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Guidance and career counselling

Guidance officers

Guidance officers are key players in helping all students and their families get the most out of their school years. They help with career planning, but can also provide advice about support programs and access to helpful resources.

Guidance officers:

  • provide guidance and counselling services to students and their families to help guide students' personal and social development
  • identify individual's barriers to learning and help plan support programs
  • provide advice about education and career pathways, and can help define and coordinate a career pathway.

Contact your school to make an appointment with the guidance officer.

Career information

Find out about different careers:

  • myfuture—a joint initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments. It includes an extensive resource centre and career planner. You can build a profile of yourself, leading to suggested career paths.
  • My Career Match—allows you to build a profile of yourself and create a career path report.
  • School subjects you like and jobs they can lead to (Australian Government)
  • Job Guide—an Australian Government tool that lists the tasks performed in professions and gives other career help.
  • Contact industry associations—Talk to people in the jobs and industries that you are interested in.

Read more about choosing a career.

Work experience

Work experience:

  • helps you to decide if you like a particular career
  • proves to future employers that you are interested in their company or industry.

Most high schools organise work experience programs for students.

These programs provide a formal, controlled arrangement for students to gain some workplace experience.

Contact your school to find more information about work experience programs.

The industry areas listed below also provide structured work experience programs for students:

Find a course

Many jobs will require some further study. Find out about the options and how to find the course that's right for you.

You may need to apply for some courses through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC).

Fee-free training for Year 12 graduates

Year 12 graduates can now undertake fee-free training in high priority areas.

With approximately 150 qualifications available, Year 12 graduates can enrol in a number of certificate III level qualifications as well as consider a wide range of apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities.

Certificate 3 Guarantee

Subsidies are available to assist eligible Queenslanders who do not have a post-school qualification higher than a certificate II to obtain a certificate level III qualification. Find out if you are eligible and the training opportunities available.

Last updated
24 July 2015
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