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Year 12s are loving online career counselling

Maybe they are lonely. Maybe they are worried. Maybe they hope I will ground them as this Covid-19 storm swirls around us.

Whatever is going on, I am having great success with online counselling. Year 12s are loving talking over their possible futures online.

The Loveliness of Floating Ideas

When I go into a school to do career counselling I get too many kids in a day. They are scheduled too close together. I don’t have time to mull things over.  It is rushed and exhausting.

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Now that we are doing it from home we have plenty of time to chat and float ideas.

There is no formula to this. We are both headed in the same direction but the path isn’t automated.

We chat. I muddle through my notes. I phone-a-friend. I research information. I hook students up with experts across the In Focus Network.

There is TIME to find the right path forward.

Chilling Out

Students have time to chat to their friends. They talk to their parents. They go for a walk and think. They go back to their teachers to talk.

Then come back and we chat again as we work our way through the career maze together.

Because there is time, the students can explore and unearth their best possible future.

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If your student is feeling stressed about their future, I would love the opportunity to work with them using my new found power!!

Email me at: Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au or phone 0434056412 for a chat.

 

 

 

 


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Universities are developing new entry pathways for 2021

Universities are working overtime to make enrollments fair for 2021.
UWA is the first to come forward with its new pathway. The change is the Predicted ATAR Entry.

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We are pleased to announce that we will now be offering three different ways for current Year 12 school leavers in Australia to apply for admission to our main undergraduate degrees – the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Bachelor of Commerce, and Bachelor of Science for 2021 entry. We have made this change so that during this challenging time students are provided with more certainty, support and options should they wish to pursue a UWA degree.

ATAR-based entry 

Although it is too early to know if there will be any changes to Year 12 exams, we will still offer our standard entry pathway.

Predicted ATAR entry

UWA will provide an offer based on a student’s predicted ATAR from the end of Year 11. We may require a diagnostic interview to identify any additional support that may be required, including bridging units, once they arrive at UWA.  At this stage Year 12 students must still sit their Year 12 exams and, when results are released, if their ATAR is higher than their predicted ATAR, they can update their application if they’d like to change their course.

Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

In recognition of the unique set of challenges Year 12 students are facing this year, 18 and 19-year-old students who are taking insufficient ATAR-based subjects or are not taking ATAR, will be eligible to sit the STAT test and a diagnostic interview as above.

The Predicted ATAR entry pathway is not applicable for Direct Pathways to Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Podiatry.  The STAT test pathway is not available for any Direct Pathways or the Bachelor of Philosophy. The application process for these courses will be communicated shortly.

You can sign up for UWA updates at 2021 entry pathways. 

 

Notre Dame Early Offers

Notre Dame’s Early Offer Program is open to Year 12 students who have demonstrated academic excellence and/or are making a significant contribution to their school or community.

For 2021, assessment will be made based on Year 10 and Year 11 results, and any available Year 12 reports, as well as a recommendation from the school. Please note there will be no admissions interviews in 2020. Find out more about this year’s entry requirements on HERE.

Applications are due by 30 June 2020.

I am updating information from all West Australian universities as it comes through. 

Year 12 Career Warriors

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

 

 

University preparation courses

Doing one of the uni preparation courses is a good pathway to consider.

  • They are generally free
  • You may be able to do one before the start of the 2021 academic year
  • 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

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.

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This year, high-achieving non-ATAR students will be able to apply for an Early Offer to our Tertiary Pathway Program.

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 UniReadyprogram 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.

University of Western Australia

UWA 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.

 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.

FlexiTrack – can be done over 1 semester, accelerated 10 weeks, or 2 semesters at part time and this is entirely online.

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

KTrack – is offered through our Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre and is open to students who identify with the ATSI community.

Email info@murdochinstitute.wa.edu.au for information.

 

And if anyone has any questions, the best contact for them to reach out to now is study@murdoch.edu.au or 1300 687 3624

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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Network Your Butt Off to Find a Job

Things have never been tougher for school leavers who are looking for work. There will be jobs, but competition will be tough.

