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If you don’t get your ATAR in 2020 you can still get into university

Universities need students. The ATAR gives them a convenient way of selecting 26% of their students.  The other 74% of university students enrol through different pathways. Mitchell REport

If you don’t get your ATAR in 2020 you can still get into university

Check the Year 12 Career Warriors 2020 Survival Guide for information.

Universities WANT you to enrol with them so keep checking their websites for updated information.

Higher Education – University preparation courses

  • They are generally free
  • You find out about a range of different courses that may interest you
  • They are generally a semester long
  • You learn about university life without having the pressure of a full degree program

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

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

Consider this…. 

If you don’t want to live on Poverty Street you must do some study when you leave school. Statistics 4

If you are thinking about TAFE, go to a Jobs and Skills Centre .If you are thinking about uni check out university careers services or email me to explore your options.

University Alternative Entry

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.

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

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

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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.

You can check out Curtin pathways 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.

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

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UWAY – 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.

CQU Principal’s Recommendation Scheme

The Principal’s Recommendation Scheme provides an alternate entry pathway to CQUniversity courses* that is based on the recommendation of High school Principals and not reliant on whether a student has received an ATAR.

At CQUniversity we believe senior schooling results are important, but we also believe that other factors such as motivation, talent, and passion can lead to student success at university. The scheme is designed to assist capable students to access entry to CQUniversity, it in no way provides relaxation of the quality and academic standards that students must meet to successfully complete their degree.

To apply for a CQUniversity course via the Principal’s Recommendation Scheme, a student must:

  • Be studying Year 12 in an Australian school in 2020.
  • Have their Principal’s recommendation in writing.

For more information on how to apply and what must be included in the recommendation please visit the Principal’s Recommendations Scheme webpage.

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Covid-19 Career Tips – Network Your Butt Off

Things have never been tougher for year 12s. If you don’t go back to school, these tips may help you to move forward.

1. Network Your Butt Off to Find a Job

STEP 1

Most jobs in Western Australia don’t get advertised. Even when the job IS advertised, it often goes to someone the employer knows.

Create your network map. It will look something like this. Your place coggle

Once you have your map, get help from a friend or family member to figure how each part of your network could possibly help you to find work.

Put your ideas into a list and work through your list.

STEP 2

Once you have got through the urgent stage to get yourself some money coming in, you may need to get some professional help to decide:

  • what direction you want to take,
  • what problem you would like to solve,
  • what you would like to do for the next couple of years.

Finding your perfect future will take a lot of baby steps and false starts. That’s fine. Life after school is rarely as linear as it has been at school.

2. Don’t Have a Meltdown

These are rotten times. There has never been a greater need to ask for help.

  • No one is breezing through this dreadful time. There are experiences helpers at places like Headspace, Lifeline and Beyond Blue 
  • School pastors and counsellors are still around. Contact them if you need to talk to someone.

3. How to Go Forward

Get a copy of the Year 12 Careers Warriors Covid-19 Career Guide It has some advice on work in a post Covid -19 world.

Year 12 Career Warriors

Go to one of the Jobs and Skills Centres to get more advice and support.

4. Money

Hackers are raining on my parade every day since the Covid-19 hit WA.

They may be offering Year 12s:

  • cheap courses that are useless
  • magic paths forward that seem amazing
  • jobs, where you just work for peanuts for months.

Scammers don’t come with a crowbar and mask. They are more likely to smile and try to become your friend.

These three sites  provide great advice:

MONEYSMART

You KNOW that people are going to try to scam you.

New amazing courses…for a VERY REASONABLE PRICE!

Magic plans to get you into an amazing course at uni.

Opportunities to work … forever… FOR NOTHING!!

The Money Smart site is information provided by the government. It is NOT trying to sell you anything.

It has information about how to cope with Covid-19.

It has a section about Studying that includes where to get financial help and how to plan a budget.  It also provides advice on Moving Out of Home. 

FAIR WORK OMBUDSMAN

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I hope the crisis has caused the government to put more staff on at the Fair Work Ombudsman office.

They are the ones you go to for help on the issues above.

TENANCY ADVICE

The Youth Central site is in Victoria. It provides information on how to prepare and what to look out for when you are leaving home.

Before you sign a lease you can check what you are signing up for HERE.

5. Studying Next Year

TISC

TISC Undergraduate

TISC will provide you will all of the information you will need about applying for university for 2021.

Applications close on about 30 September, but you can still apply after that by paying a late fee.

Notre Dame University in Fremantle has its own application process and you need to apply to the university directly.

TAFE

Check with Jobs and Skills Centres to find what is happening with TAFE, and all VET courses.

The long term earnings of Certificate IV and Diploma graduates is equal to those of people who have degrees.

If you do a course where there is high demand for workers, the course fees will be much lower than if you do a course like art.

Check out the State Priority Occupation (government subsidised) courses at the bottom of this link to see what courses have lower fees.

Find more information about TAFE courses HERE.

University

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The counselling services at all of the universities are free. The staff are professional and they want you to enrol in the right course for you.

Check the website of the uni of your choice and book an appointment.

If you are going to uni, go to the orientation week. There will be students there who are looking for new students to help so that they can get leadership skills. Get one of them as a mentor.

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Year 12 Career Warriors – Covid-19 Survival Handbook

I have had some Year 12 presentations cancelled due to the need to stop group meetings.

As I can’t be there in person I have put together the Year 12 Career Warriors – Covid-19 Handbook which has information that I think Year 12s might want to know right now.

Year 12 Career Warriors

 

You can download the Guide even if you don’t subscribe to my insanely great newsletter.

I have loaded it onto Google docs and got this shareable link. If you have trouble downloading it email me at Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au.

