As part of the Yr 11 Careers Program all Year 11 students will complete their Career Action Plan and meet with careers team to discuss their plans for post Year 12. This provides the students an opportunity to reflect on their aspirations and goals and to plan their pathways.
Career Sessions will be run on:
Wednesday 24 April Period 1 for Year 11 D, E & F
During Term 2, the students will meet with the Career Team to discuss their plans.
VCE and Career Expo
On Friday 3 May, all Year 11 students will attend the VCE and Career Expo. At this Expo there will be exhibitors representing a wide range of areas including Universities, TAFE, Private RTO’s, Employment, Apprenticeships and Traineeships, GAP Year and Volunteering organisations, ect.
Throughout the day there will be 30 minute seminars on a range a different topics including preparing for work, VCE studies, industry specific.
Compass consent is required by 1 April.
Please book in for a compulsory Careers Interview to discuss career pathways after Year 12. Make a booking on the Careers Interview Sheet outside of the Careers Office. Compulsory Careers Interviews will be scheduled on Compass if students have not already booked one.
Work Experience for Year 10s will be held from Monday 24 June to Friday 28 June, 2019. Students need to explore websites and talk to family and friends of family about opportunities to do work experience.
Students are required to have secured a placement and return their Work Experience Forms to Careers Office by 1 April, 2019. Students will look at work experience options during Pathways classes. Students are welcome to come to the Careers Office to discuss Work Experience options.
SHAPE YOUR DESTINY WORKSHOP
Year 10s were inspired by the Shape Your Destiny Workshop held on Monday 1st April, 2019. Students were encouraged to pursue their passion and explore their careers options. It was a two and a half hour workshop with activities to motivate students to explore what they would love to do for a career. One of Himal Phillay’s (guest speaker) quotes was ‘Love what you do. Do what you love.’
Victoria University | Business Course Information Sessions
Thursday 9 May | 6.30pm - 7.30pm | Melbourne Campus
Want to work in the thriving, fast-paced world of business? Come along to hear about studying at Victoria University in 2020! Whether you are interested in accounting, finance, human resources, logistics, supply chain management, or tourism and events management – we have some of Australia's most progressive business courses.
Find out more and register here: https://www.vu.edu.au/about-vu/news-events/events/business-course-information-sessions
ACU | Melbourne Midyear Open Evening
Wednesday 15 May | ACU Melbourne Campus
Discover our upcoming midyear open evening sessions. Come along and learn about course details, admission pathways and career opportunities – for both undergraduate and postgraduate study. More information about 2019's Midyear open evenings will be available soon.
Find out more - https://www.acu.edu.au/study-at-acu/important-dates#Midyear%20open%20evenings
Victoria University | Music Course Info Sessions
Thursday 16 May | 6.30pm - 7.30pm | Kindred Studios
Passionate about music? Come along to hear about studying at Victoria University in 2020! If you want to make music or mix some serious sounds, you can learn it all at VU. We offer contemporary performance and sound-engineering courses, from certificate to bachelor degree level. Find out about our cutting-edge music technology and recording facilities at Kindred Studios. And learn how you can be a part of collaborative projects with students, industry professionals, and community organisations.
Find out more and register here: https://www.vu.edu.au/about-vu/news-events/events/music-course-information-sessions
Victoria University | Building & Engineering Course Info Sessions
Tuesday 21 May | 6.30pm - 7.30pm | Footscray Park Campus
See your future in building or engineering? Come along to hear about studying at Victoria University in 2020! If you think that building and engineering are interesting and clever career choices, you're right. Come and learn why graduates of our programs are in hot demand. Find out about the 20-plus courses in building and engineering offered at VU, at all levels, and including architectural, electrical and civil engineering. When you study with us, you'll learn to approach building and engineering problems independently, resolving issues with creative and practical solutions. You'll take part in site visits, work placements or industry projects that give you the practical experience needed to confidently begin your career.
