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Designing the Best Pathway to Medicine

The path to medicine is the starting point in your career.

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You can choose to do any course for the undergraduate degree which is a prerequisite for medicine at UWA, Notre Dame and many other Australian universities.

To increase the range of undergraduate degrees that you can take make sure you take English (or English Lit), Chemistry and Physics (or Human Biol) as ATAR subjects.

If you are interested in medicine it follows that you might be interested in a health science course for you first degree.

University of Western Australia Health Campus

The Universtity of Western Australia Health Campus Open Day showcased some fantastic undergraduate health science degrees that you could choose as your pathway to medicine.

Speakers talked about their careers in pharmacology, microbiology, genetics, and audiology.

Some speakers had chosen to specialise by doing a PhD, some were doing research in hospitals, while others had gone into management or were working on international committees.

One had used his science PhD as a pathway to found Exodus Space Systems which is developing systems for settling the solar system!!

There were presentations on biomedical science and biomedical engineering with some exciting and crazy talk about mechatronics and 3D printing of organs.  The future for engineers in the health industries is changing at a dizzying pace.

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Speakers in the various presentations across the Open Day made a few key points:

Go Broad

In order to get a broad understanding of the health industry speakers recommended that you choose a broad range of subjects in your first year which maximise your choices for specialisation.  They suggested that you maximise your flexibility through a strong focus on maths and sciences that give depth as well as breadth.

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Communication Skills

One of the key underpinning skills mentioned by one speaker was the development of strong communication skills. She said that her capacity to formulate a reasoned argument quickly was a direct outcome of her science degree.

The need for communications skills was reinforced by others who mentioned the need to negotiate for clinical or resource priorities as well as the need to explain your decisions to patients, politicians and the public.

The message was that good communication skills would be your gateway to a range of opportunities across many industries. They said that is was easy to turn a health scientist with good communication skills into a business person in many interesting fields.

Network

It is possible to do your degree online, from the comfort of your own home.

Don’t do this.

Uni life can be so much more than study. Use the campus. Join social clubs. Go on camps. Do sport. Through these opportunities you can make lifelong friendships.

A self proclaimed introvert on one of the panels said it took her significant effort to force herself out of her home and onto the bus to the campus so that she could meet and mix with people.

In addition to networking with other students it was advised that students take opportunities to volunteer and get experience through contacts at the university. All of the speakers had stories about how they had been encouraged to apply for scholarships, or present papers at conferences or had found part time jobs which led to other jobs.

Finally

This was a day of UWA selling its health science courses… and they did it well. It seemed that a strong, broad health science degree was your gateway to a million opportunities.

People on the panel didn’t know where their careers would take them and all praised UWA for providing the first step on the heath industry career.

If you are serious about a career in medicine you should also check out the range of undergraduate courses at West Australian universities:

See A Day in the Life of a Med Student at UWA HERE

Getting Into Medicine Presentation

If you would like a presentation on Getting Into Medicine at your school contact me at Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au or ring me on 0434 056 412.

 

 

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Get Out of School Early Guide

Leaving school early IS AN OPTION. It does NOT mean you will never get a job, or that you will live on the streets for the rest of your life.

School isn’t for everyone. It makes some people’s lives a total misery.

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In Western Australia the government requires students to get special permission to leave school early by applying for a Notice of Arrangement. You can find details of that HERE.

Don’t Jump Too Soon

Once you have made up your mind to leave it is difficult to change your mind. As soon as you start thinking of leaving talk to a career advisor. There may be alternatives that they can offer through the school or they may be able to organise a smooth transition from school for you. Jump off a cliff

Once you leave school people who can help you get limited funding so their capacity to help is limited.  Stick with your school and get as much FREE help as possible before you leave.

Getting help with your resume is a good start.

Decide What You Are Going to Do When You Leave

If you haven’t got a job lined up or a course to go into you may need help to get that sorted.

Many schools have the Career Voyage program that will help you to nail down a career direction for the near future. If you don’t have access to Career Voyage at school you can do the quiz at one of the Careers Centres in Perth or regional centres or contact them online.

I have done this Coggle brainstorm of a bunch of places you can check out to narrow down what you like.

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Email me Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au if you would like access to the Coggle map so that you can just click on the links.

Study Year 12 at an Alternative College

Look at the available options for completing Year 12 in another setting like Cyril Jackson, Canning, North Lake, Seven Oaks and Tuart Colleges. There are adult students at these colleges and you may find that suits your style.

You can also study your WACE through the School of Isolated and Distance Education. 

You can get free information and advice from each of these schools.

