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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)

Eddie Perfect

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.

Call the Expert

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.

WarningStatistics 4

  • 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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If your Year 12 mid year exam results were grim… TRY THIS

If your mid year exam results have left your ATAR rank looking grim….

Adjustment Points might boost your ATAR for university.

Lift off to UniWhat Are Adjustment (Bonus) Points?

These are points that most universities offer so that all students get an equal chance of being offered a place at university.

If you have not quite achieved the ATAR Minimum Selection Rank due to some form of disadvantage, Adjustment Points might boost your score so that you are offered a place.

How do I get them? 

Each university may have slightly different criteria that make you eligible so you will need to decide which university you want to go to then check with them.

Check Which University is Best for You? then check their adjustment point system.

This is Curtin’s eligibility criteria:

  • You must be an Australian/New Zealand citizen or permanent resident (including Permanent Humanitarian Visa Holder)
  • You must achieve an ATAR from 60.00 to 69.95
  • You must demonstrate English language proficiency, by:
    • a scaled mark of at least 50 in WACE English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR, OR
    • a Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) Written English test minimum score of 140, OR
    • another approved English test

Plus you must meet ONE of the following eligibility measures:

Measure You’re eligible if
Financial hardship You are receiving Youth Allowance, or have a parent or guardian receiving a Commonwealth Income Support or Commonwealth means-tested Assistance payment.
Indigenous Australian You have an Indigenous Australian background.
Educational disadvantage This means you must have completed Year 12 at a school with an Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage (ICSEA) value of 1000 or less, or a school located in a designated regional or remote area (including students completing Year 12 through the School of Isolated and Distance Education) or a school with low tertiary entrance participation rates. See the approved School list below.
For further information regarding the criteria for a school to be included on the approved list please contact the Admissions Office on 1300 222 888 or via email stepup@curtin.edu.au

Adjustment Points in WA Universities

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Curtin StepUP

TISC applicants, with an ATAR between 60.00 – 69.95 will be given adjustments points and assessed at 70.

 

ECU

ECU Access

Eligible students with an ATAR of 60 to 69.95 will receive a selection rank adjustment to 70.

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

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Murdoch RISE

Murdoch’s RISE will adjust the ATAR of eligible students by up to 10.00 to a maximum of 90.00.

UWA

 

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Eligible students with an ATAR of 75.00 to 79.95 will receive a rank of 80.00. Eligible students with an ATAR of 80.00 or above will also receive a positively adjusted selection rank.

 

logo-notre-dameNOTRE DAME – Special Consideration

Notre Dame doesn’t have a formula. Students can submit a supporting form outlining a need for special consideration  with their application.

 

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Which Uni is Best for YOU?

TISC applications for university in 2019 open on August 6. Students who want to go to university will be asked to identify their preferred courses and preferred university.

There are five WA universities that Year 12s traditionally choose between… and one new one.

If you know some of the key features of these universities it may be easier to make your choice.

Notre Dame 

 

91.1% of Notre Dame undergraduate students were satisfied with the overall quality of their learning experience according to the Quality Indicators of Learning and Teaching (QILT).

EVERY UNIVERSITY WISHES THEY GOT THAT!!

Notre Dame

Notre Dame is a Catholic University but you don’t need to be Catholic or Christian or even religious to go there, and the fees are comparable with other universities.

The point of difference is that Notre Dame does have a spiritual, values driven, caring approach to teaching and learning which underpins their interactions and decision making.  That’s why they are topping the QILT ratings.

It is quite a small university with 10,000 students and the vast majority of them are domestic students.

The university is in beautiful renovated old buildings around Fremantle.

Pastoral care and support developed for international students has been made available to help regional and remote students to settle in. The only shortcoming is the lack of Notre Dame student accommodation but the student support services people will help students to find accommodation to meet their needs.

CQU – Central Queensland University

This is a new comer to Western Australia and it is working hard to attract students from their traditional university pathways with courses in sonography and echocardiography which are new to WA.

