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Opting Out of University: Exploring Awesome Alternatives with High Potential

In a world that often emphasises the traditional route of pursuing higher education, it’s essential to recognise that university is not the only path to success.

While obtaining a degree can open doors to various opportunities, it’s equally important to acknowledge the validity of choosing alternative routes.

The National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA) knows more young people want to discover what work can mean to them.

That is why they partner with the Australian Government School Leaver Program. The program is for high school students just like you who feel ready to step into the world of work and uncover everything it has to offer. No degree required!

Why It’s Totally Okay NOT to Choose Uni

First and foremost, every individual is unique, with distinct passions, talents, and aspirations.

Not everyone thrives in a structured academic environment, and that’s absolutely fine!

Pursuing alternative paths allows you to harness your creativity and skills in a way that aligns with your strengths. Whether diving into entrepreneurship, vocational training, or gaining hands-on experience through apprenticeships, there are numerous ways to chart a successful career without a degree.

Financial considerations also play a significant role in the decision-making process. University education often comes with a hefty price tag, and the burden of student loans can be overwhelming. It’s no surprise more young people are keen to explore other options!

Choosing alternative paths, such as entering the workforce earlier or pursuing specialised training, enables individuals to avoid the financial strain of higher education. All while building a fulfilling career, and following your passion

Get a Head Start With the NIAA

The Australian Government School Leaver Program is a 12-month career development program. It’s a full-time job with a competitive salary, paid holidays and superannuation.

You’ll build your skills on the job at one of the many Australian Government departments and agencies participating in the program. And if you find you love the meaningful work, you can continue your career in the Australian Public Service (APS).

Here’s an overview of what the program offers:

  • A Certificate IV in Government or Human Resources.
  • Be part of a supportive team with a dedicated supervisor and ‘buddies’ from previous years’ participants.
  • Regular networking events with other school leavers.
  • If successful, a permanent, full-time job at the APS1 level in one of the government departments and agencies listed here – including the NIAA!
  • Opportunity to advance to the APS2 level.

If you like the sound of the program, here’s what you’ll need to apply:

  • Completed a Year 12 certificate (or equivalent) in current or previous year.
  • Be an Australian citizen (or be granted Australian citizenship before November of the current year).
  • Aligibility to apply for police checks and Security Clearances (when you apply).

Grow Your Own Way With NIAA

The evolving job market also demands diverse skills beyond what a traditional university curriculum may offer.

Many industries value practical experience and specialised skills that can be acquired through workshops, online courses, or on-the-job training. By actively seeking out alternative learning opportunities, you can tailor your skill set to the specific demands of your chosen field.

By embracing diverse paths, we empower individuals to carve out their unique trajectories, fostering a society that values individuality and celebrates success in all its forms.

Joining the Australian Government School Leaver Program with the NIAA is the perfect way to explore your future success!

Head to their exclusive Explore Careers profile to learn more.

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