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2017 Careers Updates Aug 3; Career News Issue 11

From the Head of Senior Studies and Careers, Kath Knowles

Landscaping Apprenticeship

Farr Landscapes is a small boutique landscape company  that creates and cares for  inspiring high quality gardens.

We work Sydney wide, however we generally focus on the inner west, lower north shore and east Sydney areas where we have been established for over 25 years.

We are now looking for another apprentice to join our small  team and they should be a stand out candidate and bring with them a current drivers licence; a passion for gardens and horticulture; initiative and enthusiasm; a team spirit; punctuality and presentation; attention to detail; and a value for customer service.

We provide an inspiring and respectful work environment with all tools and uniform supplied.

Please contact Stephen Farr 0425 807 222


UAC Applications Open Wednesday 2 August


UAC Schools Recommendation Schemes (SRS)

Schools Recommendation Schemes (SRS) are one way institutions make early offers of undergraduate admission, using criteria other than (or in addition to) the ATAR.

Participating institutions can use a range of criteria when making SRS offers, including your Year 11 studies, school’s rating of your abilities in areas of study and aptitudes, and your Educational Access Schemes (EAS) application (if applicable).

SRS Applications Open Wednesday 2 August and close Friday 29 September


Educational Access Scheme Applications Open Wednesday 2 August
Educational Access Schemes (EAS) aim to help students whose education has been negatively affected

during Year 11 and/or Year 12 receive an offer to university. Institutions use EAS to help eligible

applicants gain admission to university if their ATAR is below a course cut-off by allocating bonus points,

or places, to eligible EAS applicants.


University of Tasmania Taster Days in Sydney

We are opening the doors to our Sydney campuses in Rozelle and Darlinghurst with a series of hands-on workshops so you can experience what it will be like to study Nursing or Paramedic Practice at the University of Tasmania.

We will also have information sessions and expert advice available so you can learn more about a career in health.

Nursing Workshops – Rozelle Friday 25 August 3-7pm and Darlinghurst Saturday 26 August 12-4pm

Paramedic Practice Workshops – Rozelle Friday 25 August 3-7pm


Law Admission Test

The LAT is a requirement for domestic applicants who wish to study an Undergraduate Law Dual Degree program at UNSW.

The LAT 2017 will be held on Tuesday 26 September 2017.

Registrations for the LAT 2017 are now open and will close at 5:00pm AEST on Friday 11 August 2017. Late registrations will be accepted from 5:00pm AEST on Friday 11 August 2017 until 5:00pm AEST on Wednesday 6 September 2017. A late registration fee will apply.


Sydney Conservatorium of Music Audition and Portfolios Deadline

1 September

Submit your application online.


The University of Newcastle and UNE Joint Medical Program

Want a world-class medical education, delivered locally in Newcastle or Armidale? Our Joint Medical Program can help you launch a rewarding and successful medical career – right here in Australia or across the globe. Delivered jointly by the University of Newcastle and University of New England, and supported by the Central Coast Local Health District and the Hunter New England Local Health District. The program uses state-of-the-art education technology and gives you hands-on experience throughout your medical degree.

Applications for 2017 are now closed – get in quick for 2018, over 3000 people apply for 170 places each year.


Medical Engineering at the University of Newcastle Launch

Tuesday 22 August – 5.30pm

From 2018, UON are offering a 4 year Bachelor of Medical Engineering. Come along to learn more about our new degree and the fascinating majors available. You’ll also get to hear from some of our experts in the Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment on the amazing medical engineering projects they are working on.


Engineering and IT Leadership Scholarship, University of Sydney
Our Leadership Scholarship is one of the most valuable undergraduate scholarships in Australia, offering generous financial support and extensive leadership development.

$18,000 per year for up to 4 years, plus professional industry placements and participation in the Faculty Leadership Program.


Sydney Scholars Awards Open August 1

The Sydney Scholars Awards offers Year 12 students commencing their studies in 2018 the opportunity to apply for scholarships ranging from $6,000 to $10,000 per year in value and awarded in duration from one year, up to 5 years (including combined undergraduate degrees). Must be for study at the University of Sydney.


UNSW Mining Summer School 2018

17 – 19 January @ UNSW campus and NSW mine sites. 3-day residential camp for students currently in year 10 and 11.Start at the UNSW campus in Sydney to experience uni life, lectures and labs. Try out the 3D virtual reality mine simulator and VR headsets.  Then travel for 2 nights to visit underground and surface mines, learn how coal and minerals are extracted and processed, view mine rehabilitation sites. Learn about study, careers and opportunities in the Australian mining industry from professionals, current students and recent graduates. COST: $200 CLOSING DATE: 30 October 2017


UOW Early Admission

Applications open 1 – 25 August 2017

With UOW Early Admission, we’ll get to know you, look at your results so far and reward your hard work with a place at UOW before you even sit your first exam.


National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA)

NIDA offers a range of courses and experiences for Young People across a variety of disciplines from introductory courses in Drama, Acting on Screen, Music Theatre and Public Speaking to the Young Actors Studio or Residencies for Young People aged 15-18 years.

Our courses run in conjunction with the school term and holidays in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne and in other major capital cities and regional centres at selected times throughout the year. There’s a course to suit all Young People from the curious beginner to the young artist seeking pre-professional training.

