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Career Professionals Site Map

February 2019

This mind map is of the main Australian careers sites. 

Useful Sites

Coggle Map of Useful Careers Websites

A number of people requested a copy of this Coggle Map that I put together last year. I have updated it and I am happy to send you a link to it. I contacted Coggle and they don’t have the capacity to put links into a Word document or a WordPress site yet but if you email me I will send you a link to this map.


Email me and I will give you access to the map. Contact me to subscribe to the In Focus Careers Newsletter.

 


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What’s Your Learning Style?

Why do you love learning sometimes but can’t remember a thing at others?  Why do some people annoy the hell out of you while you love working with others?

This quiz will help you to find the answers to these questions so that you can adjust your learning strategies AND start to show love and understanding for the idiots who don’t do it your way!!!

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(I haven’t adjusted this quiz for a phone. Sorry! You need to use a tablet or computer.)

Activity 1: Introvert or Extrovert

Tick 0 for Never, 1 for Sometimes or 2 for Always to indicate your preferences.  0 1 2
1 I easily make new friends.
2 At parties or gatherings, I feel energised and have fun.
3 I like groups of people.
4 It is easy for me to talk to strangers.
5 In social groups, I easily keep up with news or gossip about other people.
6 I am rather shy and quiet most of the time.
7 I like to have friendships with just a few people.
8 It is hard for most people to get to know me.
9 People view me as quiet more than sociable.
10 In a large group, I listen rather than speak unless I know the people well.

The first 5 Questions highlight your Extroversion Score___________

If you have a high extroversion score you probably enjoy talking about your thoughts and ideas.

The second 5 Questions highlight your Introversion Score____________

If you have a high introvert score you might like to study independently. Debating your ideas in a group is NOT your ideal way of learning.

A balanced score shows that you are capable of working in both ways depending on your situation.

 Activity 2: Your Sensory Preferences

  Tick 0 for Never, 1 for Sometimes or 2 for Always to indicate your preferences.  0 1 2
1 I remember things better if I write them down.
2 I take lots of notes.
3 I can visualise pictures, numbers, words, or pages in my head.
4 I get distracted by background noise.
5 I have to look at someone to focus on what they are saying.
6 I remember things better if I discuss them with someone.
7 I prefer listening to a lecture rather to reading a textbook.
8 I can easily follow a speaker even if I don’t see him or her.
9 I remember better what people say than what they look like.
10 I remember jokes that I hear.
11 I don’t like to listen to or read directions; I’d rather just start doing things.
12 I like building or making things.
13 I like frequent breaks.
14 I think better when I can move around and when I don’t have to sit at a desk.
15 I use my fingers to count and/or move my lips when I read.

You will have some strength in each area. This quiz may help you to understand whether you prefer watching, listening or doing.

1st 5 Questions = Visual learner Score________                                                                    

2nd 5 Questions= Auditory learner Score _________

3rd 5 Questions = Kinaesthetic Learner Hands On Score____________

 Activity 3: Your Relations with Ideas

  Tick 0 for Never, 1 for Sometimes or 2 for Always to indicate your preferences.  0 1 2
 1 I have a good imagination.
 2 I like to come up with new ideas or options.
3 Step-by-step learning often bores me.
4 I like to work out the major principles that might not be clear at first, rather than being told.
 5 I consider myself original and creative.
6 I am a practical, realistic person.
7 I am attracted to sensible people.
8 I like things presented in a step by step way.
9 I like concrete facts, not speculation or hidden meanings.
10 I prefer to avoid too many options from which to choose.

1st 5 = Intuitive Score________

You enjoy playing with ideas and enjoy theoretical thinking.

Intuitive learners can be random in their approach to learning and will flick from one website, conversation or information source to another, picking up snippets from each rather than following step by step instructions.  

2nd 5 = Concrete/sequential Score_______

Sequential learners are likely to prefer step-by-step logical activities. You prefer to take a course to learn rather than guessing and learning in a random way. Casual skipping across topics frustrates you.

Choose your style and use it to make your learning faster and more fun.

