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How Parents can provide Career Guidance

Author: Penny Cummins
Author Role: Learning Pathways and Careers Counsellor

Making an informed choice about post-school options

For every Year 12 student who has a clear idea of their post-school pathway, there are many more who remain unsure at this early part of the year.

As a parent of a student particularly in Years 10 to 12, your role can be invaluable as a sounding board in helping them explore different interests and careers and weighing up options. Of course, there is no secret to finding the ideal post-school pathway; it requires research and keeping an open mind.

Below are some tips and links to support your student whether in Year 10, 11 or 12 in their investigation. Please also see the Parent Tab on for more tips.

  1. Make a diary note of when University and other institutions are hosting Open Days. These can all be found here at QTAC. Key Open Days will also be published throughout the year by CHAC’s Careers Office on
  2. Some universities offer Parent Information Seminars or invite parents to sign up to receive regular updates. QUT will host its Parent Information Seminar on the evening of Wednesday 8 May while Griffith will host parents on Tuesday 11 June. The University of Queensland does not offer such an event, but invites parents to sign up for updates on applying to the university.  
  3. Investigate courses, entry requirements and career prospects using QTAC's Course Search. Ensure you follow links to the relevant university site so you can read about the units included in a qualification. Sometimes what is actually studied from one semester to another isn’t what a student expected. All universities have very helpful admissions staff so don’t hesitate to call them if you want specific information or help in comparing courses.
  4. View the parents’ sites that many institutions host online like QUT, the University of Queensland and Griffith University.
  5. Keep an open mind and remember that university isn’t for everyone. For example, in the last newsletter, I discussed the opportunities presented by apprenticeships. Meanwhile, TAFE and some private colleges may offer a more appropriate course for your child which could aid them in accessing the workforce sooner.
  6. Remember that taking a ‘gap year’ is not a difficult process in terms of university applications. Your child can accept a place through QTAC and then defer in order to experience the workforce or a ‘gap year’ program, such as that offered by the Defence Forces

Year 10s Taste the Trades

All Year 10 parents are reminded that applications open on Monday for the TAFE SkillsTech Trade Taster Program. The Trade Taster Program enables Year 10s to try out at least three different trade areas, as well as having the opportunity to complete their Construction Industry White Card.

Trade Taster is only available to Year 10s so students who might want to investigate automotive, electrical, engineering or similar pathways are encouraged to investigate the program this weekend.

For more information, please see last Friday’s email sent to Year 10 students or contact me as soon as possible on 3896 0422. Places fill up fast so it is important to apply early next week.


Students from Years 11 to 12 are being invited by the University of Queensland to attend a five day residential program on careers in agriculture, animal, plant and food industries. The camp will be held at the UQ Gatton campus from Sunday 30 June until Thursday 4 July.

Applications close on Monday 1 April so please click here to learn more.