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New education and training graduates are not all that satisfied
with their courses, but starting salaries have risen to an average
of $54,922. The prospects for career progression are high, with
options to move up to coordinator or school principal level. The
graduate unemployment rate sat at 31 per cent in 2013, and only
around nine 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 64 and the
institution profiles in Section 4.
• For more about jobs and 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 Hobsons Course Finder website at
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.
The student body and graduate ratings (continued)
THE STUDENT BODY
tuition costs for
Teaching quality Generic skills
The fees shown are for the whole course and are approximate. Confirm with the institution concerned. For an explanation of abbreviations, see page 429.
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