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ATAR results – now what?

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Many secondary students across Australia have recently received their ATAR scores, comparing and ranking their study results against their peers.  

The ATAR is a complex system. A week before students receive their mark, a team consisting of professors, statisticians and IT workers work to run algorithms that scale the results of thousands of students. The scale works to compare study scores, reviewing the strength of the competition between students.  

Receiving your ATAR can be an exciting and stressful time. But what's most important for school leavers to remember is that ATAR results don't define your future potential. Nowadays, there are plenty of ways to develop a successful career without having received top marks at school.  

We’re taking a look at three pathways into education and employment that secondary school leavers may not know about.

Apply to university at off-peak times

If you’ve got your sights set on university but didn’t receive a high enough ATAR, there are alternative pathways into higher education. 

Secondary school graduates should be made aware that many universities now have links to TAFEs that feed students directly into second-year university programs.  

Additionally, most universities offer mid-year applications, allowing applicants to work for six months gathering further life experience and applying during a less competitive time.

Internships &  pre-employment training

Interning is a great way to bolster not only your skill set but also your employability. Utilising an internship through the Youth Jobs PaTH program, for instance, allows eligible young people aged 15-24 to trial an internship for between 4 and 12 weeks to see how they fit into the team, and to see if they are suitable for ongoing employment.

Participants who are eligible for the program can also receive Employability Skills Training (EST) which helps young people become job ready by providing intensive pre-employment training.  

AETS (Australian Employment and Training Solutions) are a generalist provider of Employability Skills Training for Youth Jobs PaTH. and provide innovative and purposeful pre-employment training for eligible participants.

Vocational training and education

Vocational education and training can lead to careers that are just as viable as those that stem from university study.

A recent study by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research found a whopping 91 per cent of apprentices in 2018 found work.  

Not only that, but most graduate apprentices found that their chosen careers pay similar salaries to what is expected of university graduates.

More information

To find out more about how PeoplePlus and AETS can help with all of your post-secondary school employment and training needs, contact us today:

PeoplePlus Australia
Phone: 1800 773 338 | Email: contactus@peopleplusaustralia.com.au

AETS (Australian Employment and Training Solutions)
Phone: 1800 872 297 | Email: info@aets.edu.au

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