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March 5

posted 3 Mar 2015, 16:34 by Sue White

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

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 criteria:

  • minimum ATAR of 95.00 or equivalent
  • students must have completed Year 12 or equivalent in the year prior to commencement
  • students must meet all course prerequisites

The High Achievers Program is offered in the following degrees –



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 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 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. 

To find out what is on offer, visit
Industrial Design

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:

·         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.

Applications open on 1 April 2015 and close on 31 May 2015.  


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 including –

ü  Engineering

ü  Trades and Construction

ü  Customer Service

ü  Business / Corporate / Human Resources

ü  Safety and Environment

ü  Graduates/ Apprenticeships

ü  Operations

Find out more by visiting
Rail Careers!

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  histopathology

ü  clinical forensic medicine and

ü  molecular biology (DNA)

:              Wednesday 1 April 2015

Time:              12:30pm – 4pm
Venue:           Plueckhahn Lecture Theatre, Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine, 65 Kavanagh Street in Southbank

Unfortunately there is NO tour of the building available.  Please also note that places are very limited, so priority will be given in RSVP’s received. 


Anyone wishing to attend must register at Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine.  

For more information please email

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)

Browse Australian Catholic University

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.  

Students currently choosing an education course or career pathway will find this a useful resource!

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 –






International Development Studies

Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL

Laws/Global Studies

Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL


International Studies

Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in any English


International Studies

Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL

International Studies/Commerce

Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL

Law/International Studies

Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 35 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL

La Trobe

International Relations

Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL

Law/International Relations

Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 35 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL

Politics, Philosophy and Economics

Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL


Global Studies

Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL

Law (Honours)/Arts

Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 35 in English (EAL) or at least 30 in English other than EAL


International Studies

Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL

Legal and Dispute Studies

Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL


Business/Social Science

Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL

International Studies

Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL


Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in any English



Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL


International Studies

Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL

Students are encouraged to browse for a comprehensive list!

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.

February 26

posted 25 Feb 2015, 12:19 by Sue 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
Location:      University of Melbourne Veterinary Hospital, 250 Princes Hwy, 
Werribee Campus

For more information, visit Veterinary Science Open Day 2015

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. 

Note: Successful completion of a course cannot be counted as credit towards a Monash University degree.


A list of some MOOCs are listed below -

Do your interests lie in Engineering, Architecture or Geography? 
Water for Liveable and Resilient Cities will commence on Monday 2 March.
Enrol at:
Liveable Cities


Want to study in a health or science related field after school?
Science of Medicines commences on Monday 23 March.
Enrol at:
Science of Medicines

Are you excelling in humanities subjects at school?

World War 1: A History in 100 Stories commences on Monday 13 April.
Enrol at:
World War 1


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  Accounting

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

ü  Marketing and communication

ü  Sports management

ü  Taxation



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

  • 2.5 Years Bachelor of Business Degree – specialising in International Hotel and Resort Management, International Event Management or International Restaurant and Catering Management and including 2 industry placements
  • 2 year Master Programs: International Hotel Management or Global Business Management and including 1 industry Placement
  • Practical learning is within a simulated hotel environment and combines with academic business management studies
  • Two custom designed campuses: Sydney, Executive Business Centre and Leura, Practical Learning Centre
  • Start in January, April, July or October
  • Career opportunities in global hotel and events management industries, as well as other services sectors


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)
The Nursing Careers Allied Health (NCAH) website is an excellent resource for students keen on a career in nursing and the allied health industry.  Students can browse the link and discover summaries of different careers in allied health, as well as the types of jobs out there at the moment.  Click on the following links:

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

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.

February 19

posted 19 Feb 2015, 03:07 by Sue 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:



·         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.





Tuesday 10 March

Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy and Occupational Health


Wednesday 11 March

Business and Economics


Thursday 12 March



Tuesday 17 March

Arts (Humanities and Social Sciences)


Wednesday 18 March

Information Technology


Thursday 19 March

Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences


Tuesday 21 April

Design and Fine Art


Tuesday 28 April



Wednesday 29 April

Interior Architecture


Thursday 30 April



Tuesday 5 May

Medicine and Biomedical Science


Wednesday 13 May



Thursday 14 May

Teaching (focus on all education courses offered at all campuses)


Tuesday 19 May

Health Science (Radiation Science, Public Health, Emergency Practice, Human Services)


Tuesday 26 May



Wednesday 27 May

Biomedical Science, Radiography, and Nutrition and Dietetics


Thursday 28 May



Wednesday 15 July

Business and Economics


Tuesday 18 August

Theatre, Performance and Music


Thursday 27 August



Tuesday 1 September

Teaching (education courses offered at the Clayton Campus)


Thursday 3 September

Teaching (unique dual sector qualifications offered at the Berwick Campus)


Tuesday 8 September

Teaching (education courses offered at the Peninsula Campus)


Thursday 17 September






All seminars commence at 6.30pm and finish at 8.00pm.  Seminars with the same title will have the same program.  Exact venue details are available online!  Registrations are essential and can be completed online at At Monash  For more information call 1800 Monash.

Avalon Airshow

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! 

Details will be posted on the above link by Friday 6 March 2015

News from RMIT University
Recently RMIT University decided to make two name changes to two courses:

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.

Army Aviation
An army aviation unit is an aviation-related unit of a nation's army, often described as an air corps.  These units are generally separate from a nation's dedicated air force, and usually comprise helicopters and light support fixed-wing aircraft.


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!

Gap Medics

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.

So, what does the project involve?  During weekdays, students shadow highly skilled doctors in their day-to-day work on a fully-supervised hospital placement.  Students will also have the benefit of clinical teaching, safe and secure accommodation, food, transfers in Tanzania or Thailand, local orientations, 24/7 support from Gap Medics support teams overseas and in the UK and lots of help with preparations for their trip too.  

Visit Gap Medics  to find out more!

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.

Lattitude Volunteers...

  • are not tourists; they immerse themselves in the local culture, become members of that community, and they learn about a country from within
  • step outside their comfort zone and achieve something unique

·         experience life, living and new horizons 

Applications for 2016 are already open!  Visit
Lattitude Global Volunteering to find out more!

Projects Abroad

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!

:           Monday 23 February 2015

Time:           6:30pm – 7:30pm

Venue:         Northcote Town Hall, 189 High Street, Northcote 3070


Bookings can be made at Projects Abroad Event.  Alternatively browse Projects Abroad for more general information.   

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) schoolCurrently 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.  

For more information or to download the application form, visit Tutors Worldwide.  A reminder that applications close 9 April 2015.

Volunteer Abroad with WEP

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

Find out more by visiting
Volunteer Abroad or call 1300 884 733.


Australian Defence Force GAP Year

The ADF Gap Year program provides an opportunity for young Australians, who have finished Year 12 (or equivalent) and are aged between 17 and 24*, to experience military training and lifestyle whilst gaining new skills and pay over their Gap Year.  The life skills and job training that students acquire during their Gap Year experience will be valuable regardless of what career you ultimately undertake.  Gap Year opportunities are available in the Navy, Army and Air Force.

