I was once afraid of people saying 'Who does she think she is?'. Now I have the courage to stand up and say 'This is who I am'.
Yrs 11 & 12: Results access reminder - A simple visual reminder of how to access your ATAR and/or Study Score/s on December 12 - some things to do prior:
Yrs 9-12: 10 cool animal jobs you could get with an animal science degree - It’s a well-known fact that not all med students become doctors (That's right! There's more careers with medicine that just a medical doctor!!!) So, why do people still think that studying an animal science degree corners you into a career as a vet? This versatile degree is anything but a one-trick pony, so Careers with STEM have come up with 10 awesome (and unexpected) animal science careers to prove it. Click here to read more.
Yrs 9-12: The many faces of cybersecurity - Almost everything can be connected to the internet — or it will be, in the coming years. But if our doors are locked by smart home devices, unlocking them just needs a keyboard and some know-how. If you can pay for a coffee with your phone or watch, what will the next generation of thieves look like? World War III could be fought in drone strikes and infrastructure hacks. With the rise of the Internet of Things, advanced cybersecurity will need to be considered every step of the way. And it’ll need to be addressed at all levels by individuals, companies and governments. For that, we need people of all skillsets and backgrounds. To learn more, click here.
EMC, MFC & IDC Yrs 7-12: EDFL Umpiring - If you want to gain fitness, friendships & some money along the way, this could a great opportunity for you. Essendon District AFL League are seeking new umpires for the 2020 season.
- Develop your enterprise skills - Umpiring can build your confidence, teach you to make important decisions under pressure, and improve your interpersonal and communication skills.
- Get paid to get fit - Imagine how much easier it would be to be paid to be fit and healthy. Well with Umpiring, you can! We have regular, structured training sessions.
- Have fun!! Finally, but most importantly, umpiring can be great fun! You make lots of friends, have fantastic and sometimes challenging experiences while meeting lots of diverse people. People umpire because they enjoy the challenge. It’s a great way to be involved in AFL.
If you're interested in learning more, click here for details about the next umpire training session in January 2020.
Yrs 11 & 12 female students: AusNet Services Women in Engineering Scholarship - FYI for Yr11s, definitely a consideration for Yr12s interested in this field. AusNet Services Women in Engineering Scholarship If you’re a highly motivated female student interested in a career in engineering, Deakin Uni encourages you to apply for an AusNet Services Women in Engineering Scholarship. A cash payment up to $10 000 per year for full time study is available for the recepient. You must apply direct for this scholarship - your VTAC scholarship application WILL NOT target this opportunity. To learn more & apply, click here.
Yrs 9-12: Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music to create next generation of Australian popular music artists - In the cut-throat world of popular music, young musicians and performers are more likely to outshine their competition if they have insight into all aspects of the industry. With this is mind, the Monash Uni music school is launching a Popular Music specialisation in 2020, specially designed to give future stars a launching pad for success. Popular Music will include performance studies, songwriting workshops and music production opportunities. To learn more, click here.
Yr12: VTAC offers reminders - Now you are either finishing off or have finished your VCE exams, it's time to obviously relax & celebrate, but also with one eye to the next step: ATAR release & tertiary applications. With this in mind, it's well worth revising on what the offer rounds are through VTAC, how they work, when they occur & what you need to do. VTAC have all of this on a single page, so it's worth having a read over it. Click here to access.
Yrs 7-12: Feeling puzzled about your career? (La Trobe Uni blog) The jigsaw analogy There’s a beautiful analogy that portrays our lives as one big, complex jigsaw. Drawing on his childhood, author and comedian Daniel Sloss revealed his father’s words about the meaning of life. His father said, ‘We’re all piecing together our own jigsaws with every lesson we learn and everything we experience in life; the problem is that we all lost the jigsaw box so we must guess what the complete picture looks like.’ The jigsaw analogy is about relationships, but you can apply it to career too. To read more on some of the steps you can take to start piecing together your career puzzle, click here.
Yr12: La Trobe Uni Aiia Maasarwe Scholarship - La Trobe University has welcomed the creation of a perpetual scholarship honouring Aiia Maasarwe. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and Vice-Chancellor Professor John Dewar recently announced they had jointly set up the scholarship. Scholarship recipients will receive the equivalent of up to $22,000 a year or up to $66,000 over 3 years. The scholarship will be offered for study in 2020 for undergraduate or postgraduate students, with applications now open. To learn more about this perpetual scholarship, click here.
KBC Yr9: Work Experience 2020: Victoria Police - In Terms 1 & 2 of 2020, KBC students are the only one of the 4 campuses that have the opportunity to undertake a Work Experience placement with Victoria Police. All other campuses missed out, but will try again for Terms 3 & 4. KBC Yr9 students, this may be your ONLY chance to take up an opportunity like this, so if you are interested, YOU MUST ACT FAST! Ms. Whitworth has sent you all a SEQTA message with more information about this (including the closing date for applications...it's next week at some stage...), so check out what she's informed you & act asap if you want to be nominated for this awesome experience!
