Pathways to Careers

Pathways to Careers: Beyond School

Career planning steps post school.

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 Further Education




When accessing Further and Tertiary Education you may be eligible for the following support services:

  • Special Entry Access Scheme
    Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) is for applicants who have experienced educational disadvantage. Find out more  Opens in new window
  • National Disability Coordination Officer Program
    The Australian Government’s National Disability Coordination Officer Program assist people with disability to access and participate in tertiary education and employment. They work to reduce barriers, facilitate smooth transitions, build links and coordinate services between the education, training and employment sectors. Find out more  Opens in new window




Further Education with TAFE and training leads to a qualification and the opportunity to learn practical skills for work. TAFE courses and training cater for a broad range of industries, and vary in qualification level and length of time needed to complete a course.

“TAFE courses offer a range of qualifications that are categorised at varying levels, from Certificate I up to Graduate Certificates and Graduate Diplomas.” Find out more about qualification levels, how to choose a TAFE or training course, how to apply and how to get funding at Youth Central  Opens in new window

TAFE disability services:

TAFEs provide support services to students with disability. Find your your local support   Opens in new window

You may be eligible to access a Disability Liaison Contacts at TAFE. Disability Liaison Officers are employed at each TAFE in Victoria and offer a range of support to students. Enquire at the training provider you are considering.

Find out more about Disability Liaison Officers  Opens in new window

Apprenticeships/ Traineeships


Apprenticeships and Traineeships combine practical on-the-job work with structured training leading to a qualification needed for an occupation or trade.


  • Earn as you learn
  • Apprenticeship or traineeship is undertaken as a contract with an employer
  • Training is continued along side the on-the-job work at training organisation
  • Can take 1 to 4 years

What will students gain?

  • Leads to qualification in Certificate II, III or IV
  • Skills and qualifications required to work in a specific occupation or trade

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Find Apprenticeship Centres
Australian Apprenticeships Centres provide assistance for people planning to take up an Australian Apprenticeship as a career path.
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Find Group Training Organisations
Find your ideal apprenticeship or traineeship with a Group Training Organisation
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What about a Pre-Apprenticeship?
A Pre-Apprenticeship is an 8-16 week course that offers basic skills and experience to contribute toward a full Apprenticeship. It’s a good way to find out if this is the right industry for you. A Pre-apprenticeship gives students a head start on the apprenticeship duration, and increases opportunity to find an apprenticeship with an employer.

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Further Education at University leads to a degree qualification and academic training required to work in a specific industry.

“Studying at uni means a lot of academic work as well as practical application of what you learn. In certain professions employers will only hire you if you have the relevant university qualification. Careers in nursing and teaching are examples of this”. Find out more about university courses, how to choose a course and how to apply at Youth Central.  Visit website  Opens in new window

You may be eligible to access Disability Liaison Contacts at the university. Disability Liaison Officers are employed at each University in Victoria and offer a range of support to students. Enquire at the university you are considering. Find out more about Disability Liaison Officers- visit website  Opens in new window




After completing or leaving school, or completing a qualification, the next step is to start job searching.
Motivation for getting into a job might be to follow a dream towards a career, earn money or even to have an active contribution to the community.

A job might be full time, part time or casual, and you might even have more than one job!

Some young people might already know what kind of career they want to pursue. Others may need further support in their decision making process. Focus on the young persons interests and abilities. What do they most enjoy, and how can that be related to work, activities and community participation? Read more about making decisions.

To find further information including finding and applying for jobs, getting support and legal information, visit our Job Searching section.


      • Transition to Employment
        Transition to Employment is funding support specifically for young people who want to get employment but who need support to develop the skills to get or keep a job, or receive help from an Australian Government employment program. Find out more  Opens in new window
      • Centrelink
        If you aren’t receiving other funding, and you’re still looking for a job, have a look at options available with Centrelink. Find out more  Opens in new window
      • Disability Employment Services
        Disability Employment Services are available to offer services including help for people in preparing for work, finding a job and offering ongoing support when placed into a job.Disability Employment Services providers offer a range of services to support your individual needs, including:

