Career News

Year 10 Senior Education Plan conversations have begun and will continue into Term 3.  Year 10 parents / Guardians please check your emails for details. Bookings are made through the PTO system.

A Subject expo will be held for our Year 10 students on Thursday 1st August 12.00pm -2.20pm. Parents and guardians are welcomed to attend too.  At the expo all the senior subjects will be on display, we will also have VET providers attending, including TAFE, and finally, JCU and CQU will be in attendance. On the evening of 1st August, we will be holding a Year 10 parent information session on the new ATAR system and will provide an overview of our senior school offerings. Times will be confirmed early in the new term.

Congratulations to our Year 10 students and their families on a very successful Work Experience week.  We thank the employers who took our student for the week and gave them a taste of their industry.  The overwhelming response has been extremely positive with glowing reports from our students, families and employers.  Work Experience is a valuable way to make choices about future work and it would not be possible without the support of our local employers and families making sacrifices. Thanks to the teachers who supported me in visiting and contacting all of the students throughout the week.  Finally, a big thank you to VPG who coordinated the placements, especially Kristina who helped all students with their placements and any issues in the lead up and throughout the week

QTAC will be coming to speak to our Year 12s regarding applying to Universities on Tuesday 13th August 1.25 to 2.20pm. Parents / Guardians are welcomed to attend. Information will be sent to families closer to the date.

Vocational Education and Training tips for students

This is vital to read if you are considering enrolling in an external certificate for Senior Studies.  Prospective vocational education and training students should view themselves as consumers of training services … in other words … customers. Like any other significant purchase, you should do your research. The Queensland Government has a website that offers tips for training consumers which include:

  • Checking that the course you want to do meets your needs
  • Ensure that the course is nationally recognised and leads to a formal qualification (recognised by the Australian Qualifications framework)
  • Check your eligibility for government subsidised training
  • Shop around for a training provider that best suits your needs
  • Confirm your preferred training provider is a registered training provider
  • Be cautious about paying large sums of money up-front
  • Read the contract before signing

Visit their website to see more information about each of these tips.

Career exploration during the holidays

An important strategy in career exploration is experiencing the job you are interested in. This can be undertaken in many ways:

  • Work observation - spending a day or more with someone already in the job at their workplace
  • Career interview – developing a list of questions and interviewing someone already in a job you are investigating
  • Work experience – spending some time (a week if possible) in the job
  • Investigating courses by visiting institutions and talking to providers about their courses
  • Getting a part-time job or volunteering in your job of interest
  • Doing a course or workshop that relates to the type of work you want to do.

The school holidays are a perfect time to do some of these activities.

Career Exploration online tools – All FREE and easy to use: – This is the go to Australian resource to identify your interests, build your career profile and explore occupations. One excellent element on this website is the Careers Bullseye where you can look at subjects of interest and see jobs that are linked to these – This is another great resource – it has a short career interest quiz and lots of good information on careers and pathways. Very easy to use. - another free tool and not just for those interested in apprenticeships or traineeships - Career evaluation is constant and unending. Career choices can be difficult as there are so many options out there. It can be easier if one knows which Work Types they prefer and what career options they lead to. These Work Types are identified through a Career Interest Explorer, co-created in consultation with Australian Centre for Career Education and focus on apprenticeship and traineeship career pathways. There are seven Work Types in total which can lead to different industries and occupations. While it may be easy to choose the best-known occupation in a Work Type, it may not be the best option for the individual.  Realistically, an occupation can be linked to many Work Types, but focusing on a primary Work Type can help narrow down the industries or occupations that may interest. 

Year 10 – A resource for students to explore future options and study for senior (Cost associated)

For students who are struggling with thinking about what they want to do when they first leave school or don't have answers for all those questions that your parents and teachers are asking you about subjects, jobs, life after school. You might want to look at the Talking Careers program. It is a series of videos and short activities that will help you find out about yourself, life, your values, strengths, interests and you can do a career interest test to get your research started. Click here to find out more. There is a cost involved with this resource.

What’s the difference between a Registered Nurse and an Enrolled Nurse?

Registered nurses (RN) assess, plan, provide and evaluate preventative, curative and rehabilitative care for patients and supervise other nursing staff. They work in a wide variety of settings such as hospitals, aged care and other health care facilities and private medical practices. They need:

  • good communication skills,
  • the ability to assume responsibility and leadership roles
  • tolerance, patience and tact in dealing with people from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures
  • to take the initiative in emergencies
  • an ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • the ability to cope with the physical demands and psychological aspects of the job.

To become a RN, you need to complete a three-year Bachelor of Nursing at a university or other accredited institute of higher education. RNs are required to be registered with the Australian Health Practitioner  Regulation Agency: Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. You can obtain more information about this occupation from the myfuture website (you will need to Log in or Sign up to enter this free site) and the Good Universities Guide website (this site has a list of nursing specialisations).

Enrolled Nurses (EN) under the direction and supervision of Registered Nurses, assist with the provision of acute, preventative, curative, rehabilitative and the day-to-day personal nursing care of patients. They work in hospitals, aged-care facilities, the community and other healthcare settings. ENs need to:

  • have good communication, problem-solving and team skills
  • follow instructions precisely
  • be tolerant, patient and tactful with many different types of people.

To become an EN in Australia, the minimum level of study is the Diploma of Nursing (18 months – 2 years), delivered through TAFE or an accredited private Registered Training Organisation. After graduation, ENs apply for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner  Regulation Agency: Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia to practice as an Enrolled nurse. You can obtain more information about this occupation from the myfuture website (you will need to log in or Sign up to enter this free site) and the Good Universities Guide website.

Rebecca Ambrose

Careers Counsellor / Teacher 

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