 Activity 4: Your Orientation to Learning Tasks 

Tick 0 for Never, 1 for Sometimes or 2 for Always to indicate your preferences.  0 1 2
 1 I reach decisions quickly.
 2 I am an organised and punctual person.
 3 I make lists of things that I need to do, and I generally follow through.
 4 If I’m going somewhere, I like to plan in advance what I will be doing and approximately when.
 5 I start early so that I can finish before the deadline.
6 I put off making decisions as long as I reasonably can.
7 I am a spontaneous person and do not like to plan ahead too much.
8 Lists of tasks and deadlines depress me.
9 I keep an open mind about things.
 10 I like to just let things happen.

 1st 5 = Closure Score___________

This indicates how quickly you need to reach decisions and finish tasks.

If you have a high closure score you focus on tasks, meet deadlines, plan ahead for assignments, want explicit instructions, and ask for clear direction.

 2nd 5 = Openness Score______________

A high Openness score indicates how much you need to delay reaching decisions and finishing tasks. You enjoy “discovery learning” in which you pick up information on your own, and you prefer to relax and play with ideas without much concern for deadlines or planning ahead.

If you are too closed you may make decisions too quickly and find later that it was the wrong decision. If you are too open you may never finish anything or get work done on time.

Activity 5: Your Overall Orientation

  Tick 0 for Never, 1 for Sometimes or 2 for Always to indicate your preferences.  0 1 2
1 Essays and tests are easier for me than multiple-choice.
 2 When I am studying, I look for similarities rather than differences.
 3 I like getting the big picture before getting the details.
4 I enjoy summarising and synthesising.
5 Too many details tend to confuse me.
6 I like to see details before seeing the whole thing.
7 I like to break things down into pieces so I can understand them.
8 In taking on anything new, I look for differences rather than similarities.
9 Summarizing bores me.
10 I use logical thinking to solve problems.

1st 5 = Global SCORE__________

If you are more global, you enjoy getting the main idea of a subject. You like to know where a lesson or idea is heading before you fill in the details. If you are not told where the lesson is going you will guess what the point is, then check your assumption throughout the lesson.

2nd 5 = Analytic SCORE___________

If you are more analytic, you might feel less comfortable with big picture techniques and want the team or author to get on with it rather than generally exploring a subject.

A balance between these indicates you have the capacity to see the big picture AND to analyse details in a manner that identifies details.

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MY LEARNING STYLE: I am an extrovert who loves learning by talking. Learning in a group is great for me. I am intuitive so love throwing around ideas before settling on an answer. I am happy to leave a decision open so can end up being rushed if I don’t give myself plenty of time. Overall I like to get a global idea of a problem so need to work with people who will pull me back to analysing details.

ADJUST YOUR LEARNING STRATEGIES TO MATCH YOUR STYLE

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Bev Johnson

 

For help unearthing your great adventure … or if you need to get your dream happening contact me at Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au or phone me on M:0434056412.


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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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Extra Curricular Opportunities

You need to get out more!! School is a safe zone. You can get out, meet people and try stuff using that safe zone as your base.

Curtin Eco Challenge

Fullscreen capture 11072017 35402 PM.bmpThe Eco Challenge is a free online UN Environment Programme game organised in Australia by Curtin Uni.

There are two players per team and they play to align the demands of government, commerce, health and industry to manage a water supply.

The competition is structured in two tiers – national and international. Teams are ranked nationally and top teams will be acknowledged in the international competition. It is possible to play quickly as a beginner and gradually learn how to play a more skilled game.

For more information go HERE

WORLDS OF WORK

Fullscreen capture 12082017 12844 PM.bmpThe Worlds of Work careers education resource connects secondary school students of all ages with life beyond school by investigating the question: “What does it take to succeed in life and work?”

The platform is designed to provide the full careers program (including its mapping to the Australian Curriculum) for teachers to adapt to their classroom context.

WOW’s online careers education platform and resources can be accessed here.

$20 BOSS

Developed by the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) and the National Australia Bank, $20 Boss is an in- school challenge, run by teachers, which provides

your students $20 of start-up money to create their own business.

