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2018 Careers Updates, 20 September

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Western Sydney University – HSC True Reward Early Offer Program

Applications close 10 December

It’s important to acknowledge and play to your strengths because, ultimately, your strengths will determine your future. This is the premise behind HSC True Reward – a program that recognises the strengths of each individual.

Our unique program makes an early offer into a University degree based on corresponding HSC subject band outcomes, not the ATAR. Why? Because at Western, we recognise that too often, the ATAR system overlooks natural strengths and talent.

Applications are now open. This program is open to all 2018 NSW HSC students. Start your application to Western now and make sure you tick YES in the HSC True Reward section.

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TAFE NSW Degree Early Entry Program

Early entry applications close October 31 2018

No matter what happens come December, with our Early Entry program you could receive a conditional TAFE NSW Degree offer. No ATAR required.

Applications are now open – Apply Now

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Australian Catholic University – Pathways & Entry Schemes

Are you currently completing Year 12? Find out about entry schemes and programs which can help you gain a place at ACU. There’s more than one way to gain entry into your dream course.

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ACU Teacher Selection Statement Advice

As part of your online application you need to submit a Teacher Selector Statement which consists of a concise (approximately 1000 words) statement demonstrating your suitability to teaching. There is some great advice to help you write this statement here –,_institutes_and_centres/education_and_arts/schools/suitability_for_teaching

NOTE: the advice could help you write similar statements required by other universities, not just ACU.

UTS Bachelor of Accounting Cooperative Education Scholarship Program

Closing date: Friday 19 October

If you are a high achieving school leaver and believe you could be one of Australia’s future business leaders, then the Bachelor of Accounting cooperative education scholarship program has been designed just for you. The Bachelor of Accounting provides you with a multi-skilled accounting degree with strong emphasis on both accounting and financial management, both essential business tools.

All students in the course receive a tax-free scholarship worth up to $51,500. Learn more about the scholarship.

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Teach.NSW Scholarships

You’ve explored teaching as a career and decided to become a teacher. Now’s the time to work out which scholarship, cadetship or internship could make your study more affordable! We’ve laid them all out so you can see what’s available to you.

Teacher Education Scholarships

$5000 per year of full-time study & $3000 appointment allowance plus a permanent teaching job

CASPer Test – New Requirement for Teacher Entry in 2019

If you want to study education at uni next year then you’ll possibly need to sit the CASPer test. It’s a test designed to assess traits like professionalism, empathy, communication and ethics. Find out more about it here.

ACU is using CASPer results for 2019

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The University of Sydney – Portfolio Day – School of Architecture, Design & Planning

October 6 | Darlington, NSW

The Portfolio Day is a fantastic opportunity for you to meet our academic staff and receive feedback on your portfolio. You can also choose to submit your portfolio for admission on the day if you’re feeling confident.

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ACU Bachelor of Education Studies

The Bachelor of Educational Studies has been designed for students who are passionate about becoming teachers, but do not achieve the entry requirements.
Students who successfully complete their first year of study (subject to meeting certain progression and non-academic requirements) will be guaranteed entry into the second year of the Bachelor of Education (Primary) or the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary).
For more information about pathways into ACU early childhood, primary or secondary teaching courses, see our website,_institutes_and_centres/education_and_arts/schools/study_areas/education_pathways

University of Wollongong – College Pathways Programs

Maybe you didn’t get the ATAR to get straight into university but our pathways p[program at our college will set you up to succeed.

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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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EducationUSA School Holiday Information Sessions

EducationUSA will be offering two free general information session at the U.S. Consulate General during the school holidays. Open to students, parents, coaches and teachers. The sessions are divided into two parts – the first part is relevant for all students and addresses general guidance on U.S. undergraduate study, including university application procedures and standardized testing, the second part will focus on information for students-athletes. Those who are not interested in the student-athlete section will be able to leave after the first part.

School Holiday Information Session 1

Date: October 2nd

Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

More information and registration


 School Holiday Information Session 2

Date: October 3rd

Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

More information and registration


JMC Academy High School Holiday Workshops – Sydney

The workshops are a great opportunity to check out the JMC Academy campus while getting a taste of what studying your passion with Australia’s leading Creative Industries provider is like at this fun, engaging and hands-on program!
These workshops are strictly for high school students in years 9 – 12.

Film & Tv Workshop | Wednesday 10th October 2018
Character Design Workshop | Wednesday 10th October 2018
From Studio To Stage Workshop | Friday 12th October 2018
Discover Visual Communication Workshop | Friday 12th October 2018

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NIDA Undergraduate Applications for 2019 are open

NIDA’s three-year practice-based Bachelor courses provide an intensive and immersive experience, as students work together to create, perform and stage full theatrical productions, films, events and exhibitions.

