Career Pathways for Students

Deciding on a career is easy for some people and hard for others, but planning a Career Pathway can help make it easier. The first step in the career decision process is to know yourself and where your strengths lie and what your interests are.


Want to go on to bigger and better things once you’ve completed School … there are many pathways available to help you reach your career goals

Deciding on a career is easy for some people and hard for others, but planning a Career Pathway can help make it easier. The first step in the career decision process is to know yourself and where your strengths lie and what your interests are.

The first step is to know what captures your interest the most. Do you love to solve math equations or write stories, study biology or paint? Beyond knowing what fascinates you, you need to evaluate your skills. Include both your academic strengths and others like athletics, team skills and communication. Could you work in a cubicle or do you need to be outdoors? Do you prefer working by yourself or on a team? What sort of pace is best for you: slow, moderate, fast or frenzied?

As you can see, there’s a lot to think about and lots of decisions to make when considering your future

Career Pathways are an integrated approach to career planning that supports a student’s transition from education into the workforce. Career Pathways are intended to develop your core academic abilities, along with technical and employability skills. A Career Path is intended to provide you with continuous education and training, placing you in high demand in a competitive jobs market.

Planning your career pathway will involve mapping skills you have gained through formal and informal learning, any skills training, community involvement and personal life experience.

You can start planning your career pathway now by selecting a course of study that will provide you with the qualifications to further your career goals. Direction Employment and Training (DET) can help you clarify your career goals and your study and career planning. DET advisors can provide information about the range of qualifications and study options available to help make your dream a reality. You can then decide what your own education outcomes should be and find a Certificate, Diploma that will head you in the right direction. There are a number of options available to you and we can help you with them.

Education and training pathways

In Australia, the qualifications you gain through schools, vocational education and training providers and universities can be linked up in different ways, so that you can reach your career goal by many different pathways.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) allows you to get credit for your existing knowledge and skills, such as your:

  • Life experience (e.g. Voluntary work, hobbies, sport)
  • Work experience (including unpaid work)
  • Previous study (e.g. courses at school, training and professional development programs at work).

Recognition of Prior Learning can provide you with a Certificate of Attainment. RPL provides you with formal credentials that can give you credit towards a nationally recognised qualification.

Personal pathways

To plan a personal pathway, you need to know:

  • What you like
  • What’s important to you
  • What you’re good at
  • Who the people in your personal network are

You need to consider your past decisions and experiences, your existing skills, your ambitions for the future and any information or advice you’ve discovered about your desired career.

Navigate with care

Following your career pathway means making some choices. Consider:

  • What  life experiences and skills would benefit your career
  • What career fields interest you most
  • What pathways could you take to get to those career fields
  • What courses or training will help you (private college, TAFE or university)
  • What are the entry requirements for those courses and institutions
  • What jobs will you qualify for when you finish the course
  • How do you find people who can help you
  • What resources and networks are available in your community
  • How can you use your personal networks of family, friends and associates to build your career

It’s a good idea to base your career and educational choices on who you are today. You can always change the course of your pathway in the future, as your interests, experiences and life changes.
DET can provide information, advice and support for you in your Career Pathway decisions. We can link you with Vocational Educational and Training (VET) programs, School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships. We can even help you find that perfect job.

DET offers support and advice to help you in your Career Pathway planning