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It was such a pleasure to help guide in excess of 100 Year 10 parents on Monday evening this week through the final two and a half years of secondary schooling and into post-secondary options from a Careers Department perspective. I hope that all who attended feel more confident in their knowledge of what lies ahead, the decision making processes, the transitions and the terminology and procedures involved in the VCE. Now we look to Thursday April 16 when we will present the DAT Feedback Evening for all Year 10 parents and students who will receive their reports at the end of the night. Families who are unable to attend may receive their reports at their Year 10 Careers Interview during Term 2.
We extend a big thank you to all the Year 12 students who have attended a Careers Appointment this term. Meeting with students early in their final year gives us the opportunity to guide them to relevant resources allowing an easier and more informed decision making process in Term 3 when tertiary preferences are submitted. Year 12 students who would like to see a Careers Practitioner may book appointments in Weeks 1 and 2 of Term 2 after which we will turn our attention to the Year 10 students and parents for the individual DAT feedback interviews together with the commencement of VCE subject selection. Year 12 students will be able to book appointments again in Term 3.
Best wishes to all families for a safe and enjoyable holiday break and a very Happy Easter.
The Age VCE and Careers Expo
The Age VCE and Careers Expo is being held once again this year. There will be more than 170 exhibitors with VCE resources, tertiary course and career information.
When: 9am - 3pm, Thursday 7 and Friday 8 May and 10am – 4pm on Saturday 9 and Sundya 10 May
Where: Caulfield Racecourse
Admission: $10 or $25 for families.
This is a great opportunity to gain information at one location.
Law at the University of Swinburne
Swinburne’s Law School offers an undergraduate program that focuses on commercial law with emphasis on intellectual property law, and it is the only degree in Victoria with this specialisation.
Swinburne is offering its Bachelor of Laws – a 4-year program - for the first time in 2015. Focused on commercial law, with a distinct emphasis on intellectual property, technology, and innovation, it offers students a degree that stresses practical skills and real-world experience.
To find out more visit Bachelor of Laws
Career as an Occupational Therapist
Occupational Therapists assess and treat people who, due to illness, injury or circumstance, are limited in their ability to undertake everyday activities. They assist people to regain lost functions, develop their abilities and social skills, as well as maintain and promote independence in their everyday lives to enhance health and wellbeing. (Job Guide)
The Job Guide goes on to state that Occupational Therapists may perform the following tasks:
ü conduct tests to assess functional, emotional, psychological, developmental and physical capabilities
ü plan and direct specific therapeutic programmes for individuals using recreational, remedial, social, educational or vocational (job-related) activities
ü select and design activities that improve an affected movement or function and help individuals to regain personal care skills, such as eating and dressing
ü assist people to gain or regain skills in social, leisure and work environments through graded individual or group therapy and activity programmes
ü assist children with disabilities to integrate into education programmes in schools
ü assess the ability of injured workers to return to their usual employment or perform alternative duties
ü design and modify the everyday environment of clients to allow for better access and independence
ü advise on the use of specialised equipment, such as home modifications, adapted kitchen utensils, wheelchairs and other assistive technologies that help people within their environment
ü teach in academic institutions, generally at tertiary level
ü assist with policy development for health and other areas
Occupational therapists may work in areas such as:
Work Experience Opportunity with a Surveyor
Interested in Geography, Maths, Science or the outdoors? Looking for a work experience placement that won’t tie you to a desk? If this sounds like you, why not try out Work Experience at a Surveying company.
Students keen on finding out more about a career in surveying might like to take up the opportunity to apply for a Work Experience placement with a local Surveyor.
Visit Surveying Work Experience and register to receive information about available places.
Applications for 2015 are already open!
Students who wish to find out what surveying is, what surveyors do, where to study and what it takes, might like to browse A Life without Limits and also view the videos available.
SAE Campus Information Day
SAE is a leading educator in creative media industries, with over 50 campuses across the globe. Training industry-ready graduates since 1976, SAE provide an exceptional hands-on learning environment where students thrive.
Details about the Information Day at the Melbourne campus are:
Date: Saturday 18 April 2015
Time: 11am – 3pm
Venue: 235 Normanby Road in South Melbourne
Career as a Tour Guide
Tour guides may perform the following tasks:
Being a tour guide is often physically demanding. During a tour, guides must be available at all times to answer questions and sort out problems. Tour guides are often required to spend time away from home, especially those fulfilling the role of tour manager.
Tour guides can work without a qualification although training in travel, or travel and tourism, is really recommended. Companies that specialise in ecotourism or nature-based tourism may require tour guides to hold a diploma or degree in science, ecotourism or a similar subject.
Find out more by visiting Job Guide - Career as a Tour Guide
Careers in Psychology
The Job Guide states that psychologists study human behaviour and the processes associated with how people think and feel, conduct research and provide treatment and counselling in order to reduce distress and behavioural and psychological problems. They promote mental health and positive behaviour in individuals and groups. Psychologists work on a broad range of issues with clients, including children, adults, couples, families and organisations.
Psychologists may perform the following tasks:
To become a psychologist students usually have to complete a degree with a major in psychology or a 4-year Bachelor of Psychology. This is followed by either an accredited 2-year postgraduate qualification (majoring in a specialisation of psychology) or two years of supervised experience with a registered psychologist.
To get into the degree courses students usually
need to gain their VCE with English/EAL. Entry to postgraduate courses usually requires
completion of an appropriate bachelor degree. A number of universities in Australia offer
degrees in these areas. Universities have different prerequisites and some have
flexible entry requirements or offer external study.
The Australian Psychology Accreditation Council
(APAC) sets the standards for accreditation of Australasian psychology
programmes, ensuring that the standards of training remain rigorous and
consistent across universities. For
students to be eligible for registration, they must study a course that is
accredited by APAC.
Visit their website - APAC for an up-to-date list of approved courses of study.
M) – Melbourne (G) – Geelong (Mt H) – Mount Helen Ballarat (B) – Bendigo (A) – Albury-Wodonga (C) – Clayton (Bu) – Bundoora (Ci) – City
Program at NICA
International College of Hotel Management (ICHM) Career Week
ICHM holds a Career Week where students get to live on campus for one week and find out what it's like to study at the International College of Hotel Management (ICHM) and work in the world of international hospitality. The Career Week courses are held in July & September and places are strictly limited so book your spot soon! Download more details regarding the Career Week at ICHM Career Week Brochure.
Visit ICHM for all other information!
Lattitude Information Nights and Online Sessions
you keen to hear about gap year volunteering with Lattitude? They are
holding a series of Information Nights around Australia
during April and May where Lattitude staff, returned volunteers and parents
will speak about our program in Asia/Pacific, Africa, Europe, the UK and North
America. It’s a great chance to catch up with us in person and hear
first-hand about what it’s really like!
Defence Force GAP Year Applications Close TOMORROW
Having had many Year 12 parents attend Careers Appointments with their sons this term, it is apparent that our boys are very lucky to have the support and interest from home in their decisions and pathways. This level of support is not witnessed in all schools and is a pleasure to witness at St Kevin’s. This year for the first time we are running the Year 10 Parents As Careers and Transition Support (PACTS) Program as a one off session. This session is for NEW Year 10 parents to the VCE process and pathway decisions only. Families who have been through the senior school years, either at the College or with daughters or sons elsewhere will be familiar with the system and process from here on. With in excess of 100 parents registered to attend the evening next Monday night, we are looking forward to sharing information, clarifying terminology and demystifying some of the myths which surround the VCE, tertiary entry and pathways from school.
Whilst many Year 10 students have completed the Occupational Health and Safety testing required to undertake work experience, we have only one Work Experience Arrangement form completed for the forthcoming holidays. The deadline for applications for work experience in March/April has now passed. Should any student have a signed but not submitted Work Experience Arrangement form who is intending to attend a work place over this two week period, please see Ms O’Sullivan AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
· UMAT Registrations by 5 June; Test Date: 29 July, 2015
· Veterinary science Course Advice Day, Sat 21 Mar, Werribee; further information/registration: http://fvas.unimelb.edu.au/news-and-events/events#course-information-day.
Do You Want To Find Out More About La Trobe University?
If so, attend Experience La Trobe. You will attend workshops, lectures and seminars of your choice to find out about career options, areas of study, pathways and student life while parents can participate in a special 'parents program'. To view the event program/register, follow the links: Melbourne Campus, Thursday 9 April and Bendigo Campus, Friday 10 April. Experience La Trobe is offered across all five campuses with Melbourne and Bendigo running two events throughout the year (April and July).
Check Out The University Of Melbourne
You are invited to explore the Parkville campus and find out about the range of study options available. Hear from current students, attend tailored sessions to learn more about entry requirements, Access Melbourne, course structures and other opportunities at Melbourne. A tour of the Southbank campus (VCA) is also available.
Who: Year 10 - 12 students;
When: Friday 10 April (also 10 July);
Information: 13 63 52; Register: www.futurestudents.unimelb.edu.au/a-day-at-melbourne.
Swinburne University News
Swinburne Open Day:
Swinburne is pleased to confirm that Swinburne Open Day 2015 will be held on Sunday 2 August at the Hawthorn campus. You can register to receive updates about Open Day on the Swinburne website. Register now »
Swinburne University’s Design Factory
Swinburne Design Factory is part of the Global Design Factory Network – a global network of universities offering innovative education, research and partnerships.
This network brings together students, industry and researchers to co-create for extraordinary results. The aim is to turn ideas into reality.
The projects offer students new and unique experiences, challenging team members to move outside of their comfort zone in order to create innovation and new thinking.
Over the course of a project, students gain
valuable skills that can set them apart in the employment market, assisting
with competencies such as:
§ interdisciplinary team work
§ communication and collaboration
§ project management
§ creative problem solving
§ client interaction
§ Aalto Design Factory at Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland
§ Aalto-Tongji Design Factory, at Tongji University in Shanghai, China
§ Duoc Design Factory at Duoc UC, Santiago, Chile
Find out more about the Design Factory at Design Factory
Monash University News
Ø Comprehensive Courses vs. Specialist Courses
Deciding on a course is so much more than choosing a discipline to study! Students have to weigh up considerations such as where to study, as well as how to study. The question of how to study can be particularly complex, as it depends on whether the student wants to keep their options open, or is ready to commit to a specialised area for the entirety of their degree.
Monash has grouped our courses into two ways of studying: Monash comprehensive courses, and Monash specialist courses.
courses are suitable for students who:
ü Want to keep their study and graduate options open
ü See university as an opportunity to try new things
ü Need some time to discover and define their interests
offer a wide range of majors within a field, and students can start their
course knowing what they want to major in, or spend up to a year figuring it
out. Another benefit of comprehensive
courses is that they all contain elective units that can be studied either
within or outside of their chosen field (i.e. from a different faculty).
