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Careers news for May


Accommodation Information
Are you interested in studying in Melbourne? Meet International House, the University of Melbourne at St Mary’s Library Information Lab at lunchtime on Thursday 6 June. International House is a residential college owned by the University of Melbourne that accepts students from University of Melbourne, Monash University (Pharmacy), ACU and RMIT University.


Heywire competition

Young people aged 16 to 22, are invited to submit a story about life in regional Australia. Your story can be created in any form of media: text, video, photography, or audio. If you are selected as one of the winners, your story will be featured on ABC Local Radio, ABC Radio National, ABC TV and Entries close on 16 September 2019. For information and to submit entries, go to

The John Button School Prize

This prize awards the best essay on a subject concerning Australia’s future by a Victorian student who is in Years 10 to 12. Essays submitted for the School Prize will discuss Australian politics or policy. It is open to Victorian students who are in Years 10 to 12 and are younger than 19 years. The winning student will receive $2,500 and their school $2,000. Applications close 7 July, go to

UNSW Bragg Student Prize 2019

The UNSW Bragg Student Prize is a science writing prize designed to complement and enrich your Science and English study. This year’s theme is ‘not-so-smart technology’. You are to write an essay in 800 words or less and identify a problem that is yet to be solved by contemporary science or technology. Applications are due by 27 August.
For information and to apply, go to

Early Entry Programs

Reminder – Early Entry Programs
The following early entry programs are now open or will be opening soon:

Australian Catholic University

University of New England

La Trobe University

Charles Sturt University

Charles Sturt Advantage, applications open in June,

Vocational Training

If you are interested in pursuing a trade or further technical study in the future, you probably have a passion for hands-on learning, are interested in how things work, take pride in the end result of a project and have excellent communication skills.

Trades and skilled work cover occupations in industries such as building and construction, transport and logistics, hospitality, community services, automotive, metals and engineering, rural and farming, and mining and manufacturing etc. You can study at TAFE and/or university and in many areas, you can complete your qualification/s through a traineeship, apprenticeship or cadetship.

Websites to explore:

Skillsone: videos about different trade occupations,
Australian Apprenticeships Pathways: Explore apprenticeship pathway charts and undertake practice aptitude tests,
Food and Fibre:
Transport and Logistics:
Defence Jobs:
My Skills:
The Good Careers Guide: this website features information on over 400 occupations. You can search alphabetically or via work type,

Do you need a White Card?

If you would like to undertake work experience or work in the construction industry, you will need to complete occupational health and safety induction training. To prepare for this, you can undertake the ‘White Card Game’. Through an online first-person perspective, the goal of the game is to identify, control and report workplace hazards on a construction site. Go to

Maths, Science & Engineering Careers

Do you enjoy mathematics, science and engineering subjects at school? Have you considered pursuing a career in these areas? Mathematics, science and engineering shape our day-to-day lives.
For example:

  • Who produces your breakfast? Farmers, food scientists and technologists, nutritionists
  • Who takes you to school? Design & development engineers, petrochemical engineers, automotive engineers, automotive electricians, environmental scientists, mechanics, materials scientists
  • Who built your school? Architects, surveyors, structural engineers, electricians, plumbers, carpenters
  • Who assists your learning? Teachers, journalists, film producers, software designers, publishers, writers
  • Who helps you exercise? Exercise scientists, physiotherapists, sports psychologists
  • Who keeps you healthy? Doctors, nurses, pharmacists, biomedical scientists
  • Who contributes to your spare time? Computer game developers, music technologists, product designers, sound and lighting technicians.

MATHEMATICS: If you are a logical and analytical person who enjoys solving problems with numbers, you may like to explore a career in mathematics, statistics and actuarial studies.
Employment for actuaries, mathematicians and statisticians is expected to grow strongly over the next three years. Go to to find out more.

SCIENCE: There are several broad disciplines in science. The following are examples-

  • Physical science is for people who like to ask questions about why things are the way they are in the world around us. School subjects include chemistry and physics.
  • Computer science is for people who like to understand how computers work and to learn how develop new programs and systems.
  • Life sciences is for people who like to ask questions and think about living things and covers areas such as medicine, biology and ecology.
  • Astrophysics is for people who are fascinated with the universe, stars and space exploration.
  • Earth science is for people who are interested in soil, rocks, weather and the natural environment.

Thousands of new jobs for science professionals will be created over the next 5 years. Demand for health science graduates in areas such as audiology, dietetics, nursing, and podiatry will be high.

For more information about science careers, download the Careers With Science Guide

ENGINEERING: If you are practical, like to know how things work and enjoy analysing and solving problems using mathematics and science, you should explore careers in engineering.
For more information about engineering careers, and engineering specialisations such as civil and mechanical, download the Careers With Engineering Guide
To find out what type of engineering you would be suited to, take the following quiz –

Dates for Your Diary

4 – 25 June: Information Evenings, Victoria University, various dates and sessions,

4 – 26 June: My Future, The University of Melbourne, various dates and sessions,

4 – 25 June: Inside Monash Seminars, Monash University, various dates and sessions,

15 June: Open Day, Endeavour College of Natural Health, Melbourne,

15 June: Study for a Day, SAE Creative Institute, Melbourne,

23 June: Global Career Hotel Experience, The Hotel School Melbourne, Grand Hyatt Melbourne,

25, 26 June: Explore Day, Charles Sturt University. Wagga Wagga (25) and Albury-Wodonga (26) campuses,

27 June: Animal Careers Discovery Day, RSPCA, Melbourne,

2 – 30 July: Meet Melbourne Uni, Warrnambool (2), Wagga Wagga (16), Albury (17), Geelong (24), Shepparton (30),

2 – 31 July: Health Courses Information Sessions, Deakin University,

2, 5 July: Experience Day, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne (2), Ballarat (5),

2, 4 July: DeakInspire, Deakin University, Geelong Waurn Ponds (2), Burwood (4),

3, 5 July: Experience Clever, La Trobe University, Bendigo (3), Melbourne (5),

4 – 5 July: MAJOR HACK 2019, The University of Melbourne, current Year 11 & 12 students, Parkville,