This is a great site for senior school students to find out about careers. Curtin University has created it so expect a Curtin slant.
If you say “Yes” to just one of these opportunities you may find a pot of gold at the end of that rainbow. You can create your own magic by saying “Yes”.
These opportunities are designed for middle school students.
People WANT you to join them. If you say “Yes” to any of these opportunities people will welcome you.
Discover Your Potential
Age: 14 – 24 There are 4 sections:
Coding for Fun
Ages 7 – 17
Run by volunteers in libraries, unis and community centres. Young people and volunteers get together to learn to play with coding.
Age 6 – 18
Acting, music and dance short courses are run on weekends and holidays. There are classes for young kids through to those who already have some experience.
Get a mentor. Their support can change your life. There are often more mentors offering services than students wanting to engage.
Every local government council has youth programs. Check out your local government to see what it has on offer.
Year 10 is when you start checking out university open days and TAFE events. The University Open Days are like a big party. The TAFE events are more like “getting into computing” or “try a trade”. As these events are announced they will be announced in this newsletter.
Age: 12 – 19
Fun with Robots
Teams make and program robots and compete in different challenges. This is big in WA and the kids seem to have a great time.
Students hack together geodata information to create some brilliant problem-solving ideas.
Age: 13 – 15
The ConocoPhillips Science Experience is a fun 3 or 4 days of science activities for Year 9 and 10 students.
In Campus Quest you’ll play as a university student and experience all the pitfalls and successes of campus life. This is just for students, not for teachers.
Something for gamers. Create your world and solve problems.
Know what opportunities are available to West Australian school leavers.
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The open days are brilliant. They are run from late July to late August and all unis bring out their finest toys in their efforts to get you to buy into their courses.
MyFuture or the Curtin Campus Quest game can help you to make the decision. Many undergraduate courses are run at all universities in Western Australia so once you know which general direction to take you can narrow down your research.
Once you have decided WHAT to study you just need to decide WHERE you want to study. That is how going to an open day can help you.
At the Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) site you will be able to see what last year’s students thought of the university and course you are considering.
There is a function where you can choose the same course at different unis and see what last year’s students thought.
You can get and overview of WA unis and what they are like at Which Uni is Best for You.
Check out Curtin courses HERE.
Check out the ECU courses HERE.
Check out UWA courses HERE.
Check out Murdoch courses HERE.
Check out Notre Dame courses HERE.
Check CQU courses HERE.
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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….
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.
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.
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.
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.
Having 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.
If you just learn from class when you go to uni or TAFE, you are missing out.
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.
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.
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.
This 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.
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.
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.
You can check Which University is Best for YOU.
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:
If you want to find out more about applying in other states or territories check HERE.
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. .
The number of alternative pathways is increasing. Information about alternative pathways to each of the West Australian universities is available HERE.
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
Staying at one of the university residential options provides you with:
To explore your options and secure a place go to the following sites:
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.
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:
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.
If you are anxious about your transition from school to university contact me for a free one on one consultation.
Thinking of changing schools? Thinking of changing your hair colour?
If you think you are having a hard time changing, try being transgender!
Barriers to being transgender are changing but it is still a very difficult path to go down.
If you are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex or queer and would like to talk to someone the Freedom Centre in Northbridge would be a good place to start. Many people have already been through the transition from a straight life and have brought together the lessons they have learned so that others don’t have to do it alone.
Schools can join the Safe Schools program which has a truck load of resources and advice to get them onto the right track.
Want to know how to run an inclusive school ball? Check the advice on the Safe Schools site.
Want to know more? The Aids Council runs Safe Schools Workshops in the city and in regions.
And if you are struggling to succeed with your study or career try the Pinnacle Foundation scholarships.
The Pinnacle Foundation has been established to provide scholarships to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex and Queer students who are marginalised or disadvantaged. We exist to give young LGBTIQ students the chance to achieve their full potential, to light the spark within them. For those who want to complete high school, or are ready to start TAFE or university we can help.
Making the change is difficult. Connecting with these organisations can make the journey less onerous.
If you haven’t bitten off more than you can chew, revise your goals.
It’s time to be awesome
Year 12 is a magical year. You are at the pinnacle of your school career. So many opportunities are open and your teachers are there to support you every step of the way. You will never again have such a dedicated group of experts focused on YOUR success. It’s time to be awesome. It’s time to create your vision.
Year 11 students will learn to aspire to be all they can be through this one day workshop.
In Year 11 the world changes. Being smart isn’t enough.
Students need a Gigadream to carry them forward. They need a goal that helps them to make decisions consciously and deliberately.
Students learn how to:
To discuss your needs and design the bespoke workshop please contact Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au or ring M0434056412.