Yr12: Monash Uni Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences campus tours - The Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is running tours of its state-of-the-art facilities with the opportunity to meet current students and academic staff. Have your questions about course content, student life, career outcomes and entry requirements answered. If you're looking at studying with Monash Uni in 2020 or beyond, you are invited tour their campus, book a careers advice appointment or 'chat to a current student' studying a course that interests you. To learn more, click here.
Yrs 10-12: New Monash B Arts/B Criminology double degree - This new Arts/Criminology double degree gives you the opportunity to take up the APAC accredited psychology major and access to the Monash Global Immersion Guarantee. You will develop expert knowledge about crime and the criminal justice system, and develop a global societal perspective with this double degree. You could also consider natural pairings with criminology, such as, sociology, behavioural studies, gender studies, anthropology and philosophy. And all you need is English; the Selection Rank is not yet established given it's new! For more information, click here.
Yrs 9-12: MyHealthCareer - My Health Career is a fantastic website that has career resources such as information sheets and videos about careers in several health fields including physiotherapy, dentistry, optometry and occupational therapy. To learn about these & many more career options in this biggest sector of the Australian Labour Market, click here.
Yrs 9-12: Study Fashion Marketing at Collarts - If you dream of a career as a fashion brand manager, visual merchandiser, buyer, fashion blogger, wholesale account manager, stylist, fashion publicist, event manager or creative director, then a degree in Fashion Marketing is for you. At Collarts, you will be taught and mentored by industry experts who are currently working within major brands, fashion houses and ad agencies. You will learn about fundamental topics such as the history of fashion, styling, fashion merchandising, entrepreneurship, and marketing & PR. You'll also get a range of real-life industry experiences so that you are career-ready when you graduate. For information on the degree, click here.
EMC, IDC & KBC Yrs 8 & 9: ENGage ENGineer - ENGage, ENGineer is a FREE new initiative brought to you by Robogals Monash and Female Engineers at Monash (FEM) aiming to expose high school students to the world of Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths (STEM). This two day event held at Monash University, Clayton involves a variety of workshops and activities run by different organisations and student teams. The activities aim to take 2020 Year 9 and 10 students on a journey to learn about the different types of engineering, and the future careers which exist for you in STEM. For more information & to register, click here.
Yrs 10-12: Filmmaking Summer School - This intensive summer school is taught by Australia’s leading film industry professionals and is suited to people from all ages and backgrounds. Held from January 3-12 at the University of Melbourne, if you have a passion for filmmaking and would like to learn new skills, work with industry experts, and meet like-minded young people from across Victoria, you should consider participating in this fantastic program. There is a cost involved, so decide whether the outlay is worth the expense. For more information, click here.
Yr11: Know the curriculum and research your career: preparing for Year 12 - This will be sent again next year, but given you're now moving into Units 3 & 4 studies, this is worth a read. At the start of each year, thousands of students across Australia begin their final year of schooling. The certificate they receive will vary from state to state, and their post-secondary plans may be tertiary education, an apprenticeship or paid work. Whatever your aim, when it’s your turn to join this group, it’s important that you know how to prepare – Year 12 is likely to be one of the most difficult years you’ve encountered in your life so far. To gain some tips & tricks in preparing yourself for this final year of schooling, click here.
Yrs 9-12: Five steps to become a Chartered Accountant - Accounting is the language of business, and so it is no surprise that a qualification as a Chartered Accountant is considered to be the ‘passport to the world’ for any aspiring professional. The qualification not only demonstrates to potential employers that you’re serious about a career in business, and too, top of your field; but importantly it opens the doors to international opportunities in just about any industry imaginable. Learn more about this career opportunity by clicking here.
Yrs 9-12: Becoming a teacher via the University of Melbourne - Teaching is a challenging yet rewarding profession, with teachers from a range of backgrounds and disciplines. At the Uni of Melbourne, teaching qualifications are gained through the Master of Teaching program, a 2yr graduate course you undertake after completing any undergraduate degree. Explore 8 different stories of UoM students, why they chose teaching, and how the Master of Teaching has readied them for the next step in their journey, by clicking here.
Yrs 9-11 (priority is Yr11 2020): Work Experience: Melbourne Theatre Company - Melbourne Theatre Company offers a limited number of work experience placements each year. Students are assigned to an MTC production for one week to observe rehearsals and assist with small stage management tasks as required. They strongly encourage those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to apply. Preference will be given to students in Year 11. More information can be found on the relevant listing on the 'School Listed Opportunities' page (under 'Workplace Learning') on siriuscollegecareers.com
Yrs 10-12: Holmesglen/Saints Sports Program - Study Sport Development and Event Management, with special access to St Kilda Football Club's inner sanctum. The weekly timetable will feature three days of sessions and classroom-based learning, split between Holmesglen’s Moorabbin campus and Saints club facilities, PLUS one day of simulated activities. The combination Diploma of Sport Development & Diploma of Event Management course will give students special access to St Kilda Football Club and is perfect for your sports-loving students, who are looking for a career in the sports industry. Attend this new opportunity's information session on Monday, 25 November, meet and greet players and tour the facilities at RSEA Park. For more information & to register to attend, click here.