The GAP Year will commence in January/February 2016 and the jobs available are Navy Gap Year, Army Gap Year (Administration Clerk, Artilleryman, Driver, Rifleman, and Unit Quartermaster) and Air Force Gap Year.

To find out more information about the ADF Gap Year program please visit ADF GAP YEAR

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.

February 12

posted 11 Feb 2015, 18:52 by Sue White   [ updated 15 Feb 2015, 23:57 ]

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 2013Receiving 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!

Eligible students need to expect an ATAR of 95+ but students who have experienced disadvantage, or who have achieved significantly in other ways, may still be eligible.  Applications open on 2 March, 2015 and close on 20 March, 2015.  For more information about the Tuckwell Scholarship Program visit
Tuckwell Scholarship and Applying for the Tuckwell Scholarship.


Students and their parents are invited to attend the 2015 ANU Tuckwell Scholarship Roadshow in Victoria.


Date:              Wednesday 18 February 2015
Time:              6:00pm – 7:30pm

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

To RSVP for the event, please click here - Tuckwell Scholarship Roadshow

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 or email


Public Events;

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


2016 applications now open


Applications are now for our gap year placements overseas in 2016.  If you have any students that may be interested in immersing within a new culture next year, and assisting local communities in meaningful ways, we have a wide range of placements available.  Lattitude is the original gap year organisation, having supporting young Australians on worthwhile and challenging gap years for over 40 years.

The Latitude website runs through all the details and includes an Application Form for students to download

Our priority application deadline is Friday 5 June, and students are encouraged to apply by this date to secure their placement preference.

Medical Career Planning
NSW Health
has compiled an extensive list of extremely useful fact sheets to assist students in making more informed career choices about the many careers in the health industry, and to ensure their career plans not only fulfil their personal aspirations but also align with the needs of the industry.  Students keen on finding out more about what the job is about, whether or not there is a shortage, etc. are encouraged to browse the following link on NSW Health - Medical Career Planning

Career as an Optometrist
The Job Guide states that Optometrists perform eye examinations to determine the presence of vision problems and other eye conditions and disease.  They treat or manage these problems by prescribing glasses, contact lenses, optical aids, vision therapy, medication (in the form of eye drops) or referral to an eye surgeon when required.


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 -



Entry Requirements

Deakin University

Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Optometry

Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.

Master of Optometry

Completion of a Bachelor of Vision Science, or equivalent, with an emphasis on an adequate coverage of vision sciences 

Flinders University

Bachelor of Medical Science (Vision Science), Master of Optometry

Chemistry and Physics

Queensland University of Technology

Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Optometry

English/EAL, Maths Methods, Chemistry, Physics

University of Melbourne

Doctor of Optometry 

An undergraduate degree (or equivalent), and three subjects at second or third year level (or equivalent) in one or more relevant biological science disciplines

University of New South Wales

Bachelor of Optometry/Bachelor of Science

English/EAL, Maths Methods, Chemistry, Physics, an ATAR of 95+ and the UMAT

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


Ø  Science in the City Lab Tours

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 March 2015
11:00am – 2:00pm


For further information and/or to register, email Rebecca McGillivray on

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 Master Classes
The School for Excellence (TSFX) is running VCE Master Classes commencing in March.  These weekly classes review and then extend on the knowledge taught at schools, exposing students to an extensive collection of questions (many of which are not typically accessible to students), as well as frequently overlooked tricks and traps that could appear in the examinations.


To find out more, and/or to enrol visit TSFX

What does a Brand Manager do?
According to an article in the Saturday Herald Sun, 1 November 2014, a brand manager works with a company, product or service on ways to set them apart from their competitors in the eyes of consumers or raise awareness in the community.  The article goes on further to say that brand managers liaise with their client on what their “brand” will be:

·         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. 

More detailed information can also be found in the Job Guide at
Brand Manager

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.

February 5

posted 4 Feb 2015, 15:50 by Sue 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

·         Scholarships

·         Resources available either at the Careers Centre or online

What the Career Centre can assist you with?


Apprenticeships Information

Part-time & Casual Job Opportunities

Cadetships & Traineeships

Résumé Writing Skills

Career Assessment - Career Voyage

Scholarship Opportunities

Career Expos

Subject Selection Advice

Careers Testing - DAT

TAFE Courses & Programs

GAP Year Opportunities

University Courses & Programs

Individual Interviews

University Extension Studies

International Study

VCAA Information

Interstate Universities

VET in Schools

Interview Skills

VTAC Process

Open Days

Weekly Career News Updates

Overseas Exchange Programs

Work Experience Program

Tax File Numbers

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.

Importantly, current Year 12 students are reminded that they cannot enrol in a CSP (Commonwealth Support Place) course at university without a Tax File Number, so it is worthwhile getting an application submitted early! 

Students must now apply for a TFN online and have their identity verified through an interview at a participating Australia Post office.

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

For more information visit the
Faculty of Arts or contact Georgina Gibson at or on (03) 9902 0344.


Ø  Medicine and Health Course Wizard

The 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.

Visit the website at Medicine & Health Course Wizard


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. 

For more information, and/or to apply visit UMAT2015 or call (03) 8508 7643.


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:

Bond University


Charles Darwin University

Clinical Sciences

Flinders University

Clinical Sciences/Medicine

Vision Sciences

La Trobe University

Health Sciences (Dentistry) (non-Y12)

Oral Health Science (non-Y12)

Monash University


University of Adelaide

Dental Surgery


University of Auckland (NZ)


University of Newcastle /

University New England

Joint Medical Program

University of New South Wales



University of Otago (NZ)

Dental Surgery

Medical Laboratory Science


University of Queensland

Dental Science

Medicine (provisional entry)

University of Tasmania


University of Western Australia

Dental Medicine (assured entry)

Medicine (assured entry)

University of Western Sydney



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

Science Degrees at Victorian Universities
The Bachelor of Science is offered at the following universities and students are encouraged to visit VTAC for more information on these and other courses and/or browse each university link provided below.



ATAR (2015 Entry)

Deakin University

Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL.

64.10 (M)
55.10 (G)

Federation University

Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 15 in any English; and a study score of at least 15 in one of any Mathematics or any Science.

43.70 (Gi)

La Trobe University

Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL; and a study score of at least 20 in any Mathematics.

60.00 (M)
55.55 (B)
n/a (AW)

Monash University

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 one of Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Maths: Mathematical Methods (CAS), Maths: Specialist Mathematics, Physics or Psychology.

85 (C)


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 20 in one of Maths: Mathematical Methods (CAS) or Maths: Specialist Mathematics.


Swinburne University

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 20 in any Mathematics.


University of Melbourne

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 one of Maths: Mathematical Methods (CAS) or Maths: Specialist Mathematics; and a study score of at least 25 in one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics.
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 both of Maths: Mathematical Methods (CAS) and Maths: Specialist Mathematics.


