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CRUISE INTO YOUR FUTURE

Do you need to reduce the disruption of leaving Year 12? Here are some tips on how to cruise out of school so you can be excited and relaxed about your journey.

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Build in Fun

Going on a cruise is fun. Having fun is the WHOLE POINT of the cruise. Structure some fun into your cruise from school.

  • Set aside time to plan a big holiday. Even if you are locked into study next year. You can plan some fun time.
  • Make planning part of your routine.  Build in other fun bits to your routine… plan going to the beach, camping, playing sport. A framework for your life will help you to keep moving and motivated.
  • You don’t go on a cruise alone. Build keeping in touch with your school friends into your routine.

New Experiences

You visit places you love AND places that are new when you are on a cruise.

  • Plan to do more of the things you love. You might need to think about this a bit.
  • If you are hitting barriers as you try to find new things for your dream list, see a career advisor.

REMEMBER YOU ARE CRUISING, not going to a long term destination. Take time to enjoy the journey.

You Will Need Some Money

Check what help is available to get some money.

Try a Side Hustle. Mow lawns in your neighbourhood. Sell something at markets. Babysit. Busk. Sell your school books and uniform. Have a garage sale. Advertise your business on your community Facebook page.

Plan What to do After Your Cruise

Set a time to START LOOKING for a mini destination. You can start doing this at any time. Take baby steps. Do some career quizzes.

See a career advisor to settle on…

  • What interests you at the moment.
  • What is POSSIBLE.
  • What help is available.
  • What you WANT to do about finding a mini destination.
  • Create a SMART plan.

I like the idea of cruising out of school because leaving school is a big trip. The cruising life has a purpose… to have fun. You can get totally engaged and you can while you are relaxed you may become inspired. If not…. you have had a great time so your time wasn’t wasted.

If you need help check out a qualified career advisor to help you to plan your journey.


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2018 SCHOLARSHIP TIME

If you haven’t ever applied for a scholarship you probably don’t think you are smart enough.

DON’T BE RIDICULOUS!!!

There are more scholarship than you can imagine.

First in Family Many students win scholarships when they barely meet the selection criteria because…..

NO ONE ELSE BOTHERED TO APPLY

The Country Education Foundation has developed the 2018 SCHOLARSHIPS GUIDE A ONE-STOP-RESOURCE FOR SCHOOL LEAVERS

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It also provides a list of some of the scholarships available although many relate to east coast opportunities.

WHERE TO FIND SCHOLARSHIPS

Two good lists of scholarships are:

  • Curtin University Scholarships This service collates information about scholarships from many sources. You can tap in what you are looking for and get emails sent to you as new scholarships are announced.
  • The other great database is the Good Universities Guide Scholarships Again, enter your search criteria and they will send notifications to you.

There are scholarships for so many purposes that you may need to go to Google to find one that suits your needs.

CREATING WINNING SCHOLARSHIPS

The Good Universities Guide provides 5 Simple Steps to Apply to a Scholarship.

The Aspiration Initiative has Hints and Tips for Writing Good Scholarship Applications.

BEST TIP

The best tip on how to win a scholarship is to apply!! Apply often!! There is no limit to the number of scholarships you can win.


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Quick Guide to TAFE

Understanding the Training maze can be confusing. The October Careers Newsletter has a 10 page feature demystifying Vocational Education and Training for teachers, students and their families.

Training isn’t a vanilla option. There are different levels starting from entry or re-entry level through to specialist short upskilling courses and university pathway programs.

Course Level 

School Leaver

AQF (including VET qualifications gained at school)

Sort of like…..

Cert I No requirements No requirements Middle School
Cert II OLNA or NAPLAN Band 8 Certificate I or Certificate II Senior School
Cert III OLNA or NAPLAN Band 8 Certificate I or Certificate II Senior School
Cert IV C Grades in Year 11 WACE General and OLNA or NAPLAN Band 8. Certificate II or Certificate III School Graduate
Diploma or Advanced Diploma Completion of WACE (General or ATAR) Certificate III School Graduate

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Find out about different types of training, entry requirements, how to save money with your course choice and how to get an apprenticeship or traineeship.

For a FREE sample of the October Careers Newsletter contact Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au.

 

 

 

 


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October Careers Newsletter

The October CAREERS NEWSLETTER  is out with an 8 page feature demystifying Vocational Education and Training. It explains the different types of training, entry requirements, how to save money with your course choice and how to get an apprenticeship or traineeship.

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Career Events

The Career Events Section is calming down in October with only 10 pages of events, opportunities and deadlines this month.