Vocational education and training (VET) includes traineeships, apprenticeships and TAFE study. 4 out of 5 parents report that they would prefer their child to go to university than study VET (evidence is found here) but it is crucial that both parents and students take the time to understand the VET sector, and that a preference for just university study may in some cases limit a young persons potential.
The world of work is changing - fast! As a result, between 20 – 30% of young people in Australia drop out of or change their university course within the first year. Many young people don’t even consider studying VET due to incorrect perceptions or through lack of understanding of the sector. It’s no secret that employers love job applicants who have TAFE qualifications (to prove that, click here for a 2:30min video hearing from industry), including those who graduate from a university degree with a VET qualification. VET graduates are considered to have ‘job ready’ skills and in the future labour market in Australia with 1 in every 2 young people expected to complete a Bachelor degree, it is more important than ever to have diverse skills, industry experience and more than one qualification (e.g. a Bachelor of Engineering with a TAFE Diploma in Project Management).
Some benefits of TAFE courses include:
Higher level courses (e.g., Diploma) can provide a direct pathway into university courses with credit - ALLOWING YOU TO AVOID THE ATAR.
Can give you the opportunity to trial an industry or career area before you commit to university study.
Can give you a qualification you can use to gain part time work whilst undertaking university study.
It is advisable that students consider undertaking VET study during their gap year (e.g., gap year traineeship or TAFE course) and concurrently with their university studies (if time permits). To search for VET options, use the following websites:
'TAFE' & ' Apprenticeships & Traineeships' info under 'Post School Options' on siriuscollegecareers.com
Victorian Skills Gateway website: Click here
Free TAFE: Click here
Australian Apprenticeship Pathways: Click here
Yrs 9-11: Work Experience: Phillip Island Nature Parks - Secondary School work experience opportunities are available primarily for year 10 students who have a passion for working in the environment. Students from other year levels will be considered upon application. The unique week-long program allows students to gain hands-on experience in many areas of the Nature Parks, including assisting rangers at the Penguin Parade, revegetation work with the Conservation team, koala enclosure maintenance at the Koala Reserve and daily farming activities on Churchill Island, among other opportunities. Applications are now open for 2020. More information can be found on the relevant listing on the 'School Listed Opportunities' page (under 'Workplace Learning') on siriuscollegecareers.com.
Yrs 9-12: AIT Info Night - AIT's Info Night is perfect for those wanting to explore the endless opportunities available in the growing creative industry. This fun and interactive seminar on November 20 is a great way to get further information on their curriculum, course requirements, study pathways. During the Info Night, you’ll:
- Learn about careers and study options in film production, 3D animation, digital media, game design, mobile apps and IT.
- Take a campus tour
- Learn about their $8,000 Scholarship for domestic students
To learn more & to register, click here.
Yr12: VTAC Gazette - VTAC have released their October gazette with course updates. If you have a preference for Academia, Box Hill Institute, CQUniversity, Deakin University, Holmesglen, La Trobe University, Melbourne Polytechnic, Monash University, RMIT University, Swinburne University or Victoria University listed, it is your responsibility to read the gazette & ensure that if your preference/s are listed, you make the changes as required. To access the gazette, go to the 'Students downloads (incl. all VTAC paperwork)' page inside your Student Secure Area on siriuscollegecareers.com
Yrs 9-12: The Victorian Visitor Economy - Research from earlier this year has shown that Victoria’s visitor economy (the money people spend when they visit different areas of Victoria, whether they be Victorians or not eg. Hotels, restaurants, entertainment etc.) has reached $30 billion, which is just HUGE. With all of this money coming in, it means opportunities are growing very fast to make a career in this space. William Angliss & Victoria University have specialisations in this area, so to learn more about how to get a piece of that $30 billion dollars, click here for William Angliss's courses hub, and click here for VU's School for the Visitor Economy.
Yrs 7-12: 7 things I wish I had known about money as a teenager - I've (ABC blogger Kate Crowhurst) managed to emerge into my young adult years still in the black, but I do find myself ruminating at times on how much more avocado toast I could be eating if I'd made better decisions with money as a teenager. Like allowing a super fund to take full advantage and bill 20-year-old me for a comprehensive life insurance policy I didn't need, or ask for. Or the Saturdays spent browsing for and buying fast fashion outfits, most of which barely left my wardrobe. So, in the spirit of an older sister, here are a few things about money I wish I'd known a little earlier. Click here to read more.
Yrs 8-12: JMC Academy January short courses - On January 20, let your interest in creative arts run wild with this JMC short course opportunity. Courses are being run in character design, recording & mixing a band, 'script to screen', and songwriting & production. To learn more about all of these opporunities, click here.
Yrs 9-12: AIE Open Day - Discover the courses designed to get you started in game development, 3D animation and visual effects at the AIE Open Day on Sat 16th November, 2019. The Melbourne campus will be opening its doors to visitors eager to find out about upcoming full-time and part-time courses. The day 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. To learn more, click here.
