Compare tertiary courses and providers

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Some courses and education providers are better than others when it comes to preparing students for the world of work.

You will need to do some research to find the education provider and course that is right for you and is more likely to lead to a job.

Pop quiz: Which investment has the best financial return over your lifetime?

A. Shares

B. Your own education

C. Property

D. Bonds

Yep! You guessed it - it’s B. Your own education.

What about this interesting fact: A person’s indicative lifetime earnings jump from $1.5 million for someone with a year 12 certificate to $2.7 million for those with university qualifications or an apprenticeship.

Also don't discard the value of vocational education and training (VET).

The Department's Australian Jobs 2016 report reveals 74.2 per cent of VET graduates found employment (full time or part time) within six months of completing their qualification last year.

So, what's the next step?

Consider the following:

  1. work out what you want to do
  2. identify the job prospects in your local area versus further afield
  3. work out whether further education is required and if so which course
  4. choose your education provider and course if required

Take some time to compare the different education providers and courses before you make a decision about where to spend your money (even if you plan on accessing a HELP loan). Think about:

  • how you will study? For example, will you study full-time, part-time, online, etc?
  • where you will study? Consider entry requirements, whether you will need to move and the costs involved in moving, etc.

If you complete a course that has low job prospects, this doesn't mean you won't get a job. Regardless of whether a course has good job prospects or not, it is still important to choose something that you enjoy. This will help ensure you do well in your studies and are able to demonstrate to an employer you have what they are looking for.

How will you choose what to study?

Let the experiences of thousands of students help shape your future. Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and graduate employment outcomes. You can compare the overall experience at university, the frequency of face-to-face discussions and access to computers, libraries and teaching facilities, student support services and employment outcomes by visiting Discover more about full time employment rates for bachelor degree students who completed their courses in recent years and their graduate salaries upon completion.

The website includes an Employer Satisfaction Survey (ESS), the first of its kind. The ESS provides the only national measure of the extent to which higher education institutions in Australia are meeting employer needs. The research aims to ensure that institutions are responsive to labour market and industry needs.  Visit the QILT website at

These resources can help you:

…Or you can browse Job Jumpstart for other ideas and suggestions of what to do next.