Victoria University

Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL; and a study score of at least 20 in any Mathematics.


M – Melbourne campus     G – Geelong Waurn Ponds campus     Gi – Gippsland campus     C – Clayton
AW – Albury-Wodonga campus     B – Bendigo campus

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.

November 20

posted 19 Nov 2014, 18:12 by Sue 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. 


All UniLink courses are listed on the VTAC Course Search

The University of Melbourne Free Public Lecture: The No-Bell Prize

Melbourne 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 December,
Time:              10am–2pm

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?
Both Healesville Sanctuary and Werribee Open Range Zoo are running ‘Keeper for a Day’ programs these upcoming school holidays!  These programs are geared towards showcasing what it is like to work with animals and for students get to watch keepers and learn what a rewarding job they have! 

To find out more or to register for the Werribee Open Range Zoo Program, visit

Werribee Open Range Program  

To find out more or to register for the Healesville Sanctuary Programs, visit

Healesville Sanctuary Vet for a Day OR Healesville Sanctuary Keeper for a Day  

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. 
Year 12 students keen on working in the health profession but who perhaps do not quite attain the ATAR for entry into courses such as physiotherapy or chiropractic medicine, might like to consider a course at ACST as an alternative.  Courses offered include –


·         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 Administration Training

VCE 2015 Summer Schools

Ø  Access Education Summer School

The Access Education Summer School program is a unique opportunity for students
studying Units 3 & 4 to experience university life while preparing for the demands of the VCE year ahead.  The format of the program is that
extensive and detailed 3 ¼ hour VCE preparation lectures will be given, and subject specific study notes prepared by the lecturer will also be made available.  The presenters have been chosen for their extensive knowledge, communication abilities and passion for their subject.  Subjects on offer are Biology, Chemistry, English, Further Maths, Health & Human Development, Legal Studies, Maths Methods, Physical Education, Physics and Psychology


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

1.    Want to earn money while you travel? Australia has working holiday agreements
with many countries – see - be aware that some visas must be
applied for before you leave Australia though.

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

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

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.

November 13

posted 12 Nov 2014, 16:54 by Sue 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.

Dates of Main Round Tertiary Offers for all States


International students – Friday 9 January 2015

Local students – Monday 19 January 2015


Thursday 15 January 2015


Wednesday 21 January 2015


Thursday 15 January 2015


Friday 16 January 2015

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. 

An 8-month Diploma of Music (Song writing) is also available. Applications should be made directly to JMC Academy and selection into the course requires an interview and audition.


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   

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

Diploma Courses

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 Visual Art, students develop a range of technical and conceptual strategies in art making whilst developing an individual direction.  Students undertake subjects in studio art, painting methods, sculpture, drawing and contemporary art theory, along with photography, and digital media.


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)
Students considering applying for a Diploma of Nursing might like to consider the Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled) through Health Skills Australia.  This nationally accredited Diploma of Nursing will give students the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge to deliver high quality care to the public in a variety of health care settings, including acute, palliative, aged, rehabilitation, mental health and community care workplaces.  Few professions can offer the diversity and excitement of nursing on a daily basis.

Entry Requirements:

·         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

Visit Diploma of Nursing to find out more!

Bachelor of Medical Research
Students who have an interest in the human body, health and disease – and more importantly, expanding what we know about them – may find the Bachelor of Medical Research  the perfect course to study.  The Bachelor of Medical Research is a 3-year program taught at the Hobart campus of the University of Tasmania.  The course prepares students for careers in medical research by providing an understanding of the structure and function of healthy human cells, tissues, organs and systems, as well as of the abnormal genetic, cellular and systemic changes that characterise human diseases and conditions.

Students are able to select options that prepare them for careers or further studies in a range of specialties such as biochemistry, pathology, neuroscience, genetics, pharmacology and other areas of medical research and medical science.  The degree also emphasises the acquisition of research skills and students will have exposure throughout the degree to scientists actively involved in medical research. 


To find out more visit Bachelor of Medical Research

Useful Tips for Successful Interviews


Many 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

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.

November 6

posted 5 Nov 2014, 15:50 by Sue White   [ updated 6 Nov 2014, 23:50 ]

This week and next, all Year 10 students will have short interviews to discuss their VCE subject selection in light of their second semester studies.  At these interviews students have the opportunity to change selection if they feel it is necessary and advice will be provided by the Leadership Team, Heads of House or Careers Practitioners as to the suitability of selected programs.  Parents of Year 10 students are advised to have a brief discussion with their sons about their selections prior to the meeting and, again, afterwards.


There are still some Year 12 VTAC Application payments outstanding.  Whilst the initial Change of Preference period has now closed, it is still possible to access the payment screen.  Please ensure the application for your son has been paid to avoid disappointment in January.  NO OFFER will be received if payment has not been made prior to December 22nd at 4pm.  One final reminder about Tax File Numbers – students will be unable to enrol for a tertiary course in 2015 if they do not have a Tax File Number.  Application forms are available from the Careers Office and should be completed and returned as soon as possible to ensure receipt of Tax File Numbers prior to Christmas.


Year 11 students who have completed a 3/4 subject this year will need to access their VCE results via SMS.  Instruction about how to arrange for this to occur are available in last week’s Careers News.  Students will need their VCAA Number which is available from Mrs White if they do not know it.

RMIT Racing at Calder Park

RMIT Racing invites students to attend the Formula SAE, Melbourne’s largest engineering competition at Calder Park Raceway.  Students will see the RMIT Electric and RMIT renewable ethanol fuelled cars fired up and competing in time trials, endurance and speed races.


Date:           Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 December 2014

Time:              9am – 4pm Saturday and 10am – 4pm Sunday

Location:       Calder Park Raceway - Calder Park


For further information contact Rose De Amicis at SAE Australsia on (03) 9676 9568.

Bachelor of Oral Health (Therapy/Hygiene)

Oral health therapists diagnose dental decay and gum diseases, and work in collaboration with dentists to provide oral health care for children and adults, and also help to promote oral health and preventive dental practices among school children and the broader community.


The Bachelor of Oral Health is a 3-year Charles Sturt University (CSU) degree offered at Holmesglen Institute’s Chadstone campus with the third year delivered in Wagga Wagga.  On completion of this program, students will be eligible to register with AHPRA as a registered Oral Health Therapist. 


For more information visit Bachelor of Oral Health or call (03) 9564 1920.

Labour Market Information Portal

The Labour Market Information Portal provides up-to-date information about our local labour market.  It provides information at the national, State and regional level on:


ü  Unemployment and participation rates

ü  Employment by industry and occupation

ü  Centrelink and Job Services Australia customer populations


All data are presented with maps and can be viewed as charts or tables.  
Visit Labour Market

Gap Medics

Year 11 and 12 students considering a career in medicine, nursing, dentistry or midwifery might like to take up an opportunity to participate in a short-term healthcare work experience placement overseas.  Gap Medics is based in the UK, but its programs are open to students from all around the world. 


