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Adam Bunce - TAFE SA and University of South Australia Business School
Advanced Diploma of Marketing and Bachelor of Business (Marketing)
I chose to pursue TAFE study as I was still deciding on a career path -I felt it would give me the chance
to explore my chosen career in more detail. I also saw it as an opportunity to decide whether this was an
industry I was passionate about and prepared to pursue further through a university education. I found
TAFE to be a more mature approach to learning and development than high school education, as it helped
me recognise my strengths and highlight areas I needed to improve. It gave me a realistic impression of
my career choices and the challenges in obtaining future employment.
TAFE is a great bridge between school and university as it develops the analytical, comprehension and
learning skills required to transition into university comfortably. After studying at TAFE I felt that university
wasn't as daunting - I had a stronger career focus and felt confident in my ability to succeed.
The TAFE-to-university pathway was a natural progression of my own career and professional development, so reaching
employment felt like less of a challenge having gained experience through TAFE and honed my skills at university. A pathway to
university is a great opportunity to further develop your skills and build on the knowledge gained through TAFE education.
Abbey Cox - Holmesglen Institute and Swinburne University of Technology
Certificate III in Children's Services, Diploma of Children's Services and Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)
I chose TAFE because my ATAR was too low to get into the degree straight away. I began to search
around and found the children's services course, which was a starting point to studying education. For me,
TAFE was a lifesaver as I was originally unsure of where to go. Once I was studying, it gave me great
insight into education and provided a casual learning environment where help was always available. There
were also plenty of placements, which meant I gained hands-on experience in the industry. Another great
benefit is that the placements provided me with my first full-time job - even before finishing my degree,
I'm getting valuable, first-hand experience.
I felt well prepared for uni once I completed my TAFE studies. I was prepared for the workload, as well as
assignment completion and things like correct academic referencing. For anyone considering a pathway to
uni, I can tell you it has many positives. Although it may take you a few months longer, it enables you to develop the necessary skills
for being at uni without having to jump straight into it.
Farshid Shilanitousi - Victoria University
Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology and Bachelor of Engineering (Civil Engineering) (Honours)
I immigrated from Iran in 2012 and enrolled into an Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology at
Victoria University. Reflecting back on my diploma studies, I realise that this was a good pathway for
entering university. It allowed me to become accustomed to Australia and different teaching methods.
Teaching in maths and physics started at a basic level, which gave me the opportunity to revise the
fundamentals prior to advancing in difficulty later on during the diploma. This catered for all levels of
knowledge and ensured a smooth transition to university.
After completing my diploma, I enrolled into the third year of the civil engineering degree using Recognition
of Prior Learning (RPL). I found that study at university prepares you for the real world by promoting
problem-solving skills and independent thinking. Overall, I would strongly recommend anyone to start with
a diploma and then move to a degree. Studying at diploma level helps you ensure that you have all the fundamental knowledge-
when you start your degree, you feel better prepared than existing university students. I am in my final year now and I feel confident
and excited to start working as a civil engineer.
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