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4 Things Your Careers Teacher Gets Right

1. They Care More 

No other teacher cares as much about what you are going to do when you leave school.

Well, that isn’t strictly true. Teaching isn’t just a job. Mainstream teachers care about what their students plan to do…  but their main responsibility is to get students to learn maths, or physics or geography.

The role of a careers teacher is much more important than that!!!

It is the role of the careers teacher to guide students as they unearth their best possible pathway to follow as they leave school. That is their passion. That is what they care about more than any other teacher.

They have a toolbox of aptitude tests and quizzes and exercises and exploration tasks that will help to guide you to your best possible future.

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2. They know about university degrees

Not only has your career teacher got first hand experience of being a university student, they have kept up their knowledge.

Every year all of the West Australian universities run professional development programs for careers teachers.

These are wonderful relaxing days where careers teachers are pampered, indulged and spoilt as they are given all of the information they could need to recommend THAT PARTICULAR university to hundreds of prospective students.

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These days out are organised by university careers staff who form a close relationship with school based careers teachers. If ever your teacher doesn’t know something about a course, they just ring their friendly uni based career advisor and get the answer for you.

3. They know about apprenticeships and traineeships

This pathway has sometimes been a bit tricky for careers teachers. While many teachers have vocational qualifications they often do these courses part time so don’t have experience as a full time TAFE student.

Once the mining boom came along employers needed trade and technical skills quickly so TAFE courses came into high demand from school leavers. As the digital economy has pushed up the demand for rapid skills acquisition, long theoretical degree programs have been challenged by short, just in time vocational courses.

Careers teachers struggle to keep up with the massive changes that are taking place across all industries so they hook up students who want an apprenticeship or traineeship with experts in the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network .

Apprenticeships and traineeships

This Coggle map gives an overview of how to get an apprenticeship or traineeship. Get more information at This is How You Get an Apprenticeship in WA.

For students wondering about technical or health para professional careers they now hook them up with careers staff or expert lecturers via the Jobs and Skills Centres which started up last year.

Your careers teachers are the kings and queens of networking. They will know who will know the answer to your question.

4. They know about job application and interview skills

There was a woman at the Skills Expo last year telling everyone they were doing their job applications all wrong. They should buy her special  job application course if they ever wanted to get a job.

That just isn’t true.

Careers teachers know what employers are looking for and give you at least ONE good way of writing a job application and cover letter.

They set up mock interview and do their best to make you anxious so that you know what it is like to go for a real job interview.

This is a career teachers fundamental toolkit. They know this stuff and they teach it.

Despite all of that hard work preparing students to go for jobs, employers complain about bad spelling, poor sentences, lack of care, not answering the questions…… yadda yadda.

Career teachers are able to give you all the knowledge and skills you need to write a good job application and do a fair interview. Learn from your school based careers teacher. You don’t have to pay a fortune.

If you would like to do a job application and interview course check out your local Jobs and Skills Centre. They run free courses and will give you one on one support. You don’t have to be thinking of a TAFE course to go to these Centres.

Go to your careers teacher for free advice as soon as possible

Give your careers teacher every chance to help you to unearth what is possible. Go to see them early and follow their advice.

If you have a strong bond with  a year or VET coordinator, or student services teacher you can go to them. Having great rapport with a wise teacher you trust is important. They can consult the professional careers teacher for information and support as you work towards your goal.

Poor career choices can cost you time and money, but more than that. Poor career choices can leave you feeling lost and depressed.

Take your career exploration and discovery seriously while you are in the familiar, supportive school environment with teachers who care about you.

Discovering your dream career could be your reward.

In Focus Careers Newsletter

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My Commitment to West Australian Careers Education

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.
  • Connect you with insanely great careers teachers across the In Focus Careers network.
  • Listen to and support West Australian careers teachers

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Create an Insanely Great School Leavers’ Safety Net

Leaving home to study at university or TAFE is a giant leap. Especially for RRR students.

Notre Dame University has a RRR Student Support Program which is like their support for international students. No other Western Australian university or TAFE has anything special in place.

Students flounder. Parents panic.

Stressed parents can help their school leavers to make the giant leap seem more like a hop by doing these things.  Tell them to….

1.   Get a Mentor

People love it when you value their knowledge and expertise so getting a mentor isn’t rocket science. Just be nice and value what the mentor tells you. Find someone whose subject knowledge you value and start to ask them for advice and support.