NIDA’s Info Night: Wednesday 16 August 2017, 6–9pm @ 215 Anzac Parade, Kensington NSW


University of Canberra: Schools Recommendation Scheme

Students are able to secure an offer to the University of Canberra if their school recommends them for admission. This scheme is available to domestic students completing a year 12 program


Road Designer in Training

Offered by Roads & Maritime and WSU, you get a full-time job and salary while you study civil engineering, your university fees paid in full, study and exam leave, plus on the job training and practical experience while you study.


Schindler Apprenticeship Program

Applications are open now for the 2018 Apprenticeships Intake.


Sydney Trains Apprenticeships 2018 – Applications Close 6 August

Do you want to be part of an exciting organisation that impacts hundreds of thousands of customers each day?

Facilitating over a million trips a day, Sydney Trains operate quick, frequent and reliable trains. We offer employees stimulating and rewarding work, as well as unique employment experiences concentrated on career progression, learning and flexibility.


Australian Government Cadetships, Scholarships and Work Experience Opportunities

The Australian government has a number of cadetship, scholarship, and work experience opportunities within Australian Government departments and agencies. To view these opportunities, visit:


JMC: How to break into the arts and entertainment industries

This article from JMC Academy provides some great tips on how to break into these industries and others like them.


JMC Academy Open Day

9.30am – 2.30pm, Saturday 26 August @ 561 Harris Street, UItimo, NSW.Music, Audio, Animation, Game Design, Film and Television, Digital Design and Entertainment Business Management. Register online:


Myfuture 2017 Updates

Myfuture has made updates to its website for 2017. These include my career profile. The account registration for users has also been simplified as well as a simplification of the course search to make finding a course or career path easier. For any other feedback or suggestions for the service contact,


Good Universities Guide Website Update

The Good Universities Guide has been revamped and they are seeking feedback on the site from students and careers advisers:


STEM Subjects – Why are they in Demand?


Medical Schools Around the World

Find and compare med schools around the world.


6 things to consider when picking a degree



This U.S. Government Website provides advice to students interested in applying to U.S. colleges and universities. Information includes how to apply, testing, financial aid, visas, and more. The U.S. Consulate General in Sydney has an EducationUSA Centre, and students, parents and career advisers can make appointments to visit the centre.


Changes to Police Officer Recruitment Process

The main changes to the recruitment process include no minimum academic requirement, introduction of a University Certificate in Workforce Essentials, the entrance exam is now known as the Police Entrance Exam, copies of transcripts and other mandatory documents need to be certified by a Justice of the Peace, online application via JobsNSW and a case office will contact applicants once applications are received.



Australian Defence Force Academy applications are now open for 2018. While this may seem like a long way away, the application process can take 3–12 months depending on your circumstances. To avoid having to do the application when you are busy with year 12 exams, think about starting your application soon!


Good Careers Guide

A resource that provides students and career advisers access to the relevant tools to explore career, education and employment options.
The 400+ job descriptions covered by the guide include information about personal requirements, education and training, employment opportunities and related jobs.


ATO Tax File Number Applications

A tax file number is a unique nine-digit number issued to individuals and organisations to help administer tax and other Australian Government systems. Students need a TFN before they can start any type of paid work.

For information on how to apply visit:


Smartphone Apps to Help with Studying

This article features some smartphone apps that can help students to improve their study habits.


Think Education Surviving Year 12 eBook
Think Education have produced a free eBook with tips on how to master your final year of school.


TSFX Exam/Study Tip 3 & 4


TSFX Edge Online

Edge Online is an online resource portal that provides exclusive resources designed to provide students with the best opportunities to optimise their Year 11 and 12 scores.

Edge Online members receive over $300 worth of resources at no charge.


TSFX: HSC Study Tips – Top Tips from Past Year 12 Students


Tips for note-taking


Tips for volunteering

Volunteering is a great way to give to your community, meet interesting people, and learn new skills. It can also be a great way to get some experience on your resume before you get a job. Youth Central have some tips on finding a volunteering position and making sure you’re not being exploited in the role.


Christmas Jobs

If you are thinking of earning some cash over the Christmas period many organisations are conducting recruitment drives now. For example, Bonds stores are conducting interviews this month!  Take a look at:


Hot Courses Abroad

If you’re considering studying overseas, you can explore your options on this website.


Careers in Sport

This website is for anyone interested in a career in sport and fitness. There is information about recommended qualifications and pathways, along with a list of available positions and courses.


Where could STEM take you?


TSFX Free HSC Survival Guide

The School for Excellence (TSFX) have put together a 36 page guide to help year 12 students achieve the best possible marks in end of school exams. The guide has advice about goal setting, managing stress and procrastination, time management skills, effective learning techniques, planning study timetables and more.

Download it here:



Salsas Bondi Junction and Salas Eastgardens are looking for part time sales assistants, outside of school hours.

Salsas website:


Toys R Us

It is time for final recruitment drive for 2017, here at Toys R Us / Babies R Us Moore Park.

Toys R Us is the perfect first job for anyone at school. We have a range of shifts available including throughout the day, after school, in the evening and on the weekends – throughout school holidays this can be unlimited!

We have entry level casual roles including register operation, night fill, customer service and truck receiving which require no background experience.

We have great on the job training and the opportunities are endless with our Management Development Program which can kick start your Retail Career.

Enrolment pack can be downloaded below.



Toys R Us enrolment pack Download
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