Jobs and Skills Centres

You can get free career advice at the new Jobs and Skills Centres which have been set up in TAFE colleges in the metro area. You can find regional centres HERE. There are Aboriginal Workforce Development Centres HERE

Study the Certificate of General Education for Adults

The Certificate of General Education for Adults is a good non-WACE starting point for people who don’t want to finish school.

There are three levels, certificates I – III. Choose the one that suits your needs.

This certificate often has literacy and numeracy support which can kick start your study in another area. Different colleges will allow you to explore different subject opportunities as part of your study.

TAFE colleges give you access to ongoing support from careers advisors.

TAFEStudy Something Else at TAFE

You can build your employability skills and explore career options through Foundation Skills Course. Check out the list of Foundation Skills courses HERE. 

Equity Course

There are equity courses that support people with disability and people seeking courses that are aligned with their culture; for example, a qualification specialising in Indigenous Australian tourism. Check the list of courses HERE and ask about opportunities at one of the Jobs and Skills Centres – scroll down this page to find the one nearest to you.

Apprenticeships and Traineeships

If you can find someone who is willing to take you on as an apprentice or trainee, you are on a great path.

You can find apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities through Seek and Indeed. Getting an apprenticeship or traineeship is just like looking for any other job. You need to find the opportunity first, then convince the employer that you would be a great employee. You will need a good resume as a starting point.

Youth Central gives good advice to school leavers on how to write a resume.

When you do an apprenticeship or traineeship qualification you need to sign up so that your training is recognised. You sign up at an Australian Apprentice Support provider. You can find one HERE.

The help that they give will not be as good as the help you can get at school so it is best to try to find an apprenticeship and to contact a provider through your careers advisor.

Government Support

You may be eligible for Youth Allowance. This is hard to get but it is worth checking to see if you qualify HERE.

If you qualify for income support you can also get help from JobActive.  You find an Employment Service Provider near you and they will do what they can to help you to find a job.

Employment Service Providers are not well funded and their capacity to give you help is limited. You will probably get more help from school.

Online Course Information

The My Skills website is a directory of vocational education and training (VET) organisations and courses.

Job Jumpstart has an I’m At School section to help students prepare to leave school.

Going to Uni without an ATAR

If you want to leave school and still want to go to uni you can find Alternative Pathways to Uni HERE. 

Get a Safety Plan

Leaving school early IS AN OPTION. Leaving school is however risky, and there is a chance you could fall into a hole without a safety net.

The suggestions to help you to leave school early are easier to do with the help of a careers advisor.

If you can’t get help at school, go to one of the alternative schools or TAFE colleges or even a uni, to get free advice or pay a professional career advisor to help to set you onto the right path.  That help could put you onto the perfect path to your school free future.


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Career Expo in May – Get Ready with your Career Expo Safety Plan

CaptureThere is a media training college in Perth that always looks fantastic at the Career Expo. They have lights and music and glossy brochures and friendly sales staff.

They do great packaging.

Their exhibit is always busy.

I don’t know if they have great tutors or fantastic links with industry, or if their graduates get jobs… but they get a crowd at the Expo. And their courses are expensive.

School students don’t worry about what a course will cost. It is easy to be sucked in by the big, shiny, fun college pitch from professional sales people.

SIGN UP FOR YOUR DEBT HERE!!

Time to wise up….  a HECS debt for a bad course choice is no fun!!

START HERE

Check out who is going to be at the Expo. Scroll to the bottom of THIS PAGE to see who will be there.

THEN

Pick three (3) exhibitors that you should see from the 50+ on this list. Make this decision based on what you are interested in BEFORE you see the great displays and friendly salespeople at the Expo. 

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Also choose an exhibit that could be fun… even though you don’t want to take their course.

You may want to know about being a pilot, or studying in Tasmania… even though you don’t seriously want to follow those paths. TAssie

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Plan 3 questions that you will ask each exhibitor.

IF YOU ARE GOING TO SPEND $$THOUSANDS$$ ON A COURSE YOU NEED TO CHECK OUT WHAT YOU ARE GETTING FOR YOUR MONEY!!

You can find out the cost of the course, how long it takes and what the entry requirements are online… or you can ask the salesperson.

You could also ask….

  • For contacts with a current students.
  • What they look for when employing staff.
  • If they have links with industry that provides work placement.
  • How long it takes their graduates to get a job in the industry.
  • What sort of work graduates get.

FINAL STEP

Capture 3Go to see your career advisor. They will point you in the right direction.

If you don’t have access to free career advice, pay someone. It could save you a bucket of money.