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Vocational colleges like TAFE do not have formal mentor programs.

Students will need to put in some effort to find a good mentor. They may choose to build a mentor relationship with a lecturer, with one of the many technical experts that work in colleges or with an older student.

This will be their “go to” person when they are wondering what is coming next or how to do something.

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Universities have formal mentor programs.

The mentors are older students who are building their resumes by demonstrating leadership through mentoring.

New students are often allocated a mentor during orientation. If you didn’t get one, or if you didn’t get along with your mentor, go to the guild, or student services office, and ask for a mentor in your faculty.

Getting a mentor means you are consciously and deliberately working towards a successful career. That can’t be a bad thing.

2.   Find and Use Support Services

Support services are numerous and varied, and they are usually free.  You really are not alone but unearthing the support service you need may take some digging.

  • Career Counsellors. Most tertiary education institutions have career counsellors. These can be your lifeline when you start to doubt your subject or course choices. Don’t just drop out. Go to one of the counsellors to see what you can do.

 

  • Specialist Support. There will be support for students with identifiable different needs, like Aboriginal students, people with a disability or people from non English-speaking backgrounds. If you are eligible for these services, take advantage of them.

 

  • Classes in Study Skills. There may be classes on study skills, or how to write an essay. They will be designed to address a problem like not knowing how to study most efficiently, or how to write an essay with correct referencing. These skills can save you hours throughout your student career.

 

  • Industry Group Services. Some industry groups, like the building and construction industry, provide mentors, scholarships, mental health programs and industrial relations support through the union. Google your industry to find what support services they offer.

 

  • Specialist Industry Support. Specialist support groups, like Women in Science and Technology and associations like the Marketing Association, the Accountants Association or the Australian Computer Society can help you while you are studying, give you a network for applying for jobs and they will be able to tell you about scholarships, internships and financial support.

3.   Stick with Family and Family Friends

Leap and the Net will appear PNGHaving the freedom to do what you like away from home is exciting. Taking risks is part of the excitement.

New students are a target for crooks and scammers. The crooks and scammers don’t come with it written on their foreheads. They are usually nice, friendly, helpful people who know how to win the trust of a new student.

Believing the old Zen saying, Leap and the net will appear and keep you safe whenever you take a risk, could result in you getting a criminal record or being physically assaulted.

Make a formal plan to stay connected with family and old family friends. If you are unsure about someone, invite them to come with you when you visit your family.

If you don’t feel comfortable inviting them to meet your family or family friends, check your own feelings. Your innate wisdom may be telling your something.

If you invite your new acquaintance and they choose not to come a few times, you will start to question their friendship.

If they do come, and your family does not feel comfortable about this new person, listen to your family. They are the ones who will provide a safety net that protects you as you leap into your new life.

4.   Say “YES, and …”

If you just learn from class when you go to uni or TAFE, you are missing out.

post-it-notes-There is so much more to enjoy. There are so many opportunities to engage with your industry, enter competitions, take on projects, join clubs, go for scholarships.

Don’t just wait for an opportunity to fall into your lap. Look for things that might interest you on campus noticeboards and join online groups to find out what is going on.

When you hear about an opportunity on campus say “Yes, and where do I apply, what else can I do, when can I start?”

Growth opportunities are generally set up by your campus to help you to have a better student experience.

Just by applying you are creating your own opportunities. You might find out where you are going by setting out in a different direction.

5.   Create a Small Group

If you have friends from school studying at your campus they are your obvious first point of contact. You will soon be overwhelmed with new people who are vying for your attention and you will be trying to connect with new people who you meet.

Trying to be friends with everyone will exhaust you. Focus on a small group and establish friendships with them.  You can make friends with other people later.

HINT: Be nice to everyone. There is a good chance you will be in the same workplace as them at some stage in your career. It is important that they remember how great you are.

Find out what careers information came out this month. Get a free copy of the latest In Focus Careers Newsletter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How to set up a successful school industry partnership

If you have ever tried to take a class on an excursion you know how hard it is. The maths staff complain that they need the students to do a test on that day. The front office staff complain that you haven’t finished the paper work. The students don’t bring in their money.

It doesn’t seem worth the effort.

School systems aren’t set up to support learning out of school grounds. 

As the boundaries between schools, universities and registered training organisations (RTOs) become more porous there is a need for schools to become more agile in their approach to learning.

