Year 11 and 12
Year 11 and 12s should attend as many Open Days at Universities as possible to gain an understanding of their chosen courses. Please see compass for Open Day information.
Subject Selection for Year 11 into Year 12 for next year is scheduled on Friday 26 July, 2019. Students must consider subjects that they are interested in and are required (prerequisities) for university or TAFE.
The Year 10s completed Work Experience from Monday 24 June to Friday 28 June, 2019. The students went to a variety of places including CSIRO, PWC, 3AW, Ringwood Magistrates Court, Deakin University and the Epworth Hospital. Students were visited by teachers and the students gained a better understanding of the workplace.
Three Year 10 students during Work Experience Week
Year 10s should attend as many Open Days at Universities as possible to gain valuable information about courses and to get an understanding of the campuses and how to access them.
In Term 1, DET introduced a Career Program for all Year 9 students which is being rolled out across Victoria. The program includes a student career test and a 30 minute interview with a consultant to discuss the results of their career test.
Student interviews will finalised early in Term 3. Parents are very welcome to come to the interview with the Consultant and your child.
22 September 2019, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Dookie Campus, University of Melbourne
Dookie Day showcases the University’s teaching, industry engagement, research and capabilities.
Visitors are able to discover the University’s agricultural and veterinary science courses, meet students and watch presentations, see new developments in agricultural research and technology and listen to seminars presented by scientific experts.
Find out more: https://events.unimelb.edu.au/events/12707-dookie-day
Deakin – Step On Campus
Students can find out more about university life, study areas and gain a feel for the campus from your tour guide, a current Deakin student.
Note: the website has the Term 1 dates, these dates are for Term 3 Holidays 2019.
24 September, 10am and 12pm Waterfront
24 September, 10am and 12pm Warrnambool
25 September, 10am and 12pm Burwood
26 September, 10am and 12pm Waurn Ponds
Find out more: https://www.deakin.edu.au/about-deakin/events/step-on-campus
Cabin Crew Career Session, Melbourne
25 July 2019, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Qantas Flight Training Centre, York Street, Airport West
Aviation Australia’s Cabin Crew Career Information Sessions offer you the chance to learn about our world-class training, see the flight safety training facilities and learn from industry experts on what options are available for you to start your career as a flight attendant.
Find out more: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/melbourne-cabin-crew-career-session-tickets-63925216042
William Angliss Institute | Open Day, Melbourne
3 August 2019, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
William Angliss Institute
If you’re considering an exciting career in foods, tourism, hospitality or events, be sure to visit William Angliss Institute at their annual Melbourne open day.
Open Day is your chance to speak to staff and students to find out more about studying at William Angliss Institute.
Find out more: https://www.angliss.edu.au/study-with-us/meet-us/OpenDay/
AIE | Information Evening, Melbourne
19 September 2019, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE)
Discover the courses designed to get you started in game development, 3D animation and visual effects at the AIE Information Evening.
The evening will include presentations on different areas of industry to get into as well as information about AIE full-time and part-time courses and entry requirements. Student work will be on display and our teachers will be available to speak with you one on one about our courses and how AIE can get you into a creative career.
Find out more: https://aie.edu.au/aie_event/information-evening/
5 Tips to get the most out of your time at Open Days
Open Days are heaps of fun and, apart from getting there, they’re free.
So while it’s not a bad way to spend a day out of your weekend, you might as well do yourself a favour and really milk the experience.
Read the tips here - https://studyworkgrow.com.au/2019/07/16/5-tips-to-get-the-most-out-of-your-time-at-open-days/
Tertiary Admission Centres | Application Open Dates 2019
If you’re wanting to apply for Uni starting in 2020, you might need to apply through a Tertiary Admission Centre (TAC), and you should start the process soon.
What is a TAC?
TACs are centralised processing institutions, set up to handle the large number of Uni applications each year. They’ll deal with your application and be the ones to let you know of any offers (unless you’re applying directly to the Uni).
If you’re applying for Uni, you’ll need an ATAR or OP ranking number. You’ll be notified of your ATAR result by the relevant TAC for your state.
Lots of Universities encourage applications through the TACs. As you can imagine it’s a whole lot easier for the Uni as they don’t have to wade through all the applications, process them and respond.
For some Universities you can only apply through the relevant TAC. Other Universities will allow you to apply directly to them, or accept either method of application.
Applying through a TAC is a good idea if you plan on applying to more than one University and for more than one course. That way you can just fill in one form, you can often apply for scholarships or access schemes in the same application as well.
If you’re applying for Universities in different states though, you will have to apply through different TACs.
It will cost you
TACs charge an application fee, to cover their administration costs. These vary between each organisation.
Most of them offer an “early-bird” fee, so getting an application in early could save you time and stress.
If you still want to apply to Uni but don’t decide in time for the early-bird fee. Don’t worry, you can still apply. But the charges usually increase, some quite substantially.
Where to apply
- If you’d like to study at a Victorian University, you’ll have to lodge an application with VTAC. Applications will be open from 9am on Monday 5 August 2019.
