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2018 Careers Updates, 17 May

From the Head of Careers and Senior Studies, Kath Knowles

NSW Fire & Rescue Open Day

19 May | 10am-2pm

Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW) will hold its annual Open Day on Saturday 19 May 2018 with fire stations across the State giving visitors a personal glimpse into Australia’s busiest fire and rescue service.

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Advice for choosing HSC Courses from NSW Education Standards Authority

Your aim is to attain the best HSC result you can. So, you should choose courses that you are good at, interested in and may use in the future.

When considering which courses to study, explore the content of a course. For example, what are the course outcomes? Will you be required to submit a major work, or perform, as part of your exams? Talk with your teachers about your strengths and weaknesses, as well as individual course requirements, before making your selections.

Read the advice

University of Sydney Year 10 Info Evenings

Join us on campus for a fun and informative evening. You will hear from a range of speakers including University staff and students.

Camperdown/Darlington Campus – University of Sydney Thursday 17 May 2018, 6 – 8pm

Register now

UNSW Sydney Scholarships Information Evening

June 5 | John Niland Scientia Building, UNSW Kensington

The Scholarships Information Evening provides depth and detail on the range of scholarships at UNSW and the application process.

The evening is aimed at Year 11 and 12 students and their parents.

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Bachelor of Advanced Computing Information Evening

June 21 | University of Sydney

The Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies at the University of Sydney is launching its new Bachelor of Advanced Computing degree in 2018. Join us at an information evening where you will learn more about this new degree and the opportunities that it brings to our students.

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Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies Year 11 & 12 Information Evening

May 29 | Sydney Nanoscience Hub

Join us for the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies’ Year 11 and 12 Information Evening to find out everything you need to know about studying engineering, computing, technology or project management at Sydney University.

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Uni of Wollongong General Info Evenings for 2019

Sutherland Tuesday, 15 May
Kogarah Tuesday, 26 June
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UTS Engineering and IT Undergrad Info Evening

Thursday 14 June 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Hear from industry professionals about future tech careers and the skills you need to get there. Follow with key course information for engineering and IT and UTS.

Register now

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 Discover Nursing @ UTS

Thursday 21 June 5:30 pm

Wednesday 18 July 5:30 pm

There’s more to modern nursing than meets the eye. Whether you’re in high school, TAFE, working as an AIN or EN or looking to embark on a change in career, this session is for you. Hear from nursing academics and current students before touring our world-class clinical laboratories and taking part in a hands-on workshop.

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University of Notre Dame Sydney – Early Offer/Parent Info Evening

June 26 | Broadway Campus

Applications for Notre Dame’s Early Offer Program close on 31 July 2018. This event provides a great opportunity for students to find out tips and advice on submitting a comprehensive application. Students who gain an Early Offer are notified before they sit their final Year 12 exams.

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University of Notre Dame Sydney – Careers in Law

July 12 | Chippendale

Join us at our Careers in Law day to explore all programs in Law, and where this profession can take you.

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University of Notre Dame Early Offer Program – Sydney

Applications Close Tuesday 31 July

Are you motivated, forward-thinking and eager to get a head start on your future? Secure a place at Notre Dame before you sit your final Year 12 exams with the Early Offer Program.

Apply here –

Contact (02) 8204 4404 or

Early Offer and Parent Information Session – Tuesday 26 June at Chippendale

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Notre Dame – Getting to Know Nursing

Tuesday 22 May, 6pm

160 Oxford St, Darlinghurst

Get to know what it’s really like at Notre Dame’s Getting to Know Nursing event.

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet academic staff and hear from our guest speaker who will provide information on a current innovative nursing topic.

Places are limited. Please register here or contact us on 02 8204 4404 or for further information.

Book here

 UTS Law Undergrad Info Evening

Tuesday 19 June 2018

Discover why studying at UTS will give you an edge! This event is open to Year 11 and 12 students, and their parents. Careers advisers and teachers are also welcome to attend. Registrations will open here in February.

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NIDA Open Day

Saturday 16 June

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Applications for 2019

Applications for 2019 Bachelor & Diploma Courses are open from 2 July to 30 September.

