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Five Career Things for Year 12s to Do in April

You have fewer than 20 contact teaching weeks to go before the ATAR. The April holidays are going to be your last chance to sit back and get organised.

Tip 1 Relax

April is the last relax time you are going to have until your final exams are over.

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  • Plan your time through until the ATAR exams, including relaxation time.
  • Take that time off…. Guilt free. Total relaxation.

Tip 2 Humanities or Science? Uni or TAFE?

  • Humanities or science? Which way do you want to go? If you can’t decide go to these sites for help. (If you contact me I will email you a link to this Coggle map so that you can get the links without looking them up.)

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Tip 3 Check out the Year 12 Handbook

In Year 12 it is time to check important dates, exam information, double check WACE requirement to make sure you comply. They are all in the Year 12 Information Handbook.Year 12 handbook

Tip 4  Enrol in ATAR Revision Courses for Mid Year Holidays

Most successful students get at least some revision support from one of the companies that provides mid year ATAR revision programs. 

Tip 5 Set SMART Goals and Ask for Help

  • List your subjects
  • Set a SMART goal for each subject
  • Check with each teacher to see what you need to do to achieve your goal
  • Ask them for help to achieve that goal.

If you have any great tips for Year 12 survival please send them through.

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Register Now for Clinical Aptitude Test – Concessions and Access Applications Close 10 May

Applications close for Concession and Access consideration for the UCAT on 10 May.

Those considering applying for either Concession or Access consideration should Register Now

UMATConcessions

There are concessions for people who hold or are dependent on a person with a Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card.

Applications close on 10 May.

Go HERE for information.

Access

Candidates with special educational needs, disabilities or temporary injuries may be entitled to extra time or accommodations when sitting the test, however applications for these arrangements must be accompanied by suitable official documentation and be approved in advance by the UCAT ANZ office.

Applications for Access considerations close on 10 May

Go HERE for information.

More Choice

You have a choice of times and locations when you book your test.

In the past regional and remote students were disadvantaged as the old test was always held after the mid year holidays. The timing is now more suited to the needs of applicants.

Practice Tests and Resources

The best change is the number of practice tests and resources for candidates. There are videos and practice tests on the UCAT site.

UCAT recommends that you do NOT go to private companies to learn how to do well on this test as this is the first time it has been run in Australia and they have little idea of what to expect.

UCAT have put up a lot of information and they have done everything they can to ensure candidates have the best opportunity to demonstrate their strengths.

Good Luck with your application.

If you have applied for a Concession or for Access consideration can you let us know if the process worked for you?

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For In Focus Careers to be the conduit to Insanely Great Careers Information for West Australian students I undertake to:

  • Write 10 insanely great issues of In Focus Careers newsletter each year that focus on the needs of West Australian students and careers teachers.
  • Search for local, national and international information that could impact on the careers of West Australian students.
  • Consult across the In Focus Careers network gathering information and advice to share.
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Getting Into Medicine – UMAT to UCAT

If you want to get into medicine in 2020 registrations for the UCAT are now open. 

Two West Australian universities have switched from the University Medical Admissions Test (UMAT) to the University Clinical Admissions Test (UCAT) for the 2020 intake: 

  • Curtin University is the only one to offer school leavers direct access to medicine as an undergraduate degree. The UCAT is now the external exam that is part of the application process. 
  • UWA – Direct Entry to Medicine and Dentistry. A limited number of students with an ATAR of 99 will be offered direct entry to medicine or dentistry. Those who are confident of an outstanding ATAR score must do the UCAT as part of their application process. Direct Entry students undertake an undergraduate degree before starting medicine. 

The University of Notre Dame is the other West Australian university to offer medicine. Applicants must have successfully completed a degree as part of the application process and they undertake an external test for graduates  (GAMSAT

UMATWhat is the UCAT?

The UCAT seems better than the old UMAT. 

It is a 2 hour, multiple choice, competency based test that seeks to determine your innate suitability to become a doctor. It can be done at any time in July but must be done by the end of the month. 

The test is done in your final year of school and you can only do the test once per year.  The 2019 test is only for entry to medicine in 2020. 

There are 5 elements to the test – Verbal Reasoning, Decision Making, Quantitative Reasoning, Abstract Reasoning and Situational Judgement. There is an abundance of information about the tests on the UCAT site.

Why UCAT is Better

Students from regional and remote schools don’t have to take time off school during term time to do the test. 

There has been a lot of consideration given to applicants who have a medical condition or disability and modified tests are available for those applicants. 

