What is the recipe for successful achievement? To my mind there are just four essential ingredients: Choose a career you love, give it the best there is in you, seize your opportunities, and be a member of the team.
Yrs 10-12: Monash University Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine reality check - The only direct entry medicine course available for school leavers in Victoria, Monash's Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine is seen by many as an ideal post-school option. And while it's a great choice for those of you who know that becoming a medical doctor is their career ambition, be aware of how difficult it is to be offered a spot straight from school. Monash has just supplied the 2018 application figures which are shown below: as you can see, less than 1 in 5 students post-ATAR & post-UMAT (not UCAT) made it to an interview, and of that, only about a third actually got in! Remember, it's ultimately only 1 of your (up to) 8 VTAC preferences!
Yrs 9-12: Collarts' industry partners - Collarts is a private college located in the Melbourne area offering courses in the following study areas:
- Animation & VFX
- Audio Engineering
- Content Creation
- Entertainment Journalism
- Entertainment Management
- Fashion Marketing
- Fashion & Sustainability
- Interior Design
- Music Performance
- Music Production
They have a heavy focus on industry partnerships and industry-based learning. To view a list of Collarts’ industry partners, click here.
Yrs 7-12: What is a cartographer? Cartographers produce maps, charts and plan. From interactive maps to driving directions, they might be used by individuals, businesses, or specific industries (e.g. oceanographic or military). Although it might sound like a career from centuries gone by, cartographers are more in demand now than ever and jobs are expected to increase over the coming years...oh, and they average just under $2,000 a week! If you love maps and geography, you’re great at researching with good technical skills and design abilities, then a career as a cartographer could suit you down to the ground. To learn more, click here.
Yrs 9-12: RSPCA Vet for a Day - Do you think of yourself as an animal doctor? Come and discover what it is like to be an RSPCA Vet or Vet nurse on Wednesday January 15. Your day will include:
- Learning skills needed to working in a vet clinic, including the art of suturing and veterinary pathology tests.
- Viewing live surgery in the working operating theatre.
- Assisting with the preventative health care of the barn animals.
- Going on a behind the scenes of one of the busiest Vet clinics in Victoria.
Discovering the various career pathways that can help you reach your goals, including working closely with a Vet and a Vet nurse who will gladly discuss their roles and share their expertise with you. To learn more & register, click here.
Yrs 9-12: Casual employment - With Christmas & the January holidays just around the corner, it’s a very busy time for many businesses and employers are now hiring casual staff. You can sign up for employment opportunities at the following websites:
- Boost Juice
- Cotton On
- Donut King
- Hungry Jacks
- IGA Supermarkets
- Red Rooster
About 80% of all job vacancies aren’t advertised, so it is crucial that you market yourself to businesses with an excellent resume and cover letter. Make sure you tell as many people as possible that you are looking for work as often employers rely on ‘word of mouth’ to recruit for their positions.
Yrs 11&12: A career in Policing - Victoria Police are in the midst of their biggest recruitment drive ever, seeking 3,000 new officers by 2021. While the role of a Police Officer is challenging, it is also rewarding, providing the opportunity to make a difference to the Victorian community every shift. Victoria Police has four different roles available for students who might be interested in pursuing a career in policing. Click each for more information.
- Police Officer
- Protective Services Officer
- Police Custody Officer
- Victorian Public Servant
As they cannot get around to all schools, they have developed a 25min information video on YouTube, answering all the questions you may have about how to join, what's involved, and the benefits of the career opportunity. To view, click here.
Yrs 10-12: Higher education traineeship through Swinburne University - If you are passionate about science, maths & engineering; keen to make a positive difference, and will relish the opportunity to learn about emerging technologies and practices, Swinburne University is offering a brand new Associate Degree (2yrs) in Applied Technologies for you to consider. It will equip you with essential professional and technical skills in one of three specialisations: Advanced Manufacturing, Building Information Modelling or Cloud Technologies. Up to 20 positions are available with a range of Melbourne based manufacturing and design organisations that are participating in this innovative Higher Apprenticeship Learning Model, where Higher Apprentices (you) will be paid while you learn. For information on the course and the entry requirements (this is NOT through VTAC), click here.
