Career News

Year 12 students and families have been receiving emails regarding QTAC applications (now open and some courses have a closing date very soon!) and how to apply for scholarship. It is a busy time but worth the effort to get organized for next year.


Want an apprenticeship in 2020? Begin your search now!

Year 12s, don’t wait until you finish school in November to start looking for an apprenticeship. Start now as many employers begin to recruit for 2020 from this time of the year. The first thing you need to do is decide on the type of apprenticeship you want. The Queensland Training Information Service website has a list of apprenticeships currently available in Queensland.

Click on the apprenticeships you are interested in for more information about the job. You can also talk to people already in the job and/or do work experience to help you with your decision. The following websites have useful steps to gaining an apprenticeship:

Australian Defence Force (ADF) Gap Year

Applications for the 2020 ADF Gap Year are still open for limited roles. These positions are demand-driven and may fill up soon. You can register to receive Gap Year updates and lodge your application for positions of your choice on the ADF Gap Year website.

Do you know about ... Management and organisation analysts, Managers - Supply and Distribution or Multimedia specialists and web developers

Management and Organisation Analysts assist organisations to achieve greater efficiency and solve organisational problems, and study organisational structures, methods, systems and procedures. You usually need a bachelor degree in business management, accounting or another relevant field to work as a Management or Organisation Analyst. Training is also available through VET (Vocational Education and Training). Click here to find out more.

Supply and Distribution Managers manage the supply, storage and distribution of goods produced by organisations. Specialisations: Logistics Manager, Logistics Officer (Air Force), Ordnance Corps Officer (Army), Supply Chain Manager, Supply Officer (Navy), Transport Corps Officer (Army). Click here to find out more.

Multimedia Specialists and Web Developers create computer animation, audio, video and graphic image files for multimedia presentations, games, motion pictures, CD-ROMs, information kiosks and the web, and plan, produce and maintain websites and web applications using web programming, scripting, authoring, content management and file transfer software.

You can work as a Multimedia Specialist or Web Developer without formal qualifications if you are able to demonstrate your technical competency to employers. There are also a wide range of vendor and industry certifications available that may substitute for formal qualifications and can be highly regarded by employers. However, most workers do hold a VET or university qualification. Click here to find out more.

Job Outlook - a place to start looking

The Australian Government’s Job Outlook website is a great place to start when deciding about the sorts of study or training you would like to pursue. If you don’t know how to start using the site, do the Career Quiz to develop your job profile. This will narrow down your options by suggesting jobs that match your job profile.

Then you can use Career Profile section to read about the employment outlook, pay level, main tasks, physical requirements and more of a wide variety of careers.

The Future Outlook section of the website has information about the industries that are expected to grow in the future and the skills they'll require. ‘Resources for you’ at the bottom of the home page has links to other useful websites.

The High Five of career development revisited

The High Five principles of career development are five concepts that are very important for managing our careers in today’s rapidly changing world of work. You can access videos that explain the High Five concepts by using the following links. It's a good place to start your exploration.

Why do work experience

If you're not sure whether to do work experience (especially if you've got to give up a week of your holiday to do it) then read this article from Adviza! Work experience is your opportunity to find out about the world of work from the inside. Listed are some benefits and some tips to make the experience work for you. Read about:

  • Bring the working world to life
  • Relate your studies to the world of work
  • Learn new skills
  • Improve your employability
  • Find the right work experience
  • Prepare for your placement
  • Make the most of the placement


Casual job hunting?

A article shows that the July-August period is the time to get your applications in order for end-of-year casual roles. SEEK data shows that July traditionally is the first month of a four-month spike in the number of job advertisements placed in the hospitality, tourism and retail sectors, as employers look to shore up their Christmas and Summer casual workforces. September is the month when most job ads are placed in these industries. Now is the time to have your resume ready to submit, a cover letter prepared, and even start looking for job ads.

Making that interview work for you

Tim Elmore suggests that there are five steps to take in a job interview. Although they are written for graduates, they are just as true if you are looking for a part time job while at school. They are:

  1. Clearly communicate what you’re looking for in a new job.
  2. Be transparent if you’re looking at more than one job offer.
  3. Inquire about the timeline for which the employer wants a decision.
  4. Weigh out all the details of each job offer and compensation.
  5. Always express appreciation and gratitude to each potential employer for the opportunity to interview and be considered.

