Years 11 & 12
We would like to wish all of our Year 12’s the best of luck for the VCE Exams. All institutes will be available to assist with Change of Preference for University and TAFE courses for 2020 from 12th to 14th December, 2019. The Careers Office will be available to assist with Change of Preference.
Year 11 Careers Interviews will continue during Term 4. Check compass schedule for interview time.
Compulsory VET Information Sessions are being held for IMVC 1st Year VET students. Please check dates on the Provisional Expression of Interest VET letter sent out at the end of Term 3. Box Hill Direct 1st year students will be notified of Information Sessions as soon as possible.
Melbourne Polytechnic | Early Childhood Education Information Session
29 October 2019, 10:00 am
Melbourne Polytechnic, Preston Campus
Now’s the time to register for our information and enrolment sessions. We give you an in-depth look at your chosen area of study and a tour of our department facilities.
Find out about the following courses:
- Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
- Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
Find out more: https://www.melbournepolytechnic.edu.au/information-enrolment-sessions/session/earlychildhood-29oct2019
Harvard Law School | International Students at HLS Webinar
30 October 2019, 3:00 am - 4:00 am
International students are an integral part of the HLS community, and each year we welcome students from across the globe to campus. Current international students will share their reflections on their transition to law school and provide insight on the differences of studying in the United States.
Find out more: https://jdadmissions.law.harvard.edu/register/InternationalStudentsatHLS-2019
Student Exchange Australia New Zealand | Online Information Session
30 October 2019, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
The LIVE Online Info Session is conducted by a senior member of our staff using a service which allows us to meet online or over the telephone. You will be able to meet our representative over a video internet connection, ask any questions and watch a presentation.
Our LIVE online session will cover the following topics.
- Introduction to Student Exchange, the regulatory environment & benefits
- Program options, destinations & eligibility
- Safety and Wellbeing, our support system & where you will stay
- Money Matters, including available discounts & scholarships
- Deadlines & how to apply
- Why choose Student Exchange?
Find out more: https://studentexchange.org.au/info-sessions/live-online/
Deakin | Accelerate Information Evening, Online Webinar
12 November 2019, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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.
Find out more: https://www.deakin.edu.au/about-deakin/events/accelerate-information-evening
RMIT | Experience Surveying Day
29 October 2019, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Argyle Square, Carlton
If you are interested in a career as a land surveyor, this practical one hour event hosted by RMIT University provides a fantastic opportunity for you to do practical surveying activities with the help of fully qualified Surveyors.
You will see all the current surveying equipment used in the industry including a digital level, total station, GPS and laser scanner. You’ll get the opportunity to do a practical activity measuring distance and use professional surveying tools to check your measurement.
Events are held each month at Argyle Square and are designed for Year 10 -12 secondary students and school leavers that are interested in mathematics and IT or those considering a career change to the industry.
You’ll also get the chance to meet with staff who teach surveying at RMIT, and ask any questions you have about a future career in land surveying as well as the study options available at RMIT.
Find out more: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/experience-surveying-day-tickets-73516986285
Print Workshop at Australian Print Workshop
23 November 2019, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Australian Print Workshop Inc., Fitzroy
This workshop offers the opportunity to explore two simple and highly effective printmaking techniques. Use drawings or photographs as guides to draw, scratch and incise directly into plates to create images with texture and tone. Construct spontaneous and colourful monotypes, merging painting and printmaking, to create beautiful one-of-a-kind prints. Instruction is by one of APW’s highly skilled printers.
Find out more:
Work Experience at the Royal Melbourne Hospital
If you are interested in a career in health, medicine or nursing, the Royal Melbourne Hospital offers work experience for students in year 10, 11 and 12.
They have placements available in all different areas, including Neurology, Immunology, Pathology, People & Culture, Allied Health and more.
Applications for 2020 placements will be open from Monday 4 November, for one week only.
Find out more here: https://www.thermh.org.au/health-professionals/careers/work-experience
Scholarships & Competitions
ACU Gill Family Scholarship
Open/Closing Dates: September 9, 2019 – March 9, 2020
Established in 2014, the Gill Family Scholarship is intended to financially assist students from low socio-economic backgrounds to undertake a Nursing or Midwifery course.
This scholarship is open to applicants who meet all of the following criteria:
- Citizenship: domestic students
- Campus: Melbourne or Ballarat
- Course: enrolled in a Nursing or Midwifery degree
Find out more
ACU Law – Equity Scholarship
Open/Closing Dates: September 9, 2019 – March 9, 2020
Established in 2012, the ACU Law – Equity Scholarship is intended to assist students from low socio-economic backgrounds.
