Help making a decision

Choosing a career path and making decisions about what to study isn't easy. You may have lots of areas you are interested in or you may have no idea of what career to pursue. We have a number of resources to help you with this important decision, and pathways to help you get into the course you want.

Start with you

The best place to start when deciding on a course or career is you. Understand your interests, skills, goals, personality and and the lifestyle you want. Do you like solving problems, are you good at writing, or do you want to travel the world? These are things you might want to consider when choosing a career and a degree.

Match My Skills

To find QUT degrees that best match your interests and abilities try Match My Skills, an online, interactive quiz that has been designed by professional careers advisers. The quiz will help you create a shortlist of possible courses that will suit your goals and experience.

Kickstart your career

Our free open online course, Kickstart your career, will help you to:

  • understand your strengths and personal characteristics
  • explore career options
  • decide on courses
  • get the tools to work toward a satisfying career.

Explore opportunities

At this stage you want to consider lots of different careers.Talk to your family, acquaintances and people you meet about their job. Ask your parents or friends to introduce you to people who work in a career that might suit you.Have some questions up your sleeve to ask. You can also contact organisations you would like to work for and ask questions to find out more.

Do your own research to by searching for a career or job that you aren’t familiar with, find out what they do and about the industry they work in. Use resources such as LinkedIn to see ways different people get to different careers. Professional association websites are also helpful.

The My Future website includes a career-exploration tool that allows you to build your personal profile of interests, skills and values. It also has information about career options, occupations, industries and courses, and matching your school subjects with careers through the bulls-eye posters.

Consider pathways

Once you’ve found a career (or a few) that interests you, think about how you will gain the skills needed to enter that profession. For some careers, there might be many ways to gain the skills, but for some, you’ll definitely need a university degree.

Resources include websites such as My Future website, and university and professional association sites.

If you have a couple of interest areas, you might like to look into double degrees or other ways to incorporate two areas of interest, such as taking a second major or electives in your second interest area.

Discover the right course for you

Browse our courses and read detailed information about career outcomes, course structures and units to understand exactly what you'll be studying and where it might lead.

Talk to us

Talking to staff and current students at an event can give you a real insight into what's involved in courses or careers. At Open Day, you can also explore the campus and facilities you will experience as a student.

If you can't make it to an event you can contact staff in our faculty student centres for questions about various courses.

If you need advice about how to gain entry to your chosen course or applying for QUT courses you can follow our step by step guide to applying.

Getting into your chosen course

If you're worried about getting into the course you want, you can include other options when you apply for a course. These can include other courses that you can study to improve your chances of getting into your chosen course.

You might also be eligible for one of our admission pathways.

If you're a mature-age student, you might be able to get into your chosen course based on past school, TAFE, college or university results, or work experience.

Find out what uni is really like


The START QUT program gives high-achieving students the opportunity to experience university and trial up to two study areas while in Year 12. If you participate in the program, you can choose to study up to two units and attend on-campus classes and undertake the same assessment items as first-year students.

Student blog

To see what our students get up to on a day-to-day basis, read their posts on the Student Sharehouse blog.