Yr12: LinkedIn - An important tip for school leavers for getting a job is to create yourself a LinkedIn profile. LinkedIn is like a professional Facebook account where you can blog, comment on professional discussions, and build a professional portfolio that aligns with your resume. This needs to be developed over a period of years before graduating from university, so start soon, and continue to work on it during university. If you haven't come across LinkedIn before, you should watch this 2min introductory video. If you want to get started on LinkedIn, go to linkedin.com. 1 professional organisation you can join on there is the Sirius College Alumni group, run by Ms. Yucel (EMC Career Development Advisor & Alumni Outreach Officer) - Ms. Yucel will provide more information about this group in due course to all Yr12 graduates.
Yrs 9-12: Civil engineering: Everything you need to know - Civil engineering isn’t all hard hats and high-rises. Here’s what to expect from a STEM career in construction. We often think of civil engineers as responsible for designing public infrastructure like roads, transport and sewerage networks. However, we should also be thanking them for tackling our city’s waste, public health and environmental issues too. And with the ever-evolving nature of our cities and public spaces, it’s no surprise they’re the most likely of the engineering disciplines to land a graduate gig straight out of uni. To learn more about what they do, click here.
Yrs 9-12: Careers in Care - carecareers has all of the information and job opportunities that you will need to look at for a rewarding career in the Disability, Community and Aged Care sector. Read about the wide variety of roles that are available in the sector, and some advice and tips to help you secure the one you want to pursue. This part of the Health Care & Social Assistance industry is BOOMING, and opportunities are growing & growing & growing, so if you want the best chance to be employed, look no further. Click here to learn more.
Yrs 10-12: L’Oréal Australia 'Beauty for All' Scholarship - If you have always wanted to work in the beauty industry but challenging personal circumstances have prevented you from obtaining a qualification, we have some exciting news for you! Kangan Institute has partnered with L’Oréal Australia to assist people facing hardship to pursue a rewarding career in beauty therapy. The L’Oréal Australia 'Beauty for All' program awards scholarships to disadvantaged students who can demonstrate that they have a passion for the beauty industry and the commitment and motivation required to successfully complete beauty therapy training.For more information on this, click here.
Yr12: Swinburne Parents Change of Pref. webinar - To support you in your conversations with parents in the lead up to Change of Preference, Swinburne Uni are hosting a parent’s webinar on Thurs Nov 21 to assist with all their questions around VTAC, pathways, change of preference, course entry requirements and the December offer round. Swinburne's reps. will break it all down in just 45 minutes, and give your parents a clearer picture of what’s to come so they can help guide you through what can be an intense period of your life. You want your parents on your side through the CoP period, so this is an excellent opportunity to help them help you! For more information & to register, click here.
Yrs 9-12: Digital marketing jobs in the age of big data - If TV was all you had to go by, then envisioning a career in marketing might see you channelling Don Draper from Mad Men. But this iconic show was set in an advertising agency in the 1960s – and a lot has changed since then! Possibly the biggest shift has been the onset of the digital age – which means data, and lots of it. The result? Digital marketing jobs are less about hunches and more about interpreting real numbers to figure out what buyers want and how to sell it to them. To learn more about this career option, click here.
15yrs & above: Looking for a job? Youth Central has free resources designed to assist young people in developing resumes, cover letters and cold calling letters. Students can also get tips and information on where to find work, how to get a job, the job interview process, and starting and/or finishing a job, Click here to learn more. Remember, we also have a heap of free downloadable resources - created specifically for Sirius College students - inside your Student Secure Area on siriuscollegecareers.com that can also help you find & secure a job!
Yrs 9-12: Interested in studying social work or human services? If you love helping others, have excellent communication skills and you’re passionate about social justice, a career in social work and human services could be the perfect fit for you. Charles Sturt University (based in NSW) is offering a free online introductory course ‘Exploring social work and human services career paths’ for students. Available now, this free, self-paced interactive online course from Charles Sturt University gives you the opportunity to:
- Explore the field of social work and human services.
- Hear from industry professionals who are working in these fields
- Discover a diverse range of exciting careers and professional pathways
- Learn about the knowledge and skills required for career success
- Find out what it’s like to study social work and human services at Charles Sturt University.
For information and to sign up for the course, click here.
Yrs 9-11: Work Experience 2020: Royal Victorian Aero Club - RVAC Flight Training Melbourne has over 100 years of assisting new pilots to achieve their aviation goals. RVAC Flight Training is happy to offer Work Experience opportunities for individual Secondary School Students only during the months of March, May, August and October of each year on a first in basis. More information can be found on the relevant listing on the 'School Listed Opportunities' page (under 'Workplace Learning') on siriuscollegecareers.com.
Yrs 7-12: The Melbourne Extracurricular Summit - We've already shared this, but given it's THIS WEEKEND, another reminder! One of the best ways to develop your skills is through extracurricular activities. Learn about different extracurricular options at this one day program open to all secondary students. Students will learn from inspiring speakers, come away with practical tips to finding their passion and hear student case studies to help them rethink how they approach their current and future extracurricular activities all in time for the summer holidays! To register for this free event THIS Saturday November 9, click here.
Yr12: Moving out of home for tertiary studies? Year 12 students who may need to move out of home to access post school education, employment or training may find a recent article by the FYA helpful. The article discusses important information about renting, understanding your rights, dealing with conflict with housemates, and knowing your obligations as a tenant. You can access the article by clicking here.
