Career News

Term 4 already! Most of our Year 12 students have now completed their QTAC (University) applications; started their TAFE expression of interests or getting their resumes and letters ready to apply for jobs. It has been good to speak to so many of our Year 12s of late and to assist them in their future endeavors. Melissa Tresidder is another staff member many our students are working with. Melissa’s is the CES Project Officer - Transition and she works across secondary colleges in the Diocese to provide additional post school pathway and transition. She is based at SMCC every Friday.  Her background is in employment and training. Previously, Melissa worked for Skill360 Australia for 20+ years to provide employment and training pathways for young people to enter into Apprenticeships, Traineeships and further study. Melissa provides a range of pathway supports to students such as work readiness training which covers resumes, cover letters, sourcing and applying for jobs and training opportunities, support to prepare for interviews, employer expectations (how to get the job and keep the job), through to on the job supported work placements. Melissa is happy to hear from students who require assistance. 

Year 9 students of 2019 will be undertaking work experience preparation this term. To improve the work readiness of students as they enter their final years of schooling, St Mary’s conducts a work placement program for all Year 10 students. The College has engaged the services of Vocational Partnership Group Inc. (VPG) to source suitable employers and prepare the required paperwork and insurances for work placements. We are holding our 2020 Work Experience Week in Term 1 Week 10. VPG need to meet with of our Year 9 students by the end of this year to ensure placements can be made for early 2020. We are holding a parent information session on Monday 11th November at 5.30pm. Students will also be hearing from VPG during their school day on Monday the 11th – this is where they will hear about the program and steps that will be taken to ensure the best chance of placement at their preferred workplace. More information will be coming Year 9 students and carers soon. 


Apprenticeship pathway benefits for you

In today’s changing world of work, Australia needs a capable, skilled and adaptive workforce. According to The Good Universities Guide there are five advantages of apprenticeships and traineeships such as: 

  • You earn while you learn
  • You can choose from a wide variety of interests
  • Training is flexible
  • You will receive a nationally recognised qualification
  • You can start them at school.

Click here to read more. 

Practice literacy and numeracy aptitude quizzes for future apprentices

When you are applying for an apprenticeship or traineeship you often are required to undertake a literacy and numeracy aptitude quiz. It is a good idea to have a practice before you need to do 'the real thing'. They are nothing like assignments at school and you will be far more successful if you have practiced beforehand. Australian Apprenticeship Pathways has a bank of quizzes for seventeen industry areas so click here and select the industry area you are looking for an apprenticeship or traineeship in. 

What does apprenticeship and traineeship training look like?

To complete an apprenticeship or traineeship, you need to complete ‘on-the-job’ training from the employer at work and ‘off-the-job’ training through a VET qualification usually gained at a TAFE college or a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). Sometimes the RTO comes to the workplace to deliver training. Find out more on the Australian Apprenticeships Pathways website.

In Year 11 and interested in the Australian Defence Force Academy or the ADAF Education Award?

The optimum time to apply for entry into the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) is Semester 2 of Year 11. Year 11 students who are interested in an attractive salary while studying Arts, Business, Engineering, Information Technology, Science or Technology at the ADFA are encouraged to commence their application this year. You can explore life at ADFA and start your application on the ADFA website, or ring 13 19 01. Before you do this, read about the ADFA Education Award

Want a career in Music with a difference

Expand your musical repertoire across a variety of genres, playing with Army bands at military, community and charity functions across Australia and potentially overseas. You can continue your love of music while being a member of the Army, Navy or Airforce.  

Want to be a chef and thinking about the ADF - can't decide?

Did you know that the Army, Navy and Air Force all have hospitality roles currently available? This role may be perfect for students who enjoy planning and preparing meals. To apply students require a minimum pass in Year 10 English and Mathematics. Click here for more information.