Apply here from July

The Hotel School Info Evening

Sydney 30 May

During the Hotel School Info Evening event prospective students have the unique opportunity to experience ‘The Hotel School Advantage’, meet academics and other key support staff and find out about studying at The Hotel School.

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The Ultimate US/UK University Expo: Real Australian Students!

Saturday May 26

Are you serious about studying overseas? Don’t miss this opportunity to meet students from around Australia who have recently gained admission to Harvard, Stanford, Yale, Oxford, Columbia and more! Hear how they planned their journey, how they picked the universities to apply to and their tips for acing the academics, essays and interviews.

Use this link to get 50% off your ticket exclusive to MHS subscribers:

Australian Catholic University – University Experience

July 10 – North Sydney Campus

University Experience is a free program that gives you the opportunity to sample the degree of your choice. Get a taste of life at ACU by meeting academic staff and current students and trying out the course you’re interested in.

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ACU Early Entry Program

Regular volunteer work in your community – through a social justice organisation, sporting, performance, cultural or religious group – may be rewarded through our Community Achievers’ Program with entry into an undergraduate degree.

A successful CAP application means you could receive an offer as early as August to study at ACU. Being part of this CAP group also offers unique opportunities to enhance your leadership and volunteering skills, while you study with us.

Applications open Tuesday 1 May 2018 and close Tuesday 31 July 2018

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ACU Passion for Business – Early Entry Program

ACU’s new Passion For Business (P4B) program is not just about your ATAR – it’s about providing a unique opportunity for student’s with a passion for business. Are you a current Year 12 student studying a business related subject at school and want to gain an early competitive edge?

ACU believes passion and commitment to learning are important. Passion for Business is a guaranteed early entry program designed to nurture your learning passion and give you a step up in your future business career.

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ACU Elite Athlete and Performer Program

We understand you might need support to maintain sporting or performing excellence while studying. The Elite Athlete and Performer Program (EAPP) is designed to give you that support, and encourage excellence in both your sport/performing and academic life.

Future Student Applications are open year round.

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 ACU Bachelor of Sport and Outdoor Education

Commences in 2019. The Bachelor of Sport and Outdoor Education degree has core studies that provide an extensive knowledge and skills base in human health, wellness and performance, with a specific focus on the role of sport, exercise and outdoor education.

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Professional Cadetships Australia – Business, and Engineering & Tech Cadetships

Applications for the Business Cadetships Program opened on 5 March and close on Wednesday 16 May. The 2018 Program provides Year 12 students with the opportunity to apply for a cadetship at UBS, a top-ranking global bank.

Applications for the 2018 Engineering & Technology Cadetships (ETCAD) Program open on Monday 30 April. Under this Program, Engineering Cadets are placed at Cubic Transportation Systems and Technology Cadets are placed at Macquarie Group.

For details of these programs and for the Business Cadetships online application form, go to

SAVE THE DATE! Career Kickstarter – Business and Accounting – 23 May@ Luna Park 

Previously known as “Meet the Business Leader”. Year 12 students are invited to attend to meet with and hear from business leaders in Industry.  Students will also learn about work experience and scholarship opportunities.  Registrations will open in the coming weeks.

Become a Paramedic – NSW

There are three training pathways to becoming a paramedic with NSW Ambulance;

  • Trainee Paramedic (Vocational ) pathway
  • Paramedic Intern (Graduate) pathway
  • Qualified Paramedic pathway

Trainee Paramedic (Vocational entry)

Applicants who have no prior medical experience can apply for the Trainee Paramedic (vocational entry) role. Through the Trainee Paramedic vocational entry training pathway, you will undertake the nationally-accredited Diploma of Paramedical Science over three years, delivered by the NSW Ambulance Education Centre, Rozelle, Sydney. A minimum of 8 weeks training is undertaken at NSW Ambulance before going out on road.

For a copy of the Role Description please click here.

For more information on the recruitment and selection process, please click here.

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ADF Gap Year applications for 2019 have opened

It’s a unique opportunity for your students to try out a career in Navy, Army or Air Force and get a feel for a military life without committing for a longer period.

In 2019 there are 14 roles to choose from ranging from admin to artillery and even flight crew, plus this year we’re offering 30 Army Officer roles – places are limited.

