Your options if you didn’t get into University

By Daphne Rasahei & Rositta Liosi 

It’s the beginning of a brand new year and former Grade 12 students are probably getting acceptance letters to a university. If you didn’t get accepted into a tertiary institution, not to worry, there are other options out there for you:


There’s nothing to stop you from applying to university next year or in a couple of years’ time, whether it’s for the same course at the same institution or for something completely different.

You’ll need to upgrade the marks on your Grade 12 certificate, as this will increase your chances of getting accepted into the university of your choice.

Most universities are affiliates of upgrading centres which providing students who do decide to upgrade at those centres with an avenue to stream into those respective institutions.

Click here for details regarding centres for which you can upgrade your marks and universities.

Alternative Institutions

University may be a big deal for those who are set on building themselves a professional career, for those of you who didn’t get that immaculate Letter of Acceptance; it’s not the end of the world. There are other alternative institutions to acquire an accredited certificate on certain skills and qualifications.

More and more Papua New Guineans are attending private institutions, technical/vocational colleges, or others in order to increase their skills and knowledge.

They are a more practical and a hands-on engagement in learning, so rest assured, you won’t be missing out on anything when it comes to quality education.

Here are details of alternative institutions that you might find useful.

Teachers Colleges,

Technical and Vocational Colleges,

Nursing Colleges,

Business Colleges,

Theological Colleges,

Private Colleges,

Community Health Workers

Starting work

In the event that you decide to look for a job and going back to school isn’t for you, or you just don’t have the finances that allow you to go back to school.

There are advantages to working, like having work experience that you would not have gained otherwise, moreover you gain contacts (networking) and it allows you to revaluate what career path you might be interested in.

Research what jobs are available you can do this by checking for vacancies in the newspapers or check PNG Job Seekers and PNG Work Force.

Here are links to assist you:

How to Write a CV

How to Write a Cover Letter

5 Tips to Dressing for an Interview

6 Important Reasons Why You Should Set Goals 

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