Stay tuned, we’ll be publishing lots more information about University applications, how to apply, key dates, fees and more, over the next few weeks and months.
Are you Looking for a Career in Biomedical Research?
Wednesday 4 September or Tuesday 10 September
University of Melbourne, Parkville
Attend the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research Student Open Day to discover the benefits we offer our students.
Student open days are for prospective honours, masters and PhD students who are interested in biomedical research training.
- Discuss projects with our scientists
- Talk to our current students
- Tour our state-of-the-art laboratories
- Learn about career paths open to our graduates
- Find out about scholarships and how to apply
There are two dates available; students should plan to attend only one Student Open Day. Attendees under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Find out more: https://events.unimelb.edu.au/events/12899-are-you-looking-for-a-career-in-biomedical-research
EnGenius 2019 – RMIT
23 October 2019, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), Convention Centre Place, South Wharf VIC, Australia
EnGenius showcases RMIT University School of Engineering undergraduate students’ final year projects, each providing an innovative design solution to a real-world problem.
When visiting the expo, you’ll get a taste of our students’ dynamic ideas and can learn more about STEM and its impact on economic, social and environmental issues.
The Executive Dean of the School of Engineering, Distinguished Professor Adrian Mouritz said RMIT was proud to produce young engineers who were creating design solutions for real-life challenges.
This event is free and open to everyone.
Find out more: https://www.rmit.edu.au/events/all-events/exhibitions/2019/october/engenius-2019
The Resilience Project Public Talk – Melbourne
19 August 2019, 7:00 pm - 19 August 2019, 9:00 pm
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC)
The Resilience Project delivers emotionally engaging programs to schools, sports clubs and businesses, providing practical, evidence-based, positive mental health strategies to build resilience and happiness.
The Resilience Project public talks are a great way to make our program available to the general public. This gives everyone a chance to learn about positive mental health strategies, or if you’ve seen us before, a chance to revisit some of these skills.
Find out more: https://theresilienceproject.com.au/public-talks/
Scholarships & Competitions
Larsen Jewellery Design Scholarship Program
Open/Closing Dates: 05/04/2019 – 30/11/2019
Value: $3,000 AUD
Larsen Jewellery recognises the need to support and educate young adults wishing to begin a career in jewellery, design or visual arts; or who wish to further their studies in a jewellery, design or visual arts related course.
The applicant must meet the following eligibility criteria to be considered for the scholarship:
- Applicant must display an interest and passion for jewellery, design or visual arts.
Find out more
Global Mobility Immigration Lawyers Scholarship
Open/Closing Dates: 01/01/2019 – 01/10/2019
Value: $1,000 AUD
The Global Mobility Immigration Lawyers Scholarship is an annual initiative, open to all students enrolled in a course of secondary, tertiary or post-graduate practical education/training. The scholarship has been established with a view to getting students contributing to public debate on important issues affecting our community.
Students must be enrolled in a course of secondary, tertiary or post-graduate study.
Find out more
VTAC December offers for VCE and QCE students
If you’re currently studying Year 12 in Victoria or Queensland, and applying for courses through VTAC for 2020, you’ll now be eligible to receive a course offer in December, just after your ATAR comes out. You’ll still be eligible in the existing offer rounds in January and February as well, but an extra December round provides you with the additional chance to receive a course offer.
Students from every other state will have places reserved in the January offer rounds so they won’t be disadvantaged, you’ll just have to wait a bit longer.
5 August – applications open
12 December – ATAR and VCE results released
14 December – change of preference closed for VCE and QCE students
18 December – offers released (and change of preferences open again)
20 December – change of preferences closes for 2019 (you’ll still have more chances to get offers and change preferences in 2020)
Find out more – vtac.edu.au/files/pdf/publications/fact_sheets/December_offers.pdf
How to research any university in the world
When it comes to your future path, the university you choose is as important, if not more important, than the course you choose. Uni choice can determine where you live, the facilities you use, who you learn from and the style of education. Here’s some tips on how to research unis beyond going to an open day.
Read the article – www.crimsoneducation.org/au/blog/how-to-research-any-university-in-the-world
Out From The Mist Photography Competition
This competition is open to all photographers and is based on your experience of mental health, and will be broadly grouped around the following four perspectives:
- Lived Experience
This competition hopes to capture the breadth of that diversity, from the experiences of pain and suffering, caring and empathy for loved ones, through to the elation of conquering obstacles.
Entries are open until Sunday 15 September.
Find out more and enter here.
The Graphic Design School Weekly Design Exercises
The Graphic Design School is offering a series of free online design exercises. They aim to improve your skill and knowledge of graphic design concepts and software.
You can upload your finished works and view others for inspiration.
View the full list of available exercises here.
National Science Week 2019
National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology. This year it will run from Saturday 10 to Sunday 18 August.
Science Week is designed for everyone – it’s definitely not restricted to schools and universities – with events and activities and talks and shows for every age group.