Monash specialist courses
are most appropriate for students who:
ü Are confident about what they want to study
ü Know what they want to “be” upon graduation
Specialist courses allow students to study their chosen discipline from day one. Upon completion, many of these courses will provide students with the accreditation they require for professional practice.
Monash Specialist courses include: Bachelor degrees in Engineering, Teaching, Nursing, Law and Medicine.
Double degrees -should be considered for students that:
ü Have a diverse range of interests and don’t want to give anything up
ü Are time conscious – want to qualify in two separate disciplines in the shortest period of time
ü Want to double their vocational opportunities upon graduation
Double degrees allow students to study for two degrees at the same time. The double degree offerings span the comprehensive and specialist courses; degrees can comprise of two comprehensive courses, two specialist courses, or one comprehensive and one specialist course.
A new initiative from the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, the Young Alchemists Club aims to bring together high achieving students who demonstrate a keen interest in the physical sciences. Get an opportunity to do hands-on experiments in the Monash labs, automatic enrolment in Monash seminars, tutoring in VCE, and VIP access to the annual Open House. To Register: www.monash.edu/pharm/future/outreach
Ø New Bachelor of Health Science
The Faculty of Medicine,
Nursing and Health Sciences has a suite of specialist courses that allow
students to start their destination area of study from day one of
university. As part of this suite,
Monash is now offering the new
Bachelor of Health Sciences degree (3 years), which allows students to
specialise in one of the following four areas:
ü Public Health
ü Human Services
ü Emergency Health and Paramedic Practice
ü Radiation Sciences
This degree will provide the opportunity for inter-professional education, and students may be able to change their specialisation (as listed above) after the first year. Students who complete the Bachelor of Health Sciences will then be eligible for a range of Masters by Coursework degrees no longer than 1.5 years in length, including the Master of Public Health, and Master of Medical Radiations (Radiation Therapy).
For further information about the new Bachelor of Health Sciences, students are encouraged to attend the ‘At Monash’ Health Science seminar on Tuesday 19 May at Monash Clayton. Registrations are essential at At Monash Seminar Series
Ø Education – Double the Choice!
The Bachelor of Education (Honours) prepares students for a rewarding and successful career in teaching. Students can focus their studies in early childhood, primary or secondary education or even a combination of these. Further, an Education degree can be studied as a double degree with another area of interest.
Bachelor of Education (Honours) in Primary Education (available as a single or double degree)
The Primary Education specialisation will qualify students to teach primary school children from five to twelve years of age. The career opportunities provided by an education degree specialising in Primary Education can be further enhanced by studying it concurrently with a second degree. Double degrees are available with Arts, Business, Commerce, Computer Science, Fine Art, Information Technology, Music or Science.
Bachelor of Education (Honours) in Secondary Education (must be taken as a double degree)
The Secondary Education specialisation will qualify students to teach at secondary school level in two curriculum areas. It is studied as a double degree, and the choice of partner degree will determine which two subjects a student can teach in secondary schools. For example, a student who had an interest in teaching Biology and Chemistry would choose the Bachelor of Education (Honours)/Bachelor of Science double degree. Double degrees are available with Arts, Business, Commerce, Computer Science, Fine Art, Information Technology, Music or Science.
For further information about the Bachelor of Education (Honours), please refer to the Faculty of Education website at Monash Education
Deakin University News
Deakin University is relatively young, with 47,000 students, and campuses in Burwood (Melbourne), Geelong (Waterfront and Waurn Ponds) and Warrnambool. It offers a very wide range of degrees in Architecture, Arts, Business, Education, Engineering, Environment, Health, IT, Law, Medicine/Nursing, Optometry, Psychology, Science and Sport. To find out more, attend Deakin Open Days (Warrnambool, Sunday 2 August; Geelong 9 August; Burwood 23 August).
· The Bachelor of Medical Imaging commenced this year at the Geelong Waurn Ponds campus. Sometimes known as Medical Diagnostic Radiography, the course assists the development of the knowledge, skills and clinical expertise that enable you to practice as a registered diagnostic radiographer. You could work in a hospital, private radiography practice or health department in areas of general radiography, digital vascular imaging, computed tomography (CT), general ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). There is a shortage of medical imaging practitioners in rural and regional Australia, and you could also work overseas. The Clearly-In ATAR for the course was 68.55. Prerequisites are: 3/4 English, one of biology, chemistry or physics, and maths methods or specialist maths. Also check out RMIT B. Applied Science in either medical imaging, nuclear medicine or radiation therapy and Monash B. Radiography and Medical Imaging. Medical sonography is a related career which you may also wish to explore.
· The Bachelor of Entertainment Production is an innovative program providing the opportunity to become an organiser and manager of entertainment in a broad range of professional settings. The entertainment industries (media, arts, sports, museums and galleries, festivals and music) are important and expanding fields of social and economic activity. The course prepares you for a career in cultural production and programing through innovative learning and work experience. You can also choose a complementary area of study to hone your talents and learn more about how entertainment is made. All students undertake an industry placement. The ATAR this year was 62.30; the only prerequisite subject is 3/4 English (any).
Interested In The Environment
Whether you’d like to conserve animals and plants for future generations, study diverse marine and freshwater ecosystems or contribute to environmental management and sustainability, Deakin’s environment courses offer a range of great choices.
· The Bachelor of Environmental Management and Sustainability (Burwood campus) focuses on finding solutions to the world’s most pressing environmental problems (eg water management solutions)
· The Bachelor of Wildlife and Conservation Biology (Burwood) focuses on looking at solutions to wildlife and conservation issues - examine wildlife ecology and research, landscape and vegetation management, and biodiversity conservation and management.
· The Bachelor of Marine Biology (Warrnambool) focuses on how marine organisms interact with their living and non-living environments and how marine ecosystems function.
· The Bachelor of Fisheries and Aquaculture (Warrnambool) focuses on fisheries resources management, aquaculture management, and fisheries biology with a focus on sustainability.
Are You Interested In A Career With Animals?
· KEEPER FOR A DAY - Are you an aspiring zookeeper? Find out what takes to care for an amazing array of animals at both Healesville Sanctuary and Werribee Open Range Zoo. Learn how you can help us to Fight Extinction. Who: Years 7-12; When: Healesville Sanctuary: March 31st, April 1st, 7th, 8th. Werribee Open Range Zoo: March 31st, 2nd, 8th, 10th.
· VET FOR A DAY - Come and work alongside veterinary staff on real life cases involving Healesville Sanctuary’s animals. Who: Years 7-12; When: April 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th. More information: http://www.zoo.org.au/education/careers-programs; Bookings Essential: 1300 966 784.
RSPCA Short Courses
RSPCA Short Courses are designed to develop new skills for people dealing with animals; providing valuable access to industry experts and utilising quality resources and trainers. Programs are tailored for those wanting to enter the animal industry or already working within this field, as well as allowing participants to increase their skills with their own pets. More information about each program is at RSPCA Short Courses
The RSPCA also offers a number of programs for students aged 15 – 18 years who are considering working in the animal industry or simply have a love of animals, and these programs run during school holidays. There is an upcoming Vet for a Day program that might interest some students.
Date: Tuesday 7 April 2015
Time: 9:30am – 3pm
Find out more at Youth Holiday Program
Applying For A Tax File Number (TFN)
Until recently, schools could assist students to apply for a TFN. This is no longer the case. Students now apply for a TFN online and have their identity verified in an interview at a participating Australia Post Office. To apply and to find out about participating Post Offices: www.ato.gov.au, and search for QC27248.
NOTE: Not only do students need a TFN if employed, Year 12 students need a TFN when they accept an offer of a university or VET place in January 2016.
Eastern Health Work Experience
Health is able to offer placements at the following major sites:
ü Maroondah Hospital
ü Angliss Hospital
ü Box Hill Hospital
ü Wantirna Health/Peter James Centre
Careers in Criminology
Many students consider a career in the legal industry yet only know of a lawyer or judge. Many have heard of, but do not know, what a criminologist does.
According to the Job Guide, criminologists examine the systems by which people accused of crimes are brought to justice, attempt to explain the reasons for criminal behaviour and suggest ways crime might be reduced.
Criminologists may perform the following tasks:
· study the ways certain criminal justice agencies operate including the law courts, police services, prisons and community-based correction centres
· provide information about crime and the ways in which people are processed by the criminal justice system
· compile crime statistics and develop ways in which crime solving resources can be best used
Criminologists may specialise in organisational research, victimology, corporate crime, adult corrections and/or juvenile justice. They may work in the legal field, which tries to make sure that laws keep up with changes in society. They may also work in the social/psychological fields, which study the effects of the criminal justice system or the factors which contribute to offending behaviour by individuals.
So, what type of
person becomes a criminologist?
ü Someone who has analytical ability
ü Someone with personal integrity
ü Someone interested in welfare and human behaviour
ü Someone interested in working with disadvantaged groups
Victorian Universities offering criminology courses at their Melbourne campuses include
2015 Young Carers Scholarship Program
Carers Victoria is offering scholarships of up to $250 to secondary school students in Victoria who provide care and support to a family member with an illness or disability.
Over 105,000 young people in Victoria are believed to have significant care responsibilities. They may support their mother, father, sister or brother at home because of a disability or illness. Many are at risk of dropping out of school, or have difficulty establishing social networks and participating in activities that their peers enjoy.
Any student who feels they might be eligible to apply for this scholarship should visit Young Carer Scholarship to access the application form from Monday 23 March 2015 when the program commences. Students are reminded that applications close Friday 24 April 2015.
Ms O’Sullivan, Mrs Runciman & Mrs White
The SKC Careers Newsletter is intended as an information source for students and parents of the College. Reference to tertiary institutions, TAFEs, Independent Providers, GAP Programs, Work Experience Opportunities, Study Skills Providers, Preparation Courses, etc does not represent endorsement by the Careers Practitioners or the College.
It is time for students to start thinking about the forthcoming holidays and how they might make best use of their time if families are not away from Melbourne on holiday. Many of the tertiary institutions have “Student Experience” days for students in Years 10, 11 or 12. These days provide a valuable insight into what it actually feels like to be on campus and which particular courses are offered. It is very difficult for students to make appropriate tertiary course and institution selections if they do not have first-hand knowledge of the environment and options. Watch for details of such forthcoming events and how to register will be in the Careers News
Students in Years 10, 11 and 12 who are thinking of organising a work experience placements for the forthcoming holidays are also encouraged to see Ms O’Sullivan as soon as possible. Students who make arrangements prior to doing so are not assured of having the occupational health and safety requirements together with the relevant paperwork completed prior to the end of term. Such students will be unable to go to their placement as they will not be insured.
