Career News

CQU visit

Last week we had many university bound Year 12 students attend the CQU Uni Experience Day. Thanks to Ms Melissa Headridge for supervising on the day. The students enjoyed seeing what CQU had to offer. We also had a number of Year 11 students attending the BLA JCU Health Breakfast - it was a packed breakfast, taking students through a range of Health professions and course offerings over the morning. Thanks to Ms Nicole Michael for taking students to this event.  We also had a number of students attend the Defence Force Information Evening held in town a couple of weeks ago – many students and family members attended an informative night.  There have also been students and family members attending the Police Recruiting information sessions.  Keep a look out for these opportunities advertised in the notices, through email and local papers.


Year 12 Pathway interviews have been progressing well and students are encouraged to make follow up appointments as required.  All Year 10 Work Experience interviews are now complete and in May students will find out where they have been placed. I know a number of students and families have been trying to find their own placements – if an application is successful please let me know ASAP and I will pass the information to VPG.


The best way to find out about a job is to try it through Work Experience

The best way to explore a job you are interested in is to try it. This sounds obvious, doesn’t it? However, it is often the last thing people think of when exploring jobs and making career decisions. The following are ways you can try a job.

  • Work observation/shadowing - spend one or two days with someone already in the job
  • Work experience – spend up to a week working in the job
  • Volunteering – volunteer your services to an organisation that has jobs you are interested in
  • Part-time paid work – explore the possibility of part-time or casual work in your preferred career area
  • Join an activity group where you can try out some of the skills you will need in the job you like e.g. join the Air Force Cadets or the St John Ambulance Cadets
  • Participating in various programs associated with specific career areas e.g. Engineering Link projects

The benefits of trying a job are:

  • Learning about what the job involves
  • Having a structured, supervised, hands-on experience
  • Experiencing a work environment – the world of work isn’t like school!
  • Gaining a new referee to add to your resume
  • Developing contacts that may help you gain employment in the future.

Our Year 10 students will be undertaking Work Experience next term in Week 8 – other students can come and see me regarding work experience in their holidays etc. Read ‘Tips for finding work experience’ on the myfuture website for other ways of finding work experience.


 AusAPP Pathways: Free app for apprenticeships and traineeships

AusAppPathways is a free app that helps students and jobseekers explore Australian Apprenticeships career pathway ideas on their smartphone or tablet. Users can access:

  • General industry options as well as specific apprenticeships and traineeships
  • Links to job hunting and career research sites
  • Contacts for local Apprenticeship Network providers and Group Training Organisations.

AusAppPathways is available for both Apple and Android devices. A ‘Guide to Using AusAppPathways’ can be found on the Australian Apprenticeships Pathways website.

Industry information and aptitude quizzes

Australian Apprenticeships and Traineeships Information Service has a webpage for Industry Information and quizzes in a range of careers. Each industry area has an overview, industry information, employment/wage data, key occupations and career pathways. The quizzes give you an idea about the aptitudes needed for the jobs in the industries listed including automotive and boating; building and construction; sport, recreation, hair, beauty and services; metal and engineering; hospitality; logistics…

Job Pathways Charts

The Australian Apprenticeships and Traineeships Information Service's webpage contains information regarding Job Pathways Charts which show the potential training pathways within specific industries which start with an apprenticeship or traineeship. Click here for a full list. 

White Card Construction – Changes to Online training option

The Queensland Government has recently made changes to the online White Card training option. As from 1st February 2019 The Queensland White Card:

  • courses will no longer be able to be delivered online
  • can ONLY be issued to students trained in Queensland
  • exemption will only be given to learners located at least 100KM away from the nearest RTO offering face to face delivery

Click here for more information about these changes and how to get a White Card.


Join the Australian Air Force Cadets (AAFC)

The Australian Air Force Cadets (AAFC) is a youth oriented organisation that is administered and actively supported by the Royal Australian Air Force. Any young Australian who is between the ages of 13 and 18 years and is physically fit enough to participate in the activities is welcome to join the AAFC. Through this organisation you will gain important life skills in leadership, self-reliance, self-confidence, self-discipline, self-respect, good communication, teamwork and citizenship. Some activities undertaken by the AAFC include flying, fieldcraft, adventure training, firearms safety training, drill and ceremonial, service knowledge, aeromodelling, navigation and gliding. You will also have an opportunity to experience life in the Air Force. For more information, visit the AAFC website where you can access information regarding who they are, what they do, how to join (there is a Cairns Unit).

Year 11 and 12 students wanting to apply to the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA)

If you are in Year 11 and considering applying for a place at ADFA, you are encouraged to commence your application when you are 16 years of age. To start your application, call 13 19 01 or apply online on the Defence Jobs website (click ‘Apply now’ on the top right-hand corner of the home page). It is not too late for Year 12 students to apply but you need to start your application as soon as possible.


