It has been said that it is a beautiful thing when passion and a career come together. Finding what it is that they are passionate about is the challenge that the Year 10 and 12 students have begun to face during Term 2 and will continue to explore during Term 3. To aid their choices there will continue to be a variety of activities to help them to form their own opinions about what subjects they will choose for Year 11 or which university course may be right for them.
The beginning of Term 3 will see the beginning of a very important process for the Year 10 students. With their subject selections for Year 11 looming, they will have the opportunity to engage in a careers morning which will involve three sessions. The first will be a lecture on tips in making suitable selections and how to use the UAC booklet to better inform their choices. The second will be an individual interview with a senior teacher, and finally a motivational seminar from ‘Elevate Education’. The Year 10 students should start exploring possible career options over the holidays in order to aid their subject selections as some degrees have prerequisites and assumed knowledge to consider.
During the April and July holidays, a number of Year 10, 11 and 12 students participated in the Work Experience program. Work Experience allows the students to see first-hand what happens in a typical day on the job. A realistic idea of the positive and negative parts of a job helps you make a more informed choice, meet people in the industry and ask them questions. Informative questions that could be asked are what they liked best about their job, how they ended up in their line of work, and what qualifications they have. This interest could build a foundation establishing a network of contacts or even in some cases lead to a job.
Alicia Phillips in Year 12 has participated in the work experience program and shares her experience:
“My work experience was at Fig Tree Veterinary Clinic in Lane Cove. The work experience I undertook involved observing many consultations done by the vet nurses and head vets, along with assisting and learning how to use the equipment on a basic student level. This gave me an insight into how the clinic works and what hidden jobs were involved in being a vet. As part of my volunteer work I was required to help with the housekeeping of the clinic such as cleaning. Being able to play with the animals, taking them on walks and comforting them after their visit to the vet was definitely a highlight along with watching their journey to recovery. I chose to do work experience as I have a passion for animals. Through the work experience program I have developed a deeper understanding of the veterinary practices and despite it being confronting at times, it was an amazing experience and an insight into the future, one that I would not have experienced if it was not for this program.”
If you are interested in participating in the September holidays you need to have your completed paperwork, which can be found on the Careers Ch@lk page, into my office two weeks before the end of term.
After their Trial HSC examinations Year 12 students will begin the process of registering their preferences for university, private college or TAFE. I strongly encourage the students to complete this process as soon as possible after their UAC session once Trials have finished to ensure they avoid any late fees incurred if they do not meet the Main Round deadline of September 30.
Each Year 12 student will receive a UAC Guide, directory undergraduate guide as well as a UAC tips booklet. UAC has made some important changes to this year’s admissions process:
- The maximum number of preferences will now be five.
- There will be an offer round after ATAR release and before Christmas.
- There will be an offer round in mid-January but no ‘Main Round’.
- SRS offers will be made in November.
- Cut-offs will be published for the pre-Christmas round and the mid-January round.
During August and early September each of the universities hold their Open Days. I strongly encourage the students to attend the Open Days for each of the universities. This will give them the opportunity to soak up the atmosphere of the university, take in a lecture, take tours of the faculties, meet lecturers, get one on one advice about courses and admissions and check out the accommodation options available. It is more important that the students find the university that is the right fit for them than it is to find the right course.
Guest Speakers and upcoming events
Over the course of the year so far Year 12 have been lucky to have the opportunity to hear from different people in the community discussing their occupations. This has allowed students to listen to experts in their field and to gain a better understanding of what is involved in the various occupations. I wish to thank the guest speakers who have given up their time to come and share their valuable insights with the students.
There are many other opportunities throughout the year to hear from experts and explore different career options through workshops outside of school hours. These events are outlined in the Careers News that is emailed to the students throughout the year. I strongly encourage the students to read and attend the relevant events.
Natalie O’Keefe (Ms)