This scholarship is open to applicants who meet all of the following criteria:
- Citizenship: Domestic students
- Faculty: Law
- Course: Any ACU Law degree
- Campus: Any
- Year level: First year
- Not a previous recipient of this scholarship.
Find out more
National Summer Art Scholarship
Value: Development program
Open/Closing Dates: September 1, 2019 – October 28, 2019
The National Summer Art Scholarship is a week-long intensive bringing sixteen young people from across Australia to the National Gallery of Australia. If you are in year 11 in 2019 and passionate about art, you can enjoy a week of creative workshops and experiences this Summer.
To apply for the National Summer Art Scholarship, you must:
- Have permission from a parent/guardian
- Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
- Be in Year 11 in 2019
- Be passionate about art
- Be comfortable meeting and working with new people
- Advocate for young people, proudly promoting a youth audience at the NGA by remaining respectful and engaged
Find out more
VU George Alexander Foundation Leadership Scholarship
Value: $7,500 per year
Open/Closing Dates: August 12, 2019 – February 7, 2020
Each year, five George Alexander Foundation scholarships are offered to encourage study in an undergraduate course that potentially leads to a community-focused career. The scholarship supports young people with academic ability, leadership potential and a commitment to their community to achieve their full academic and leadership potential.
Eligible applicants must satisfy all of the following criteria. They are:
- students commencing their first undergraduate degree program at Victoria University
- year 12 school leavers and students who are returning to study aged between 18 – 25 years old
- applicants who have been accepted into a full time undergraduate academic program and who will be commencing their studies in Semester 1 of 2020
- applicants who have attained a minimum ATAR score of 80
- applicants who complete the scholarship application in full and lodge it by the advertised closing date with the specified University office
- Australian citizens or have permanent residence status.
Find out more
La Trobe Computer Science and Information Technology Scholarship for Excellence
Open/Closing Dates: August 1, 2019 – January 31, 2020
This scholarship is available to students with an outstanding academic record, who enrols full-time in any undergraduate degree within the Department of Computer Science and Information Technology.
To be eligible to apply for this scholarship, applicants must:
- Have an outstanding academic record
- Be intending to enrol full-time in any undergraduate degree within the Department of Computer Science and Information Technology in 2019.
Find out more
Summer Jobs Prep Time
The start of Term 4 means it’s not long until the summer break.
Are you thinking about getting a summer job? If you are, now’s the perfect time to start getting organised.
Ways to prepare
- Create or update your resume
- Work out how much time you’ll have available to work
- Plan how you’ll be able to get to and from work
- Read up on your rights and responsibilities
- Find out what you’ll need (e.g. Tax file number and super account)
- Start looking out for jobs near you
- Read up about how to write great cover letters to go with your resume or application
- Start practising how to answer interview questions with friends or family members
Don’t worry if you’re not sure where to start, we’ll be writing more posts over the next few weeks with details about how to go about each of the items above.
Benefits of summer jobs
You might be hoping to spend the entire summer holidays vegging out and relaxing, and that’s perfectly understandable.
But if you are thinking about getting job, here’s our top reasons to go ahead and take the plunge.
- The most obvious is that you’ll be earning money – you’ll have some fun money to spend, or you could start saving up a big ticket item, travel, or uni.
- You’ll learn new skills
- Build up your resume
- Meet new people
- Sample different jobs and industries
- Boost your confidence
Remember, you don’t have to work full time – a part time job could help you achieve all the benefits and still leave you with lots of free time to enjoy the summer.
Resume readiness for summer job applications
Before you start applying for jobs, it’s a good idea to make sure that you have a resume ready to go and that it’s up to date and looking schmick.
Updating your resume
If you already have a resume, but you haven’t looked at it since you applied for a summer job last year – it could be due for a refresh.
- Check your contact and personal details are correct
- Add in any recent jobs you’ve not listed (including voluntary and community work)
- Revise your skills, awards, achievements and hobbies if necessary
You might like to review your skills and attributes section, the better you make it – the more likely you are to stand out.
Don’t forget that if you’re applying for a particular job, it’s a good idea to edit your CV to reflect what the employer is looking for. Never make things up, but it’s amazing how a little re-wording could make you more appealing as a prospective employee.
Creating a resume
Don’t have a resume and you’ll be applying for your first job, no problem, you’ve got some time to prepare one.
- Your name, age and contact details
- Your education details, including the names of your schools and a list of subjects you’ve studied
- Any jobs you’ve had, including volunteer work and work experience
- A list of your skills
- Any awards or achievements
- Your hobbies and interests
Keep it brief, simple, honest and easy to read.
These blogs “It’s all about the resume” and “Create your resume” have a few more tips and ideas.
Tailor the details
Your resume and cover letter will determine whether you get an interview or not, so you’ve got to make them relevant and stand out.