Careers with STEM

The CareersWithSTEM website is one of Australia’s free student STEM Career Guides for students, parents and teachers. According to the About section on the CareersWithSTEM website 75% of future jobs will require STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) skills. Yet just 16% of high-school graduates are enrolling in STEM degrees in Australia. In 10 years’ time, how will rapid technological change affect our future career choices? To help discover the answer to this question, access the CareersWithSTEM website which provides access to a range of information regarding:

  • Features: (Blog, Competitions, Articles, Education and more)
  • Profiles: (Showcases people with careers in STEM)
  • Read it Here: (STEM Magazine)
  • Quizzes: (Careers & Study, Engineering, Maths, Science & Tech)
  • Degree Finder: (Find your best degree path)
  • The Teachers' Hub: (Careers with STEM for teachers, STEM projects and lesson plans)

You can also stay connected by signing up to the STEM Newsletter, to get instant information on future careers, resources, stories and events straight to your email inbox.


SkillsRoad Career Quiz – Helps you choose a job that’s right for you!

Knowing who you are and what you are good at are important in career exploration and decision making. The information can help you identify potential jobs and career pathways. SkillsRoad Career Quiz, helps you choose a job that’s right for you as it connects WHO you are with WHAT you are naturally good at. The quiz will help you to uncover your strengths and talents, so you can make more informed choices. The quiz takes approximately five minutes and will help you to understand:

  • Your personal style and the type of person you are
  • What influences your behaviour
  • Things you are naturally good at
  • Jobs you will likely be attracted to
  • Special qualities and values you will bring to a job


Tips to help you build a successful creative career

Want a creative career and not sure where to start? Sick of all the doubters shooting your ideas down?  Then these tips are for you. They come from a Career Insights article on the myfuture website. The following is a summary of the tips.

  • Where are you heading? – have some idea of your career direction (you don’t have to know the destination yet). Think of what you love doing and train, practice, learn and rehearse
  • Inspiration – research people who have made it in the creative industries. Read their blogs and follow them on Instagram. Take every opportunity to talk to people who make a living from their creative talents
  • Information - find out more from industry associations. You'll find links to professional associations on most of the myfuture occupation pages e.g. professional associations for Set Designer include the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance and the Design Institute of Australia
  • What's in demand? - look for areas of demand, or that might be growing. Look for the trends and then advance them
  • You've gotta eat! - be prepared to work more than one job. Creative careers often take a while to become established. Find something that you're happy to do to support yourself, while having enough time and mental space to invest in your art
  • Internships and volunteering - this is about getting experience, building your reputation and getting to know people in the industry
  • Get some business skills – you'll need them! Learn the basics of business management so you can make some money from what you do
  • Hear from people who are working as creatives – find out how they first started. Learn from them
  • Unconventional and unafraid - marketing and business skills are essential. You need to be savvy and be wired to the best way to sell your skills
  • Be the one – be the one who succeeds in a creative career. Make sure it is you!
  • Last words: be real – be authentic. Being yourself in your art is the greatest thing you can give to the world

If you found these tips helpful, read the advice given by JMC Academy lecturer, Nigel Tucker, in How to break into the arts and entertainment industries.


Work experience: CSIRO scientists

If you are interested in a science career, consider applying for a work experience placement with the CSIRO. CSIRO offers students in Years 10 to 12 the chance to gain first-hand experience of research in a scientific environment.  To apply contact CSIRO and see if they are able to host you. In 2019, CSIRO have a pilot project that is ‘virtual’ work experience for regional and remote students. This program will provide an opportunity for students to undertake collaborative, group (STEM) projects without having to leave their towns or communities. Visit the CSIRO Work Experience website for more information regarding:

  • How to apply
  • Conditions of participation
  • Frequently asked questions


 A career path you may not know about: Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians

Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians assist electrical engineering research, design, manufacture, assembly, construction, operation and maintenance of equipment, facilities and distribution systems. Visit myfuture and click on occupations for more information about jobs.

Australia's Booming Industries

Using data and industry experts' input, Seek has identified their five booming industry areas across Australia over the past twelve months that will shape 2019. These identified industry areas are:

  • Mining, resources and energy with a job growth of 67.7%
  • Trades and services with a job growth of 23.3%
  • Health and medical with a job growth of 11.1%
  • Engineering with a job growth of 26.7%
  • Science and technology with a job growth of 22.0%

Click here for more information about average advertised salaries, new roles advertised, individual State figures and growth by role.

Four trends transforming the workplace

The relationship between employers and employees is fundamentally changing. Employees are expecting more from their employers - more transparency, more accountability and more trust. Employers need more from their employees - technical skills, creative thinking, effective collaboration and ability to quickly adapt. Linkedin's annual Global Talent Trends 2019 report explores the four big trends which are fueling this transformation and how they will impact the workplace. These trends are:

  • soft skills
  • work flexibility
  • anti-harassment
  • pay transprency

Click here to read more about these trends and their impact on the workplace.

Future Jobs: What industries are up and coming?

