Real skills. Real experience. Real outcomes. - Career Guide 2022-23

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Real skills. Real experience. Real outcomes. - Career Guide 2022-23
Career Guide

Real skills. Real experience. Real outcomes. TAFE 3044
Real skills. Real experience. Real outcomes. - Career Guide 2022-23
In this guide
 1       Find your future career
 2       Start with what you enjoy
 8       Get a glimpse of the possibilities
 10      What career could you have?
 16      What courses can you study?
 18      Pathways
 20      Where to from here?
 21      Find out more

 A note to readers:
 The questions and subsequent career
 groups in this guide are based on
 various career interest tests and the
 Career Voyage program. It takes into
 consideration the range of courses
 offered at The Gordon, their pathways
 and possible career outcomes.

 The Gordon 2022-2023 Career Guide
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Find your future career
Thinking about your future career can be both exciting and daunting. There are a lot of
choices out there, so how do you choose? Take the quiz in this guide and follow the three
steps below to point your career path in the right direction.

                       Take the quiz
      1                Grab a pen or highlighter and go through the next few pages highlighting
                       the things you either currently enjoy, or think you would enjoy.

                       Measure your interest
     2                 Count and total your interests on pages 8-9. This will give you an
                       idea of what your preferred career focus might involve.

                       See the possibilities
     3                 See the many career options you could have. Find out what others have
                       studied to follow their own dream careers. Then check out the courses you
                       could study at The Gordon to get you where you want to go in your career.

According to research,                     How do you learn best?                    What’s your dream?
if you choose to do                        Do you learn things best by reading and   Start by thinking about who you are
further study:                             listening, or by doing and practicing?    and what you like doing. Everyone
                                           This may help determine if TAFE or        is different, so it’s important for
• Your job prospects will be better.       university is best for you.               you to do something that you
  our income will probably be higher.     The career you’d like to have will        will not only be good at, but will
  ou will be better prepared              sometimes determine the type of           also enjoy for the long term.
 for career changes.                       learning you will undertake.

  ou will have a great time learning      Page 19 outlines the main differences
 your new skills if you choose the         between TAFE and university
 study option that is right for you.       study, and how you can create
Whatever you decide, it’s really           a pathway between them.
important that your choice is about you!

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Real skills. Real experience. Real outcomes. - Career Guide 2022-23
Start with what you enjoy
 Grab a pen or highlighter and go through the next few pages highlighting the things you
 currently enjoy, or think you would enjoy. Then count and total these on pages 8-9.
 This will start to give you an idea of the job roles you might seek out in your future career path.


  Do you like…
          Using databases and computers to collect                             Group discussions and decisions?
            and summarise numerical information?
                                                                                 Analysing statistics?
          nderstanding how local and
           international businesses work?                                        Doing research?

          olving problems using numbers,
           S                                                                     Solving maths puzzles?
           tables or formulae?                                                    Planning and organising?
          Compiling information on graphs?                                     Supervising others?
          Writing and compiling documents or reports?                           Interacting with customers?
          Working on projects in a team?                                        Helping on committees?
          Ensuring things are done on time?                                     Keeping records and budgets?
          Using administration systems?                                        Promoting and selling products?
          Undertaking negotiations or deals?

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Do you like…
        Designing plans for construction projects such
          as houses, renovations or furniture?

        Watching design shows about houses or large structures?

       Designing and constructing new products, patterns or clothing?

         rawing and illustrating by hand or
         with digital design programs?

       Designing and redecorating interior spaces?

        Reading fashion, home or design magazines?

       Creating floral arrangements and visual displays?

        Discovering new products, brands and designers?

       Designing flyers, posters or publications?

        Designing games, websites or animations?

       Being creative?



        Visiting exhibitions?

       Following fashion trends?

        Art, painting, sculpture, printmaking?

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 Do you like…
         Visiting pet shops, animal shelters and veterinary clinics?

          uilding fences, retaining walls and other outdoor
          landscaping components?

         Measuring and marking out land for a new project?

         Analysing and working with chemical substances?

         Growing and maintaining plants and gardens?