Unis and RTOs have these 5 systems in place that support flexible learning.

1. Governance

They specify what they are aiming to achieve and who is responsible within each organisation. They also have a time and reporting stipulations and they have identified standards that support strategic goals.

2. Management

Universities and VET training providers have management systems in place to guide off campus learning. The management process includes how the project fits into strategic targets and learning outcomes.

3. Legal

There are generic equal opportunity, privacy, duty of care and occupational health and safety laws designed to protect students, workers and volunteers. Once these standards are in place they provide the framework for all excursions.

4. Financial

Universities and RTOs organise their finances so that there are staff who take responsibility for  flexible learning arrangements. This is not the task of the academic staff. Financial management will be determined by school funding models and may include costs associated with the off campus activities.

5. Technical

Universities and RTOs have IT systems that capture and share information without the need for duplication.

Want to know more?

Email me for a copy of the How to set up a school – industry partnership framework.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Late News from Curtin

CurtinThis was sent to schools today from Curtin Connect. Teachers may not have had time to forward it to Year 12s before they leave.

 

Dear Bev,

We want to reassure you that Curtin is here to help with any enquiries you may have from your year 12 students who are considering university study.

Key dates

This year, the processing dates for TISC university applications has changed significantly.

Friday 16 November 2018 Last exam.
Thursday 29 November 2018, 4.30pm Applications close for special consideration into Curtin for this December (main) offer round.
Monday 3 December 2018 Applications close for portfolio entry into Curtin for the December offer round.
Monday 17 December 2018 WACE results and Universities Admission Advice Letters posted online to TISC.
Tuesday 18 December 2018, 11pm Deadline for year 12s to add or change their preferences for this December (main) offer round.
Friday 21 December 2018 December (main) round offers available.Successful students will be able to accept or defer their offer, or change their preferences in time for the January (second) offer round.

Students who do not receive an offer will be reconsidered for the January round.

Monday 7 January 2019 Applications close for portfolio entry into Curtin for the January (second) offer round.
Thursday 10 January 2019, 4.30pm Applications close for special consideration into Curtin for the January offer round.
Tuesday 15 January 2019, 11pm Deadline to re-arrange or add preferences for the January round of offers. TISC Applications won’t be accepted after this date.Final closing date for you to submit documents/transcripts of results to TISC for the January round of offers.
Tuesday 22 January 2019 January (second) round offers available.Students must accept and enrol, or defer by the deadline in their offer email.

Pathways

If your students don’t qualify for entry into their preferred course at Curtin, tell them not to worry – there are plenty of other options to help them gain admission.

Discover admission pathways

Scholarships

Your students may be able to apply for a Curtin scholarship to gain financial, academic and career support.

Year 12 students who have made Curtin their first preference for the December offer round and achieve an ATAR of 96 and meet other eligibility criteria or above will automatically receive a Curtin Excellence Scholarship.

Search for a scholarship

Need more information?

Do your students have any concerns or questions you’re unable to answer?

They can get in touch with Curtin.

Address: Building 102, Curtin University, Kent Street, Bentley Campus
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday 8.30am – 4.30pm and Friday from 10am – 4.30pm (excluding public holidays)
Phone: 1300 222 888

Other Universities in WA

If you want to know about the alternative pathways at all WA universities go HERE.

Snapshot of WA Universities

If you want a quick look at the WA universities look HERE.

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If you would like expert assistance in making your your transition from school contact me at Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au  

 

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November Careers Newsletter Out Now

NewsletterAs our Year 12s head into ATAR exam rooms or out into the school free zone I am aware that they are heading into the most risky time of their lives.

The last In Focus Careers Newsletter for the year has just been released with lots of information for school leavers.

Contact me for a complimentary copy.

 

 

 

 

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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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….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.

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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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August Careers Newsletter

CoverAugust is the busiest careers month of the year. All of the unis have their open days and they pile on the information evenings prior to students filling out their TISC applications by 28 September.

On top of that there is a deluge of information about scholarships to apply for AND the SkillsWest Expo is on.

The August Careers Newsletter is the longest one so far this year. For a complimentary copy email me at Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au

 

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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.

 

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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

 

UWA Broadway

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.

 

Newsletter

To keep up to date with career developments, subscribe to the In Focus Careers Newsletter at Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au

 

 

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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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