Yrs 9-12: Maths and architecture: Buildings you can count on - Ever thought about the maths that must have gone into designing and building the distinctive sails of the Sydney Opera House roof? (Answer: a lot!) Maths is fundamental to solving some of architecture’s most complex problems – from figuring out how sound moves through spaces to constructing curved forms more efficiently. To learn more about the lin between these 2 areas, click here.
Yrs 9-12: QILT is now ComparED - The information provided in the Quality Indicators for Learning & Teaching survey data (QILT), the most trusted & objective way of comparing tertiary education providers available in Australia is now being presented to you on the new 'ComparED' website. The ComparED website, run by the Australian Government, provides future students with relevant and transparent information about Australian higher education institutions from the perspective of current students and recent graduates. This will now the the 'go-to' site when trying to compare data from institution to institution. It will soon be updated on our website, but you can check out the new way to compare possible future locations for your tertiary studies by clicking here.
Yrs 10 & 11: Uni of Melb Student Union VCE Summer School - The University of Melbourne Student Union is running their annual two-week VCE Summer School at the Parkville campus from Jan 6-17. This is a fantastic program, offering one-to-one tutoring, workshops, lectures, take home VCE preparation materials, and social activities. The program has a particular focus on creating a healthy study-life balance, and providing tutoring on the widest range of subjects. In fact, they have tutors for each and every VCE subject you’re taking, no matter how small the subject may be. The cost is $219 (ie. $22 a day!) which covers all classes across all your VCE subjects, subject materials, activities, workshops, 1-on1 tutoring, a T-Shirt and even a couple of BBQ lunches! Registrations are now open, and close on Friday December 6. For more information & to register, click here.
Yr12 EMC & KBC: AusNet Services Women in Engineering Scholarship - If you’re a highly motivated female student interested in a career in engineering and Deakin Universaity is on your radar, you are encourages you to apply for an AusNet Services Women in Engineering Scholarship. With a cash payment up to $10 000 per year for full time study, you'd be silly not to look at what courses are applicable for this scholarship, and what you need to do to apply! For more information, click here.
Yr12: VTAC update - All Yr12 students who are applying for courses through VTAC and have paid the course application fee by 5pm, Monday 9 December 2019 will automatically receive a printed ATAR statement if they qualify for an ATAR. This is mailed to the address listed on your VTAC account as at 5pm, Monday 9 December. Statements are mailed internationally if an international address is listed, however VTAC cannot guarantee overseas delivery so international students are encouraged to use a local postal address. If you do not wish to receive a printed ATAR statement, you can use the "Opt out of hardcopy ATAR" link in your VTAC account to opt out.
Yr9: Morrisby Online hard copy posting - We are currently in the process of mailing out a hard copy of your Morrisby Online feedback to you & your parents, along with some further information that can help your own career development. IDC has been completed, and we are currently working on KBC, with EMC & MFC to shortly follow. Keep an eye out - it's a conversation starter!!! Remember, your full results are available on the Morrisby Online website, accessible under 'For Students' on siriuscollegecareers.com, and are yours for life.
Yrs 9-12: 'I want to work in Media' - What does that even mean??? Well, if you are keen on a career in media, click here to read about the following 5 different specialisations and the differences between them all:
- Public relations
- Advertising and marketing
- Technical writing
Yrs 9-11: Work Experience 2020 - YMCA - Not the song, but the place the song referes to! YMCA Victoria welcomes work experience and work placement students. If you’re interested in a career in aquatics, health and fitness, camping and outdoor education, student accommodation, youth services, children's programs, community development, management, OHS, marketing or administration services, we can assist you to discover a career full of diversity. More information can be found on the relevant listing on the 'School Listed Opportunities' page (under 'Workplace Learning') on siriuscollegecareers.com.
Yrs 9-12: La Trobe University Engineering and IT Showcase - La Trobe invites their existing partners, as well as guests, to join them on a night that will showcase the very best of student industry projects delivering solutions in partnership with industry and government agencies. One of their 'guest' categories is "Future students and families interested in Engineering, Computer Science and Data Science" - so if that's you, get to La Trobe Uni on Wednesday 27 November from 5:30pm & immerse yourself in the possibilities for your future! For more information & to register for free (registrations are essential), click here.
Yrs 11 & 12: Resource Engineering at Monash - Monash University offers the Bachelor of Bachelor of Renewable Energy Engineering (Honours) at the Clayton campus. Students can choose to specialise in one of the following streams: Mining or Renewable Energy. Graduates will take a leading role in solving complex, multidisciplinary engineering problems to help sustain the future supply of the world’s natural resources. To explore this exciting course, go to http://bit.ly/2dh4PTt
Yrs 11 & 12: Have you considered studying nanotechnology? Nanotechnology is the engineering and manipulation of extremely small matter and is one of the fastest growing areas of technology and scientific research. The degree suits students who love Maths, Physics, Biology and Chemistry and would like to work in the field of material and physical sciences. To learn more about what nanotechnology actually is, watch the video 'Decoding Nano by clicking here. The following are examples of three courses you can study in Victoria:
- La Trobe University: Bachelor of Science with a major in Nanotechnology: Click here
- RMIT: Bachelor of Science (Nanotechnology)/ Bachelor of Science (Applied Sciences), Click here
- RMIT: Approved Bachelor degree in an area such as science or engineering/Master of Nanotechnology and Smart Materials, Click here
Yrs 9-12: Marketing, Public Relations and Events careers - If you are wanting to learn more about any of these 3 different career opportunities, you should take some time to have a read of these different conversations from 'The Footnotes":
- On the phone with a publicist
- The real world of advertising and media
- Fast five with a social media manager
- What does a marketing and events manager do?