         Visiting rural, outback and coastal areas?

        Conducting experiments and research?

        Reading or watching science stories?

         Monitoring water and soil quality?

         Visiting science museums?

         Caring for and training your pets?

         Being outdoors?

         Understanding life systems?

         Designing new garden areas?

         Caring for sick or injured animals?

         Identifying plants and animals?

         Hands-on work, and getting dirty?

         Managing pest plants and animals?

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Do you like…
    esigning plans for construction projects
    such as houses, renovations or furniture?

    orking on house renovations such as bricklaying,
    woodworking, painting and plastering?

   Using tools and machinery to make or repair objects?

   Reading and interpreting plans and specifications?

   Restoring or repairing car panels and components?

   Operating and repairing machinery or equipment?

   Designing new products or machinery?

   Organising efficient storage solutions?

   Constructing models from kits?

   Working with computer hardware and software?

   Working with metal and welding equipment?

   Repairing broken items around the house?

   Putting together a radio or speakers?

   Learning about electricity and power?

   Learning about new inventions?

   Putting furniture together?

   Working with your hands?

   Working on car engines?

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 Do you like…
          rying new hair styles/colours and
          make-up applications on yourself or friends?

         Interacting with different types of customers and clients?

         Learning about different cuisines and ingredients?

         Cooking from recipes and creating new dishes?

         Public speaking for small or large groups?

         Supervising and delegating to others?

         Discovering facts about new or old places?

         Doing beauty treatments such as facials and manicures?

         Learning about new countries and cultures?

         Learning about skin nutrition and biology?

         Writing proposals, reports and speeches?

         Promoting and selling products?

         Reading hair and beauty magazines?

         Organising and promoting events?

         Serving food and beverages?

        Keeping a budget?

         Working in a team?

         Meeting new people?


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     Do you like…
         aring for those who are unwell or unable to care
          for themselves?

         Supporting others who are stressed or not coping well?

         Learning about medical techniques and treatments?

         Learning about alternative health treatments?

         Creating and implementing activities for children?

         Meeting new people of all ages and backgrounds?

         Helping people solve their personal problems?

         Understanding and supporting children to learn?

         Applying first aid or medical assistance?

         Helping people who are having disagreements?

         Discussing ways to improve health?

         Giving information and advice to people?

         Understanding how people think and feel?

        Volunteering with charity or community groups?

         Learning about the human body?

         Giving someone a massage?

         Educating and caring for children?

         Working in a team?

         Visiting a hospital?

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Get a glimpse of the possibilities
 Have a look back at the things you might enjoy, and on each page count how many items
 you’ve highlighted. Write these numbers into the corresponding circles below.

       1                                          2                        3

   If you highlighted                         If you highlighted         If you highlighted
   some of these things,                      some of these things,      some of these things,
   your career might                          your career might          your career might
   involve administration,                    involve art or design.     involve science, animals
   finance or marketing.                                                 or the environment.

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In the next section you can check out a range of
                                        careers that correspond with your areas of interest.
                                        These are all careers you could have by studying at
                                           The Gordon, or creating a pathway to university.

  4                             5                                 6

If you highlighted            If you highlighted                If you highlighted
some of these things,         some of these things,             some of these things,
your career might             your career might                 your career might
involve building, technical   involve service skills.           involve health or
skills or engineering.                                          community services.

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What career could you have?

       1              Administration, Finance
                      or Marketing

 Accountant*                                Data entry operator                 Office manager
 Accounts clerk                             Digital marketing coordinator       Project manager*
 Advertising account manager                Executive or personal assistant     Receptionist/administration assistant
 Assistant accountant                       Finance broker*                     Registered tax agent
 Bookkeeper                                 Financial planner*                  Small business owner
 Brand manager                              Fund manager*                       Supervisor/team leader
 Business trainer/assessor                  Import/export manager               Trade coordinator
 Campaign coordinator                       Marketing coordinator
 Communications coordinator                 Medical receptionist or secretary
 Credit analyst*                            Office administrator

                                                                                *Career opportunities following
                                                                                pathway to university

