Year 12 students are reminded to complete and pay for their VTAC Applications by September 30, 2019.
Year 12 Term 3 Careers Interviews have commenced. Check compass schedule for interview time.
Year 11 Careers Interviews have recommenced. Check compass schedule for interview time.
We are currently processing VET Expression of Interest for VET courses in 2020. We will be assisting students complete their online Expression of Interest for their VET course in 2020 this week. Students will need to bring their USI numbers with them.
If students would like to complete Work Experience over the next few months please see the Careers Office.
Melbourne Army Reserve Information Session
Tuesday | 6.00pm | Melbourne Defence Force Recruiting Centre
Melbourne Air Force Careers Information Session
Thursday | 6.00pm | Melbourne Defence Force Recruiting Centre
Melbourne Women in Defence – Trades Information Session
Monday | 1.00pm | Melbourne Defence Force Recruiting Centre
Melbourne Australian Defence Force Academy Information Session
Monday | 12.00pm | Melbourne Defence Force Recruiting Centre
Melbourne Engineering Careers Information Session
Monday | 6.00pm | Melbourne Defence Force Recruiting Centre
Melbourne Navy Careers Information Session
Wednesday | 6.00pm | Melbourne Defence Force Recruiting Centre
Swinburne | Advice Night
Wantirna - 17 September 2019, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Hawthorn - 18 September 2019, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Aviation (Hawthorn) - 18 September 2019, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Planning a grand entrance (or a grand return) to university in 2020? Have all your burning questions answered by our expert course advisers and current students (from where to get the best kebab to how to nail study time) – get on top of preferences and complete your application on the night too! Talk about productive!
Find out more: https://www.swinburne.edu.au/choose/events/wantirna?siid=el|tim|eve|cal|0368
Deakin | Accelerate Information Evening
15 October 2019, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Deakin University Melbourne Burwood Campus
Deakin Accelerate provides high-achievers with university-level learning opportunities. You will complete two units of a first-year university subject at the same time as your Year 12 studies. Studying one unit per trimester, alongside first-year university students, you will complete your units either on campus at one of Deakin’s four vibrant locations, or study anywhere, anytime, at the Cloud Campus – our innovative online learning environment.
Attend an information evening to learn more about the Deakin Accelerate program and how it will benefit you. You will hear from past program students and find out about the application process.
La Trobe University | VCE Plus Information Evening
25 September 2019, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
La Trobe University, Melbourne Campus
You’re invited to learn more about how VCE Plus works, the subjects on offer and the application process. VCE Plus is an exciting opportunity for Year 12 students to complete two first-year university subjects and have them recognised as part of their VCE. As a VCE Plus student, you’ll get a taste for university early as well as the chance to challenge yourself and gain credit towards your degree.
Find out more: https://www.latrobe.edu.au/events/all/vce-plus-information-evening2
NIDA Drama School – Holiday Program
NIDA is running a series of drama workshops from students in years 7-10 over the upcoming school holidays. The courses help students to develop performance skills including improvisation, voice and movement, devising, acting and rehearsing scenes. Students will perform scenes at the end of the week for family and friends.
They are running at the following locations:
- Wesley College St Kilda Campus, Melbourne
If you are thinking about going to NIDA or enjoy acting and drama, this course could be perfect for you.
Find out more and enrol here: https://www.open.nida.edu.au/course/OHNDS12
Scholarships & Competitions
Harding Miller Education Foundation Scholarship
Open/Closing Dates: July 22, 2019 – September 22, 2019
The Harding Miller Education Foundation Scholarship Program provides practical support to lift the educational and career aspirations of high potential Australian girls who are facing socio-economic hardship.
- Girl entering Year 9 in 2020
- Attends an Australian public school
- Australian citizen or permanent resident
- Demonstrates high academic potential
- Shows a motivation to achieve academically and professionally, including an intention to carry on to tertiary education
- Experiencing personal or socio-economic hardship
Find out more
Young Carer Bursary
Open/Closing Dates: July 23, 2019 – September 3, 2019
The Young Carer Bursary Program supports young carers to continue with their education. The program offers a limited number of bursaries of up to $3,000 each year. Young carers across Australia can apply from late July until early September.
To apply you must be a young carer:
- Young carers are people up to 25 years old who provide unpaid care and support to a family member or friend with a disability, a physical or mental illness, a substance dependency, or who is aged.
- aged 12 – 25 years old for the entire time you’re receiving the bursary
- studying at high school level or beyond, up to and including your first undergraduate degree*
- an Australian citizen or permanent resident
- not receiving another scholarship
*Undergraduate degrees include: advanced diplomas, bachelor degrees, bachelor degree with honours and associate degrees.
