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Careers update – 9 August 2018

From the Head of Careers and Senior Studies, Kath Knowles

University of Sydney Open Day Workshops

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

Year 10 Parent Information Session

Tips and strategies to support your child through senior study and higher education

Year 10 Preparation for Senior Study

Tips and strategies to stay motivated and maximise your studies

Year 11 Thinking Ahead

Learn how to write about your personal skills and qualities to produce an effective scholarship application

Year 11 and 12 Smash Essay Writing

Tips and strategies on how to improve your essay writing skills for the HSC

Year 12 Promote Yourself

Learn about persuasive writing skills and how to address E12 scholarship application questions

Year 12 HSC Exam Prep

Learn about the role of the syllabus, how to deconstruct questions, take effective notes and manage time in exams to maximise marks

Click here to register

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.

Find out more

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

Find out more

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.

Find out more

Uni of Newcastle Early Offer Program

We believe that a student’s ATAR doesn’t define who they are – it is their unique passions, abilities and ambitions that matter. Our Year 12 Subject Spotlight program rewards students with an early offer for their hard work and strong results in individual subjects related to their degree. So, they can take some of the stress out of their final school exams, knowing their ATAR isn’t all that matters. There is no separate application for the program – simply apply through UAC to qualify.

For more information on subjects aligned to specific degrees, visit our website. From there, students can choose their preferred degree from the drop-down menu to what subject marks they’ll need to receive an early offer.

Find out more

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.

Find out more

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.

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.

Find out more

 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.

Find out more 

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

Find out more

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

 TAFE NSW – Open Days

August 18 & 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.

Find out more

Macleay College – Sydney Open Day

August 11 | Surry Hills

An Open Day with an industry panel discussing the importance of internships and building industry connections.

Find out more

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.

You can find out if you meet the tests here

HSC Maths Course Selection Advice from UNSW

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

Read the advice

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

Find out more here

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.

Find out more

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.

Find out more

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

Applications will be advertised here –

Find out more

 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

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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.

Find out more

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.

Find out more


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!

 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

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 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.

Read more

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

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…

Download it here

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.

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?

Watch the video

Have you got the skills?

The Top 10 Skills Employers Look For

 Anyone who doesn’t know that the job market for young people is tough has been living with their head in the sand. But there are ways to make yourself more appealing to potential employers and boost your chances in the job market.

We’re going to take a look at what employers want to see in their employees – the Top 10 Skills employers look for when assessing job applicants.

Your ATAR isn’t enough

Sure, getting a great ATAR is a good start, but it’s just one part of the puzzle.

Your marks tell potential employers that you know how to study, but they don’t give any indication of your other attributes. And those attributes, like flexibility, teamwork, and determination, can mean a lot more to your future employer than your ATAR.

Your employer wants to know that you will work hard, learn quickly, and fit into their team. That’s why you need to show them you have those skills.

Skills help you stand out from the crowd

The job market is competitive, and right now lots of people are applying for every job.

Which means employers need to look at what other skills you have to offer, what work experience or voluntary jobs you’ve undertaken and assess you on a number of key qualities to decide if you should get the job.

Having a range of skills, and being able to prove you have them, can help you stand out above the other candidates, and make it easy for the employer to select you.

Employers are looking for ten key skills

Each job will have a range of specific skills they need, but in general these are the ones that will help you stand out the most:

  1. Communications
  2. Flexibility
  3. Determination
  4. Team Work
  5. Ability to Learn
  6. Problem Solving
  7. Loyalty
  8. Resilience
  9. Self-discipline
  10. Tech Skills

In our next few posts we’ll delve into more detail about these top 10 skills employers are looking for, how you can brush up on them and how to get them across when you apply for jobs. You can follow along by signing up to the StudyWorkGrow Blog here, or on Facebook and Instagram

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