If you’re just planning on going around to businesses handing over your resume, keep it short and sweet.
Applying for specific jobs, you’ll need to address skills or qualities listed in the advert.
If you really don’t think you have many of the skills or experience they’re looking for, but you’re still keen on the job – say that in the cover letter. Tell them you’re really keen to learn, it could make a difference.
Looking for a Summer Job?
Thinking about earning a bit of extra cash over the Summer holidays, but don’t know where to look for a job?
Student Services Australia has put together a great database called Summer Jobs, containing a huge list of Christmas casual jobs from all around Australia.
Simply put in your suburb and find the jobs closest to you.
You can check it out here: https://summerjobs.com.au/
Information Management & Information Technology Traineeships with ASIO
The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) is currently seeking applications from graduating year 12 students for Information Management (IM) and Information Technology (IT) Traineeships at their office in Canberra.
If you are interested in IT, computers or security, this could be a great starting point for your career. You will learn about several areas of IT and IM within ASIO, as well as earning a Certificate IV in your field.
Even if you live outside of Canberra, people willing to relocate can get an assistance package to help with the costs.
Find out more here: https://www.asio.gov.au/im-it-trainee.html
Australian Border Force Careers
If you’re interested in a career that could be different every day, is challenging and rewarding, you could consider becoming a Border Control Officer.
You could be patrolling Australia’s air and seaports, remote locations, mail and cargo centres and Australia’s extended maritime domain. Officers also perform specialist functions relating to investigation, compliance and immigration detention operations.
- be an Australian Citizen
- be aged 18 or older
- have Government security clearance (and maintain it)
- pass ABF physical fitness standards (and maintain them)
You’ll then have to apply for the Border Force Officer Recruit Training Program (BFORT) where you’ll be required to:
- complete Operational Safety Training, carry and use personal defence equipment, including a firearm, if required
- have completed a Year 12 education, or Year 10 with a trade certificate or Year 10 with a Cert IV and/or equivalent
Ensure you meet other entry requirements such as wearing a uniform, agree to be deployed at short notice, etc.
You can read all about what it takes to join the Australian Border Force (ABF) on their official website.
Applications for the Border Force Officer Recruit Training Program are currently closed. The next annual recruitment process is likely to be advertised in January 2020. You’ll need to check here for updated information.
TAFE and VET funding options explained
If you’ve decided that TAFE or VET is the best option for you after leaving high school, but you’re confused about the fees or just worried about whether you can afford it. There are options for you to investigate.
You may have come across the term “subsidised training”. This means that either the Australian Government or a specific State Government has put money towards certain courses to reduce their costs for students.
You do need to meet some eligibility requirements to access subsidised training, which can vary from state to state. Take a look at the general requirements below:
- Australian or NZ Citizen
- Under 20, OR;
- If over 20, enrolling in a course with a higher-level qualification than any you have previously studied, OR;
- You are unemployed or a retrenched worker
Subsidised courses could mean either their fees are reduced so you’ll have to pay a smaller amount, or in some cases the courses may be completely free.
Not every course is subsidised, and those that are differ between states depending on the current level of funding from the government. Most states will have a list of subsidised courses that are decided based on whether those skills are currently in demand. This means that the list of subsidised courses can change from year to year.
You can use the following resource to find subsidised courses:
If you search for a course on the MySkills website, it will also tell you whether the course is subsidised or not.
VET Student Loans
VET Student Loans (VSLs) are another way to help with the costs of your course. To be eligible for a VSL, you will need to meet the following criteria:
- Enrolling in a Diploma or Advanced Diploma (foundation and certificate level studies are ineligible)
- Australian citizen or permanent resident
- Have finished year 12 or equivalent
- Have a Tax File Number (TFN)
- Have a USI
These loans work in a similar way to FEE-HELP loans for universities. The government will cover some or all of the cost of your course, which you don’t have to repay until you start earning a certain amount.
Only some courses are eligible for VSLs. Searching for a course on the MySkills website will tell you whether the course you’re interested in is eligible.
There is a limit to how much you can borrow under VSLs, called the “loan cap”. The loan cap amount is different depending on the course you study. Some providers may offer courses that cost more than the loan cap. In these cases, you will need to pay the difference between the course cost and the loan cap.
For example, you might want to study a Diploma of Business. The loan cap for this course in 2019 is $5,171. The place you want to study the course has a fee of $6,000. Therefore, you will need to pay the $829 difference directly to the course provider.
To apply for a VSL, you need to fill out an electronic Commonwealth Assistance Form for VET Student Loans (eCAF), and submit it before the course provider’s census date.
You can find more information on VET Student Loans, including on how to apply, here.
