YOUR JOURNEY
TO UNI
 
WHAT IS
UNI?
 
WHY
UNI?
 
WHAT IS UNI
LIKE?
 
UNI & YOUR
CAREER
 
WHAT SHOULD I
STUDY?
 
GETTING
TO UNI
 
I AM
GOING!
 
YOUR JOURNEY
TO UNI
 
WHAT IS
UNI?
 
WHY
UNI?
 
WHAT IS UNI
LIKE?
 
UNI & YOUR
CAREER
 
WHAT SHOULD I
STUDY?
 
GETTING
TO UNI
 
I AM
GOING!
YOUR JOURNEY TO UNI
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Everyone has their own journey
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“I moved onto campus and doing that I got to meet so many people and they were all in the same boat, moving away from home and in a new town. Together we found our way around. It was really good to have those people to help me out and make a family away from home.”
- Emily
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WHAT IS UNI?
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What is Uni?
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What is University?

University is a place for you to study something you care about. You will be in a course with many other people just like you: people who are interested in the subjects and want to be there. This makes the atmosphere at uni unlike anything else.

University study is also more flexible and more independent than high school. You will be in charge of your study path, and responsible for making it happen. Universities offer a high level of support to their students, and you will have personal access to your teachers throughout your degree.

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“Right now you might be sitting there thinking I’m not as smart as the people around me, I definitely can’t make it into university. I had that thought as well when I was a bit younger but its only now that I’ve realised that intelligence is not in fact fixed and to excel at university all you really need is discipline. So if you want to go to university you have the resources available to you to get you there."
- Dan
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WHY UNI?
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Why should I go to Uni?
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Why you should go to university

At university, you’re encouraged to study what you want to study, and to take control of your own education. Curiosity and hard work are rewarded, and understanding is more important than memorising long lists of facts.

As you study, you will connect with the people around you. These connections can turn into lifelong friendships, or a professional network that will help your career.

After you graduate, you will enjoy better career prospects as a university graduate. The skills you learn—how to research, work independently and how to understand unfamiliar things—will be even more valuable than the specialist knowledge you gain.

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“I went to my tutors a lot for a lot of help. They have hours when you can go in and contact them and you can go in and see them. I had a lot of tutors give me material and advise me on how I could do things differently. Just knowing they were there to support me helped me through a lot with my workload and with my studies.”
- Anneliese
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What is it like to study at Uni?
 
You can have a taste of what it’s like to study at uni by viewing our online tutorials below!
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“It has pushed my limits in terms of the way I’ve perceived things in the past. In class we do group work and in class you hear so many different view points and you go – ok that’s really interesting and I would never have thought like that. It really pushes you and it allows you to become a lot more open minded.”
- Sam
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UNI & YOUR CAREER
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How does Uni link to a career?
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Alumni Interview 1
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Uni graduates get good jobs

University graduates have better employment rates when they graduate, and they can take their careers further.

Some careers (including engineering and nursing) will require you to have a university qualification. In this case, you can be sure you’ll be learning skills that apply directly to your future job!

If you’re not sure where you want to go with your degree, universities offer careers advisors who can help you figure out where you want to go and how to get there. Many universities also offer extracurricular programs where you can get work experience with real businesses.

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“What drew me to university was - I was telling my son that an education was important and he said why I didn’t have an education and I said that I was too old and then I found out that I wasn’t. To get into university I completed a Diploma of Business at TAFE.”
- Brad
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WHAT SHOULD I STUDY?
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How do I know what I should study?
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How to choose what to study

If there’s something you’re interested in, chances are there’s a university degree for you: Australia has 39 universities across all states, and some universities offer over 500 courses.

If you’re not sure what you want to study, there are plenty of places to get help. If you’re still in school, talk to your careers adviser—as well as careers advice, they should have course information from many different universities.

To find out more about what courses are available at what unis, have a look at My University. If you’d prefer to talk to a person, many unis have future student staff who you can call or email for help in narrowing down your choices.

Careers fairs and education expos are a great way to meet future employers and universities. See what’s on in your area (and again, careers advisers can help you find out what’s on).

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“I’ve developed a lot of confidence that I didn’t have before (university) and it’s made me realise particularly in a later stage in my life that you are never too old and if you put in you get out what you put in . I’ve been pleasantly surprised with what I can do…with my qualification I’m set up for life.”
- Corry
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GETTING TO UNI
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How will I get there?
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How to get in to uni

Most Year 12 students apply to university through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). They represent most universities throughout Australia, so applying through UAC makes it easy to apply for your courses, even if you’re considering many different degrees at different universities.

When you apply through UAC as a school leaver you can put up to nine preferences in your application. These preferences can be any combination of degrees at any universities. You put your preferences in order from first to last. When UAC assesses your application, they will only make you one offer to the highest-ranked preference you qualify for. This is why it’s important to put the degree you want to study most as your first preference (and carefully order your preferences after that).

Some unis will take direct application from potential students, but it is at their discretion. You should contact the university’s admissions office to find out their policy on direct applications.

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“Shoot for the stars just aim as high as you possibly can and even if you don’t think you can get there try your very hardest to get there because at the end of the day you don’t want to sell yourself short so when you get to the HSC it’s not about getting that massive ATAR it’s about at the end of the day saying I did absolutely everything I could regardless of the mark I’m satisfied with what I’ve got and that’s the way to be happy with yourself.”
– Abdul
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I AM GOING!
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“It doesn’t matter if you don’t know what you want to do or you’re not quite sure what you are passionate about because Uni has amazing opportunities.”
– Steph
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