LEAP aims to show you why you should stay at school, then go on to post-secondary study for a professional career. Take the challenge to make the RIGHT career and study choices for YOU, and get the best out of your time at university.
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Understanding the links between school, higher education and these professions means you can make informed career choices.
University degrees are required for many professional careers. Once you've decided on a career or a profession area you want to work in, you'll be inspired to study hard to get there.
A university qualification opens up many advantages in lifetime earning capacity, and in today's competitive job market qualified and skilled employees are high in demand.
Here are our top ten reasons for considering university study.
Improve your prospects for life
- University graduates gain professional qualifications that are recognised and respected worldwide
- University graduates earn significantly higher lifetime earnings and enjoy greater financial stability than early school leavers
- University graduates are more able to fast-track their career progression through postgraduate study.
Learn and discover
- University education exposes you to new research and technology
- Studying at university encourages creative and independent thought, and a love of learning
- You'll learn how to express your views based on your own research and understanding of issues
- You'll find your voice and be heard
- You have the chance to travel and experience life overseas through study abroad programs
- University life exposes you to other cultures and backgrounds.
Achieve and excel
- You will learn how to conquer intellectual challenges and develop a sense of achievement
- University builds initiative and leadership skills that can be used for life.
Establish professional connections
- University is where students build their first adult networks
- Students meet friends and mentors that become future contacts and colleagues
- Students mix with inspiring academic staff, often leading experts in their field.
Customise uni for your professional goals
- At university, you choose the type of skills you want to develop, you choose when you are ready to specialise, and you choose what sort of experiences you want to have and when you want to have them
- By the time you graduate, you'll have the knowledge, skills and desire to make a positive impact on the world.
Learn through volunteering
Universities encourage students to volunteer with a wide range of not-for-profit organisations. You will learn to turn theory into action - to apply what you've learnt in your studies to the wider world. The benefits are many. Through volunteering, you can:
- help others
- strengthen communities and meaningfully contribute to an improved future
- act as an ambassador for your university
- learn to lead, work in a team, plan, strategise, document, and communicate
- identify issues and solve problems
- experience new challenges and different cultures
- build confidence and resilience
- develop professional networks
- experience a variety of roles, including potential careers
- receive extra training
- make friends.
Create international networks
Many universities have multiple campuses, sometimes overseas, and they often also have partner institutions in other countries where you can complete some of your study abroad. As well as experiencing other cultures, you can widen your career opportunities and develop a wider professional network.
Studying abroad gives you an international perspective and adds breadth and depth to your career. You'll get the chance to experience new cultures, learn life skills and find your place in the global community. You can also make valuable international career contacts, collaborate with like-minded scholars, make new friends and have fun.
Experience to fast-track your career
Many universities offer work experience and industry placement programs. These can provide an opportunity to translate theory to practice, develop workplace connections and enhance your career prospects. Through work experience, you will develop the ‘soft skills’ vital to success - the ability to communicate well, negotiate, think strategically, solve problems and influence others. These skills feed back into your study. You will begin to think about how to apply what you know to workplace situations, and vice versa.
Expand your options and your horizons
You can decide what’s best for your study needs and your dream career.
- Study all or part of your degree online
- Enrol in a single degree or a double degree
- Choose subjects from another discipline
- Or even add a post-graduate diploma to your degree.
It’s not all about studying
Universities offer an array of sport associations, student clubs and clubs and societies. They host events, competitions, productions, get-togethers, seminars, camps and conferences throughout the year.
Joining a club or society at university will help you make new friends. It also makes your time studying at university more enjoyable. It can help to develop useful lifelong skills, like leadership, communication, networking, budgeting and management.
Featured Student Story
Mansi - Optometry
Mansi is studying toward become a Doctor of Optometry. In this video, she talks about what Optometry is, how and why she came to be studying it, and her hopes for the future as a professional optometrist.
"If you do optometry, do it for the right reasons... make sure you enjoy what you're doing and you're not doing it to please someone else or to suit someone else's expectation of you."
Go to the profession pages to view other student stories and professional profiles,