Not enjoying uni…?

If you’ve just commenced university study and it’s not living up to your expectations, March is a good month to change your mind.

This year's Semester 1 census date is Saturday 31 March 2018. This is the last day on which a student can withdraw from a subject without financial penalty.
Many students find the jump from secondary school to university pretty huge! You go from a highly supported school environment to university freedom, with minimal class-time and an expectation that the majority of study will be completed in your own time… 

So it might be time for a re-think. How about hands-on study at TAFE?

Here’s a few (very sound) reasons to consider TAFE if uni isn’t working out for you.

  • Nine of the top 10 occupations predicted to have the most jobs growth are in vocational training areas.

  • The median full-time income for a VET graduate is $56,000 vs $54,000 for someone with a bachelor degree.

  • Almost eight in 10 VET graduates have a job soon after training, compared to approximately seven in 10 university graduates.

The stats above are from a 2017 report commissioned by Skilling Australia Foundation. It also points out the government expects more than one-fifth of HELP loans to university students will never be repaid because graduates won’t earn enough.
Now don’t get us wrong, we are still big advocates of university. In fact, many Gordon TAFE diplomas and advanced diplomas create pathways to university and we have partnerships with a number of leading universities.
However, it’s time for students (and parents) to stop thinking of university as the ultimate study destination. Think about growing sectors such as construction, healthcare, biotech, cyber security and hospitality. You don’t need a university degree to enter these sectors; you need the hands-on practical industry experience that TAFE provides to improve your job prospects and prepare you for your career.

Here’s how a Gordon TAFE course will prepare you:

  • Lots of practical training – less theory, more experience.

  • Our teachers are industry-trained and practicing professionals, up-to-date with the latest industry standards.

  • Work placements and projects give you the experience you need to prepare for the workforce.

  • Small class sizes mean lots of support and contact time with teachers.

  • Our strong industry connections expand your opportunities.

  • Our student satisfaction and employment outcomes remain above state and national benchmarks.

The Gordon will open applications in April for mid-year intakes, so now is an ideal time to change your mind!
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Posted: 5/03/2018 2:46:44 PM



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