Career News

Congratulations to our Year 9s and their families as they prepared for and completed their VPG Work Experience interviews in preparation for their week of work in Week 10 of Term 1 2020. The school received excellent feedback on the maturity, preparation and presentation of the students’ resumes, application form and interviews. I appreciate it was a busy time for all students and thank them for their understanding and effort. This will give them the best chance to have an optimal placement in 2020. Well done.

We have a new school Careers Page – you can get there through the school website (Under Learning Enrichment/Career Education Service) or visit  All students have been encouraged to log on to the student section “For Students” (top right hand of page) and register their account (using their school email). Many of our Year 9s and 10s have started using the program to create their resumes, look at future career options and complete some of the quizzes (Career Personality, Values, Interests, Entrepreneurship, Skills & Abilities and Career Plans). Please visit the site and have a look at the information available to support students throughout their schooling and into the world of work.

Please note the following: Whether you are a school leaver or younger - the message is that there are many ways to get into university nowadays. Students do not necessarily have to have an ATAR for university entry – an OP/ATAR is only one of the ways a person can enter university (see below)

Don’t stress, your OP/ATAR isn’t the final call. There are many ways to get into universit

The Conversation reports that in a recent nation-wide survey by online tutoring company Cluey Learning, 75% of Australian senior students said their OP/ATAR score would impact on the rest of their life. And more than 80% said a score under 60 would be detrimental to their life. But here’s something Australians anxious about their senior exams might be surprised to know. More students are accepted into university without an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) – a number that indicates a student’s position relative to all students in their age group – than with one. In 2018, around 279,000 people were made an offer to study at a higher education institution. Of those, more than half (around 163,000 or 58%) were accepted on criteria other than an ATAR. Click here to read more.


A resume for the Construction Industry

The following tips come from Construction Skills Queensland and are still current for construction resumes:

  • Your resume should be written in a clear, readable format. It should include your employment history (including paid and unpaid work experience), education, achievements (even those unrelated to the construction industry), certificates and contact details.
  • When listing your work experience, mention the project/s you worked on, the tasks you participated in and the tools you used.
  • Job seekers are expected to provide an up-to-date resume that is tailored for each job application. Have a few versions of your resume to submit for the different jobs you apply for.

Australian Apprenticeship Pathway Website

The Australian Apprenticeships Pathways website provides a central hub for information to help you start your apprenticeship or traineeship journey. The website specifically allows you to:

  • Identify your career interests with the Work Type Explorer and the Career Interest Explorer.
  • Explore available job and training descriptions here.
  • Access Job Pathway Charts that show job and career pathways that can start with an apprenticeship here.
  • Read about the steps to becoming an apprentice or trainee here.

What the Australian Apprenticeship Pathway Website offers

The Australian Apprenticeships Pathways website provides a central hub for information to help you start your apprenticeship or traineeship journey. The website specifically allows you to:

  • Identify your career interests with the Work Type Explorer and the Career Interest Explorer.
  • Explore available job and training descriptions here.
  • Access Job Pathway Charts that show job and career pathways that can start with an apprenticeship here.
  • Read about the steps to becoming an apprentice or trainee here.


Beyond School Study Guide

This guide is a digital resource for students in Years 10 – 12 to help them in planning for their future education. It provides information in infographic format with links to useful webpages. Topics covered include:

  • Higher education, VET or both – this page has a link to a Career Quiz
  • Pathways to university
  • Choose your own higher education pathway
  • Higher education government financial assistance
  • Rural, regional and remote student support
  • Student support services
  • Glossary of terms and relevant links

Click here to view the guide.

Drones help track wildfires, count wildlife and map plants

Drones are revolutionising the way scientists observe, measure and monitor the natural environment. From mapping the patterns of wildfires, like those in California, to measuring the size of jellyfish populations, drones have the potential to improve our understanding of the natural environment - they also collect whale poo! Although we use different names to refer to drones — for example, remotely piloted aircraft systems or unmanned aerial systems/vehicles — there is strong consensus among the scientific community about their potential to improve our understanding of the natural world. Read more about the potential of drones in this article published by The Conversation.

Five reasons why: Aged Care

It’s well-known that Australia’s population is aging. According to the Australian Government, the percentage of Australians over 65 is projected to increase to 18.7 per cent by 2031 — that’s a big jump from the recorded 13.8 per cent in 2011. As a result, the aged care sector is one of the fastest-growing industries in Australia. A career in aged care can be demanding and challenging, but many report that it’s an overall enjoyable and rewarding experience. Are you patient and empathetic with good communication skills? Do you have a desire to help others to live a healthy, dignified life? Here are five of many reasons a career in aged care could be for you:

How is AI changing the workforce?

