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2018 Careers Updates, 22 March

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Kath Knowles - Senior Studies, Careers and VET Co-ordinator

From Head of Senior Studies and Careers, Kath Knowles

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 5 April 2018, 6 – 8pm
Tuesday 8 May 2018, 6 – 8pm
Thursday 17 May 2018, 6 – 8pm

Register now

UNSW Engineering Info Day

Tuesday, 15 May 8:30am to 3:30pm

UNSW Engineering’s High School Information Day is designed to give year 11 & 12 students the opportunity to sample several fields of engineering through interesting and stimulating hands-on activities over a day at UNSW Kensington Campus.

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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.

Find out more –

ACU Community Achiever 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.

Find out more –

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.

NIDA HSC Workshops & Study Days

HSC Drama Performance 

Comprehensive course for NSW students in year 11 and 12. Broaden your understanding of performance styles and develop improvisation, acting and devising techniques.
Years 11 & 12, cost is $615
16–20 April 2018, 10am–5pm
8–12 Oct 2018, 10am–5pm
Find out more –

HSC IP Study Day

HSC IP Study Day is a fantastic way for students to explore the creative process from conception to successful completion. Participants gain a practical understanding of what is involved in the project area of their choice.
Tuesday 30 October 2018, 9.30am–3.00pm
Book now –

HSC in the Holidays March Seminars

Our subject-specific seminars have been designed to provide you with the insight and understanding from our expert HSC Teachers in the lead up to the half-yearly exams.
UTS Seminars Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th March
Macquarie University Seminars Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th March
Find out more and register –

Qantas Group Pilot Academy

In 2019, Qantas Group is establishing a pilot academy. This training is appropriate for high school or university graduates with a strong academic performance.

You can register your interest online to be kept updated about the new pilot academy.

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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.

  • Navy – Closes 9 April 2018
  • Army Combat Engineer – Closes 9 April 2018
  • Army Officer – Closes 23 April 2018
  • Army Artillery Operator – Closes 23 April 2018
  • Army Infantry Soldier – Closes 14 May 2018
  • 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 Cabin Crew – Closes 7 March 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 –

UAC Favourite Uni Courses for 2018

THE majority of Year 12 students have received their offers to uni and the stats are in—Health, Law and Business were the most favoured fields of study. Data released today by the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) indicates a strong preference among applicants for health degrees, with the Bachelor of Medicine at UNSW topping the list at 1,322 unique first preferences. Two other medicine degrees and a nursing degree also made the top 10 list.

Find the list here –

 UMAT Registrations are now open

Registrations close 1 June, and the testing date is 25 July 2018.
Find out more –

Academy of Film, Theatre & Television Open Day

You’ll be able to soak up the culture, learn about the best way to finance your studies, meet our tutors and speak to current students about their experiences. Find out why AFTT is now Australia’s most contemporary fully immersive arts academy.

Saturday 12th May 2018, 9.30am to 2.30pm

41 Holt Street, Surry Hills

Register now –

The Hotel Career Expo

7 May @ Sofitel Sydney Wentworth

The Hotel Career Expo is your opportunity to go behind the scenes of this amazing industry and kickstart your new career with great rewards, internationally renowned training and strong management pathways. Meet highly influential professionals in the hotel industry and discover more about the opportunities available in some of Australia’s best hotels.

Register after 5 March –

AIT After School 2D Animation Workshops

This after-school workshop gives students the opportunity to experience all of the steps involved in creating a polished full-colour 2D animation. In the final workshop, outlining and colouring will be the main focus and the final exported animation will be sent to each participant.

These workshops will run every Tuesday for five weeks beginning on May 1st 2018 in Ultimo.

Find out more and book now –

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 –

JMC Academy VR Workshop

You can learn all about the future of VR as a technology and creative industry, how VR brings together multiple creative disciplines, and how to prepare film and animations for VR – an overview, tips, industry standards and pitfalls to look out for with VR creation.

Tuesday 27 March, 4.30pm

561 Harris St, Ultimo

Get tickets –

Become a Drone Pilot

Upcoming course dates for RePL training in Sydney:

12 March (Monday) – 16 March (Friday)

30 April (Monday) – 4 May (Friday)

21 May (Monday) – 25 May (Friday)

Find out more –

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.

Apr 16 Music for Film & TV: 13-17


Apr 23 Video Editing with Premiere Pro: 13-17

Apr 26 HSC Video Intensive: 15-17

Apr 26 Blood & Guts Movie Makeup: 9 – 14

Jul 02 The Real Filmmaking Workshop: 13-17

Jul 09 AFTRS Trop Jr Filmmaking: 10-15


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.

Join the AFP

Applications are sought for entry level positions into our community policing and national investigations families.

Recruit courses are anticipated for October 2018 and January 2019.

If you’re interested, or even just curious, head to our website for more information:

Join our Facebook Recruitment group for info and updates throughout the process. We’ll be sharing application tips, info about AFP College life, how to get over the (literal) hurdle and pass the physical fitness tests, and heaps more. Here’s a link to the group:

Applications close on 5 April.

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 – find it here –

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

Recruitment Information Session – Parramatta OPENING SOON
Saturday 21 April 9.00am – 12.00pm

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

Find out more –

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!

 NSW Roads & Maritime Services Opportunities

Road Designer In Training – The Road Designer in Training program is available to people looking for a career in designing roads while at the same time studying towards a Civil Engineering degree.

Find out more –

Apprenticeships and Traineeships – Traineeships and apprenticeships are offered across a number of different fields, including:

  • Business Administration Traineeship (Sydney)
  • Painter (Sydney Harbour Bridge)
  • Boilermaker (Newcastle, Sydney Harbour Bridge)

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:

TAFE NSW 2018 Career Guide

Get your copy of the Career Guide by downloading it here –

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

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 – 

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.

Read the tips –

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. – good-university-guide-downloadables

How to choose a degree when you’re unsure

This article from Careers with STEM has some great tips for choosing a university degree if you don’t quite know what you want yet.

Read it here –

How to focus on wellbeing in times of stress

ReachOut is Australia’s leading online mental health organisation for young people and their parents.

There’s a section on school and study, to help you work through the big decisions.

Find it here –

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

It’s an aptitude test. It’s designed to test your attributes and abilities, specifically in

  • critical thinking and problem solving
  • understanding people
  • abstract non-verbal reasoning

They test for these skills because they’re considered highly important for the study and practice of medicine and health sciences. It’s not based on the curriculum you study at school, and doesn’t require any knowledge or skills in maths, sciences, or any other area. They simply use these results, in combination with other selection criteria, to determine successful candidates for the specified medical and health science degrees.

You can find out more about the structure of the test, and the registration procedure in their downloadable Guide. 

Prepare for UMAT

You don’t have to complete any kind of preparation course, but practising the test online and completing a UMAT workshop might help you feel more comfortable about sitting the test and give you confidence on the day.

Their website states:

Intensive preparation is not advisable or necessary.  However, wide and critical reading may provide helpful preparation and, as with any test, some practice in answering questions of a similar type, and under similar time constraints as those found in the real test is helpful and reassuring to most candidates. It is also helpful to practice using a machine-readable answer sheet similar to the one in the actual test.”

The UMAT website offers official UMAT practice tests (the first one is free with your registration). They don’t endorse any external preparation courses, nor do they help develop those courses.