- ‘I want to work in media’ means you’ll be doing 1 of these 5 jobs
- TV publicist’s career ladder from 18 – 34
- A day in the life of a festival organiser
You can read any of these & more by clicking here.
Yr9 (2020 Yr10): Work Experience 2020 - Western Health - Western Health recognises the need to promote healthcare as a worthwhile and exciting career choice, and to showcase health care as a career prospect for young people. The Western Health Year 10 Work Experience Program provides students with an opportunity to gain an insight into the healthcare industry. This program will provide a variety of experience which is administrative based only. The program is coordinated by the People & Culture department at Footscray Hospital, with opportunities available at Sunshine, Footscray, Williamstown or Sunbury. Applications will be open for 2 weeks only, from Monday November 4 - Sunday November 17, so don't delay! More information can be found on the relevant listing on the 'School Listed Opportunities' page (under 'Workplace Learning') on siriuscollegecareers.com.
Yrs 9-12: 'Shut Up & Listen To Us!' Youth Forum - 'Shut Up and Listen to Us !' is a Youth Forum that focuses on getting the millennials and Generation Z’s voice heard when discussing big issue topics such as Identity & Belonging, Mental Health & Cyberbullying, Jobs & Artificial Intelligence, Climate Change & Refugees and more. A forum of young leaders have been assembled to discuss certain social issues impacting our society and all people, both young and old alike are invited, to come and listen to what the leaders of tomorrow have to say about these topics on Thursday November 14 at VU (Victoria University) Metro West in Footscray. For more information & to register your attendance for free, click here.
Yrs 9-12: 5 facts that will surprise you about the future of work - Open Universities Australia recently released a report called ‘The Definitive Guide to Future-Proofing Your Career’. They explored the following 5 key findings:
- Unexpected industries will boom
- Human-centric skills will be in high-demand
- Personal branding will be big
- Skilled humans will be in shortage
- Micro-credentials will be a must.
To read the summary and access the full report by Open Universities Australia, click here.
Yrs 9-12: Have you considered studying neuroscience? Neuroscience is the study of how the brain and nervous system impact behaviour, actions and cognitive thinking. Students can specialise in areas such as behavioural neuroscience, neuroimaging, social neuroscience, molecular neuroscience, and neuro-linguistics etc. Research is undertaken in areas such as music, sport, schizophrenia, epilepsy, stroke, Alzheimer’s Disease, and Huntington’s Disease etc. Studying neuroscience would suit students who are interested in science, research and lab work. It’s advisable to study subjects such as advanced mathematics, biology, chemistry, psychology and physics at school. To become a neurologist or neurosurgeon, you will need to study a medical degree first. Victorian universities are leaders in the fields of neuroscience and neuropsychology research. The following are two universities that offer neuroscience as a major at the undergraduate level:
- Swinburne University: can major in Neuroscience through the Bachelor of Health Science and Bachelor of Health Science (Professional), Click here
- The University of Melbourne, can major in Neuroscience through the Bachelor of Biomedicine or the Bachelor of Science, Click here
Yrs 9-12: women's work | men's work - Across Australia, women and men tend to work in different industries and occupations. Health care, social assistance and education are dominated by women; scientific and technical roles are dominated by men. Stereotypes about the kinds of work women and men 'should' do limit people finding satisfying career options in non-traditional areas. Businesses and the economy also miss out on valuable skills and experience. To read career success stories of individuals loving their non-traditional gender career, click here.
Yrs 7-12: 'Using Your Degree' fact sheets: Mathematical sciences - 'What use is Maths after school?' Sound familiar? Well, here's a range of career answers, all of which come from a qualification in Mathematical sciences. Mathematician, yes, but soooo many more. So see what they are, click here.
Yr9 (2020 Yr10): Work Experience 2020 - Melbourne Cricket Ground - The MCG is a very popular venue for Year 10 students wishing to undertake work experience at Australia’s iconic sporting stadium. They offer a limited number of places in an office administration work experience program each year, where you get the opportunity to spend time in a number of different Melbourne Cricket Club (MCG owners) departments observing, participating and assisting with tasks. This placement will give you an insight to the inner workings of Australia's largest sporting arena. 2020 applications close Sunday November 24! More information can be found on the relevant listing on the 'School Listed Opportunities' page (under 'Workplace Learning') on siriuscollegecareers.com.
Yrs 9-12: Open Days at Holmesglen Institute - Open Days will be held at Holmesglen on Thursday 28 November. The Institute will showcase the TAFE and university courses on offer in the following departments:
- Arts and Design
- Business and Finance
- Building and Construction
- Community and Health Sciences
- Computing and IT
- Education and Training
- Hospitality, Tourism and Events
- Horticulture and Environment
- Sport, Fitness and Wellbeing
For information on locations, courses within each department and to register, click here.