Find out more
Indigenous Time at Sea Scholarships (ITSS)
Value: $1559.85 per fortnight
Open/Closing Dates: August 14, 2019 – September 10, 2019
The Indigenous Time at Sea Scholarship is an initiative of the Marine National Facility (MNF) under the CSIRO Indigenous Engagement Strategy which seeks to significantly increase Indigenous employment and engagement nationally within CSIRO. Through this strategy, CSIRO aims to enhance the educational, employment, training and career development opportunities for people of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent.
Funded by the Australian Government, owned and operated by CSIRO under direction of an independent Steering Committee, the MNF provides a blue-water research capability to the Australian scientific community and their international collaborators. This capability includes the research vessel Investigator. An opportunity exists for two university students to undertake a work placement with the MNF on board the RV Investigator for a research voyage from Darwin to Fremantle as part of the science contingent and MNF technical services team.
The voyage will provide the opportunity to gain a unique experience on Australia’s only blue water research vessel to facilitate skill development and networking, while gaining exposure to methods and techniques applicable to careers in marine science and the maritime industry more broadly.
Indigenous Time at Sea Scholarships are open to students who are:
- enrolled in full-time study in an undergraduate or postgraduate degree course in a STEM discipline (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) at an Australian university;
- of Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent; and
- be able to pass a seagoing medical, attend pre-voyage meetings and complete additional pre-departure materials.
Find out more
2020 Glover Prize
The John Glover Art Prize (Glover Prize) is an award for a landscape painting of Tasmania awarded by The John Glover Society Inc. Entry is open to local, interstate and international artists.
The winner receives $50,000 plus a bronze maquette of colonial artist John Glover (1767– 1849) by Peter Corlett valued at $5,000.
Entries are open until Friday 24 January.
Find out more and enter here: https://www.johnglover.com.au
The Nature Conservancy’s 2019 Photo Contest
The Nature Conservancy Australia’s photo competition is now open for entries. It aims to promote conservation and environmental awareness all throughout the world.
There are up to $20,000 worth in prizes to be won. Simply share your photographs from any of the following categories to enter:
- Cities and Nature: Connecting with nature where we live
- Landscape: A sense of place, with or without people
- People and Nature: Recreation, adventure, people enjoying the outdoors
- Water: Above, below, or in between
- Wildlife: In the wild or in our backyard
Entries are open until Saturday 31 August.
Find out more and enter here: https://www.natureaustralia.org.au/get-involved/how-to-help/photo-contest/
Ace your applications
It’s that time of year, when regardless of your next move after high school, you’ll be needing to start applications.
Applications to uni, TAFE, applying for jobs, scholarships, bursaries, or even applying for gap year projects or visas to travel overseas.
Here’s our top tips on putting together a great application, that’ll get you noticed for all the right reasons.
Find out how to apply
If you’re applying directly to a uni or TAFE, check their “how to apply” pages and make sure you know the process, and what you’ll need to complete your application. Not all institutions will take direct applications though, and you might need to apply through a TAC.
Read about the application process for applying through Tertiary Admissions Centres (TACs). QTAC in Queensland, UAC in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory, UTAS in Tasmania, VTAC in Victoria, SATAC in South Australia and the Northern Territory and TISC in Western Australia.
If you’re applying for work, make sure you read what the employer wants in the application and how to submit it.
Know the key dates – if you submit applications late (after they have closed), you may not be considered and miss out.
Meet the requirements
Most importantly, if there are any eligibility criteria, make sure you read them and that you can tick off each one. If you submit an application but don’t meet the entry requirements, then you’re not going to be successful.
Usually this means you’re the legal age, your residency status is suitable, you have basic skills such as language, literacy and numeracy that meet a required level.
For Uni and TAFE courses, you may need a minimum ATAR / OP, to have studied particular subjects and/or modules, have specific skills.
For scholarships etc. you may need to be a certain gender, have been accepted to study at a specific institution or to do a particular subject. You might need to prove your indigenous, financial, disability, special consideration, rural or other status.
For some jobs, you might need previous qualifications or skills, (and be able to prove them).
Once you know how to apply, when you need to apply by, and that you’re eligible. Spend some time getting together all the bits and bobs you’re going to need. This could include:
Do you need proof like a Medicare card, Centrelink number, birth certificate, change of name certification, proof of address such as driver’s license or passport?
If you have them, check they are valid and show the correct details. Otherwise you might have to get them updated before you can apply, or find alternative documentation.
Check if you’ll need to provide copies of documentation, how those can be accepted (scanned, email, hard copies, etc.), and check if they’ll need to be certified by a JP or someone else with the right authority.
For TAFE, apprenticeships, traineeships or other recognised training, you’ll probably need a USI.