It’s not what you know, it’s who you know

Most jobs in Western Australia don’t get advertised. Even when the job IS advertised, it often goes to someone the employer knows. The more people you know the more likely you are to get a job lead.

Be Seen

A big part of getting job leads is being around. If people haven’t seen you for ages they are not going to think of you when a job comes up.

Random visits to friends, footy games, family picnics are a good step. Always let people know that you are looking for work and what sort of work you are looking for.

I would love to get work as an actor so I am happy to do any work in a theatre. You don’t happen to know of any leads do you?

Join Up

Join stuff. Join a club, do volunteer work, check MeetUp groups to see which ones you can join.

The more people you know, the more likely you are to find job leads.

Be Nice

SMILE. People are going to want to help you if they like you. Look for something you have in common or for something about the person you like. That will help you to form a connection.

Find Guy Kawasaki’s tips on how to get people to like you HERE.

Work Your Crowd

Start asking people questions to find out if they can help you.

Use Coggle to map people you know. For each person identify one question you can ask.

Network Map

Get help from a friend or family member to figure how each part of your network could possibly help you to find work.

Prioritise 

Put your ideas into a list, figure out where to start and work through your list.

Add Social Media to your Search

Get a LinkedIn account, clean up your social media, join groups that represent your interests and start connecting.

Good Luck with your Search

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Covid-19 Career News Update WA

Year 12 Career Warriors Survival Guide

The Year 12 Career Warriors Covid-19 Survival Guide is is available via Google Docs. Just click and a request comes to me to give you permission to access it.

The huge number of requests for it must reflect the amount of anxiety Year 12’s are feeling. Stay cool. If you have any questions just email me. Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au

Senior School Career Warriors Presentation

Career Warrior Super Hero

I put together this presentation for one school. It is pretty self explanatory.

I did it in Canva and it only downloads as a PDF.  Click on Senior School Career Warriors to ask for access to it and I will give you permission as soon as I get to your email.

I could share it from my Canva account too which would make it easier to use if you are a Canva user.

Feel free to use it with your senior school students.

Best Online Courses

The Good Universities Guide has put up this list of websites for online courses.

They say:

1. edX

2. Udemy

3. Coursera

4. LinkedIn Learning

This is not my field of expertise so I can’t recommend one over the other. For information go hereIf you have difficulty finding what you want, let me know and I will put out a request for information across the network.

Workplace Learning Alternatives

Sorry, I can’t shed any light on how to meet your workplace learning obligations under certificate courses.

I wrote to all of the Industry Training Councils on Saturday asking for information and advice and alternatives to WPL.

Norma, who leads the Retail and Personal Services Industry Training Council, is devastated at the hit her retail industry is taking.

The Logistics Industry Training Council said:

Unfortunately at this point in time, it is rather difficult to predict where things are headed… The aviation sector is taking a hit from the tourism side and border closures whereas other supply chain sectors (i.e. distribution centres and road freight) are frantically working around the clock to ensure supplies are prioritized to restock shelves and allow essential medicines and equipment to get into the country.

In the meantime, in case you had not come across this…it a link to a virtual enterprise that may be of assistance for students:

https://www.edenexchange.com/c/virtual-enterprise-australia-213

Scitech has Closed

Those who are not taking this seriously may have thought a day at Scitech could be a good idea. Nup:

Scitech Closed

So is the zoo and practically everywhere except schools.

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One Wit suggested that weddings could be conducted at schools as you are allowed to have as many as you like there!!

Stay safe.

 

 

 

 

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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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News from Notre Dame Uni – Medicine information session and others cancelled

I just received this through from Lexi, the Notre Dame Manager of the Prospective Student Office.

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Events and school visits
Our scheduled on-Campus events from now until July will be available online.

