Pivots and pathways: should you study through VET?

Vocational Education and Training isn’t just for school leavers. It’s perfect for people looking to upskill or change careers too. 

If you start a Vocational Education and Training (VET) course today, the kind of people you meet might surprise you.

It’s common to imagine students as young people leaving high school, but in VET the opposite is often true.

VET students can be Police Officers or accountants taking courses to switch careers. They can be mothers and fathers returning to the workforce after raising a family. They can be employees aiming for a promotion or preparing for a new role.

Anyone, at any age or career stage, can use VET to reach their goals.


VET later in life

There are many reasons why VET is a popular choice for those who have already been in the workforce:

  • You can learn the skills you need to take your career to the next level while still working and earning an income.
  • You can use VET to quickly upskill in a specific area without having to do a lengthy course or degree.
  • You can undertake subsidised training in resilient industries with job growth and security.
  • You will finish a VET course with the skills needed to work in your chosen industry straight away.


The Skills Checkpoint Program provides advice and guidance to eligible Australians over the age of 40 to help them progress or change their career. 

Eligible participants may also be able to access The Skills and Training Incentive to build skills and plan the next stage of their job or career.


Who suits the VET pathway?

Life isn’t a straight line from school to job to retirement. It’s full of twists and turns, pivots and pathways.

VET is one pathway that can help you take the steps towards the career and lifestyle you want. It’s a great option if you’re in any of the following categories.

1. Carers returning to the workforce after taking time off

Returning to work can be daunting if you have taken a few years out for family or other commitments. But it’s also an opportunity to explore new career options and consider where your skills and interests fit best.

A VET course can be the launchpad that breaks you into a new industry. It can also help you master the skills and technologies that might have changed since your time off.

There is support available to eligible carers looking to re-join the workforce, such as the Your Options Now tool on the Your Career website.


 2. Workers who want to progress their career

If you want to move into a more advanced role in your current industry, VET can give you the skills to get there.

With flexible study options, you can learn new skills while continuing to earn an income.

VET courses aren’t just for those looking for a career change. There are many courses aimed at building skills applicable to a range of industries. If you’re looking to take the next step or get that promotion – VET may be your ticket there.

For example, digital skills are more important than ever in modern businesses. Updating your knowledge through a Certificate III in Business can put you at the cutting edge.

Or, if you’re ready to take the next step and start managing your own staff, how about a Certificate IV in Leadership and Management?


3. Mid-career changers who want to re-skill in another area

Almost everyone will have more than one kind of job over their lifetime. Sometimes making the switch into a new industry comes with a steep learning curve.

If you’re looking to going into a new area, a VET course can help you find out if it’s the right fit, while you gain the practical skills to start working as soon as you finish.

Many VET courses prepare you for work in resilient industries. For those looking to change careers into something with stability, VET is a fantastic option. Some of the resilient industries VET can prepare you for include:


For a real-life example, check out the story of one woman’s career change from hospitality to motorcycle mechanic


Remember: It’s never too late

In a time where we are working for longer and in more jobs, VET is an opportunity to progress further along your career path or find a new one that suits you better.


Ready to get started? Find a VET Course that suits you now on the MySkills website.