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University Open Days Tips for Years 9 -12 students

In years 9 – 12? Go to uni open days

University open days are starting in March this year. 

Curtin University 3 April 2022

ECU South West 27 March

ECU Joondalup 10 April

ECU Mt Lawley including WAAPA 1 May   

Murdoch 19 March 2022

UWA 27 March

Going to a uni open day is like going to a show. There are food vans, exhibitions and demonstrations and interesting people to meet, who WANT to convince you that their course is fantastic.

Curtin University Open Day

Check out the Worksheets at the bottom of this post.

Year 9 Tips

Start learning about life at university in Year 9. Check out the food vans. Listen to the music. Go into buildings and see the latest tech tools, computer games and research. See what workshops are on. Find the library, the shops and the toilets.

Year 10 Tips

Explore and Experience Try stuff. There will be people inviting you to engage with practical experiences in their subject. It could be VR. It could be checking out the latest medical research, making a short movie using their studio. All faculties will have practical experiences for you to engage with.  Do it now.

Year 11 Tips

Get an authentic experience. Engage with current students. Build on what you have learned in years 9 and 10 visits by asking questions of both students, academics and staff.  Check out presentations and exhibitions to see what you will gain most from and register for them, or just make a schedule of where to be and at what time.

Year 12 Tips

This is it. You need to be able to build from your other Open Day experiences. You will know what faculties to visit, and you will have a range of questions to ask. By now you should have narrowed down your options and you will be able to ask specific questions about subjects, industry engagement opportunities, mentors, support programs etc. You will know which presentations and demonstrations you need to revisit.

 

 
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Career and Life Exploration for Middle School Students

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Middle School: Time to Explore

Life can start to slow down in Middle School. You learned the basics in Primary School. In Middle School you are old enough to start exploring more broadly.

These opportunities are designed for Middle School Students.

Middle School Opportunities Mind Map

Duke of Edinburgh

Duke of Edinburgh
Duke of Edinburgh Awards

Discover Your Potential

Age: 14 – 24 There are 4 sections:

1.      Adventurous Journey

2.      Physical Recreation

3.       SkillsVoluntary Service

4.       Gold Residential Project

CoderDojo

CoderDojo

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.

WAAPA Short Courses

WAAPA

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.

Australian Youth Mentoring Network

Youth Mentoring

Get a mentor. Their support can change your life. There are often more mentors offering services than students wanting to engage.

Local Government Youth Programs

Government Youth Programs

Every local government council has youth programs. Check out your local government to see what it has on offer.

RoboCup

RoboCup

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.

Santos Science Experience

Age: 13 – 15

The Santos Science Experience is a fun 3 or 4 days of science activities for Year 9 and 10 students.

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Year 10 University Open Day Cheat Sheet

Year 10 is when you dive deep to get exposed to university life.

Check out the food stalls. Try new gadgets. Explore the campus. Go to some talks. See what you like.

Step 1: Before you go

Before you go to the Open Day spend 30 minutes checking out the uni website to see all of the different courses. Pick 2 different subject areas like science and education, to focus on.

Each area will have a number of courses to choose from, like in education you can study primary school and high school and within each of those there are lots of options. Choose which ones you want to fine out about.

Step 2: Get a Plan

There will be an open day program. Check it out to see what course information sessions you can go to. 

Locate the buildings on the university website and plan to go to two talks or displays. 

Step 3: Explore

  • Go to the Open Day. Take a tour of the libraries, student clubs, labs and workshops and even the accommodation. Do you like it there?
  • Talk to some current students about what they like and what they plan to do when they finish. 
  • Check the displays, talks and course information presentations.
  • Find lecturers to talk to and ask them what the best thing about their course is. 

IF NECESSARY CHANGE SUBJECT SELECTIONS WHEN BACK AT SCHOOL 

Uni Words

VocabularyMeaning
CampusThe sites where the university is located.
FacultyThe academic staff who work in a division or school at a university, or even the school itself, like the Education Faculty. 
DegreeA degree is the standard university qualification and is recognised worldwide. Most degrees take three to four years to complete.
Bachelor DegreeThe first degree you study at university is called an undergraduate degree, e.g. Bachelor of Arts.
UndergraduateA person who has not yet completed their first degree.
LevelLevel 1 = your first yearLevel 2 = your second yearLevel 3 = your third year
CoursesCourses are the blocks of subjects or units that make up the qualification. A 3 year Bachelor degree course has 24 units:12 Level 1 units @ 6 subjects/semester8 Level 2 units @ 4 subjects/semester4 Level 3 units @ 2 per semester
You can mix this up but you can’t do more than 12 first year units and you need to do at least 4 third year units.
Major A major is you chosen area to study. You will do a sequence of units in that field right through your degree
If you choose to major in systems engineering your units will focus on designing, planning and modelling networks, on maths, engineering law and other units that will lead to you knowing how to design robust, reliable systems.  
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Year 10 Magic Happens Infographic

The Year 10 Magic Happens Handbook and Teachers’ Guide are available to organisations that subscribe to the In Focus Careers newsletter.

