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April Update: Universities are developing new entry pathways for 2021

Universities are working overtime to make enrollments fair for 2021.
UWA is the first to come forward with its new pathway. The change is the Predicted ATAR Entry.

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We are pleased to announce that we will now be offering three different ways for current Year 12 school leavers in Australia to apply for admission to our main undergraduate degrees – the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Bachelor of Commerce, and Bachelor of Science for 2021 entry. We have made this change so that during this challenging time students are provided with more certainty, support and options should they wish to pursue a UWA degree.

ATAR-based entry 

Although it is too early to know if there will be any changes to Year 12 exams, we will still offer our standard entry pathway.

Predicted ATAR entry

UWA will provide an offer based on a student’s predicted ATAR from the end of Year 11. We may require a diagnostic interview to identify any additional support that may be required, including bridging units, once they arrive at UWA.  At this stage Year 12 students must still sit their Year 12 exams and, when results are released, if their ATAR is higher than their predicted ATAR, they can update their application if they’d like to change their course.

Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

In recognition of the unique set of challenges Year 12 students are facing this year, 18 and 19-year-old students who are taking insufficient ATAR-based subjects or are not taking ATAR, will be eligible to sit the STAT test and a diagnostic interview as above.

The Predicted ATAR entry pathway is not applicable for Direct Pathways to Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Podiatry.  The STAT test pathway is not available for any Direct Pathways or the Bachelor of Philosophy. The application process for these courses will be communicated shortly.

You can sign up for UWA updates at 2021 entry pathways. 

I will update information from all West Australian universities as it comes through. 

Year 12 Career Warriors

Check the Year 12 Career Warriors 2020 Survival Guide for more information.

 

 

University preparation courses

Doing one of the uni preparation courses is a good pathway to consider.

  • They are generally free
  • You may be able to do one before the start of the 2021 academic year
  • You find out about a range of different courses that may interest you
  • They are generally a semester long
  • You learn about university life without having the pressure of a full degree program

Although each course is different there are usually 4 subject like….

  • Academic Writing
  • Communication Skills
  • Essential Maths
  • Research Skills and Information Literacy

Notre Dame

logo-notre-dameThe Tertiary Pathway Program at Notre Dame is for people who did  NOT do ATAR, or who didn’t get the required cut off score.

It is a 13-week program which you apply for directly to Notre Dame.

Applicants need to be able to demonstrate good English language skills to be offered a place.

ECU

ECUUniPrep & UniPrep (Education Assistant Program is a 6 month full time course or 12 months part time.

School leavers must be able to demonstrate that they have achieved their WACE and meet ECU’s English Competency Requirements.

School leavers who wait until semester 2 to apply will be classified as Non School Leavers and will need to demonstrate how they meet ECU’s English Competency Requirements.

Edith Cowan College offers courses that can result in entry to second year of ECU’s Bachelor Degree program

Curtin UniversityCurtin1

The Curtin UniReadyprogram is now the most open offering in WA. Year 12s apply through TISC and they don’t need ATAR, or English or WACE to apply.

Curtin has capped numbers so applicants are ranked according to equity conditions that contributed to educational disadvantage. Applicants are then ranked according to when they applied.

You can check out Curtin pathways HERE. 

Enabling Course in Science, Engineering and Health  Completion of this program will meet relatively higher entry requirements and subject prerequisites too.

Curtin College offers courses that can result in entry to second year of Curtin’s Bachelor Degree program.

Portfolio Entry  is not only for the creative courses; it is applicable to courses like Education, Science, Commerce and Health.

University of Western Australia

UWA UWAY – This is an alternative entry pathway and comprehensive support program for students completing Year 12 under challenging circumstances.

The program provides academic, financial and personal support, and it is responsive to individual student needs, throughout their final year of secondary school and during their university studies. You can apply for alternative entry to an undergraduate degree course through UWay if your academic achievements have been adversely affected by certain disadvantages.

 Murdoch University

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On Track is a 14 week course that prepares students for entry to a course with a minimum ATAR requirement of 70.

On Track Sprint  is a 4 week course run over the Christmas holidays that may prepare you for entry to a course with a minimum ATAR requirement of 70.

TLC10 – prepares students to apply for Murdoch through a 1 day per week course that runs all year in Mandurah and Rockingham.

Portfolio Entry – you can gain entry to courses that rely on creative talent in media, games art and design and creative writing, photography and web communication via a portfolio demonstrating your work + a number of hoops like WACE and English competence. For Portfolio entry try the Domestic Admissions Team on 9360 7458 or send an email by following this link

Email info@murdochinstitute.wa.edu.au for information.