Register HERE for 2018

STARportal

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ROTARY YOUTH EXCHANGE

Rotary is looking for students between the ages of 15 and 18 who will apply for the opportunity to travel overseas, stay with a family and experience a different culture and lifestyle. At the same time they will be informing their host community of the Australian way of life and building better international understanding and goodwill.

Exchange students in 2019 may reside in Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark including Iceland, Finland including Estonia, France, Germany, Japan, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Spain, Poland, Thailand, South Korea, USA, Peru or Italy.

The closing date for Rotary Youth Exchange Applications for 2019 is March 31st 2018

FIND OUT MORE HERE

OUTDOORS

A great way of getting skills and broadening your experience is via a cadet program.

Secondary school students who join a cadet program typically undertake adventurous training, camping, hiking, sporting activities and exercise their leadership potential.

Find out more about Cadet WA programs HERE.

UNLEASHED AWARDS

Unleashed Awards

Each year, the Foundation for Young Australians recognise and celebrate the genuine impact young people have made to the biggest social and economic challenges of our time. The annual Unleashed Awards honour their incredible contribution to our world with a night of music, celebration, and speakers at Australia’s premier social change awards for young people.

The Jump Start Award and Rookie of the Year Award (Years 7 – 10) are both aimed at younger kids. Nominate before September 10 for 2017  HERE.

SPARK_LAB, PICA’S EDUCATION PROGRAM

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Spark_Lab brings students and teachers up close and personal with contemporary artists, dancers, theatre makers, musicians and innovators across a wide range of disciplines through an exciting program of events, activities and online resources.For more information and bookings, contact Education Programs Curator Minaxi May via info@pica.org.au or 9228 6300.

HACKED

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HackED is run by LandGate (government department) to support the development of creative ICT skills by high school students who mashup location based information to provide new information.

A video on an earlier HackEDs can be seen HERE.

CONNOCOPHILLIPS – SCIENCE EXPERIENCE 

Western Australian universities have collaborated with ConnocoPhillips to design and deliver a wide range of fascinating science activities under the guidance of scientists who love their work.

All WA universities have come on board with this one. You can find out details about the programs HERE

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ROBOCUP

RobocupRoboCupJunior fosters Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robotics research by providing a standard problem where a wide range of technologies can be integrated and examined. The ultimate goal of RoboCup is that by the middle of the 21st century, a team of fully autonomous humanoid robot soccer players shall play (and win!) a soccer game against the (human) world champions. For more information go HERE.

YOUNG ICT EXPLORERS

Fullscreen capture 14082017 31749 PM.bmpYoung ICT Explorers is a non-profit competition, which has been created by SAP to encourage school students to create their best Information and communication Technology (ICT) related projects.

For more information go HERE.

FIRST

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FIRST  Robotics Competition brings together students and mentors to build robots that perform in a competitive but gracious environment against teams from all over the world.

Students learn teamwork, collaboration, public speaking, technical science and engineering skills. For more information go HERE

 

GAME CHANGER AWARDS

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Today’s kids and their ideas for today and tomorrow will change the game as we know it. The purpose of Game Changer Awards is to inspire and enable youth to build their dreams and creations through an environment that rewards ideas, imagination and a dare-to-try attitude using a wide range of digital technologies.

We are looking for entries from both primary and secondary schools classes. For information go HERE.

EDUCATION LAB

Educatin Lab

This FREE program engages volunteer UWA science and maths students who work on projects with high school students to help build a deep understanding of maths and science. Find out more here.

 CODERDOJOS

Fullscreen capture 14082017 35556 PM.bmpCoderDojo WA is a network of coding clubs (Dojos) throughout Western Australia. Dojos provide fun, free and social open learning environments where young people can meet others with similar interests, develop 21st century skills and build creative projects of their own choice using digital technology. Find out more HERE.

Keep up with opportunities to co-create your future. Subscribe to the Careers Newsletter.

You can subscribe to the Careers Newsletter HERE.


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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 Alice Sounness –  John Curtin College 2017

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