“Career development is a process of managing learning, work and leisure to progress through life. It includes gaining and using the skills and knowledge needed to plan and make informed decisions about education, training, and work. Everyday decisions and priorities affect career development. Ultimately, career development is about much more than jobs – it is about how to live your life”.
To celebrate Careers Week the College shared information with staff and students about the future of work and invited students to join careers discussions in pastoral care and compete in careers trivia. We also have a section in this newsletter dedicated to providing some information about Career Development and the role of a Career Development Practitioner, like that which the College provides for students.
An Extra Welcome To A New Staff Member!
Assumption College and its Careers Department would like to welcome Mr Jameson Fegan. Jameson has taken up the role of Career Support Officer. He comes from a background in career development and counselling in adult training and career transition support. Jameson is also skilled in information technology and enthusiastic about providing careers support to the students of Assumption College.
Brisbane Careers and Employment Expo
Assumption College Years 10, 11 and 12 students had the opportunity to attended the 2023 Brisbane Careers and Employment Expo. The event was host to over 150 exhibitors and was aimed at school students looking for courses, seeking new pathways, and training options. It was great to have over 75 students attend the expo.
Espresso Machine Operation Skill Set
Placements for the 'Barista' course running for three days on 31May, 1 June and 2 June 2023 have been filled.
There will be a second course running 4 October to 6 October 2023 for Year 10, 11 and 12 students. Letters and permission slips will be made available to interested students closer to the date.
Construction White Card Course
The White Card course will be delivered on 9 June 2023. This one day course provides students the opportunity to participate in the Construction Industy course. This card and course are mandatory requirements under Queensland's Workplace Health and Safety Regulation 2008 for all persons wishing to carry out construction type work or frequenting a construction site.
Construction White Card Course Letter and Permission Form
Parent/Student QTAC Information Evenings
Hosted by QTAC Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre and Toowoomba Catholic Schools
If you are a parent or student considering tertiary study, this is your opportunity to engage with QTAC and learn all about the university application process, ATAR, responding to university offers and how to order university course preferences.
Session For Year 10 Students and Parents/Carers
LOCATION: Online (via Microsoft Teams)
DATE: Tuesday, 13 June 2023
TIME: 6:00pm – 6:45pm
Find the link for the Year 10 session here.
Session For Year 12 Students and Parents
LOCATION: Online (via Microsoft Teams)
DATE: Monday, 12 June 2023
TIME: 6:00pm – 6:45pm
Find the link for the Year 12 session here.
Work-related needs and preferences evolve and change continuously throughout life. At the same time, the world of work is continuously evolving and adapting to economic, political and social changes.
Career development focuses on enabling people to understand and develop their skills and preferences to manage these challenges, make good decisions about their working lives, and maximise their contribution to the communities in which they live and work.
Career Development is a specific discipline underpinned by accredited qualifications, proven theory and recognised practice. Engaging a career development professional to assist your career journey is like seeking advice from a medical professional for a condition, compared to consulting "Dr Google". or, engaging a qualified tradesperson to undertake certain repairs, compared to DIY.
Career Development Practitioners
Career Development Practitioners provide services that help people make occupational and study decisions, find career information, plan and manage their careers and plan career transition.
They assist individuals and organisations to prepare for their futures by making informed decisions about career and workforce development.
Career practitioners work in a range of settings including schools, TAFEs, universities, corporate organisations, government agencies, the community sector and private practice. Job titles used by practitioners include - career educator, career counsellor, performance management consultant, rehabilitation consultant, researcher, human resources officer, work experience coordinator, employment services advisor, career coach and youth worker.
Australian Defence Forces Gap Year
Applications for 2024 are now open!
The ADF Gap Year is a great way for students to introduce themselves to careers in the defence forces or find fulfillment in a gap year. Applications for gap year jobs in 2024 are now open and filling very quickly. Students interested in this opportunity are advised to act quickly.
Find more information and make application at Defence Jobs Australia - Discover your path in an ADF GAP year
Griffith University is hosting a workshop tailored to students in Year 10, 11 and 12 who are considering future tertiary study at the Queensland College of Art. These workshops provide an environment for students to build a creative portfolio. The workshops will be held at the South Bank campus between 26 and 27 June and on the Gold Coast between 29 and 30 June. Click here to find out more information and to register.
