Some courses, like medicine or hospitality, plug really easily into a job. Others aren't so clear.
Even if your course does have a career path clearly laid out, how do you know what you're studying is what you want to do for a job?
One of the best ways to answer this question is to talk to a career counsellor.
What career counsellors do
When we think about jobs and careers, most of us think of what our family and friends do for a living.
Career counsellors know a lot about what jobs and training is out there. They can help you broaden your horizons and show you options you may not have considered before.
When to speak to a career counsellor
You might seek help from a career counsellor if:
- You're planning to do work experience
- You're thinking about what subjects to study in Year 11 and 12
- You're trying to decide what uni or TAFE course to do
- You just left your job
- You're trying to get back into work after being unemployed
- You're thinking about changing careers
- You're struggling with your work/life balance
How to find a career counsellor
Most schools and education providers have career counsellors you can speak to for free.
- If you're still at school, book in some time to talk to your careers teacher.
- If you're at uni or TAFE, visit your student union to see what kind of career counselling services are on offer.
There are also career counselling options if you're no longer studying.
- CEAV Career Counselling Australia (CCA) offers career counselling for individuals and groups in Victoria (new window). It's usually free, but if you're working there may be a small fee. You can also ask career questions online (new window).
- The Career Development Association of Australia (CDAA) has a searchable list of private career counsellors (new window). Note that these counsellors will charge a fee for their services.
Other people to talk to
Career counsellors aren’t the only people you can go to for advice about studying and training. You can also talk through your ideas and concerns with:
- Family members
- Other adults you trust
It can be hard when you’re under pressure from your parents or other people in your life to make a particular decision. You shouldn't let other people pressure you into making a decision, though.
If this happens, you could ask them to come with you to speak to a career counsellor. They could help others to see things from your perspective and show them opportunities they may not know about.
More career planning resources
For some more information about career planning, visit:
- Our Career profiles - Over 200 interviews about the jobs people do
- Our Planning your career pages - Tips on how to think about what job you want
- myfuture (new window) - A database of career profiles and courses (note: a free membership is required to view this site)
- Career Bullseyes (new window) - Charts showing school subjects and the jobs they can lead to