NO. 3ships and Traineeships
to help with your career exploration
A series of helpful career
factsheets can be downloaded from the ‘Get the Life You Love’ website at http://www.ncdw.com.au/index.php/Career-Factsheets.html.
Some of the factsheets available are:
stones to your future – getting started - one-page
resource providing a four-step process for making career decisions
- Making the big
decisions – choosing courses - useful tips on selecting a course
of study post-school
- Five steps for
getting your career started – provides similar information to Stepping
stones using a different format
- Maximise your
employment prospects while you study! – helpful
tips to prepare for employment while you complete your post-secondary
- Where do you
want to be in 5 years? – this worksheet takes you through a process
to visualise your future.
There are many more resources
on this site that you might find helpful when exploring your options for the
related to school subjects
An early step in career
exploration is to develop a list of job ideas. One way to begin this
process is to think about the school subjects you most enjoy. You can
then use a resource called the ‘Bullseye Posters’ to find jobs that are related
to these subjects. There are over 30 Bullseye Posters based on subjects
taught in secondary schools. Each poster clusters jobs into four levels
depending on the qualifications required. Access the Bullseye Posters
from the myfuture website at http://myfuture.edu.au/bullseyes.
You can also download a booklet, School subjects you like and what they can
lead to, that includes the Bullseye Posters, at https://docs.education.gov.au/documents/school-subjects-you-jobs-they-can-lead.
Course and Institution Updates
QCS Test special provision
Special provision is
available to students who are affected by a medical condition, an impairment or
exceptional circumstances that may act as a barrier to their access to the test
or to their demonstration of achievement in the test. Applications are
submitted to the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority by your
school. If you feel that you meet the above criteria, contact your school
guidance officer/counsellor. More information is available at https://www.qcaa.qld.edu.au/senior/qcs-test/special-provision.
a tertiary course anywhere in Australia
The following websites can
help you search for tertiary level courses at institutions (including public
universities, TAFE institutes and private institutions) throughout Australia.
- QILThttps://www.qilt.edu.au/ -
Users of the site can search for courses and institutions. They can
develop a short list of courses and institutions that interest them and do
Universities Guide http://www.gooduniversitiesguide.com.au/ - On
this site you can search for courses, institutions, careers and
scholarships. You can also compare these options through the
university ratings section on the site.
- myfuturehttp://www.myfuture.edu.au (Sign
in if this is the first time you have used this site) - This is
Australia’s career information service. Queensland residents have
free access to this site. Information about occupations, courses,
career decision-making, job seeking skills and much more is available on
This site has links to Queensland institutions and specific links
for International students.
Careers in Commerce
- This is a mini-conference for Year 11 and 12 students. It will
introduce students to a range of careers available for commerce and business
graduates in accounting, economics, business law, finance and financial
planning. The event will be held on Friday 15 July 2016 at the Nathan
campus. Talk to your business teacher or guidance officer/counsellor if
you would like to attend this day as registrations are made through your
school. Details at https://www.griffith.edu.au/business-government/griffith-business-school/high-school-community-programs/careers-in-commerce.
– This is a two-stage program. Stage one, ‘A Taste of Engineering’, is
offered in Semester 2 to selected Year 11 students interested in an engineering
career. Students learn about what engineers do. Students who
successfully complete Stage one and meet the admissions criteria are eligible
to proceed to Stage two in Semester 1 of Year 12. During this stage,
students will attend lectures and complete the end of program examination.
(click on ‘Griffith Eng’) for details. Applications open on Monday 18
April and close on Friday 29 July 2016.
Administration Training (MAT)
MAT offers accredited
training for employment in the health industry through face-to-face and online
courses such as:
- Certificate III Business
- Certificate III Health
- Medical Reception Course
- Medical Terminology Course
MAT is an approved supplier
for Certificate III Guarantee funding. Visit http://www.medtrain.com.au/
for more information.
courses in Queensland
The following courses are
offered at universities in Queensland. Prerequisites and the course
cut-offs for the 14 January 2016 offer round (obtained from the QTAC
website) are included.