Central Queensland University

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STEPS (Skills for Tertiary Education Preparatory Studies)

This program is tailored to help you meet entry requirements or boost your confidence.

It usually takes between 1 and 2 terms to complete (4 to 8 months). It can be completed online or on-campus.

CQU Principal’s Recommendation Scheme

The Principal’s Recommendation Scheme provides an alternate entry pathway to CQUniversity courses* that is based on the recommendation of High school Principals and not reliant on whether a student has received an ATAR.

At CQUniversity we believe senior schooling results are important, but we also believe that other factors such as motivation, talent, and passion can lead to student success at university. The scheme is designed to assist capable students to access entry to CQUniversity, it in no way provides relaxation of the quality and academic standards that students must meet to successfully complete their degree.

To apply for a CQUniversity course via the Principal’s Recommendation Scheme, a student must:

  • Be studying Year 12 in an Australian school in 2020.
  • Have their Principal’s recommendation in writing.

For more information on how to apply and what must be included in the recommendation please visit the Principal’s Recommendations Scheme webpage.

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If you don’t get your ATAR in 2020 you can still get into university

Universities need students. The ATAR gives them a convenient way of selecting 26% of their students.  The other 74% of university students enrol through different pathways. Mitchell REport

If you don’t get your ATAR in 2020 you can still get into university

Check the Year 12 Career Warriors 2020 Survival Guide for information.

Universities WANT you to enrol with them so keep checking their websites for updated information.

Higher Education – University preparation courses

  • They are generally free
  • You find out about a range of different courses that may interest you
  • They are generally a semester long
  • You learn about university life without having the pressure of a full degree program

Although each course is different there are usually 4 subject like….

  • Academic Writing
  • Communication Skills
  • Essential Maths
  • Research Skills and Information Literacy

Consider this…. 

If you don’t want to live on Poverty Street you must do some study when you leave school. Statistics 4

If you are thinking about TAFE, go to a Jobs and Skills Centre .If you are thinking about uni check out university careers services or email me to explore your options.

University Alternative Entry

Notre Dame

logo-notre-dameThe Tertiary Pathway Program at Notre Dame is for people who did  NOT do ATAR, or who didn’t get the required cut off score.

It is a 13-week program which you apply for directly to Notre Dame.

Applicants need to be able to demonstrate good English language skills to be offered a place.

ECU

ECUUniPrep & UniPrep (Education Assistant Program is a 6 month full time course or 12 months part time.

School leavers must be able to demonstrate that they have achieved their WACE and meet ECU’s English Competency Requirements.

School leavers who wait until semester 2 to apply will be classified as Non School Leavers and will need to demonstrate how they meet ECU’s English Competency Requirements.

Edith Cowan College offers courses that can result in entry to second year of ECU’s Bachelor Degree program

Curtin UniversityCurtin1

The Curtin UniReady program is now the most open offering in WA. Year 12s apply through TISC and they don’t need ATAR, or English or WACE to apply.

Curtin has capped numbers so applicants are ranked according to equity conditions that contributed to educational disadvantage. Applicants are then ranked according to when they applied.

You can check out Curtin pathways HERE. 

Enabling Course in Science, Engineering and Health  Completion of this program will meet relatively higher entry requirements and subject prerequisites too.

Curtin College offers courses that can result in entry to second year of Curtin’s Bachelor Degree program.

Portfolio Entry  is not only for the creative courses; it is applicable to courses like Education, Science, Commerce and Health.

Murdoch University

Murdoch-University-logo

On Track is a 14 week course that prepares students for entry to a course with a minimum ATAR requirement of 70.

On Track Sprint  is a 4 week course run over the Christmas holidays that may prepare you for entry to a course with a minimum ATAR requirement of 70.

TLC10 – prepares students to apply for Murdoch through a 1 day per week course that runs all year in Mandurah and Rockingham.

Portfolio Entry – you can gain entry to courses that rely on creative talent in media, games art and design and creative writing, photography and web communication via a portfolio demonstrating your work + a number of hoops like WACE and English competence. For Portfolio entry try the Domestic Admissions Team on 9360 7458 or send an email by following this link

Email info@murdochinstitute.wa.edu.au for information.

University of Western Australia

UWA

UWAY – This is an alternative entry pathway and comprehensive support program for students completing Year 12 under challenging circumstances.

The program provides academic, financial and personal support, and it is responsive to individual student needs, throughout their final year of secondary school and during their university studies. You can apply for alternative entry to an undergraduate degree course through UWay if your academic achievements have been adversely affected by certain disadvantages.