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Subject Selections for Year 11

Parents and students get REALLY STRESSED about subject selections for Year 11.Cat

Time to RELAX.

Help is at hand.

Before you start, know that only one in four university students get a place through the ATAR pathway.

A report from the Mitchell Institute published on 21st March identified that 26% of university students got their place via an ATAR pathway. Mitchell Report

STEP 1 Get SCASA

The School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCASA) is THE mob that makes up the rules about WACE.  The first place to find information about Year 11 and 12 is in the official Year 10 Information Handbook which SCASA puts out.

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If you can’t find the information you need or if you are unclear on anything contact them at info@scsa.wa.edu.au.

There will be a new edition of this Handbook out in Term 2.

 STEP 2 Hear Your Dream

You need to have some idea about what career direction you would like to take.

Career VoyageMany schools have the Career Voyage program that will help you to nail down a career direction for the near future. If you don’t have access to Career Voyage at school you can do the quiz at one of the Careers Centres in Perth or regional centres or contact them online.

I have done this Coggle brain storm of a bunch of places you can check out to narrow down what you like.

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Email me Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au if you would like access to the Coggle map so that you can just click on the links.

STEP 3 Do You Want to do ATAR??Lockers

For years ATAR results were the short cut that universities used to choose their students. Things are changing. Competition between universities has heated up and they are looking at many alternative pathways that:

  • enable more students to go to university
  • ensure students don’t fail when they get there.

Universities are looking for alternative pathways more than schools and parents. READ ABOUT THE ALTERNATIVE PATHWAYS IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA HERE.

TAFE has always been more flexible with its pathways to learning than universities and there is a huge range of possible pathways offered. 

These new Jobs and Skills Centres are to open on 16th April in the Metro area and regional TAFE colleges also provide career advice.

  • Joondalup campus – North Metropolitan TAFE
  • Balga campus – North Metropolitan TAFE
  • Northbridge campus – North Metropolitan TAFE
  • Rockingham campus – South Metropolitan TAFE
  • Thornlie campus – South Metropolitan TAFE

Job Prospects for Young Job Seekers

Last year the Career Development Association put on a webinar delivered by Ivan Neville, from the Commonwealth Department of Employment. He said….

You really need to get a year 12 qualification, or equivalent, to get a job…..

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But there isn’t much difference in employment outcomes between a degree (3.6%) and a Cert III (4.1%).

The opening of university entry to a wider audience had resulted in a shift towards degrees and away from vocational education since 2008.

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There are now stronger job outcomes for apprentices and trainees than people with degrees.

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Step 4 Check Course PRE-REQUISITES

There are lots of courses that have RECOMMENDED subjects, but not so many have definite PRE-REQUISITES that MUST be done as a WACE subject in order to get into a course. Pre Requisites

There are lots of pathways into further study and your WACE pathway is just one of them.

Even the Medicine Faculty at Curtin, which has one of the hardest courses to get into, has suggested that you contact them if you haven’t done WACE chemistry and still want to apply.

The most direct pathway is however, to take subjects that the universities are looking for. So, once you have narrowed down a career direction to take, check out the TISC University Admissions Handbook. It identifies what WACE subjects you should take to keep your options open.

OLNA

The Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (OLNA) is the minimum WACE requirement reading, writing and numeracy. It is usually done in 10 but there are more opportunities to sit the Assessment in Year 11 and 12 and even AFTER Year 12.

Prospective TAFE students who do not meet these standards can:

  1. sit a TAFE Admissions literacy and/or numeracy test administered by Training Sector Services;
  2. be referred to a TAFE college for a Learning Area Assessment; or
  3. enrol in a course that does not have literacy or numeracy requirements, including foundation skills, equity courses and Certificate I

If you are not clear about what to do contact:

Judy GenatJudith Genat

Senior Program Officer Foundations

(08) 6212 97764 judith.genat@dtwd.wa.gov.au

 

 

Step 5 Contact Your Career Advisor

If I have seen further than others it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.

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Stand on the shoulders of your career advisors.

Build from their knowledge to design your ideal career pathway.

If you don’t have access to a specialist career advisor at your school, go to a TAFE college or private careers consultant to be sure your next step is the right one.

 


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Year 10 – GO HARD

Year 10 can be an amazing experience… or you can be bored silly.

In a few weeks you will be asked to make your subject choices for Year 11. It is hard to make those decisions based on limited experiences. Year 10 is a time GO HARD, to unearth your uniqueness.

If you are:

  • going to school,
  • hanging around with friends, and
  • playing a bit of sport….