Career planning podcasts

The Foundation for Young Australian’s (FYA) has an article that lists eight podcasts that may help you with your career planning. We have listed five of those podcasts. It is highly recommended that you read the article before you explore the podcasts: 

  • Binge Thinking - Binge Thinking is a fortnightly show where host Caspar Roxburgh has a chat to guests who are all under 35 years of age about who they are, what they do and how they see the world.
  • Starving Artist - How do creative types do what they do and pay the bills? This podcast aims to find out.
  • Working - Each episode is an interview with a professional about what they do all day.
  • Startup - This podcast is for those who are keen to get their own business off the ground.
  • Note to Self – Each episode tackles the pervasiveness of our devices, and how to preserve our humanity in the digital age.

Careers with STEM

Careers with produces annual magazines that are packed with information about STEM qualifications, study options and career options. You can read the 2019 magazines that focus on engineering, Maths, economics, science or data science

Have you thought about ... Archivists, Curators and Records Managers, Zoologist or Recreation officer

Archivists, Curators and Records Managers develop, maintain, implement and deliver systems for keeping, updating, accessing and preserving records, files, information, historical documents and artefacts. You usually need a bachelor degree in a relevant field to work as an Archivist, Curator or Records Manager. Many Archivists, Curators and Records Managers complete postgraduate studies. Click here to find out more about tasks, prospects, pathways, skills and knowledge the work environment. 

Zoologists study the anatomy, physiology, characteristics, ecology, behaviour and environments of animals. Some specialisations are Entomologist, Mammologist, Ornithologist. A bachelor degree in science or applied science majoring in zoology or a related field is needed to work as a Zoologist. Many Zoologists complete postgraduate studies. Click here to find out more about tasks, prospects, pathways, skills and knowledge, work environment. 

Recreation Officers plan, organise and coordinate recreation facilities and programs through organisations such as local governments, schools, church bodies and youth organisations. You usually need a formal qualification in sport and recreation, leisure and health, or a related field to work as a Recreation Officer. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Recreation Officers. Traineeships may also be available. Click here to find out more about tasks, prospects, pathways, skills and knowledge and the work environment. 

Plan your career journey for success

In simplistic terms, career planning has four stages: 

  • Knowing yourself
  • Finding out about the options available (i.e. exploring industries and occupations)
  • Decision making
  • Taking action (i.e. acting on your decision).

The Career Centre on the Western Australian Government website has resources to help you with each stage of your career planning. Visit the site and get started. Contact your school Guidance Counsellor/Officer if you require assistance with this process.

What do data scientists actually do?

Data scientists provide companies with the information needed so they can make smarter – more informed –business decisions. They hunt down numbers to uncover new insights, predict trends and understand complex consumer behaviours. Click here to find out more about: 

  • What kind of places employ data scientists
  • Do you get paid much?
  • Should you study?
  • The names of jobs in the field?

Australia's top 10 highest paying jobs

The Good University Guide has published an article titled Australia's top 10 highest paying jobs. Although money should not be the prime motivator when choosing a career, let’s be honest – we all want to know how much we will earn when taking on a new job. The most recent set of income statistics from the Australian Tax Office (ATO) give insight into who is earning what by revealing the country’s top 10 highest paying jobs according to their average taxable income. Click here to read more. 

Australia’s most in-demand jobs and the occupations you should try to avoid

This article suggests that through the 21st century, Australians question if the job they’re working in 2019 will exist in 10, 15 — even five years ... How long until a robot takes over my job? How long will my university degree last? Should I even bother going to university? The Australian Bureau of Statistics has long been tracking employment in the country helping Australians understand the best places to apply for jobs and the occupations you should probably avoid. Over the past 30 years, Australia’s labour market has changed drastically. The article shows the top 80 contracting jobs and the top 80 biggest growing jobs in Australia between 2016 and 2019. Click here to find out more. 

Interested in joining the Queensland Police Service?

Young people can apply for entry to the Queensland Police Service at the end of Year 12 once they turn 18 years of age. Other pre-application requirements are listed on the QLD Police Recruiting website and in the H.I.R.E.D flyer you can download from this site. The Queensland Police Recruiting Unit holds information seminars in Brisbane and regional centres throughout the year so click on the information seminars link to find the next one near you. 

