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Sirius College Career Development


Our aim is to provide you with all the latest information that will help you make decisions about your future career and your life beyond school.

You can use this site to locate University, TAFE and any other type of course across Australia, get information about the VCE, search for job vacancies and much more. Feel free to drop into the Careers Office if you have any questions.

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Career Development Daily News Fix: Tuesday July 14 (Posted: 14/07/2020)

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  • Yr12: ACU Guarantee Program - Guarantee your place at ACU, even before your Year 12 exams. The new ACU Guarantee program offers eligible Year 12 students a place at ACU based on your Year 11 results. Students can make an application through this program, have their Year 11 results considered, and ACU will produce a predicted selection rank and make a conditional early offer before final exams have been sat. Applications for 2021 entry open August 3 and close September 25. Students are required to apply through the ACU Guarantee application portal on the ACU website. Students will have to upload their Year 11 reports and may also choose to supply a brief statement outlining their personal circumstances and motivation for university study, which may help improve their selection rank.  Students need to be mindful that not every course is participating in this program. Find out more by clicking here.
  • Yrs 10-12: Inside Monash - The Inside Monash webinars are faculty and course specific and participants can register for as many as interest them. Many of the webinars will take place from 6.30pm – 8.00pm but you are encouraged to check the times when registering:
    •            15 July - Design
    •            15 July - International Business
    •            22 July - Education
    •            23 July - Nursing and Midwifery
    •            28 July - Advanced Science Degrees
    •            29 July - Discover Unexpected Careers in the Health Sector
    •            30 July - Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Paramedicine
    •            12 August - Engineering
    •            13 August - Music
    •            19 August - IT
    •            20 August - Science
    •            26 August - Debate: Autonomous cars are better than human drivers
    •            27 August - Law 
    Register for any of these webinars by clicking here.
  • Yrs 7-12: Space careers - Looking for a career that’s out of this world? The space industry in Australia is taking off - we're talking $10 BILLION dolloars worth of investments over the next decade! Definitely more than just astronauts! Launch your space career, or discover real people working within the space industry by clicking here.
  • Yrs 9-12: Parents, how can you help your children get a career? This one is for mum & dad - you should read it first before taking it to them.

    Can you remember what you wanted to be when you grew up? Or perhaps what your first job was and how it’s changed over the last 15-20 years? It’s almost impossible to remember a day in the office not relying on email and websites. Even jobs like transport and manufacturing have already been impacted by the growth in technology – and that trend is going to continue. So, what does that mean for you? Perhaps not too much, as long as your job doesn’t change too dramatically over the next few years. But what about your kids? If technology continues to change and adapt, then so must the educational pathways we offer young people to create opportunities and improve their working lives today and into the future. In this blog, some common misconceptions around the VET pathway will be busted, and way for parents to help their kids get a leg up in their career will be discussed. Click here to read more.

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Career Development Daily News Fix: Monday July 13 (Posted: 13/07/2020)

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  • Yrs 10-12: New VTAC resources - VTAC have published a new range of resources to help with decision making through the senior years of school. You will find your year level-specific resources in the following links, and they'll all be up on siriuscollegecareers.com in the near future as well:
    • Year 10:
    • Year 11:
      • VTAC Year 11 Guide: Click here.
      • Prerequisite guide for 2022 (downloadable pdf; a reminder - you've had access to this for a year): Click here.
    • Year 12:
    • Years 10-12:
      • VTAC 'Guide to Researching Tertiary Education' (downloadable pdf): Click here.
  • Yrs 9-12: 8 nursing career paths to explore - Health professionals have always been our heroes, and they are now more than ever. And if you’re one of the many people thinking of a career in health, now is a great time to consider pursuing a career as a nurse. It’s an engaging and rewarding profession that offers a variety of roles and ways to work. Whether you want to assist in surgery or work with the elderly, here are eight great nursing careers to look into. Click here to read more.
  • Yrs 9-12: How Australians can find work and pandemic-proof their careers - Finding work has never been so difficult, but job seekers can boost their chances by learning new skills and broadening their horizons. Keeping an open mind increases the number of opportunities available to those seeking work, especially during a time of economic upheaval. And learning how to articulate your skills and strengths will give you a leg up at interviews. Click here to read more.
  • Yr12: New La Trobe Uni pathways for Year 12s -  La Trobe Uni has created two new pathways, as an alternative to ATAR, to help Year 12 students demonstrate their academic achievements and university potential. The new pathways - 'Achieve at La Trobe' & 'Prepare for La Trobe', invite Yr12 students to study LTU subjects free and online, earning a score which the University may use instead of an ATAR to assess their application. LTU will use your subject mark or average mark to calculate a La Trobe ATAR equivalent score, and if you also receive an ATAR in 2020 they'll use whichever result is higher to assess your application. To learn more about "Achieve at La Trobe', click here. To learn more about 'Prepare for La Trobe', click here.
 
