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2017 Careers Updates May 4 : Career News Issue 6

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From the Head of Senior Studies and Careers, Kath Knowles

USYD: Year 10 Information Evening

11th May at the University of Sydney, Camperdown Campus

The evening is designed to help Year 10 students (and their parents) choose subjects for the HSC and navigate through the process of applying to university.

Topics include: ATAR, scaling, prerequisites and assumed knowledge, subject selections, career pathways and the student journey to university.


UNSW Events

Year 10 Subject Selection & Information Evening – 10 May 2017 – 6:15pm to 7:30pm

Engineering High School Information Day – 17 May 2017 – 9:00am to 3:00pm

Year 10 Subject Selection & Information Evening – 23 May 2017 – 6:15pm to 7:30pm

Year 10 Subject Selection & Information Evening – 25 May 2017 – 6:15pm to 7:30pm

Career Paths in Music, Theatre and Performance – 30 May 2017 – 6:00pm to 8:00pm:

An information evening for students (and parents) with a passion for music, theatre and performance.

Year 10 Subject Selection & Information Evening – 31 May 2017 – 6:15pm to 7:30pm

Scholarships Information Evening – 7 Jun 2017 – 6:15pm to 8:00pm:

This evening is designed for Year 11 & 12 students interested in applying for a scholarship or the Co-op Program.


UOW Info Evenings

Year 12 Information Evenings:

Sutherland – Monday 8 May

Wollongong – Tuesday 16 May

Liverpool – Tuesday 27 June


UNSW Co-op Program Info Evening

6 – 8pm, Thursday 11 May @ UNSW Kensington Campus

To help you start to shape your Career and the study pathway to get you there, the UNSW Co-op Program has assembled a lineup of Industry Leaders in key sectors: Finance, Technology, Engineering, Marketing & Maths

Industry Leaders in these sectors will share their insights on the industry, the career opportunities available and their own journeys, in a session designed to help you Create Your Career.


UTS Bachelor of Accounting (BAcc) Co-op Scholarship – Information Evening

Tue 16th May, 6.30 – 7.30pm @ Aerial Function Centre, UTS Building 10 (level 7), 235 Jones Street, Ultimo

Meet current students, graduates, sponsors, and staff of this elite program.

Closing date for Round 1 applications: Friday 2 June 2017

Closing date for Round 2 applications: Friday 20 October 2017

(Places for Round 2 applicants will be limited)


UTS Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT) Co-operative Scholarship

You must apply through both the Universities Admissions Centre and directly through UTS.

Successful applicants are selected on a combination of interview + ATAR.

Round 1 closing date: 3 September

Round 2 closing date: 13 October


UTS Discover Nursing

5.30pm, 15 June – Discover Nursing

5.30pm, 12 July – Discover Nursing


University of Sydney Scholarships information evening for Year 12 students

6 – 8pm, Tuesday 20 June.


University of Sydney: Your Path to Uni

At this information evening, you can find the answers to all your questions to make informed decisions as you progress, through school, onto university.

Thursday 25 May, 6 – 8pm @ Park Royal Hotel, Parramatta
UTS Law Undergraduate Info Evening

6 – 8pm, 21 June @ UTS Haymarket Campus – Building 5, Block B, cnr Quay St & Ultimo Rd, Haymarket, Sydney.

Open to Year 11 and 12 students and their parents.



Macquarie University Undergraduate Information Evening

At the undergraduate information evening on Wednesday 17 May, 5pm – 8pm, the information session will run twice on the evening, giving students the flexibility to attend at a time that suits them.

For students interested in science, we’re also running an optional tour of our world-class science facilities from 5pm.


Macquarie University Global leadership entry program

Applications open 8th May 2017

The program is open to students completing the HSC or SSC or the IB, who are active in the community and achieve good results in school. To register your interest for the program, complete the online form on the website.


Macquarie University: Bonus Points.

Bonus points are added to your ATAR and allow you to be considered for courses above your official ATAR. In addition to the categories of academic advantage, the rural bonus scheme, educational access scheme, & athletes and performers there is also the big history scheme. Completion of the big history scheme will get an extra 3 bonus points for most degrees.


Scholarship opportunities for future teachers

Applications open May/June 2017 for 2018

The NSW Department of Education offers presentations via video conference to groups of students interested in teaching. To keep up to date with the various scholarships offered and when applications open and close, subscribe to Teach NSW.


