineering
Relevant VCE subjects to consider: product design and technology, systems engineering, physics, chemistry, any mathematics.
Kav Dassanayake, Bachelor of Engineering
“VU was the perfect choice. It made me workforce ready. VU’s Problem Based Learning Unit was key to preparing me for my current role. It taught me to understand the problem first, research, consult and develop the right solutions to execute. I am currently rotating through the Safety Team at the Level Crossing Removal Authority.”
Great with computers?
Dream job: applications developer, programmer, systems analyst, technical and user support, software engineer.
- cyber security and cloud computing
- digital media and technology
- electrical and electronic engineering
- Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems
- information systems management
- IT networks and security
- web and mobile applications development.
Relevant VCE subjects to consider: software development, product design and technology, informatics, and mathematics.
Zahra Rezai, Bachelor of Information Technology
“I have VU to thank for so many opportunities. From placing me at my internship at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre where I got first-hand industry experience in the Footscray community, and giving me access to the best experience ever – European Innovation Academy (EIA). After my team won the 2016 hackathon, I got a scholarship to EIA to study on exchange in Nice, France. I took part in their extreme entrepreneurship program where you take your idea and turn it into a start-up in just 15 days. It was amazing. “
Dream job: exercise physiologist, fitness instructor, PE teacher, program development coordinator, remedial/sports massage therapist, sports coach.
- exercise science and human movement
- outdoor recreation
- physical education
- remedial massage
- sport management
- sport science
- sport coaching.
Relevant VCE subjects to consider: physical education, health and human development.
Casie Chalman, Bachelor of Outdoor Education and Environmental Science
“I wanted a job where I could make a difference, impact young people positively while also having fun myself, exploring the world and nature. If you are thinking about a career working in the outdoors, it’s never too late – and it's the best career going round! My study at VU allowed me to gain essential skills, experience and qualifications to teach outdoor education and environmental studies in a school setting.”
Want to help people learn?
Dream job: childcare supervisor, primary or secondary school teacher, training manager or assessor, teacher aide.
Relevant VCE subjects to consider: any mathematics.
Troy Flores, Bachelor of Education (P-12)
“After my Year 12 results didn’t quite pan out, I discovered VU’s Diploma of Education Studies, with a course pathway that enabled me to go straight into the second year of an education degree. I undertook work placements in five different schools, which was vital in helping me shape my practice as a teacher. I gained my job because of these placements; my final placement school where I’m now working as a teacher and Year 9 coordinator and adviser.”