In Focus Careers

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4 Steps to Help Your Kids Achieve Their Dream

You know hip, cool and trendy when you see it.

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Nhulunbuy isn’t it.

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There is no clear path from Nhulunbuy…..to…. hip, cool and trendy!!

No path

Dana was in Year 10 at Nhulunbuy High School and she wanted to become a hip, cool, trendy graphic designer.

But Dana lived in Arnhemland. Her Dad worked at the bauxite refinery. Her Mum was from the Philippines. Her little sister was in primary school. They would do anything for her, but they had no idea how to help her to become a graphic designer.

Dana was facing barriers that stop thousands of students reaching their potential. Talent gets left on the table everyday.

But sometimes it can seem like magic happens.

Dana HAS become a graphic designer. In 2015 she was named one of the Five Illustrative Designers Killing it on Instagram. You can see her hip, cool and trendy work on Instagram HERE

Dana’s 4 Steps to Her Dream

Dana’s greatest asset was herself. Her talent and determination drove all of us to believe in her dream and do what we could to support her.

Step 1 – Discover How to Do More

Subject choices were limited at Nhulunbuy High School. In Year 11 Dana did more. She enrolled in Information Processing and Publishing externally via the Open Access College in Adelaide.

Step 2 – Find the YES ….AND Technique

Dana’s greatest source of support was her talented and wonderfully enthusiastic art teacher who said,  “YES Dana. You CAN be a designer.” AND proceeded to teach her how.

Step 3 – Ask for Help

It is amazing how helpful people will be if you only ask.

We asked an architect 2000 km away in Cairns if he would give Dana work experience. “I don’t do interior design but I am happy to help if you think it might be useful.”

Step 4 – Giga Dreams – Nano Steps 

Dana’s dream was big. Her steps were small. She read magazines, worked at her art, kept looking for opportunities and studied externally. She talked to her family about design courses and talked to anyone who would listen about her dream.

Magic Happens Slowly

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Dana’s journey wasn’t a fairy tale. She overcame many barriers.

When she left school she went to work in the bauxite refinery where she saved money to pursue her dream.

Dana had graduated from a small remote high school. She found a university that wouldn’t overwhelm her.

She was the first in her family to go to university and needed that university to provided appropriate support.

She relocated to university leaving her her family behind in Nhulunbuy.

Dana graduating

Dana did it. She graduated with a Bachelor of Design from Queensland College of Art.

Say YES 

You can help talented heroes like Dana to achieve their dreams.

Nano Steps:

  • Becoming an expert in career news and opportunities via the In Focus Careers Newsletter.
  • Sharing teaching resources with other careers teachers. Alice Sounness from John Curtin College has already shared some of hers which are posted here.
  • Ask me for help if you have a student who is facing barriers. I will see what support I can rally through the In Focus Careers network.

 

bust-small-72dpiIf you are tired of not knowing what to do next it may be time to think about consulting a professional career advisor to set you in the right direction. Email me at Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au  or you can phone me on M:0434056412

 


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Help to Democratize Career Choices

You know getting into medicine is tough. Imagine how tough it is getting into medicine from Australia North mapa school in NE Arnhemland.

That’s was one girl’s dream when I was Careers Advisor at Nhulunbuy High School.

Subject choices were limited at Nhulunbuy High School so she had to study some subjects via the Open Access College in Adelaide.

The closest university medical admissions test was in Darwin 1000 km away.

Her parents were missionaries so the cost of  just getting Mary (not her real name) to the test was prohibitive.

The community wasn’t powerful enough to sway exam administrators to let her take the test in Nhulunbuy, even under supervision from the local hospital registrar and the high school principal.

Everyone’s frustration heightened as it seemed impossible for Mary to even take the first step towards achieving her career dream.

Mary was facing some of the thousands of barriers that prevent students reaching their career potential. Students do not get an equal chance to take up their best career choice. There isn’t a level playing field for all students to launch from.

Mary got into medicine. It was a huge collaborative effort. The Open Access College and wonderful teachers at the school supported her to achieve outstanding results. Her parents turned to family and friends for help to get her to the test. Wesley College in Melbourne offered free accommodation. The Qantas agent said “Qantas doesn’t give free tickets” but got the best deal ever for her to fly to the test. Cairns hospital provided work experience for her on her trip home. Everyone worked together to help her to overcome the barriers to achieving her dream.

She must be in her final year of medicine by now.

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You can help to level the playing field so that all students get a fair chance to reach their potential.