So, what does a placement involve?  During weekdays, students shadow highly skilled doctors in their day-to-day work on a fully-supervised hospital placement.  Students also benefit from clinical teaching on their placement.  Gap Medics has an agreement with each of the hospitals which the students then sign to ensure punctuality, appropriate dress, respectful behaviour at all times and confidentiality.  The hospitals and the doctors/mentors are paid with approximately 10% of the student cost going directly to the hospital to be used for overall improvement and benefit of their facilities and programs.


Gap Medics owns houses in all the destinations; the houses have 24-hour security with walled gardens and a full time staff team in every destination too.  There is a night time manager on duty every evening.  Students stay in the Gap Medics homes and food, pick up and transfers are all inclusive. 

Approximately 90 % of current participating students are Year 11 and 12 students, with the remaining 10% being university students. 


Visit GAP Medics to find out more!

Career as a Physicist

Physicists study the behaviour of the physical world at the most basic level, and then find practical ways to apply new knowledge gained from their research in many areas of science and technology.


Physicists are usually identified within three broad roles:


1.    theoretical physicists who develop theories or models of how particular aspects of the world work

2.    experimental physicists who test these theories, determining their limits and suggesting new approaches to them

3.    applied physicists who apply these findings in practical settings, such as within industry and through the introduction of new technology


Physicists may perform some or a combination of the following tasks:


·         observe and measure phenomena in the physical world, from the smallest particle through to the universe as a whole

·         propose theories and models to explain those phenomena

·         use computers to explore the consequences of those theories and models

·         build equipment to make new types of measurement which, in many cases, have never been attempted before

·         create new ways of understanding observations that have been made, including by developing new approaches

·         use knowledge and/or technology to develop new materials, products and processes for use in industry, medicine, Defence and other areas of research and development

Successful physicists display the following personal attributes:


ü  aptitude for analysis and problem-solving

ü  enjoy research

ü  aptitude for mathematics and computing

ü  able to visualise and explain ideas clearly

ü  able to work independently or as part of a team


To become a physicist students usually have to study science or applied science at university with a major in physicsThe following universities offer a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Applied Sciences with a major in physics, astrophysics, photonics or nanotechnology.

o    La Trobe University - Bundoora Campus

o    Monash University - Clayton Campus

o    RMIT University - City Campus

o    Swinburne University - Hawthorn Campus

o    University of Melbourne - Parkville Campus

Visit to find out more about these courses.

RMIT Village

RMIT Village is located near Melbourne CBD.  It is only a 5-minute tram ride from RMIT University and offers fully furnished, self-contained apartments to suit a range of preferences.  Facilities include a student lounge, e-library, high-speed internet, heated swimming pool and a new gym (currently under construction).  RMIT Village is conveniently located for RMIT’s City campus (just a 10-minute walk) and Brunswick campus.  


Applications for 2015 are now open at RMIT Village  


For more information call (03) 8330 2000 or e-mail  

Work Experience Opportunities in 2015
Students considering applying for a Work Experience placement in a hospital next year might like to explore the following options:


1.    Royal Women’s Hospital

Year 10 Secondary School Work Experience places will only be available to students who can participate in the program on the available dates offered by the Women's Hospital.  Students participating in the program are given the opportunity to spend one week working within available departments to observe and participate in the daily activities of those departments. The Women's strongly promotes involvement in the program and encourages students from all areas of Victoria to apply. 

Areas of the hospital offering general work experience placements may include: Nursing, Midwifery, Pathology, IT and Administration/Clerical. 

The 2015 Work Experience program dates will be published in the coming weeks and students are encouraged to check the following website regularly for updates!  For more information call (03) 8345 2080, or access the careers website at
The Women's Work Experience


2.    St Vincent’s Hospital

St Vincent’s Work Experience placements provide secondary school students in Years 10 and 11 with the opportunity to explore possible career options within the healthcare industry.  The program offered is geared towards students who are interested in Nursing and Midwifery careers.  Dates for the 2015 Work Experience program will be available early in January 2015. 
Students are encouraged to make a note to check regularly for updates and/or to apply at
St Vincent's Work Experience


  1. Austin Health

Each year Austin Health places secondary school students from within the local community for work experience.  This provides an opportunity to promote health professions to the youth of today who may become your workforce in the future. It also gives students the chance to observe a workplace and learn about the jobs available within the Health industry. This assists these individuals as it helps them to decide which career path suits them best.  The Work Experience program is typically aimed at Year 10 students and placements are usually one week long.

For further information call (03) 9431 8000, email or visit Austin Health Work Experience

MIBT Diploma of Media and Communication

The School of Communication and Creative Arts at Deakin University have re-structured many of their degrees, so it is necessary for the structure of the MIBT Diploma of Media and Communication to be adjusted.


From March 2015, the MIBT Diploma of Media and Communication new structure and units will take place and will lead into the following Deakin University Degrees:

·         Bachelor of Arts

·         Bachelor of Communication (Journalism)

·         Bachelor of Communication (Media)

·         Bachelor of Communication (Public Relations)

·         Bachelor of Creative Arts (Animation and Motion Capture)

·         Bachelor of Creative Arts (Photography)

·         Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Communication Design)

The new Diploma course structure will be:


Core Units:

ACC100         Communication in Everyday Life*

ACC101         Creativity and Dangerous Ideas*


Elective Units:

ACG102         Design and Typography*

ACG103         Design Skills*

ACI102          Pixel to Print: Digital Imaging 1

ACI103          Thinking Photography: History, Theory and Cultural Context*

ALC104         Media Genres: Negotiating Textual Forms and Pleasures*

ALC105         Media Culture and Technological Transformations: Living in the Digital Age*

ALJ111          News Reporting 1

ALJ112          News Reporting 2

ALR103         Introduction to Public Relations

ALR104         Strategic Communication and Writing*

AMC100         Animation Narratives*

AMC104         Principles of Character Animation *

* new units introduced to the Diploma

Associate Degree In Veterinary Nursing Coming Soon To NMIT

This exciting new program has been designed to produce work-ready graduates with a high level of clinical skill and an associated degree level of knowledge and understanding in veterinary nursing.

Duration:    2 years full time; 4 years part time;

Entrance Requirements:

Satisfactory completion of Year 12 with English (20) AND either Maths OR Biology OR Chemistry;

OR satisfactory completion of a TAFE Course in Veterinary Nursing (or equivalent);

OR relevant industry experience defined as professional engagement for a minimum of two years.

Applicants who require a refresher in Maths, Biology or Chemistry can complete a free online bridging course provided by Carnegie Mellon University to satisfy the basic knowledge requirements.

All applicants will be required to sub,it a written application detailing their animal care experience and reasons for applying, and to undertake a formal interview.

