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Career Exploration

Factsheets to help with your career exploration

A series of helpful career factsheets can be downloaded from the ‘Get the Life You Love’ website at  Some of the factsheets available are:

  • Stepping 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 study
  • 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 future.

Jobs 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  You can also download a booklet, School subjects you like and what they can lead to, that includes the Bullseye Posters, at



Course and Institution Updates

2016 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

Find 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.

  • QILT - 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 a comparison.
  • Good Universities Guide - 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.
  • myfuture (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 website.
  • Australian  This site has links to Queensland institutions and specific links for International students.

Griffith University events

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

Griffith ENG – 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.  Visit (click on ‘Griffith Eng’) for details.  Applications open on Monday 18 April and close on Friday 29 July 2016.

Medical 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 Administration (Medical)
  • Certificate III Health Administration
  • Medical Reception Course
  • Medical Terminology Course

MAT is an approved supplier for Certificate III Guarantee funding.  Visit for more information.

Physiotherapy 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.

Short 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 and click on ‘Holiday courses’ for more information.

Snippets from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

Real Choices 2017 – This publication can be accessed at (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.

University of Queensland (UQ) – 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

UQ apps - 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

UQ videos - View the online videos for school leavers at  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 you can find out about the special entry programs, courses, scholarships and much more.





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 12 students.

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

Bursaries 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.

Visit for more information and an application form.  Applications close on 4 April 2016.

Scholarships 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 in Engineering
  • WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff Scholarship for Women in Engineering
  • Kathy Hirschfeld Scholarship for Women in Engineering

Find out more at






ce 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

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

Indigenous Accountants Australia website

Indigenous Accountants 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, visit


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