YOU COULD STILL BE IN YEAR 1… NOT YEAR 10

You need to do more than that in Year 10.

Research your space? Who is in it? What do you like about them? That’s the place for you to start exploring from.

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You can map your current world on a free Coggle mindmap.

Once you have mapped your patch use each branch on your map to dream up ideas to play with.

Pick the best of those ideas to make a list of things that will make Year 10 amazing.

Get your diary and plan WHEN you are going to do your top 10 ideas.

This is your plan for making Year 10 AMAZING. Ask for help so that you give yourself every chance to have an amazing year. Email me if you can’t find someone to help you to make your plan.

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Year 11 – The Brink of a Great Adventure

If you are starting Year 11 you are on the brink of a great adventure.

Year 11 is when you start to consciously unearth your uniqueness and explore how you are going to make your contribution to the world.

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Last year you watched some Year 11s get engaged with opportunities and they became remarkable.

Now it’s your turn to have a go. Be remarkable!!

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Great Adventures Require Great Planning

As this is your first time in Year 11. You will not know what to do. You don’t want to look too keen, too dumb or too different. Death_to_stock_communicate_hands_2 (2017_12_27 02_56_53 UTC).jpgBe smart. Don’t do it all by yourself.

You can stand on the shoulders of giants.

Who do you look up to? Who has some interesting ideas that you can tap into?

Do some research. Start developing relationships. You just need a couple of ideas to follow up on. Your adventure will start to build.

Year 11 CoggleGreat Adventures are Hard Work

The Darwin Awards tell the sad stories of idiots who tried to have an adventure without the right skills and knowledge. IdiotSurviving your great adventure will require a special set of skills, designed for your particular environment.

  • Revise your study skills.
  • Figure out your learning style – knowing that will help you to take shortcuts and study more effectively.
  • Get a job or volunteer. It will help you to learn more than you can imagine. You can find how to do that on Seek.com.
  • Form alliances with teachers….. who will be pathetically grateful if you seek and value their expertise.

Year 11 Your Time is NOW

  • Get a coach or mentor. These are easier to find than you think. There are mentors at universities, professional organisations, unions, local clubs and associations. You can tap into the vast resources of your school alumni or pay a coach to guide you.

If you are having trouble figuring out how to get one contact me, Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au and I will help you to find one.

Eddie PerfectComedian Eddie Perfect said something like….

 When you are going through the jungle you can’t see anything… you just go…okay…. I’ll try this.

When you come out the other side you look back and go…

OH WOW LOOK…. THERE’S A PATH!

It seems obvious.

But it’s not.

Your unique path through your adventure isn’t obvious. No one knows what your adventure will be.

Your dreams will come to you in a whisper, not a shout. Listen for one tiny idea to guide your way…. and that will be enough.

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Quick Tips for Senior School Students

Here are some tips for Year 12, 11 and 10 students.

Year 12 Burnout

shutterstock_73010161 (2)The biggest challenge for many Year 12s’ is burnout. You can be caught at the crossroads between deep anxiety about succeeding V trusting the universe to care for you and walking away.

CREATE A PLAN  The best way to cope with the Year 12 marathon is to create a plan so that you peak as you head into final assessments.

With your plan you can schedule breaks and fun and hopefully make it through to the end of the year without burning out.

As you plan your calendar schedule in visits to university and TAFE open days and the Careers and Skills Expo.

Check out How to Blitz Year 12.

Find a bank of suggestions to help you to succeed in Year 12 HERE.

Year 11 Drift

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Starting Year 11

The biggest risk for many Year 11s’ is complacency. Being smart isn’t going to be enough in Year 11. Make yourself a Study Plan.    You can get scholarships, places at uni, job/work experience offers and entry to competitions based on your Term 1 results.

Map out your calendar for the year and include:

  • open days at universities and TAFE colleges
  • Careers and skills expos.

Subscribe to the Curtin Scholarship Newsletter AND to the Good Universities Guide Scholarship Newsletter.

You need to hit the ground running as your TERM ONE RESULTS COUNT!!

Year 10 Say “YES”

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Year 10 is a fantastic year. It is a time to have fun and explore as you learn to learn.  It can be a life changing year as you discover new opportunities and ideas and people.

You need to work it though. Check how to Blitz Year 10 HERE. 

Make sure you clean up your digital footprint at the start of the year and only add things that make you look awesome.

Make your Year 10 a Once in a Lifetime Experience.

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Bev Johnson

If you need help to unearth the right path to your dream future email me via Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au or give me a ring on 0434056412.

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