Education can be crucial when looking for employment but when you are living in a different country to where you gained your qualifications it can sometimes not translate. If your new to Australia, understanding the education system may help you know where you stand or how to gain new education opportunities.
Understanding the Australian Qualifications System
Education in Australia often begins with 6-7 years of Primary School and then up to 6 years of Secondary College (also known as High School). Here in Victoria, graduating High School is often accompanied by obtaining a Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and an ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank) score that may make students eligible for further studies.
There are many qualifications available in Australia and they typically rank in the following order;
Although you may have obtained a degree in your country of origin, this may not be recognised at the same level in Australia. To gain employment in your chosen occupation in Australia, you may need to undertake more study to reach the required educational level, however in many cases, some of your previous education may be taken in to account. It is often a good idea to try to find similar work at a lower occupational level whilst you are undertaking your additional studies. This may give you an advantage over applicants who only hold the educational qualification, as you will also have relevant Australian work experience.
An assessment of your qualifications and more information on how your degree compares in Australia can be found through a Country Education Profile.
Even if you hold no previous degree, many education opportunities are available in Australia and these may help you with your employment in the future.
If you want to study in Australia, contact your chosen university to find out what is required and other important information, such as fees.