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Get the skills you need to get the job you want

Do you know what skills you need to get the job you want? Do you know where to get those skills and qualifications, and how much they’ll cost you?

There are a few websites that can help you make informed decisions about your career and education, and to plan for your future.

We’ve made a list so you don’t have to go searching. Plus we’ve got you covered with some bonus tips.

Job Outlook

Job Outlook is a great place to start doing your research. It can help you make choices about the direction you take in your career. Any job you can think of is listed on the site.

There’s a career quiz, and information about the job market now and into the future. You can find links to job vacancies and courses, too.

Here’s a couple of job examples from Job Outlook:

Job Outlook can help you understand what skills you need to get the job you want

Labour Market Information Portal (LMIP)

If you want to get into the nitty gritty data about the job market in Australia, visit the LMIP.

You can get job and employment related information based on where you live, the job you want and the skill level you have.

The LMIP team also talks to employers about what they are looking for in a worker. This information can help you tailor your resume, get prepared for interviews and apply for jobs that are right for you.

LMIP can help you under stand the skills you need to get the job you want.


My Skills

If you need Certificate to Diploma level qualifications to build the skills you need to get the job you want, head to My Skills. There you can:

  • find Vocational Education and Training (VET) providers anywhere in Australia
  • search through more than 6,000 courses to find the right one for you
  • get information about average course fees and duration and find out if subsidies are available
  • see how many people get jobs or continue studying at the end of finishing a course

You can also get advice about training and education based on where you are at in your career.

Australian Apprenticeships Pathways

Australian Apprenticeships Pathways has all the information you need to figure out if an apprenticeship is the right career path for you.

You can search for apprenticeship ideas based on the kind of work environment you want, careers that match your personality type or the job type you are interested in.

Job Pathway Charts show you how you can build your qualifications to progress through a career.

Australian Universities

The Study in Australia website lets you search for a universities based on location around Australia, and get links to uni websites to find out more details.

Bonus tips to get the skills you need to get the job you want

  • Bullseye Career Information is pretty nifty if you’re still at high school or just about to finish. You can see what kind of jobs you could get based on the subjects you did or liked during school.
  • Are you under 25 and get a Centrelink payment? You might qualify for Employability Skills Training through a PaTH internship. It’s a great opportunity to get the exact skills an employer is looking for and boost your chances of getting a job. Talk to your provider to find out more.
  • Remember, if you are going to study, check there is a work experience or work integrated learning component to your course. That way you will have some practical experience to back up your theoretical knowledge. It’s really important to employers.

Once you have the skills you need to get the job you want, head over to the jobactive website and start your job search!

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  1. Hi Melissa,

    Are you are aware of any interview one-on-one coaching provided by the government? I’m currently unemployed, skilled and educated but am very much struggling translating that to the interviewer.

    1. Hi Boyd

      Thanks for your question. Given that I don’t know much about your circumstances, like where you live, if you’re in an employment program etc, I can only give you broad information.

      If you are registered with a provider, you can see what services they offer on the jobactive website. Use the provider search to find yours, and then click on the Services button to see what they deliver. Most providers should offer some kind of interview coaching and preparation. It could be one on one, or it could be in a group setting.

      I also found a few other resources that might help:

      – Charles Sturt University offers a FREE short course online for Career Building and Mastering the Interview –
      – The jobactive YouTube channel has a playlist with a bunch of tips about communication and how to use different techniques to improve your interview –
      – Our blog post about what to do if you’re going for interviews but not getting a job –

      I did a google search for ‘free interview coaching’ and a few came up in Melbourne. You might like to try doing a similar thing, but include your location in the search as well.

      There are also endless blog posts, websites and videos that are full of tips. Most of the time the advice boils down to trying to be calm, confident and prepared. Which, I know, is easier said than done. I am a chronic blusher and get very nervous in interviews. I was especially nervous for the interview for my current job because I wanted it so badly. I found taking a notepad and pen in with me, as well as my resume and application, helped me feel a little more prepared. Also, I had to drive 6 hours to get to my interview and I spent most of the drive practicing interview questions and talking positively about myself and my achievements with my husband. Selling yourself doesn’t come naturally to a lot of people. I found that practice made me feel less awkward doing it in my interview.

      I wish I could tell you the magic spell for succeeding in interviews, but I don’t think there is one. So I hope this information has helped you a bit. Best of luck 🙂

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