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Gaining knowledge, skills and experience for the workplace

Tertiary education is any form of learning that happens after completing secondary education.


There are many choices of tertiary education, and many things to think about when you are considering what is best for you.

This section suggests points to consider if you are looking at tertiary education

Tertiary? What does that mean?

Tertiary education is any form of learning that happens after completing secondary education. It may be study or training at a tertiary education organisation, or training in the workplace.

Many people undertaking tertiary study or training are recent school leavers, but not all. People of all ages, in all areas of work, continue to study or train to keep their knowledge and skills up to date.

What to consider when looking at tertiary education

When looking at tertiary education, it is important to:

'Know your options - practical, academic, trade, technical, workplace learning, apprenticeship?

Broaden your thinking, where will it lead you? Think about how you want to develop your skills and knowledge 

Everyone develops and changes. There is a good chance that by the time you are 25 or 30, your career direction will be different from the path you took when you left school.   Do your best to explore widely, keep a range of options in mind,  talk to others about the opportunities until you are sure.

Look at the training from a range of different perspectives.  How will impact other aspects of your life, consider the costs, is there any financial support, can you get allowances or loans.

What use will the qualification be?  Research your job prospects, look at job vacancies, talk to employers who are likely to employ you and ask others who have completed the course and how their job hunt went.

Make the decision that's right for you now.  Do the best research you can and make the decision that's right for you at this stage of your life.  But remember that you will probably be making new career decisions throughout your life.   The decision you make now doesn't have to be forever.  It's okay to change your mind, your plan, even your choice of career as you change as a person and new opportunities present themselves.'


Information sourced from NZQA website 



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