Future Experiences in Agriculture, Science and Technology (FEAST) is a four-day residential program at University of Queensland Gatton designed to inspire high school students about the rewarding science careers in the agriculture, animal and plant industries. For more information visit the website and click here to apply.
Apprenticeships and Traineeships
Congratulations to our newest school-based trainee, Demika King-Taylor. Demika will be working and training to complete a Certificate III in Childhood Education and Care. The College thanks Little Tacker's Childcare Centre for providing Demika with this opportunity.
MEGT are an Australian Apprenticeship Centre and provide employment and training options for school students and school leavers. They have an online job board listing school-based apprentice and trainee opportunities. Check it out and see the College Career Development Practitioner for any questions.
Apprenticeship Central has put together resources that will help students research an apprenticeship and/or traineeship career. Click here to find out more about:
- Best Career Fit - students can find out what jobs they are best suited to, and do a series of fun, game-like tests that will provide insight into work style, personality and best career matches.
- Videos, Blogs & Great Stuff. Stay up to date with the latest in job search news.
- FAQs. Lots of information about starting an apprenticeship or traineeship.
QTAC have an ATAR FAQs section on their website where they answer the most common questions that students and parents have. Click here to check them out.
Australian Catholic University
Entry and Pathways for Year 12 Students info session
May 23, 2023. 6:00pm-6.45pm. Students can learn about the various pathways and entry schemes at Australian Catholic University. Register here
Regional and remote student info session and panel
June 20, 2023. 6:00pm - 6.30pm. Information about entry programs, student accommodation options, scholarships, support services, student life and more. Register here
ACU Guarantee: early offer application process and student panel (NSW/ACT/Qld)
July 18, 2023. 6:00pm - 6.30pm. Detailed information on how to apply to this early offer program, and hear current students share their experiences. Register here
University of Sunshine Coast Open Day
July 16, 2023. More information can be found at Open Day | UniSC | University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia (usc.edu.au)
Queensland University of Technology Open Day
July 30, 2023. Find more information at QUT - QUT Open Day
University of Southern Queensland Open Day
August 20, 2023. Toowoomba campus. Visit UniSQ Open Days 2023 | University of Southern Queensland
Australian Catholic University Open Day
August 26, 2023. Visit Open Day – Student life at ACU for more information.
Griffith University Open Day
August 31, 2023. Visit Open Day (griffith.edu.au) for more information.
Early Entry to University
Year 11 and 12 students have been emailed version 1 of the booklet published by Career Tools that outlines Early Entry Schemes that universities offer for 2024. Early Entry Schemes are a great way for students to apply to university. Often an ATAR score is not required for the application and students can find out if they have been accepted to university before the school year is finished!
Year 12 students considering university application are strongly encouraged to check out the Early Entry Schemes.
Year 10 Work Experience
Scholarships and Financial Assistance
The National Council of Women of Queensland has launched their 2023 bursary program for female students. Visit the website for more information and to download the application form. Applications are now open and close 5 June 2023.
As a proud supporter of Rugby Australia and the Wallabies, Bond University has joined forces with the former Wallabies Captain, John Eales AM, to present this full-fee sporting scholarship, which provides an opportunity for outstanding rugby union players to be mentored by one of rugby's leaders. The scholarship offers full tuition remission for any single undergraduate or postgraduate degree. Recipients will also receive a cash bursary and one-on-one mentoring sessions with John Eales for the duration of the scholarship. Applications close on 5 September, 2023. Find out more here.
The Good Universities Guide reports that in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector, tuition costs depend on a number of things. The main factors that determine the amount an individual pays are the fee structure of the VET course being studied and the type of place offered. Domestic VET students studying at diploma level or above are eligible for the federal government's VET FEE-HELP scheme, which can be used to help cover part, or all, of the tuition fees for a course. Click here to read more about the the cost of VET including:
Time is moving quickly and Year 12 students should be seriously researching university course preferences for QTAC applications later in the year. Planning for 2024 should be taking place if not already started. For students that require assistance on where to start or are not aware of options, make an appointment with the College Career Development Practitioner ASAP. Some opportunities to assist students are:
- From May to September most of the institutions have open days where information about courses and campuses can be found.