 

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Career Development Daily News Fix: Friday Jun 19 (Posted: 19/06/2020)

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  • Yrs 10-12: Major funding changes to higher education - Changes have been announced today to commence in 2021, that will drastically change the costs of many different courses though your higher education years. All students who are considering higher education (ie. university) need to be aware of these changes, because in many cases, you'll either be paying either more or less than current students. HECS-HELP is still in place to help how much you need to pay back (if you are eligible), but the amounts for many have changed. To understand these change, you need to know what the following terms are:
    • Commonwealth Contribution: The amount of money the Government provides universities for different courses. Available to all students who are eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP).
    • Student Contribution: The amount students pay to study (deferrable via HECS-HELP, unless a student is not eligible for it for specified reasons)
  • Current arrangements: This is the current arrangement which will end at the end of this year. Commonwealth Contribution per student each year in blue; Student Contribution per student each year in grey:

(Only students who do not have a CSP pay this each year, as well as the student contribution.)

(Students with a CSP place only worry about this cost each year; those with HECS-HELP assistance can defer this cost)
  • New arrangements: As of 2021, the funding arrangements are changing to a new setup for both Commonwealth & Student Contributions:

(Only students who do not have a CSP pay this each year, as well as the student contribution.)

(Students with a CSP place only worry about this cost each year; those with HECS-HELP assistance can defer this cost)
Remember for each of these, you divide each by 8 to get the individual subject cost, if you are going to be a full-time student, on the assumption that all of your subjects are from the same band. For example, 8 'English' CSP subjects will be $3,700 a year ($3,700 / 8 = $462.50 each), but a mix of 4 English subjects & 4 Creative Arts subjects will be $5,700 a year ($3,700 / 8 = $462.50 x 4 = $1850 for English, & $7,700 / 8 = $962.50 x 4 = $3,850 for IT)​​​​​​​
  • New funding arrangements Frequently Asked Questions: these questions & answers (selected to be approprite to school students) were provided with the release of these new funding arrangements:
    • How were subjects chosen for lower fees? ​​​​​​​The Government needs to focus its subsidies on courses that will lead to the best outcomes for the broader public. That’s why we have been able to reduce student contributions for over half of all commencing students. That’s why teachers, nurses, engineers, scientists—these are the workers our economy needs—will see significantly lower student contributions.
    • ​​​​​​​Why should students pay more for less? Funding is being redesigned to make it clearer, simpler and more sustainable. With more students than ever likely to seek entry to higher education, we need the best funding system we can design. This package provides more student places at Australian universities.
    • I have just finished school. The course I want to study has now become much more expensive. What should I do? If you are an eligible domestic university student, you can still defer your student contributions through a HECS-HELP loan. If you want to study at university, you should continue to consider all relevant aspects of this big decision. Like in high school, students tend to do best when they study the things they are interested in. Employment outcomes for different fields of study are published on the ComparEd website, and the Course Seeker website can help you find the course that’s right for you.
    • I want to study history– it’s what I’m passionate about. Why should I accrue a $45,000 HELP debt for a history degree, which would typically take a long time to repay? You won’t necessarily accrue a HELP debt this size, as the cost of studying is determined by the units you study rather than the field of your course overall. For example, as part of an arts degree you may study some units in creative arts or languages which have lower student contributions. Australia’s world-leading HECS-HELP loans system will also continue to ensure that you face no up‑front cost barriers to gaining a higher education. Prospective students should consider a range of factors when deciding what to study, including their interests, employment outcomes and cost. Employment outcomes for different fields of study are published on the ComparEd website, and the Course Seeker website can help you find the course that’s right for you.
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  • Yr12: RMIT University webinar available - Today's RMIT University webinar is now available for all students to view. This is especially useful for those students who undertook a Specialist Maths SAC during Period 4. You can find the webinar by clicking on the link on the 'Career Dev. resources & webinars' page, inside your Student Secure Area on siriuscollegecareers.com. All the questions submitted to RMIT for answering have been sent out via a SEQTA direqt message - waaaay too long for here! Note as well that the link at the start of the presentation for Year 12 students that you were shown can be accessed by clicking here (EMC & MFC students, like yesterday make sure you remove the KBC name from the default school listing that appears (unsure why any campus is there in the first place!) and write either 'Sirius College - Eastmeadows Campus' or 'Sirius College - Meadow Fair Campus' instead).