  • Parent Online Info Session on 31 March
  • The Medicine Info Session scheduled for this Sunday, 22 March will be rescheduled to a later date (to be confirmed)
  • Campus tours – we are unable to host any groups visits on Campus in Term 1 and 2, so we have produced a video campus tour hosted by our Student Ambassador, Teneil, which will be available online shortly.
  • Virtual uni presentations – our Advisors can provide a presentation for your students online via Zoom, which they can access as a group or individually. Book your virtual uni presentation here or contact us directly.

Online toolkit
At this time, we are committed to supporting you and your students with additional online resources including the following:

  • Online 1-on-1 Advice Session bookings via our Facebook page. We encourage students to use this option (or phone) in lieu of visiting the office in person.
  • Our live chat feature on Facebook Messenger is available during work hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5pm).
  • A NEW Guide for year 10/11 students – Finding the right degree for me – coming soon
  • Virtual school uni presentations – book here
  • Campus tour video

It’s all here > notredame.edu.au/freo/careers

Questions? We are here to help on 08 9433 0533 or future@nd.edu.au

You will need to seek information by, for example, calling the Facebook Messenger line at Notre Dame rather than just going to an information session.

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Frog overloadPeople are emailing information to me or contacting me with questions. I have never been busier.

I will continue to feed through information so that you have more control over your decisions.

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Which Uni is Best for YOU?

TISC applications for university in 2020 open on August 5. Students who want to go to university will be asked to identify their preferred courses and preferred university.

There are five main universities that Year 12s traditionally choose between in Western Australia (and a number of courses that you can do online).

If you know some of the key features of these universities it may be easier to make your choice.

Notre Dame 

91.1% of Notre Dame undergraduate students were satisfied with the overall quality of their learning experience according to the Quality Indicators of Learning and Teaching (QILT).

EVERY UNIVERSITY WISHES THEY GOT THAT!!

Notre Dame

Notre Dame is a Catholic University but you don’t need to be Catholic or Christian or even religious to go there, and the fees are comparable with other universities.

The point of difference is that Notre Dame does have a spiritual, values driven, caring approach to teaching and learning which underpins their interactions and decision making.  That’s why they are topping the QILT ratings.

It is quite a small university with 10,000 students and the vast majority of them are domestic students.

The university is in beautiful renovated old buildings around Fremantle.

Pastoral care and support developed for international students has been made available to help regional and remote students to settle in. The only shortcoming is the lack of Notre Dame student accommodation but the student support services people will help students to find accommodation to meet their needs.

 

Curtin University

Curtin is by far our biggest university with over 50,000 students. It seems like a city with business centres, shops, gyms, accommodation and bands and food trucks, art galleries and theatres.

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I think undergraduate students could have a ball at Curtin, but the sheer size of of the place can be daunting. You need to actively work at getting engaged with the Curtin community, both social and academic, to make the most of your Curtin experience.

Curtin knows this and has invested in providing plenty of help for new students and for students with special needs,  but it is up to you to seek it out.

Because of the size of the university there are many opportunities available for students to extend their experience, in Australia and internationally.

Curtin is part of a knowledge precinct in Bently with CSIRO, Tech Park and the Pawsey supercomputer in the area. Staff and students actively seek to engage with industry to get knowledge and experience and do industry based research. It is number 2 in the world for Metals and Mining Engineering programs. This industry focus underpins the feel at Curtin.

Curtin seems exciting, dynamic and very cosmopolitan with lots of international students and with campuses in Malaysia, Singapore and Dubai as well as the one at Bentley and in Kalgoorlie.

ECU – Edith Cowan University

The Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching ranks ECU as the top public university in Australia for undergraduates’ student experience. You can feel the quality of the experience when you contact ECU for information. They get back to you. They try to help.

ECU

ECU started as a college for teacher training and gradually expanded its courses with WAAPA being one of the first ventures into new areas. Now WAAPA has a reputation as one of the BEST performing arts learning academies in the world.

ECU’s more recent expansion has been into engineering with significant investment into new facilities, international learning opportunities and strong demand for graduates.

