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    Default How far do tafe courses get you?

    I'm curious. I'm not talking about stuff like electricians, carpentry, plumbing etc, what about something like a cert iv in information technology? Or even a diploma. Can you realistically get anything out of it? I'm really curious and have no idea lol.

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    I have been wondering this somewhat myself of late.. wondering if i am wasting my time doing the course i am atm.

    I think it might depend on the course though. If you were doing a cert III in aged cared or a diploma of nursing or childcare or the likes i think you have a fair chance of gaining employment out of that qualification.
    At the other end of the extreme i don't think doing a retail certificate would increase your likelihood of gaining employment upon completion.

    With certificates in Business, Accounting and the likes i'm not too sure. A lot of people working in admin and payroll type jobs started off with no qualifications and all they received was on the job training.
    I have been studying accounting and have been told by a few that the cert. IV is enough to get a job with. I'm not sure how many people do though? I have one old school friend that got a A/C receivable job out of the diploma.

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    Depends on the course...

    Dh's mate is very high up in the IT field, he has a uni degree, but say's if he had his way he would do tafe cert's and extras like Microsoft and Cisco coursed.

    He had to the the 'extra' courses anyway, and tafe would have been quicker. Alot of people at the same level as him have gone the tafe route.

    He (and others) told hubby not to bother with going to uni, just to finish his cert.4 (he started it in like 2006) because he has already done the Microsoft and Cisco stuff through his current work.

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    I was studying accounting at tafe and was always being told how lots of people get jobs out of it but not sure how true it really is. I did see a few people from my course go on to get employment in that area so i don't think it is 'useless' but how useful it is i don't know.

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    I completed a diploma in accounting through tafe and now I have a job working in accounts receivable for a well known company. I would not have gotten my job without going to tafe. I am going on to uni next year and I get a year off my degree which will help heaps. I think that tafe is worthwhile and it does help you a lot whe you are looking for work.

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    If you're prepared to put in the hard work, study, work experience and starting at the bottom and not expecting mega $$$ before you even accept an interview then yes it will get you a long way! If you have no interest in the field and expect it to be easy then probably not! Its a great pathway to a career but you have to work for it! Good luck!


 

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