There has been a lot more work done to prepare students for the tests. There are practice tests, videos, tutorials, question banks…. everything they can think of to help you to perform well, has been provided. 

UCAT’s attention to providing  information and coaching on techniques and timing is the best way to prepare for the test. You must do the preparation that is provided on the UCAT site if you hope to be competitive in the test. 

Further Information

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As this is the first time the UCAT has been run in Australia there will be little knowledge to share among applicants but  Whirlpool  and Medstudentsonline are two social media sites where you can chat to other applicants around Australia. 

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Leaving Year 12 with advice from Eddie Perfect and Tim Minchin

……(your career is like) hacking through virgin rain forest – a completely blind journey where you never know where you’re going to end up. It’s only by looking back at the forest that it seemed to be some sort of logical progression. (Eddie Perfect)

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Image by Julian Kingma.

….how does one even define ‘success’?

 This answer will (and should be) different for every person. So it’s good to take a minute and think about how you personally define success, and what kind of person you’d like to be if and when it happens.

 Otherwise, how will you know when you arrive?

Read his advice on career success at the Aussie Theatre website.

Tim Minchin and Eddie Perfect seem like the same sort of guy. Tim gave a “9 Rules to Live By” address at  UWA which has become famous.

Tim Minchin

I never remember advice that people give me but these two say things in an entertaining way.

If you need help to find the best path towards your career journey, contact me at Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au  or ring me on 0434056412. I will do my best to be wise and entertaining!!

 


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Leaving Year 12 Looking Good When You Start Uni

You don’t want to make an idiot of yourself when you first go to uni. Maintain your dignity, make good decisions and look cool. (OK. You may need some more help with that last one!)

These tips will guide you through a smooth transition.

First in Family to Go to Uni 

First in FamilyThis site will help you to have a bit more confidence when you first start uni. There are study hints , pages on “What I wish I’d known“, Survival Hints, a glossary of useful terms. It has information about anything and everything they think could help you.

Special Student Services x 100

If you are disadvantaged IN ANY WAY, universities have special support services designed to help you. Tap into these services even if you are NOT disadvantaged.

There are more expert mentors available than students who choose to use them. People love helping people, particularly if their help is valued.

Go to the website of the university of your choice. If you can’t find the special service you are looking for, contact student services at the university.

Contact the services early. This will give them plenty of time to link you in with support and services before the rush at the start of the academic year.

Choosing the Right Uni

If you want to change your mind about which university you want to go to you can do that for a fee. To be considered for a first round offer you will need to get your preferences in to TISC by mid-December.

Universities

You can check Which University is Best for YOU.

West Australian Universities Rank Highest

Notre Dame is the top ranking private university in Australia and Edith Cowan University is the top ranking government university in Australia.

You can check out the rankings by university and by course at:

I Want to Apply to a University in Another State or Territory

If you want to find out more about applying in other states or territories check HERE.

Ask a Social Network of Students

 I stumbled upon Whilpool.net.au when I was researching views on schools of medicine at different universities.

Students use the discussion forum to ask questions and get information from other students who are already in courses.

I found a lot of candid information about medicine courses at universities around Australia form current and past students.

If you want to know something about a university or course before you fill out your TISC application, you could try asking a question on Whirlpool to see if you can get some good feedback. .

Alternative Pathways to Uni

CaptureThe number of alternative pathways is increasing. Information about alternative pathways to each of the West Australian universities is available HERE.

Complete your Studies with a Salary

Join the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and have your fees paid for via Defence University Sponsorship. You can study a relevant degree at an accredited university of your choice, have your fees paid for and earn a salary, then walk straight into an ADF role following graduation.

For information go HERE

Accommodation at West Australian Unis

Staying at one of the university residential options provides you with:

  • Easy friendships
  • Mentor support
  • Managed living conditions
  • Introduction to university life.

To explore your options and secure a place go to the following sites:

Scholarships for School Leavers

Get your Career Advisor, Year Coordinator, Home Room Teacher or a family friend to help you to find hundreds or even thousands of dollars in scholarships that could help you to pay for your university or TAFE courses.

Make going for scholarships part of your new life. Many students win more than one scholarship.

Information about hundreds of scholarships is available at the Good Universities Guide and Curtin Scholarship mailing list 

The Australian College of Nursing administers nursing scholarships .

You can subscribe to a newsletter about WA university scholarships on scholarshippd.net.

Some scholarships require a personal statement and references which may take some time to compile.

Specific information regarding the scholarships available and the selection criteria used to award the scholarships can be obtained from university websites:

Payments to Students 

Check Centrelink for information about financial support including relocation and rent allowances.

