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Careers Update – 1 November 2018

From Head of Senior Studies and Careers, Kath Knowles

University Open Days & Info Sessions

UTS – Discover Nursing

November 14 | UTS Building 10. Ultimo
Open to High School Students and parents more than welcome to attend.
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UTS – Info Day
December 15 | UTS
UTS Info Day is your last chance to visit the campus before UAC preferences close the following day. Attend an info session or chat with staff and students. Ask those last-minute questions before you lock in your uni choice.
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University of Sydney Info Day – Save the Date

Saturday 15 December | 9.30am—3pm
Camperdown/Darlington Campus, University of Sydney
Info Day allows you to get answers to all your questions below finalising your main round preferences.
More information to come.
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The Australian National University – Advisory Day

December 14 | International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour

At the Advisory Day, you will have one-on-one access to advisors, as well as representatives from our academic Colleges. We will be there to answer your questions, no matter how general or detailed, so we encourage you to come along to learn more about why ANU is the right choice for you.

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Australian Catholic University – Know Your Options Info Session

December 13 – 14 | North Sydney Campus

Come along to Know Your Options, our information sessions where you can talk to experts about your course and career path, learn about alternative entry and admission pathways, explore our campus, and meet staff and students.

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TAFE NSW – Information Week 2019

January 21 – 25 | TAFE NSW

Come along to TAFE NSW’s Information Week from 21-25 January to explore your course and career options for 2019. Our program of events includes info sessions, campus tours, and live demos – program to be released soon. Talk to our teachers, career counsellors, find out about scholarships, support services, and much more.

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Western Sydney University – HSC True Rewards

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.

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New South Wales Police – Recruitment Information Session

November 3 | Parramatta. December 1 | Parramatta

Attend an information session to find out more about being a NSW Police Officer and the recruitment process. Sessions are generally run at Police Headquarters.

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TSFX Mastering the HSC

Sunday 18 November | 9am to 5pm | University of Technology, Sydney

For students in Year 11 or 12 in 2019
Proven advice. Top HSC Teachers. Industry Specialists. A+ Notes.
Valued at over $250, “Mastering the HSC” is *FREE when you make a $10 donation to The Fred Hollows Foundation on the day.
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Engineers Australia – Honeywell Engineering Summer School

December 2 – 7 | Sydney University

Students will meet and interact with professional engineers employed by government, private companies, researchers and academics in a wide range of engineering disciplines. They will gain valuable insight into career opportunities available to men and women in engineering.

Find out more – Engineering Summer School 2018 Interim.pdf

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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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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Shillington – Info Sessions

November 23 | Sydney. Join us for an upcoming Info Session to learn about our mission, watch an interactive demonstration of design software and creative thinking techniques, meet teachers, chat with graduates, view a wide variety of student portfolios.

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SAE Qantm – Info Night

November 22 | Sydney

If you’re considering studying creative media, AnimationAudioDesignFilm or Games, now is the time to speak to our experienced team, your future mentors, and discover how you can pursue your passion in these dynamic and expanding industries.

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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 –

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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Essential Energy – Apprenticeships – NSW

If you would like to express your interest in our 2020 Apprentice intake, we can keep you up to date on when applications open.

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Rio Tinto Apprenticeships 2019 – Residential Port Hedland (Dampier Salt)

We’re looking for talented people who are eager to learn and develop in various career paths through our unique apprenticeship programs.

  • Mobile Equipment Mechanic – Heavy Duty Diesel Fitter
  • Fixed Plant – Mechanical Fitter
  • Electrician

Applications will close on the 9th of November 2018.

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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

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.

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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.

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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