There are still some Careers Appointments available prior to the end of term. Year 12 students who have not booked an appointment are asked to do so as soon as possible. Remember the final week of term is SAC/practice exam week. Appointments will be available but students are asked to book them only once the SAC timetable has been released. Year 10 students and families are asked to book appointments regarding VCE subject selection and tertiary pathways following the DAT Feedback Evening which is on Thursday April 16.
Experience La Trobe University
Experience La Trobe is designed
especially for Year 10, 11 and 12 students and their parents to get a taste of
what it is like to be a university student for a day and get the inside scoop
on what really happens after high school.
Students may participate in workshops of their choice, find out about
student life and also check out the Melbourne
campus, including student accommodation.
University students and staff will be there to help participants out and
answer any questions that might arise. Experience La Trobe is a free event - with lunch and
Date: Friday 9 April 2015
Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm
Venue: Melbourne Campus
To find out about the dates and times of Experience La Trobe at its other campuses, visit Experience La Trobe
Pathway to Medicine at Bond University
Students who graduate from the Bachelor of Biomedical Science at Bond University with the Pre-Health Professional major and meet the minimum required GPA, may be eligible to enter the second year of the Bond Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery program. The selection process will be based on GPA, performance on GAMSAT and an interview, with offers made once results and the final GPA becomes available. Up to 5 places in Year 2 will be reserved for the Bond Biomedical Science (Pre-Health Professional major) graduates. Students should please note current MBBS requirements still apply.
The Bond Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery program is only open to Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, holders of an Australian Humanitarian Visa and New Zealand citizens.
For more information about the Bachelor of Biomedical Science course, visit Bachelor of Biomedical Science
Profiling the CAPSTONE Program at Swinburne
Capstones are final-year projects that provide students with a professionally focused learning experience which allows them to put learnt theory into practice.
These experiences not only prepare students for their future careers and for successful employment after graduation, but also represent a wonderful resource for industry and organisations. Students get the opportunity to work on projects that are based on real-world challenges.
· Information & Communication Technologies
· Journalism and Media
Find out more by clicking on Capstone Program
Nutritionists and Dietitians
Dietitians and nutritionists are both food and nutrition experts.
Nutritionists study and provide advice about dietary habits to encourage the achievement of a healthy lifestyle.
Nutritionists may have a high level of contact with the public. To become a nutritionist students usually have to study nutrition, science or applied science at university with a major in nutrition. Student membership is available with Nutrition Australia or the Nutrition Society of Australia. For more information, visit Nutrition Society of Australia.
Dietitians apply the art and
science of human nutrition to help people understand the relationship between
food and health, make healthy dietary choices and prevent and treat illness and
It is important to note that in Australia all dietitians are considered to be nutritionists; however, nutritionists without a dietetics qualification cannot take on the specialised role of a dietitian.
Victorian universities offering courses in nutrition, food science and/or dietetics include:
Students are encouraged to browse www.vtac.edu.au for a comprehensive list!
University of New South Wales Guaranteed Entry – New for 2016
The University of New South Wales (UNSW) is introducing a Guaranteed Entry Scheme for 2016 admission to UNSW. Simply put, Guaranteed Entry allows students to know what ATAR will guarantee them a place in a particular degree at UNSW. Students can click on the link below that to a booklet that lists those ATARs as well as addressing some frequently asked questions that will provide students with more details on what is involved, and how these ATARs have been calculated.
Click on Guaranteed Entry and read through the useful FAQs at the end of the booklet!
Join Us and Experience a Day at Melbourne University
This special event is designed for Year 10 to 12 students and their families. You are invited
to come and explore our vibrant Parkville Campus and find out more about the range of study options available at Australia's number one University*.
Hear from current students about what it's like to study at Melbourne, and attend tailored sessions to learn more about entry requirements, course structures and other opportunities available to Melbourne students.
A tour of our Southbank Campus will also be included in the program for those who wish to visit the Victorian College of the Arts.
This event is ideal for international or domestic students, whether you're studying locally, interstate or in regional Victoria. It's a great opportunity to gather information and talk to University staff about all aspects of studying and life in Melbourne.
Find Out More About:
Where: University of Melbourne, Parkville Campus
When: Friday 10 April 2015
Friday 10 July 2015
Register Now at futurestudents.unimelb.edu.au/a-day-at-melbourne
*Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2014-2015
For Further Information please call: 13 MELB (13 6352)
Ms O’Sullivan, Mrs Runciman & Mrs White
The SKC Careers Newsletter is intended as an information source for students and parents of the College. Reference to tertiary institutions, TAFEs, Independent Providers, GAP Programs, Work Experience Opportunities, Study Skills Providers, Preparation Courses, etc does not represent endorsement by the Careers Practitioners or the College.
Attending the Deakin University Careers Practitioners’ Seminar last week it was interesting to hear from the Vice Chancellor that Deakin is the number 1 ranked University in Australia for learning satisfaction for the fourth year in a row and is the third ranked University in Victoria for research. Deakin has clearly defined 8 graduate learning outcomes which are embedded into every Deakin degree including knowledge, communication skills, digital literacy, global citizenship, team work, critical thinking, problem solving and self-management with the aim of creating employable graduates. Such graduate characteristics, it is hoped, will stand students in good stead in the future World of Work which Deakin sees being characterised by three big trends: robotics (students will need the ability to work with machines, design machines, and fill the spaces between the machine tasks such as coding), big data (everything we do now is part of a data set and there is a growing trend for people to give up information about themselves for any reason), and personalisation … to engage students, it is important that the University and the employment they enter into ensures that they feel courses and jobs are tailored to the individual. Deakin has a broad range of courses which should be considered favourably by students who find Monash and Melbourne overwhelming or who just like the environment of Deakin and its very student centred focus.
It was a pleasure to attend the Avalon International Airshow with our aviators and others interested in careers with the Defence Force or in Aerospace Engineering. Year 12 students were treated to an education session featuring a number of speakers from a variety of professions in these fields such as a RAAF Pilot, an Air Traffic Controller, and Aerospace Engineer and a Defence Force Technician. It is hoped that students who attended are now keen to research the variety of careers available when one has a passion for working with aircraft.
On Monday this week we had a representative from Strive4College present to approximately 25 students from Years 10 to 12 who are interested in pursuing their sporting or academic dreams in Colleges in the USA. Parents of students who attended are invited to continue this discussion at home and to be involved in the complex process which is applying for study in the US.
UMAT Registrations by 5 June; Test Date: 29 July, 2015
Open Day Dates For Your Diary
Open Days are a great opportunity to check out tertiary institutions. Most Open Days occur on Sundays in August. The dates for many of them are listed here so that you can get them in your diary for later on. Year 10 - 12 students (and their families) are encouraged to visit institutions of interest on Open Days so that you can see their facilities, attend information sessions, collect information, get your questions answered, talk to staff, and so on.
· Saturday 1 August – Monash (Berwick & Peninsula campuses)
· Sunday 2 August – Deakin (Warrnambool); Monash (Caulfield & Clayton); Swinburne (Hawthorn)
· Sunday 9 August – Australian Catholic University (ACU) (Fitzroy); Deakin (Geelong campuses); La Trobe (Bundoora); RMIT; William Angliss Institute
· Sunday 16 August – Melbourne; Monash (Parkville – Pharmacy); La Trobe (Bendigo)
· Sunday 23 August – Box Hill Institute; Deakin & MIBT; Victoria (Footscray)
· Sunday 30 August – ACU (Ballarat); Federation (Ballarat & Gippsland)
Holmesglen has a number of Open Days during the year, usually the last Thursday of the month.
Do You Want To Find Out More About Monash University Degrees?
If so, a great way to do so is to attend an ‘At Monash’ seminar. The series commences in March, and you will be able to learn from students, graduates and staff about university experiences.
Seminars available commence with:
· Tuesday 10 March - Nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy and occupational therapy (Peninsula)
· Wednesday 11 March – Business and economics (Clayton campus)
· Thursday 12 March – Science (Clayton)
· Tuesday 17 March – Arts (Humanities and social sciences) (Clayton)
· Wednesday 18 March – Information Technology (Clayton)
· Thursday 19 March – Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (Parkville campus)
Many other seminars follow in Terms 2 and 3 with Design and Fine Art, Architecture, Psychology, Medicine, Law and so on. All seminars run from 6:30pm to 8pm. To check out the full list of seminars and to register, go to www.destination.monash.edu/at-monash.
Swinburne University News
Swinburne is a smaller institution than some, offering VET courses through to PhDs. Its main campus is in Hawthorn, with smaller campuses at Croydon and Wantirna. The Hawthorn campus has several new buildings with state-of-the-art facilities. Some of its features include:
LAW – Swinburne introduced a Law degree this year. Its focus is on commercialisation, Intellectual Property, and technology transfer. The Clearly-In ATAR was 91, with 71 students commencing this year. A number of double degrees are also on offer – with arts, business, engineering and science.
ENGINEERING – In Engineering, Swinburne has a high employment rate, particularly in civil engineering. A new degree commencing at Swinburne is in construction engineering.
PSYCHOLOGY – At Swinburne, many Psychology students look or work after completing their three-year degree, without pursuing post-graduate study. Graduates have many skills: they can source, sort and evaluate information, apply psychological theory, communicate information in a logical way, can formulate research questions, collect, analyse and interpret data. These skills are often used to get a job, in community services, (counselling, welfare, child protection, corrections, disability, youth), in business (market research, public relations, human resource management), in education support, health services and in graduate programs (eg Bureau of Statistics, Customs, ATO Defence, Immigration).
PHYSICS RESEARCH – Swinburne is very highly regarded in world research in physics (in the top 75 universities in the world, in fact).
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF CIRCUS ARTS – An unusual area of study, located in Prahran; many graduates are currently working for Cirque du Soleil.
HIGH ACHIEVERS PROGRAM – Swinburne University recognises that high-performing students need the opportunity to develop, extend and be challenged to excel in their field of interest. Swinburne offers this opportunity through its programs in science, technology and design.
The High Achievers Program recognises students who demonstrate exceptional potential to benefit from access to research and industry projects. Students selected into this program have access to –
ü Research project or industry program
ü Mentoring from senior research students
ü Networking opportunities with like-minded peers
ü A $5,000 per annum cash scholarship for the duration of their program
The High Achievers Program is open to both
Australian and international students and entry is based on the following
Find out more about this program at High Achievers Program
INDUSTRY BASED LEARNING (IBL) – Swinburne has long been a proponent of this style of learning. Students involved in this program generally work for six or twelve months in an area linked to their study program. New skills are obtained, the work is paid for, and the placement can lead on to full time employment with the organisation.