  • Share your worksheets with other teachers. Send them in and I will publish them on the Teaching Resources link. Alice Sounness from John Curtin College has already shared some of hers which are posted here.
  • Distribute the news in the In Focus Careers Newsletter to your students and families so that everyone has equal access to information about the latest developments and opportunities.IMG_4981
  • Tell me stories about how you have helped students to lift off their careers. I will share them in the newsletter and create a Success Folio which might inspire other students.
  • Say YES to opportunities to help each other so that all students get a fair chance to achieve their career potential.

By working together we can democratize career choices so that ALL West Australian students get the BEST chance to engage all of their potential in a job they love.

Please send careers worksheets, resources and stories to me at Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au   or call me on M:0434056412.


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Career Exploration for Upper School Subject Choices

Shared by John Curtin College

Our Year 10 students will be studying and working in the Thinking Economy. By studying and working in the Thinking Economy students will be developing and applying skills of communication, collaboration, critical and creative thinking, and flexibility.

Career Voyage

All Year 10 students have generated a report that includes their career interests and a list of jobs that they may interested in exploring.

Students may access this website from home and continue to explore what the rest of the software offers.

Career Exploration

The following are three useful Websites to explore careers, salaries, job openings and tertiary education courses. Besides outlining Duties and Tasks, the main distinguishing feature is listed beneath each.

useful for using Career Ladders for finding Jobs and tertiary courses of study

videos on jobs.

TISC University Admission pdf

Start your Exploration of TAFE sites

 


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Subject Selection Advising Chart

This is a really useful quick reference chart to use when helping students select subjects.

Courtesy John Curtin College

Chosen Pathway University Degree

/Study

Courses to Study for Uni Entry Alternate Entry Pathway Course to Study
Acting/ Drama

 

 

 

 

WAAPA

ECU

Murdoch

Curtin

Notre Dame

English ATAR or Literature

Specialist Course

No Set Prerequisites

Cert IV into Uni as

No specific Cert IV acting course

English

Specialist Course

VET Course

Architecture/

Drafting

Curtin

UWA – Design

English ATAR or Literature

Specialist Course

No Set Prerequisites but

AIT, Tech Graphics (Cert 11 Visual Arts), Maths

 

Residential Drafting

Cert IV

English

Specialist Course

Maths

Tech Graphics (Cert 11 Visual Arts)

VET Course

Art

 

 

 

 

 

Curtin

UWA

ECU

English ATAR or Literature

Specialist Course

No Set Prerequisites but

Visual Arts

AIT

Cert IV

Art & Design (Central)

English

Specialist Course

Art

AIT

VET Course

Arts

 

 

 

 

UWA

Murdoch

Curtin

ECU

Notre Dame

English ATAR or Literature

Specialist Course

No Set Prerequisites

Cert IV English

Specialist Course

VET Course

 

Broadcasting

 

 

 

 

Murdoch

Curtin

ECU

WAAPA

 

English ATAR or Literature

Specialist Course

No Set Prerequisites but

Media Production and Analysis

Broadcasting – Central

Cert IV

Media Portfolio (Murdoch)

English

Specialist Course

Media Production and Analysis

VET Course

Business/

Accounting/

Commerce

 

 

 

UWA

Curtin

Murdoch

Notre Dame

ECU

English ATAR or Literature

Specialist Course

At least Mathematics: Applications

Business

Cert IV

English

Specialist Course

Maths

AIT

VET Course

Computing & Games/

Animation

 

 

 

 

 

UWA –Science

Curtin

ECU

Murdoch

Notre Dame

English ATAR or Literature

Specialist Course

AIT

At least Mathematics: Applications

Media Production and Analysis / Visual Arts

– for Gaming

Cert IV

Media Portfolio Entry (Murdoch)

English

Specialist Course

AIT

Maths

Art

Media Production and Analysis

VET Course

Dance and Ballet

 

 

 

WAAPA Degree Course needs

English ATAR or Literature

WAAPA English

Specialist Course

VET Course

Education

Pre-Primary

Primary

Secondary

 

 

 

UWA – Grad Degree

Curtin

Murdoch

ECU

Notre Dame

Literacy and Numeracy Tests

English ATAR or Literature

Specialist Course

No Set Prerequisites but

Secondary – may focus on courses of interest for degree first then Dip.Ed.

Cert IV or

Childcare Courses

English* Requirements may change

Specialist Course

Maths

IntegSci * good for pre-Primary & Primary

Health*

AIT

VET Course

Engineering UWA – Grad Degree

Murdoch

Curtin

ECU

English ATAR or Literature

Specialist Course

Physics, Chemistry

At least Mathematics: Methods

Check Requirements

 

 

Cert IV Engineering English

Specialist Course

Mathematics: Applications necessary

AIT

Tech Graphics (Cert 11

Visual Arts)

VET Course

Fashion/

Textiles/

Costumes

 

 

 

 

 

Curtin

ECU

English ATAR or Literature

Specialist Course

May need a portfolio

No Set Prerequisites but

Textiles

Visual Arts

AIT?

