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Careers News February


Welcome back!

You have just come back to school and if you are reading this, chances are that you are thinking about exploring your career and pathway options. It’s never too early to start thinking about career ideas, researching your options, developing a career action plan, or simply having a discussion with your Career Adviser.

If you are in Year 12, it is essential that you discuss your options with the key people in your life as soon as possible. Have no idea what you would like to do when you leave school? No stress! Don’t delay seeing your Career Adviser- now is the perfect time. Not sure what to say? Don’t worry- it’s their job to guide you and open up possibilities you may not have considered before.

As a starting point, if you are interested in studying at university or TAFE in the future, it’s important you attend open days and plan out your course interests early.

If you are interested in pursuing a traineeship or apprenticeship pathway, it is important that you gain as much industry experience as possible. You can undertake work experience once you turn 15 years old.

Seeing your Career Adviser early in the year is important to ensure you can get organised early and to be able to start making links with local employers.

The Careers Office is open Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 4.30pm.

Casual employment

You can sign up for employment opportunities at the following websites:

IGA Supermarkets
Hungry Jacks
Donut King
Boost Juice
Red Rooster
Cotton On

About 80% of all job vacancies aren’t advertised, so it is crucial that you market yourself to businesses with an excellent resume and cover letter. Make sure you tell as many people as possible that you are looking for work as often employers rely on ‘word of mouth’ to recruit for their positions.

Job seeking resources: For excellent job seeking tips, and resume/cover letter templates, check out the resources at Youth Central-

Rights and responsibilities: Know your rights and responsibilities when starting a new job –

Tax File Number (TFN): If you don’t have a TFN, you will need to apply for one via the Australian Tax Office –

Work Experience

Work Experience Directory: Students can bookmark the Work Experience Directory website and check regularly for work experience opportunities. You will need to create an account and you can then search for opportunities in your area. Go to

Australian Defence Force: to keep up to date with work experience opportunities for secondary school students, bookmark the following link –

Parents – School to Work Resources

Supporting your child in preparing for the world of work after school can be a challenge. Casualisation and globalisation of work force, automation and rapid advances in technology will all have an impact in your child’s navigation of the world of work.

The Australian Government has developed resources to support parents through their new Future Ready Career Education Portal. To access the resources, go to

Competition – Filmmaking

Calling all High School film makers: As part of their annual Martini Film Festival & Awards, JMC Academy hosts the High School Mocktail Film Awards. To enter, you will need to submit a short film (e.g., film, documentary, animation, television commercial, film clip) by Sunday 5 April. To find out more and to submit your film, go to

Interested in studying at university in the future?

The Good Universities Guide has released ratings and rankings of Australian university undergraduate courses. You can compare ratings from the following categories:

  • Learner engagement
  • Learning resources
  • Overall quality
  • Skills development
  • Student support
  • Teaching quality
  • Graduate salary
  • Getting a job.

To access the ratings and compare results between universities, visit

Charles Sturt University

Explore Days: for secondary students in Years 10 – 12. Learn about courses at Charles Sturt University, participate in workshops, and speak to course advisers. Albury-Wodonga – 24 March and Wagga Wagga – 31 March,

Doctor of Medicine: the first intake for the Doctor of Medicine will be in 2021. Find out about entry requirements and the admissions process at an information session running in March and April,

Interested in pursuing an apprenticeship or traineeship?

Even though you have just started the schooling year, your planning should start now. Australian Apprenticeship Pathways have developed an excellent four-step guide to assist you to start planning –

Read through Step One and take the work type explorer quiz, download the AusAppPathways app to your phone, and complete practice aptitude quizzes to ascertain the level of literacy and numeracy skills you will need for different occupations.

You can also do the following during the year to prepare for an apprenticeship:

  • Meet with your Career Adviser to start planning your professional trade career
  • Undertake work experience in several fields or with several employers in the same field. See your Career Adviser for information on how to organise work experience.
  • Contact industry leaders and associations in your fields of interest to ask questions.
  • Contact local apprenticeship centres and/or group training organisations to ask their advice on what makes a competitive apprenticeship applicant. Use the following website to locate organisations in your local area
  • Work hard in your English and Mathematics classes and VET/technology/science subjects if relevant. With advances in technology occurring across all apprenticeship fields, it will be crucial that you can read and interpret complex information and instructions, and adapt to changes in technology during your apprenticeship and once qualified.

Bookmark websites for industries you are interested in to keep up to date with changes to industry technology, skills shortages, and events. For example:

Community Services
Rail Careers
Climate control

Gap Year

Lattitude Global Volunteering is a company that provides overseas placements for Year 12 graduates during their gap year.

You can volunteer in countries such as Argentina, Poland, Spain, China, Vietnam, Canada, Japan, UK, Fiji, Ghana, New Zealand etc., in positions such as teacher’s assistant, sports coach, outdoor activities instructor, medical assistant, teacher, or community worker.

Lattitude is offering 50% off the cost of the application fee to students who apply by 30th of April, 2020. Just use the code: AUMAIL50.

For information and to apply, go to

Defence Force Gap Year Program

Applications for this fantastic program will open on the 1st of March. Any student considering applying for a position in the Army, Air Force or Navy should book their YOU Session as soon as possible.

The YOU Session is an aptitude day and is the first step in the recruitment process for all roles in the Defence Force. You can book a session by phoning 131 901 or visiting your local Defence Force Recruiting Centre.

Note – anyone considering applying for any role in the Defence Force to start in 2020 or 2021 should book a YOU session early.

Recruitment process
Gap Year Program
Defence Jobs