Check the Good Universities Guide for a broad range of information on how to get financial support.

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If you are anxious about your transition from school to university contact me for a free one on one consultation.

 

 

 


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Start Your Degree in High School

Is it ever too early to start at university?

Now you can start your degree while still at school. Three universities in Western Australia offer free, or low cost, university units to school students.

Starting uni early will not only save you money, it will give you a taste of university life and teach you adult learning styles, you will meet lecturers and learn about their expectations and be treated as an equal in an adult world.

Getting a taste of uni while still at school could help you to decide which career direction to take.

Murdoch University – Horizons Summer School

The Horizons Summer School  enables year 11s transitioning to Year 12 to experience university, get academic skills for year 12 and get credit for one unit towards a Murdoch degree.

Students participate in lectures, workshops, labs and group activities to generate innovative solutions as they explore various global topics and subject areas, like the Global Compact which incorporates the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

When? Friday 4 January to Friday 25 January 2019.

Cost? $450 but with fee waivers for equity students and in particular for students attending Murdoch ATAR RISE Schools.

Central Queensland University (CQU) Start Uni Now (SUN)

Year 11 and 12 students and high achieving Year 10s in their final term, can take units at CQU which may lead to credits towards a CQU degree.

Each of these SUN units has SCSA endorsement.

  • Introduction to Nursing
  • Current Trends in Psychology
  • Education as a Profession
  • Introduction to Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Introduction to Contract Law
  • Introduction to Law
  • Basic Aeronautical Knowledge

Students may count four Endorsed Programs towards their WACE. If the unit is part of the degree that you enrol in, a credit transfer would count towards your degree. (For example, Introduction to Nursing would probably include a number of principles that would be taught in a first year nursing degree program.)

By carefully choosing units that may get you credits you could reduce the number of units you need to take when you go to university.

The first SUN unit that you enrol in is free and after that they will cost $375 per unit. Most university units cost between $800 – $1200.

ECU – Short Courses for Credit

Students interested in Humanities and the Arts can enrol in ECU creative units while still at school and get credit for those units when they start their degree. These courses are run in the mid semester break.

Students should register for ECU newsletters about  these courses  so they get early notice of opportunities like this.

Summary

The line between university and school is blurring. Universities are becoming less rigid about entry requirements and more thoughtful about what elements are required to succeed at university.

Front coverIf you would like expert advice in finding opportunities for early access to university, contact me at Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au 

 

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No ATAR? Go to Uni THIS Way

You can quickly develop skills to succeed at uni via a university preparation course. These are short courses, run by universities, to help those who didn’t get the ATAR score needed to get an offer.

They are generally a semester long which means you could do the preparation course and start your university degree in semester 2.

Apply Early

These courses are free. There are limits on numbers but applying early should easily secure you a free place.

What Do I Get?

These courses can lead to an offer of a place in a range of degree courses.

You will gain an understanding of university life and you will learn more about the range of degree opportunities that are available to you.  This often leads to students changing their minds about what degree course they want to enrol in.

By doing this free course students can save themselves the money it would cost them if they enrolled in the wrong course straight out of school.

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

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

Adjustment Bonus Points

If you did not achieve the required ATAR cut off point you can check to see if you can boost your score via Adjustment (Bonus) Points.

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  • If you didn’t like studying at school… that is probably not going to change if you go to university.
  • If you don’t have good English and communication skills you are going to have trouble writing assignments and exams.
  • University courses are expensive and they don’t necessarily lead to better pay and conditions. Check these facts HERE.

Go to a career advisor at school, at a Jobs and Skills Centre or email me to explore your non university options.

Notre Dame

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

It is a 13-week program which you apply for directly to Notre Dame by 28 September.

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

Thanks Hannah Murray |  Prospective Student Advisor

ECU

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

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

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

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

Thanks Lauren Tyler Events Coordinator, Student Recruitment and Erin Nichols Student Recruitment Coordinator

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

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

In 2018 Curtin sent out offers to 400 ‘equity’ offers to students and to about 400 who applied early.  You can read more HERE.

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

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

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

Thanks for the update from: Christine Lim Future Student Advisor | Curtin University and Kathy Lawson UniReady Program Manager

Murdoch University

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

Central Queensland University

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STEPS (Skills for Tertiary Education Preparatory Studies)

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

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

Thanks to Sandra Emanuel CQU Marketing Coordinator for the update. 

 

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Keep up to date with career developments. Subscribe to the In Focus Careers Newsletter at Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au

 

If you would like expert assistance in finding alternative pathways contact me at Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au