How TAFE Prepares You for the Real World


It has often been said that University does not prepare you for the real world, whereas TAFE does. In this article, we’ll explore this idea and show you how TAFE gives you the hands-on experience you need to prepare yourself for your next career.

Industry Experience

You’ve finished your course. You start applying for jobs, but have trouble being hired because you have no practical experience.

This situation is less likely to happen after completing a TAFE course, because as part of your course, you will almost certainly acquire practical, working experience. This may come in the form of an internship, apprenticeship, or simply working in the field of your studies for one day a week. Then, when you graduate, you will be able to confidently say that you have real-world and hands-on experience.

At Federation Training, we help our students secure apprenticeships, giving them a kick-start in their careers.


At University, you will spend the majority of your time working by yourself, in a classroom where you don’t personally know many of your peers.

In TAFE, you will be in a smaller classroom, where everyone knows everyone by name. You will be able to make friends, connect and bond with people – just as you would in the real world.

After all, when you finish your studies and enter the world, you will be expected to collaborate with others. You will need to communicate and get on well with everyone in your workplace, even if it’s not your strong point. TAFE prepares you for this, by having you work in an area with other people.


At TAFE, you are given a schedule and expected to adhere to it. If you do not show up, you will be questioned as to why – because in TAFE, it is your responsibility to take your learning seriously.

When you become employed, you will be expected to adhere to your workplace commitments. If you say that you will work from 9-5 and you don’t show up, they will call and ask you where you are. If you don’t display responsibility, then you will lose your job.

TAFE teaches you how to work within a schedule, how to handle the responsibility and how to thrive within it.


You will undoubtedly encounter stress in your studies at least once. TAFEs understand that and help students build skills that manage stress. This could come in the form of study groups, extensions, support from teachers or peers, or even just being there to have a chat about stress.

University, however, can often be an isolating place where students struggle to get help when they are stressed.

TAFE mirrors real life. If you are stressed in life, you will be able to discuss possible solutions with those around you, or with your boss.


If you have any questions about TAFE and the courses we at Federation Training offer, or if you would like to discuss your future after study, feel free to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.