Find out more and register here: https://www.vu.edu.au/about-vu/news-events/events/building-engineering-course-information-sessions
Victoria University | Law, Criminology & Legal Services Course Info Sessions
Thursday 23 May | 6.30pm - 7.30pm | City Queen Campus
Interested in the law, solving crime or protecting the rights of citizens? Come along to hear about studying at Victoria University in 2020! Find out about our range of courses in legal practice, criminal justice, legal administration, management and other specialist roles – at short course, TAFE, degree or postgraduate level. Learn how we ensure you gain the knowledge, skills and professional recognition you'll need through internships, mooting programs and experiencing real cases.
Find out more and register here: https://www.vu.edu.au/about-vu/news-events/events/law-criminology-legal-services-course-information-sessions
Victoria University | Education & Early Childhood Course Info Sessions
Tuesday 14 May | 6.30pm - 7.30pm | Footscray Park Campus
Interested in becoming a teacher, tutor or childcare worker? Come along to hear about studying Education or Early Childhood at Victoria University in 2020! Discover our huge variety of education courses. We offer a range of learning in education so you can study at short course, TAFE, degree or postgraduate level. We are one of the few universities in Australia to offer a Bachelor of Education (P-12) which allows you to teach at any school level. Attend the session to find our about our teaching and childcare placements, that make sure you'll be well prepared for your career.
Find out more and register here: https://www.vu.edu.au/about-vu/news-events/events/education-early-childhood-course-information-sessions
Victoria University | Health & Biomedicine Course Info Sessions
Thursday 30 May | 6.30pm - 7.30pm | St Albans Campus
Want a career in the health care or medicine-related science? Come along to hear about studying at Victoria University in 2020! VU health and biomedicine students flourish in our technology-enhanced programs and our strong partnerships with the healthcare industry. Attend this information session to learn about the many short courses, diplomas and degrees we offer to set you down the path to your ideal job.
Find out more and register here: https://www.vu.edu.au/about-vu/news-events/events/health-biomedicine-course-information-sessions
Victoria University | Beauty & Dermal Science Course Info Sessions
Thursday 13 June | 6.30pm - 7.30pm | City Queen Campus
Interested in working in the beauty industry or specialising in skin-related treatments? Come along to hear about studying at Victoria University in 2020! Attend this session to learn more about how you can enter the beauty and dermal-science industries. We offer a range of courses to help get you started. By studying at Victoria University, you can get the skills to enter the beauty and spa industry through one of our short courses, TAFE certificates or diplomas. You can also gain advanced skills studying acute and chronic skin conditions (dermal therapies) to graduate with a university bachelor degree.
Find out more and register here: https://www.vu.edu.au/about-vu/news-events/events/beauty-dermal-science-course-information-sessions
Victoria University | Sports & Exercise Science Course Info Sessions
Tuesday 4 June | 6.30pm - 7.30pm | Footscray Park Campus
If you are interested in sport and recreation management or even becoming a physical education teacher, find out what VU can offer you. We are Australia's largest provider of teaching programs in sport and exercise science. Find out about our close links with groups such as the Victorian and Australian Institutes of Sport, Western Bulldogs and the AFL. And talk to us about our state-of-the-art, $68 million sport and learning precinct. Attend this session to learn how to advance your career studying at TAFE, degree or postgraduate level.
Find out more and register here: https://www.vu.edu.au/about-vu/news-events/events/sports-exercise-science-course-information-sessions
Victoria University | Psychology & Social Work Course Info Sessions
Tuesday 28 May | 6.30pm - 7.30pm | Footscray Park Campus
If you are interested in counselling or community care, come and learn about the many short courses, diplomas and degrees we can offer you.
