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VET courses gives you a massive headstart in your career

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VET (Vocational Education and Training) courses focus on teaching industry specific knowledge and hands-on training. These are the skills that employers are looking for; industry led, practical and valuable.

Career outcomes with VET

VET qualifications cover everything from short certificates to diplomas and advanced diplomas across a huge range of careers. A VET degree can lead straight into employment or into university, with some universities offering credits for appropriate VET courses.

If you want the best possible springboard into a career, a VET course is the way to go. Industry and business work with the management of VET schools, developing programs that the labour market demands. Many courses have periods of on-site, real-world learning, giving industry experience and contacts to shore up your future. In short: This is setting you up for a lifetime of employment.

The topics offered are broad, from health care, to computer networking, from food preparation and cosmetology to automotive technology. Those entering the workforce for the first time can complete basic general employment training that sets them up for your first job. Or you can choose an advanced diploma that deep-dives into your subject of choice, giving you technical understanding, unsurpassed skills and in depth insight into your career path.

Automotive technology and commercial cookery VET courses

Two options for VET courses that are also on Australia’s skills shortage list are automotive technology and commercial cookery.

Automotive Technology

There are three possible qualifications that allow you to apply for roles in this field.

  • AQF Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology and at minimum, two years of training in the job, or,
  • AQF Certificate IV or,
  • Diploma of Automotive Management.

These courses teach you how to diagnose and repair faults and errors in motorbikes, cars, and light trucks.

Commercial Cookery

While there are literally hundreds of hospitality courses and qualifications, there are two commercial cookery options that are well respected.

  • Certificate II in Kitchen Operations
  • Certificate III in Commercial Cookery

Both these courses give you a foot in the door in an industry that desperately needs qualified staff. These qualifications will equip you with the skills to work in a fast-paced commercial kitchen environment and follow health and safety guidelines to produce high quality food.

Pathway to PR with VET

VET courses can be a valuable pathway to PR in Australia. There are many careers that are in demand on Australia’s medium to long term skills shortage list; qualifications in these fields can help to assure you a job. To apply for PR in Australia, follow these steps.

  1. Check if your desired career is on the MLTSSL
  2. Some employment fields may require that you register with a governing body or sit a skills-based test. Ensure you understand what is required of you.
  3. There are a range of visa types. Some are short term, but can lead to PR, while others are permanent visa types.
    • You may be able to apply directly for jobs and then pursue an employer-nominated visa
      • Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) visa (subclass 186).
    • Regional employment roles can be applied for under:
      • Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489)
      • Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491)
      • Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (provisional) visa (subclass 494).
      • Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) visa (subclass 187)
    • Skilled government sponsored visas include:
      • Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) – Points-tested stream
      • Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190)
      • Training visa (subclass 407)
      • Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa (subclass 482)
      • Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485)
  4. Once you’ve decided on your visa type and passed all relevant exams/ tests, you can then follow the process to apply. Many of these visas are points tested, and will be affected by English levels, age, and if you have children or a partner.

Where does ikigai fit with tertiary education options?

When you look at course options, it can be overwhelming. But just because you do a BCom, doesn’t mean you’ll be an accountant, and a BSc doesn’t make you a scientist. There are many pathways within those courses.

First year of university is also intentionally very broad. For instance, if you take psychology introductory papers, you’ll get a broad overview of the entire field; organisational, family, marketing, abnormal/ clinical and a touch of pharmacology too. This means the following year, you can refine what you study and pursue what you enjoy—and you can figure it out as you go.

You can change your degree; while you may start out with a BA in mind, often the first year topics you choose will let you switch to a BCom or BSc later. Nothing is set in stone.

Look at a prospectus and see what courses look interesting. Especially in first year, you can choose a wide variety of subjects.

If you’re passionate about something, you’ll become good at it

The third part of ikigai is profession; what are you good at? This is what tertiary education is for. Once you know what you enjoy and what the world needs, then finding the best educators to teach you about it is the next step.

This also fits with the other part of ikigai; that you should be constantly improving. That once you learn something, there is still more to learn; areas to specialise in, new technology to adapt to, and constant refining.

But these are all decisions you can make in the future. For now, it’s best to live in the moment. Talk to career counsellors at school or your local IDP counsellor to explore what you like doing, and what you’re good at.

IDP has links with over 400 tertiary institutions in Australia. We have helped international students like you find and follow your passions and achieving their dreams.

Contact us to find out where we can make your passions meet a career that will carry you into the future.

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