Get a taste of VET careers and training
There are a number of ways you can explore VET careers and training to help you decide which VET course you would like to do. Speak to the relevant teachers or coordinators at your school to help you plan which opportunities are best for you.
Find work experience in an industry that interests you, during Years 9 and/or 10. You can learn about different jobs within the industry and how they relate to each other. Ask questions about what it is like to work in the industry and find out which qualifications are the most valuable.
If you are interested in an industry that needs volunteers, like charities, aged care and community services, you can volunteer to get experience and an inside look at the industry.
VET taster programs are the best way to get hands-on experience across a range of different VET careers. You will also learn about the different training options. TAFE often run taster programs in partnership with schools.
Keep an eye out for events where you can learn about different VET courses and where they lead. There are many events to choose from, including careers expos, open days, industry showcases, information sessions and competitions.
TAFEs and private training providers have tours where you can explore their facilities and see training in action. Your school might arrange this or you may attend an open day, usually in Term 3 each year.
Arrange to visit a workplace that you are interested in. Have a look behind the scenes and take the opportunity to ask questions.
Many schools host information evenings where you can hear from past VET students, employers, and training providers.