 A career change took me into the business medical field.
 After completing an introductory course I undertook a more
 advanced course. This built on my basic administration
 skills as well as introduced me to management. It was
 great to be able to take the steps towards a management
 position in administration, between on the job experience,
 and training and further study, this is what I am aiming for.
 I’ve found The Gordon to be a great place to take that
 first step into a brighter future if you are looking at
 making a change in life. All of my teachers have been
 so extremely helpful, approachable, knowledgeable
 and understanding. During remote learning, I did not
 feel like I was left to my own devices, they were there
 every step of the way. With The Gordon, you are not
 doing it on your own as long as you are engaging
 and utilising what The Gordon has to offer.”

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2               Art and Design

Advertising or packaging designer         Floristry wholesaler
Animator                                  Game designer
Arts worker                               Graphic designer
Colour consultant                         Illustrator
Commercial designer                       Industrial designer
Desktop publisher                         Interior designer or decorator
Digital video/visual effects producer     Visual artist
Draftsperson (building/                   Visual merchandiser
architecture or civil design)             Website designer

I undertook an Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design at The
Gordon to formalise my self-taught skills and knowledge,
advance my skills in the field and gain new perspectives
from collaborating with trainers and peers.
The course was indeed the perfect way to upskill, stay current,
and build upon my overseas education and experiences as it
allowed me to expand my learning in branding, 3D animation,
typography and layout, photography, video editing, multimedia
production, web design, advertising and project management.
I am currently running my own business, freelancing as a
graphic designer and communications consultant to small
businesses in and around the Greater Geelong and Wyndham
regions. I believe the early success of my business can be
directly related to The Gordon training me in creating products
and services using industry-standard methodologies that
were previously missing in my work as a freelancer. ”

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3                Science, Animals and Environment

 Analyst                                     Horticulturist                     Pet groomer
 Animal behaviourist                         Kennel/cattery attendance          Pet shop assistant
 Animal care products advisor                Laboratory technician              Quality officer
 Animal shelter attendant                    Landcare project officer           Quarantine officer
 Animal welfare assistant                    Landscaper                         Sampler
 Coast care officer                          Marine park ranger                 Technical officer
 Conservation manager                        Natural area restoration officer   Turf manager
 Dog trainer                                 Natural resource manager           Veterinary clinic manager
 Fire management officer                     Nursery worker                     Veterinary nurse
 Greenkeeper                                 Park ranger

 One of the most enjoyable aspects of studying with The
 Gordon is the constant support of knowledgeable and
 patient teachers, along with the access to state-of-the-
 art equipment to provide me with the best opportunity
 to practice learnt skills with a hands-on approach.
 Work placements and industry projects have provided me with a
 variety of on the job experiences. Day to day my job consists of
 gardening maintenance, designing, plant selection and planting.
 Moving forward, I would like to continue my training by studying a
 Diploma of Horticulture, and further into the future, I’m aiming to
 start my own business and train the next generation of apprentices.
 The Gordon offers flexible learning options if I want to do
 further study with them, and they provide pathways to university
 if I want to take that route. Ultimately, The Gordon has set
 me up to help further my career pathways and set me up for
 greatness through a combination of ongoing professional
 development opportunities and constant support.”

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4                   Building, Technical Skills
                        and Engineering

Architect*                              Helpdesk operator                 Road constructor
Automotive glazing technician           Interior designer or decorator    Spray painter
Bricklayer                              Joiner                            Supply chain manager
Building inspector                      Mechanical engineer*              System analyst
Building supervisor                     Motor mechanic (light or heavy)   Tool maker
Cabinet maker                           Motorcycle repair technician      Traffic manager
Carpenter                               Motorsport technician             Transport operations manager
Civil engineer*                         Network engineer                  Vehicle customiser
Colour consultant                       Network security manager          Warehouse manager
Concreter                               Painter and decorator             Warehouse operator
Construction manager*                   Panel beater                      Web designer/developer
Database designer/specialist            PC technician                     Welder
Draftsperson (building/                 Plant operator                    Welding inspector or supervisor
architecture or civil design)           Plasterer                         Workshop manager
E-commerce manager                      Plumber
Electrician                             Programmer
Fabricator                              Property developer*
Fitter and turner                       Quantity surveyor*
Foreman or project manager              Registered builder (domestic/
Forklift or crane operator              commercial)