ECU is pretty big but students are on the Mt Lawley and Joondalup campuses so it doesn’t feel overwhelming.

The buildings are great examples of design with some of the coolest architecture in Western Australia.

ECU is manageable and there is a strong student centric management focus which means students get help to succeed. There are many alternate pathways into ECU including the UniPrep program and experienced based entry.

People who didn’t think they could get into uni and succeed can are supported to thrive at ECU.

Murdoch University

Murdoch has recognised that the world is changing and that there is a disconnect between education and where jobs are emerging. It has introduced “adaptive expertise” as a learning spine being introduced across the university.

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They are focusing on adapting traditional courses with the application of technologies. So History + STEM could result in machine learning that unearths previously unknown information about cultures. Journalism + STEM, as seen in the use of drones, is revealing what is happening in emergency or war environments.

Murdoch has a strong focus on getting girls into engineering. They have engaged with schools and support in industry to lift the number of girls entering this field which delivers 25% of the world’s CEOs.

Murdoch has the biggest percentage of international students in WA.

They are teaching students to think globally, to seek ways to apply technology to their work and to work collaboratively.

UWA – University of Western Australia

This is our oldest university. Many industry, political and community leaders in Western Australia went to UWA which gives strong links between UWA and leadership across the State.

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The UWA campus is beautiful with Winthrop Hall being the most recognised symbol of “a university” in WA. The gardens, theatres and art gallery and its role as the initiator of the Festival of Perth make UWA a hub of culture.

UWA has positioned itself as the university for high academic performers and many high achieving school leavers identify UWA as their first preference.

It is aware of its low QILT satisfaction results and is supporting strategies like the Fogarty Foundation Edfutures initiative and consulting with experts in an effort to become more student centric in its approach.

CQU – Central Queensland University

This is a new comer to Western Australia and it is working hard to attract students from their traditional university pathways with courses in sonography and echocardiography which are new to WA.

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The main campus is located near the bottom of William Street near Elizabeth Quay and they have set up study hubs in Busselton, Broome, Geraldton and Karratha. These are often on TAFE campuses.

Many of the students are mature aged, external students who make use of online learning, occasional face to face contact and phone calls to fit their learning around their work and other demands.

Although there are 20,000 students at CQU, they are spread across Australia and numbers in WA are still quite small.

Comparison

The comparison of student experience outcomes puts Notre Dame as a clear leader with
ECU also doing well.

QILT comparison

Each university has different features that will impact on your choices.

What possibilities are open to you?

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Five Career Things for Year 12s to Do in April

You have fewer than 20 contact teaching weeks to go before the ATAR. The April holidays are going to be your last chance to sit back and get organised.

Tip 1 Relax

April is the last relax time you are going to have until your final exams are over.

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  • Plan your time through until the ATAR exams, including relaxation time.
  • Take that time off…. Guilt free. Total relaxation.

Tip 2 Humanities or Science? Uni or TAFE?

  • Humanities or science? Which way do you want to go? If you can’t decide go to these sites for help. (If you contact me I will email you a link to this Coggle map so that you can get the links without looking them up.)

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Tip 3 Check out the Year 12 Handbook

In Year 12 it is time to check important dates, exam information, double check WACE requirement to make sure you comply. They are all in the Year 12 Information Handbook.Year 12 handbook

Tip 4  Enrol in ATAR Revision Courses for Mid Year Holidays

Most successful students get at least some revision support from one of the companies that provides mid year ATAR revision programs. 

Tip 5 Set SMART Goals and Ask for Help

  • List your subjects
  • Set a SMART goal for each subject
  • Check with each teacher to see what you need to do to achieve your goal
  • Ask them for help to achieve that goal.

If you have any great tips for Year 12 survival please send them through.

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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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This morning a teacher told me about a student about to go into year 12 who wants to apply for medicine at Curtin. The family plans to take a 6 months holiday in Europe at the start of next year. 

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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