We have many guest speakers already booked in for this term. QTAC is presenting an ATAR information sessions to our Year 10s and interested parents Wednesday 22nd May 10am. We have WEP exchange coming to speak to students on 23rd May. Our Year 10s are going to attend the BLA Youth and Career Expo 28th May. Peter from Union College will be at St Mary’s on 23rd May to meet with students from Year 11 and 12 who are considering living on UQ Brisbane Campus. Liam from Student One, another residential option in Brisbane for those considering university down there, is coming to St Mary’s on 24th May.
Jessie from Lattitude Global Volunteering came to speak to interested students and our Year 12 cohort in Week 2. Lattitude is one of the largest international volunteering organisations, supporting around 1000 young people globally every year. They are a non-profit organisation and have 45 years of experience. Lattitude offer volunteer placements in 13 countries, lasting between 6 weeks and 12 months and departing throughout the year. For more information visit https://lattitudeaustralia.org/
Term 2 is when our Year 10 Work Experience program takes place. Students will be receiving their paperwork in Week 5 during their SEL lesson. Those who require White Cards will be advised of this – White cards are required on construction sites and this year the laws around the white card has changed to face to face training with no more than 10 students per class. More information will follow on the white card training. All Year 10 students will be undertaking Work Experience in Week 8 of this term – it is an exciting and challenging week which is a memorable part of the school experience.
Apprenticeship Support Australia was formed in 2014 to deliver the Australian Governments “Australian Apprenticeship Support Network” under a contract from the Department of Education and Training. Their services are focused on lifting apprenticeship commencement and completion rates through the provision of support at every stage of the employment cycle. Job-seekers, school students and apprentices can all receive ongoing support including career advice, job matching, and ongoing mentoring. Visit the Apprenticeship Support Australia website to access more information on Apprenticeships by clicking on ‘Apprentices’. Here you will find information about apprenticeship wages, qualifications, registered training organisations, school-based apprenticeships, how to get an apprenticeship and how you can access mentoring support. On the site, you can also schedule a free career consultation with a career adviser.
The website contains specific information for parents regarding:
You can also access Apprenticeship Support Australia information specific to Queensland.
Registering with a Group Training Organisation (GTO) is one strategy to try when looking for an apprenticeship. GTOs employ apprentices and trainees and place them with a host employer until the apprenticeship or traineeship has been completed. For more information about GTOs, visit the Group Training Australia website. The website has a section with short videos of apprentices and trainees talking about their training. Their website includes information on:
Aviation Australia provides world class aviation training that has created partnerships with over 150 industry organisations including airlines, aerospace companies, governments defence force and regulatory authorities. It is now offering the School to Work pathway 2019 VETiS two year - MEA20515 Certificate II in Aircraft Line Maintenance for Year 11 students . For more detail visit their website or see our Trade Training Centre Manager/VET Coordinator, Mr Breck Nielson.
The role of vocational education and training (VET) in preparing students for employment, further training and the changing world of work has long been a topic of interest among employers, educationalists and policymakers. More recent attention has also been on VET’s role in assisting in the development of non-technical skills (for example, employability skills), with employer groups vocal about the need for potential employees possessing these skills. Click here to access this NCVER research report.
CAREERinsite is a Canadian website that has several free career planning tools. A way to use this site and tie it into Australian occupational information is:
Through these activities, you can narrow down your list of jobs, retaining those you most like.
myfuture has a resource called ‘The Adventures of You’ executive function guide. Executive functions are the mental skills needed to make decisions, including career and course decisions. These include planning, reasoning, prioritising, problem solving, task flexibility, execution and monitoring actions. The Adventures of You site includes three animated videos that will help you understand these skills.
The Australian Government, Department of Jobs and Small Business manage a website called Job Jump Start, to provide tips and ideas about jobs and careers in the one spot. You can start your search from a range of platforms including:
The website contains a range of useful articles under the categories of:
One of the articles highlights how to make a great first impression on employers. According to the article the Department of Employment regularly surveys Australian employers. They ask them what young job seekers can do to make a good impression at interview.
Employers said that they are impressed by job seekers who:
As well as this, consider the following ways to show an employer you really want to work with them:
For more information on what employers look for in young workers, see the fact sheet 'Looking for a Job Employer Advice for Young People' on the Labour Market Information Portal.
The Skillsroad website has many activities that can help you get started on your career exploration. They include:
The site also provides information on job seeking skills such as finding a job, preparing for interviews, resume builder and a jobs board. A Work Readiness course can be accessed for a fee from the site.
How do you communicate with your friends – SMS, Twitter, Google Plus, Tumblr, Instagram, Snapchat, Pandora, Facebook, Instagram? When you use any of these channels of communication, you are using Information and Communications Technology (ICT).
As tomorrow’s ICT professional you are likely to be working with technologies that do not exist yet. You will have your choice of industry – banking and finance, health, insurance, defence, manufacturing, telecommunications, agriculture, environment, hospitality – you name it. Here are a few examples of the careers in the many ICT pathways available.