If you’ll be getting paid by your trainer or employer, then you’re likely to need a tax file number (TFN), so make sure you’ve applied for one and you have the details handy.
Do you have the right proof of your exam results, academic, sporting, performing, leadership or community achievements at school, have you provided supporting letters of recommendation?
If not, try to get hold of all the documentation before you start your application. Your school should be able to help you out.
It’s easy to tell someone you’ve got tonnes of skills and experience, but you’ll need to be able to support those claims. Even better if you can do it (briefly) in your application, rather than waiting until the interview.
Use examples (short and relevant), of your skills. E.g. “I’ve developed great team working skills through captaining the school soccer team”.
Make sure you’ve got great references. This is important if you’re applying for jobs particularly. Potential employers will be happy to see you’re reliable, got relevant experience, or are well regarded by other professionals.
For more tips on how to write a professional resume, this blog could help It’s all about the resume. Or have a look at our Super Simple Resume Builder and other resources
If your application requires a portfolio, video or some other form of media, make sure you have all your best work ready to go. Well-presented and looking it’s best, edited to perfection with great content.
Take your time
If you don’t spend much time on you application(s), chances are it will show in the end product. Which could mean that you go to the bottom of the pile.
Make sure you provide everything that’s required to complete to application – this could be a copy of your resume and a covering letter, a completed application form, and any supporting evidence required.
Fill in all the details correctly.
Personalise your application. If you send off a generic application or cover letter, you might not make the best impression that you can. Make the time to address why you think you’d be the best fit for the course or job. Adjust the information you provide to highlight the skills and qualifications you’ve got that best the meet the requirements.
In general, it’s best to keep applications short and relevant. There might be loads of other applications submitted and if yours is brilliant, but really long – it might not get the attention it deserves.
Try and make your personality shine through. Yeah sure you have all the right qualifications and skills, and you meet any other criteria, but so might dozens more applicants. If you can tailor your applications and allow the reader to get a glimpse of you, it could ensure that you get through to the next stage.
Finally, check your work. Check it once, twice is better, three times even. Ask a friend or family member to have a read before you submit and ask them to be brutally honest about any changes you need to make, mistakes you’ve made or information that’s missing.
After all your hard work, don’t forget to do the final stages – press the send or submit button, get it in the post (or to the courier if the deadline’s approaching or it’s a portfolio of all your original work).
Civil Engineers and Drafts people help create the spaces where people live, move, and work. They design, build, operate and maintain all sorts of structures, including roads, ports, railways, mines, dams, structures and more.
What type of person would this job suit?
- You need to be creative, with an eye for design and strong attention to detail
- Strong maths skills, and a love of making things line up
- You should be self-reliant, and able to manage multiple projects at once
- Good organisational habits
- Ability to work well in a team, as engineering projects are always team-based
Industries where you find civil engineers:
- Public Safety
- Environmental Science
If you’ve got a passion for any of these industries and you think you’ve got the necessary attributes, then you have some choices.
You can choose to head to university and gain a degree, which will make you competitive for the Professional roles. There are also lots of cadetships and paid internships on offer for engineering students, which could help pay for your degree and provide a salary plus work experience.
Study Civil Engineering at UNSW and graduate with honours (GE rank for 2020: 93)
The 3 + 2 Engineering Pathway from UWA is a good example of a comprehensive course that would give you all the qualifications you need (and then some).
Alternatively, you can start out at TAFE and gain a Cert III or IV, then work and gain experience before deciding if you want to go to uni later on.
The Cert III in Manufacturing Technology from TAFE Queensland is a good example of an introductory course that could get you started. You can even study online.
Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians
Most jobs require a Cert III or IV
Draftspersons and Technicians assist Civil Engineers by preparing sketches, taking samples, assisting on site, estimating material costs, inspecting works and organising construction.
You will usually be working alongside and possibly under the supervision of a degree qualified engineer.
You could expect to earn over $80,000 per year at this level (but we’ve seen jobs offering well over $100,000 for experienced drafters)
Mechanical Engineer or Draftsperson in Toowoomba
Draftsperson in Ingleburn
CAD Drafter in Adelaide
Civil Engineering Professionals
Minimum requirement: Bachelor Degree
You could be responsible for preparing a site for a build, including taking rock and soil samples, determining safe loads and adjusting design to suit conditions, or you could design structures from bridges to shopping centres, airports to schools, to make sure they can stand up to the elements and remain safe for everyone.
At this level you could expect to earn over $100,000 per year.
Structural Engineer in Canberra
Civil Construction Engineer in South West Victoria
Civil Engineer in Dalby, Queensland
Growth in this industry is strong and expected to remain so.
Carole Marcianti and Karen Riding
The Careers Team