Central

WAAPA

English

Specialist Course

Costumes

Production ( Cert 11 in live production, Theatre and Events)

VET Course

Health Sciences and Dietician/

Podiatrist/

Occupational Therapist/

Speech Therapist/

Chiropractor+ would have to liaise with each Uni

 

UWA- Health, Podiatry, Health

Curtin – Dietician, OT, Health

ECU – Speech

Murdoch – Chiropractic Studies

English ATAR or Literature

Specialist Course

Maths – Check the recommended level for the area of study

Human Biology, (Chemistry? Physics? – check TISC)

Health Based Courses or Lab Tech Courses in Science

Possible but unlikely

English * Check with the University

Specialist Course

Maths

VET Course

 

Interior Design/

Decorating

 

 

 

 

 

Curtin

 

English ATAR or Literature

Specialist Course

No Set Prerequisites

Visual Arts

AIT

Tech Graphics (Cert 11 Visual Arts),

 

Cert IV

Interior Decorating

English

Specialist Course

Maths

Tech Graphics (Cert 11 Visual Arts)

AIT

VET Course

Journalism

 

 

 

 

 

Murdoch

Curtin

ECU

English ATAR or Literature

Specialist Course

No Set Prerequisites

History

Media Production and Analysis AIT

Certificate IV anything English

Specialist Course

Media Production and Analysis AIT

VET Course

Law

 

 

 

 

Murdoch

Notre Dame

ECU

UWA – Grad Degree

Curtin

 

English ATAR or Literature

Specialist Course

No Set Prerequisites

History?

Maths?

Legal Studies Cert IV

Then Legal Studies at Murdoch

 

English

Specialist Course

Maths

VET Course

Media

 

Murdoch

Curtin

ECU

Notre Dame

UWA in Arts Deg

English ATAR or Literature

Specialist Course

No Set Prerequisites

Media Production and Analysis AIT

 

Cert IV (Central) English

Specialist Course

Media Production and Analysis

Photography

VET Course

Medicine/

Dentistry

 

 

 

 

 

 

UWA – Grad Degree and Direct Entry if 99 ATAR with UMAT

Notre Dame – Medicine only

Curtin – Medicine only

 

English ATAR or Literature

Specialist Course

No Set Prerequisites but

Physics &/or H. Biol /Biology

Chem

Mathematics: Methods

 

Cert IV into Science Area

Then into Science Degree at Murdoch/ECU/Notre Dame then Grad Entry but B Grade Average Needed

Possible but v unlikely

English

Specialist Course

Maths

VET Course

Music

Performance/Sound Technology

 

 

 

 

 

WAAPA – both Areas

UWA – Music Available to study as part of degree

Murdoch – Sound Tech

English ATAR or Literature

Specialist Course

No Set Prerequisites

Media

AIT

Production ( Cert 11 in live production, Theatre and Events)

Central

Or Murdoch Portfolio Entry to Media

English 2A/2B

Specialist Course

Maths

AIT/Media for Music Technology

Production ( Cert 11 in live production, Theatre and Events)

VET Course

Music Theatre

 

 

 

 

 

 

WAAPA Music GATE

English ATAR or Literature

WAAPA English

Specialist Course

VET Course

Nursing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ECU

Curtin

Murdoch – Mandurah and Perth Campus

UWA – Grad Degree

Notre Dame

English ATAR or Literature

Specialist Course

H. Biol

Maths

Chem-not a prerequisite but v useful

Enrolled Nursing

Cert IV

English

Specialist Course

Maths

Integ Science

Health Studies

VET Course

Photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

Curtin

ECU

Murdoch

English ATAR or Literature

Specialist Course

No Set Prerequisites

Media Production and Analysis Photography

Central English

Specialist Course

Photography

VET Course

Physiotherapy

 

 

 

 

 

 

Curtin

Notre Dame

English ATAR or Literature

Specialist Course

H. Biol

At least: Mathematics: Applications

Physics – useful

 

Massage – as an alternative option

Sports Massage – as an alternative option

 

English

Specialist Course

Maths

Integrated Science

Health Studies

VET Course

Psychology

Masters Needed to Practise*

Counselling

 

 

 

UWA – as part of a degree

Murdoch

ECU

Curtin

Notre Dame

English ATAR or Literature

Specialist Course

Mathematics: Applications (Statistics part of the course)

H.Biol

Psychology

Youth Work

Community Work

Cert IV

English

Specialist Course

Maths

Integ Science or Health

VET Course

 