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Career Development Daily News Fix: Thursday Jun 18 (Posted: 18/06/2020)

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  • Yrs 11 & 12: VCE & ATAR release date - We finally have dates locked in for the release of the 2020 VCE Study Scores & ATAR!
  • Yr12: VTAC Key Dates - Now we have an 'end date', VTAC have provided you with the following key dates, which you should put into your calendar/diary (you already will have some of these):
    • Applications open for courses, SEAS & Scholarships - Monday August 3
    • Timely course applications close - Wednesday September 30
    • SEAS and Scholarships applications close - Friday October 9
    • Very late course applications close - Friday December 4
    • VCE results and ATAR released to students - 7am, Wednesday December 30 (new)
    • Change of preference deadline for January offers - 12pm, Monday January 4 (new)
    • January offers released - Thursday January 14 (new)
    • Change of preference deadline for February round 1 - 12pm, Thursday January 21 (new)
    • February round 1 offers released - Monday February 1 (new)
  • Yr11: RMIT University webinar available - Today's RMIT University webinar is now available for all students to view. This is especially useful for those students who undertook a General Maths SAC during Period 4. You can find the webinar by clicking on the link on the 'Career Dev. resources & webinars' page, inside your Student Secure Area on siriuscollegecareers.com. All the questions submitted to RMIT for answering have been sent out via a SEQTA direqt message - waaaay too long for here! Note as well that the link at the start of the presentation for Year 11 students that you were shown can be accessed by clicking here (EMC & MFC students, make sure you remove the KBC name from the default school listing that appears (unsure why any campus is there in the first place!) and write either 'Sirius College - Eastmeadows Campus' or 'Sirius College - Meadow Fair Campus' instead).

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Career Development Daily News Fix: Tuesday Jun 16 (Posted: 16/06/2020)

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  • Yr12: Westpac Young Technologists Scholarship - If you're an undergraduate with a passion for technology that changes the world, this could be your chance. Are you intrigued by technology and how it can change the world for the better? Westpac Young Technologists Scholarships are designed specifically for high school graduates who are passionate about technology and eager to explore its potential for good. We’re looking for curious young minds, open to new ideas and untapped opportunities. If this sounds like you, here's your chance at a $15,000 kickstart to your studies! And there's a heap more that comes with the scholarship, including membership to the Westpac 100 Scholars Network – an inclusive group of some of the brightest young minds in Australia! To learn more about the scholarship, click here. An information webinar for this scholarship is being run tomorrow night at 6pm for those who are interested in applying - you should watch this if you are keen on this scholarship. To register for it, click here.

