Researching your options is an important step to take before you start making career and training decisions. This will help you make up your mind about what industries and occupations you are interested in working in.

When you are ready to apply for jobs, employers like to know that you have done your research and know what you are getting yourself into. It also shows that you are keen on the job and industry you are applying for.

By learning more about an occupation and industry, it may also make you more confident in job interviews and you will be in a better position to ask your employer questions during the interview.

Getting Started

Here are some questions to get you started on your career research:

  • What is an Australian Apprenticeship and what does it involve?
  • Which industries and occupations suit your interests?
  • What does an apprenticeship or traineeship in that occupation involve?
  • What does the current industry landscape look like for the occupation you would like to work towards?

You can get answers to these questions and more using the resources on this page.

What is an Australian Apprenticeship?

What is an Australian Apprenticeship?

Before starting any research on potential industries or occupations you may be interested in, it is important that you understand what apprenticeships and traineeships are.

Apprenticeships and traineeships can be found in nearly 50 industries. Searching on this website provides ideas for career directions that can begin with an apprenticeship or traineeship.

Go to our 'What are Australian Apprenticeships' page for more information.

Apprenticeships and Traineeships
Understand your interests

Understand your interests

Understanding your interests will assist you to identify the industry your career research may start in. The industries and occupations your interests align to will help in targeting your job search.

The Career Interest Explorer and Work Type Explorer can help you identify your interests.

Work Type Explorer
Which apprenticeship or traineeship best suits your skills and interests?

Which apprenticeship or traineeship best suits your skills and interests?

Job and Training Descriptions are an example of the training you might do as part of an Australian Apprenticeship. Find out what the occupation is about, what training is involved, how long it takes to complete, and whether it can be started at school.

They can be searched by location and industry group.

Job and Training Descriptions
Industry Information

Industry Information

There are around 50 industries that you can do an apprenticeship or traineeship in. Find out whether Australian Apprenticeships are common, what the industry outlook is, and some industry-specific job hunting information.

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Other Resources

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AusAppPathways Mobile App

On the go? You can download the AusAppPathways app on your mobile device and still search Job and Training Descriptions.

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My Gain YouTube channel

Watch hundreds of videos of apprentices and trainees talking about their jobs on the MyGain YouTube channel.

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myfuture is Australia’s National Online Career Information Service for career planning and pathway searching, and is packed full of career resources and occupational profiles.

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Job Outlook

Use the career profiles on Job Outlook to learn about the outlook, pay, main tasks, and physical and other demands of careers that interest you.

Next Step

 Step Two - Preparation

Step Two - Preparation

Before you start your job hunting it is important to be prepared and have an understanding about the benefits of doing an apprenticeship or traineeship, the associated potential financial incentives, wages, costs of training and job prospects

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