Find out more and register here: https://www.vu.edu.au/about-vu/news-events/events/psychology-social-work-course-information-sessions
Victoria University | Science & IT Course Info Sessions
Thursday 20 June | 6.30pm - 7.30pm | Footscray Park Campus
At our information session, you can hear about our Bachelor of Science specialisations in biotechnology, and ecology and environmental management. Find out how these are aligned with industry need and career opportunities – and take the first step towards a career finding solutions to today's most pressing issues.
Find out more and register here: https://www.vu.edu.au/about-vu/news-events/events/science-it-course-information-sessions
Victoria University | Tourism, Hospitality & Event Management Info Sessions
Tuesday 25 June | 6.30pm - 7.30pm | City Flinders Campus
Want to work in the exciting world of Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management? Come along to hear about studying at Victoria University in 2020! VU is a recognised leader in hospitality, event and tourism management training. When you study with us, you'll gain the skills to take your career further – whether you're just starting out or you're running your own business. Attend this information session to find out about studying at short course, TAFE, degree or postgraduate level. Find out about our School for the Visitor Economy, which builds on VU’s long history of producing highly-qualified tourism and destination management graduates. And learn about our strong industry links, workplace learning opportunities and expert lecturers that help you to graduate work-ready.
Find out more and register here: https://www.vu.edu.au/about-vu/news-events/events/tourism-hospitality-event-management-course-information-sessions
Victoria University | Youth Work & Community Development Course Info Sessions
Tuesday 18 June | 6.30pm - 7.30pm | Footscray Park Campus
Interested in community development or youth work? Come along to hear about studying at Victoria University in 2020! Attend this session to find out why VU is the place to train to become a community-development officer or youth worker. Our Youth Work degree is the largest in Australia, and is delivered by experts in the field. We also offer qualifications to work with community organisations – both local and international – from short skill-set courses, to degrees and postgraduate research. Learn about our substantial professional work placements, that will help you to graduate well prepared for a rewarding career.
Find out more and register here: https://www.vu.edu.au/about-vu/news-events/events/youth-work-community-development-course-information-sessions
Australian Catholic University – Open Day
Sunday 11 August | 10.00am - 3.00pm | Melbourne Campus
Sunday 25 August | 10.00am - 2.00pm | Ballarat Campus
Open Day is your chance to find out everything you need to know about studying at ACU before you enrol. You’ll be able to tour the campus, meet staff and students, discuss entry pathways, and talk to experts about your study options and career goals. Jump on a tour led by a current student to discover all the facilities your new campus will have to offer, from the library to the health science labs. Sit in on information sessions from each of the faculties and see what units you might be studying. Ask all of the questions you want – and hear the answers you need.
Find out more: https://www.acu.edu.au/student-life/experience-uni-before-you-start/open-day
La Trobe | Bendigo Campus Talk and Tours
Monday 8 - Friday 12 April | 9.00am - 5.00pm | Bendigo Campus
Tour the campus and our accommodation with one of our friendly student ambassadors who can tell you all about student life at La Trobe University. This is a chance to meet with one of our friendly team to have your course and career questions answered as well as enjoying a walking tour of our biggest regional campus. Registrations are now open for personalised consultations and tours of our Bendigo campus these school holidays.
Find out more: https://www.latrobe.edu.au/events/all/bendigo-campus-talk-and-tours
Australian Defence Force – Information Sessions
Australian Defence Force Information Session Tuesday | 18:00 | Melbourne, VIC
The Hotel School | Student Discovery Day – Melbourne
Wednesday 10 April | 12.00pm - 1.30pm | The Hotel School, Melbourne
This is a great opportunity to join our students, SRC members and Alumni at an exclusive event.
