What to do after graduating

VET apprentice in warehouse holding copper pipes

Career goals

Write down your long-term goals. What skills do you need to reach them? What can you do if you lack a skill or the confidence to achieve something? How can you better utlilise your strengths, experience and passion?

There's plenty you can do right now to make your CV even more attractive to future employers.

Find a job

Employers hold qualified workers in high regard. They know you have the right technical skills because you've completed a program designed by industry experts.

Use your qualification, as evidence of your skills when applying for jobs.

Job search links

Start your own business

Many former VET students start their own business after having worked for someone else as they've learnt something of what it takes to run a business.

Consider finding a mentor who can show you the ropes and guide you on best practices.

Before you start a business, it's important to be aware of your legal, regulatory and financial obligations. You can get specialist advice on day-to-day operations, including record keeping, sales, marketing and management staff.

There are multiple websites that offer helpful advice:

Further study

Your qualification can be a stepping-stone to further study. It may offer you credit towards a higher-level certificate, diploma or university degree.

Smart and Skilled funding is available for eligible students who wish to continue their education.

Volunteer or join a community group

Consider gaining experience and industry connections while helping your [community].

Not only does it feel good to give back, volunteering can help you find a job by putting you in contact with respected business leaders in your community.

Volunteering boosts your CV and you may meet people who can be your referee or even become your employer.

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