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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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Is the uni bus right for you?

Many year 12s get onto the uni bus because:

  • Their friends are getting on and they don’t want to be left behind.
  • The uni bus came for them while they were at school.
  • Teachers pointed to the bus and said it was a good way to move forward.
  • NOT getting on the bus means finding your own way in an unknown world that is changing at a dizzying pace.

Just because the university bus is ready to pick you up from school doesn’t mean that you have to get on.

Universities want your business. If you get off the bus before you get to the destination YOU STILL HAVE TO PAY. If you fail you still have to pay. If you drop out you have to pay. If you change courses you have to pay for the one you left behind.

If you are not sure what to do at uni, DON’T GET ON THE BUS.

Defer University for a Year

If you are not sure what you want to do you can still apply for a place at uni and, once you get offered a place, defer taking it up for a year.

That will cost you nothing and you can sit and play computer games all year OR…

Make the Most of Your Gap Year

Find out how to make the most of your gap year, stay in touch with friends and have an adventure by checking out the information on the Youth Central site.  The writer of the gap year tips says that her year off helped to increase her motivation to go to uni and work towards her career. Others found that they didn’t actually want to go to uni during their gap year.

Youth Central is a government site so it isn’t trying to sell something. It is a Victorian Government site so talks about the VCE which is the equivalent to WACE, SACE etc.

Gap Year Experience Providers

An online search of Gap Year Opportunities will show hundreds of companies inviting you to take up THEIR gap year program. You can volunteer abroad, take a work travel holiday overseas, go into defence forces, there are hundreds of opportunities.

If you choose to go with one of these companies ask for references from previous clients and follow them up. You don’t want to lose your money or get stranded overseas.

TAFE

There are hundreds of part time and full time courses available through TAFE. If you are unsure what course you might like to do or how to enrol find a Careers Centre  near you for careers guidance.

Lots of TAFE courses earn credits at uni. And lots of TAFE courses are heavily subsidised so you can reduce the cost of your fees.

Government Support

You need to check to see if you can get any payments or support during your gap year.

The Department of Human Services has a whole section for school leavers that includes information about allowances, jobs, career choices, trades and full time work.

The West Australian Careers Centre has a 10 Step Job Search Plan which you might find helpful.

Still not sure which ride is best for you?

If you areBust Small 72dpi tired of trying to decide what to do and feeling overwhelmed by your choices it may be time to think about hiring a Certified Career Advisor to guide you towards your ideal next chapter.

Contact me for a confidential discussion on M:0434056412 or Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au

 

 

 

 

 

 


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First in Family to go to Uni

 

Working Class Disrupters

This year 51% of university enrolments were students who are the first in their family to go to university. These are mainly working class kids who are taking advantage of opportunities.

The attrition rate is high. Recent research has shown that nearly 50% of first year students consider dropping out and 18% do.

As a working class kid who was the first in my family to go to university I had no idea. Eight hours of lectures and a few tutorials?? Piece. Of. Cake.

It wasn’t.

My parents were proud of me but didn’t know what to ask. I was out of my depth and didn’t know what to tell them.

I pretended and tried and failed. And eventually succeeded.

If you are the first in your family to go to university you WILL have more to learn than students whose families have been to university. It WILL be harder for you.

Universities are trying to help First in Family students to settle in and focus on academic studies, but First in Family students find it difficult to know what to do or what to ask without feeling stupid.Sarah O'Shea

There is a First In Families  website based on research done by Sarah O’Shea. Her research findings have been turned into tips for success and ideas that you can follow up with lecturers, counsellors and student services… without feeling stupid.

Do This:

  • Go to the The First in Families site for some good tips.
  • Pick a university that focuses providing excellent support to students. In WA those are Notre Dame University and Edith Cowan.
  • When you get there contact lecturers and student services staff. It is their job to help you to succeed.
  • Find a mentor. It might be a second year student, or a family friend or a member of your uni’s alumni. They will help you to cope and succeed.

If you are the first in your family to go to uni you will find it academically challenging, a social minefield and expensive.

It can also be an awakening to new worlds of opportunity. Maybe it’s time to bite off more than you can chew.

There is more to discover than you can imagine.

 


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How to Blitz Year 12

If you haven’t bitten off more than you can chew, revise your goals. 

It’s time to be awesome

Year 12 is a magical year. You are at the pinnacle of your school career. So many opportunities are open and your teachers are there to support you every step of the way. You will never again have such a dedicated group of experts focused on YOUR success. It’s time to be awesome. It’s time to create your vision.

Year 12

  • Use your teachers’ expertise and generosity to make Year 12 all it can be.
  • Revise your study skills and get your study plan into place ASAP. There is no time to waste in Year 12.
  • If you still haven’t discovered what you love, time to get stuck in to making a decision OR start looking at opportunities to expand your knowledge and experience through a Gap Year. Some of the most interesting adults still haven’t decided what they want to do, they just keep doing stuff that they love.
  • Explore scholarships by subscribing to the scholarships news at the Good Universities Guide and Curtin University.
  • Check out scholarships and awards in whatever field you are thinking of. There are so many possibilities and at times NO ONE applies for the scholarship!
  • Keep an eye on this newsletter for key dates and deadlines for UMAT, TISC preferences, scholarships, and TAFE courses and other opportunities to unearth your unique talents.
  • Check the School Curriculum and Standards Authority Year 12 Information book.


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Year 11 Be All You Can Be

Year 11 students will learn to aspire to be all they can be through this one day workshop.

In Year 11 the world changes. Being smart isn’t enough.

Students need a Gigadream to carry them forward. They need a goal that helps them to make decisions consciously and deliberately.

Students learn how to:

  • Focus on what they Value
  • Take Learning Shortcuts
  • Make the most of their Study Time
  • Build a Support Network
  • Engage with People You Look Up To
  • Start Building their LinkedIn Profile
  • Kick Start their Career
  • Be All You Can Be

To discuss your needs and design the bespoke workshop please contact Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au or ring M0434056412.

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