                                                                          *Career opportunities following
                                                                          pathway to university

Studying at The Gordon has had an enormous positive
impact on my development and ability to achieve my
career goals. My confidence in my own abilities has
grown and my skills have grown from learning from
teachers and mentors with industry experience.
I have been able to develop my skills at my own pace as the
teachers at The Gordon are very accommodating with different
learning styles, so the challenges I had at school were not a
problem at Trade School. And as the training is competency
based, I have been able to progress at my own pace.
I have been very supported as an apprentice, both
at Tenon Joinery and at The Gordon. My gender has
not been a challenge and I would certainly encourage
more women to consider taking on a trade.”

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5              Service Skills

 Beauty or spa therapist                    Make-up artist                   Tour operator/guide
 Body artist                                Manager of tourism operations    Tourism officer
 Cafe owner                                 Nail technician                  Tourism sales or marketing
 Catering assistant/manager                 Pastry cook                      Travel or leisure consultant
 Chef                                       Product developer                Visitor information officer
 Conference or exhibition coordinator       Reservations manager             Wedding planner
 Event coordinator                          Restaurateur
 Executive chef                             Retail make-up sales assistant
 Festival or functions coordinator          Salon or spa supervisor
 Film and television make-up artist         Session stylist
 Food and beverage attendant                Short order cook
 Hairdresser                                Site/venue coordinator
 Kitchen attendant                          Tour desk consultant

 In high school I completed a Certificate II in Hospitality
 (Kitchen Operations) at The Gordon. This proved pivotal to
 my career as upon completion I felt inspired and confident
 in my ability as a cook and driven to explore my options.
 With a passion for food and a love of the café and restaurant
 scene in Geelong, I naturally chose to complete my
 qualification at The Gordon. The blended learning program
 gave me a great opportunity to gain a comprehensive
 experience of the industry, whilst simultaneously
 obtaining a fantastic education from the teachers.
 Working in hospitality has also shaped me as a person. I
 have broadened my network and have been exposed to new
 experiences and people from different walks of life. This has
 influenced my personal growth and confidence and I have
 started my own Instagram page, growing my professional
 profile as a chef, sharing my own culinary creations, and
 demonstrating my capabilities to attract followers.”

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6                 Health and Community Services

Aged care worker                           Family therapist*                 Qualified childcare
Child protection officer*                  Hostel/aged care supervisor       worker – room leader
Childcare assistant                        Kindergarten assistant            Qualified out of school
Community development worker               Kindergarten teacher*             care coordinator
Community leisure officer                  Primary teacher*                  Recreational youth activities worker
Counsellor*                                Nanny                             Registered midwife*
Disability advocate                        Orderly/wards person              Registered nurse*
Disability support worker                  Pathology specimen                Remedial massage therapist
Drug and alcohol counsellor*               collector (phlebotomist)          Residential care officer
Early childhood educator*                  Patient services assistant        Social welfare worker
Enrolled nurse                             Personal or disability carer      Sports massage therapist
Family day carer                           Physiotherapist*                  Youth worker
Family support worker                      Policy developer or researcher*

                                                                             *Career opportunities following
                                                                             pathway to university

With both my daughters at school, I decided it
was time to pave my own path in this world. I have
always had a great interest in health and nutrition.
After completing a Certificate III Bridging into
Nursing at The Gordon, I had the confidence and
tools I needed to apply for the Diploma of Nursing.
I really enjoyed learning in class, but when you
go out on placement it reality kicks in. It’s an
opportunity to bring all my newly learnt skills
together and practice. Placements are the
highlights of my course. It is satisfying to see
firsthand what nurses are doing in the health
industry and I cannot wait to work as an enrolled
nurse and work in the health care industry.”