- Gain valuable industry insights
- Observe students practicing their networking skills
- Meet business leaders from the Hotel Management Industry
- Socialise with current students of The Hotel School and senior industry leaders
Find out more and RSVP: https://hotelschool.scu.edu.au/events/student-discovery-day-melbourne/
University of Melbourne | JD and LSAT Information Session
Wednesday 10 April | 6.00pm - 7.30pm | University of Melbourne, Parkville Campus
Hear from Professor Anna Chapman, Associate Dean (JD), about the highlights of the course and how to apply. There will also be a special session about how to best prepare for the LSAT led by Dr Chantal Morton, Senior Lecturer in Legal Writing and Academic Skills at the Law School. This is the first Melbourne JD and How to Prepare for the LSAT session for the year and will be useful for those considering sitting the June LSAT and applying for our February 2020 intake.
Find out more: https://events.unimelb.edu.au/events/12044-melbourne-jd-and-lsat-information-session
SAE Institute Melbourne | Open Day
Sunday 11 August | 10.00am - 2.00pm | SAE Institute Melbourne
If you're considering studying creative media (Animation, Audio, Design, Film, Games, or Web & Mobile) this event is a great opportunity to speak to our experienced team and find out more about this dynamic and expanding industry.
You can check out our amazing equipment and facilities, meet your future mentors, talk to current students and discover the career opportunities that await you after graduation.
Find out more and register: https://sae.edu.au/news-and-events/events/melbourne-campus-open-day-11-august-2019/?date=2019-08-11&id=558
Workshops and Courses
La Trobe University Engineering Link Project
Thursday 11 & Friday 12 April | 8.45am - 4.00pm | La Trobe Bundoora Campus
An Engineering Link Project follows the design – make – appraise model of problem-solving. Students in Years 10, 11 and 12 will participate in a different engineering module each day, facilitated by a local engineer. Each module is designed to showcase an example of engineering in that discipline, as well as being:
- relevant to maths and science being studied at school
Students will choose two experiences (one per day). After the engineer has presented the problem to be solved, each group will fully prepare their ideas and proposed engineering solution, present it to the engineer for approval and then construct their prototype. Each group’s solution will be tested to ensure it meets the criteria set, then extended beyond the scope of the design, usually to destruction! La Trobe University staff will also provide detailed information about studying engineering (in general) and at La Trobe University (in particular). Find out more and register here: https://telg.com.au/events/ltuelp2019_1/
JMC Academy | Animation, Game + Design Exhibition Melbourne
Thursday 9 May | 5.00pm - 8.00pm | SmartArtz Gallery
This May, the staff and students of the Melbourne Animation, Game Design and Digital Design courses at JMC Academy invite you to view their showcase of work! Discover the creativity of the JMC Academy students and view a selection of the innovative and inspiring work from all trimester levels, including multiplayer games, interactive art, production breakdowns, 3D sculptures and designs, concept designs and much more.
Find out more and RSVP: https://www.jmcacademy.edu.au/events/animation-games-gallery-melbourne-2017
JMC Academy | Think Visual Workshop Melbourne
Thursday 4 July | 10.00am - 3.00pm | JMC Academy Melbourne
The workshops are a great opportunity to check out the JMC Academy campus while getting a taste of what studying your passion with Australia's leading Creative Industries provider is like at this fun, engaging and hands-on program! In this one-day crash course, you’ll learn how to use visual language to communicate your ideas. You’ll practice sketchnoting and develop a visual library that you can use in different contexts; whether you’re brainstorming an idea, making study notes, or designing an app, this essential skill will help you create strong designs. Bring along your simplest but most powerful tools: pen and sketchbook, and unlock their power!
Find out more and register: https://www.jmcacademy.edu.au/events/workshops/brisbane-high-school-workshops
JMC Academy | Digital TV Studio Workshop Melbourne
Friday 5 & Friday 12 July | 10.00am - 3.00pm | JMC Academy Melbourne
The workshops are a great opportunity to check out the JMC Academy campus while getting a taste of what studying your passion with Australia's leading Creative Industries provider is like at this fun, engaging and hands-on program! This practical workshop, designed specifically for high school students aims to provide an introduction to the Film + TV studio recording processes.