Can you believe that around 45 per cent of current jobs are expected to be automated within 20 years? Although rapid progression of technology has made (and will continue to make) many jobs obsolete, it’s also creating new jobs and making others easier to manage. Click here to find out what Good Universities Guide reports about:

  • How AI is being used currently
  • Job losses as a result of AI
  • Opportunities and new industries

How to choose a course if you're not sure what it is you want to do

Are you sick of this question, ‘what are you doing next year? Especially if you’re in Year 12, know you want to go to university but can’t choose a course because you don’t know what you want to do in the future. Perhaps you’re tossing up between two fields and are worried you might make the wrong decision. The following options might offer you a solution. Some of the information below is adapted from the Good Universities Guide website. The Where do I start section may also give you some ideas.

Consider a dual degree – If you’re interested in a couple of fields of study, investigate the possibility of doing a dual/double degree. A dual degree can usually be completed in a shorter time than two single degrees but takes longer than a single degree. Many universities offer ‘fast-track’ options such as trimester calendars or summer schools which may allow you to complete the dual program sooner. Dual degrees also increase your employment opportunities.

Choose a generalist degree - Generalist degrees are a good choice if you have a broad area of interest but aren't sure which exact career is for you. They allow you to explore your options without committing to a single specialisation in the first year. For example:

  • Interested in humanities? You could choose an Arts degree allowing you to study a variety of subjects before deciding on a specialisation/major.
  • More science oriented, think about choosing a B Science that has a range of subjects that you could explore during your first year.
  • Interested in business but don’t know much about the various areas of business, select a business course that will expose you to many areas in your first year before you choose a major.

‘Try out’ a field of study - If you’re still weighing up the pros and cons of a certain field, but don’t want to commit to 3/4 years of study, why not try a lower-level, shorter qualification in the field? A diploma usually takes one year of full-time study and will give you a good idea of whether it’s the right study field for you. Depending on the diploma you choose, you may be granted credit into a degree course. You could also enrol into a single unit (subject) to gain some insight into a field of study you are considering. Single units may also be credited if you choose to complete a degree in the field.

Take a gap year - Taking a gap year is another option, as it gives you time to think about your options. You can use a gap year to travel, gain some work experience or do voluntary work. Whatever you do, don’t waste the year. Do something that will help you decide what you want to do the following year.

Latest Careers with STEM magazine out now

Quiz yourself on the Careers with Stem website to find out how you can combine computer science with your passion to generate new ideas. Also read the latest editions of the Careers with STEM magazines which explore computer science degrees in Australia and New Zealand in addition to fashion, gaming, artificial intelligence, entrepreneurship, sustainability and more. Click the link above to read the latest edition.

Match your career to your values

Self-awareness is the first step in exploring your career options. Self-awareness is having knowledge of things such as your interests (especially your career interests), strengths, aspirations and values. What are your values? Not sure? Psychologist Sabina Read talks about her ideas about finding career fulfillment by knowing yourself well. Values play a significant role in our lives, but sometimes it can be hard to know exactly which of our values are important to take into consideration in a work context and how they shape the decisions we make. Click here to read more.

Should your values influence your career decision?

Self-awareness is the first step in exploring your career options. Self-awareness isabout identifying your interests (especially your career interests), strengths, aspirations and values. Not sure what are your values are? Psychologist Sabina Read talks about finding career fulfillment by knowing yourself well. Values play a significant role in our lives, but sometimes it can be hard to know exactly which of our values are important to take into consideration in a work context and how they shape the decisions we make. Click here to read more.

10 jobs that didn’t exist 10 years ago

The World Economic forum reports that in 2006, Facebook was in its infancy, Twitter was being launched, and nobody had iPhones. Ten years on, the world is a very different place, and so is the workplace. Jobs exist now that we’d never heard of a decade ago. One estimate suggests that 65% of children entering primary school today will ultimately end up working in completely new job types that aren’t on our radar yet.

This pace of change is only going to get faster thanks to rapid advances in the fields of robotics, driverless transport, artificial intelligence, biotechnology, advanced materials and genomics, according to the World Economic Forum’s latest annual Human Capital Index. Click here to read about jobs that didn't exist 10 years ago such as:

  • App developer
  • Social media manager
  • Uber driver
  • Driverless car engineer
  • Cloud computing specialist
  • Big data analyst/data scientist
  • sustainability manager
  • YouTube content creators
  • Drone operators
  • Millennial generational expert 

 ABS Labour market information

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Labour Force Survey data includes a range of employment characteristics for each of the 19 broad industries, including employment trends, median weekly earnings, projected employment growth and top employing occupations. You can access the information here.

Career choices: They don’t have to be decisions for life

This TEDxYouth talk is presented by Orla Donoghue who found that many students are convinced that if they select the wrong course it will impact their future happiness. In this talk, Orla shares her insights on strategies on how to build your unique and fulfilling career path.

