Want to become an entrepreneur?

Do you want to speed up your success after high school? MAS encourages a range of alternative qualifications many of which can help you build financial stability quicker than standard degrees. You don’t need a degree to start your own business, Richard Branson didn’t even finish high school!

So why not consider a traineeship that starts you off on the right foot and ensures you get the work experience you need to succeed. It can give you the training you need in time, and in addition, its delivered in a less costly manner. This saves you from the tens of thousands you’ll inevitably pay with HECS debts.

This isn’t to say a university is a bad option but there might be a better alternative that you haven’t considered. By getting the skills you need to start your own business, you avoid unemployment issues that graduates often face. This assures you won’t waste your time becoming qualified for an industry that lacks jobs and opportunities!

Areas of study

There are countless opportunities and qualifications that you can begin and many of them are subsidized. Take a look at some apprenticeships and traineeships and see what courses are on offer.

Thought about opening a cafe? Barista and hospitality courses/certificates are available and we can get you started!

Thought about real estate? Property evaluations or property services could be your first step to a multimillion-dollar portfolio!

Whatever the industry you decide to explore, traineeships and certificates give you a hands-on introduction that textbooks simply cannot offer.


As apprentices earn money this helps them support the costs of starting a small business. Set up costs can range anywhere from $100k to $500k, so HECS debts are going to set you back a long way!


When being mentored in a workplace, you will meet people from all different backgrounds that can help you make your next career move. It’s a good idea to maintain these relationships as you don’t know who may be able to help you in the future!

Skills and experience

Completing an apprenticeship will make you jump hurdles and encounter problems that you will have to solve. This will prepare you with resilience and other qualities you need to run your own business. This helps to develop your own initiative when encountering and dealing with problems.

More advice?

Business Victoria offers a range of free advice to ensure you succeed in your early business days. Here you will be able to seek clarification on some business starter basics. such building a business plan and offering a new product or service. You can also find out how to register your business name and any trademark/copyrights you might want to protect.

If you simply don’t want to go to university and need help on your post-high school decisions, register for our Gateway services here.