AUTISM – In April, Swinburne is launching a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) about autism. It is designed for parents, families and carers living and working with individuals with autism. The MOOC is a free online course using scenario-based learning to support, guide and share experiences from parents and experts in the field. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for information. Register »
Victoria University News
· NEW STUDENT ACCOMMODATION – is being built at the Footscray campus. The 500-bed complex is in collaboration with Maribyrnong City Council, opening in 2016.
· WHAT IS BIOMEDICINE? VU offers Biomedicine and Biomedical sciences at the St Albans campus. Biomedicine is a broad field of study to gain an in-depth understanding of human physiological and anatomical function, disease and medical applications. These degrees prepare graduates for a career preventing and treating disease. Gain hands-on training and knowledge of human physiology, combined with essential skills in critical analysis and communication. Possible careers are in research, pathology, injury rehabilitation, crime scene investigation, and so on. NOTE: Biomedical science is also offered at Monash university (a possible pathway into Monash post-graduate medicine), ACU, Deakin, La Trobe, Federation, La Trobe while Biomedicine is offered at Melbourne university (a possible pathway into Melbourne post-graduate medicine, dentistry and physiotherapy degrees).
Interested In Veterinary Science?
In Victoria, Veterinary Science can only be studied at the University of Melbourne. The Faculty is holding a Course Advice Day on Saturday 21 March (10am - 3pm) at the Werribee Campus, 250 Princes Highway, Werribee. For further information please visit http://fvas.unimelb.edu.au/news-and-events/events#course-information-day. This will be different from previous years. There will be a tour of the hospital for which you must register.
Studying Industrial Design at RMIT
Industrial and product designers invent, visualise, and prototype design solutions to complex problems in the form of new products and services. At RMIT, the focus is commercially oriented and user-centred, and program outcomes include product design; transportation design and furniture design; the design of sustainable products/services/systems; and technologically and materially-mediated interactions and experiences. Study or entry into Industrial Design at RMIT is via a range of options including double degrees with engineering.
Careers In The Defence Force
Entry into the Australian Defence Force is usually through general or officer entry.
· General entry requires applicants to have at least Year 10, be at least 17 years, and to pass a number of physical, mental and character tests.
· Officer entry requires applicants to have a high ATAR in their VCE, and also to pass various tests. Officer entry applicants study in Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA), a campus of the University of NSW. Degrees on offer at ADFA are: Arts, Business, Engineering, Information Technology, Science and Technology. Successful applicants complete their military training during university holiday breaks.
· Defence Force recruiting hold information sessions throughout the year. Call 13 19 01 for details, or see: www.defencejobs.gov.au.
· Defence Forces offer the ADFA Education Award, presented to Year 12 students in recognition of leadership potential, and academic and sporting achievements exhibited during Year 11. The award is a laptop computer, with up to 100 awards on offer annually.
· ADF Gap Year program still operates – this program provides an opportunity for young people who have completed Year 12 to gain military training, new skills and pay over their Gap Year.
National Youth Science Forum (NYSF)
Current Year 11 students, with a passion for science, are reminded that the National Youth Science Forum is the only program in Australia that offers students the chance to test-drive a wide range of universities and careers in the sciences. Students learn how to make informed decisions about courses and careers in the sciences and gain a professional skill set to help them realise their potential.
For more information about the National Youth Science Forum and the application process, visit National Youth Science Forum
Careers in the Rail Industry
There is so much more in rail than driving trains! The Rail Industry offers rewarding career opportunities in a variety of disciplines
ü Trades and Construction
ü Customer Service
ü Business / Corporate / Human Resources
ü Safety and Environment
ü Graduates/ Apprenticeships
Forensic Medicine Career Information Session
The Institute of Forensic Medicine is running its first Career Information Session for 2015 on Wednesday 1 April. The Career Information Sessions have been developed at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine in response to the large number of enquiries they receive regarding Work Experience. Due to the sensitive and confidential nature of the work carried out at the Institute, work experience cannot be offered. Students in years 10, 11 and 12 will gain an insight into the various career options in the forensic sciences.
Experts are in fields such as –
ü forensic pathology
ü forensic toxicology
ü forensic anthropology
ü odontology (forensic dentistry)
ü clinical forensic medicine and
ü molecular biology (DNA)
Time: 12:30pm – 4pm
Anyone wishing to attend must register at Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine.
New Courses on offer in 2016 at ACU
Australian Catholic University (ACU) will be introducing the following new courses in 2016! More details to follow, so watch this space!
ü Biomedical Science/Applied Public Health
ü Biomedical Science/Business Administration
ü Biomedical Science/Laws
ü Teaching/Exercise Science (under development and subject to approval)
Vertical Double Degrees at ANU
Since 2013 ANU students have been offered a first-of-its-kind degree, combining undergraduate and graduate study, across a range of disciplines, in one simple application. These degrees mean a student can complete a bachelor and master’s degree in reduced time, complete several masters courses in a bachelor degree, and graduate from two degrees that will set them up for life.
Students who have already applied for ANU or are even thinking about ANU, these new degrees are worth looking at.
For more information visit ANU Vertical Double Degrees
High School Volunteer Programs
Project Abroad offers a range of two-week programs specifically designed for high school students aged 16 – 17. The projects combine volunteer work with cultural immersion and are fully supervised by full-time Projects Abroad staff.
Find out more at Volunteer Teaching Overseas
Hobsons Course Finder
Visit Hobsons Course Finder and discover a comprehensive and independent information source about tertiary education pathways, including postgraduate courses like the MBA, and career options in Australia.
Career as a Diplomat
Wikipedia explains that a diplomat is a person employed by their state or government to represent and protect the interests of that state or country, and work at maintaining relations. Professional diplomats represent their country and mediate on a range of issues of peace-making, trade, war, economics, culture, environment, and human rights. Importantly, diplomats work at being non-confrontational and finding mutually acceptable solutions to a common challenge.
Although there is no prescribed qualification a diplomat must have, students keen on working in this specialised area often find studying international relations, political science, economics, or law at university useful in enlightening them on a broad understanding of global issues, and equipping them with a set of important skills.
Some courses available in Victorian universities are highlighted below –
Students are encouraged to browse www.vtac.edu.au for a comprehensive list!
Ms O’Sullivan, Mrs Runciman & Mrs White
Each year the tertiary institutions provide the opportunity for Careers Practitioners to visit one of their campuses, learn about any changes to course structure, course offerings, initiatives in teaching pedagogy and approaches to student learning both in and outside the lecture theatre. Whilst this means we are absent from the College at times, such days are an invaluable experience to “get the feel” of a campus and ensure we are providing the most up to date and relevant information to our students, in a similar way to when students visit institutions on their Open Days.
Last week I attended the Swinburne University Careers Practitioner’s Seminar and this week I will attend the equivalent day at Deakin University, Burwood Campus. Swinburne University conveys an air of excitement and opportunity due to the amazing new buildings and facilities, and the mantra of creating Australia’s most employable graduates. A new Law School was officially launched on Monday of this week with an LLB which will focus on Commercialisation, Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer. The introduction of a High Achiever Program which provides opportunity for students with ATARs over 95 to be a part of world class research teams from Year 1 will no doubt attract many students to their Science, Design or IT degrees (with Business and Engineering to join the Program in the near future). Swinburne no longer talks of TAFE but pathways which include Certificates, Diplomas, Advanced Diplomas and UniLink offerings, all of which can lead to students transitioning into the higher education sector successfully. Swinburne University may have been considered in a different light previously … today, it is worthy of student attention should the courses of interest be offered.
Strive4College Information Session
Students in Years 10 to 12 who are interested in finding out about the US College Application Process, SATs, Sports Scholarships and NCAA requirements are invited to attend an information session at St Kevin's College at lunch time on Monday March 2. This is a great opportunity to listen to tips and learn about the timeline for sports and academic applications to the US.
Veterinary Science Open Day 2015
Prospective students, parents, children, animal lovers and veterinary science buffs — we welcome the whole community to our annual Open Day. The Open Day is an opportunity for prospective students and their parents to speak with veterinary staff, meet current students and learn about the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine graduate program. Other Open Day highlights include lectures, demonstrations, and interactive displays and guided tour of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital
Date: Saturday 21 March 2015
Time: 10am – 3pm
News from Monash University
Ø Enrol in a Monash MOOC
Do you want a taste of what it’s like to study at Monash University? How about enrolling in a Monash MOOC (Massive Open Online Course).
Monash will offer a number of MOOCs through FutureLearn this year, providing anyone with internet access the opportunity to study with Monash. MOOCs are a great way for prospective students, parents and teachers to connect with Monash and gain an understanding of the university learning style whilst pursuing an old or new interest. Best of all, online learning can be done at a time that suits the student! All courses are free to study, between 5-7 weeks in length, and will involve an approximate 3-4 hours of study per week. Upon successful completion of in-course tests students will be eligible for a Certificate of Participation.
A list of some MOOCs are listed below -
Do your interests lie in Engineering, Architecture
Want to study in a health or science related field
Are you excelling in humanities subjects at school?
War 1: A History in 100 Stories
commences on Monday 13 April.
Ø News from the Business and Economics Faculty
Students enrolling in the Bachelor of Business in 2016 will have the advantage of commencing a comprehensive and flexible course, preparing them for the challenging and fast-paced world of business. Students will develop broad business knowledge and acquire expertise in their chosen area of business practice.
Graduates will be able to use their professional skills to work in general management and operations, or become a leader in their chosen field.
More than 10 majors will be on offer to choose from, and five double degree options on offer too. The majors in the Bachelor of Business are:
ü Banking and finance
ü Business law
ü Business management
ü Business management and strategy
ü Business statistics
ü Economics and business strategy
ü Human resource management
ü International business
ü Marketing and communication
ü Sports management
Students will also have an opportunity to
participate in a range of co-curricular activities to develop their critical
thinking, communication and negotiation skills, as well as employment
opportunities. These include -
ü internships with leading companies and brands
ü international exchange programs with one of our 100 partner universities across the world
ü leadership and professional development programs
ü networking opportunities with business leaders
Further, students who achieve an ATAR of 98+ who are enrolled in a single business degree or business/business specialist double degree, will be eligible for selection to the Monash Business School Scholars Program. To find out more visit Faculty of Business and Economics
The Blue Mountains Hotel School (Sydney) – Quick Facts
Visit Blue Mountains to find out more!