Social Work

Youth Work

 

 

 

 

 

Curtin

UWA – Grad Degree in Health Sciences

ECU

English ATAR or Literature

Specialist Course

No Set Prerequisites

Psychology

Youth Work

Community Work

English

Specialist Course

Maths

Health Studies

VET Course

Sports Science

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UWA – as part of a degree

Murdoch

ECU

Notre Dame

Curtin

English ATAR or Literature

Specialist Course

Mathematics: Applications  Biol

Sports Development

Fitness Training

Sport and Recreation

Outdoor Recreation

(Central & Challenger)

Cert IV

English

Specialist Course

Maths

Integrated Science

Phys Ed Studies

VET Course

Stage Management

Lighting/Sound/

Costume/Make-Up etc

 

Sound

 

 

WAAPA

 

 

 

Murdoch

WAAPA Fashion

Beautician

Sound

 

English

Specialist Course

Maths?

Production and Design

VET Course

Veterinary Studies

 

 

 

 

 

 

Murdoch English ATAR or Literature

Specialist Course

At least: Mathematics: Applications

Chemistry

Physics &/or Biology

Vet Nursing

Animal Studies (Murdoch)

Cert IV

Possible but v unlikely

English

Specialist Course

Maths

Integ Science/Biology

VET Course

WAAPA

Acting

Ballet

Dance

Music

Musical Theatre

Production

 

WAAPA Check whether Degree or Diploma/Certificate Course English

Specialist Course

VET Course

 

 

 

 


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Job Description for Course Advisor

JOHN CURTIN COLLEGE OF THE ARTS

This is an example of a course advisor position job description that John Curtin College uses. This position isn’t vacant, it is provided as an example for schools to work with.

Example job description – COURSE ADVISER

 The Course Adviser will work as part of the Student Services team under the management of the Careers Coordinator.  The work mainly involves advising students and parents about course selections along with tertiary and vocational options.

Previous experience as a course adviser is highly desirable.

CONDITIONS :                                   Up to eight (8) periods of class time

LENGTH OF APPOINTMENT:        One (1) year with possible extension

ELIGIBILITY:                                     Permanent and temporary teachers are encouraged to apply.

JOB DESCRIPTION

  • Provide course advice to all students as required with a particular emphasis on Years 10, 11 and 12.
  • Maintain records of interviews and advice given.
  • Provide counselling and advice to allocated students on Course Advising Day, Term 3.
  • Maintain an up-to-date knowledge base regarding issues such as college curriculum changes, School Curriculum and Standards Authority WACE requirements, tertiary entry requirements, alternate entry pathways, and new courses at tertiary institutions, WAAPA entry requirements, and VET programs, both within and outside the college, as well as apprenticeships and traineeships.
  • Work with the Careers Coordinator to deliver a careers program for Years 9 and 10 students.
  • Attend relevant PD sessions.
  • Provide counselling and advice to allocated students on Course Advising Day, Term 3.
  • Other duties as required by the Careers Coordinator.
  • Participate actively as a member of the Student Services team and support all Student Services Policies.

SELECTION CRITERIA

  • Demonstrated understanding of and experience in course advising students as well as parents /guardians.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the structure of the current secondary curriculum together with the requirements for secondary graduation and tertiary entrance programs, including State training providers, universities and WAAPA.
  • Demonstrated high level of effective communication with students, parents or guardians, and demonstrated support and commitment to the college community.

 

 


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Open Day Cheat Sheet

University open days can be like the Royal Show.  There are a million things to see and everyone is trying to show or sell you something.

Open Day

4 Steps 

Make the most of your open day by taking these 4 steps.

1 Identify Three Areas to Focus On

You might be interested in engineering, education and law for example, so focus on those.

2 Visit the University Website

For each of the 3 areas of interest identify 3 courses that sound good. If one of your focus areas is engineering you might choose to look in more detail at:

  • Chemical engineering
  • Metallurgical engineering, and
  • Civil engineering

latvian clog dancingHaving that plan will give you a good direction for your explorations and you will be less likely to get lost listening to stories about Latvian Clog Dancing.

3 Locate the Buildings on a Map

Locate the faculty buildings on the university website and plan your route around the 3 areas you have chosen.

Plan to go back to visit other things interesting things that you see and take a break at one of the food vans at about half way through to gather your thoughts.

4 Start Your Expedition

UWA open dayGo to the Open Day and talk to current students about what they like and hate and what they plan to do when they graduate.

Find lecturers and ask them about the best and worst bits of their subject/course.

Check the displays.

BEFORE YOU LEAVE

Make an appointment to speak to one of the career advisors or student ambassadors about your favourite course(s).