Life With a Diploma: Where Can it Take You?

Everyone knows that completing a diploma or university degree is a great way to get ahead and take your career to the next level, but what exactly do you do with your diploma once you’re done? SIBT graduates can use their diplomas for anything from Uni entry to job applications, and with the variety of courses we offer, from Arts to IT and more, they can end up in any number of careers. So, with so many doors open to you at the end of your study, what can you do with a diploma?

Progression into University

By far the most popular choice for an SIBT graduate is to take advantage of the guaranteed entry to a bachelor’s degree at Western Sydney University, Sydney City Campus, that our diplomas offer you – something that 90% of our over 25,000 alumni have done.

Not only does this let you continue straight into second year of Uni study, but it also lets you continue study in the heart of Sydney’s CBD with all the mates you made during your diploma courses! This way you can complete your bachelor’s degree in just 3 years, enjoying all the excitement that downtown Sydney has to offer, but still have the flexibility to enter the workforce if Uni isn’t for you. Speaking of, what career options can a diploma offer you?

Diploma of Business Administration

Once you’ve completed your Diploma of Business Admin, you’re ready to take on a corporate career. This could mean becoming an Office Manager, taking responsibility for the day-to-day operations that keep the company running smoothly. The exact responsibilities may vary, but they always involve maintaining an organized and efficient support system; perhaps managing customer service engagement, admin officers under your supervision, and more.

If you progress to Uni and finish your Bachelor of Business, a position as a Financial Planner could be just what you’re looking for. In this role, you would be responsible for organising finances, predicting investment returns, and creating plans to reach specific financial goals. 

Diploma of IT

The IT field has been booming in recent years, and it doesn’t look like it’ll be slowing down soon. This is great because it means there are plenty of positions for a Diploma of IT graduate to take up. One such role is an ICT Systems Administrator, where you work to ensure a company’s database management and operating systems are working at maximum efficiency. This involves designing, configuring, and maintaining database structure and architecture, while performing constant maintenance, monitoring, and troubleshooting to keep things running smoothly.

Another role with high demand is that of an ICT Support Officer, where you’re responsible for assisting with the installation, upkeep, diagnosis, and repair of both computer hardware and software. Both of these roles require extensive knowledge of computer systems and software, which your Diploma of IT will help you gain.

Diploma of Media and Communication

The skills you acquire during your Diploma of Media and Communication study can take you into a variety of industries, from advertising and PR to journalism and publishing. For instance, you could take up a position as a Digital Marketer, using various methods like social media marketing, search engine optimisation, and other campaigns to help drive consumers towards your company and increase sales.

You might also find work as a Public Relations Officer, working to manage the reputation and image of your clients or company. In this role you would be planning events and publicity campaigns to boost the image of a business or organization, while working to build strong cross-organisational networks to help support your efforts.

Diploma of Arts

Having completed a Diploma of Arts at SIBT, you can then move on to a Bachelor of Social Science degree at Western Sydney Uni, Sydney City Campus, and major in criminology. This opens doors to exciting careers in law enforcement, criminal investigations, and social research.

You could become a Community Corrections Officer helping to make a difference in people’s lives by working intensively with offenders after they are released from custody on parole, challenging your skills in assessing and influencing behavioural change. You might also become a social researcher, studying human behaviour and institutions from past and present to develop a more detailed picture of humanity.

Diploma of Engineering

With a Diploma of Engineering, you’re qualified to tackle roles as a technician in a variety of fields. You could take a position as a service/maintenance technician in anything from the oil and gas industry, to construction, or even the defence industry. However, with guaranteed entry to the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) program at the Western Sydney University Sydney City Campus, you can continue to specialise in either mechanical, civil, or electrical engineering.

As a mechanical engineer you can find employment in nearly any industry designing, building, and testing things like mechanical hearts, ground-breaking new vehicles, and more. Or, as a consulting civil engineer, you could get to work designing structures in any number of environments, from skyscrapers to dams and tunnels. Should you specialise in electrical engineering, you’ll find work designing and creating the power systems and equipment to power the modern world. With so many opportunities available, the SIBT Diploma of Engineering can take you almost anywhere!

Final thoughts…

With employment opportunities in law enforcement, ICT systems, a range of technical industries, and more, life with a diploma is full of exciting opportunities. No matter what challenges these positions throw at you, you’ll be prepared to tackle them with the collaborative, critical thinking, and communication skills you learn during your Diploma study, and any Uni study beyond.

If you’re really keen to get going in one of these options, then graduating in just 8 to 12 months with an SIBT Diploma is the perfect way to show you’re qualified and start getting your hands dirty in your new career. If you’d rather keep going for the full degree, no worries! You can continue on a guaranteed pathway into Uni with the flexibility to still enter the workforce qualified if university isn’t for you.

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