The International College of Hotel Management (ICHM) – Quick Facts
· The Swiss Hotel Association is famous for, and founded, the concept of International Hotel Management
· Swiss Hotel Association/ ICHM are specialists in the field of International Hotel Management
· The ICHM program has two degrees: B. Business and B. International Hotel Management obtainable in 3 years
· Successful graduates hold high management positions world-wide
· The program is a mix of academic and industry semesters
· The program includes 2-3 Industry placements of 750 hours each, with a minimum of 1500 hours and a maximum of 2800 hours
· The facilities at Regency Campus are of world standard
· ICHM is partnered by The South Australian State Government
The Swiss Hotel Association (SHA) is the world’s oldest industry body; formed in partnership with the South Australian Government ICHM is the only SHA hotel school outside of Europe.The Swiss Hotel Association (SHA) is the world’s oldest industry body; formed in partnership with the South Australian Government ICHM is the only SHA hotel school outside of Europe.The Swiss Hotel Association (SHA) is the world’s oldest industry body; formed in partnership with the South Australian Government ICHM is the only SHA hotel school outside of Europe.
ICHM holds a Career Week where students get to
live on campus for one week and find out what it's like to study at the International College of Hotel Management
(ICHM) and work in the world of international hospitality. The Career
Week courses are held in July & September and places are strictly
limited so book your spot soon!
Download more details regarding the Career Week at ICHM Career Week Brochure
Visit ICHM for all other information!
Quick Facts about Swinburne University
· Swinburne is student-focused and aims at students being engaged in their learning; be exposed to innovative teaching, and given thorough preparation for the workforce
· Swinburne ranks in the top 3% of universities in the world - in the top 400 in the world
· Swinburne ranks in the top 75 universities in the world in physics
· Swinburne regularly receives a 5-star ranking for student satisfaction
· 27% of students at Swinburne are international students from 100 countries worldwide – students really do get a ‘global’ experience
· Swinburne aims at producing job-ready students, particularly in the areas of science, engineering, ICT, business and health
· Industry Based Learning (IBL) has been offered to Swinburne students for 52 years
· Many industry partners have been connected to Swinburne for over 20 years
· Swinburne is the only university in Australia with access to the Keck telescope in Hawaii - Keck
· The Bachelor of Circus Arts offered at NICA - NICA - and accredited by Swinburne, not only offers elite sport training but also a sound business qualification
· 23 NICA graduates are currently employed with Cirque Du Soleil
· Swinburne has a campus in Malaysia with many of the courses offered in Australia offered there – many Australian students choose to study a semester or more at the campus in Malaysia
· Swinburne has partnerships with over 100 institutions overseas, allowing for Australian students to go and complete part of their studies at one of these institutions
· Swinburne has just launched its High Achievers Program, which includes a scholarship, for Year 12 students who attain an ATAR of 95 and above - High Achievers Program
· Swinburne offers an Aviation degree and part of the training in this course includes access to a Flight Simulator Laboratory with three simulators – Victoria’s only Redbird flight simulator, which is used to simulate a range of aircraft; Victoria’s only FlyIt Professional Helicopter Simulator, capable of simulating six types of helicopter; and a B737 procedural simulator - Aviation
· Swinburne has the largest university Psychology Clinic in Australia, not only offering low-cost counselling, psychological assessment and group therapy treatment, but also quality teaching and research - Psychology Clinic
· Swinburne is one of the few universities that make Capstone Projects compulsory for students - Capstone
· Swinburne offers over 26 study tours and a great number of those are specific to students studying business - Study Tours
· Swinburne’s Law School is the only school in Australia that requires law students to complete 20 days of Industry Based Learning per year over three years
· Swinburne is intending to possibly offer Graduate Occupational Therapy, Social Work, and Physiotherapy in 2016, however all may be full fee paying, so watch this space!
Nursing Careers Allied Health (NCAH)
Sandringham Sports Physio Careers Session
Year 10 to 12 students interested in a career in Sports Medicine are invited to visit the Sandringham Sports Physio Centre, meet with practitioners from various fields, participate in workshops and have their questions answered by experienced therapists.
When: Saturday 21st March, 2015
Where: Sandringham Sports Physio, 150 Tulip Street, Sandringham
Numbers are limited to 30 students and registration is essential.
Workshops available include Sports Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Remedial Massage Therapy and Nutrition. Each student is invited to select 3 workshops to attend.
Students are required to register via the website, or email email@example.com.
Ms O’Sullivan, Mrs Runciman & Mrs White
This week we have commenced our Year 10 Careers Program in earnest with the DAT Testing of the whole cohort on Tuesday and some classes completing their Career Voyage Interest Inventory. Results from all testing will be provided for parents and students at the DAT Information Evening on Thursday 16th April (the first Thursday of Term 2). Please put this date in your diaries as students will not be given the results without parents present to hear how to interpret the information provided.
It is pleasing to see many Year 12 students have booked Careers Appointments following our call to do so this term. Please remind your Year 12 sons to book an appointment if he has not done so. Many of the items in this week’s Careers News relate to organised GAP Year Programs. It is time for Year 12 students to start thinking about applying should they be interested in taking a year off in 2016 rather than moving straight into tertiary study.
This week has been US College Week. A number of different activities were organised by Education USA and some of our students took up the opportunity to attend. I was also fortunate to be invited to the US Consulate to attend an information session on Wednesday evening to consolidate my knowledge of the US application system. An Expo with Colleges present is being held at Scotch College tonight from 5:30pm to 7:30pm should parents be interested in attending.
Also this week I attended an information session about the very prestigious ANU Tuckwell Scholarship. Students interested in studying at ANU who have leadership positions in the school and/or are active in the broader community are advised to ask about the application process in their Careers Appointment. Applications open early March and close on 20th March.
Many Year 10 students have inquired about Work Experience. Parents are reminded that legally students must complete the safe@work multiple choice tests prior to being provided with the Work Experience Arrangement Form. Students wanting to undertake Work Experience in the Term 1 holidays should be completing these tests within the next two weeks to allow for time to get the Work Experience Arrangement Forms signed by the Employer, Parents, Student and Headmaster prior to the end of term. Please contact Ms O’Sullivan if you have queries relating to Work Experience.
How Can I Choose A Career?
Many people say that basically they would like a job they enjoy, with the possibility of earing a reasonable income. So how do you choose that job? Firstly, keep in mind that there isn’t just one perfect job for you. There are several jobs that would suit you well, so you need to explore the possibilities.
First, think about what you enjoy doing. For example, is it sport-related, scientific, reading/writing-related, helping people, information technology-related?
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
What subjects do you excel in at school?
How important is it that you earn a lot of money?
Answering questions such as these will set you on a path to making some decisions. If you like science, what type of science do you prefer – Physics, Chemistry, Biology? If you are creative, what is your speciality – Music, Drama, Art or Design? If it is Geography, perhaps you could be interested in Urban Planning, Mapping or Surveying. If it is Health, perhaps it is Nursing, Nutrition or Public Health. If it is Physics and Maths, perhaps Engineering.
Don’t look too far ahead – you are not deciding on a life-time career. You will have several careers.
Where Can I Study In Victoria?
After completing Year 12, there are many options. If you are considering University, hoping to get a degree, these are the universities available in Victoria:
· Australian Catholic University (ACU) with campuses in Melbourne (Fitzroy) and Ballarat
· Deakin University with campuses in Burwood, Geelong and Warrnambool
· Federation University with campuses in Ballarat and Gippsland
· La Trobe University with campuses in Melbourne (Bundoora), Bendigo, Albury-Wodonga, Mildura and Shepparton
· Monash University with campuses in Melbourne (Clayton, Caulfield, Berwick, Parkville)
· RMIT University with campuses in Melbourne (City, Brunswick, Bundoora)
· Swinburne University has a campus in Melbourne (Hawthorn)
· University of Melbourne in Melbourne (Parkville, Burnley, Southbank, Werribee), Creswick, Dookie and Shepparton
· Victoria University is in Melbourne (City, Footscray, St Albans, Melton, Sunshine)
You can check out their facilities and courses by attending their Open Days, usually held in August.
If you plan a VET course (Pre-Apprenticeship, Apprenticeship, Certificate, Diploma and a limited number of Degrees), institutes offering courses in the Melbourne area are:
· Box Hill Institute
· Chisholm (Dandenong, Frankston, etc)
· Holmesglen (Moorabbin, Chadstone)
· Kangan (Broadmeadows, Richmond, etc)
· Melbourne Polytechnic (formerly NMIT) (Collingwood, Epping, Preston, Prahran, etc)
· RMIT (City, Brunswick)
· Swinburne (Hawthorn, Croydon, Wantirna)
· Victoria (Footscray, City)
· William Angliss (City) and several others.
There are also independent institutions offering Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates. Examples are:
· Academy of Design (Port Melbourne)
· Australian Institute of Fitness (Bendigo, City, etc)
· Footscray City Films
· JMC (South Melbourne)
Independent colleges are full-fee paying institutions, whereas the government generally offers financial assistance to study at Universities and VET providers like Box Hill Institute.
NOTE: The government will only fund courses of study that are at a higher level than what they have funded already. For example, if you have a Bachelor’s Degree, the government will not fund you to complete a VET Diploma as it is at a lower level than the degree.
What is the Undergraduate Medical and Health Sciences Admission Test (UMAT)?
Results from this test are used as part of the selection process for some Australian and New Zealand University Degrees. In Victoria the only University degree now requiring this test for Year 12 selection is Medicine at Monash (Clayton). However, some interstate and NZ Universities also require it.
Registrations for UMAT2015 are now open, and close at 5pm (AEST) on Friday 5 June. The test will take place on Wednesday 29 July 2015. The UMAT Information Booklet is available from the UMAT website: www.umat.acer.edu.au.
· Practice materials are available through the UMAT website and can only be completed online. There are currently four practice tests available: UMAT Practice Test 1, UMAT Practice Test 2, UMAT Practice Test 3 and Additional Practice Questions. UMAT Practice Test 1 will be included with the UMAT2015 registration. In addition, candidates will have access to some free preparation videos once they complete their registration to sit UMAT2015.
· Candidates with a disability or other health-related needs and who wish to apply for special testing conditions must do so by Friday 19 June. This includes candidates who have diabetes and require food during the test.
· Some tutorials and a quiz are now available on the UMAT website. Candidates should watch these tutorials and complete the quiz questions before registering for the test.
‘At Monash Seminar Series’ 2015
The annual ‘At Monash Seminar Series’ commences in March! These seminars provide Year 11 and 12 students and parents with an insight into the courses and career options within discipline areas. The seminars are presented by academics in conjunction with current university students and graduates, and are held in various locations across the Caulfield, Clayton and Peninsula campuses. Seminars with the same title have the same program.