Recognition of Prior Learning:

Graduates of the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing will be able to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) if they can demonstrate competence in the required areas.


The Associate Degree in Veterinary Nursing offers a flexible approach for students with the provision of online materials to prepare for the active learning workshops on campus.  This offers students the flexibility of preparing at home at their own place and at a time that suits them.

Clinical placements throughout their study will give students excellent real world experience.  In addition, the final semester of the degree offers students an internship-like six-month period where they will undertake placements in areas of interest.

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.

October 30

posted 27 Oct 2014, 20:34 by Sue White   [ updated 27 Oct 2014, 20:35 ]

It is pleasing to see a number of Year 11 students booking Careers Appointments to discuss subject selection.  Those who are strong academically are reminded of the opportunity to enrol in a University Extension subject.  In the past, students have taken University Maths (offered at St Kevin’s), Accounting (either at the University of Melbourne or Monash), and Biology to name a few.  Deakin, Swinburne, La Trobe and RMIT all offer Extension Subjects also.  Please go to the SKC Careers VCE Extension Studies Section, or the University websites for relevant information then come up to the Careers Department to discuss.  Applications must be submitted to Mr Jones, Director of Studies.


We have also been busy with some past students who have chosen to return to the College to seek advice about changing courses/pathways.  It is wonderful to have this ongoing contact with these young men who we can advise about their options and the process of application.  More than this, though, we can learn from them about what they have and have not enjoyed, first-hand experience of Universities and TAFEs, campuses, support and the general tertiary landscape.  This proves beneficial for discussions with current students, strengthening our knowledge and helping us to counsel wisely. 


Year 12 students may have noticed that the Change of Preference area in their VTAC user accounts has now closed.  This will remain closed until November 24 when the VCE examinations have concluded.  Students are advised not to think about their preferences during the examination period.


Year 12 students are also reminded that there is an Interview Skills Workshop being held on Thursday November 20 from 10am till 11:30am.  Any students who may have an interview as selection criteria for courses on their preference list, or who are intending on applying for part time jobs are encouraged to attend.  Registration is essential, either in person at the Careers Department or via email to Mrs White.

Work Experience at the Herald Sun

Applications for Work Experience at the Herald Sun for 2015 are open!  Places are strictly limited and available only on selected weeks which have been predetermined by the company.  Students will spend their week learning about various careers within the media industry, with a focus on journalism.  Areas covered in the week will include Journalism, Photography, and Production.  Students will spend time at the Herald Sun in Southbank.


2015 Work Experience Program Dates* are April 7 – April 10 OR June 29 - July 3 OR July 27 - July 31 OR September 21-25

* 2015 dates may change at HWT’s discretion.

To apply students need to complete the application form and tasks and email them to  Applications for the 2015 program close on Monday 1 December 2014.  The Work Experience placements are assigned by the end of January each year, and the Herald Sun will notify successful and unsuccessful applicants at the start of February. 

Download the Work Experience Program application form here
Application form

Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium Work Experience for 2015

Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium is now taking applications for Work Experience in 2015.  This program is extremely popular, so students will be required to complete an application form to be considered for the program.  Students will experience all aspects of the business, including customer service, education, marketing, retail, animal husbandry and veterinary.


Applications for 2015 opened on Monday 20 October, and students must send their application by 5.00pm on Friday 7 November 2014.  Students should please note that applications cannot be received outside of these dates.

Download an application form from
Melbourne Aquarium

Scholarships at William Angliss Institute
William Angliss Institute provides educational opportunities and financial assistance to support commencing and current students.   Scholarships available to commencing domestic students at William Angliss Institute in 2015 include:

ü  Degree Scholarships

ü  Sir William Angliss Scholarships (VIC) - for any Certificate, Diploma or Advance Diploma.

ü  Nestle Golden Chefs Hat Scholarship - Commercial Cookery

Applications for the Sir William Angliss and Nestle Golden Chefs Hat Scholarships close on Saturday 15 November 2014, and applications for Degree Scholarships close on Monday 9 March 2015.  


For more information and to download a Scholarship application form visit William Angliss Scholarships

Law Scholarships
Introduced in 2012, the Thomas More Academy of Law Academic Excellence Scholarship reflects ACU's commitment to academic excellence in the undergraduate law program.

Two scholarships, valued at $20,000 each, are available. The scholarships are paid as one instalment per semester for the duration of the course.

  • $2,500 per semester for a four year program
  • $2,000 per semester for a five year program

See full details on eligibility and how to apply at Law Scholarships

University Of Canberra New Bachelor Of Film Production 

If you do what you love, you'll never work a day in your life. Now you can turn your love of films into a career through University of Canberra's new Bachelor of Film Production. 


Students who enrol in the Bachelor of Film Production will learn about all aspects of film including the sets, the shoot, directing actors, editing, sound design and effects as well as the creative processes of screenwriting.  Students can specialise in cinematography, sound design or editing.  Film Production graduates will be work-ready and fully employable in a range of areas, including:


  • Screenwriter
  • Video/film director
  • Film and television producer
  • Documentary filmmaker
  • Cinematographer
  • Sound Designer
  • First Assistant Director
  • Editor

Find out more at
Film Production

Federation Unviersity Bachelor of Education (P – 6)
Federation University has partnered with Melbourne Institute of Technology (MIT) to offer the VIT accredited Bachelor of Education (P – 6) at the MIT campus in Melbourne.  The four year Bachelor of Education program will prepare students for the new and broader roles expected of professional educators, now and into the future.  It will provide a qualification to teach in primary schools (P-6).


The VCE entry requirements are: Units 1 and 2: satisfactory completion in two units (any study combination) of General Mathematics or Maths: Mathematical Methods or Units 3 and 4: any Mathematics; and a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.  Application is through VTAC at   

To find out more about this course visit
Bachelor of Education

SAE Open Day 2014

SAE is hosting an Open Day to showcase the progress of its campus upgrade.   Students will get the opportunity to chat with SAE academic and campus staff, as well as current students and graduates.  Students will also be able to tour the facilities, watch creative demonstrations, participate in creative workshops and so much more.

With a great reputation for career-ready graduates and a campus unlike any other, the SAE Melbourne Open Day is the place to start your creative journey.


Date:              Saturday 15 November 2014
Time:              11am – 3pm

Venue:           235 Normanby Road in South Melbourne


Visit SAE Open Day to find out more or call 1800 SAE EDU.

Prosthetics and Orthotics at La Trobe University

La Trobe University is one of only three universities in the world offering a qualification in Prosthetics and Orthotics – the Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Clinical Prosthetics and OrthoticsThis course offers practical experience, and is the only course of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region with institutions in Scotland and Sweden offering a similar program. 

