Navigating VET to university: Students’ perceptions of their transition to university study
This paper examines preliminary findings from research into the transition experiences of students entering university through a VET pathway. Participants’ responses obtained in an online survey are analysed to explore their perceptions of how their VET background influenced their transition, including their expectations and adjustment to university. Findings indicate that participants are largely experiencing transition as a positive experience, but in particular those who perceived their VET background as very influential on their transition have significantly higher levels of adjustment and fulfilled expectations. The survey is part of a larger research project including focus groups and interviews that will allow a deeper analysis of students’ experiences. The research also aims to contribute to a deeper conceptual understanding of the transition process.