Army Driver – Closes 21 May 2018

Army Administration Assistant – Closes 21 May 2018

Army Warehouse Assistant – Closes 21 May 2018

Army Air Defence Operator – Closes 21 May 2018

Air Force Warehouse Storeperson – Closes 28 May 2018

Air Force Aviation Support Technician – Closes 28 May 2018

Air Force Airbase Protection and Security – Closes 4 June 2018

Air Force Administration Assistant – Closes 4 June 2018

Closing dates are driven by demand and may close sooner than listed.

Apply now

UMAT 2018

Thinking of studying medicine, dentistry or health sciences? You need to know about UMAT.

UMAT stands for the Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test. It’s a test that’s designed to help select students for undergraduate medicine and health science programs for participating universities.

If you’re in your final year of secondary school and want to enter a medicine or health science degree next year then you need to sit UMAT in 2018. It’s only held once a year.

In 2018 it will be held on Wednesday 25 July, 2018

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Teach.nsw Get Paid to Study

Want to become a teacher? You could get paid to study and have a guaranteed job on graduation. Subscribe to their mailing list to find out more .

AIT Info Night

May 23 – Sydney

AIT’s Info night is perfect for those wanting to explore the endless opportunities available in the growing creative industry.

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AIT Open Day

July 28 – Sydney

Join us at our Open Day in July and learn all about AIT, the creative industry and amazing opportunities available to you.

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Academy of Interactive Entertainment – Industry Experience Day

July 13 – Sydney & Canberra

AIE’s Industry Experience Days are a great opportunity for students in Years 10, 11 and 12 to learn about the local and international game development, 3D animation and visual effects industries. Students will get the opportunity to learn about the different pathways to get into the industry, what should be in a portfolio and will be able to get creative in practical workshops using industry-standard 3D animation and game development tools.

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AIT After-School Special Effects in Film Workshops

This workshop provides students with an introduction to desktop Special Effects compositing and motion graphics using Adobe After Effects.

These workshops will run every Thursday for five weeks beginning on May 3rd 2018 in Ultimo.

Find out more and book now

Become a Drone Pilot

Upcoming course dates for RePL training in Sydney:

21 May (Monday) – 25 May (Friday)

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AFTRS Upcoming Courses

Our courses are the perfect way to learn new skills, have fun and make new friends and are taught by industry professionals at AFTRS’ state-of-the-art film, TV and radio studios in Sydney.

Jul 02 The Real Filmmaking Workshop: 13-17

Jul 09 AFTRS Trop Jr Filmmaking: 10-15

 NECA Electrotechnology Apprenticeships

At NECA we’re here to help you complete a national qualification that supports a career in data/ communication, home automation, renewable energy, construction, the installation of lights, power, air conditioning, fire protection, building management systems and more.

They pay for everything, including your tools, and you’ll get a nationally recognised qualification.

80% of their apprentices graduate and 99% of graduates find a job in the first 3 months, with up to $91k starting salary.

Apply here

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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.

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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.

NSW Police Recruitment

The police force is recruiting, and they’ve launched a new Facebook page.

They’re also running info sessions and practice sessions for the Physical Capacity Test.

Recruitment Information Session – Parramatta COMING SOON
Saturday 16 June 9.00am – 12.00pm

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Real Estate Training Reforms

NSW Parliament has passed reforms which increase the training requirement for Real Estate Agents. The previous course took 5 days (or less), but now recruits will need to complete more units and undergo 12 months industry experience before they can become a Licence holder.

Read more here 


Australian Defence Force Academy applications are now open. To avoid having to do the application when you are busy with year 12 exams, think about starting your application soon!

SkillsShow Australia

2-4 June ICC Darling Harbour

Skills Show Australia 2018 provides visitors with an opportunity to discover future careers through interactive events, demonstrations and competitions. It aims to equip young Australians with the knowledge to make an informed choice about their future career options. The Skills Show also provides them with a unique chance to network with the hundreds of industry and educational experts.

There are robotics competitions, and Try’aSkill events, plus much more.

Register to attend (it’s free)

 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

TAFE NSW 2018 Career Guide

Get your copy of the Career Guide by downloading it here

FREE Maximising Exam Marks Lecture

Sunday 17 June 2018 | 10am to 2pm | UNSW Sydney

Examinations are a great source of stress for students, but it doesn’t need to be this way. With the right advice and a solid study plan, you can reduce stress levels, cut down on study time and significantly improve examination marks!