- Students will receive the QTAC Guide in June/July. It contains information about courses available for application through QTAC and information about application processes.
- 15 - 16 July 2023 - Tertiary Studies Expo (TSXPO) at the Royal National Agricultural showgrounds. Interstate universities will be represented at this expo.
- From August 2023, students can access a range of up-to-date information about the 2023/24 QTAC application and offer processes and the courses offered from the QTAC website.
Year 12 students should take advantage of these opportunities to plan their immediate future. 30 September 2023 is the final date to apply for some courses through QTAC, so research and preparation is critical.
The Australian Apprenticeships Pathways website contains information regarding job pathways charts which show the potential training pathways within specific industries. There are subcategories under each of the industry areas identifying qualification pathways for specific jobs. The pathways focus on the VET sector but it is well worth researching pathway options that also come with many benefits. Click here to access the job pathways charts.
Skillsroad has many activities that can help students get started on career exploration. They include:
- Career Quiz – The Career Quiz is a self-assessment tool that will help identify key personal skillsets and helps individuals understand their own work values in order to help them find careers.
- Careers – Learn about the career planning journey, explore industries and workspaces and discover careers.
- Job fit test - Students can find out how ready they are for a specific career. The test asks some specific questions about the careers of interest and provides advice on what to do to get started.
- Jobs - Search for and apply for jobs to begin a career journey.
The site also provides a resume template, training workbooks, career advice and more.
The Australian and Queensland Governments are taking action to deliver approximately 37,000 Fee Free TAFE and vocational education and training places for Queenslanders in 2023. The Fee Free TAFE program, with an expanded list of qualifications and eligibility criteria, replaced the Free TAFE for under 25s program from 1 January 2023. From 1 January – 31 December 2023, eligible Queenslanders will be able to undertake Fee Free TAFE at TAFE Queensland and CQUniversity only. Although still at school, especially Year 12 students, should look into this opportunity as it could also be available in 2024. Click here to find out more.
JMC Songwriting Competition 2023
JMC Academy has announced the 2023 songwriting competition for students across New South Wales, ACT, Victoria and Queensland in Years 9-12. The aim of the competition is to highlight the talent of high-school songwriters from across the country and to showcase the creativity of young people.
To enter the competition, students must submit:
- Demo of the original song in MP3 format (maximum 5 minutes in length)
- Lyrics sheet
- Completed application form.
The demo can simply be recorded on a phone and only include the vocals; however, instrumental accompaniment is encouraged. Entry demos recorded via other ways are welcome also.
Applications must be submitted by Sunday 27th August 2023 11:59pm AEST.
Find out more: https://www.jmcacademy.edu.au/songwriting-comp/
UniSQ Future Visions Visual Art Awards
Future Visions is an annual competition run by the Visual Arts, School of Creative Arts at the University of Southern Queensland. In 2023, there are two art awards on offer for Darling Downs / South East Queensland High School art students in Years 10, 11 and 12.
In this year’s Future Vision competition, students can nominate for the Visual Art Open Award, the Environmental Science Art Award, or both. The Visual Art Open Award has no restrictions on size, medium, or subject matter. The Environmental Science Art Award requires students to create artwork addressing themes of climate, environment/sustainability, wildlife, and/or ecology. Students are also required to write a few words describing how their art piece relates to one or more of these environmental themes. Descriptions are limited to less than 100 words.
Visual Art Open Award:
- Overall Winner: $500 prize
- Overall Second: $300 prize
- Overall Third: $200 prize
Environmental Science Art Award (kindly donated by Containers for Change powered by Recycle 4 Cash, Mansfield):
- Overall Winner: $500 prize
- Overall Second: $300 prize
- Overall Third: $200 prize
Applications close Tuesday 25th July 2023.
Find more information here UniSQ Future Visions Visual Art Awards