Applications are now open and close September 30

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Studying at TAFE – Myths Debunked

Is TAFE really that bad? Is university really that good? Studying is studying. Isn’t it? Here are five of the most common myths about TAFE debunked by those in the know.

Disclaimer: I have a feeling this post was sponsored by a VET provider, so take the information with a pinch of salt.

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Community service as important as ATAR for Year 12s in ANU overhaul

In a new scheme designed to diversify the university’s ranks, school leavers will be asked to meet a minimum threshold of community service and extra-curricular activity such as working part-time, playing sport or volunteering, on top of achieving the right score for their degree.

ANU vice-chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt said students were more than “just a score” and had unique skills on offer from time spent volunteering, working part-time, excelling in sports or performance or participating in student leadership.

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HSC Maths Course Selection Advice from UNSW

How to make the right choice at High School to prevent issues later.

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Studying Math for the HSC and Beyond – Year 10 Students Subject Selection

The Mathematical Association of NSW has put together a guide to selecting maths subjects for the HSC.

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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 – 

Apprenticeship Careers Australia – Careers Campsite – Sydney

September 20 – 23 | Sydney Olympic Park

Are you considering an apprenticeship or traineeship? Want a career in an exciting industry?

Apprenticeship Careers Australia to bring you the #CareersCampsite, our street crew will be on hand to provide free career advice and on the spot job interviews for positions within the Caravan and Camping Industry, plus apprenticeships and traineeships in a range of other industries. Find out more –

Sydney Trains – 2019 Apprenticeship Program

You will get the opportunity to be part a program that combines paid work and structured training, allowing you to learn a trade and gain a nationally recognised qualification.

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How To Get a Builder’s License – from HIA (Housing Industry Association)

To work as a builder or tradesperson in Australia you must have a licence or be registered (depending on your state or territory). A licence or registration may require a combination of technical qualification, experience, skills and knowledge prior to application.

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Master Painters Australia – Apprenticeships – NSW

If you’re considering your options post-secondary school, then an apprenticeship may be what you’re looking for. An apprenticeship offers young people employment and on-the-job training opportunities and has the great benefit of a career in the making upon completion.

They also run 3 day pre-apprenticeship programs – register here to find out when the next one is on.

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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.

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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.

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.

There are 3 ways to study at UNSW Canberra (ADFA)

  • ADFA Trainee Officers study Arts, Business, Computing and Cyber Security, Engineering, Science, or Technology degrees (while receiving military training and subsidised accommodation and living costs)
  • Defence Civilian Undergraduate Sponsorship students study Computing and Cyber Security or specialist Engineering degrees in Aeronautical, Civil, Electrical, or Mechanical (with full tuition fee scholarships and stipends)
  • Non-Defence Undergraduate students study specialist Engineering degrees in Aeronautical, Civil, Electrical, or Mechanical or Engineering / Science double degrees (with paid work experience opportunities).

Our students are provided with a unique study experience, access to custom-built facilities and resources, outstanding industry networks, and graduate with a degree from one of the top universities in the world.

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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!

Pathway to a Career in Aviation – Sydney Flight College

  1. Private Pilot Licence
  2. Diploma of Aviation and a Commercial Pilot Licence
  3. Instrument Rating then either Charter or Instruct

Then you start with regional airlines before moving to business jets or international airlines

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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.

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TAFE NSW 2018 Career Guide

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Breaking bad study habits

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

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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 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. 

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.

My Future – Supporting your Child’s Career Development

Support from family and key people in their life is important in helping young people through the process of thinking about and planning for their career.

As a parent or carer, four areas where you can provide practical support are self-awareness, opportunity awareness, decision making and transition support.

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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.

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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.

 FYA Blog – How Studying The Wrong Thing Helped Me Figure Out What The Right Thing Was

Some great tips in this blog (NOTE: the author is not advocating that you should deliberately pick the wrong thing)

Tip 1 – go with your gut

Tip 2 – do your research

Tip 3 – changing your mind is ok

“If I could go back, I would jump on Google and research a variety of degrees to figure out what they’re actually all about. I’d talk to people working on jobs I think sound interesting to find out what they’re actually like and how they got there. I’d speak to careers counsellors. And I’d ask for advice from family members and friends.” 

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How to Help Your Child Prepare For Their HSC Exams – from HSC in the Holidays

Want to help your child prepare for their best possible marks, but not sure where to start? This guide was written with you in mind…

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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.

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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.

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 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. – good-university-guide-downloadables

10 Jobs that didn’t exist 10 years ago

Sustainability and web-based services seem to be driving the change – how does this fit in with your post-school plans?

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