*not every applicant with
this OP was given an offer.
courses in design
The Australian Institute of
Creative Design, with campuses on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane, offers
accredited advanced diploma, diploma and certificate courses in interior
design, fashion design, fashion business, styling, photography, visual arts,
textile design, make-up and beauty therapy. It also offers short courses
on evenings, weekends and during some school holidays. Go to http://www.aicdedu.com.au/
and click on ‘Holiday courses’ for more information.
from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
Real Choices 2017 –
This publication can be accessed at https://www.qut.edu.au/study/undergraduate-study/brochures
(scroll down to the publication). It includes information about QUT
courses, support services, accommodation, university life, QUT campuses,
overseas exchanges, opportunities for real world learning and much more.
of Queensland (UQ) â€“ some highlights
UQ Advantage Award
– This program provides opportunities for undergraduate students to broaden
their UQ experience by participating in activities from three core areas:
Global and cultural engagement; Research and entrepreneurship; Social
responsibility and leadership. Read more at http://www.uq.edu.au/advantage-award/about-the-award.
- UQ students have access to a number of useful apps, including:
- UQ Checklist for new students
- UQ Timetable Planner to help
students plan their semester timetable
- UQnav helps students find where
things are on UQ campuses
- UQ International Student Guide
Find out more at http://www.uq.edu.au/appcentral.
- View the online videos for school leavers at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbnFs5ypk_Kn4zORg_biMcItQvK3Jq-74.
Topics include: Transitioning to uni, Tips on getting into UQ, Choosing
what to study, and Tips on accommodation.
UQ’s current high school
student website - On this site at https://future-students.uq.edu.au/high-school
you can find out about the special entry programs, courses, scholarships and
steps to employment
The following steps are
adapted from How to Find Work – In the 21st Century by Ron McGowan. They
were written for university graduates, but could be helpful for graduating Year
1. Review your online
presence - Most employers today check out applicants on the
Internet and social media sites. What they find out about you will either
increase your chances of being hired, or eliminate you. Recruiters,
employers and hiring managers say that over 30 % of the applicants they review
are rejected because of what they found out about them online with Facebook and
YouTube postings as the main sources for rejection.
2. Don’t rely on advertised
positions - One of the biggest mistakes job seekers make is to
focus on advertised positions. The vast majority of employment
opportunities today are never advertised and learning how to find them is a
process that involves several skills, including developing your social networks
and letting them know you are looking for a job.
3.Focus on small companies
- Most employment opportunities are to be found in small companies, which
include self-employed people who have more work than they can handle.
Increase your chances of being hired by emphasising that you’re open to
part-time, temporary, and contract work.
4. Learn how to sell yourself
- Many job seekers are very uncomfortable with this area but it’s a skill you
must develop. The good news is anyone can learn how to do it.
You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how effectively you can sell yourself once
you understand what you have to offer an employer.
5. Create a LinkedIn Account
- Learn as much as you can about LinkedIn before you do this. Spend as
much time creating your LinkedIn account as you would spend when developing
your resume. Make sure the information on both of them is consistent
since recruiters, employers and hiring managers will be looking at both of
them. Keep your account up to date as you gain more experience and pick
up new skills.
Financial Assistance and Scholarships
for female students
The National Council of Women
of Queensland has launched its 2016 bursary program for female students.
A few of the bursaries are for secondary students. These include:
- Elsie Byth Bursary for Year 12
students planning to study teaching at the completion of Year 12
- NCWQ Bursary for a young woman from
a refugee background.
for more information and an application form. Applications close on 4
for female engineering students
Female Year 12 students
interested in studying engineering at the University of Queensland next year
should be aware of the following scholarships they can apply for once they gain
entry to the course in 2017.
- Leeanne Bond Scholarship for Women
- WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff Scholarship
for Women in Engineering
- Kathy Hirschfeld Scholarship for
Women in Engineering
Find out more at http://www.eait.uq.edu.au/future-scholarships.
Indigenous University Support Program
The purpose of this program
is to provide support to Indigenous Australians who are studying an
undergraduate degree, or an enabling program that leads to an undergraduate
degree, in a field that contributes to Defence capability. Find out more
about the program at http://theaspirationinitiative.com.au/indigenous-scholarships/2549-defence-indigenous-sponsorships.
While it is too soon for Year
12 students to apply for this program, it is important that interested students
are aware of it. Read about the career goals of a Muruwari and Kullili
man, Matthew Connolly, who is a recipient of this support program at http://theaspirationinitiative.com.au/community/news.
Accountants Australia website
Australia is a combined network of the major accounting bodies in Australia -
CPA Australia and the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.
Together they work with some of the major employers in the business world to
promote accounting as a profession and offer support to all Indigenous students
undertaking business, finance and accounting studies. To find out more,
pen Days, Expos and Career Markets