Figuring out what you want to do when you grow up is one of life’s biggest challenges; in fact, our research has shown that 43% of Year 12 students still have no idea what they want to do when they leave school. In all fairness, it is a lot of pressure to put on somebody who’s barely cracked 18. Throw in all the social and emotional aspects of becoming an adult – like relationships and parties and family and the prospect of leaving all your friends – and you’ve got yourself a pretty damn confusing time.

It doesn’t help that a lot of the information we receive about our post-school options isn’t always balanced. At schools, 76% of you guys said you wanted more personalised career advice at school and 52% wanted access to more unbiased advice. Unbalanced advice seems to be a pretty big issue in our high schools, with only 16% of you guys saying you had a good or strong understanding of apprenticeships and just 14% for traineeships, compared to 49% for university.

It’s not great that the stats shape up this way, particularly since there’s so much opportunity in the apprenticeship, traineeship and vocational sphere. Australia is currently going through a National Skills Shortage in heaps of vocational industries, which means loads of employers across the country looking to give jobs to fresh talent.

The truth is there’s plenty of apprenticeship and trainee pathways out there that the majority of people simply don’t know about. We only know what we’re told and it can be hard to find useful information about alternative options. For example, not a lot of people know that there are apprenticeships and traineeships in areas outside of trades, such as human resources, youth work, accounting, childcare, business, and conservation work. In fact, you’ll be able to find a vocational pathway into most industries, which is great because it means you don’t always have to get a degree or go to university to do what you want. 

VERTO is an organisation that wants to help young Australians find the training that’s perfect for them. Basically, they want to help you figure out what you want to do so you end up in an industry you’re actually passionate about, which is why they’ve created the CareerGate program.

CareerGate essentially involves assessing you to create an individualised profile to match with different careers and employers. It’s not just a simple personality test, though – it’s quite an extensive process that encompasses a career profiler, a general aptitude assessment and a specific vocational assessment that will help determine which type of training is right for you. It’s totally free and the whole process takes around 40 minutes, which is well worth it if you’re struggling to figure out what you want to do.

If you do decide that you want to undertake an apprenticeship or traineeship in one of the industries you’ve been matched with, then VERTO will also help you out with finding a placement – again, all fo’ free. And, if anything happens during your training and you find yourself without work, VERTO will continue to assist you in finding an employer and throughout the duration of your apprenticeship or traineeship.  

VERTO works closely with local businesses and just want to make the whole process of finding an apprenticeship or traineeship easier, which is pretty bloody good in our eyes. You can sus out their CareerGate program over here to find out what kind of work you might be suited to, and VERTO will help you decide where you want to go from there.