Thanks Philip Sharpe, Future Students Centre, University of Western Australia

Central Queensland University

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STEPS (Skills for Tertiary Education Preparatory Studies)

This program is tailored to help you meet entry requirements or boost your confidence.

It usually takes between 1 and 2 terms to complete (4 to 8 months). It can be completed online or on-campus.

CQU Principal’s Recommendation Scheme

The Principal’s Recommendation Scheme provides an alternate entry pathway to CQUniversity courses* that is based on the recommendation of High school Principals and not reliant on whether a student has received an ATAR.

At CQUniversity we believe senior schooling results are important, but we also believe that other factors such as motivation, talent, and passion can lead to student success at university. The scheme is designed to assist capable students to access entry to CQUniversity, it in no way provides relaxation of the quality and academic standards that students must meet to successfully complete their degree.

To apply for a CQUniversity course via the Principal’s Recommendation Scheme, a student must:

  • Be studying Year 12 in an Australian school in 2020.
  • Have their Principal’s recommendation in writing.

For more information on how to apply and what must be included in the recommendation please visit the Principal’s Recommendations Scheme webpage.

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Covid-19 Career Tips – Network Your Butt Off

Things have never been tougher for year 12s. If you don’t go back to school, these tips may help you to move forward.

1. Network Your Butt Off to Find a Job

STEP 1

Most jobs in Western Australia don’t get advertised. Even when the job IS advertised, it often goes to someone the employer knows.

Create your network map. It will look something like this. Your place coggle

Once you have your map, get help from a friend or family member to figure how each part of your network could possibly help you to find work.

Put your ideas into a list and work through your list.

STEP 2

Once you have got through the urgent stage to get yourself some money coming in, you may need to get some professional help to decide:

  • what direction you want to take,
  • what problem you would like to solve,
  • what you would like to do for the next couple of years.

Finding your perfect future will take a lot of baby steps and false starts. That’s fine. Life after school is rarely as linear as it has been at school.

2. Don’t Have a Meltdown

These are rotten times. There has never been a greater need to ask for help.

  • No one is breezing through this dreadful time. There are experiences helpers at places like Headspace, Lifeline and Beyond Blue 
  • School pastors and counsellors are still around. Contact them if you need to talk to someone.

3. How to Go Forward

Get a copy of the Year 12 Careers Warriors Covid-19 Career Guide It has some advice on work in a post Covid -19 world.

Year 12 Career Warriors

Go to one of the Jobs and Skills Centres to get more advice and support.

4. Money

Hackers are raining on my parade every day since the Covid-19 hit WA.

They may be offering Year 12s:

  • cheap courses that are useless
  • magic paths forward that seem amazing
  • jobs, where you just work for peanuts for months.

Scammers don’t come with a crowbar and mask. They are more likely to smile and try to become your friend.

These three sites  provide great advice:

MONEYSMART

You KNOW that people are going to try to scam you.

New amazing courses…for a VERY REASONABLE PRICE!

Magic plans to get you into an amazing course at uni.

Opportunities to work … forever… FOR NOTHING!!

The Money Smart site is information provided by the government. It is NOT trying to sell you anything.

It has information about how to cope with Covid-19.

It has a section about Studying that includes where to get financial help and how to plan a budget.  It also provides advice on Moving Out of Home. 

FAIR WORK OMBUDSMAN

Fair work ombusdman

I hope the crisis has caused the government to put more staff on at the Fair Work Ombudsman office.

They are the ones you go to for help on the issues above.

TENANCY ADVICE

The Youth Central site is in Victoria. It provides information on how to prepare and what to look out for when you are leaving home.

Before you sign a lease you can check what you are signing up for HERE.

5. Studying Next Year

TISC

TISC Undergraduate

TISC will provide you will all of the information you will need about applying for university for 2021.

Applications close on about 30 September, but you can still apply after that by paying a late fee.

Notre Dame University in Fremantle has its own application process and you need to apply to the university directly.

TAFE

Check with Jobs and Skills Centres to find what is happening with TAFE, and all VET courses.

The long term earnings of Certificate IV and Diploma graduates is equal to those of people who have degrees.

If you do a course where there is high demand for workers, the course fees will be much lower than if you do a course like art.

Check out the State Priority Occupation (government subsidised) courses at the bottom of this link to see what courses have lower fees.

Find more information about TAFE courses HERE.

University

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The counselling services at all of the universities are free. The staff are professional and they want you to enrol in the right course for you.

Check the website of the uni of your choice and book an appointment.

If you are going to uni, go to the orientation week. There will be students there who are looking for new students to help so that they can get leadership skills. Get one of them as a mentor.