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What courses
 can you study?
  Accounting                                                                      Community Services and Youth Work

  FNS40217 Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping F                         22469VIC Course in Introduction to the National Disability
  FNS50217 Diploma of Accounting F                                                Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
                                                                                  22530VIC Course in Identifying, Reporting and Preventing
  Administration                                                                  Abuse and/or Grooming of People
                                                                                  CHC32015 Certificate III in Community Services
  AHC41019 Certificate IV in Agribusiness
                                                                                  CHC40413 Certificate IV in Youth Work F
  BSB30115 Certificate III in Business ~
                                                                                  CHC43115 Certificate IV in Disability F
  BSB31115 Certificate III in Business Administration (Medical) ~
  BSB40215 Certificate IV in Business ~                                           CHC43215 Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs F
  BSB50420 Diploma of Leadership and Management                                   CHC43315 Certificate IV in Mental Health F
  HLT47315 Certificate IV in Health Administration                                CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services F

  Animal Studies                                                                  Computer and Networking Systems

  ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies ~                                     ICT30120 Certificate III in Information Technology F
  ACM30117 Certificate III in Animal Studies ~                                    ICT40418 Certificate IV in Information Technology Networking ~
  ACM30417 Certificate III in Companion Animal Services ~                         ICT50418 Diploma of Information Technology Networking ~
  ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing F                                 UEE60411 Advanced Diploma of Computer Systems Engineering ~

  Beauty Therapy                                                                  Conservation and Land Management

                                                                                  AHC31416 Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management ~
  SHB30115 Certificate III in Beauty Services
                                                                                  AHC40916 Certificate IV in Conservation and Land Management ~
  SHB40115 Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy
                                                                                  AHC51116 Diploma of Conservation and Land Management ~
  SHB50115 Diploma of Beauty Therapy
  Building Trades
                                                                                  SIT30816 Certificate III in Commercial Cookery F
                                                                                  SIT40516 Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery
  22338VIC Certificate II in Building and Construction
                                                                                  SIT31016 Certificate III in Patisserie
  Pre-apprenticeship “Carpentry” F
                                                                                  SIT40716 Certificate IV in Patisserie
  CPC20211 Certificate II in Construction Pathways ~ F
  CPC30111 Certificate III in Bricklaying/Blocklaying ~                           Early Childhood
  CPC30211 Certificate III in Carpentry ~
  CPC30611 Certificate III in Painting and Decorating ~                           25G01838 Preparation for Early Childhood Education and Care
  CPC31912 Certificate III in Joinery ~                                           CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care ~ F
  MSF20516 Certificate II in Furniture Making Pathways                            CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care ~ F
  MSF31113 Certificate III in Cabinet Making
  Building Design and Construction Management                                     22453VIC Course in New Energy Technology Systems ~
                                                                                  22515VIC Course in Working Safely in the Solar Industry
  CPC40110 Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) ~ F
                                                                                  22499VIC Certificate II in Electrotechnology (Pre-vocational) F
  CPC50210 Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) ~ F
                                                                                  UEE30811 Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician ~
  22477VIC Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural)

  Celebrancy                                                                      Engineering and Metal Trades

                                                                                  22312VIC Course in the Use of Carbon Fibre in Composite
  CHC41015 Certificate IV in Celebrancy
  Civil Construction                                                              22470VIC Certificate II in Engineering Studies “Mechanical,
                                                                                  Fabrication and Composites” F
  RII20715 Certificate II in Civil Construction ~                                 MEM30205 Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade
  RII30815 Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations ~ F             MEM30305 Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade
  RII30919 Certificate III in Civil Construction                                  MEM40105 Certificate IV in Engineering - Welding Certification F
  “Civil Construction General” ~                                                  MEM40105 Certificate IV in Engineering - Welding MIG TIG ARC F
  RII40715 Certificate IV in Civil Construction Supervision ~ F                   MEM50212 Diploma of Engineering - Technical

 F Free TAFE course in 2022

 ~ This course is in transition.
 The course code, title, units and content may change in future. Further information will be
 provided on The Gordon website, upon enrolment and/or during the course of your training.

