Year 10 Guide for Planning a Career
You’ve probably heard that the Australian resources sector is booming. Within the next few years, hundreds of billions of dollars worth of new projects will be starting across the country, creating more than 61,500 new jobs by 2015. The industry is going to need a lot of skilled people in the coming decade. Could you be one of them? If you’re in Year 10, and you’re thinking about your future, why not consider a career in the resources sector?
What is the resources sector?
As a society we use a lot of resources. The use of petrol, gas and electricity is intrinsic to the way most of us live. With our vast natural resources, Australia is a big producer and exporter of resources like natural gas, petroleum, iron, gold, diamonds, coal and uranium to other parts of the world.
The resources sector directly employs people in industries that include:
- Power generation
- Sustainable and renewable energy development and production
- Coal seam gas and liquefied natural gas exploration, processing and transportation
- Electricity supply
What are my career options?
The resources sector is diverse and has a wide range of jobs available. According to the National Resources Sector Employment Taskforce, over the next few years some of the most in-demand positions will be:
- Technicians and tradespeople (like electricians, drillers, drilling assistants, production technicians and maintenance technicians)
- Mining engineers
- Machinery operators and drivers
- Clerical and administrative staff
We know the careers that are going to be in demand, but where do you start, right now?
While there are some unskilled positions in the resources sector, the more sought-after jobs (and the ones that pay a higher salary) require you to spend some time learning about the industry. You have two options:
- Go to university.
- Complete an Apprenticeship or Traineeship.
So, which is right for you? You need to take some time to get to know what you like doing, what you’re interested in and the goals you have for the future. Start by answering a few questions.
- What subjects do you enjoy at school?
- Are you good at maths and science?
- Do you enjoy studying technical subjects?
- Do you enjoy solving problems?
- Do you prefer working with your hands?
- Do you have an aptitude for mechanics?
Once you have an idea of what you enjoy doing, jump online and have a look at the Job Guide. This site lists hundreds of different career options and the pathways you’ll need to take to get there. The site has relevant course information from universities, registered training organisations (RTO), state training providers (like TAFE) and other registered higher education providers in Australia. You’ll find out exactly what you need to know so you can get planning.
As a Year 10 student it’s really important that you get an idea of entry requirements so you can choose the right subjects for Year 11 and 12. It may seem like a long way off, but making some smart choices now will get you into your dream job sooner.
The resources sector has plenty of rewarding and interesting careers on offer in regions all across Australia. All you need to do is pick one.
Visit our Training & Development section for more information.