Students interested in a career in the Aviation Industry might wish to attend the Avalon Airshow. Among other things, you will be able to find out about RMIT’s flight training program, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering programs.
When: 24 February – 1 March, 2015;
Where: Avalon Airport;
Veterinary Nursing Associate Degree
Melbourne Polytechnic (formerly NMIT) (Epping campus) is offering a new 2-year Associate Degree, the first para-professional veterinary nursing qualification in Australia. It is designed to produce highly skilled clinicians with exceptional levels of practical skill, knowledge and in depth understanding gained through a stimulating exploration of the academic underpinnings of the field. Graduate employment will be in the private and public sectors, including veterinary practices as veterinary nurses and practice managers and in large organisations (veterinary pharmaceutical, veterinary nutrition companies and animal research facilities).
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Year 12 VCE or recognised equivalent with a study score of at least 20 in any English and a study score of at least 20 in one of any Mathematics, Chemistry or Biology; OR successful completion of a Diploma course in Veterinary Nursing or a related area; OR at least two years of related industry experience.
Careers Day at the Royal Children’s Hospital
Keep an eye out on this
website - Royal Children's Hospital - for more details about an upcoming Careers Day
that will be held during the school holidays!
News from RMIT University
The Bachelor of Science (Geospatial) will change its title to the Bachelor of Science (Geospatial) (Honours) and the Bachelor of Applied Science (Surveying) will change its title to Bachelor of Applied Science (Surveying) (Honours). With these changes both programs will include a research element and will be in line with AQF 8 qualification.
The Australian Army Aviation (AAAvn) Corps operates various types of aircraft including the Sikorsky S70A-9 Black Hawk, Boeing CH-47D Chinook, Bell 206B-1 Kiowa, ARH Tiger, MRH90 Troop Lift Helicopter, and civil helicopter training aircraft.
Find out more about the Australian Army Aviation (AAAvn) Corps at Australian Army Aviation
AFX Student Exchange
AFX Student Exchange offers a range of programs including high school or GAP year programs to France. For more information about all the programs offered by AFX visit AFX Student Exchange
Au Pair, Volunteer, Exchange Programs
AIFS and its family of companies organises cultural exchange programs throughout the world! Whether students are looking for cultural exchange program, an Au Pair placement, to volunteer or a stint with Camp America, AIFS has a range of opportunities and programs to offer! Visit AIFS Exchange to find out more!
Our programs offer students interested in healthcare a genuine insight into the hospital work of doctors and nurses in Tanzania, Zanzibar, Thailand and the Czech Republic.
Gap Medics are offering an exciting project for students that are looking to apply for university courses in medicine, nursing, dentistry or midwifery.
Gap Medics is a provider of short-term healthcare work experience placements abroad. Although based in the UK, its programs are open to students from all around the world. This organisation is dedicated to arranging hospital work experience placements for students who are applying to medical or nursing school in particular.
Lattitude Global Volunteering
Lattitude Global Volunteering (formerly Gap Activity Projects) has been offering international volunteering and gap year projects for 17-25 year olds, for over 35 years. A diverse range of projects are on offer in Asia/Pacific, or further afield in Europe, the Americas and Africa.
· experience life, living and new horizons
For any students keen to learn more about the volunteer and work experience programs offered through Projects Abroad, there is an upcoming Information Evening whereby students can find out more about programs on offer!
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Venue: Northcote Town Hall, 189 High Street, Northcote 3070
Southern Cross Cultural Exchange
Explore another culture, learn another language, be a family member and an active student in a different country. Experience your world. SCCE will be hosting a number of Information Sessions for students and parents to find out more! Details of the next event are –
Date: Tuesday 24 February 2015
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Venue: Conochie Hall, 2 Rochester Road in Canterbury
For more information call 1800 500 501 or visit Southern Cross Cultural Exchange
Student Exchange Australia
LOTE students often express an interest in finding out more about short-term exchange programs to countries like Japan, France, Germany, Canada, Spain and many more! To find out more call 1300 135 331 or visit Student Exchange
GAP Year through Tutors Worldwide
There are many different ways in which a GAP Year can be organised. Tutors Worldwide offers students the opportunity to work in an overseas school environment at either prep or secondary (high) school. Currently Tutors Worldwide recruits for (both senior and junior) schools in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, and from among students in the same countries, incorporating personal visits to all countries.
World Education Program (WEP) Australia is now offering a range of international programs for people over the age of 18! Programs include volunteer and conservation projects, work & travel and internships, teaching English overseas, international language study and language & volunteer packages.
WEP’s GAP programs bring together volunteers from all over the world to help communities in need, and volunteers learn:
· to work through the various challenges of adapting to a new culture
· mature, gain more confidence and develop greater self-awareness
· gain a better understanding of the world and international relations
· develop a much more worldly, focused and determined approach to life once back in Australia
Australian Defence Force GAP Year
Ms O’Sullivan, Mrs Runciman & Mrs White
The opportunity to catch up with parents at the House Information Nights this week allowed me to reflect on the enormous task of keeping abreast of all the activities, opportunities and important dates which make up a St Kevin’s year. For Year 12 parents this is particularly important and has been emphasised in a recent email from the Careers Department. At the Year 12 Assembly last week, Year 12 students were asked to treat their pathway research as they would an APS event and start “training” accordingly from now. Completing the Year 12 Careers Survey, liking the SKC Careers Page and making a Careers Appointment in Term 1 are good ways to start positively.
Years 10 and 11 parents also received an email with information about the Careers Department programs for their sons. First time Year 10 parents who would like to attend the Parents As Careers and Transition Support Program (PACTS) are reminded to register with Try Booking. Year 10 parents are also reminded to note the important DAT Testing date (Tuesday 17th February) for which we require ALL students present. Year 11 students new to the school are also offered the opportunity to take this aptitude test which provides us with useful input into the subject selection process for VCE. Year 11 parents are reminded they are always welcome to make appointments to discuss their options and pathway research. Prior to the end of the year we will have the opportunity to spend time with Year 11 classes to provide students with the opportunity to write a resume and cover letter. During Headstart Week we will also spend time with each class to outline the importance of Year 12 subject selection and commencing 2016 positively to provide themselves options.
ANU Tuckwell Scholarship
Australian National University (ANU) launched the Tuckwell Scholarship Program in 2013. Receiving a Tuckwell Scholarship – valued at $20,000 per year up to five years - is not just about a students’ intellect. It is also about their desire and determination to use their natural abilities to realise their full potential so that they can make a difference in the world. All up one could say, this is no ordinary scholarship!
Students and their parents are invited to attend the 2015 ANU Tuckwell Scholarship Roadshow in Victoria.
Date: Wednesday 18 February 2015
Venue: ANU House, 52 Collins Street in Melbourne
Representatives will be on hand to present on the possibilities open to students at The Australian National University. Speakers include:
· Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington
· Director of Student Recruitment and Admissions Ms Angela Watkins
· Current Tuckwell Scholars
Education USA Events
U.S. College Week
The U.S. Consulate General Melbourne, with EducationUSA and Linden Tours are organizing a week-long series of events for U.S. College Week. If you are interested in going to college in the U.S., this is your perfect opportunity to have all your questions answered. There will be consular staff to answer questions on visas, EducationUSA Advisors to help with admissions procedures and most important, there will be several U.S. universities present to answer questions directly. To find out more, please visit www.EducationUSA.info/Melbourne or email Melbourne@EducationUSA.info
Tuesday 17th of February
‘A Day in the Life;’ A panel of ex-students will discuss what it was like to study in the U.S.
Thursday 19th of February
U.S. College Fair; There will be staff from numerous U.S. colleges present to discuss what is required to gain admission into a U.S. university.
Friday 20th of February
Admissions Information Session; A 60 minute long presentation ran at the consulate explaining the differences between the U.S. and Australian university system and the application process.
Saturday 21st of February
Q&A: An EducationUSA Advisor will be online from 12pm-3pm to answer any other questions you may have.
Latitude Global Volunteering
Medical Career Planning
Career as an Optometrist
To become an optometrist students usually have to study optometry at university. Alternatively, they can complete a degree in Vision Science or a relevant area at university, followed by a postgraduate qualification in Optometry. To be eligible for undergraduate entry students will need their VCE, and study prerequisite subjects in one or more of English, mathematics, chemistry, biology and physics. Some university courses may also require students to sit the Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test (UMAT). Entry to postgraduate courses usually requires completion of an appropriate bachelor degree. A number of universities in Australia offer these degrees. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements. (Job Guide Optometrist)
Optometry courses on offer include -
News from RMIT University
Ø What kind of Engineer are You?
Are you interested in engineering but not sure which type is the best fit for you? You can now find out with RMIT’s new online quiz “What kind of Engineer are you?”
To take this quiz visit: True Engineer
Students, parents and teachers are invited to visit RMIT’s cutting edge learning laboratories and discover the range of programs on offer including: biology, biotechnology, chemistry, environmental sciences, food science, nanotechnology and physics.
Date: Monday 30
For further information and/or to register, email Rebecca McGillivray on firstname.lastname@example.org
Bachelor of Biosecurity at Box Hill Institute
Qualify in the Bachelor of Biosecurity Science and you’ll be equipped with the knowledge to effectively manage complex biosecurity issues, helping to protect our environment and the economy.
Exotic pests and diseases, also invasive plants and animals, can reap enormous damage, affecting industries like floristry, viticulture, healthcare, agriculture, transport and logistics, food processing and waste management.
Moreover, climate change, increasing global trade, greater numbers of people travelling around the world and a growing population, all means a bigger biosecurity risk.
The Bachelor of Biosecurity Science is the only dedicated undergraduate biosecurity course offered in Australia and commences with foundation studies in biology, microbiology, anatomy and physiology and introduces students to biosecurity and agriculture through site visits to relevant industries.
In the second and final years, students develop an understanding of how plant and animal production systems work, the pests and diseases that are a threat to these industries, and also consider factors impacting on human biosecurity, including public health and biological warfare.
Towards the end of the course students undertake a two-month capstone project to evaluate and report on the biosecurity principles and practices in an industry workplace. This will allow them to demonstrate their skills and knowledge to potential employers.
For further information on biosecurity issues, the increasingly important role of biosecurity in Australia and the role of government and managing biosecurity, visit Biosecurity. To find out more about the course at Box Hill Institute visit Bachelor of Biosecurity
TSFX – Unit 1 or 3
To find out more, and/or to enrol visit TSFX
What does a
Brand Manager do?
· The client’s image
· What the client wants to portray
· The reputation the client has or wants in the community
So brand managers work closely with their clients in marketing their client and its product or service, and brand managers are expected to have an extensive knowledge of all types of media. Brand managers can also be known as product or marketing managers, and they usually have qualifications in business and/or marketing and advertising.