CQU

The main campus is located near the bottom of William Street near Elizabeth Quay and they have set up study hubs in Busselton, Broome, Geraldton and Karratha. These are often on TAFE campuses.

Many of the students are mature aged, external students who make use of online learning, occasional face to face contact and phone calls to fit their learning around their work and other demands.

Although there are 20,000 students at CQU, they are spread across Australia and numbers in WA are still quite small.

Curtin University

Curtin is by far our biggest university with over 50,000 students. It seems like a city with business centres, shops, gyms, accommodation and bands and food trucks, art galleries and theatres.

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I think undergraduate students could have a ball at Curtin, but the sheer size of of the place can be daunting. You need to actively work at getting engaged with the Curtin community, both social and academic, to make the most of your Curtin experience.

Curtin knows this and has invested in providing plenty of help for new students and for students with special needs,  but it is up to you to seek it out.

Because of the size of the university there are many opportunities available for students to extend their experience, in Australia and internationally.

Curtin is part of a knowledge precinct in Bently with CSIRO, Tech Park and the Pawsey supercomputer in the area. Staff and students actively seek to engage with industry to get knowledge and experience and do industry based research. It is number 2 in the world for Metals and Mining Engineering programs. This industry focus underpins the feel at Curtin.

Curtin seems exciting, dynamic and very cosmopolitan with lots of international students and with campuses in Malaysia, Singapore and Dubai as well as the one at Bentley and in Kalgoorlie.

ECU – Edith Cowan University

The Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching ranks ECU as the top public university in Australia for undergraduates’ student experience. You can feel the quality of the experience when you contact ECU for information. They get back to you. They try to help.

ECU

ECU started as a college for teacher training and gradually expanded its courses with WAAPA being one of the first ventures into new areas. Now WAAPA has a reputation as one of the BEST performing arts learning academies in the world.

ECU’s more recent expansion has been into engineering with significant investment into new facilities, international learning opportunities and strong demand for graduates.

ECU is pretty big but students are on the Mt Lawley and Joondalup campuses so it doesn’t feel overwhelming.

The buildings are great examples of design with some of the coolest architecture in Western Australia.

ECU is manageable and there is a strong student centric management focus which means students get help to succeed. There are many alternate pathways into ECU including the UniPrep program and experienced based entry.

People who didn’t think they could get into uni and succeed can are supported to thrive at ECU.

Murdoch University

Murdoch has recognised that the world is changing and that there is a disconnect between education and where jobs are emerging. It has introduced “adaptive expertise” as a learning spine being introduced across the university.

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They are focusing on adapting traditional courses with the application of technologies. So History + STEM could result in machine learning that unearths previously unknown information about cultures. Journalism + STEM, as seen in the use of drones, is revealing what is happening in emergency or war environments.

Murdoch has a strong focus on getting girls into engineering. They have engaged with schools and support in industry to lift the number of girls entering this field which delivers 25% of the world’s CEOs.

Murdoch has the biggest percentage of international students in WA.

They are teaching students to think globally, to seek ways to apply technology to their work and to work collaboratively.

UWA – University of Western Australia

This is our oldest university. Many industry, political and community leaders in Western Australia went to UWA which gives strong links between UWA and leadership across the State.

UWA

The UWA campus is beautiful with Winthrop Hall being the most recognised symbol of “a university” in WA. The gardens, theatres and art gallery and its role as the initiator of the Festival of Perth make UWA a hub of culture.

UWA has positioned itself as the university for high academic performers and many high achieving school leavers identify UWA as their first preference.

It is aware of its low QILT satisfaction results and is supporting strategies like the Fogarty Foundation Edfutures initiative and consulting with experts in an effort to become more student centric in its approach.

Comparison

The comparison of student experience outcomes puts Notre Dame as a clear leader with
ECU also doing well.

QILT comparison

Each university has different features that will impact on your choices.

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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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