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Year 11s who want to go to uni – study tips and success strategies

Universities in Western Australia have started to make early offers to students. In the middle of Year 12 students can apply to go to university based on their estimated ATAR from Year 11 through to the end of semester 1 in Year 12. 

Teachers must estimate your ATAR score based on what you have done to the middle of Year 12 and their estimate is forwarded to universities BEFORE you undertake your final exams.

Year 11s no longer have time to settle in, fail their first exams, get a shock and up their game. These tips can help you to improve your game before your exams.

Study Tip 1 Prepare

Go through your diary and mark out:

  • Holidays
  • Birthdays
  • Important dates in sport
  • Exam times
  • School holidays
  • Other important dates in your year

Go through your diary and mark out your week

  • Mark in study planning every Sunday night for 10 minutes
  • Family time
  • Church time
  • Sport training
  • Music lessons and practice
  • Your part time job
  • Volunteer work
  • Hobbies and mucking around with friends

Where Does Your Time Go?

Discover where your time goes. Virginia Tech, in the United States, has created this study skills quick quiz to help students to become aware of how they use their time.

  • Do the quiz.
  • How many hours do you have to left study?
  • If you need more time to study modify your time usage to suit your needs.
  • Mark your diary with the study time blocks.
  • Mark your sleep time in your diary.
    • Schedule half an hour phone-free-zone before bed.
    • Create a pre-bed “sleep set-up” routine for that half hour.

Study Tip 2 Pinpoint Your (SMART) Goals

(Specific, Measurable, Action Oriented, Realistic and Timebound Goals)

My Goals

  • List each of your subjects
  • Set your specific, measurable goal for each subject e.g. English 75, Geography 64
  • Ask your teacher if this is realistic.
  • Ask you teachers to specify what you need to work on in their subject in order to achieve your goal.
  • Write down what they say.
  • This becomes your TO DO LIST

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Study Tip 3 Prepare to be a Superstar

Plan Your Study

When you first sit down to study, make a list of the things you need to do.

Go through comments and suggestions made by your teachers. See if there is anything you can do to take their advice.

If you haven’t got anything to do, go to your “To Do List” that you created from the information your teachers gave you.

Start to work on items on your list.

Secret Sunday Superstar Strategy

You need to learn how to critically reflect on how you have done and what you can do to improve.

Each Sunday evening take 10 minutes to:

  • Plan what to work on in each study time block.
  • Plan your study time to complete assignments.
  • Focus on your weaknesses.

Reflect on how well you studied last week…

  • Does your study timetable need adjusting?
  • How accurate you were at guessing how long each assignment was going to take?
  • Can you do anything more to pay  attention to your weaknesses?
  • Could you have asked your teachers for feedback or help on anything?
  • If you managed your phone.
  • What score out of 10 would you give yourself as a professional student?

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You KNOW that you need to manage your phone. You can waste hours half studying and half messing around on it.

  • Complete calls and text messages BEFORE you go to your study area then remove your  mobile phone from your study zone.
  • After an hour, take a break and check your phone messages, have a drink, talk to your family for 10 minutes.
  • Go back to your study zone and recommence the work you were doing.

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Today is the 200th Birthday of John Tenniel who drew the Cheshire Cat

The Cheshire Cat is the one who said:

If you don’t know where you are going it doesn’t know what road you take.

According to Google this is the 200th birthday of John Tenniel who drew the Cheshire Cat for Alice in Wonderland.

Thanks John. That spooky drawing has come to mind every time I have quoted Lewis Carroll to a student!

 


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March Issue Out Now

If you have West Australian career information for the April issue of In Focus Careers please let me know by 23 March.

I have just put out the latest issue. I have new stuff on:

  • the lack of STEM jobs,
  • uni and TAFE courses,
  • links to new publications, reports and stats
  • offers to my presentations on Getting Info Medicine,
  • a link to Expo research resources made available from Mt Barker.

Lots of people are still asking for the 2020 Magic Happens Career Handbook and Teacher’s Guide.

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Your pathway to medicine in WA

Getting into medicine is a job. The competition is fierce and the pathway is rigorous. Many potential doctors fall by the wayside due to the strain of the application process.

This presentation was given to potential applicants for medicine courses in WA. Scitech Pathways to Medicine 2020

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During the summer holidays 30 students who were going into year 11 and 12 this year did a week long, hands on and theory course at the Harry Perkins Centre. The program is run by Scitech to help students to find out more about health careers in WA.

You can find a cut down version of the presentation HERE. Scitech Pathways to Medicine 2020

If you would like to develop your personal plan for getting into medicine, or an alternate health career, please contact me. 


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Career Advice Sets Up Social Justice

People roll their eyes and think about their sex life/cat/lunch, if I tell them I “democratise career opportunities”.

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No more!! I have finally found my tribe! I have found others who think like me. 

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One of them is Ronald Sultana.

The Careers Industry Council is putting on a webinar with Ronald Sultana called What would socially just career advice look like?

He argues that, in an increasingly unequal world, we need to take a clear stance in regard to the injustices and widening gap between the “haves” and “have nots” around us.

The webinar is on 18th February. You can register HERE.

Tristram Hooley

I also found this recent presentation on Why Politicians should care about career development by Professor Tristram Hooley.

Some of his slides are so inspirational that I have printed them off and stuck them up in my office. Tim Hooley Take Back Control

Yes. I am *#% crazy about career development.

I will keep you posted as I get inspired by others.

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CAMPUSQUEST.COM.AU

Fullscreen capture 25052016 30324 PM.bmpThis is a great site for senior school students to find out about careers. Curtin University has created it so expect a Curtin slant.


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