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Floristry                                                        Laboratory Technology

SFL30115 Certificate III in Floristry                            MSL40118 Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques
                                                                 MSL50118 Diploma of Laboratory Technology
Graphic Design
CUA50715 Diploma of Graphic Design ~
                                                                 AUR20218 Certificate II in Automotive Air Conditioning
Hairdressing                                                     Technology ~
                                                                 AUR20716 Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Preparation
SHB20216 Certificate II in Salon Assistant
                                                                 “Mechanical” ~ F
SHB30416 Certificate III in Hairdressing
                                                                 AUR30616 Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology ~
SHB30516 Certificate III in Barbering
                                                                 AUR31016 Certificate III in Automotive Sales ~
Health Services                                                  AUR31116 Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical
                                                                 Technology ~
CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support
(Ageing, Home and Community) F                                   Nursing
CHC43015 Certificate IV in Ageing Support F
                                                                 22474VIC Certificate III in General Education for Adults “BINS”
CHC43415 Certificate IV In Leisure and Health F
                                                                 HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing F
HLT33115 Certificate III in Health Services Assistance F
HLT37215 Certificate III in Pathology Collection                 Plumbing
HLT37015 Certificate III in Sterilisation Services
HLT43015 Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance F            22569VIC Certificate II in Plumbing (Pre-apprenticeship) ~ F
HLT47015 Certificate IV in Sterilisation Services                CPC32413 Certificate III in Plumbing ~
HLT47515 Certificate IV in Operating Theatre Technical Support   CPC40912 Certificate IV in Plumbing and Services F

Horticulture                                                     Remedial Massage

AHC20416 Certificate II in Horticulture F                        HLT52015 Diploma of Remedial Massage
AHC21616 Certificate II in Landscaping
AHC30716 Certificate III in Horticulture F                       Transport and Logistics
AHC30916 Certificate III in Landscape Construction
                                                                 TLI30319 Certificate III in Supply Chain Operations F
AHC31016 Certificate III in Parks and Gardens
AHC31116 Certificate III in Production Nursery ~                 Travel and Tourism
AHC31216 Certificate III in Retail Nursery ~
AHC31316 Certificate III in Sports Turf Management ~             SIT30116 Certificate III in Tourism
AHC40416 Certificate IV in Horticulture
AHC50416 Diploma of Horticulture                                 Vehicle Body

Hospitality                                                      AUR32116 Certificate III in Automotive Body Repair Technology ~
                                                                 AUR32216 Certificate III in Automotive Glazing Technology ~
SIT30616 Certificate III in Hospitality F                        AUR32416 Certificate III in Automotive Refinishing Technology ~
SIT50416 Diploma of Hospitality Management                       AUR40216 Certificate IV in Automotive Mechanical Diagnosis

Information Technology                                           Visual Arts

22334VIC Certificate IV in Cyber Security ~ F                    CUA41315 Certificate IV in Visual Arts ~
ICT30120 Certificate III in Information Technology F
ICT40118 Certificate IV in Information Technology ~              Work Health and Safety
ICT50118 Diploma of Information Technology ~
                                                                 BSB41419 Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety F
ICT60115 Advanced Diploma of Information Technology ~

Interior Design

MSF40118 Certificate IV in Interior Decoration
MSF50218 Diploma of Interior Design

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Pathways                                             This flow chart provides a general guide to each course level,
 through                                              their duration and entrance requirements, and their pathway
                                                      to further study. Course duration is indicated in full-time,

 The Gordon                                           and particular courses have their own part-time equivalent.
                                                      Please check our website for specific course details.

                                                     Certificate II /                VET Delivered
                                                     Pre-apprenticeship              to Secondary
                                                     Duration: 6 months – 1 year     Students
                                                     Requirements: Year 10 or        / School-based
                                                     equivalent, at least 15 years   apprenticeship
                                                     of age, or mature age
                                                                                     Duration: 1 – 2 years
                                                                                     Requirements: Year 10 or 11
                                                                                     (depending on school)

                                                     Certificate III                 Apprenticeship
                                                     Duration: 6 months – 2 years    (Certificate III)
                                                     Requirements: Year 10 or        Duration: 3 – 4 years
                                                     equivalent, at least 15 years   Requirements: Year 10 or
                                                     of age, or mature age           equivalent, at least 15 years
                                                                                     of age, or mature age