Yr12: VTAC RMIT update - RMIT University would like to bring to your attention the correspondence which has been sent to students by VTAC in regards to course cancelations. The courses which have been affected are:
- BH118 - Bachelor of Engineering (Automotive Engineering)(Honours)/Bachelor of Industrial Design (Honours)
- BH093 - Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) (Honours)/Bachelor of Industrial Design (Honours)
- BH100 - Bachelor of Engineering (Sustainable Systems Eng) (Honours)/Bachelor of Industrial Design (Honours)
RMIT would like to advise that these courses have NOT been cancelled. Due to the relocation of the Industrial Design courses, the first year of studies will be located at their Brunswick campus. As these changes have now been officially approved, the programs needed to be “cancelled” due to VTAC policy and procedures. New program codes and program listings have been created and will launch on VTAC in due time. If you have listed any of the courses above, you will need to relist the course with the new VTAC code once they are launched. Please be advised you have up until December 14, to change the VTAC code on your preference list.
Yrs 7-12: 'Discover Hospitality' - One of the 2 big industries to gain your 'first job' in along with Retail, the Hospitality industry is booming, especially in Victoria right now. It could also be where your career ambitions lie beyond your 'first job'. If so, you are invited to make use of a really useful website called 'Discover Hospitality'. The resource was developed by industry and is aimed at providing information to those students looking to pursue a career in Hospitality. It's FAR MORE than just working in a restaurant! To check it out, click here.
Yrs 7-12: 'Using Your Degree' fact sheets: Earth, Atmosphere & Environment - Understand our world better with a qualification in Earth, Atmosphere & Environment. Careers with the qualification are various, and they all help to look after our planet - in this era of sustainability, this is a growing opportunity. To learn more about what a qualification in Earth, Atmosphere & Environment can open up for you, click here.
Yrs 9-11: Work Experience 2020 - Royal Melbourne Hospital - Melbourne Health advertises work experience opportunities once each year via the Royal Melbourne Hospital website. Placements are limited to department availability and may differ from year to year. In 2019, placements were available in Neurology, Immunology, Pathology, People & Culture, Allied Health and more. Demand is that high for this opportunity, that it will be open NEXT MONDAY NOVEMBER 4, FOR 1 WEEK ONLY. More information can be found on the relevant listing on the 'School Listed Opportunities' page (under 'Workplace Learning') on siriuscollegecareers.com.
Yrs 11 & 12: La Trobe University new international sustainability experience - From 2020, students studying selected degrees from both the faculties of Arts, Social Sciences and Communications, and Business and Commerce, will be able to apply for a 2-week funded international experience to China or Vietnam! You will spend a week working on sustainability projects, helping to find solutions to real-world problems. La Trobe will cover the cost of airfares (with an open-ended return date), accommodation, food, transport, visa fees and insurance. For more information, click here.
Yr12: Pathways to Monash University - There are 2 'pathways' into Monash University that open a range of degree options up, that don't require a competitive ATAR, that cost a very similar amount to the 'normal' Monash University option, and that may give you full credit at completion (ie. You go straight into the 2nd year of your chosen degree!). If Business, Education, Nursing or Science at Monash is on your radar, you should look at these options carefully as part of your 'plan B':
- Diploma of Tertiary Studies (Business, Education and Nursing): Click here
- Diploma of Higher Education (Science and Education): Click here
Yr11: resultsandatar.vic.edu.au - On December 12 at 7am along with the Yr12s, you can also log into the VCAA/VTAC results service available, to see your Study Score/Study Scores for your Units 3 & 4 subjects in 2019. You'll be accessing this next year for your ATAR if you are wanting one, but as you should be aware by now, the ATAR is somewhat flexible - your Study Scores as course prerequisites are not (prereqs. use your raw score, not the scaled score). To register, you need your VCAA/VCE number - see any of the Career Development Department, or your Teaching & Learning Coordinator for this if you have forgotten. To register, click here.
Yrs 7-12: 'Using Your Degree' fact sheets: Chemistry - Chemistry is the science of matter and energy - the study of the makeup and structure of substances, how their atoms and molecules react and interact, and how that behaviour can be harnessed to transform materials, medicine, and technology. A qualification in this area opens many, many career options up for you...to see some of them, click here.
