Using Mid West Arts as a career counsellor

In 2018, around 53,000 people were working in creative occupations within WA, accounting for 4.5% of total state employment. Despite being WA's 14th largest employer, it can be challenging to find career information for students interested in the creative industries. On this page, we have collated information that may be of use to career counsellors or advisors in Mid West schools, with the view to encouraging new talent into the sector.

Careers in the Arts

The Learning Directory offers a spread of example career options for students, along with examples of work, learning opportunities, and tertiary learning information. This is a useful resource when illustrating to students the sheer variety of careers and skillsets that the sector relies upon.


Tertiary Education Pathways

Below are some key WA tertiary education institutions that offer recognised qualifications in the arts. More information can be found on each of their websites below;

Local Opportunities

The creative industries offer work experience placements, internships, and traineeships to students in much the same way as other industries. The Mid West is home to many exciting arts organisations that often welcome students looking for experience. When looking for experience opportunities, it's best to contact the arts organisations directly.

For a list of local arts organisations (and their contact details), visit our Connect in the Mid West page.

For a case study on the potential of arts internships, you can find Geraldton student Joel Pearson's finalist profile on the Australian Training Awards website.

For mentorship information, check out the Australia Council for the Arts Guide to Mentoring.

AMAGA Careers Centre

Career pathways and a comprehensive directory of university courses are available on the AMAGA website here.