Yrs 9-12: What tech jobs can I get at a bank? Thinking of studying computer science or software engineering, but not sure where your degree could take you? Remember, your degree opens doors you may never have thought of, in places you may never have thought of...including a bank? These 5 computer science grads, all with different job titles, all work at the Commonwealth Bank, and they all have different usages for their similar degrees (including getting paid to try & hack the bank!) Click here to read more.
Yr12: Westpac Young Technologists Scholarship - 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. You could get $5,000 per year over three years, be provided with internships introducing you to unique networking opportunities, and you’ll become a lifelong member of the Westpac 100 Scholars Network, an inclusive group of some of the brightest young minds in Australia. Westpac are looking for curious young minds, open to new ideas and untapped opportunities. If this sounds like you, click here to read more - direct applications only.
Yrs 9-11: Work Experience 2020: The Florey Institute - The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health is one of the largest and highly respected brain research centres in the world. Their teams work on a range of serious diseases including stroke, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and motor neurone diseases, depression and addiction. Students interested in neuroscience, brain diseases and disorders, biomedical science, mental health and medicine etc., are invited to apply for work experience in 2020. More information can be found on the relevant listing on the 'School Listed Opportunities' page (under 'Workplace Learning') on siriuscollegecareers.com.
Yr12: VTAC/ATAR assistance - A reminder to all Year 12 students that members of the Sirius College Career Development Department will be available to assist you on the day of your ATAR release, Thursday December 12, during regular school hours (8:30am-4pm). You don't need to make an appointment (you can if you want to) - just turn up on your campus & assistance will be available for you. As for Friday, it's best to call your campus to confirm availability, as staff may be involved in staff end-of-year events at certain times through the day. From Saturday onwards (December round preferences close at 4pm that day), eMail Mr. Scott directly for assistance: email@example.com.
Yrs 9-12: My First Full-Time Job Was A Flop And I’m Okay With It - Chloe started working straight after finishing school. Sadly, she learned a lot about what’s not okay. She also learned how a bad job can teach you really good lessons about your work life and self. Here’s Chloe’s story and some tips for anyone seeking or starting their first full-time gig - even if you're still in school, the tips are worthwhile! Click here to read more.
Yrs 9-12: Careers in Early Childhood Education - The Victorian Government has developed a fantastic website promoting careers in early childhood education and care. The site contains information about careers in early childhood education, study pathways, financial support to study, and free TAFE courses etc. For information, click here.
Yr12: ANU Advisory Day - The ANU Advisory Days are being held across Australia to answer questions from prospectve students and give you an insight into what life at ANU is really like. You will be able to meet current students and ANU staff who will share their experiences of learning in Australia’s capital. For Melbourne, the event is being held on Wednesday December 18, and you should register your attendance. For more information & to register, click here.
Yrs 9-11: Work Experience 2020: Academy of Interactive Entertainment - The AIE Work Experience Program is a great way for secondary school students in years 10 to 12 to learn about the interactive entertainment and digital industries. The week will open the door to the range of career possibilities in the industry and allow students to get hands-on with the tools of the trade. The Work Experience Program encompasses a range of activities including 3D animation, programming, QA testing and much more. To see availability and register for work experience at the Melbourne campus, click here.
Yrs 7-12: $83,000 annually: Are tradies Australia's new rich? A career in the trades could help you to start earning straight away and set you up with a future-proof career. Plus, there is always the option of returning to uni later in life if you decide that other qualifications could benefit you further. Air-conditioning and refrigeration mechanics were found to be Australia’s richest tradespeople, earning $83,278 annually, followed by electricians who earn $82,782 then fitters and turners who make $79,170 a year. Some university degrees are preparing graduates for careers, which will be obsolete in years to come. The trade industry is future-proof. You’ll always have skills that are in high demand. To read more, click here.