He goes on to say that there are five things to avoid in a job interview:

  1. Don’t evade honest and hard conversations about compensation.
  2. Don’t communicate important decisions via text message or email.
  3. Don’t base your decision solely on salary; include your long-term plans.
  4. Don’t react to a job offer by announcing you have a competing one.
  5. Don’t delay in communicating or responding; even if you need more time, communicate immediately what you need so they’re not in the dark.

Click here to read more.

The future world of work and the skills you’ll need to succeed

The results of The New Work Order research project, commissioned by the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA), shows how current changes in the world of work will have significant implications for the future of work. The following is a summary of some of the findings from the six reports published so far.

The New Work Order (August 2015)

  • Automation is predicted to radically affect 70% of entry level jobs for young people.
  • Jobs are becoming increasingly global - showing 11% of service jobs could be provided from overseas.
  • The way we work is becoming increasingly flexible, with the average 15-year-old predicted, throughout their lifetime, to have 17 jobs over five different careers.
  • We have an aging population. By 2054 there will be only 2.7 workers for every retiree. This will impact on productivity and decrease the revenue to fund our quality of life and standard of living.

How Young People are Faring (November 2015)

  • Australia’s education standards appear to be declining compared with other countries.
  • It is now taking young people, on average, 4.7 years to transition from full-time education to full-time work.
  • 30% of young people are unemployed or underemployed.
  • Over one third of 15-year olds are not proficient in the skills they need for the future of work such as digital literacy, financial literacy, problem solving, science and maths.

The New Basics (April 2016)

  • There is an increasing demand for transferable enterprise skills (e.g. digital literacy, problem solving skills, presentation skills, critical thinking and creativity).
  • These enterprise skills are demanded across all occupations and industries.
  • Employers are prepared to pay more for these skills.

The New Work Mindset (November 2016)

  • Jobs are more closely related than previously thought.
  • The research revealed seven large job clusters in the Australian economy. These are:
  • The Artisans - builders and maintainers
  • The Generators - sellers and servers
  • The Coordinators - balance the books and do repetitive tasks
  • The Informers - teach and provide information
  • The Designers - use expertise to construct or engineer things
  • The Carers - improve the wellbeing of others
  • The Technologists - understand and manipulate digital technology.
  • When you train for or work one job, you acquire skills and capabilities that will help you access 13 other jobs. This is because employers often demand very similar skills across multiple jobs.
  • Consequently, we need a new mindset towards our future work where the focus is on skills and capabilities, not just jobs.

The New Work Smarts (July 2017)

  • Automation will have an impact on every job. Technology will reduce the need for us to complete routine manual jobs and increase the time we spend on communicating with people, solving more strategic problems and thinking creatively. It is predicted that by 2030, we will need to be:
  • smart learners - spending up to 30% more of our time learning on the job
  • smart thinkers – spending more time at work on solving problems, on critical thinking and judgement, and on using Science and Maths skills
  • smart doers – working with less management, less coordination and less teaching. Things like more flexible working arrangements will mean we may need to become our own bosses and be great self-starters.
  • This forecast suggests that to have ‘work smarts’ in the future, we will need to not only acquire foundation (e.g. literacy, language and numeracy) and technical (usually specific to a particular task) skills, but be able to use them in increasingly enterprising and creative ways, as well as requiring a thirst for ongoing learning.

The New Work Reality (June 2018)

  • Today while nearly 60% of young Australians hold a post-school qualification, 50% of them are unable to secure more than 35 hours of weekly work.
  • For young Australians, it now takes on average 2.6 years to transition from education to full-time work.
  • This has led to a lack of confidence in young Australians about their working futures and can result in anxiety and stress.
  • There are four factors that have been found to accelerate a young Australian’s progress in securing full-time work after education:
  • Selecting an education that builds enterprise skills;
  • Undertaken relevant paid or unpaid work experience;
  • Targeting a sector of industry that is growing; and
  • An optimistic mindset.

You can view and download the full versions on the FYA website. Other FYA articles related to The New Work Order series are:

Wanting a career in animal care?