        • help to prepare for work, including training in specific job skills
        • job-search support, such as résumé development, training in interview skills, and help in looking for suitable jobs
        • support when initially placed into a job, including on-the-job training and co-worker and employer support
        • ongoing support in a job if required
        • the purchase of vocational training and other employment-related assistance
        • access to help with workplace modifications; support services; and Auslan interpreting in the workplace

Find out more about DES Services  Opens in new window

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Information courtesy of:Australian Department of Human Services, 2014, Disability Employment Services, 26/11/14,  Opens in new window


Community Engagement and Volunteering


Being involved in the community can be a great way to give back, feel accomplished, keep active, build on social and support networks and to have fun! More >>

There are a number of reasons to become involved in the community and to volunteer including the opportunity to:

  • Contribute a positive impact on your community
  • Build social and support networks
  • Be an active and independent from family life
  • Put existing skills to good use and learn new ones
  • Gain experience and contacts that can lead to paid employment

People might work in the community on a regular basis, or they might volunteer on the side of other jobs and activities.

Ideas of how you can get involved in the community:

  • Join a youth committee at your council
  • Join a club or group. It might be an organised club such as a surf life saving or scouting. There are also clubs and groups that focus on collective areas of interest. For example you might be able to find clubs that are interested in reading, dancing, hiking or technology and robotics!
    Find clubs, associations and groups in your local area  Opens in new window
    You can search for local groups on  Opens in new window
  • Get involved in youth media. For example Syn radio accepts young volunteers to get involved:  Opens in new window
  • Access your local Neighbourhood House. Neighbourhood Houses bring people together to connect, learn and contribute in their local community through social, educational, recreational and support activities. Find your local Neighbourhood House  Opens in new window
  • Get a volunteer job (see more below)

Working as a volunteer

Find out about different volunteering in Victoria at Youth Central  Opens in new window

Places to find volunteer work:

Know your legal rights when it comes to volunteering. Find out more. Opens in new window





Be social/ get involved in your community

Getting involved in your community can be a great way to give back, feel accomplished, keep active,  build on social and support networks and to have fun!

Keep Learning

You can never know everything, and more education leads to better health and well-being. Here some resources that support personal learning beyond school.

  • Learn Local
    Learn Local organisations across Victoria offer a range of education and training programs, delivering both pre-accredited and accredited training in a variety of learning topics. Visit website  Opens in new window
  • Neighbourhood Houses
    Neighbourhood Houses bring people together to connect, learn and contribute in their local community through social, educational, recreational and support activities
  • Local City Council
    Search your local council website to find local opportunities
  • WeTeachMe
    Community marketplace where you can search for local in-person courses.  Opens in new window


Sport and Leisure

Keeping fit is not only great for your health, it also makes you feel happier!

Here some resources to access sport and leisure opportunities:

  • Access for All Abilities
    Access for All Abilities Play connects people in Melbourne with a disability to sports and active recreation opportunities. Visit website  Opens in new window
  • Find your local leisure centre for fitness programs and services
  • YMCA
    YMCA deliver programs and services including camps, student accommodation, community recreation and sporting facilities, swimming pools, childcare and early education, schools and kindergartens, youth services and youth justice facilities. Visit website  Opens in new window
  • Special Olympics
    Special Olympics Australia provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with an intellectual disability. Find a local program: Visit website  Opens in new window
  • Blind Sports Victoria
    Blind Sports Victoria is recognised by Sport and Recreation Victoria as the State Sporting Association responsible for the development and promotion of sporting and recreational opportunities for blind and vision impaired people throughout Victoria. Visit website  Opens in new window
  • Riding Develops Abilities
    RDA Victoria is a not for profit organization that enables individuals with a variety of disabilities, ages and backgrounds to develop independence, a sense of freedom and to reach their equestrian goals, through adaptive coaching techniques and equipment. Visit website  Opens in new window
  • Austswim
    Australia’s National Organisation for the teaching of swimming and water safety. There are currently over 32,000 AUSTSWIM Teachers in Australia and internationally with over 10,000 licensed in teaching specific programs such as infants, people with a disability and adults. Visit website  Opens in new window


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  • headspace
    headspace is the national youth mental health foundation who support people having a tough time. Find your local headspace centre- visit website  Opens in new window
  • Lifeline
    Lifeline provides all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services. Visit website  Opens in new window
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