It’s hard to believe that we are almost half way through the year. While I am sure you are looking forward to a well-earned break over the holidays, most of you will also be starting to think about the year ahead. Whether you are planning a break from study or intending to go straight into further study or training it a good time to start looking at your options.
Applications for TAFE and University courses through VTAC open on the 6th of August. You will have until the 27th September to register and enter your course preferences. Please remember that this is just your draft application which can be changed after you receive your VCE results in December, during the change of preference period. (Provided you have met course pre-requisites and any extra requirements).
It is hoped that most VCE and some VCAL students will put in an application for at least one tertiary course. Making an application does not oblige you to go ahead and enrol if you are offered a place; but it does give you an option to take up if you choose to, at the beginning of next year. This will allow you to keep your options for next year open.
To assist you there will be an assembly in August to go over how to make an application through VTAC, there will also be lunchtime and PaCa sessions with careers staff to help you register and apply. There will be a session on how to apply for SEAS through VTAC for those students who would like to apply for consideration due to disadvantage and an overview of how to apply for scholarships through VTAC as well.
Next term, Universities and TAFE Colleges will be starting to hold their Open Days. This is an opportunity for you to visit the campus, talk to staff and current students, attend faculty information sessions and gather information and resources on courses, accommodation and support services. A link to a list of Open Days is provided on the next page of this newsletter. There are also opportunities to attend Experience Days at some universities during the school holidays. Students can sign up for selected workshops and have a taste of what university life is like. See the Careers Update section for further details.
Padua College is also holding our annual Education, Careers and Training Expo (ECaT) on Thursday 2nd August. This is an opportunity for Year 12 students to talk to tertiary representatives and employment groups about course options and pathways for the year ahead. Representatives will be available in the Paul Girolami Stadium from 5-7pm.
There will be a VTAC, SEAS and Scholarship information session for Year 12 Students on Thursday 2nd August at 9:00am in the Ursula Frayne Centre. (During flexi-time periods 1 and 2).
Please feel free to call into the Careers Office at any time for further information or resources.
Have a happy and safe holiday break. Until next time…
The Padua Careers Team