Ms O’Sullivan, Mrs Runciman & Mrs White
Welcome to Careers News for 2015. Once again we feel privileged to be providing the SKC Careers Program for students and parents and look forward to sharing individual journeys with the young men of St Kevin’s from Year 10 to Year 12 and beyond. One of the most rewarding and exciting times for Careers Practitioners is the release of tertiary offers for graduating students. We were thrilled this January to find that over 75% of our 2014 Year 12 cohort received offers for either their first or second preference. It was also exciting to note that many of the past students who sought our help to make new applications or transfers were also successful. We now turn our attention to focus on the current St Kevin’s gentlemen of all year levels who are encouraged to be constantly aware of possible career opportunities and the ever changing world of work. The exciting opportunity to equip students with a plethora of resources and the self- awareness to help shape their future is one which we embrace at this time each year. We look forward to providing subject selection and tertiary study advice, career pathway resources and support to students and their families throughout the coming year
All families of Years 10 to 12 students will receive a copy of the SKC Career Program at the House Information Evenings next week. Year 12 students will receive an additional booklet Careering Through Year 12 2015 this Friday to provide information about the year ahead and the many resources available to help answer questions along the way. Parents of Year 12 students are asked to remind students to share this resource with them. Our Online Career Appointment Booking is fully operational after a successful introduction in 2013. Access to the online system is only available using your son’s SKC username and password. Appointments are currently available to any students from Year 10 to Year 12. Parents whose oldest son is in Year 10 are invited to register for our Parents As Careers and Transition Support Programs session which is being held on the evening of Monday March 23. Details for booking are available on the SKC Careers Website and in the SKC Career Year 10 Program Booklet.
In this section of the Newsletter each week there will be a summary of the information provided on the Careers News section of the SKC Careers website. We encourage both students and parents to refer to this each week, particularly those students in Years 10, 11 and 12. The information contained may cover the following:
· Upcoming Careers Events
· The St Kevin’s Careers Program
· Tertiary Course Information Sessions
· Application dates for interstate and overseas universities
· Special Career/University/Course Information Seminars at school
· Special examination information such as for the UMAT and the SATs
· University Open Days
· Resources available either at the Careers Centre or online
Any student will need at tax file number if he/she starts work (part-time and full-time) and all students planning on a tertiary education require one when they start.
To apply and also to find out about participating Post Offices, visit Apply for a TFN
News from Monash University
Ø News from the Arts Faculty
The Faculty of Arts has a wide range of offerings including languages, communications and media, global studies, performing arts, behavioural studies, as well as other study areas.
Bachelor of Global Studies
This course suits students with an interest in humanitarian goals and the desire to make a change in the global challenges we face. Study areas include International Relations, International Studies, and Global Cultural Literacies, and students are required to complete some study abroad. Visit Global Studies
Bachelor of Journalism
This course suits students who are interested in reporting current affairs and world issues. Brand new state-of-the-art facilities worth $2 million are being built this year including TV and radio studios and a news room. Students are encouraged to complete a journalism internship. Visit Journalism
Bachelor of Music
This course suits students who love music, performing, composing, music culture and history or creating music with technology. Performance students are given one-on-one tuition and learn from some of Australia’s most gifted and talented musicians. Visit Music
Bachelor of Arts
This course offers students the utmost flexibility and scope. There are close to 40 areas of study to choose from allowing students to continue with an interest or discover a new one. Studying abroad and internships are encouraged. Visit Arts
Monash Arts also offers numerous double degree courses, which allow students to broaden their career options, diversify their skills and gain a competitive edge in the job market. Visit Double Degree Courses
Ø Medicine and Health Course Wizard
Medicine, Nursing & Health Faculty has created a new tool to assist
students in selecting which undergraduate course in medicine, nursing and health
sciences is right for them. By
clicking ‘show me all my course options’,
students are asked to select their Year 12 subjects and ATAR score range to
filter the list of prospective degrees they might be eligible for at Monash.
Year 12 students are to please note that applications to sit the UMAT2015 are now open and registrations close on Friday 5 June 2015 at 5.00pm sharp! The UMAT2015 will be held on Wednesday 29 July 2015, and the results will be available late September 2015. Students should also note that results from UMAT2015 can only be used for undergraduate medicine or health science courses beginning in 2016 but not 2017. Students should not register for UMAT2015 unless they are planning to apply for a course commencing in 2016 and they meet the eligibility criteria specified in the UMAT2015 Information Booklet.
Year 11 students
may not sit the UMAT2015 and should they do so, their results will be cancelled
and they may not be allowed to sit the UMAT again.
Students sitting the UMAT should note that candidates who do not possess a current passport, driver’s licence or learner’s permit are strongly recommended to apply for an Australian Keypass or Australian Proof of Age Card as soon as possible as no other forms of ID will be accepted. Candidates without correct identification will not be permitted to sit UMAT2015 and will be turned away.
The UMAT is required for the following courses:
The University of Melbourne New Master of Translation from 2015
From 2015 the Master of Translation is a new graduate program for Mandarin Chinese-English bilinguals to be offered by the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences. This program will prepare students for a career as a professional translator or for work in international relations, government, commerce, law. Although the Master of Translation will only offered for Chinese (Mandarin) and English languages, the University is considering introducing other Asian and European languages in the future.
The Master of Translation program can be considered as a graduate option following a Bachelor of Arts or completion of a Chinese major at undergraduate level.
More information about the program can be found at Master of Translation
Degrees at Victorian Universities
M – Melbourne campus G –
Geelong Waurn Ponds campus Gi –
Gippsland campus C – Clayton
Ms O’Sullivan, Mrs Runciman & Mrs White
It was fabulous seeing students so engaged today with Mr James Lynch as he ran the Interview Skills Workshop. Predominantly attended by Year 12 students, this year some Year 11 students also took up the opportunity to brush up on their communication skills in order to obtain part time jobs. We wish all the Year 12 students who have interviews in the coming weeks the very best of luck. Do not forget to bring in any letters of advice received following your interviews during Change of Preference Week so we can help you with your final decision making! A reminder to Year 12 families that the Change of Preference Week Careers Appointments can be made from Monday December 1st.
A number of students intending on doing Work Experience in December are still to complete their safe@work testing. Please ensure students in Years 10 or 11, who wish to do so, come to Careers THIS WEEK to complete their testing and receive the Work Experience Arrangement Forms. Any students who have not informed Ms O’Sullivan that they are intending on taking a Work Experience Placement these holidays are reminded that the deadline has now passed.
We are looking forward to spending time with Year 11 students (officially Year 12, 2015) next week during their Headstart Week. The Careers timeline will be outlined for students who are all asked to see us in both Term 1 and Term 3 as a minimum. Students will complete an online survey providing us with information about their current pathway ideas and interests. Finally students will write an online letter to themselves about their goals and aspirations for Year 12. We find this time with the students valuable in terms of initiating conversations about pathways and focussing on the need to start the 2015 year as well as possible in order to give themselves the options they deserve.
Accessing VCE Results Via SMS
Year 12’s, and Year 10 and 11 students who may have sat Unit 3/4 exams, are reminded that the study scores come out on Monday 15 December 2014. To access these results students can:
· Log on to Results and ATAR any time from 7.00am, Monday 15 December to 12noon on Monday 22 December 2014 (AEDST. This service is free and operates 24 hours a day.
· Type in your VCAA student number and where a PIN is required, Year 12 students type in the PIN you chose, and Year 10 and 11 students should type in the first four digits of your birth date, e.g. 22 August = 2208
It should be pointed out that the school is not in a position to release results or ATARs to parents or other parties as the results are the property of the student. The ATAR statement from VTAC and the results from VCAA will be in the mail from Tuesday 16 December 2014.
Swinburne University UniLink Diplomas
In 2015 UniLink diplomas will offer both Commonwealth supported places (CSP) and direct full-fee paying (DFP) places to students.
CSP will be merit-based for students who achieve a minimum 50 ATAR and meet the prerequisites for the course. Year 12 students are reminded that CSP course code in VTAC ends in '1'.
Students are guaranteed entry into a DPF UniLink diploma as long as they achieve a minimum 50 ATAR and meet the prerequisites for the course. The DFP course code in VTAC ends in '2'.
Students are encouraged to include both course codes in their list of preferences if they wish to study a UniLink diploma.
UniLink courses are listed on the VTAC Course Search
The University of Melbourne Free Public Lecture: The No-Bell Prize
Neuroscience Institute is pleased to announce the 'No-Bell Prize' as its final public lecture for 2014, and it
invites any interested budding scientists to the event!
How difficult is it for neuroscience-related academics and researchers to speak in layman’s terms when describing their research? Attendees can watch on as six of academics go up against the bell in a fast-paced competition to crown the 'No-Bell Prize', and witness just how challenging communicating science research can be!
Date: Tuesday 9 December 2014
Time: 5:15pm – 6:30pm
Venue: Auditorium, Melbourne Brain Centre, 30 Royal Parade Kenneth Myer Building in Parkville
For more details and to book a seat, visit No Bell Prize Lecture
ANU Change of Preference Advisory Day
Year 12 students who have applied to study at ANU in 2015 might like to take up an opportunity to attend an Advisory Day in Melbourne and speak one-on-one with the ANU staff.
Date: Tuesday 16
Venue: Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Federation Square, Flinders Street in Melbourne
To register for a one-on-one appointment visit ANU Melbourne Advisory Day
For more information about change of preference at ANU visit ANU COP
Keeper for a Day Programs
Are you thinking of a career in working with animals? Would you like the opportunity to go behind
the scenes with some precious and endangered Australian animals?
Australian College of Sports Therapy
The Australian College of Sports Therapy (ACST) delivers training in four course areas within the Sports,
Recreation and Healthcare industry. This
growing area provides work opportunities in dynamic and evolving environments
such as sports clubs, clinics, heath & recreation retreats, gyms, spas,
personal training studios, among many others.
· Advanced Diploma of Sports Therapy
· Advanced Diploma of Myotherapy
· Diploma of Remedial Massage
Find out more at Australian College of Sports Therapy
Medical Administration Training
Medical Administration Training (MAT) provides contemporary courses in medical reception and medical terminology, as well as incorporating training in PRACSOFT Medical Accounts Software. The medical reception course is nationally accredited, and has been developed to assist the health industry by training people in the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to perform the role of a medical secretary/receptionist in the medical setting.
For more information about MAT, visit Medical
VCE 2015 Summer Schools
Ø Access Education Summer School
The Access Education
Summer School program is a unique opportunity for students
Dates: Tuesday 20 – Friday 23 January 2015
Venue: Monash University (Clayton Campus)
Visit Access Summer School to
find out more or to download a brochure for this program.