The University of Notre Dame

Parent Information Evening/Early Offer Information Evening – Tuesday, 9 May 2017


The University of Notre Dame: Doctor of Medicine Information Session

6:00pm, Tuesday 9 May 2017 (prior to applications closing) @ 160 Oxford St, Darlinghurst

Contact: 02 8204 4404 or


Notre Dame: Getting to Know Nursing

16th May 2017, 6pm, 160 Oxford St, Darlinghurst

For students interested in a career in nursing, the event will provide the opportunity to speak to academic staff and a guest speaker, who will give an insight into what a career in nursing is like.


The University of Notre Dame: Young Achievers Early Offer Program

Applications for the 2018 Young Achievers Early Offer Program will open soon and will close at the end of July.

Applicants are able to apply in one of four categories:

Commitment to community and/or church

Commitment to and excellence in cultural pursuits

Commitment to and excellence in sporting achievements

Academic Excellence


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.


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


Meet the Business Leader 2017

Join us for our annual flagship event for Year 10, 11 and 12 students in Sydney on 17. You and your students have the chance to meet with inspirational Chartered Accountants who share their experience and provide useful career advice. For more info and to register yourself and your students for this free event, contact


Engineering and Technology Cadetships (ETCAD) Program

Study at university while you work at Westpac Group or Macquarie Group.

For students who are in Year 12 in 2017. Technology Cadets combine work in Sydney with university study in computer science, information technology or information systems. Alternatively, cadets may undertake a commerce or arts degree and select information systems as one of their majors.

Applications close: 16 June, 2017


Academy of Film Theatre and Television: Open Day
13th May 2017, 9:30am to 2:30pm
Open day is an opportunity to obtain further information on careers in acting, music, theatre or stage management. If unable to attend the open day private tours can be booked by calling 02 9213 4500.


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.


Considering a career in games, 3D or VFX?

Sat 27th May, 11am – 4pm (AEST)

If you have ever wanted to study 3D animation, game design or VFX for film online with AIE then the Online Experience Day is an ideal opportunity to find out about the programs the Academy of Interactive Entertainment offers without attending an open day in person.


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:


HSC and Careers Expo 2017

1st to 4th June 2017, Royal Hall of Industries, Moore Park

The Expo includes exhibitors from tertiary institutions, training organisations, employers, career and gap year resources. Admission is $10 per person, with school group discounts available.


STEM Subjects – Why are they in Demand?


Medical Schools Around the World

Find and compare med schools around the world.


UMAT 2017 Registrations Open Soon

Registrations for UMAT 2017 open early December 2016 and close 2nd June 2017.

The test takes place nationally on the 26th July 2017.

UMAT is a test that is used specifically to assist with the selection of students into the medicine, dentistry and health science degree programs at undergraduate level at the universities listed on this website.



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 2018 Gap Year Intake

Applications for a 2018 gap year open in March 2017.

The ADF Gap Year program provides an opportunity for young Australians who have finished year 12 or equivalent, aged between 17 and 24, to experience military training & lifestyle whilst gaining new skills over a paid Gap Year.

To apply, visit:



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!


Defence Jobs Info Sessions

MAY10 Parramatta: Army Officer Information Session

MAY16 Parramatta: ADF Careers Combat Roles

MAY23 Parramatta: Parents Information Session


University of Sydney: Introduction of Mathematics Prerequisite

The University of Sydney will introduce a mathematics prerequisite for some courses in 2019. The courses that will have the prerequisite are listed in UAC’s 2016 Year 10 guide.


ACE the HSC Free Seminars

10am – 12pm, 3 July 2017 @ UTS Haymarket

10am – 12pm, 6 July 2017 @ Macquarie University

10am – 12pm, 10 July 2017 @ University of Newcastle

10am – 12pm, 10 July 2017 @ University of Wollongong


HSC in the Holidays

Preliminary Subject and HSC Subject Lectures in the July holidays.

Focused HSC Lectures in September.


University of Sydney HSC Preparation Courses
The courses run at various times throughout the year. There are preparation courses for biology, chemistry, economics, exam preparation, legal studies, music, visual arts, business, design and technology, English, history, mathematics and physics. Dates for specific courses can be found by following the below link.


HSC Syllabus Update

The HSC curriculum is being updated, with changes set to be implemented from 2019. The new syllabus with have a greater focus on learning in depth rather than a breadth of topics.


Good Careers Guide

Available from May 8 2017. 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:


The Leap

The Leap is a gap year organisation from the UK that offers young people the opportunity to experience a variety of programs in unique locations around the world. Find out more at:


Young Endeavour

Applications to sail on the Young Endeavour in 2017 are now open. If you’re aged 16–23, you can apply to take part in the program, in which you will develop self-awareness, leadership and teamwork skills.


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 1


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.


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:


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