A game changer

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STU­DENTS con­cerned they have en­rolled in the wrong course should ur­gently seek ad­vice from ca­reer and study coun­sel­lors and re­con­sider their op­tions be­fore in­cur­ring costly tu­ition fees.

The univer­sity census date – the last date stu­dents can with­draw from a course with­out be­ing fi­nan­cially li­able – is Thurs­day, March 31.

Census dates also ap­ply to vo­ca­tional education stu­dents en­rolled at TAFEs and other reg­is­tered train­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions and fall af­ter 20 per cent of the first study pe­riod has been reached – of­ten in about week four or five.

Up­skilled chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Jon Lang says VET stu­dents must be ac­cess­ing VET FEE-HELP for census dates to ap­ply, in which case the par­tic­u­lar date will be clearly in­di­cated in their en­rol­ment pack­age.

“The census date is ba­si­cally a cool­ing off date,” Lang says. “It (census date) is one of the most won­der­ful things for stu­dents.”

Chisholm In­sti­tute of TAFE mar­ket­ing and stu­dent re­cruit­ment man­ager Justin Fallu says any­one un­happy with the course they have en­rolled in should speak with a ca­reers or study coun­sel­lor be­fore de­cid­ing to with­draw.

“The first few weeks should be about find­ing your feet and work­ing out how a course is struc­tured,” Fallu says.

“For some peo­ple, it (study) can be a big chal­lenge.

“If a stu­dent does find they’re re­ally not happy and the course is not right for them, ca­reer ad­vis­ers will sit with them and work out the next steps and per­haps find some­thing that suits them.”

Fallu says stu­dents can po­ten­tially en­rol in a new course; start again dur­ing the next study pe­riod; or con­tinue in their orig­i­nal course for the short-term, un­der­tak­ing units that over­lap with those in the new course.

Lau­ren Misso, 22, this year en­rolled in a sports and recre­ation de­gree at univer­sity but soon found trav­el­ling 230km a day to at­tend lec­tures was un­re­al­is­tic.

Af­ter re­search­ing op­tions, she with­drew from the de­gree and en­rolled in a dual Diploma of Sport and Recre­ation Man­age­ment/Diploma of Sport De­vel­op­ment at TAFE.

“I’m still glad that I gave it a go,’’ says Misso, who now hopes to go on to do fur­ther stud­ies in out­door education and education and ul­ti­mately find work as a PE teacher.

“But the course I’m do­ing prob­a­bly gives me more op­tions and do­ing it this way is go­ing to give me a lot more qual­i­fi­ca­tions.”

NEW PATH:

Lau­ren Misso switched cour­ses af­ter find­ing the 230km daily jour­ney too hard.

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