Ø Neap VCE Summer School Program
Get a head start on your VCE! The aims of the Neap Summer School are to give students a head start on topics and concepts from the Units 3/4 course for each subject, and to revise key concepts from Units 1 and 2 that form an essential base for each subject. There is also an emphasis on helping students understand each subject’s assessment criteria. Strategies, problem-solving and exam techniques will also be a focus so that students can further develop these skills throughout the semester as they work towards their exams. Each student also receives comprehensive lecture notes. Subjects on offer include Chemistry
English, Biology, Legal Studies, Specialist Maths, Psychology, Accounting, Physics and
Maths Methods CAS
Dates: Thursday 8 – Thursday 22 January 2015
Venue: Monash University (Clayton Campus)
Visit NEAP Summer School to find out more about the 2015 program.
Ø The School for Excellence Summer School
The School for Excellence (TSFX) offers a comprehensive summer school program preparation, each lecture will thoroughly address Unit 1 or 3 materials in advance of school, and expose students to critical analytical/problem solving strategies and skills so as to maximise Unit 1 or 3 scores.
Students attending the programs receive detailed notes, fully worked examples and exercises to complete at home. The lectures are prepared and delivered by qualified, currently practising VCE teachers and markers from top ranking schools who possess the knowledge and experience to demonstrate the means by which students can achieve higher scores. Subjects on offer include Accounting, Biology, Business Management, CAS Technology Applications, Chemistry, EAL, Economics, English, Further Mathematics, Health & Human Development, Legal Studies, Literature, Mathematical Methods, Physical Education, Physics, Psychology, and Specialist Mathematics.
Dates: Sunday 4 January – Friday 23 January 2015
Venue: University of Melbourne and Monash University (Clayton Campus)
Visit TSFX Summer School to find out more about the 2015 program.
YHA Fact Sheet
YHA Australia is part of the world's largest backpacker accommodation network and has recently published a very useful fact sheet for students going travelling or on working holidays. Below are some interesting travel tips:
Top Travel Tips
Want to earn money while you travel? Australia has working holiday
2. Make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months after you plan to return, and check entry requirements for countries you plan to visit e.g. tourist visas, US pre-authorisation.
3. Visit the doctor at least 6 weeks before you leave to get vaccinations and prescription medication.
4. Let your bank know you’re going overseas so they don’t cancel your card when they see an overseas transaction.
5. If you can’t afford travel insurance you can’t afford to travel!
6. Register with www.smartraveller.gov.au
7. Always give a family member or friend a copy of your itinerary so they can contact you in an emergency.
8. Book your first couple of nights’ accommodation ahead for peace of mind when you get off the plane and have to find your way around a new city, a new country.
9. Always aim to arrive in a new town during the daylight hours as it is more difficult to get your bearings at night.
10. It can be cheaper to organise transport passes before you leave Australia, e.g.
Busabout hop-on hop-off between major European Cities, Greyhound Canada/ USA, Eurail train network.
11. Pack lightly - you’ll be surprised how little you can comfortably travel with, and roll clothes when packing.
12. Sometimes the best plan is ‘no plan’… don’t be too locked into a pre-arranged schedule that you have no time for spontaneous experiences!
13. Look at alternative low cost options to communicate with home – email, SKYPE, Facebook, Facetime, WhatsApp, Viber, WeChat (on Wi-Fi or from an internet café), prepaid local or international SIM cards.
For more information about YHA and to access many other useful tips, visit Travel Tips
Ms O’Sullivan, Mrs Runciman & Mrs White
It has been a pleasure touching base with many of the Year 10 students to finalise their VCE subject selections. There is still a small opportunity to change subjects following examination results if necessary. There will be some appointments available following the examinations should students and families require a further conversation about final subject choices. Please book online. Year 10 and 11 students are also advised that this Friday (November 14) is the last opportunity to inform Ms O’Sullivan of your intention to undertake Work Experience in December. Students who inform Ms O’Sullivan after this date are not guaranteed to have all their paperwork in order to allow them to visit work places this year.
During Headstart Week each Year 11 study group will have one period with us in Careers during which we will outline the expectations placed on the boys as Year 12 students, the Careers Program for the year ahead and the importance of commencing the year well prepared and ready to put in their very best efforts. All current Year 11 students will be asked to make an appointment to see a Careers Practitioner in Term 1, 2015. It is important to start researching pathways for 2015 as early as possible to make the decision making in Terms 3 and 4, which comes all too quickly, considerably easier. To start the students thinking, we are asking them to complete a survey for us which will be discussed in their initial interview of 2015. We are looking forward to spending time with the “new” Year 12s.
Current Year 12 students, many of whom have now finished their VCE, are reminded about the wonderful opportunity to attend an Interview Skills Workshop on Thursday November 20 from 10am till 11:30am. Many students will be having interviews for part time work, scholarships and tertiary courses. Please email Mrs White or register your intention to attend on the sheet in the Careers Department.
Accessing VCE Results via SMS
Students must pre-register if they wish to receive their results by text message. To pre-register students will need to send a message to 19 787 888 with their student number (just the eight digit number, not including the letter on the end) then a space and then their PIN (4 digits). Students who have registered with VTAC or are a current VTAC applicant will need to use their VTAC PIN. For students who are not a VTAC registrant, their PIN is the first four digits of their date of birth e.g. 21 November = 2111. This SMS will cost $1.10 max (incl. GST). Students must send this message from the mobile number they want the results delivered to. Registrations opened at 9am on Monday 10 November and will close at 12 midnight on Sunday 14 December and the results and ATAR will then be sent to the registered mobile number at approximately 7am Monday 15 December 2014.
Students who will be overseas as this time should NOT register to have their results sent by SMS, but rather access them on the internet.
Students encountering problems should please contact the helpline on 1800 501 083. Instructions on registering for SMS are also available on the VTAC website at VTAC SMS
Year 12 students who have paid their VTAC fees will receive a copy of their ATAR statement through the post commencing Tuesday 16 December 2014.
Bachelor of International Business
The Bachelor of International Business is a specialist degree designed for driven students, who want to become the global business leaders of the future. Adopting a trimester model means that students experience the dynamism of international business and complete their degree in just two years. The degree will be taught at Monash 271 Collins, a new purpose-designed site, conveniently situated in the CBD. The VCE requirements are Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL; and a study score of at least 25 in any Mathematics. Students can apply through VTAC.
For more information visit International Business
New JMC Academy Bachelor of Music (Song Writing) in 2015
JMC Academy will introduce a two year Bachelor of Music (Song writing) in February 2015. This course will explore fundamental song writing techniques and uncover the essential tools for writing music that will appeal specifically to music supervisors, music publishers, record labels, and producers, across any number of different genres.
Find out more at JMC Academy Song Writing Courses
RMIT Important Correction
Year 12 students who have applied for the Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) are to please note that selection into this course will be based solely on the ATAR and not a test and interview as indicated on the VTAC website.
For further information call Student Recruitment on (03) 9925 2555 or email email@example.com.
William Angliss Important Notice
Year 12 students who have applied through VTAC for Certificate IV or Diploma courses at William Angliss Institute are to note that they will receive an invitation to an interview to be held in December. The invitation will include a pre-training form (was Pre-Selection Form) which will need to be completed and taken along to their interview.
A copy of the Pre-training form is available online at Pre-Training Form
Students who have applied for the Degree’s will not be required to attend an interview, but will need to post their pre-selection form to the institute.
Career in the Police Force
Being a police officer no ordinary job! In fact, it is rather an extraordinary career. People who want to be part of a dynamic organisation that is dedicated to making Victoria a safer place to work and live, and who is looking to make a difference every day of their working lives, might like to visit Police Careers and find out more about the range of careers, as well as the application requirements!
Students often enquire as to the physical requirements they need to enter the police force. Watch a YouTube video at YouTube to find out more! Students keen on further YouTube videos regarding the Victoria Police can watch them at VPBlueTube
La Trobe College of Art & Design is a small college in the centre of Melbourne offering specialised courses in visual art, digital media and design.
In the Diploma of Graphic Design, students gain an understanding of fundamental design practices including concept development, typography, layout design and creative thinking.
For more information about the application process and selection criteria visit La Trobe College of Art & Design
Early Childhood Education Open Day
Do you have a passion for working with children? Holmesglen Institute offers a range of options at certificate, diploma and degree level. Students keen on finding out more are encouraged to attend an upcoming Open Day!
Date: Wednesday 19 November 2014
Time: 6pm – 7pm
Venue: Holmesglen Waverley Campus, 595 Waverley Road in Glen WaverleyHolmesglen Waverley Campus, 595 Waverley Road, Glen Waverley
Registrations are essential! Visit Open Day to register and/or find out more!
Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled Nursing)
· Completion of a Literacy and Numeracy assessment unless a pass in Year 12 Maths and English has been achieved in the last two years.
· Current Police Check and Working with Children Checks.
· An interview.
The structure of the course:
ü The 18-month full-time course is delivered over 3 days per week
ü There are 3 hours of self-directed study required per week
ü There are 400 hours (5 x 2 week blocks) of supervised clinical placement
Bachelor of Medical
To find out more visit Bachelor of Medical Research
Useful Tips for Successful Interviews
candidates lose the job in the first minute of the interview by not thinking
carefully about their initial impact. John
Lees shares his expert interview tips.
1 Don’t waste the opening moments
Many candidates lose the job in the first minute of the interview by not thinking carefully about their initial impact. Interviewers make a quick initial decision about your personality from the moment you arrive, based on how you look and sound. Dress as if you already work there and you’ve just been promoted. Make those initial seconds relaxed and upbeat as you can, even if you’re just talking about your journey.
2 Don’t over-deliver
Most candidates say too much. Interviewers are not that interested, and will usually accept a short, positive answer and move on. Practise compressing your evidence into good short stories no more than 3 minutes long setting out what problem you were handling, what you did, how you did it, and what the result was.
3 Don’t act like a stranger
Leave your coat, umbrella and bag in reception. Just take in a slim folder into the interview room containing the documents you need, and you will look like an employee rather than a visitor.
4 Don’t try to wing difficult questions
Don’t duck predictable questions about your know-how and skill level – think carefully about good examples. Equally predictable questions cover things like strengths (talk about qualities that match the job) and weaknesses (talk about skills you are improving, and make it clear that you’re a fast learner).
John Lees has written a wide range of careers books. His 2013 titles are Just The Job! , his first systematic guide to job searching, and Knockout CV, a comprehensive guide to writing a winning CV.
Ms O’Sullivan, Mrs Runciman & Mrs White