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The truth about your career plan: Pathways to university

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When it comes to taking your first step towards university there are many different options available. USQ offers flexible study pathways to help you develop your academic skills, get a taste for university life and build your confidence. Read on to find out more about our pathway programs and how they can help you reach your career goals. If you’re not sure which program is best for you or how university study fits within your career plan, contact the Student Services team to book an appointment with a USQ Career Development Practitioner.

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The truth about your career plan: Pathways to university

  1. 1. The truth about your career plan Let’s separate fact from fiction… PATHWAYS TO UNIVERSITY
  2. 2. ‘A journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step.’ Lao Tzu
  3. 3. ‘A journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step.’ Lao Tzu. Sounds easy enough, doesn’t it?
  4. 4. So, a university degree is part of your career plan, but you may be wondering if it’s possible. When it comes to taking your first step towards university, there are many paths in front of you. These paths are designed to make tertiary education an accessible option for everyone. While it’s great to have options, deciding which path is right for you can be tough. You might be receiving conflicting advice or maybe you’ve heard one of the many myths about getting into university. Either way, we’re here to help set the record straight and support you in taking that all-important first step on your career journey … earning your degree!
  5. 5. True or false? There are lots of different pathways for studying at USQ, meaning there is at least one pathway that will be suitable for me.
  6. 6. True
  7. 7. All of USQ’s pathway programs include access to great teaching staff and facilities, located in a supportive, friendly learning environment. No matter what your study background is, how old you are, where you come from or your family dynamic, if you want to study, USQ can help you.
  8. 8. True or false? I can still get into university after high school, even if I chose not to get an OP.
  9. 9. True
  10. 10. If your career goals have changed and university is now part of your plan, USQ has an entry pathway for you! Our Accelerated Entry Pathway Program (AEPP) is designed specifically for current Year 12 students who have chosen not to receive an OP or who are worried that they may not receive the OP they need to begin university straight after school.
  11. 11. True or false? People like me don’t end up at university… I’m too old to go to uni!
  12. 12. False
  13. 13. People like who? You’re never too old to learn new things and you are certainly never too old to go to university. Did you know that more than 70% of our students are over 26, and 60% of USQ students are the first in their families to attend uni?* At USQ, we have people of all ages, backgrounds, education levels and nationalities studying on-campus and online. But they are all here for the same purpose … to gain the knowledge and skills they need to start their new career. *USQ, 2016, Student population profile: At a glance; Department of Education and Training, 2015, Higher Education Information Management Systems (HEIMS) data.
  14. 14. True or false? I didn’t finish high school. There is no way I could get into uni.
  15. 15. False
  16. 16. Just because you didn’t finish school doesn’t mean you can’t study at uni. It may have been a while since you last opened a textbook, but that’s okay. At USQ, our pathway programs, such as the free Tertiary Preparation Program, are designed to help you develop your writing, computing and general study skills, as well as building your confidence to approach further studies. These pathway programs can lead you to study in your desired field and to kick- start a whole new career.
  17. 17. ‘Life never stops teaching. Be sure you never stop learning.’ Michael Josephson
  18. 18. True or false? I really want to start my new career, but I’m not sure if university is for me. Surely there’s a way I can ‘try before I buy’?
  19. 19. True
  20. 20. We know that deciding to study at university is a big decision and you want to make sure it’s right for you. That’s why we have different pathway options, such as the Foundation Diploma of University Studies, to give you a feel for university life and provide a strong foundation for academic and career success. At USQ, we believe everyone deserves the opportunity to try their hand at uni, so why not give it a go? What have you got to lose? And more importantly, how much do you have to gain?
  21. 21. ‘What we learn becomes part of who we are.’ Kathy Jeffords
  22. 22. True or false? Because English is not my first language I cannot go to university.
  23. 23. False
  24. 24. If English is not your first language, there is no need to worry. USQ’s English language programs are designed to equip students with the skills required to be successful in their university studies. The added bonus is that the skills you’ll gain by completing an English language program will also help you when it comes to starting your new career.
  25. 25. True or false? Once I start a pathway program at USQ I can’t change my career direction.
  26. 26. False
  27. 27. Whatever your career goals, a USQ pathway program will be a great addition to your résumé. Not only do our pathway programs provide an entry point to a wide variety of degrees, but they also show prospective employers that you’re willing to try new things and are committed to reaching your goals. If your career aspirations have changed or you have questions about how your USQ pathway program can help you achieve your goals, the Career Development Practitioners at USQ Student Services can help.
  28. 28. CRICOS: QLD00244B  NSW02225M  TEQSA: PRV12081  29.8.1  01.2017 Graphics © Shutterstock social.usq.edu.au For more information about USQ’s pathway programs and support in choosing the program that’s right for you, contact Student Services to make an appointment with one of USQ’s Career Development Practitioners.

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