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4 things to know about ATAR scores

Today is the day when ATAR results are released and if I am to be completely honest, I’d rather receive a notification from you inviting me to play Farmville, than I would to hear your ATAR.

For the record, things I like to look at on Instagram include small kittens, clothes I can’t afford and Kyle Sandilands’ girlfriend. Things I don’t like to look at on Instagram are celebratory statuses about how well you did in the HSC or VCE, #ididit #hardworkpaysoff or #lawschoolhereicome

Performing well in your high school exams is something to be very proud of, but as universities and colleges continue to confirm, entry scores are a signal about the demand for a course, not its inherent quality. So before you go ahead and boast, cry, or throw your computer in the bin; let’s be clear on the facts:

1. The ATAR is a ranking not a score.

Remember that your ATAR is a ranking, a comparative score, and NOT a stand-alone mark.

Every student in your entire national cohort needs to be scaled against each other, so your score is only an indication of where you sit on a scale of relativity to your peers.

2. Lower entry requirements do not symbolise a lesser course.

The entry requirement for a course is a result of the number of places available and the number of students who are anticipated to apply for the degree.

Degrees or diplomas with lower entry scores aren’t necessarily less prestigious, less difficult, or require less time. Remember: popularity drives entry scores.

3. Understanding where your course and institution will take you is important.

Take the time to research your course, and its institution; make no assumptions. For most students the bottom line is to find a course, subject or combination of subjects that you will enjoy and be successful at.

So rather than choosing a course you think you ought to do, choose a course you want to do! To help you work out what you LIKE, click to use our Tinder Career Match game.

Educate yourself on the difference between a University and a Private College.  In Australia there are 173 registered higher education providers: 41 of these are universities and 132 are private higher education providers. All providers of higher education in Australia must meet the same standards under the Higher Education Standards Framework, this means that your degree will be recognised as equal, no matter when (where?) it is obtained.

Because private colleges are generally smaller than universities you have the advantage of studying in a more intimate and supportive learning environment than you might experience at a university.

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4. Finally, forget the idea that university is the only option.

Instead of worrying about what a university will look like on your resume, consider the value of your degree.  You’ll be weighed up by employers by your course type, and your work experience; not the university name.

In the same way, don’t make the mistake of assuming what the course will involve, or where it will lead you. As a rule of thumb, private colleges are reputable for making you job ready. They are commonly more hands on in facilitating internships, work experience and helping you get your foot in the door.

Does a private college sound like the right option for you? 

If Marketing, PR, Advertising & Media, Digital Media, Journalism, Events or Business is calling, find the right career at Macleay College.

Or, if you aren’t sure which, play our career match game to get yourself on the right path, today.

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