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It’s happened. The VCE exams have come and gone, everyone has gotten their scores and universities have made their offers. For those who didn’t get the score or the offers they wanted, this can often be a time of stress and anxiety, but it doesn’t have to be. People are beginning to recognise that not only do we put too much focus on the exams as a whole, university might not be the best choice for every person and every job. In this blog, Skills Certified takes a hard look at what the options are available to people that don’t require a bachelor’s degree. Read on to learn more.

Not the right fit for some industries

While there is definitely an overall push across the Australian workforce for university-qualified workers, many bosses and recruiters would still prefer someone with a proven track record for doing the work, not just thinking about it. Roles as diverse as journalism, the trades, arts management, hospitality, ICT and education are always looking for passionate and knowledgeable applicants who may not necessarily have a bachelor’s degree. These industries put a greater focus on experience and hard-earned knowledge, recognising that while theoretical learning has its place, what really separates a good worker from a great one is a thorough practical understanding.

The same quality of education elsewhere

For those who are looking to enter somewhere more technical, there are a galaxy of options that don’t involve taking a position at a university. In many cases, certificate equivalents to degrees exist as well as vocational training programs that give you the same in-depth understanding as a bachelor’s.

Faster and more affordable alternatives

When you do find yourself reaching the limit of what you can achieve with your non-university qualification, don’t despair. There are many ways that you can broaden your horizons without costing yourself an arm and a leg, key amongst them a recognition of prior learning program. This allows you to branch out very organically from your current role, leveraging your existing skills and knowledge to help you get a different certification in a different field.

If you’d like to learn more about the recognition of prior learning process, speak to the team at Skills Certified today.

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