From ter­tiary to trade

Dubbo Photo News - - Dubbo Works - By NATALIE HOLMES

IN the wake of Higher School Cer­tifi­cate (HSC) re­sults, the em­pha­sis has changed from de­gree to trade qual­i­fi­ca­tions. Dubbo Col­lege ca­reers ad­vi­sor Caro­line Watts said that over the past two decades, trends have changed from ter­tiary to tech­ni­cal pur­suits.

She pointed out that school leavers had the op­tion to pur­sue uni­ver­sity, TAFE or an ap­pren­tice­ship but many were veer­ing to­wards trades.

“Twenty years ago, stu­dents went from the HSC to uni­ver­sity, but that has re­ally changed,” she told Dubbo Photo News. “Stu­dents are now get­ting the HSC and train­ing for a trade.”

Mrs Watts ex­plained that there was no longer the same pres­sure on stu­dents to be­come de­gree-qual­i­fied and em­ploy­ers were also choos­ing to em­ploy ap­pren­tices at a later age than in pre­vi­ous years.

“The fo­cus has changed a lot be­cause the rea­son has changed,” she said.

“We want good trades­men so the num­bers leav­ing Year 10 are very small.

“Em­ploy­ers are want­ing ap­pren­tices who are at least 17 so that they have a li­cence, they are more ma­ture and they have a level of ex­per­tise in maths.”

Mrs Watts said that work place­ment in se­nior school can also help de­ter­mine ca­reer paths.

“You re­ally have to go for what you are in­ter­ested in. And if you do work ex­pe­ri­ence, you can ei­ther rule it in or out – there’s lots of ways to go about it.”

Mrs Watts said that school leavers are now think­ing three to five years ahead in their ca­reer paths. Gain­ing a cer­tain skillset also puts stu­dents in good stead for a fu­ture ar­ray of work choices.

“It comes down to de­vel­op­ing em­ploy­able skills. If you’re happy to gain tech­nol­ogy, com­mu­ni­ca­tions and self-man­age­ment, then you are go­ing to suc­ceed, no mat­ter what changes come along. If you put in the ef­fort, you never know where you’ll end up.” Dubbo Col­lege ca­reers ad­vi­sor Caro­line Watts says there’s no longer the same pres­sure on stu­dents to be­come de­gree-qual­i­fied and em­ploy­ers were also choos­ing to em­ploy ap­pren­tices at a later age than in pre­vi­ous years. PHOTO: DUBBO

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