Yrs 9-12: Ever wonder what it's like to be a Physiotherapist? If Physiotherapy is an option for your future, VTAC's Careers Hub has produced a 3-page information sheet, with interviews notes from a practicing Physiotherapist. Dad-to-day role, the need for ongoing professional learning, personal qualities you need, profession highlights & lowlights, misconceptions of the profession, and advice for aspiring physios. To read, click here,
Yrs 9-12: Want to be a pilot? The sky is the limit for students wishing to undertake an Associate Degree in Aviation (Professional Pilots) at RMIT – with over 3,000 pilots successfully graduating since 1994. The course is undertaken over 2yrs, during which you will gain experience through classroom theory and practical training at RMIT's state-of-the-art facilities in either Point Cook or Bendigo. You will also benefit from RMIT’s long history in training professional pilots and industry connections, with the opportunity to take part in the Qantas Future Pilot Program. With the newly introduced government funding, students can now access increased Higher Education Loan (HELP) loans. There simply couldn’t be a better time to consider a career in aviation. To learn more about the course, click here. Visit one of RMIT's information sessions which will run up until 17 December – register here.
Yrs 9-12: RSPCA Animal Career Discovery Day - As the leading animal welfare organisation in Victoria, the RSPCA utilises a range of skilled staff to care for animals and campaign for better animal welfare. They invite all those from Yrs 9 & above interested in a career in the industry to come and learn about working in animal care and talk with skilled professionals who are actively working in animal care and protection. Gain insight from current industry specialists and unlock pathways to a fulfilling career with animals on Tuesday December 10. For more information & to register your attendance, click here.
Yrs 9-11: Work Experience 2020: County Court of Victoria - The County Court of Victoria accepts work experience applications from secondary students throughout the year. Placements fill up quickly - especially given the Supreme Court & Victorian Bar no longer accept placements - so apply early to avoid disappointment. More information can be found on the relevant listing on the 'School Listed Opportunities' page (under 'Workplace Learning') on siriuscollegecareers.com
Yrs 9-12: Have you considered a STEM career in Defence? Defence Science and Technology supports our defence capabilities, allowing us to apply science and tech skills to safeguard Australia. The effectiveness of biofuels in military vehicles, autonomous drone networks, camouflaged uniforms and a soldier's diet is all research backed by DST. There are many STEM career opportunities in Defence! To learn more, click here.
Yrs 11 & 12: New RMIT Course: Bachelor of Space Science - Did you know the Australian Space Agency has just signed a deal with NASA to head back to the moon in 2024? After years of relying on mining for our economic growth, Australia has invested in the space race to kick start the economy – with a view to create 20,000 extra jobs by 2030. For budding astrophiles, the good news is that RMIT has introduced the Bachelor of Space Science. To learn more, click here.
Yrs 9-12: University course search tool - The Course Seeker website contains a national course comparison tool which allows students to search, select and compare higher education courses and filter search results by ATAR, study area and location. If you're interested in looking outside of Victoria for tertiary opportunities post-school, click here.
EMC & MFC Yrs 7-12: Hume City Council Youth Summit 2020 - Calling all young people who are passionate about mental health! The Hume Youth Summit will provide a space for young people to share their ideas on how to improve youth mental health and emotional wellbeing. The Working Group will start planning in February to deliver the summit in June 2020. You will share ideas (and snacks!) with other young people who will help plan, deliver and evaluate the Hume Youth Summit. If interested, click here for more information.
Yr12: RMIT Business Catch-ups - Year 12 students interested in Business can check out where you could be studying in 2020 and take the opportunity to ask any last-minute questions to current a Business student whilst touring the City campus on either November 29 or December 4. In order to help you make the best choice for your future, join RMIT for a tour of their City Campus where all of their Business programs are taught. If you're interested in taking this opportunity up (you need to register!), click here.
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.