Prepare yourself for choosing school subjects by finding out about the information that you need to make informed decisions:
Senior Secondary School
Whether you live in the city, the country or a more remote place in Australia the school subjects you choose in year 11 and year 12 are a part of the ongoing career choices you will make.
The Senior Secondary Certificate of Education(SSCE) that can be attained in each of the states and territories in Australia prepares you to enter university, TAFE institutions and other formal training programs, the workplace and other life roles. The SSCE is titled differently in each of the states and territories.
Opportunities with Australian Apprenticeships is something you could be interested in investigating while you are still at school.
How to Choose Subjects That Suit You
When you move into the final two years of formal schooling it is important to choose subjects that:
Who to Talk to
The course counsellor at your school will be able to give you career advice and advice about the subjects that you select in years 11 and 12. When you choose your subjects you will need to make sure that your choices match the ongoing career choices that you want to make. The course counsellor will be able to help you with information related to:
There are other people apart from the course counsellor who you can use as resources to assist you to make informed decisions. They could include:
Look Back at Your Achievements
It will be important for you to think about your achievements and the choices you would like to make.
Look back at your achievements and analyse:
Build a Picture of Yourself
Build a picture of yourself to help in your decision-making process by:
My Guide will help you identify career fields by guiding you through activities to assist you explore your career direction.
When you visit My Guide it will be important to work through the Identifying, Exploring and Deciding sections in that order so that you can:
If you already have a clear idea about the career direction you want to take then visiting The Facts section will provide you with information to explore the subjects associated with the occupations and career fields of interest to you.
You can locate occupations by searching for a specific occupation or by browsing through the list. Then click on: Courses
When you have completed your exploration look again at the subject choices you have made.
Connections between School Subjects and Career Choices
Look at the connections between choices in school subjects and career choices:
Don't forget that as you mature and find out more information it is likely that you will change your understanding about the choices you want to make. Your subject choices should be able to deliver you the broadest range of choices for further education and training and for meeting employer expectations.
You might also want to browse through the "Do you enjoy or are you good at..." bullseye posters from the Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST).
Achieving Your Goal
Once you have made your decision look at actions that will support you to succeed in the subjects you have decided to study:
Remember to talk to as many people as possible so that the decision you make about the subjects that you choose is one that you feel most comfortable about.
1. The SSCE title in each of the states and territories is:
2. In some states and territories Australian Apprenticeships are known only as apprenticeships and traineeships.
3. The title course counsellor might be different depending on the state or territory that you live in; for example, careers counsellor, guidance officer and guidance counsellor.