Improving Job Prospects for Young Job Seekers

The Ivan Neville webinar on Improving Job Prospects for Young Job Seekers has a lot of information about what an attractive option TAFE is over uni when you look at the length of time it takes to get a job after graduation and your earning capacity. I summarise his presentation picking out what I found to be the key points.

Teaching Resources

There are pages of teaching resources including two sites that are homes to banks of careers videos and there is information about the new Australian Apprenticeship site with its page for careers teachers.

University News

The University News this month features a new course at Curtin for gifted science students starting in 2018 and a number of new courses that have been released by CQU.

For a FREE sample of the October Careers Newsletter contact Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au.


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How Parents Can Help Year 12s

Teaching your teenager to drive is EASY compared to helping them with their career choice!!

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Your school leaver will probably NOT be one of the few who knows what they want to do next year. Your teenager WILL probably be one of those who is stressed and worried about 2018.

These ideas will guide you to help your teenager to start their next chapter with as little stress as possible.

1. Slow Down

Your teenager is not unusual. School leavers can take years to decide what they want to do. They narrow down their choices as they get experience. This can be costly if they get experience through education and training with fees being so high so check Is the Uni Bus Right for You?  to find information about some of the options.

2. Get Career  Information and Advice

The hardest part is deciding what direction to take.

  • There are Careers Centres in Forrest Place Perth and in the regions. You can do the JigCal aptitude test to identify some career pathways to suit and get free advice about what direction to take based on the test results.
  • Try these online career quizzes Student Edge Career Matcher, UWA Career Quiz, SkillsRoad Career Quiz. They are fun and may give a clue about possible career directions.
  • Consult a private career planner who knows how to identify appropriate career paths and opportunities to match who people are and their abilities.

If your son or daughter is thinking of going to university or TAFE they both provide free career counselling. You are under no obligation to enrol at the place where you get your counselling.

Online Information

There is enough online information to drown you. Check what these sites have to offer.

  • Career Bullseye posters are useful tools to narrow down the types of work that students find interesting.
  • The Job Guide provide an in-depth look at a range of occupations and education and training pathways to support people to make informed career decisions.
  • The My Skills website connects individuals and employers looking to undertake training with training organisations that best suit their needs.
  • The MyUniversity website provides students with access to clear, meaningful and transparent information about Australia’s higher education providers.
  • The Job Outlook website is a careers and labour market research information site to help individuals decide on their future career.
  • The Good Universities Guide is worth checking out. It has information about TAFE and university courses. It ranks the different organisations based on student feedback and they provide information about scholarships and funding for study.

Go to Year 12  to find links that are helpful.

3. Take Action

This is the easy part. When a decision has been made to go to uni, do an apprenticeship, get a job for a year it is time to take action.

Going to Uni

Make sure the uni application is in by the end of September. You can always change your choices.

  • If you want to defer for a year, put in your application first. When you get offered a place, then you defer for a year. Contact your university for more information.
  • If you want to go but didn’t get offered a place

Didn’t get offered a place??? Check Alternative Pathways to University.

Going to TAFE

  • Go to see a career counsellor at TAFE to clarify what course and subjects you wish to take. Ask the counsellor to advise you about courses that are subsidised by government because of skills shortages. These courses are on the State Priority Occupation List (SPOL) and are cheaper than many other courses.
  • Decide which course to enrol in.
  • Apply for a place in your chosen course. Check the college website for online applications.

Applying for an Apprenticeship/Traineeship?

  • Get the apprentice job search app here. That will help you to find your local Group Training Provider in WA.
  • Get help from your school career advisor to prepare your CV ready for job applications. Seek.com has great tips for a good CV.
  • Check Youth Central for advice on how school leavers can write a good job application.
  • Get references from school before you leave and get copies of them. Get the correct title and contact details of those at school who give you a reference.
  • Ask your family and friends if they know of any apprentice opportunities.
  • Search for apprenticeship opportunities on sites like Indeed, Jora and Seek.
  • There is a list of apprenticeship mentor services that can lead to you getting an apprenticeship. Contact me for the latest list.
  • Ask your local TAFE if they have any pre apprenticeship programs. They can be tricky to get into as demand is always high. Employers often contact their local TAFE to find a good employee to take on as an apprentice.

Gap Year

If your son or daughter doesn’t know what to do, take a break.

  • Check out Gap Year opportunities and travel.
  • Take some part time courses.
  • Try getting a job in a field you are interested in.
  • Check the Seek.com Volunteer button for volunteer opportunities in fields that interest you.