The Australian Apprenticeships Pathways website has several resources you will find useful in finding apprenticeships relevant to caring for animals. These include:

What not to do after a job interview

The waiting period after a job interview can be one of the most stressful times. You’ve done everything in your power, now it’s out of your control. All you can do is wait, try to be patient and do things to keep yourself on track for success. Just like preparing for and going to a job interview, there are things you should and shouldn’t do. Click here to read Ashira Prossack's five things you shouldn’t do after an interview:

  • Don't replay the interview over and over again
  • Don't harass the hiring manager
  • Don't stop your job search process or quit your job
  • Don't post anything about the interview on social media
  • Don't ghost the hiring manager

What Technology in the workforce means for the future

By 2030, 50% of all jobs will require IT-related skills to some degree. USQ’s Future of Information Technology Report looks at how digital technologies will continue to drive economic growth, and what specific skills will define successfully acquired IT-related skills which include:

  • Knowledge for Solving Computing Problems
  • Problem Analysis
  • Communications
  • Design / Development of Solutions
  • Modern Tool Usage
  • Individual and Team Work
  • Computing Professionalism and Society
  • Ethics
  • Life-long Learning

The full report is available by providing your email address on USQ’s Information Technology website.

Interested in studying overseas?

Applying to an overseas university can be exciting, but it can also be confusing as each country has a different application system. Find a good overview on the Times Higher Education website, Applying to university overseas: what to consider. This can provide you with a useful summary of some of these systems. The article has links to other articles that may interest you.

Planning Ahead: Your US and UK Application Timeline

The event is for students in Years 9-11 who are in the early stages of considering overseas study or who are already serious about applying for study overseas at the end of Year 12. Crimson Education will take families through;

  • The preparation required for additional exams, essays etc.
  • The test registration and application processes and deadlines.
  • Tips for managing international applications alongside Year 10/12.

Attending the event will assist you to avoid the application rush at the end of Year 12. There will be two events, one in Brisbane and one on the Gold Coast. Both links have the promo code "Planning Ahead", that will activate cheaper tickets.

SAT and ACT for USA

Universities in the USA may require you to sit for a test as part of the application and/or scholarship process. The SAT and the ACT are the most commonly required tests. The SAT and ACT generally test the same types of content. If you are given a choice of which test to sit for, it would be useful to know something about both tests. The Khan Academy website has a free SAT preparation module and the ACT Organisation can provide you with Sample test questions.

Selected Interstate tertiary institution open days

If you are thinking of applying for university studies interstate, you will need to begin your research as soon as possible. The relevant information will include:

  • Location of the institution (does it have more than one campus?)
  • Courses offered, entry prerequisites, previous ATAR cut-offs (go to the QTAC website to compare ATARs and OPs)
  • Cost of accommodation and when to apply
  • Travel costs
  • Support for interstate students
  • Scholarships and other financial support programs and schemes
  • Application process (do you use a tertiary admissions centre or apply directly?)
  • Application due dates
  • Overseas exchange programs
  • Employment programs (e.g. traineeships, work experience)

You can obtain much of this information from institution websites. If possible, attending an open day would be useful also. 

UMelb: Scholarships

Additional scholarships will be available to students applying to The University of Melbourne:

  • Melbourne National Merit Scholarship –
    • All undergraduate applicants who completed school outside of Victoria with an ATAR of 99.00 – 99.85 will be eligible to automatically receive a one-off allowance of $8,000 in the first semester of enrolment. More information is available here.
  • Melbourne Humanitarian Access Scholarship –
    • For 4 x students who have applied for asylum in Australia. Recipients will receive $5,000 per year living allowance and a full fee remission for the standard duration of their degree. Find more information here.

UMelb: Undergraduate Degree Packages

The University of Melbourne works differently from most other Australian Universities in conferring their professional degrees (such as Engineering, Dentistry, Law, Physiotherapy).  The ‘Melbourne Model’ more closely resembles the structure of institutions overseas. In essence, students taking a new course will start with a broad undergraduate degree before specialising with their professional degree at the postgraduate level (ie. Graduating with a Masters). This is a higher level of qualification than the standard double degree.