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Covid-19 Career News Update WA

Year 12 Career Warriors Survival Guide

The Year 12 Career Warriors Covid-19 Survival Guide is is available via Google Docs. Just click and a request comes to me to give you permission to access it.

The huge number of requests for it must reflect the amount of anxiety Year 12’s are feeling. Stay cool. If you have any questions just email me. Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au

Senior School Career Warriors Presentation

Career Warrior Super Hero

I put together this presentation for one school. It is pretty self explanatory.

I did it in Canva and it only downloads as a PDF.  Click on Senior School Career Warriors to ask for access to it and I will give you permission as soon as I get to your email.

I could share it from my Canva account too which would make it easier to use if you are a Canva user.

Feel free to use it with your senior school students.

Best Online Courses

The Good Universities Guide has put up this list of websites for online courses.

They say:

1. edX

2. Udemy

3. Coursera

4. LinkedIn Learning

This is not my field of expertise so I can’t recommend one over the other. For information go hereIf you have difficulty finding what you want, let me know and I will put out a request for information across the network.

Workplace Learning Alternatives

Sorry, I can’t shed any light on how to meet your workplace learning obligations under certificate courses.

I wrote to all of the Industry Training Councils on Saturday asking for information and advice and alternatives to WPL.

Norma, who leads the Retail and Personal Services Industry Training Council, is devastated at the hit her retail industry is taking.

The Logistics Industry Training Council said:

Unfortunately at this point in time, it is rather difficult to predict where things are headed… The aviation sector is taking a hit from the tourism side and border closures whereas other supply chain sectors (i.e. distribution centres and road freight) are frantically working around the clock to ensure supplies are prioritized to restock shelves and allow essential medicines and equipment to get into the country.

In the meantime, in case you had not come across this…it a link to a virtual enterprise that may be of assistance for students:

https://www.edenexchange.com/c/virtual-enterprise-australia-213

Scitech has Closed

Those who are not taking this seriously may have thought a day at Scitech could be a good idea. Nup:

Scitech Closed

So is the zoo and practically everywhere except schools.

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One Wit suggested that weddings could be conducted at schools as you are allowed to have as many as you like there!!

Stay safe.

 

 

 

 

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Year 12 Career Warriors – Covid-19 Survival Handbook

I have had some Year 12 presentations cancelled due to the need to stop group meetings.

As I can’t be there in person I have put together the Year 12 Career Warriors – Covid-19 Handbook which has information that I think Year 12s might want to know right now.

Year 12 Career Warriors

 

You can download the Guide even if you don’t subscribe to my insanely great newsletter.

I have loaded it onto Google docs and got this shareable link. If you have trouble downloading it email me at Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au.

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April Issue Out Early

Most year 12s were hoping for a flash of inspiration at the Careers Expo or one of the uni open days. Their hopes are being dashed as the events are all being cancelled.

My inbox is going crazy with people asking what I know. I am posting up information as soon as I find out anything so just keep an eye on my blog.

I have sent out the April issue early in case schools close.

April 2020

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News from Notre Dame Uni – Medicine information session and others cancelled

I just received this through from Lexi, the Notre Dame Manager of the Prospective Student Office.

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Events and school visits
Our scheduled on-Campus events from now until July will be available online.

  • Parent Online Info Session on 31 March
  • The Medicine Info Session scheduled for this Sunday, 22 March will be rescheduled to a later date (to be confirmed)
  • Campus tours – we are unable to host any groups visits on Campus in Term 1 and 2, so we have produced a video campus tour hosted by our Student Ambassador, Teneil, which will be available online shortly.
  • Virtual uni presentations – our Advisors can provide a presentation for your students online via Zoom, which they can access as a group or individually. Book your virtual uni presentation here or contact us directly.

Online toolkit
At this time, we are committed to supporting you and your students with additional online resources including the following:

  • Online 1-on-1 Advice Session bookings via our Facebook page. We encourage students to use this option (or phone) in lieu of visiting the office in person.
  • Our live chat feature on Facebook Messenger is available during work hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5pm).
  • A NEW Guide for year 10/11 students – Finding the right degree for me – coming soon
  • Virtual school uni presentations – book here
  • Campus tour video

It’s all here > notredame.edu.au/freo/careers

Questions? We are here to help on 08 9433 0533 or future@nd.edu.au

You will need to seek information by, for example, calling the Facebook Messenger line at Notre Dame rather than just going to an information session.

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Frog overloadPeople are emailing information to me or contacting me with questions. I have never been busier.

I will continue to feed through information so that you have more control over your decisions.

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Big Day In Cancelled – What do I do now??