You can find this information and much more on the I Choose Technology website. The site provides information about the ICT industry in Australia, ICT jobs and salaries, courses, and the profiles of people with ICT jobs.
When deciding on a pathway after school many students immediately think of a university degree as being the best option. If you are thinking seriously about a University pathway after school Amanda Ruggeri has written an interesting article outlining the value of a humanities degree that provides a broad range of learning experiences and skill development sort after by employers. This challenges the common mindset that a degree should directly link to a job, however this does not support current employment/hiring trends where employers are looking for recruits with high level social skills and creative problem solving.
Office Managers organise and control the functions and resources of offices such as administrative systems and office personnel.
Main tasks performed:
Check out myfuture for more information about this job and others
Earn while you learn. No special qualifications are required to get a start in the industry. As your skills improve the qualifications follow. Graduate programs are available for those interested in a specialist field.
Job roles in Insurance can include: Broking; Customer Service; Claims; Loss Adjusting; Administration; Underwriting; IT; Sales & Marketing; Finance; Human Resources; Legal.
Visit the Council of Queensland Insurance Brokers website to find out about some of the specialist fields in this industry.
Seek recently published an article titled Informational interviews 101 and observed that you can often get a chance to ask questions about a particular job, field or company when we sit down for a job interview. But there’s a way you can gain insight into a career and even potentially tap into the job market, minus the pressure of going for a particular role. It’s called an informational interview. They outline why and how you might want to do one, covering the following topics:
The CareerCast team ranked jobs according to 11 core factors – amount of travel, growth potential, physical demands, environmental conditions, hazards encountered, meeting the public, competitiveness, death, life of another at risk, deadlines and working in the public-eye. The following are the top most stressful and least stressful jobs they came up with.
How you cope with stress is probably something you need to think about when exploring jobs. Read more about the CareerCast research on their website.
Seek.com has a tool to use to find out the most and least applied for jobs in your state. Whether you're actively looking for a new job or you're just keeping your eye on the market, it's always good to know what your competition looks like. Click here to access the tool and to find our more.
Most animal jobs are competitive. To gain entry to these occupations, you need to have a plan. An article in the Australian edition of ‘The Guardian’ offers six strategies to help you gain a job in this field. The following is a summary of the strategies.
Visit the website for more information and to download the application form. Applications close on 20 May 2019.
An article published on the Good Universities Guide website highlights all people are different. Some like to jump straight into tertiary study after finishing high school, whereas others might want to start working immediately. Perhaps they want to travel or maybe they have no idea what they are going to do. Taking a gap year can be a fantastic option but there is no denying that it comes with a unique set of pros and cons. We’ve had a look at the best and worst aspects of spending a year away from the books. Their article discusses the Pros and Cons of taking a Gap Year which include:
Pros: Gain experience, Revitalise, Make new friends
Cons: Getting side-tracked, Financial Strain, Wasted time
Visit their webpage to read the full article and access links to more information that you may wish to consider if a Gap Year is what you are considering. https://www.gooduniversitiesguide.com.au/education-blogs/tertiary-study/the-benefits-of-a-gap-year
Thinking about and managing your study is the key to stress free, well managed, balanced and successful life while completing your school and life commitments.
Some suggestions put together by The Conversation, that you should find helpful are:
To see more ideas and a detailed explanation of each point, go to their website.
This article from the Foundation for Young Australians website starts with the following question:
Question 1. So, it’s exam period, what do you do?
If you answered yes, then you probably need the following tips from the article.
More sleep, less screen time and more studying - The average Australian teenager spends 9 hours a day surrounded by media and Facebook, Instagram and Twitter top the list. Often this gets in the way of our studies, regardless of it being the night before a test or exam! The best way to achieve good results during our exam period is balancing out our studying and relaxing with sleep, to refresh our minds and bodies for the strenuous day ahead.
Take a break - Late night attempts to try and finish your essay that is due tomorrow, or in this case, last second revision for exams, is hardly healthy. But we’ve all been there. Instead of leaving it to the last minute and becoming scattered the following day, maybe make a timetable for your study and take regular breaks every few hours to keep you focused and still engaged on the task at hand.
Don’t cram! - It’s understandable that going out with friends is way more fun than studying. Maybe a sleepover or an invite to a trendy hangout space after school will come up when you’re supposed to be working. Now, whilst it doesn’t hurt to take a break, the excuses “I’ll do it later” or “I’ll just read over my notes the night before the exam” do not work! To be able to obtain information, the brain needs continuous exposure to a fact or figure. This pretty much rules out pre-exam cramming leading to good results. Instead, during the lead up to exams spread out your studying by making a timetable to ensure everything is covered. A+ all around!
Personalise your study - Everyone learns differently. Whether it be visually or hands on, there is a method for everybody. Find a way that suits you! Perhaps you could put your notes into cue card form and get a family member to test you, or make a flowchart or a diagram of all the concepts you need to remember and picture it in your mind when you are testing the theory. There is no limitation when it comes to how you learn.
Okay, you have the strategies, get to it!