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The Magic Happens Infographic gives a quick guide to visualise the steps in the Year 10 Magic Happens Handbook.

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Year 10 Magic Happens Handbook and Hacks for Career Teachers

The Year 10 Magic Happens Careers Handbook is getting great reviews! Such a relief.

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It is available to West Australian schools that subscribe to the In Focus Careers Newsletter.

It’s called Magic Happens because Year 10s change like magic throughout the year. This Handbook helps you to guide the magic.

Career Teacher Hacks

It comes with a Handbook of ideas and support for careers teachers. It’s the one with the Super Hero on the cover.

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Publishing is like putting your baby out into the world

If I hadn’t put so much work into this Handbook I wouldn’t be so worried.

I keep delaying putting out my Magic Happens – Year 10 Careers Handbook as I am not sure how she will cope out in the world.

If you subscribe to my INSANELY GREAT In Focus Careers Newsletter, you will automatically get a copy of the Handbook, and the Teachers’ Guide.

Give me a couple of days to go over it ONE MORE TIME, then I will send it out.

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Entry to pre-apprenticeship at 15

Pre-apprenticeships

If you look up pre apprenticeships you will find a truckload being advertised for Semester 2.

All of the TAFE colleges and lots of other colleges seem to be advertising them so the level of competition for each place may be down.

Most of the pre-apprenticeship programs offered are Certificate II’s.

Students can meet entry with OLNA, NAPLAN, or by completing a Certificate I or II program at school.  They can also complete a Certificate I or II in General Education or a similar bridging program at a number of TAFE campuses.

TAFE colleges generally require that students are at least 15 years old. It is an adult learning environment and they will be mixing with adults.

(Thanks for South Metro TAFE for providing this information.)

The enrolment process usually involves:

  • Finding some courses online.
  • Apply by providing a resume with school results and references.
  • Go to an interview where you do your best to impress. See the Skillsroad video and the Youth Central site for tips.

If you get a place you need to work like crazy to impress through any contact with either lecturers or potential employers. There aren’t many apprenticeships going so you need to make a good impression while you have the chance. pre apprenticeship

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I think you are smart/kind/important!

ShoesLife’s easier if you have a support team with no dickheads. 

Step 1 Know that people love to help others

When you ask someone for help with your life/career they hear you saying… ” I think you are smart/kind/important/ and powerful enough to help me to succeed.”

Only a total dickhead will knock you back and you wouldn’t want that person on your team anyway.

Step 2 Choose your team

Identify your ideal team of 6 – 8. They can just be people you like. They don’t even have to be a real people, you could have Luke Skywalker on your team.

When you have identified your ideal team look at each one and say WHY you chose them.

Did you choose Luke Skywalker because he will never turn to the Dark Side or because he is powerful, loyal to his friends, and great at using a lightsaber?

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Identify the 3 – 4 key characteristics of EACH of you team members.

When you have finished look at the strengths.

These are the strengths you value.

If you have chosen 3 or 4 people because they know how to use a lightsaber, you must REALLY want to know how to use one.

You get the drill. Apply this principle by checking which strengths on your list are mentioned more than once.

Step 3 Act

Check out your whole family, friends, teachers, sports coaches and identify those who could help you to develop those strengths? Then act to build your support team.

Pick 2 strengths to concentrate on. Figure out just 2 things to do with the help of  the people who could help you to build those strengths.

  • You may just need to hang out with some and copy what they do. Or
  • You might want to ask them to help you to …. never turn to the Dark Side, become more powerful, be loyal to friends, and become great at using a lightsaber. (Or whatever strength you want to grow.)

In West Australia building a network is a great way to create opportunities for yourself. It’s called Standing on the Shoulders of Giants and it’s a shortcut to success.

Step 4 Have Fun

Have fun building your strengths. Your team will keep helping you if they are having fun. Bear joke

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Curtin’s selection process favours West Australian year 12 students who want to study medicine straight away, not after a 6 month holiday in Europe. If this student goes to Europe on the family holiday she will significantly reduce her chances of gaining a place in medicine at Curtin.

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