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Careers update – 23 August


University of Sydney Open Day – Reminder

Saturday 25 August

Unlock a world of possibilities at the University of Sydney Open Day on Saturday 25 August. Invite your students to join us to discover their study options, speak with academics and students, attend mini lectures, and take a tour of our campus.

Find out more information about the day and register

University of Sydney Open Day Workshops

Saturday 25 August 2018 – Workshops available for year 10, 11 and 12 students.

To register visit click here

University of Sydney – Term 3 Study Centres

Mondays & Wednesdays | HJ Daly Library & Liverpool City Library

Our study centres provide free homework support and tutoring to students after school in their local library. Volunteers from the University of Sydney work one on one or in small groups with students to support their diverse learning needs and help build academic competence.

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UNSW CSCS HSC Workshop for 8 subjects on 8-9th September

UNSW Co-op Scholars Charitable Society are holding ‘Workshops for a Cause’ for 8 subjects including Chemistry, Economics, English Advanced, Engineering, Physics, 2u, 3u and 4u Maths across 8th and 9th September. There is an early bird price of $10 per 1.5hr workshop, which will be facilitated by tutors with excellent HSC results (all with 98+ATAR, high Band 6 mark in their tutoring subjects). You will not only strengthen knowledge of the syllabus, receive comprehensive study resources and gain insights into how to maximise exam marks, but also contribute to creating a hope for underprivileged children in Uganda as all proceeds will be donated to the charity 100%hOPE. Please search for ‘HSC Workshops for a Cause’ on Facebook or follow the link to find out details about booking.

Macquarie Global Leadership Entry Program Expansion

We recognise students who are engaging with their school and community in service and leadership have diverse interests. So, we’ve decided to open the Global Leadership Entry Program (GLEP) to almost all Macquarie degrees.

Your students can now:

  • choose up to five course preferences
  • receive multiple offers for different degrees
  • apply directly through our application portal

Applications close Monday 27 August, but apply now and you could receive an offer as early as NEXT MONTH

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Macquarie Uni Co-op Programs

In 2019 we’re excited to offer two Co-op programs:

Actuarial students will receive a scholarship of $18,200 p.a. and accounting students will be paid by our partners while they are on each placement.

These highly competitive courses will see students alternate between classroom studies and placements throughout their four years of study. Students will undertake three placements, totalling 15 months.

Applications are now open for both programs. We encourage students to commence their applications as soon as possible.

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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

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

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

Find out more and take the test here

 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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Passion for Law (P4L) Early Entry – ACU

If you’re currently in Year 12 and passionate about studying law, ACU’s Passion for Law (P4L) program offers you an early competitive edge.

We know there’s more to you than your exam results and your passion and commitment counts. P4L is an early entry program designed to nurture your learning potential and give you a step up in your future law career.

Applications are OPEN NOW – apply on their website, then apply through QTAC, VTAC or UAC with an ACU Law Course as your highest eligible preference. You must gain a minimum ATAR of 78/OP 11

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Academy of Film, Theatre & Television – Open Day – NSW

September 22 | Surry Hills

If you’re searching for information about a career in Film, Acting or Stage Management then come along to our open day and learn how to build your creative future.

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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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Study Overseas information Evening at Ascham

On Wednesday 29 August from 5.00 – 7.30pm Ascham will be hosting a Study Overseas Information Evening in Ascham’s Packer Foyer and Theatre.

The intention of this evening is to provide Year 10, 11 and 12 students and parents with an opportunity to speak with international tertiary institutions from the USA, Canada, the UK, Hong Kong, Japan and Abu Dhabi about undergraduate tertiary study. EducationUSA will deliver a presentation about the USA undergraduate application process in the Packer Theatre from 7.00- 7.30pm.

This event will be free and the Trybooking registration is now open.

This event will be held in the Packer Foyer at Ascham School, 188 New South Head Road, Edgecliff . There is NO onsite parking. Ascham has easy access directly across the road from Edgecliff Station and there is plenty of parking available in the Edgecliff Shopping Centre.

Any enquiries may be directed to Gillian Sloan, Tertiary Education and Careers Adviser at

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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TAFE NSW – Open Days

August 25 | Multiple Campuses

If you’re looking to kickstart your career, become an aspiring apprentice, launch your small business or gain exciting new skills, TAFE NSW Open Day can help you create the career you’ll love.

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Emerge 2018 – STEM Careers Expo

September 6 | Eveleigh, NSW

Do you have a passion for deep technology? Are you curious what new advancements are being made by start-ups which will shape the industries of the future?

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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.

Find out if you meet the tests

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.

Read the guide here –

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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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HIA Trades Career Event Sydney

September 13 | Novotel Sydney Olympic Park

For people interested in careers in the Building and Construction Industry. Industry professionals talking about vocational, education and training, careers pathways and trade and skilled careers. All you need to know about apprenticeships too.

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Rio Tinto Apprenticeships – 2019 Intake Applications Open July

Applications open soon for Rio Tinto’s incredible apprenticeship program. If you’re interested, then do your research and start putting your documents together to apply.

The four year program offers qualifications in the following areas – electrician, heavy duty diesel mechanic, mechanical fitter, and light vehicle maintenance.

Applications will be advertised here –

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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.

Apply here –

Check out their infographic

The International Science School 2019

7 July – 20 July 2019

The International Science School is an amazing, all expenses paid two weeks of science at the University of Sydney. Join 140 other top young scientists from years 11 and 12, from around Australia and across the world, for inspiring talks by world-leading researchers, tours of scientific labs, hands-on experiments and activities, and a packed social program.

ISS scholarships cover all travel and program expenses so there is no cost to the ISS scholars and their families.

Applications open early 2019 – you can register to be alerted when registrations open.

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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

See the full flowchart

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.

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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.

Find out where more people are needed

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.

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.

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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Careers News Issue 10 2018

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