Find out more and register: https://www.jmcacademy.edu.au/events/workshops/melbourne-high-school-workshops
JMC Academy | Perform, Record + Create Music Workshop Melbourne
Friday 5 & Friday 12 July | 10.00am - 3.00pm | JMC Academy Melbourne
The workshops are a great opportunity to check out the JMC Academy campus while getting a taste of what studying your passion with Australia's leading Creative Industries provider is like at this fun, engaging and hands-on program! This workshop will be an immersive experience where you’ll join a band to perform songs ready for a live recording! You’ll move from the stage to the computer Lab engaging with music technology using Apple Garageband and Ableton Live. Find out more and register: https://www.jmcacademy.edu.au/events/workshops/melbourne-high-school-workshops
University of Melbourne | A Day at Melbourne
Saturday 13 April | 9.00am - 2.30pm | University of Melbourne, Parkville Campus
If you’re wondering what university is like, or getting ready to pick your VCE subjects, then it’s the ideal time to attend A Day at Melbourne. A Day at Melbourne is an immersive event for year 10 students that includes opportunities to speak with current students and academic staff about what life is like at the University of Melbourne. This is NOT an Open Day. Places are limited and registration is required.
Find out more and register here: https://study.unimelb.edu.au/connect-with-us/events-for-future-students/all-events-listing/a-day-at-melbourne
Academy of Interactive Entertainment | Industry Experience Day Melbourne
Wednesday 17 April, Friday 12 July & Tuesday 1 October
10.00am - 2.30pm | Academy of Interactive Entertainment, Melbourne Campus
AIE's Industry Experience Days are a great opportunity for students in Years 10, 11 and 12 to learn about the local and international game development, 3D animation and visual effects industries. Students will get the opportunity to learn about the different pathways to get into the industry, what should be in a portfolio and will be able to get creative in practical workshops using industry-standard 3D animation and game development tools. The sessions are run by industry professionals who have worked on some blockbuster games and films. Everything is provided for you to participate in the hands-on workshops and you will be using the same software that is used in the industry. If you are thinking about a career in the games or film industry then we highly recommend registering for the free event.
Find out more and register: https://aie.edu.au/aie_event/industry-experience-day/
Scholarships & Competitions
Australian Catholic University (ACU)
Central Queensland University (CQU)
Charles Sturt University (CSU)
Federation University Australia (FedUni)
La Trobe University
Melbourne Institute of Technology (MIT)
Swinburne University of Technology
University of Melbourne
Victoria University (VU)
What are Soft Skills and why do you need to know about them?
Why your soft skills matter
When you apply for a job you know you’ll need to have the right qualifications and technical skills, they’re the hard skills, the absolutes for each specific job.
Soft skills are your personal attributes, the things that will enable you to function well in your role, work well in a team, interact with other people and basically make you shine in your job.
Why do employers like them
Imagine you're an employer - you've got 2 employees with the exact same qualifications and technical skills. One of them is positive, adaptable, a great team player and always receives good feedback from customers and colleagues. There is nothing wrong with the second persons skills and ability to get the job done, but they never go the extra mile.
You have to let one employee go.... who would you choose to keep?
Soft skills go beyond what you’ve learnt at school or Uni, they’re the things that aren’t generally taught but are really important in creating a well-rounded employee.
- common sense
- the ability to deal with people
- a positive attitude
- being adaptable
Let’s face it, many ‘hard skills’ are rapidly being replaced by robots, which makes your ‘soft skills’ more valuable than ever.
Who needs Soft Skills?
Everyone. That’s the short answer.
Lots of recent reports indicate that the majority of employers view soft skills as more important than academic qualifications.
Whether you’re academically gifted, or more of a hands-on type of person, working on your soft skills is something that you should put to the top of your priority list - and never stop working on.
Top 7 Soft Skills for 2019
- Communication skills
- Critical Thinking
- Positive Attitude
- Work Ethic
- Emotional Intelligence
Carole Marcianti and Karen Riding
The Careers Team