Starting to decide which career path to take in the future is a challenge that the Year 10 and Year 12 students are facing this year. Mapping out this future, especially with the uncertainty of the future world of work, requires the students to have some knowledge from which to draw. To aid in this process, the students have had the opportunity to undertake a variety of activities to help them form their own opinions about what subjects they will choose for Year 11 or which university course they feel may be right for them.
Careers Focus Evening
This year the focus of the Careers Evening was the Built Environment. This evening held in June saw a collection of panellists, many of whom were ex Loreto Kirribilli students, from a wide variety of areas such as Property Development, Urban Planning, Civil Engineering and Architecture share their valuable insights and explain the vast array of employment opportunities that are available in these exciting and dynamic areas. Representatives from various universities were also on site to give expert advice on their relevant degrees. I would once again like to thank all of the panellist for their valuable contributions.
This week saw the Year 10 students start the important process of Subject Selection. With their subject selections for Year 11 looming, they had the opportunity to engage in a careers morning which involved three sessions. The first was a lecture on tips in making a suitable choice and how to use the UAC booklet to better inform their choices. The second was an individual interview with a senior teacher, and finally a motivational seminar from ‘Elevate Education’. Resources can be found on the Year 10 CH@LK page in the Subject Selection folder. A reminder to Year 10 students that their selections are due by Wednesday, 3 August.
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.
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 by Friday, 16 September.
Year 12 students will begin the process of registering their preferences for university or TAFE after the Trials. I strongly encourage the students to complete this process as soon as possible to ensure they avoid any late fees incurred if they do not meet the Friday, 30 September, Main Round deadline.
Each Year 12 student after the Trials will receive a UAC Guide, directory undergraduate guide as well as a UAC tips booklet. I encourage the girls to read through the booklets as well as the powerpoint presentation on the Careers page of CH@LK, before applying to make sure they make the best use of their preferences.
Summary of Important dates for UAC
(all the relevant dates can be found on the UAC website)
Friday, 30 September – On-time Main Round applications close.
Thursday, 15 December – HSC results e-released by BOS
Friday, 16 December – ATAR results e-released by UAC from their website
Friday, 6 January 2017 – Last date for change of preferences for Main Round
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 – Main Round offers e-released on UAC’s website
PLEASE CHECK UAC’S WEBSITE FOR DATES FOR LATE AND FINAL ROUNDS.
Over a number of weekends in August and September each of the universities will be holding their Open Days. I strongly encourage 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 just as important that the students find the university that is the right fit for them as it is to find the right course. Details about the universities’ Open Days can be found in Careers News in the coming weeks.