Four ways to stay positive during your job search

During your job search there can be times where it is hard to stay positive while dealing with knock-backs. The Australian Government has set out four key points to remember along the journey to smooth things out:

  1. Include practical activities as part of your job search strategy – This could include work experience or volunteer work with a local community group. This has the dual benefit of distracting your mind and building your resume.
  2. Have realistic goals – This is more achievable by dividing them up into short, medium and long-term goals. Sometimes it takes some lateral movement to get to where you want to be. You could consider an entry-level job and working your way up is a valid option.
  3. Ask for, and use, employer feedback – Constant improvement is the best way to improving your chances. While it’s normal to feel disappointed in making a mistake during an interview, its only truly a mistake if you repeat it in the next interview.
  4. Take care of yourself – Take regular breaks during the search to keep your mind fresh. Catch up with friends, go outside and understand that a sustained, balanced effort trumps short sporadic bursts.

Click here to read the Australian Government article and to access more resources.

Have you thought about – Jeweller, Medical Imaging Professional or Corporate Services Manager?

  • Jeweller: Jewellers make and repair jewellery such as rings, brooches, chains and bracelets, craft objects out of precious metals, and cut, shape and polish rough gemstones to produce fashion and industrial jewels. Specialisations include Diamond Cutter, Faceter, Gem Setter, Goldsmith, Lapidary, Opal Polisher, Ring Maker, Silversmith. You can work as a Jeweller without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. VET and university are both common study pathways for Jewellers. Click here to find out more.
  • Medical Imaging Professional: Medical Imaging Professionals operate X-ray and other radiation producing and imaging equipment for diagnostic, monitoring and treatment purposes under the direction of Radiologists and other Medical Practitioners. A formal qualification in a relevant field is needed to work as a Medical Imaging Professional. Many Medical Imaging Professionals complete postgraduate studies. Click here to find out more.
  • Corporate Services Manager: Corporate Services Managers plan, organise, direct, control and coordinate the overall administration of organisations. They are also known as Business Services Manager or Administration Manager. Extensive relevant experience is needed to work as a Corporate Services Manager. Formal qualifications might be useful but aren't essential. Corporate Services Managers often have university qualifications. Click here to find out more.


Job Jumpstart: Casual job opportunities for the Christmas break

Job Jumpstart is an Australian Government initiative that provides tools and articles for jobseekers at all stages of their career but is centred around the 3 stages of work: ‘Looking for a Job’, ‘Building a Career’ and ‘At Work’. With the Christmas period fast approaching, Job Jumpstart sets out four tips for maximizing your chances of landing a Christmas casual opportunity:

  1. Start early – Don’t wait until December as some employers may have already started the search
  2. Be honest about your availability – be upfront about days you will not be available. Don’t rule yourself out of a position because you think they are expecting staff on call 24/7
  3. Make an effort on your personal presentation – The short employment period does not mean they are looking for sub-standard staff. Tailor your resume to the job and make a good impression by presenting well.
  4. Use this as a stepping stone – Use your time in the job to show you are a great asset to the business. This will either give you more opportunities in the future, or at least a good reference.

Read the full article on the Job Jumpstart website.

Jobs Availability Snapshot 2019

This report, recently released by Anglicare Australia, shows what the job market is like for job seekers facing the greatest barriers to work e.g. people with disabilities, people who didn’t finish Year 12 or older workers who lost their jobs later in life. The results show a grave situation for these people. In May 2019, ten percent of vacancies were suitable for someone who didn’t have qualifications or work experience. It was found that at least five job seekers with barriers to work are competing for these vacancies across Australia. This report highlights the importance of gaining qualifications and work experience. An article related to this report is Young Australians left behind by jobs market.

Looking for work? Here are some tips

Two articles on the Year 13 site may be of interest to students looking for work, full-time, part-time or casual work. Read the articles:

Also visit the Year13 website for information on apprenticeships, gap year programs, job vacancies, studying, money advice, internships and the fun of life after school.

Top 10 soft skills you need to succeed

A study carried out by Linkedin found that companies are starting to look for a combination of hard and soft skills in potential employees. Similarly, the World Economic Forum 2018 Jobs report found that in the future, “human skills” will be vital to success. Why is this? Some have argued that because machines have started to replace human jobs, it’s important that humans work on their “human skills” in order to remain competitive. More importantly, many experts believe that rather than fully substituting humans, machines and humans will work alongside each other. In either case, the need for professionals to develop soft skills is critical. Click here to read about the soft skills listed below and more.