Some course providers will reduce the cost of your course if you meet certain criteria. These can be things such as:
- You receive Centrelink benefits
- You or your family has a low income
- You come from a rural or regional area
- You have experienced family or domestic violence
- You live in social or public housing
Whether or not you can receive a concession will depend on the course you are studying and the course provider. You are usually asked to provide relevant information upon enrolling, so that the course provider can automatically determine whether you are eligible for a concession.
Once you’ve decided on a course, contact the providers directly to find out if you’d be eligible for any concessions and how to go about applying.
Just like university study, there are plenty of scholarships available out there for VET as well. Take a look at our Scholarships Database to find some that might be right for you.
Many course providers also list any relevant scholarships on their website.
Don’t give up
If you’ve explored all the funding options and you’re still not sure if you’re eligible for any help, contact training providers directly. They could suggest other options that might suit you or offer you a payment plan that’s manageable.
Once you’ve got your funding sorted, it’s time to apply – find out the simple steps to applying in our blog.
The security industry in Australia generates around $4.5 billion of revenue providing jobs to over 170,000 employees (ASIAL).
What type of person would this job suit?
- You’ll need to be physically fit with good reflexes
- Possess exceptional emotional intelligence and self-control
- Be observant, able to remain alert and focused for long periods
- Be a quick and critical thinker who remains calm under pressure
- Have good communication skills – verbal, non-verbal and written, as well as other customer service skills
- Be able to remain objective and professional at all times
Other industries security workers might be employed:
- Law enforcement, defence and intelligence
- Law and corrections
- Travel and transport
- Events and entertainment
- Personal Protection
- Business and Retail
- Border control and Biosecurity
If a career working in security interests you, you’ll have lots of options about which career and industry in which you’d like to work. Plus, there’s a variety of pathways to get you there.
If you’ve completed Year 10 at high school and would like to enter the workplace as a security officer, the absolute minimum you’ll need is a Certificate II in Security Operations from a registered RTO. You may even be able to complete some of your training online.
You may also need to obtain a security license, the requirements vary between jobs, states and territories. So you’ll have to check if you will need one before you can apply.
If you’d like to go to University, there are plenty of degrees that could qualify you for roles within this industry. Completing a degree (especially if you get work experience through an internship or cadetship), could allow you to apply for more senior and professional roles once you graduate.
Completing a Bachelor of Public and Safety Security from Charles Sturt could pave the way for a career in policing, law enforcement, corrections, probation and parole, or juvenile and social justice.
The Bachelor of Security Studies from Macquarie is also designed to qualify you for a range of careers in security and intelligence, policymaking and criminal justice.
Certificate II & Security License
Protecting assets including property, equipment, personnel or money from damage, theft and other criminal or unsafe activities.
You could be working on-site, patrolling, monitoring alarm systems and surveillance equipment, or taking action to prevent and minimise danger or threats.
You could expect to earn over $50,000 per year but this could vary hugely depending on your skills, experience and employer.
Security Officer in Melbourne Western Suburbs
Security Guard / Crowd Controller in Sydney
Apprenticeship or traineeship
Install, set up, maintain and repair security systems in homes, businesses and public settings.
Technicians earn an average of $60,000 per year.
Security Service Technician in Syndal, VIC
Communications / Security Technician in Emerald, QLD
Works in centralised control rooms, monitoring and controlling a bank of screens linked to surveillance cameras placed in public places, buildings and places. Monitoring and reporting any unusual or illegal activity.
The average salary for this role is $63,000 per year.
Security Monitoring Officer in Brisbane, QLD
Control Room Operator in Sydney, NSW
Border Force Officer
Completed Year 12 / Year 10 with a trade certificate /Year 10 with a Cert IV and/or equivalent and then complete Border Force Officer Recruit Training Program (BFORT)
Manage the security of Australia’s borders, working at international airports, seaports or outposts along the coast. Preventing the illegal entry into Australia of people, animals and prohibited, quarantined or dutiable goods.
As a trainee or cadet you could expect to earn an average of $45,000 per year, as a graduate the average salary is $60,000 depending on specialisation and experience.
Border Force Supervising Officer ACT & NSW
Security Operations Manager
Diploma (e.g. of Security and Risk Management)
Oversee all aspects of an organisation’s security, with responsibility for the safety of staff, the organisation and its assets. With supervisory and advisory functions. Interviewing, hiring, training, managing, and evaluating security staff.
Reporting to upper management and working in conjunction with the organisational needs to plan and implement security and public safety measures for an organisation. Analyse and assess safety and security protocols and procedures, recommend and implement changes or improvements.
The average salary for this role is $100,000 per year.
Security Operations Manager in Melbourne CBD
Security Operations Manager in Brisbane, QLD
Growth in this industry is strong and expected to remain so.
Carole Marcianti and Karen Riding
The Careers Team