Tate Harris is a work-from-home dad based in Sydney. He takes care of his daughter for half the week, and works from home the other half of the week. Tate has recently started a career advice business, Next Steps Careers Counselling. He started the business after completing the Graduate Certificate of Career Development at JCU.
“I have been a youth worker for more than 10 years, and I worked with Canteen, a youth cancer support organisation,” Tate says. “I hadn’t originally planned or thought of starting a business. However, throughout the process of the course I discovered I might have something to offer.”
Finding alternative ways to get into uni
Tate’s business focuses on helping school leavers make informed career choices, especially in regard to studying at university. “A lot of my clients have missed significant amounts of their HSC (Higher School Certificate) due to being at hospital for cancer treatment,” Tate says. “My expertise and focus are towards young people looking for alternative pathways to university. Particularly, if they haven’t reached the ATAR (university entry score) that they had hoped.”
This is not always easy, but Tate knows that these young people are survivors in the literal sense. “They tend to have built up a pretty strong resilience in life, which I believe is a benefit when navigating their careers,” he says. “I think careers always have ups and downs, with successful experiences and times of setbacks and learning. Resilience to push through these times with a relatively positive attitude is helpful.”
Coaching people of all ages how to get into uni
Even though Tate mostly assists young people to start a career, Tate says he is in a unique position to help people of all ages. He focuses on people who are interested in enrolling in a university in New South Wales. “I am finding that my expertise of alternative options for entry to universities can be applied to people from all ages and stages of life,” he says.
Tate currently offers online video consultations only. “As I’m online, I can theoretically work with anyone from within Australia. However, my expertise mainly applies to options with New South Wales and especially the Sydney region,” Tate says.
*Editor's Note: The Graduate Certificate of Career Development is no longer offered at JCU. Students can still expand their entrepreneurial skills through degrees such as the Master of Business Administration.