Valued at over $150, this lecture is FREE when you make a $10 donation to The Fred Hollows Foundation on the day.
Book now

Breaking bad study habits

Start the new school year off right with these great tips for staying focused while studying.

Check them out

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

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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

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.

Find out which occupations have skills shortages

Choosing a job in an industry where they need more workers is usually a smart decision. Right now, most professions are adequately supplied with large numbers of qualified candidates competing for vacancies. There are shortages for architects, surveyors, sonographers, audiologists and veterinarians, and many trades need more qualified people.

Find out where more people are needed here

 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.

How an engineering degree can build your future

This article from Deakin explores what an engineering degree can lead to in the current environment where what we know about manufacturing, business and career paths is all changing.

Read it here

Will Robots Take My Job?

Worried about robots stealing your job? Find out the chances of your chosen field becoming automated in the future.

Take the test

Where could STEM take you?

 STEM Subjects – Why are they in Demand?

Surviving Year 12

This article from Youth Central has some great tips on surviving and succeeding in Year 12. Start your year off right by thinking about how you’re going to balance your year.

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

 Good Universities Guide Resources

This page has electronic resources on a number of topics, including comparing universities by state or by degree. The information is all sourced from The Good Universities Guide 2018.

Job Spotlight

Graphic Designer

Graphic Designers are all about visual communication.

Making things ‘look good’ is much harder than it sounds. Good graphic designers use visual elements to deliver a compelling message in print or online. They know how to attract attention to the right things, distract from others, and can even manipulate viewers.

To be a graphic designer you need to master more than one thing:

  1. You need to understand design fundamentals, including colour, form, shape, and you need to be able to visually turn ideas into reality
  2. You’ll also need to understand your audience, and a good grasp of marketing and sales will help you craft powerful messages
  3. Lastly, it’s essential that you can work with computer design software, often including social media, web development programs and programs like photoshop

Watch two videos on being a Graphic Designer –

Graphic Design from Lynda

A Day in the Life of a Graphic Designer

Salary range: around $55,000 per year (source: Seek Learning), PayScale list a Senior Graphic Designers average income as $68,509 per year

Qualifications Required: technically you don’t need any qualifications to get started, just a good working knowledge of the Adobe Creative Suite and a portfolio. Many jobs expect you to have a VET level or higher qualification.

Here’s how to get started

Learn how to use Adobe Creative Cloud

It’s hard to believe that one set of software could be essential for a career, but that’s the way it is. Granted, there are other programs around, but in general Adobe is the one they want.

If you’re serious about becoming a Graphic Designer then start learning about Adobe right now. They have fantastic student packages. There are numerous tutorials out there, and you can find many of the best ones on Lynda. They even have courses that will literally teach you to be a graphic designer. If you do go on to study Graphic Design, at least you’ll have one of the main skills under control.

What does the work look like?

Expect every day to be different. Graphic Designers are expected to put together a huge range of materials including magazines, newspapers, brochures, leaflets, social media posts, website designs, emails, logos, letterheads and brand guidelines.

There are three main places you’ll find Graphic Designers:

  1. In-house designers work for a company and produce all their branding and marketing communications. You might work within a marketing team, including sales specialists and writers, or in a smaller company you might be responsible for just about all communications.
  2. Agency designers work with many brands to deliver communication messages for clients. You may specialise in just producing one type of design (like social media posts) or you could handle everything the client needs. One day you could be working with Qantas, the next you could be working for a dog food company – expect lots of variety.
  3. Freelance Graphic Designers work with companies, agencies, and other industry professionals such as website developers and copywriters. You could work on one big contract for an organisation, then move on to work with a range of smaller agencies – the work is unpredictable but varied and exciting.

Want to study Graphic Design?

There are loads of courses, and many of them can be studied online. The Design Institute of Australia recognise many courses – DIA recognition means that the course has been assessed by an independent body (DIA) as being appropriate to meet industry standards. Which is a fancy way of saying that employers know that graduates from those courses are qualified to the right standard.

You can find the full list here



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