What are some of your alternatives upon leaving school?

Many students will want to pursue university study. Research shows that those who have a university degree are (on average) less likely to be unemployed and are likely to earn more during their lifetimes than those who do not.

Others will want to complete a vocational course (VET) like hospitality, childcare or graphic design.

Another significant group will enter a trade by completing an apprenticeship or traineeship in areas such as plumbing, carpentry, mechanics, refrigeration or office administration.

Those entering employment with no study plans need to understand that their career options and earning capacity are likely to be limited in the long term. Qualifications are VITAL.


Thinking of University? There are nine in Victoria.

  • Australian Catholic University (ACU) has campuses in Fitzroy and Ballarat. It is a small but growing university, publicly funded, open to those of any or no faith.
  • Deakin University’s main campus is in Burwood, but it also has campuses in Geelong and Warrnambool. It is a large university offering a very broad range of degrees.
  • Federation University has campuses in Ballarat and in Gippsland. It is a fairly small university serving two rural communities.
  • La Trobe University’s main campus in in Bundoora, but it also has campuses in Albury-Wodonga, Bendigo, Mildura and Shepparton. It is a large university.
  • Monash University is very large; its main campus is in Clayton, but it also has campuses in Berwick, Caulfield, and Frankston (Peninsula Campus) (also in Malaysia and Prato in Italy).
  • RMIT is a large dual-sector institution (a VET provider as well) in the City, with other campuses in Brunswick and Bundoora.
  • Swinburne is also a dual-sector provider with a university campus in Hawthorn, and VET campuses in the City, Croydon, Hawthorn and Wantirna.
  • The University of Melbourne is the oldest University, its main campus being in Parkville. It also has specialised campuses in Burnley, Creswick, Dookie, Shepparton, Southbank and Werribee.
  • Victoria University’s main campus in in Footscray, but it also has campuses in the City, Melton, St Albans, Sunshine and Werribee. VU is a university and a VET provider.There are many providers of vocational education (VET) such as Bendigo TAFE, Box Hill Institute, Gordon, Holmesglen, Kangan, Melbourne Polytechnic, RMIT, Swinburne and VU.
  • With so many institutions available it is important that you do some research during senior years at school. This includes attending Open Days, Career Expos, school holiday programs and so on.
  • NOTE: Charles Sturt University is sometimes listed with Victorian Universities. It is in fact a NSW Institution with a campus on the Victoria/NSW border at Albury-Wodonga.