The University is offering high achieving students the opportunity to secure their position in both their bachelors and graduate level from a 2019 start, provided they get the required ATAR. Read more about it on their website.


Careers with STEM: Maths and Careers with STEM: Engineering 2019 magazine

You can read the 2019 Careers with STEM: Maths and the 2019 Careers with STEM: Engineering on the Careers with STEM online reader. Read other magazines by Careers with STEM on their website. This magazine is packed with new ideas, careers and study options in engineering and beyond.

Positive attitudes for working in customer service or retail

Working in this industry is a great way for young people to learn important work skills and earn some cash. The retail industry is one of the few industries that is prepared to take on young people with little or no experience of the world of work. This doesn’t mean that retail employers will hire just anyone. The skills that will make you stand out include your communication skills, your ability to get on with other people, your digital and financial literacy and your work ethic. The following tips are adapted from an article on the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) website.

Be reliable and stay flexible – Be willing to take up extra shifts and work an extra hour when things are busy. Don’t turn your nose up at the tedious tasks either. Show initiative, don’t just wait to be told to do something that obviously needs doing. This may not be your dream job, but it will help you gain transferable skills such as customer service, effective communication and team skills.

The merry season is the time to apply – During Christmas and other major holidays, stores need more staff and are prepared to take on newcomers. However, don’t wait until the school holidays before you apply. Go on websites to check out when they will be hiring for the festive season or put your name on a waiting list.

Your personality is your best seller - It’s best to apply in-store and in-person, as this will give your potential boss a taste of who you are. Keep in mind that managers are looking for people who know something about their business. Have a look at their website. Brush up on your brand knowledge and make it clear that you’re eager to learn more.

You’re going to be on your feet all day – You will be surprised at how tiring standing up all day can be. You probably won’t be sitting down during a shift and you probably won’t stop moving. So, make sure you dress smartly but comfortably, and wear comfortable shoes. It is also important that you’re aware of your entitlements as a retail employee. Check out the young workers and students section of the Fair Work Ombudsman website.

Stop, drop, sell – Your biggest learning curve might be shifting your focus between achieving a daily or hourly target (a dollar amount each employee is asked to make by encouraging sales, which is common in a lot of retail jobs) and completing the essential tasks in the background (like cleaning and sorting stock). But customer service and selling should be your main focus.

Be a team player and a people person - It’s important to remain calm, focused and friendly, even if you have a grumpy customer or a never-ending to-do list. Support your team members and be the kind of colleague that you’d like to work with.  Avoid getting emotional or taking criticism personally — ultimately everyone wants to have a positive experience, so part of your job is helping to make that happen.

Forgetting and retaining

Ebbinghaus was a German psychologist in the 19th Century who studied memory. He discovered the forgetting curve which looks at the decline of memory retention. It showed that forgetting occurs most rapidly shortly after you stop learning a subject. The greatest loss is within a few hours. The speed you forget gradually slows down as time goes on. Visit The Ebbinghaus Forgetting Curve – And How To Overcome It for more information about the forgetting curve. Two strategies for memory retention are:

  • Better memory representation (e.g. mnemonic techniques) – Coming up with a song is a commonly used mnemonic technique. An example is how children remember their ABCs. Other types include names, expressions, models, odes, note organisation, images, connections, and spellings. An example of using a name as a mnemonic is Roy G Biv (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet) to remember the colours of the rainbow.
  • Repetition based on active recall (especially spaced repetition) – When learning new information, spacing out revision sessions over time makes items easier to remember. It is more effective to do your revision over many weeks, rather than the night before the exam. Plan your review of material to start the first day after it is acquired, a second time about a week after that, and finally a few weeks later. This is what you do in the revision part of homework. Active recall means that you test yourself following each revision session.

Tips for better study skills

No one is born knowing how to study. It takes time and experience to know how to study well. Deakin University has developed a set of study skills that will see you studying smarter not harder and have been developed specifically for high school students. Visit their website for more information and activities and find information to assist you with: Getting started; Time management; Essay writing; Exams; Listening and taking notes; Concentration; Reading; Editing and proofreading; Working in groups

Rebecca Ambrose

Careers Counsellor / Teacher 

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