Prosthetics and orthotics are clinical disciplines that deal with artificial limbs (prostheses) for people with amputations and supportive devices (orthoses) for people with musculoskeletal weakness or neurological disorders.  Students study anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, prosthetic and orthotic prescription, and design and fabrication.  They also develop strong practical skills in research methodology, clinical assessment and the application of prosthetic and orthotic techniques.  Clinical placements make up a very important part of the program.  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 two of Biology, Chemistry, any Mathematics, Physical Education or Physics.

Find out more at
Prosthetics & Orthotics

University Pathway Diplomas Through Melbourne Institute Of Technology (MIT)

Melbourne Institute of Technology (MIT) offers 8 – 12 month Diplomas in Business and IT leading to a 2nd year University Degree.  The Diploma courses are equivalent to the first year of the Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Networking or Bachelor of Engineering Technology degrees at MIT and other Australian Universities. 

On successful completion of the Business Diploma, students may transfer to the second year of the Bachelor of Business Degree at MIT specialising in Accounting, Management or Marketing


On successful completion of the IT Diploma, students may transfer to the second year of the Bachelor of Networking specialising in Network Security, Mobile Technologies, Enterprise Networks, or System Analysis. 


Alternatively, students may apply to second year of the relevant Degree at Deakin University, Monash University or Federation University (conditions apply). 


Applications for these diploma courses can be made through VTAC at  For more information visit MIT Pathway Diplomas  

Defence Force Recruiting Information Sessions

Adventure, travel, great pay and diverse career opportunities – just to name a few of the benefits on offer when you join the Navy, Army or Air Force. If you’re up for the challenge and would like to find out more, come along to one of our upcoming information sessions:

5 November 1800-1900 Aviation

12 November 1800-1900 Defence University Sponsorship

13 November 1800-1900 One Year Roles

18 November 1800-1900 Technical Trades

19 November 1800-1900 Royal Military College (RMC)

25 November 1800-1900 Army Reserve

26 November 1800-1900 Women In Defence

27 November 1800-1900 Engineering

All sessions are taking place in the Defence Force Recruiting Centre

Location: Level 14, 501 Swanston Street,

Melbourne VIC 3000

** Our building is currently undergoing extensive refurbishment; please follow the signs to the 501 entrance

* Photo I.D will be required and checked upon arrival. Any minors without photo I.D are requested to attend with a parent/guardian.

There are limited positions available for these sessions so reservations are essential.

To book your seat please email with the date and title of the session and also the number of seats you would like.

Upskilling For Part Time Jobs - Year 12 Students

Skills Plus:

We have listened to feedback from students of the hugely successful Skills to Pay the Bills program and we can now offer a Skills Plus program, which includes:

• A SIT40212 Certificate IV Travel and Tourism,

• Responsible Service of Alcohol Certificate (a mandatory certificate to work in a licensed premises),

• A Food Handlers Qualification (another must have when working with food),

• Barista Skills,

• Customer Service Skills,

• Job-Seeker Skills such as interview techniques, AND;

• Management Skills!

The highly engaging and fun Skills Plus program provides you with the skills and certifications you need to stay ahead of the pack and gain that perfect part-time job. You’ll also gain some serious life skills in the form of management training!

And - if you love travel, this program is perfect for you because you’ll learn to adapt your University degree to suit the travel and tourism industry!

This program is delivered over 10 weeks with a combination of 5 face to face workshops and online components in a great city location.

All this for only $95*!  Classes running in both December and January, filling fast.

For further information or to enrol please contact Matthew Tibbins, P: 9207 7086.

North South Training Solutions Pty Ltd:

Job Readiness for School Leavers ... Bridge the gap between inexperience and employability!

Our Hospitality & Tourism Program for School Leavers has been designed to motivate and support school leavers into a working environment. North South Training Solutions (NSTS) have adopted a hands on approach towards learning practical hospitality skills, as well as a good work ethic and customer service skills. This will ensure the best possible employable outcome for our participants. We offer ongoing support for all our participants once they have completed our course.  We also provide information on approaching hospitality venues for employment.

NSTS has been facilitating a similar course for University students at Melbourne, Monash, Deakin, and Swinburne Universities over the past two years. Many of our students have expressed that they would have preferred to have completed the course before the Uni year started, and so the ‘School Leavers Program’ was developed. 


NSTS wish to express that the Program is beneficial for all participants, not just those who are heading to University. 


Since completing our program, many of our past students are now working in the hospitality & tourism industries while they are studying. 

The School Leavers Hospitality & Tourism Program will involve an in depth look at and include: 
·       RSA (Responsible Service of Alcohol)
·       RSG (Responsible Service of Gaming)
·       FSH (Use hygienic practices for food safety)
·       Barista coffee making skills
·       Resume writing and how to approach employers
·       Certificate II in Tourism
The program is facilitated over two weeks and consists of 5x4 hour practical sessions. It will be commencing at the end of November until early February.
For further information contact Maurizio Carbone, P: 0404 689 015, E:

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.

October 23

posted 22 Oct 2014, 21:40 by Sue White

As we farewell the Year 12 students knowing that they are well prepared to succeed in the forthcoming VCE examinations, we can reflect on their journey and how they have matured since their early secondary years.  Many I have spoken with this week cannot believe how quickly the time has passed as they prepare to enter the adult world and a world outside St Kevin’s College.  The transitions to tertiary study, full time or part time employment, travel, apprenticeships, College or professional sporting teams will each bring much change to the lives of our young men. 


From the Careers Department we wish them well and hope they know that we are available for them at any time should they require help making pathway decisions be they once VCE results are received in December, the receipt of their offer in January, twelve months, two or even ten years down the track.  It is always a pleasure to welcome past students back to the College, reflect on their journeys and endeavour to help them make new and exciting (but sometimes scary) decisions to move forward.


We hope the Year 12s enjoyed reading their letters to themselves written almost 12 month ago and that they appreciate how far they have come.  Parents and students have received information about the availability of the Careers Practitioners during December and January.  The SKC Careers and Change of Preference Websites will continually be updated with additional information during this period.  The SKC Careers Facebook page will also have notifications of importance.  Change of Preference appointments may be booked from December 1st.


Students in Years 10 and 11 are continually reflecting on their subject selections for 2014 as they prepare for their final exams.  Year 11s have received an email this week informing those who have completed a 3/4 VCE subject this year of how to receive their results.  Also, we have drawn the attention of any high achieving students to the University Extension Study option which they may like to consider.  Those interested can go to the following link for more details VCE Extension Studies.


Please do not hesitate to come and see us if you would like to ensure you have made choices which will keep options open and suit your strengths, interests and personality.

Reminder: VTAC Change of Preference

A further reminder to all Year 12 students who made timely applications to VTAC that you can make changes to your preferences up until THIS Friday 24 October 2014 at 5.00pm.  After that you will not be able to access your preferences until Monday 24 November 2014.  The VTAC website is VTAC.  

What if you think you won’t get a place at university?