It provides an opportunity to acknowledge the contributions of Australian scientists’ to the world of knowledge. It also aims to encourage an interest in science pursuits among the general public, and to encourage younger people to become fascinated by the world we live in.
You can search for exciting events happening near you on the National Science Week website here.
15 August 2019, 7:30 pm - 8:30 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 Well being, our support system & where you will stay
- Money Matters, including available discounts & scholarships
- Deadlines & how to apply
- Why choose Student Exchange?
Find out more:
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AFS Online Information Session
31 July 2019, 5:00 pm
AFS Intercultural Programs
AFS is a leading study abroad program for secondary school students, supported and facilitated by trained staff and volunteers. AFS programs help young people learn about a world beyond their own communities—and become comfortable interacting with people from other countries and cultures.
It’s time to find out more about AFS, why you should go abroad on an exchange, how to become a host family to an exchange student, and how you can get involved as an AFS Volunteer!
Find out more: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/bd930f1bb87743e0d746f627e8486654
YFU Student Exchange Info Session
15 August 2019, 6:00
Youth For Understanding (YFU) Student Exchange is an independent, non-profit, non-sectarian, volunteer-based organisation dedicated not just to international exchange for young people, but through them, the interchange and sharing of ideas, attitudes and mutual respect.
Join YFU’s information sessions and they will help you to plan your intercultural exchange to have the time of your life!
Find out more: http://www.yfu.com.au/connect/infosessions/
Lattitude Global Volunteering | Gap Year 2020
If you’re considering taking a gap year next year, there are so many options out there, it can really blow your mind.
Lattitude are a not-for-profit organisation, they’ve been in the business for 45 years and support around 1,000 young people annually to fulfil their gap year dreams.
If you’re not sure you just want to take a year off and do nothing, a Lattitude experience could see you travel, experience new things, meet new people, learn new skills, and gain confidence. It’ll also look good on your resume.
They have placements options in 13 countries, you can choose to go for 6 weeks or 12 months (and anywhere in between). Trips depart throughout the year too, so you’re bound to find a volunteer program that will suit you.
If you’re interested then here’s what do next:
Head over to the website and read about the company and the placements they have to offer.
Then, if you’d like to find out more or go ahead and book, you’ll need to:
- Apply online – this is not a commitment, just an enquiry
- Speak with the Lattitude Staff – to find out which trip will suit you best
- Get matched with a country and program that will suit you
- Program Confirmation – get the details to read over
- Preparation – time to start organising
- December meet & greet, finalise plans
- Start your adventure.
Applications for 2020 are open now, so you might want to decide if this is for you sooner rather than later, before places get booked out
CAREERS AND JOBS
Air Traffic Controller (ATC)
What do they do?
Responsible for keeping aircrafts, flight crews, and airline passengers safe, Air Traffic Controllers work from control towers, approach control facilities, or route centres.
They instruct aircraft when to safely take off or land. Coordinate air traffic patterns to maintain safe distances from other aircraft. Monitor all aircraft to ensure they are in the right place at the right time, problem free. They are authorised to change flight paths if necessary.
Incredibly focused and able to concentrate for long periods? A quick thinker and great team player? Looking for a career that could take you anywhere in the world? Then consider a career in air traffic control.
- Issue landing and take-off instructions to pilots
- Monitor and direct the movement of aircraft on the ground and in the air, using radar, computers, or visual references
- Organise flight plans and traffic management plans
- Control all ground traffic at airports, including baggage vehicles and airport workers
- Communications with pilots, airport staff, and other agencies, as required
- Provide information to pilots, such as weather updates, runway closures, and flight path changes or directions to emergency landing fields for pilots traveling in bad weather or in emergency situations
- Alert airport response staff, in the event of an aircraft emergency
- Maintain accurate records and reports
- Excellent decision maker
- Good spatial awareness and strong mathematical skills
- Work well under pressure
- Exceptional computer skills
- Confident, highly responsible and motivated
- Fluent English speaker
- Excellent communication skills
- Good forward planning but adaptable to changing situations
- Willing to do shift work 24/7, 365 days of the year
You’ll need to be an Australian Citizen and aged 18+ and successfully complete training through Airservices Australia or the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).
You must also pass an aviation medical and meet security clearance requirements.
To be eligible for the Airservices course, you need to have completed (within the past 10 years) either: year 12 certificate, a degree or diploma from a recognised Australian tertiary institution, or have obtained a current commercial or private pilot licence
To become an air traffic controller (mission controller) with the RAAF requires entry into the Royal Australian Air Force as an officer and completion of air force training courses in air traffic control. To successfully apply, you’ll need a Year 12 certificate with appropriate subjects, or complete a university degree at ADFA whilst undertaking military and leadership training.
Average salary $133,016 per year (Source: Joboutlook.gov.au)
$74,001 per annum, immediately after successful training with ADF (Source: www.defencejobs.gov.au)
Job growth in this area is moderate (source: Joboutlook.gov.au
Carole Marcianti and Karen Riding
The Careers Team