If you want to keep up with the emerging opportunities available for your family in Western Australia, subscribe to the In Focus Careers Newsletter. Contact me at Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au or on M:0434056412


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Year 12 – WHAT NEXT?

If you are avoiding making a decision about what to do in 2018 it is probably time to take a look at your options.

This simple summary of the main choices available to West Australian school leavers can help you to clarify your decision.

I have the information summarized in a chart which I am happy to send to you if you message me.

Year 12 What Next?Career Advice

You can ignore making a decision about what to do in 2018 but next year will not stop coming just because you ignore it.

ACTION

If you are not clear about what to do in 2018 get help.

  • See your school career counsellor.
  • Get free advice from the Careers Centre in Forrest Place Perth or in regional centres.
  • Each Western Australian university and TAFE College has free career counselling. You are under no obligation to enrol at the place where you get your counselling.
  • Consult a private career planner.

Youth Allowance and Scholarships

Your decision to study may depend on finances. If you are 18 – 24 and you have supported yourself for 18 months you MAY qualify for Youth Allowance.

ACTION

Check the Youth Allowance site to see if there are any benefits that you are eligible for. There is an Ask for Help button which could save you hours trying to get through on the phone. If you need to leave home to study don’t forget to ask about travel allowance.

Also check for financial assistance on the Good Universities Guide site HERE.

There are scholarships for so many purposes, not just academic excellence and they are often only available when you start university or TAFE. Search online for scholarships in your field.  The Good Universities Guide tries to capture most scholarships on its site.

Ask your career advisor for help searching for scholarships.

Spot the Difference

If you want to study in 2018 deciding on uni or TAFE will be a good start. Guess which fashion course is at Curtin University and which is at South Metropolitan TAFE.

In this (course) you will focus on the relationship between garment and body, using a theoretical and contextual framework for understanding national and international trends and the cultural significance and practice of fashion design. In our course you’ll learn how to produce a unique range of garments and accessories for the marketplace. You’ll gain fashion illustration and drawing skills and learn about digital design, pattern making and garment construction.

If you thought the first one was Curtin you are right. University has a more theoretical approach to learning while TAFE has a more practical focus. Pick the learning style that suits you best for 2018.

Uni Pathway

Very few people have a clear idea of what they want to do at university. If you want to start university in 2018 but are not exactly sure what course or subjects to take, apply the same thinking you used in Year 10 when choosing WACE subjects to keep your opportunities open.

ACTION

  • Talk to your school career counsellor about what course to apply for and subjects to take.
  • Go to see a career planner at one or two universities to clarify what course and subjects you wish to take.
  • Decide on your top choices.
  • Apply to your chosen university either via TISC or via Notre Dame or your chosen university.

Unsure about Uni for 2018

If you MIGHT want to go to uni in 2018 APPLY through TISC. If you get offered a place you can accept and DEFER for a year.

ACTION

  • Read Is the Uni Bus Right for You?
  • See a career planner.
  • Apply for a course at your chosen university via the normal TISC or direct application process
  • When you get an offer contact your university to hold your offer and defer it to 2019.

Alternative Pathway to Uni

If you want to go to uni in 2018 but don’t get the required ATAR score there are many alternative pathways you can take.

Some universities will consider your current scores if you have a year between leaving school and starting university. They consider that the break can result in you gaining maturity that will help you to succeed at university.

ACTION

  • Contact me and I will send the latest WA information on alternative pathways at all WA universities including TAFE colleges.
  • See a career planner at the university or training college of your choice.
  • Decide on your best option.
  • Apply for the alternative pathway of your choice.

TAFE Course

If you are clear about what TAFE course you want to take in 2018 contact your chosen college to enrol. Full time TAFE enrolments open on 1st September.

ACTION

  • Talk to your school career counsellor about what course to apply for and subjects to take.
  • Check out North Metro TAFE courses HERE and South Metro TAFE courses HERE
  • Go to see a career counsellor at TAFE to clarify what course and subjects you wish to take. Ask the counsellor to advise you about courses that are subsidised by government because of skills shortages. These courses are on the State Priority Occupation List (SPOL) and are cheaper than many other courses.
  • Decide which course to enrol in.
  • Apply for a place in your chosen course. Check the college website for online applications.

Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Getting an apprenticeship or traineeship is like getting a job.

