Career Expos and Open Days
There are several Career Expos held throughout the year and I would strongly encourage you and your child to attend any that are of interest, especially if you are wanting to explore post-schooling options with your child. Two expos I am currently aware of are the Tertiary Studies and Careers Expo, which will be held on Sunday 5 and Monday 6 April at the Adelaide Convention Centre (https://www.careersevent.com/event/adelaide-careers-event/) and the National Careers and Employment Expo which will be held on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 May at the Adelaide Showgrounds (www.eocexpo.com.au). At these expos, students will be able to discuss their study, career and employment options with a large number of representatives from numerous exhibitors including the universities from South Australia, some interstate and overseas universities/colleges, private education colleges, TAFE SA, Government Agencies, Professional Associations, Local and National Employers and the Defence Forces. A number of seminars will also be held during the TSCEA expo and a list of these can be found on the website. In addition to these expos, all of the major SA universities and TAFE will hold Open Days on the weekend of 14 – 16 August and several faculty areas within the universities will also be holding specific information events, which will be advertised to the students throughout the year.
Naval Shipbuilding College presentation
At a recent one ninety assembly, representatives from the Naval Shipbuilding College presented the many and varied opportunities that are available to young people in this growing industry, including trade and university options. The Naval Shipbuilding College is an Australian Government initiative, established in April 2018, to help develop and skill a national workforce to deliver the continuous National Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise. During the presentation, the College promoted educational and career pathways leading to jobs and careers in the naval shipbuilding, sustainment and supply chain industries. For students wanting further information, they are encouraged to go to: https://www.navalshipbuildingcollege.com.au/.
The University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) is an admissions test used by many universities in Australia and New Zealand in their selection process for their medical, dental and clinical science degree programmes. The test helps universities to select applicants with the most appropriate abilities and professional behaviours required for doctors and dentists to be successful in their clinical careers. The UCAT is a two-hour computer-based test delivered in Pearson VUE test centres throughout Australia, New Zealand and at some overseas locations.
Registration for the UCAT is now open and closes on 11 May. The UCAT consists of five separately timed subtests, each of which contains a number of questions in a multiple-choice format. The test sittings are held between 1 and 31 July. For a listing of universities requiring the UCAT, go to https://www.ucat.edu.au/ucat-anz/universities/. For more details of the UCAT, go to https://www.ucat.edu.au/ucat-anz/.
Australian National University (ANU) application and selection processes
In 2019, ANU changed the application requirements (including an earlier application deadline) and selection criteria for undergraduate courses. Details of the requirements can be found at https://www.anu.edu.au/study/apply/domestic-applications-anu-undergraduate. Applications are now open and close in May. International applicants have a different process. Please see https://www.anu.edu.au/study/apply/international-applications-undergraduate-and-postgraduate for more details.
Useful websites for exploring university/career information
Students wishing to explore career options and/or university/TAFE pathways are advised that there are many websites available to assist in their explorations. The first place to start is the Pulteney Futures website (https://www.pulteneyfutures.com/), which has a myriad of information and links to external sites. There is also a student’s secure area, where students are able to take several careers mini quizzes, that might assist them with their career exploration. In addition, if students are looking for information to help them choose an institution, or an undergraduate course, they can go to the Quality Indicators of Learning and Teaching (QILT) website, which will give feedback from thousands of students about their experiences studying higher education in Australia. Go to https://www.qilt.edu.au/ for further information. Another useful website, which has been created by current university students and recent graduates, is www.whatdegreewhichuniversity.com. The website provides information on undergraduate degrees and universities around Australia, as well as advice and articles on making the transition to university, gap years, travel, student accommodation, part-time jobs and much more. For students (and parents) looking to explore career pathways more broadly, the ‘My Future’ website is a one-stop-shop for career information. Students are able to take more career quizzes, match their strengths and likes with particular occupations and also research job details and statistics to see which industries will potentially provide the most job growth into the future. Visit http://www.myfuture.edu.au to begin (or continue) the career ‘journey’!
Centre for Creative Photography (CCP) Information Night - Wednesday 11 March
If you are interested in exploring Photography as a possible career area or for further study, then you are invited to attend the Centre for Creative Photography information evening, being held at 138 Richmond Road, Marleston, on Wednesday 11 March at 6pm. The evening will allow you to see behind the scenes at the Centre for Creative Photography’s boutique photographic school to get a feel for what it’s like to study or work in their studios. For further information, or to register, go to: https://www.ccp.sa.edu.au/information-nights.
