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How to Blitz Year 10

Year 10 is an amazing transition year. As you start Year 10 you Could still be acting like a kid.  By the end of the year you will start to realise that no one else is in charge of your career. No one else is going to do it for you.

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In Year 10….

Try new stuff. Say YES. Try stuff that might not work. Make mistakes.Robot

Make connections. 85% of jobs are filled through networking.

Explore opportunities like the Rotary Youth Exchange Scholarship rotary

Explore your hobbies. Interested in robots? Join a Coderdojo. Interested in media? Start your own blog, YouTube channel, or podcast.

If you are interested in something and don’t know how to follow it up ask your careers teacher, or email me and I will follow it up.

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  • Get a part time job. Try to get one at a big company where you get training, like McDonalds or one of the big supermarkets.
  • You meet people, you get to try different things that you are interested in, and you don’t have to stay if you don’t like it. Search online for “volunteer jobs” and name your suburb or create a Seek.com account and check out the “Volunteers” tab.

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  • Interested in sport? Coach a junior team. Volunteer to umpire. Help to organise.
  • Go to university open days and the two career expos in the middle of the year.

Year 10 is the BEST year at school … well, it is for lots of students.

In order to get the most out of it you need to set up a bond with your teachers so that you are the one they think of when opportunities come up. Become the best friend of the year coordinator, the careers teacher… the music/art/physics teacher….

Success in Year 10 will come to those who turn up and say teach me.

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Bev Johnson

If you want help to grow into your potential call me on 0434056412 or email me at Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au. We will see what we can do to find your best possible future.

 

 


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EXAM DAY TIPS

Time to get up and face your exams.

GET READY

  • Arrive early. Avoid anxious friends. Go to the loo.
  • Take drinking water with you.
  • Know how many questions or sections you have to answer and what they are worth BEFORE you arrive.
  • Allocate your time according to the marks for each section or question.
  • Know exactly what time you should finish each section and question.

GO IN

  • Get seated early.
  • Breath steadily, get centred, sip water.
  • Listen to the supervisor’s instructions. Ask for clarification at any time.
  • Write your name and student number on the exam paper.

READING TIME

  • Read through all the exam paper carefully.
  • If there are choices, decide which questions to answer.
  • make sure you are answering all questions required from each section.
  • Plan to answer the easiest question first.
  • Leave the hardest question to last.
  • Know what time you should finish each question and stick to that time.

DANGER

PLEASE make sure you understand what each question is asking.

Circle the key words in questions.

KNOW you are stressed.

Are you sure you know what the question is ACTUALLY asking?

START YOUR EXAM

  • Start your first answer. Quickly plan your answer picking the BEST evidence you can provide that proves you are an expert on the subject.
  • Don’t spend more time than planned on a section or question.
  • Don’t over-answer or waffle on.
  • Add dot points if you are running out of time. You won’t lose points and may gain some.
  • If you have time skim read your answer for errors or omissions. This will also give you time to rest your writing hand and stop it cramping.
  • Systematically work through all required answers keeping to your time allocation.
  • Use every minute of exam time. If you have time left, review your answers before handing in the paper.
  • Hand in your rough work too.


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What’s On This Week

Life after schoolScholarships

If you were not gifted with academic brilliance you may still find a bucket of gold at the end of a scholarship rainbow.

Check out some of the rare and wonderful scholarships here or just search Google for scholarships, bursaries and government payments that will help you succeed in the workforce of your future.

WAAPA Applications are Open

Make haste… if you plan to apply to WAAPA for 2017.  Applications close in September. 

Media Portfolio Preparation

Have you finished writing your novel? Producing your movie? Recording your podcast? Use it to apply to Murdoch through a media portfolio.  There is a Media Portfolio Preparation Day to help you to finish off your masterpieces on 27th September.


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WA Career Events – Week of July 24

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⇒ August Issue – Tertiary Reminders Careers Newsletter

I will send out the August newsletter this week (24th July) with news of career events happening in WA through August and September. As requested, I have included lots of information about:

  • Scholarships
  • Vocational education opportunities.

If you know of any events that I have missed please let me know and I will share that information here.

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⇒ STEM Incursion for Year 10 Students

Schools can enlist the help of Scitech to encourage year 10 students to choose STEM subjects by booking a school incursion.

⇒ Redesigning Futures Workshop Series Starts– Kent Street SHS

Workshops to empower senior students to become Changemakers for the Future start at Kent St Senior High on 28th July.

⇒ University Open Days

Green screen movie studios, wetland safaris and seeing how you use bubbles to float metal are on my “To See” list at the Murdoch Open DayOPen day⇒ 27th July UMATUmat

Good luck to everyone doing the Undergraduate Medical Admissions Test on 27th.

To read discussions between last year’s applicants search “UMAT 2015” on whirlpool.net.au forums.

⇒ 27 – 28 July West Kimberly Youth Services Forum

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Kimberley Youth Services are running workshops at Goolari to provide information on:

  • Employment and Careers
  • Money management
  • Emotional well-being

Ph: 9192 2228 Email: wkys.conference@gmail.com

⇒ 29th July Notre Dame Early Offers Close 

logo-notre-dameIf you are in Year 12, you can apply directly to Notre Dame and potentially receive an offer prior to doing your end of year exams.

 

If you want the know-how to connect to your ideal future career contact:

Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au M: 04340564121


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VETinfoNet Website Decommissioned

From 1 July, VETinfoNet information will be available on the Department of Training and Workforce Development’s website. Information is aimed at professional educators and trainers rather than students.

VET in Schools information will be available in the Employees and Students section.

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Statement of Student Achievement

No wonder students turn off this stuff. There is so much to know.

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The Statement of Student Achievement  is a record of what students who finish year 12 in Western Australian have achieved at school.

It is only partly about the Certificate of Education which is a record of specific academic requirements. The Statement of Achievement captures more than that, like the number of hours of community work a student has done.