  •  Learnability. ...
  • Cognitive Flexibility. ...
  • Critical Thinking and Analysis. ...
  • Creativity and Innovation. ...
  • Complex Problem-Solving. ...
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Communication and Storytelling. ...
  • Time Management. ...
  • Service Orientation
  • Leadership


Videos highlighting 21st Century skills

The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) has produced several videos on the skills needed in the job market of the future. The content of the videos is directed at teachers, but is equally useful to young people. See the QCAA website to access the videos.

Compare US colleges and universities

When researching US colleges and universities, you can open an account on the CollegeBoard website to save all your college planning activities. The website has a Compare Colleges page where you can compare up to three colleges. It can help you organise your research

Advanced Manufacturing Road map – a changing global landscape

Manufacturing supply chains are becoming increasingly global, with customisation and the integration of service offerings becoming the new norm. These product transformations are being driven by significant advances in digital connectivity and analytics, which are also playing a role in creating more efficient supply chains and factory floors. As key inputs become scarcer and concerns grow over consequences of climate change, manufacturers are considering more sustainable operations and offerings. CSIRO Futures worked with industry, government and researchers to identify major growth opportunities and what the manufacturing sector needs to do to achieve them. Click here to read more. Five manufacturing jobs Chief to research are digital officer (CDO), Digital Manufacturing Engineer, Virtual reality/Augmented reality, Worker experience designer, Digital factory automation engineer

AFL: Jobs in the Australian Football League

Working in the AFL doesn't just mean being a player or a coach. There are hundreds of roles behind the scenes that impact the game days. These include Advertising Account Executive, Administrative Assistant, Dietitian, Medical Practitioner, Chef, IT Manager/Computer Engineer, Marketing Officer, Statistician, Physiotherapist, Podiatrist, Events Manager/Coordinator and Journalist. Read the article Behind the scenes at the AFL on the Good Universities Guide website to learn more about these jobs and how they relate to the AFL.

Interested in working in the community care and disability sector?

This sector is one of the largest in Australia and is growing. It provides a range of services aimed at improving the quality of life for people with support needs, including those who:

  • Are elderly, frail or infirm;
  • Have physical or intellectual disabilities; or
  • Have mental health issues.

The sector employs people from a broad range of occupations, from project managers to community care assistants. Do the Career Quiz on the Care Careers website to find jobs within a sector that suits your personality and work goals.

Don’t calm down! Exam stress may not be fun but it can help you get better marks

The Conversation reports that two-thirds of young people experience levels of exam stress that mental health organisation ReachOut describes as “worrying”. Research shows high levels of exam stress can interfere with attention and reduce working memory, leading to lower performance. Early experiences of anxiety and stress can also set a precedent for mental-health problems in adulthood. But how we see stress can actually make a difference to the way it affects us. Research shows if we believe stress is a helpful response that will increase our performance in a challenging event, it can be a tool that works to our advantage. Click here to read more about:

  • From good stress to bad stress
  • How do we make stress good?
  • Four ways to make stress work for you

 Ever had a memory block in the middle of an exam?

The following information is adapted from What causes mind blanks during exams?, an article published by The Conversation.

When you are preparing for an exam in a setting that is predictable and relatively low-stakes (e.g. at your desk at home), you can engage in cold cognition (i.e. logical and rational thinking processes). However, when you enter a somewhat unpredictable and high-stakes exam situation, you enter the realm of hot cognition (i.e. non-logical and emotionally driven thinking processes). Hot cognition is usually triggered in response to a perceived threat or highly stressful situation. It can lead to irrational thoughts such as “If I fail this exam, I won’t get into uni. I’ll be a failure for life”. This thinking triggers a physiological stress response in the brain that can lead to working memory being wiped clean and recall mechanisms being disrupted. The authors of the article suggest the following strategies to prevent mind blanks.

  • De-stress before an exam – Strategies such as relaxation and cognitive-behavioural techniques (e.g. confronting irrational thoughts such as ‘If I fail I will be a failure for life’) have been shown to reduce the stress of exams. See your school Guidance Officer/Counsellor for help with learning these techniques.
  • Preparation - When preparing for an exam, try not to be in a highly relaxed, soothing environment. Push yourself in ways that will simulate a test situation. For example, after a study session, set yourself some exam questions based on the information you have just revised. Set a time limit for completing the questions. The more you prepare under exam-type conditions, the less likely you are to perceive the ‘real’ exam as a threat.

The following related articles from The Conversation are also worth reading:


Studying for exams? Here’s how to make your memory work for you

Have you ever thought about how your brain works when you study? Knowing this may improve your ability to retain and recall information. There are three main memory structures: sensory, working and long-term memory. Amina Youssef-Shalala from ACU says that using these tips, you can activate all three to enhance how you study. Click here to read more about:

  • learning the same content in different ways
  • learn easier parts first, then build on them
  • Link new information to things you already know

Rebecca Ambrose

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