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What do you want to be when you grow up? What career paths are out there?

It’s a question you’ve probably been asked since you were young, but in high school it becomes a bit more real! Maybe you haven’t found your passion yet, or perhaps you love a lot of things and don’t know which one to focus on. The good news is, the decisions you make now don’t define your career forever. 

Still, it can all be a bit overwhelming. It can help to learn about what careers are out there to find what you might be interested in. Let’s take a look at some ideas:

Health Services

Health services offer a wide range of opportunities if you’re interested in making a difference in people’s lives. If you have a caring and empathetic personality, a career in this field might be the right fit for you. And it doesn’t have to mean a long stint at uni! Here are some popular pathways that don’t require a degree:

  • Aged Care: This field involves caring for the elderly, including assisting with daily tasks, personal care, and helping them maintain their independence.
  • Disability Services: Disability services aim to support people with disabilities to live fulfilling lives. Careers in this field include support workers, rehabilitation specialists, and program coordinators.
  • Operating Theatre Technician: Operating techs prepare the theatre, assist during surgery and take care of the equipment the surgeon will need. 

Check out this video if you’re not sure where to start with a health career, including the educational pathways available.


The digital sector is constantly evolving, offering many opportunities for those who are tech-savvy and have a passion for innovation. Here are some popular career pathways in this field:

  • Software Development: Software development involves creating, designing and maintaining software applications.
  • Web Design: Web design involves creating visually appealing and functional websites.
  • Cybersecurity: Cybersecurity involves protecting digital systems and data from unauthorised access and theft.

Mining & Energy

Mining and energy are two industries that play a crucial role in our daily lives. If you’re interested in a career that involves solving complex problems and working with cutting-edge technology, then consider a career in these fields. Popular career pathways in this area include:

  • Mining Engineering: Mining engineering involves designing and implementing systems to extract minerals from the earth.
  • Renewable Energy: Renewable energy involves developing sustainable energy sources to replace non-renewable sources.

Australian Defence Force

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) includes the army, the navy, and the Air Force, and offers a wide range of opportunities including:

IT & Tech: Using some of the world’s most sophisticated systems to keep the ADF communicating effectively. 

  • Intelligence: Intelligence careers involve gathering and analysing information to support the ADF’s operations.
  • Chef: Yes, there are even hospitality opportunities in the defence force!

There are so many exciting career pathways, but you don’t have to make your forever choice now! Take the time to research and explore your options to find something that aligns with your passions and skills.

You can also check out the School Leavers Guide to Jobs and Training for ideas. Remember, the most important thing is to find a career that you love and makes you happy!