ACTION

  • Get the apprentice job search app here. That will help you to find your local Group Training Provider in WA.
  • Get help from your school career advisor to prepare your CV ready for job applications.
  • Get references from school before you leave and get copies of them. Get the correct title and contact details of those at school who give you a reference.
  • Ask your family and friends if they know of any apprentice opportunities.
  • Search for apprenticeship opportunities on sites like Indeed, Jora and Seek.
  • There is a list of apprenticeship mentor services that can lead to you getting an apprenticeship. Contact me for the latest list.
  • Ask your local TAFE if they have any pre apprenticeship programs. They can be tricky to get into as demand is always high. Employers often contact their local TAFE to find a good employee to take on as an apprentice.

Gap Year

The Victorian Government provides free unbiased advice about taking a Gap Year HERE.

Finally

If you want to keep up with emerging career opportunities, scholarships and trends, subscribe to the In Focus Careers newsletter. Contact me for a free sampleBev.J@infocus-careers.com.au of M: 0434056412.


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Alternate Pathways to University

giphy.gif 2The alternative pathways are FREE at all universities although quotas have been introduced so numbers are restricted. The government is trying to introduce fees for these pathways and universities are protesting about that.

Portfolio Entry 

This pathway is available at a number of WA universities. Demonstrated proof of your abilities via a portfolio of evidence of your academic achievements and abilities, or demonstrated proof of your ability. Portfolio entry is not just restricted to the creative arts.

Curtin University

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Step UP – You may be eligible for Step Up if you meet socio-economic or educational disadvantage criteria. If you are eligible got an ATAR Score between 60 and 69.95 Curtin will automatically bumped up to 70 which is Curtin’s minimum ATAR requirement.

StepUp Bonus – this also depends on the applicant’s eligibility, however this gives them an extra 5 bonus points if their ATAR is above 70.

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

Uni Ready Enabling Program – this program is designed to help you gain entry into a range of Health Sciences, Humanities or Curtin Business School undergraduate courses. In terms of the age limit, applicants must be past the compulsory school age (generally that’s about 17 years old).

Enabling Course in Science, Engineering and Health – this course also has the same age limit as UniReady. Depending on their course weighted average, 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.

Thanks for the update from:Christine Lim Future Student Advisor | Curtin University

Murdoch University

Murdoch-University-logoOn Track – a 14 week course that prepares students for entry to a course with a minimum ATAR requirement of 70.

On Track Sprint – 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 or less.

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.

Murdoch University Preparation Course – year 11 and 12 courses are combined in this course.

Edith Cowan University

ECUECU Access- Eligible students from identified Western Australian schools will receive an automated ATAR adjustment of up to 10 selection ranks to support the entry of students from areas with educational disadvantage:

  • Eligible students with an ATAR of 60 to 69.95 will receive a selection rank adjustment to 70; and
  • Eligible students with an ATAR of 70 and above will receive a selection rank adjustment of 5 to a maximum ATAR of 90.

If your school is listed here and you need to find out more, please talk to your school careers adviser or contact the ECU Student Recruitment team on 134 328.

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

Portfolio Entry— ECU offers the largest choice of course entry via portfolio.  You need to provide an introductory letter, resume, academic records and references.

Edith Cowan College– Offers courses that can result in entry to second year of ECU’s Bachelor degree program

Thanks Lauren Tyler Events Coordinator, Student Recruitment

University of Western Australia

UWAUWAY – 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.

Broadway  – This scheme allows eligible students from a Broadway-identified Western Australian school to receive an automated ATAR adjustment for their application to UWA.

The Mature Age Access Program allows a mature-aged student with little or no previous background in tertiary study to begin studying under a provisional enrolment without having to meet the standard entry requirements.  Using this program mature-aged students have the opportunity to meet academic and English prerequisites for entry while beginning their course.

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

Notre Dame University

logo-notre-dameTertiary Pathway Program – 13 weeks for people who have not met entry requirements. You can find a flyer about the TPP on the Notre Dame site HERE.

See details about Student Enabling Programs at the Notre Dame site.

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.

TEP (Tertiary Enabling Program)TEP is an enabling course designed to cater to students of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander heritage.

Thanks to Sandra Emanuel CQU Marketing Coordinator for the update. 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Entry Pathways

Aboriginal FlagAll Western Australian universities and TAFE colleges have Indigenous Entry Programs and specialised support to help students to succeed in their studies.

 

 

Vocational Education and Training Pathway

TAFEStart your degree at TAFE and finish at university. TAFE courses often provide credit points towards degrees. Check your local college for specific courses details.

North Metro TAFE
South Metro TAFE
Central Regional TAFE
North Regional TAFE
South Regional TAFE

If you want to keep up with changes to alternative pathways at all WA universities, subscribe to the In Focus Careers newsletter.

Contact me at Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au or on M:0434056412