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New graduates are not all that satisfied with their courses, but
starting salaries have risen to an average of $53,871. The
prospects for career progression, including at a coordinator or
school principal level, are high. The graduate unemployment rate
sat at 25 per cent in 2012, and only around seven per cent of
graduates undertook further study.
FOR FURTHER HELP...
• To compare the pros and cons of education and training
with other fields of study, see the table on page 60 and the
institution profiles in Section 4.
• For more information about careers in this field, see the Job
Guide website at http://jobguide.thegoodguides.com.au.
• For ratings of postgraduate education and training
courses, see The Good Universities Guide to
Brad — Bachelor of education (primary)
Why did you choose to study education
I originally wasn’t sure what I wanted to do
after school but I always enjoyed coaching
and teaching people aspects of sport and
helping them develop as people outside of
sport, so I chose to study education.
What was the best thing about your course?
The best part about the course was the opportunities for
placement. We had the chance to undertake placement at
schools in several regions, which enabled us to experience a
variety of schools, from small country schools with around 30
students to larger primary schools with up to 600 students.
What was the worst thing about your course?
The worst thing I found was that the course seemed to drag
out quite a lot. It was a four-year course, but I believe that a
lot of the content could easily be completed in two to three
What did your course involve?
Over four years, the course involved around eight to twelve
contact hours a week with lectures and tutorials. It also
involved 80 days of placement experience at a variety of
Have you found work in your field?
I have undertaken casual relief teaching (CRT) work this year,
which I love, but there is limited work as you are relying on
teachers being away or sick. There are lots of opportunities
for full-time employment but there are also a lot of people
looking for jobs, so it can be quite competitive. A lot of the
jobs are also in country areas, so you may need to be
prepared to be flexible with where you are willing to teach.
What advice would you give to students considering
studying education and training?
The first bit of advice I would give to students considering
studying education is if you aren’t a person who is patient and
tolerant of children then I wouldn’t even consider a career in
education. To cope with a job in education you must be able
to build a positive rapport with students and other staff and be
able to deal with stressful circumstances. In relation to getting
a job after graduating, you need to be very proactive in
seeking employment and be prepared to travel to find
Have you completed further study?
If I complete any further study it will be to learn different
languages such as French, Spanish or Auslan.
Is it worth it?
WHAT GRADUATES SAY
GETTING A JOB
Australian Capital Territory
4% $53 269
4% $54 657
7% $52 350
New South Wales
3% $53 112
10% $54 033
2% $53 227
5% $58 684
5% $53 953
For an explanation of abbreviations, see page 587
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