           VCE at The Gordon                                                                                               VCAL / GTEC
           Duration: 1 – 2 years                          Certificate IV                                                   Duration: 2 years
           Requirements: Year 10, at least                                                                                 (equivalent Year 11 and 12)
                                                          Duration: 6 months – 2 years
           15 years of age, or mature age                                                                                  Requirements: Year 10,
                                                          Requirements: Year 10 or equivalent,
                                                                                                                           at least 15 years of age
                                                          Certificate III, or mature age

                                                          Duration: 1 – 2 years
                                                          Requirements: Year 12 or equivalent,
                                                          Certificate III, or mature age

                                                          Advanced Diploma
                                                          Duration: 1.5 – 2 years
                                                          Requirements: Year 12 or equivalent,
                                                          Certificate III, or mature age

                                             Bachelor Degree                             Graduate Certificate
                                             Duration: 3+ years                          Duration: 1 year (part-time)
                                             Requirements: Year 12 VCE, a related        Requirements: Related diploma,
                                             diploma or advanced diploma                 advanced diploma or bachelor
                                             qualification, or mature age                degree, and industry experience

Students under 17 (15 to 16 years of age) are subject to the national youth participation requirement which states young people
must complete Year 10 and then participate in full-time education, training or employment until age 17.
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to university
Did you know that some                       What are the benefits?
Gordon diplomas and                          • Develop your further study
advanced diplomas                              and industry skills first.
can create a pathway                         • Gain two qualifications instead of one.
to university? We have                       • Start working in your career field
partnerships with a number                     (after TAFE) while completing uni.
of leading universities,                     • Reduce your total study time at uni,
that can provide entry                         with credit for your Gordon studies.
and credit into a range                      • Save money.
of degree programs.                          • Boost your future employment
                                               and career prospects.

TAFE versus university – what’s the difference?

                        TAFE                                                 University

                                                                              Mostly theory with some hands-on
 Style of learning       Mostly hands-on supported by theory.
                                                                              work (depending on field of study).

 Teachers                Industry trained and qualified.                      Academics, researchers, industry professionals.

                         Classes and workshops.                               Lectures: 50 - 700 people.
                         12 - 20 people per class.                            Tutorials and practicals:
                         One teacher per subject.                             15 – 30 people, one tutor per subject.

                         25 – 35 per week (full-time).
 Contact                                                                      8 – 25 per week (full-time).
                         Minimises homework and
 hours                                                                        Significant independent study time required.
                         independent study time.

 Qualifications          Certificate I-IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma.         Bachelor Degree, Honours, Masters, PhD.

                         Year 10–12 (or equivalent literacy and
                                                                              Year 12 VCE (ATAR), a related diploma or
 Entry                   numeracy skills).
                                                                              advanced diploma qualification, or mature age.
 Requirements            No ATAR.
                                                                              May be prerequisites and/or special requirements.
                         May be special entrance requirements.

 Fees                    Varies based on individual circumstances             Varies based on individual
                         and eligibility. Concessions may be                  circumstances and eligibility.
                         available for certificate courses. VET               HECS-HELP available.
                         Student Loans available for some diploma
                         and advanced diploma courses.

Note: These are general guidelines only, and details may vary between courses.
Check the website for specific Gordon course information and requirements.

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Where to from here?

