Pathways to a Career

Graduation from a University College Associate Degree can provide an entry opportunity for those seeking work in industry, accelerated progression through a graduates present organisation, or open up new career paths and opportunities.

Through the embedded hands-on learning nature of the Associate Degree, students are given the opportunity to apply discipline knowledge in a work based type setting. In doing so, student’s graduate job ready with the ability and confidence to apply their disciplinary knowledge directly to their workplace.  

For those students already working in industry, the Associate Degree provides practical and relevant study experiences, with the ability to undertake subject assessments in the workplace. In doing so, students are able to apply their learning directly to the workplace while they study, allowing them to put what they have studied into practice right away.

New to agribusiness and never worked in the industry before?

For those graduates new to agribusiness, roles including trainee positions, team leaders, field officers and researchers are likely.

Already working and want to fast track or leverage off past experience?

For graduates already working in the agricultural industry, the Associate Degree in Agribusiness may enable you to progress from assistant positions to managerial roles, leading a small team, becoming a specialist or salesperson and liaising better with suppliers and customers.

Potential types of employers

  • Upstream of the farm: suppliers of seed, fertiliser, chemicals, machinery, stockfeed, labour, finance, business advisory, transport, consultancy, and specialist services such as harvesting contractors.
  • Primary production: Cropping, horticulture, animal based enterprises, aquaculture, pharmaceuticals, wineries, and farm-based tourism.
  • Downstream of the farm: processors and value-adders, distributors, wholesalers, retailers, transport and storage operations, logistics, and consultants.

New to business and never worked in the industry before?

For those graduates new to applied business, the Associate Degree in Applied Business cold assist you to gain roles including trainee positions, team leader, field officer or researcher.

Already working and want to fast track or leverage off past experience?

For graduates already working in the business, an Applied Business qualification may enable you to progress from assistant positions to managerial roles, leading a small team, becoming a specialist or salesperson, and liaising better with suppliers and customers.

Potential types of employers

  • Small and medium business
  • Accountancy firms
  • Financial services
  • Event organisations
  • Sport organisations
  • Tourism operators
  • Health and well-being consultants
  • Not-for-profit organisations
  • Project management organisations

New to design and never worked in the industry before?

For those graduates new to design, the Associate Degree in Applied Design can provide an entry opportunity into the design industry.

Already working and want to fast track or leverage off past experience?

For graduates already working in the design industry, the Associate Degree in Applied Design can accelerate career progression within your present organisation.

Potential types of employers

Employment pathways in the design space are evolving, and graduates with design-thinking skills are well positioned to contribute to businesses or create opportunities as entrepreneurs.

Read some of our current student stories to learn more about how an Associate Degree is providing a pathway to a career.

We asked our Tasmanian business leaders why they are supportive of our Associate Degree programs creating job-ready graduates.

Education in Tasmanian has never been this exciting. There is now a complete pathway for our students from an Associate Degree, through to bachelor degree, masters studies and research.

The kind of roles on a farm are just mind-blowingly varied. We can be soil testing one day, doing veterinary jobs on cattle the next. We want people who are multi-skilled, have initiative, a work ethic, and the practical skills, as well as the underpinning business knowledge to make sound decisions.

The new Associate Degrees are designed to produce graduates who are work ready, while also providing pathways into a relevant bachelor program at the University of Tasmania. The Associate Degree is just right for people who never thought that they may go to university.