  • Yrs 10-12: Hume & Whittlesea Council students - Your Story. Your Lens. - Smartphone Film-making Workshop - DPV Health are offering a series of free film making and storytelling workshops across the Hume Local Government Area and Whittlesea Local Government Area. The objective of these workshops is to upskill and engage youth between the ages of 16-24 and equip you with the skills required to create short stories using their smartphones. These workshops will provide a platform for participants to share your stories and thoughts on gender and gender stereotypes. Workshops will be delivered online via Microsoft Teams, and will be held over the Term 3 school holidays. For more information on this opportunity, click here.​​​​​​​

  • Yr12: Swinburne 2021 Early Entry Program Expressions of Interest now open - For a while now, Swinburne has had options for every ATAR. They are now taking it a step further, by adding an option that removes ATARs from the equation. It’s been a tough year (tougher for some than others). And so, to restore balance in the universe, Swinburne will be making early conditional offers (as early as August!) based on a recommendation from your school. This isn’t an easy way out, it’s a determined person’s way forward. You’ll still need to complete Year 12 and achieve specific subject study scores to receive a full offer, but you won’t have to sweat the ATAR you end up with. The following links will give you more information about this opportunity:

  • Yrs 10-12: CMY Survey: Young People, Racism and COVID-19 - The Council of Multicultural Youth is asking young Victorians aged 16 to 25 years to take part in a 20 minute survey that aims to capture their experiences of racism and COVID-19. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, racism has been a growing concern for CMY workers and young people engaged with the organisation. While there have been a number of opinion polls and surveys about young people’s experiences and responses to COVID-19, to our knowledge none of these have been tailored specifically to young people from multicultural backgrounds nor have they addressed issues related to racism. This survey will provide CMY with the reliable and up to date evidence base needed to inform advocacy and service delivery in this area moving forward. The survey is open to all young people aged 16 – 25 who live, work or play in Victoria. Participants will have the chance to win one of three $100 vouchers for completing the survey. To undertake the survey, click here.

 
 
 

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Career Development Daily News Fix: Monday Jun 15 (Posted: 15/06/2020)

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Weekly update: How is COVID-19 changing the Australian Labour Market?

In what will be the final update for the foreseeable future on the effect that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the Australian Labour Market, today's News Feed is focusing on the beginning of the re-emergence of our economy from the worst points of the past few months. Australia & Australians have done a magnificent job in battling & controlling COVID-19 to this point, and this puts our nation in a wonderful position to begin rebuilding opportunity & confidence. And the data is proving this to be true!
  • Employers were less likely to decrease staff in May: With the full impacts of restrictions and social distancing felt in April, there were signs in May that employers’ confidence was improving as restrictions begin to ease, with the proportion of businesses that had decreased staff falling to 20% (from 32% in April). Some 6% of employers increased their staffing numbers in May, up from 4% in April, while 74% of businesses had unchanged staffing levels in May, up from 64% in April.
  • Employers were less likely to let go of or stand staff down in May: A far smaller proportion of businesses had let go of or stood down staff in May compared with April (24% in May; 41% in April). This decrease is likely to have been due, at least in part, to the take-up of government (eg. JobKeeper) and non-government assistance, combined with the increased optimism about the easing of restrictions due to positive health outcomes.
  • Businesses are reopening after recent closures: Some 8% of all surveyed businesses reported that they had reopened, or were in the process of reopening, after closing at some point since the onset of the pandemic. Just over one third (34%) of the businesses that had reopened were in the Accommodation and Food Services industry (one of the biggest employers of young people like school students!), while 13% were in Health Care and Social Assistance.
  • Many reopened businesses have reinstated their previous staff: Nearly one-third (31%) of businesses that have reopened reported that they had reinstated all of their staff that they employed before the business closure and a further 42% had reinstated some of their staff. Some 26% of reopened businesses had not yet reinstated the staff they had previously employed, however, around two-thirds reported that they planned to reinstate some or all of their staff.

All information published June 12 2020, and is sourced from the Australian Government National Skills Commission.

 

 

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