Yrs 9-11: Work Experience 2020 - VCAT - The Victorian Civil & Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) is a tribunal that hears and decides civil and administrative legal cases in the State of Victoria. Established in 1998, we are the busiest tribunal in Australia. We finalise more than 85,000 cases a year – mostly disputes – at over 46 venues across Victoria. VCAT has more than 200 members - the people who hear and decide cases - and about 200 staff. By law, our president is a judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria. Thirteen judges from the County Court of Victoria serve as our vice presidents, with two working full time at VCAT. If you have an interest in law, then this may be an opportunity for you! More information can be found on the relevant listing on the 'School Listed Opportunities' page (under 'Workplace Learning') on siriuscollegecareers.com
Yrs 7-12: Careers With Code / Careers With Cybersecurity - The newest copies of the 'Careers with STEM' magazines are now available FOR FREE, and anyone interested in working in the coding or cybersecurity world should be looking at these. With HUNDREDS of different career stories & career opportunities, these 2 magazines are filled with possibilities for your future. Hard copies are slowly arriving at all campuses, but you can download a copy of both of these magazines NOW from the 'General Career Development Resources' page inside your Student Secure Area on siriuscollegecareers.com
Yrs 9-12: Theatre at the University of Melbourne - The Faculty of Fine Arts and Music has developed a new video for students considering applying to study Theatre. It shows students in action and clearly explains the difference between Acting and Theatre. The video also includes a few great student stories and comments from Matt Delbridge, Head of Theatre at the Victorian College of the Arts. VCA Theatre provides immersive and rigorous preparation for the 21st century performer and theatre maker. The course celebrates the full creative potential of the performer as a creative, collaborative artist and trains theatre artists to become both accomplished performers and highly skilled devisors of their own work. To view the 3min video via YouTube, click here.
Yrs 7-12: 'Using Your Degree' fact sheets: Biological sciences - Use your curious and creative mind to analyse and interpret data. Discover the hows and whys of our world. A degree in Biological Sciences is for an adventurous mind since its study looks back in time almost four billion years, examining the very foundations of life itself, as well as the present day to the future where biologists will be at the forefront of identifying and solving the growing number of related issues confronting planet Earth. To see the career opportunities this qualification brings, click here.
Yrs 9-11: Work Experience 2020: Northern Health - ALWAYS a popular placement opportunity for students of Sirius College, especially for EMC & MFC, Northern Health (Epping) offers a offer a comprehensive Work Experience Program for high school students. Their tailored approach aims to provide a meaningful program of activity over a standard working week. Opportunities for 2020 are OPEN NOW for specific weeks, and they ALWAYS fill up very quickly, so if this is of interest, you must act fast!!! More information can be found on the relevant listing on the 'School Listed Opportunities' page (under 'Workplace Learning') on siriuscollegecareers.com
Yr12: CCUSA - Volunteer Overseas in 2020 - If you’re in Year 12 and are looking for a gap year overseas, Camp Counsellors USA (CCUSA) are running their annual American and Canadian Job Fair in Melbourne at William Angliss Institute on December 7th. Up to 25 American and Canadian summer camps will be coming to Australia to interview and hire staff for June – August 2020 Summer camp...and they will hire ON THE SPOT! For information on this exciting opportunity, click here.
Yrs 9-12: How to become a game developer - The gaming industry is multidisciplinary by nature – where art, storytelling, technology and science all come together in the name of entertainment. To get the perfect look, feel and player experience in a game, developers need to bring together people with a vast range of technical and creative skills to make it happen. Do you have what it takes to enter this career opportunity? To learn more, click here.
Yrs 10-12: Focus on VET pathways - Vocational education and training (VET) includes traineeships, apprenticeships and TAFE study. 4 out of 5 parents report that they would prefer their child to go to university than study VET, but it is crucial that both parents and students take the time to understand the VET sector, and that a preference for just university study may in some cases limit a young persons potential. It’s no secret that employers love job applicants who have TAFE qualifications, including those who graduate from a university degree with a VET qualification. VET graduates are considered to have ‘job ready’ skills and in the future labour market in Australia with 1 in every 2 young people expected to complete a Bachelor degree, it is more important than ever to have diverse skills, industry experience and more than one qualification (e.g., a Bachelor of Engineering with a TAFE Diploma in Project Management). The fact is, VET provides students with the opportunity to:
- Undertake applied learning
- Gain ‘industry ready’ experience
- Learn about industries and careers
- Obtain a qualification in a relatively short time frame.
To learn more about what opportunities VET provides, click here.
Yrs 7-12: 'Using Your Degree' fact sheets: Pharmaceutical Sciences - Many young people think that a degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences is a pathway into Medicine...if you're one of them, you are mistaken. A qualification in Pharmaceutical Sciences is a specialisation unto itself, and opens up a whole world of opportunity in the world of health. To learn about the career possibilities this qualification opens, click here.
Yrs 9-11: Work Experience 2020: Melbourne SEA LIFE Aquarium - Do you want to work with amazing sea creatures one day? Apply for our Year 10 Work Experience program. Applications for secondary Work Experience at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium for 2020 are now open! Please ensure that you have read and understand the terms and conditions before applying. Applications for the 2020 program close on Friday November 1, so if you wish to apply, you must act fast!!! More information can be found on the relevant listing on the 'School Listed Opportunities' page (under 'Workplace Learning') on siriuscollegecareers.com
Yrs 9-11: Premier's Spirit of Democracy Award - This is an INCREDIBLE OPPORTUNITY. The annual Premier’s Spirit of Democracy (PSoD) Study Tour is for students in Years 9, 10 and 11. It explores the origins of democracy, building a deeper understanding of the influence that democracy has on contemporary Victorian and Australian society. PSoD offers up to 22 students and up to four teacher chaperones the oppportunity to take part in the two week study tour in Greece. You can apply to take part in the study tour through a written application process, which is now open. For more information, click here.