The Careers FAQs team analysed reports from internationally known experts to come up with 12 industries they believe are going to be the next ‘big thing’. They list and back up their selection in Jobs of the Future: The 12 Industries to Watch

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) - AI technology has improved in leaps and bounds over the last few years and is expected to evolve even more rapidly.
  • Drones - The drone industry is set to boom by 6,000% by the end of the decade.
  • Virtual reality – See the Facebook demonstration of augmented social reality in the article.
  • Wearables technology - Estimated to be worth $14 billion at present, the wearables industry is expected to grow to a staggering $34 billion by 2020.
  • Mobile payments – Mobile payments are set to increase in the future.
  • Cryptocurrencies - Just like the internet revolutionised the way we communicate (making it possible to speak to anyone in the world, anywhere, anytime), cryptocurrencies allow us to transfer money instantly to anyone in the world, anywhere, anytime.
  • Genomics – The branch of molecular biology concerned with the structure, function, evolution and mapping of genomes could be the next trillion-dollar industry of the future.
  • Internet of Things (IoT) – Currently there are about 8.4 billion devices connected to the internet.
  • Robotics - Robots are already manufacturing shoes for us, greeting patients at our hospitals, and even making pizzas for us.
  • Connected Home - From roof tiles that store and convert solar power to smart ovens that recognise food (and automatically cooks it for you!), homes of the future will take convenience and efficiency to a whole new level.
  • Driverless cars – In the future, expect to use a network of fully autonomous cars to get from A to B.
  • 3D printers – From houses to organs, 3D printers will revolutionise many industries.

With these emerging technologies and industries, how can we plan for future jobs? Read The 10 Skills You’ll Need by 2020 (and beyond).


Future Leaders Awards 2019

The Future Leaders Awards recognise young Australians who have shown strong achievement, leadership and potential. The award categories are:

  • Helen Handbury Leadership Award – This award recognises Year 12 students in rural and regional Australia who have shown outstanding community leadership.
  • Future Leaders Writing Prize – This prize is designed to recognise and reward talented young writers. It aims to encourage expressive and creative writing. Australian Year 11 and 12 students are invited to submit a piece of writing (800 to 1,000 words). The essays can be fiction or non-fiction and on any topic.
  • Future Leaders Future Justice Award – This award recognises Year 12 students who have shown leadership and initiative on intergenerational equity, future justice.  Future justice is concerned with what those living today leave behind for future generations.
  • Future Leaders Photography Prize – This prize is designed to recognize talented young photographers.
  • Future Leaders Jazz Award – This award is designed to expose talented young musicians (18 to 30 years) to international jazz performers and networks.

The due date for all categories is 31st May 2019. See the Future Leaders website for details.


Concentration – how to improve it

Concentration is the ability to focus and control your attention. Some people seem to be born with it, the rest of us have to learn how to do it. The good news is that anyone can improve his/her ability to concentrate. The following are strategies to help you get there.

  • Make sure you get plenty of sleep. It is difficult to concentrate when you are tired. Regular exercise and healthy eating are also important.
  • Set realistic and specific study goals for yourself (e.g. I will go up one grade in English next exam)
  • Develop regular habits of study – same desk, same time, etc
  • Work in a place that is free of distractions (in front of the TV is probably not the best place!). De-cluttering your desk will help too
  • When you sit down to study, make a plan of what you want to achieve that session and cross off items as you complete them
  • If you find yourself distracted by something else (e.g. I feel fat; I should do more exercise), jot down the task, idea or problem to deal with later
  • Begin working immediately – don’t wait for inspiration
  • Attend to one thing at a time
  • When you start to lose focus, get up and take a walk


Growing Leaders

The first step in anyone’s leadership journey is self-leadership. We must be able to lead ourselves before we can lead anyone else. In fact, the effects of leaders who don’t have strong character, core values, mental toughness, or integrity can be devastating. Whether in communities, families, churches, or schools, leaders lacking these characteristics can have a negative influence on those around them. The Art of Self-Leadership, Dr. Tim Elmore seeks to equip today’s students to graduate with strong character, a healthy personal identity, and self-discipline. Through thirteen memorable images — each with a series of engaging stories, self-assessment questions, and thought-provoking discussion topics — students learn and internalize important principles of good character that will help guide them as they step into college or their careers. Watch a YouTube video with the Author of The Art of Self Leadership, Dr Tim Elmore discussing Growing Leaders in Today’s Society and what we need to do today to grow leaders for tomorrow.


Tips for parents

Generation Next has an article on How parents can help students in the senior years of school written by Andrew Fuller. The article states that parents have a vital role in helping students to:

  • Manage time
  • Manage energy
  • Manage stress
  • Manage to get everything in at the right time and in the right place.

This sounds like a big ask! However, the body of the article does suggest strategies to help parents achieve their role. Topics include:

  • Developing a system – time management planning
  • Dealing with meltdowns and catastrophic thinking
  • What to do when the system breaks down or when your child won’t listen to you
  • How to deal with the build up to exams.

Finally, the article makes the point that Year 12 results aren’t the end of the world. They don’t determine a student’s future success in life.

Parents with a student in Year 11 or 12 may find this article of interest.


Rebecca Ambrose

Careers Counsellor

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