FROM HEAD OF SENIOR STUDIES AND CAREERS, KATH KNOWLES
University of Sydney Year 10 Information Evenings
Join the University of Sydney 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
UNSW Engineering Information Day
Tuesday, 15 May 8:30am to 3:30pm
The UNSW Engineering 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.
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 a guest speaker who will provide information on a current innovative nursing topic.
Places are limited. Please register here or contact 02 8204 4404 or email@example.com for further information.
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. Registrations will open here in February.
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 the 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.
Applications open Tuesday 1 May 2018 and close Tuesday 31 July 2018.
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.
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.
ACU Bachelor of Sport and Outdoor Education
Commencing 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.
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 www.professionalcadets.com.au
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
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 – https://www.defencejobs.gov.au/students-and-education/gap-year
Defence Jobs Information Sessions
- 28 March – Parramatta, ADF Opportunities For School Leavers Information Session
- 3 April – Parramatta, Defence Careers Information Session
- 5 April – Parramatta, Gap Year Information Session
- 11 April – Parramatta, Commando Information Session
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
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.
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 1 May 2018 in Ultimo.
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.
Become a Drone Pilot
Upcoming course dates for RePL training in Sydney:
30 April (Monday) – 4 May (Friday)
21 May (Monday) – 25 May (Friday)
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 18 AFTER EFFECTS FOR TEENS: 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: https://goo.gl/D56Xdb
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: https://goo.gl/LSKaQ8
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.
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 – https://www.police.nsw.gov.au/recruitment
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.
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.
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: https://www.ato.gov.au/Individuals/Tax-file-number/
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.
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 – https://www.employment.gov.au/occupational-skill-shortages-information
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 – https://this.deakin.edu.au/career/how-an-engineering-degree-can-build-your-future
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 – https://willrobotstakemyjob.com/
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 – https://www.youthcentral.vic.gov.au/studying-training/secondary-study/6-tips-for-surviving-vce
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: https://www.tsfx.com.au/hsc-survival-guide-edge-teachers
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.
https://australiancareersservice.com.au/resources/ – 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 – https://careerswithstem.com/undergraduate-degree-advice/
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.
Job Spotlight – Game Designer
Game Designers design and build computer or console games to be sold to consumers. The games they design are often complex and intriguing, and the job requires creativity and technical know-how.
Gaming is a multi-billion dollar industry and growing fast.
“Programmers make games – artists make games look good – designers make games feel good” – watch the video from AIE
Salary Range: Qualified game designer can expect to earn around $70k – $80k per year, but for top independent designers you could earn much more. The creator of Minecraft, for example, is a billionaire.
Future Growth: Job Outlook rate the outlook for Graphic & Web Designers as very strong
Qualifications and skills required:
While you don’t always need any formal qualifications to work in the industry, you may find it easier to secure a job with experience or an education in maths, design, software engineering or IT.
Employers look for
- people who can combine creativity with technical ability
- those who adapt quickly to new technology
- people with good communication and teamwork skills
- those with a strong interest in everything to do with games
What does the training look like?
You can study game development at TAFE, university or one of the private colleges.
You have lots of options – look for courses with quality studios that teach practical skills as well as theory, and opportunities for industry placements.
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