There are many alternatives. Some suggestions are:

·         Contact your Career Practitioner

·         Apply for a related TAFE course if you have not done so already

·         Apply for a course at Monash College or MIBT (see VTAC Guide)

·         Complete a Diploma in Tertiary or Foundation Studies – e.g. at Monash University, RMIT and Victoria University

·         Nursing - complete a Diploma of Nursing at TAFE

·         Try for a Negotiated Offer in January (see VTAC website)

·         Aim for a Supplementary Offer in January (see VTAC website)

Georgina Hope Rinehart Excellence Scholarship

The Georgina Hope Rinehart Excellence Scholarship is targeted at high performance swimming scholars offering a full-fee scholarship plus $21,000 living expenses for students to compete at an elite level while gaining an education at Bond University.  This scholarship is open to students who are eligible to compete for Australia; are swimming at a very high level for their school or club; have a high academic record, and who possess leadership qualities. 


Applications for this scholarship are currently open and close on 30 October 2014.  Visit Bond Scholarship

GapMedics Hospital Work Experience

For students interested in careers in healthcare, experience working in a clinical environment is vital.

Gap Medics are offering our annual Australian Schools Summer Program for your students, designed to give them an unforgettable insight into life as a healthcare professional.

The program is hugely popular each year as students aged 16+ are offered the chance to shadow doctors and other healthcare workers in Thailand, Tanzania or Europe.

The specifics of the program can be found here and students are welcome to contact GapMedics for more information.

Diploma of Applied Fashion Design & Technology

The Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology is a one-year program that focuses on developing technical skills in patternmaking, garment construction and design, including CAD.  The program is delivered in 40 weeks and followed up with a 10 week industry placement.  Students learn how to analyse colour, style and fabric requirements to satisfy a design brief and plan for production, based on current industry standards.


The course serves as an excellent pathway qualification into two premier Fashion degree programs offered at Box Hill Institute- the Bachelor of Fashion and the Bachelor of Fashion Merchandising.  

Find out more at Applied Fashion Design.

News from Monash University

Ø  Diploma of Tertiary Studies (DoTs)

The Diploma of Tertiary Studies (DoTS) is designed as an alternative pathway to university study. The program is particularly suited to students requiring additional learning support in their first year of study.  The DoTS pathway equips students with the skills to write essays, undertake research, solve problems, think critically, develop projects, and communicate their ideas more effectively.  This pathway opportunity is offered at the Peninsula campus and the Berwick campus of Monash University.  Providing a direct pathway to Monash University, successful completion of DoTS allows students to apply to progress to the second year of over 30 Monash University degrees.  Students will have the flexibility to choose a stream that interests them from Arts, Business, Education or Nursing. It is this stream that forms the first year of their degree, and determines which Monash degree they can pathway into.

The advantages of the DoTS pathway:

ü  it’s a pathway into the second year of your chosen degree

ü  it’s an opportunity to explore academic options if you are uncertain about future career directions


Entry requirements

To be considered for entry, applicants must have successfully completed the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), or equivalent, and have attained a minimum English score of 25 (or 30 in EAL) and a minimum ATAR score of 50.  Depending on the DoTS stream, there may be additional pre-requisites.  Visit DoTs to find out more!


Ø  Business and Economics

1+1 doesn’t always = 2!  Everybody knows one plus one equals two.  But, when we’re talking about a double degree at Monash, the maths is even simpler.


A standard bachelor degree is three years, but in most cases students can graduate from a double degree in four years.  Combining a Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Business or Bachelor of Economics with another degree, opens up a world of possibilities. Students can study a language, a second profession, a completely different area of business, or other areas they may be interested in, such as engineering, medicine, arts, law, and more.


So how does it work?  All Monash courses include compulsory core units (which students must do) and electives (which students can choose based on their interests).  In a double degree, the compulsory units in one degree make up the electives in the other, and vice versa.  So students will still study the core units to complete each course, but the units they study will count towards both degrees. 

Monash offers combined degrees across all faculties and disciplines.  Some examples of popular combinations include Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Engineering; Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce; and Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business.


For more information on the double degree offerings visit Business & Economics.

Thomas More Academy Of Law Academic Excellence Scholarship

Initiated in 2012, the Thomas More Academy of Law Academic Excellence Scholarship reflects ACU's commitment to academic excellence in the undergraduate law program. This prestigious scholarship is valued at $20,000.

Two scholarships, valued at $20,000 each, are available. The scholarships are paid as one instalment per semester for the duration of the course.

  • $2,500 per semester for a four year program
  • $2,000 per semester for a five year program

This scholarship is open to applicants who have applied through a Tertiary Admissions Centre for an ACU undergraduate course in law. Applicants must be Australian citizens or holders of a Permanent Humanitarian Visa or Permanent Residency Visa

Required Documentation
The following documents must be submitted with the application:

  • A written statement of 500 words, outlining why the applicant wishes to undertake an ACU law degree
  • For current Year 12 applicants – one written academic reference and one written personal reference (community engagement, religious or professional).
  • For non-school leaver applicants – two written personal references (community engagement, religious or professional).

Selection Criteria
Applications are assessed on the strength of the following criteria:

  • Academic ability (ACU will access ATAR rankings after Year 12 results are released)
  • Written statement
  • Written references
  • The course is the applicant's highest eligible preference at the time of offer
  • Interview – Applicants must be available for an interview 19 and 22 December 2014.

Selection Process
The recipients will be selected by the Dean of Law and/or a selection committee appointed by the Executive Dean.

One scholarship is available to students from the North Sydney and/or Strathfield campuses and one scholarship is available to students from the Melbourne campus.

Ongoing Requirements
To remain eligible for scholarship payments, recipients are required to maintain the following:

  • A minimum grade point average of at least 5.0 each semester.
  • A full-time study load in the program under which they received the scholarship.

Exceptional circumstances may be taken into consideration if ongoing eligibility requirements are not met.

Apply online now

ACUcom at the Australian Catholic University

ACUcom is a department of the Australian Catholic University that delivers TAFE-level courses.  These courses are complete qualifications but are also pathway programs into bachelor degrees at ACU.   While the pathways are not guarantees, students who do well in the ACUcom courses are usually offered places in relevant bachelor programs. 

courses are suited to students who –

ü  Want a TAFE level qualification

ü  Do not get the required ATAR to go straight into their chosen bachelor degree

ü  Want to use the TAFE to university pathway to a bachelor degree

ü  Want to try an area of study but are not sure they want to commit to a 3-year course

ACUcom offers three courses suitable for school leavers:

Diploma of Nursing – (Pathway into Bachelor of Nursing)

Certificate in Exercise Science – (Pathway into Bachelor of Exercise Science)

Certificate III in Educational Support – (Pathway into Bachelor of Education)

For more information on these courses, the cost and how to apply email or call (03) 9953 3321.