Job mobility in Australia

Manage your digital Identity

On the Australian Government Department of Jobs and Small Business Job Jumpstart website you can find brochures on many topics that will assist you as you move forward to further study and employment. One such brochure is Manage Your Digital Identity where you will find information about: 

  • When looking for work, your digital footprint matters
  • You can prevent damage to your online reputation
  • Get a professional profile.

Should work be passion or duty?

Too many of us expect our jobs to give meaning to our lives. An American study showed that Americans have come to expect work to be a source of meaning in their lives. Our “conception of work has shifted from jobs to careers, to callings,” says Derek Thompson. There is a growing expectation, if not insistence, that work is to be your passion, your obsession — a veritable 'religion'. Click here to read more about other ways to 'see' the role of work in our lives. 

Thinking about a career in STEM

The Careers with STEM website has a degree finder. This tool has a search function that can locate the STEM degrees (Computer Science, Science, Engineering, Health, Maths) at every university in Australia and New Zealand. You can also do a career quiz to see what STEM areas might suite you most. Access the degree finder here.

Preparing for SAT

Sitting for exams is stressful - but sitting for the SAT doesn’t have to be. The College Board and Khan Academy have teamed up to provide free SAT practice resources for building confidence and reducing the stress of SAT preparation. You could also win a platinum, gold, silver or bronze prize! Visit the website to find out more. 

Year 11s - you can start thinking about apply for direct entry into ANU for 2021

You can apply direct to ANU for 2021 and get an early conditional offer. This will allow you to focus on what's really important - completing your final year. 

Direct applications will open March 2020. You can apply if: 

  • You will complete your Year 12 studies in 2020  in November 2020
  • Your Year 12 studies need to be completed in an Australian school
  • You will be applying for an undergraduate program that starts in 2021.

What you need to know: 

  • There is no application fee
  • You will be required to meet the co-curricular or service requirement
  • You will apply for admission, guaranteed accommodation, and over 200 scholarships all in one application.

Click here for more information.

A Queensland labour market snapshot

Some Queensland facts: 

  • 2,491,300 employed at November 2018
  • Up 7.7% from November 2013
  • 7% projected growth to May 2023
  • Third largest employing state. 

Where the jobs in Queensland are: 

  • Health and social assistance  13%
  • Retail  10%
  • Construction  9%
  • Education and training  9%
  • Accommodation and food services  9%. 

The Outlook: The short-term outlook for the Queensland economy is relatively positive. The Queensland Treasury has forecast employment growth of 1¾% in 2019-20, while the unemployment rate is expected to be 6% in the June quarter 2020. Over the five years to May 2023, employment in Queensland is projected to increase by 7.0% (like national projection). For more information visit the Australian Jobs 2019 website.

5 Tips for memorising your essays before exams

Your final exams are looming and along with it comes a million study tasks you really don’t want to face. Practice papers, drafts and essay scaffolds, most of which are mildly bearable at best. But how do you make it through the one soul wrenching, mind numbing task no one likes? I’m talking about memorising essays; a seemingly impossible feat that only a few students will master. Click here to learn some tips from the Year 13 people about remembering your work for exams. 

How to work better when you’re stressed

Stress affects everyone. The way we experience and deal with stress is unique and may be completely different to how you would experience and cope with the same situation. In these moments of stress, particularly in the context of study, we need to be able to continue to perform and meet deadlines, no matter the intensity of our stress levels or how we react to being under pressure. Something Laurie from USQ learned was how to identify the tasks she does best when she’s stressed and what she needed to function at her peak in those circumstances. Click here to read more and get some useful tips. 

Study skill resources

The University of Queensland’s (UQ) Student Services Learning website has online guides to help you with all aspects of study. While these are provided for UQ students, most of them are equally useful for Year 12 students. 

Rebecca Ambrose

Career Advisor

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