AIE Information Evening - Thursday 19 March
If you are interested in exploring study and career options in game development, 3D animation and visual effects, then you are invited to attend the AIE Information Evening, being held on Thursday 19 March, 6-8pm at 3/32 Grenfell Street, Adelaide. The AIE campus will be opening its doors to visitors eager to find out about upcoming full-time and part-time courses. There is also an opportunity for students to study at AIE, as a part of their SACE. The evening will include presentations on different areas of industry to get into, as well as information about AIE courses and entry requirements. Student work will be on display and the teachers will be available to speak with you about their courses and how AIE can get you into a creative career. For further information, or to register, go to: https://aie.edu.au/aie_event/information-evening/.
University of Adelaide STEM Careers Night - Tuesday 12 May, 5.45 – 7.45pm
Students in Years 10 -12 who are interested in exploring science, technology, maths and engineering careers are encouraged to attend the University of Adelaide STEM Careers Night on Tuesday 12 May. Academics and current students will talk about their experiences and emerging career opportunities. For further information and to register, go to: https://ecms.adelaide.edu.au/events/list/2020/05/adelaide-stem-careers-night
Light refreshments will be provided.
University of Adelaide: subject based admissions
In 2019, The University of Adelaide introduced a subject-based admission requirement for selected degree programs for 2020 and beyond. The program bypasses the ATAR, and requires applicants to achieve a minimum grade in subjects to gain an offer into one of many University of Adelaide degrees – Arts, Media, Commerce, Psychological Science, Health & Medical Science, Science and selected Engineering degrees. Further information can be found at www.adelaide.edu.au/study/undergraduate/entry-pathways/recent-secondary-education/.
Flinders University: subject based admissions
Flinders University is also offering a new admission pathway to a range of their undergraduate degrees as an alternative to the ATAR entry selection. Students will be eligible for the new subject-based admission pathway if they complete the SACE and receive two “B” grades and a “C” grade or above for their 20 credit Tertiary Admission (TAS) subjects. Students are automatically considered for this pathway when they apply through SATAC and have included a Flinders University degree as one of their preferences. There are a wide range of courses that this pathway will apply to, but not all Flinders University courses are included. Students will still be required to meet any other additional requirements for the course, such as any SACE prerequisite subjects or portfolio assessment. To explore the full list of eligible courses, go to: https://www.flinders.edu.au/content/dam/documents/campaign/selection-by-grades-admission-pathway.pdf
Engineering at The University of Adelaide in 2021
From 2021 intake onwards, all engineering programs at the single, double and combined level at The University of Adelaide, will have standardised pre-requisite subjects to ensure students studying engineering are best prepared for the level of mathematics required. For all engineering courses (except Chemical Engineering and Environmental Engineering) the pre-requisites will be SACE Stage 2: Mathematical Methods, Specialist Mathematics and Physics. For Chemical Engineering and Environmental Engineering, the pre-requisite subjects are SACE Stage 2 Mathematical Methods, Specialist Mathematics and Chemistry. For further information about Engineering at The University of Adelaide, go to: https://ecms.adelaide.edu.au/study-with-us/undergraduate/engineering
For students who are unable to meet all of the course prerequisites, the Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) – Engineering Pathway allows students to enter into engineering at The University of Adelaide through a specially designed program where they are supported to study any missing pre-requisite requirements. On successful completion of the program pre-requisite requirements, students are guaranteed transfer into their engineering discipline of choice.
Lattitude Global Volunteering Australia
Lattitude is a large international volunteering organisation which has been running for 45 years. It supports around 1000 young people globally every year. As a non-profit organisation, Lattitude provides a cost effective and comprehensive support for participants. With placements available in 13 countries, lasting between 6 weeks and 12 months, there is an extensive range of volunteer programs. For more details, go to https://lattitudeaustralia.org/ or https://lattitudeaustralia.org/apply.
Hosted at locations across the UK, the Immerse academic programmes aim to stimulate students’ intellectual curiosity and to motivate them as they embark on decisions about their university studies, and future goals. Immerse will be running academic programmes for 13-15 year old and 16-18 year old students. These two-week residential programmes take place in University of Cambridge colleges during July and August. Enrolment for Immerse Programmes are now open and details can be found at https://www.immerse.education/enrol/.
Tax File Numbers
Students requiring a TFN for employment or further study need to complete an online application form and then visit an Australia Post Office outlet to have their identity verified. For further information and to apply for a TFN, go to: https://www.ato.gov.au/Individuals/Tax-file-number/Apply-for-a-TFN/
If you have any questions concerning Careers, please feel free to contact me on Leeanne.firstname.lastname@example.org or 8216 5553.
Have a great week!
Coordinator of Futures