   Do your research                                                   Useful websites
   1. Talk to people in the field for advice
                                                                      Discover career information to help you
   If you really want to know what a certain career is like, talk     better plan and manage your career.
   to someone who is currently doing it. They’ll give you a
   great insight into what they do, and how they got there.
                                                                      Find resources to explore career pathways
   2. Get work experience in the industry                             and tools to develop self-knowledge to help
                                                                      you with your career decision making.
   This will give you an idea of whether you’ll enjoy your
   chosen field and also makes a great addition to your     
   course applications and resume - demonstrating                     Check out a huge range of career profiles and job
   experience and industry knowledge.                                 application tips.
   3. Talk to career advisors
                                                                      Find career information, articles and links to thousands
   They’ve got access to the latest information from a                of resources to assist you on your career journey.
   range of TAFEs and universities, and can advise you
   of the best way to get to your dream career.                       Choosing your VCE/VCAL subjects
   The Gordon Counselling and Careers Unit also
                                                                      At The Gordon, we don’t require you to have completed
   offers free access to a computer program called
                                                                      VCE/VCAL subject pre-requisites in order to be
   Career Voyage which can help match your skills and
                                                                      eligible for our courses. However, there are some key
   interests to a possible career. All you have to do is
                                                                      things to remember when choosing your subjects
   make an appointment by phoning 5246 6218.
                                                                      which can improve your chances of selection.
   4. Go to open days                                                 1. Check the selection requirements of the courses
   You’ll get a taste of what student life would be like, and speak       you’re interested in.
   with staff and students about your courses of interest.            For example, some of our creative courses require
                                                                      you to present a portfolio. Certain VCE/VCAL
                                                                      subjects or VETDSS (VET Delivered to Secondary
                                                                      Students) programs will help you achieve this.

                                                                      2. C
                                                                          omplete a VETDSS (VET Delivered to Secondary
                                                                         Students) program in the field you’re interested in.
                                                                      This will demonstrate you are serious about the
                                                                      field of study and have developed some skills. If
                                                                      you are hoping to gain an apprenticeship, it can
                                                                      also give you a pre-apprenticeship qualification
                                                                      to reduce the time of your full apprenticeship.

                                                                      3. C
                                                                          hoose subjects you’ll enjoy and are good at.
                                                                      If you enjoy certain subjects at secondary school then
                                                                      you’ll probably enjoy a similar field of study after school
                                                                      and as a career. You’re also more likely to get good
                                                                      scores for subjects you enjoy and put time into learning.

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From The Gordon                                                    Quality Training Guarantee                                                   The Gordon’s Vision
Search all of our courses, check out our latest news and events,   The Gordon’s vision is to be the first choice in
and even watch our YouTube videos for some inspiration!            skills in our markets and the leader in our field.
                                                                   We are committed to achieving this by providing an
Customer Service Centre                                            enriching student experience that promotes pathways
Phone or visit one of our customer service centres at our          to further study and employment, leading the skilling
Geelong or Wyndham Campuses to ask about course specific           of industries and communities, and ensuring Institute
information including fees, application dates and requirements.    success through sound financial management,
                                                                   strategic partnerships and commercial innovation.
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Stay in the loop with monthly updates about our upcoming           As a quality assured RTO, The Gordon has a regulatory
adventures including new courses, key dates, events and            obligation to comply with the requirements of the VET
competitions.                                                      Quality Framework. The framework includes the:
                                                                   •   Standards for Registered Training
                                                                       Organisations (RTOs) 2015
Our key contacts
                                                                   •   Australian Qualifications Framework
Customer                          Geelong Technical                •   Fit and Proper Person Requirements
Service Centre                    Education Centre (GTEC)
                                                                   •   Financial Viability Requirements
P: (03) 5225 0600                 P: (03) 5246 6350
                                                                   • Data Provisions
E:     E:        A complete version of the VET Quality Framework is
                                                                   available at
Youth Access Programs             Career Services
P: (03) 5225 0836                 P: (03) 5246 6218
E:      E: careerscounselling@

From school
Careers advisors
Get to know them! Their job is to help you figure out what
you’d like to do after school and the best way to get there.
School presentations/campus tours
We host lots of school groups from Years 9-12 each year for
presentations, activities and tours at our campuses. Check
with your careers advisor if you have an excursion planned,
and if not, ask if you can do one. We’d love to see you!

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2 Fenwick Steet,
Geelong, Victoria, 3220

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Boundary Road,
East Geelong, Victoria, 3219


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24 Watton Street,
Werribee, Victoria, 3030

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195 Old Geelong Road,
Hoppers Crossing, Victoria, 3029

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180 Princes Highway,
Werribee, Victoria, 3030


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173 Queen Sreet,
Colac, Victoria, 3250

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