Diploma Screen and Media (Radio and Television)
The Diploma Screen and Media (Radio and Television) is a practical introduction to radio and television presenting, and a pathway for students to try their hand at media production.  In summary –


ü  This is a one-year course based at the Chadstone Campus

ü  Students produce a magazine style show for Channel 31 called HIT TV

ü  Students produce radio shows in the Holmesglen Radio Studio

ü  This is a highly practical course offering experience both on air and behind the scenes

Pathways for graduates include -

ü  Advanced Diploma in Radio at Australian Film Television and Radio School

ü  Bachelor of Screen at Holmesglen Institute (Waverley Campus)

ü  Bachelor of Media or Film at Deakin University, RMIT, Swinburne and La Trobe University

ü  Entry level employment via industry work placements

For more information visit Diploma Screen and Media (Radio & Television)

News from Victoria University

Ø  New Bachelor of Commerce (Applied Finance) in 2015

Are you interested in finance?  The new Bachelor of Commerce (Applied Finance) to be offered at the City Flinders Campus could be the ideal course!  The course gives students the opportunity of undertaking an overseas study tour, industry placements, workplace-based projects with authentic case-based scenarios, and the opportunity to take part in a mentoring program.   The VCE prerequisite studies are Units 3 and 4: study score of at least 25 in English (any); and 30 in Further Maths or 25 in Methods and Specialist Maths, and it is anticipated that the clearly-in ATAR will be around 75.  Find out more by visiting

Applied Finance

Ø  Bachelor of Youth Work

Youth Workers make a difference in young people’s lives!  Graduates of Youth Work at VU gain employment in a wide range of jobs including juvenile justice, housing, local government, community recreation, outdoor education, drug & alcohol services, and alternative education programs.  Find out more about this course at Youth Work

News from the University of Melbourne

Ø  Pre-Vet Club

If you are interested in becoming a veterinarian, or want to explore what it is to be a veterinarian, then the Pre-Vet Club is for you!   Once enrolled in a Science degree at a university, and if intending studying post graduate veterinary science, students are invited to join the Pre-Vet Club.   Visit Pre-Vet Club


Ø  Pathway to Veterinary Science

Students often ask if Bachelor of Agriculture is a pathway option to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM). The answer is yes!  Students who complete a major in Production Animal Health in their Bachelor of Agriculture degree can receive credit for up to 30 per cent of the first year of the four-year DVM.  A study plan for the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine can be found at Study Plan


This, and other pathways to studying Veterinary Medicine at Melbourne can be found at

Pathways to Veterinary Medicine


Ø  Diploma of General Studies

Your pathway into a degree at the University of Melbourne!  The Diploma in General Studies is available to CSP students and provides a guaranteed entry into a University of Melbourne degree based on graded average scores.  Full-time students undertake four subjects per semester for two semesters; part-time students undertake two subjects per semester for four semesters.  There are two semesters each year. All students must complete the compulsory subject Academic writing and communication in their first semester.  Completion of the Diploma in General Studies gives students guaranteed entry into the Bachelors of Agriculture, Science, Environments, Commerce and Biomedicine at the University of Melbourne.  The Diploma of General Studies is a one-year full time course offered at Melbourne’s Dookie Campus.  To find out more visit Diploma of General Studies.

Science Experience 2015

RMIT’s Science Experience is three fun-filled days of hands-on practical activities for students entering Year 10 in 2015.  This very popular school holiday program allows Australia’s next generation of curious scientists to go behind the scenes and sample the exhilarating world of science and technology.  Students will perform experiments, participate in field trips, attend university lectures and experience three days of student life on campus.


Date:           Tuesday 20 January – Thursday 22 January

Audience:     Students entering Year 10 in 2015

Cost:            $115


For further information and to register visit Science Experience and/or Science Experience - RMIT.

University Terms

When students are looking in to university study, they often come across words or terms they are unfamiliar with.  So, here are a few of the more commonly used terms to help students understand what is being talked about!

Associated Degree - an associate degree is generally a two-year qualification that is made up of two-thirds of a bachelor degree, and may be offered by both TAFEs and universities. Students often use this as a stepping stone to the full Bachelor Degree.

Assumed knowledge – refers to subjects the university recommends or prefers a student to have studied at school before starting the course

ATAR – Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank – the figure used by UAC and VTAC to calculate the entrance ranking for a university course

Bachelor Degree – the award/qualification a student gains when they have completed studies in an undergraduate course, which takes between 3 or 4 years of full-time study.  This is the traditional starting point of a university qualification.

Bridging Course – an introductory course to help students achieve the preferred entry level to a degree, e.g. a bridging maths course for students who do not have the preferred maths but need it to access a course

Census Date – the last day a student can withdraw from their university course and not owe fees

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) – a student’s enrolment in a university degree for which the Commonwealth government makes a contribution towards the cost of that student’s education (formerly known as a HECS place)

Credit – if a student has previously studied – perhaps at TAFE – and has Recognised Prior Learning (RPL), the student may be able to receive credit for a subject or subjects in their course.  Also often referred to as Advanced Standing.

Double degree – a student can choose to complete a double degree – this integrates studies in two degrees resulting in an award of two degrees, usually after a minimum of 4 years of study. Often also referred to as Combined Degrees.

Defer – a student may choose to delay starting their course.  Deferring an offer of a place might mean delaying for 6, 12, 18 or 24 months.  Deferment ensures the student is guaranteed their place in their selected course

Elective – a subject that is not core to the degree and is often from another faculty, e.g. a commerce student might choose psychology (from the Arts Faculty) as an elective

Faculty – a department within a university devoted to a particular area of study – so, Faculty of Arts or Faculty of Science

HECS-HELP – a loan scheme that assists students with a CSP place to pay their contribution.  Students may choose to pay their fees upfront and receive a 10% discount, or choose to defer payment via the HECS-HELP loan scheme

Honours – many Bachelor degrees offer a fourth year – called an Honours year.  The Honours year allows students to further focus on a particular an area of interest.  The Honours year can either be integrated into a 4-year Bachelor degree or be offered as a separate year after completion of a 3-year Bachelor degree

Lecture – a period of teaching given by a lecturer to a large group of students in a lecture theatre; can often be as many as 300 students in a lecture

Major study – an area within a course that allows in-depth study in a particular field.  More than one major may be allowed in some courses

Minor study – a grouping of subjects allowing a broader understanding of a few subjects, with less emphasis on in-depth study

Prerequisite – a set of conditions – usually a completion of a subject – that must be met before enrollment in a subject or course is allowed. 

Transcript – this is the university academic record each student receives, like a school report

Tutorial – a period of teaching given to a small group of students – involving discussion and participation

UAC – Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) – all students wishing to study at universities in ACT and NSW must apply online through UAC

Undergraduate – a student studying at university for a first level degree, e.g. a Bachelor degree

VTAC – Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) – all students wishing to study at universities Victoria must apply online through VTAC

Workplace learning – practical training in a workplace, such as internships or practical work experience.  This is a hands-on experience – some universities call it Industry Based Learning or Work Integrated Learning

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.

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