The biggest IT day for schools each year is the Big Day In which was to be held at UWA this year. Students often get their career inspiration from this brilliant industry showcase day.  

Big Day In

We have just got word through that it has been cancelled for 2020.

Unfortunately, the BiG Day In Perth event at University of Western Australia on 14 May 2020 has been postponed / cancelled after recent directives from both WA Health, WA Department of Education and the Australian Government.

We’re very sad to not be able to run the BiG Day In Perth this year as scheduled, however, we’ll be back bigger and better in 2021 and hope to see you then!  We are looking at some possible other alternatives such as online delivery and will get back to you if those plans seem feasible.

Any queries regarding cancellations etc, please contact me at kerrie.bisaro@acsfoundation.com.au and I’ll get back to you in due course.

Thank you for your support and we can’t wait to see you in Perth next year.

So do THIS

If you want to find out more about careers in IT all is not lost.

Australian Computer SocietyContact the WA branch of the Australian Computer Society. It is the peak organisation for all things IT in Western Australia. Tell them you wanted to go to the Big Day In, which they support, and ask how you can find out more about the industry.

They are lovely people and love to help students, so make yourself known.

WITWA

Women in Technology WA supports women who are interested in careers in IT. WITWA holds events throughout the year to let girls know what is possible.

They are all volunteers who commit their time to helping girls and women to succeed in IT.

Hacked

HackEd is a government program designed to support school students to explore what is possible through hacking data across different platforms to add value. Brilliant.

You could check that out for this year. It will probably be all done online.

lauging emoji(There would be nothing better than bringing together all of the career resources that are available to students in WA!!! )

 

 

Incite

For some real excitement check out the Incite Awards. These are the Awards for the breakthrough IT innovations in Western Australia. Winners go on to the national awards.

It is just great to see the exciting IT work that is being done in WA.

When you know who the cool people are you can target them as mentors!!!

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Agriculture Jobs Available

This new job service is a partnership between Stadium, State government and a number of organisations in the agriculture industry.

Traditionally backpackers and travellers fill a number of seasonal roles across agriculture but with Corona Virus travel restrictions in place we have seen backpackers denied entry into Australia or leaving our shores for home. This has resulted in a critical number of shortages which presents an opportunity to domestic students.Stadium

Stadium.work is an online platform that helps you find a job in your chosen field or find casual work while you’re still studying. Simply click below to register for free with Studium and create your student profile.

Register now to take advantage

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development and a number of partners in the agriculture space will use Studium to find suitable students and engage them in a range of employment opportunities.

Employers Search for You

Employers actively search the platform to find you. So, no need for you to make countless applications or search online for jobs.

There are just 3 simple steps to put you in front of an employer

  1. Click the link here to register for your free Studium profile
  2. You’ll get an email to complete your profile with anything from videos, upload assignments, and complete a simple profile test so employers know more about who you really are.
  3. Connect with employers. You can then tag and follow the employers you’re interested in, and they’ll see that you’re interested.

Register today by going to studium.work.

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Covid-19 Year 12 Career Development Toolkit

At the UWA careers advisors breakfast on Friday the room was buzzing with talk about how to cope with the Covid-19 virus.

Teachers from wealthy schools were talking about streaming lessons. Teachers from poorer schools were concerned that many of their students don’t have computers and the internet at home.

Local Government Image result for local government wa

I have written to the WA Local Government Association asking them to consider student access to library facilities as part of their planning.

I have also written to the Minister for Local Government alerting him to the fact that many senior students may not have access to the internet at home and asking him to consider what his department can do.

School of Isolated and Distance Education (SIDE)

Our School of Isolated and Distance Education is expert at teaching remotely. I have written to them asking if they have anything to offer that will relieve the stress. I will post any news that they send to me.

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Student Edge

Julie Govorko from Canning Vale sent me through information about Student Edge which offers online courses that align with curriculum.

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I checked their site and it has an endorsement from Duncraig and Manjimup and both of those subscribe to my newsletter…. so they must be good references!!

All of their courses cost but the prices seem pretty reasonable and they may just be a great tool to help you through the crisis.

I got in touch with them and they suggested that I check out their courses HERE.

Minister for Youth

I wrote to Dave Kelly. Minister for Youth (and some other stuff). His office sent through these links. You could add them to your Covid-19 toolkit to help kids to get through this. 

Headspace

Headspace employment services and support

communicare

Communicare Transition to Work services

Request for Ideas

I think 90% of year 12s are still hoping for that flash of inspiration which will lead them to their perfect life path for next year.

The chances of that happening are always slim.

I would like to collate any support that you discover and share the ideas so that others can benefit from your knowledge.

Email stuff to me at Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au

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