This week is National Careers Week. The objectives of National Careers Week are to:

  • Develop community awareness of the concept, benefit, and value of career development and career planning
  • Raise aspirations, challenge stereotypes, and broaden horizons about careers
  • Highlight the need for ongoing reskilling and upskilling to support careers throughout life

Throughout National Careers Week, Year 9, 10, 11 and 12 students will be completing several activities which focus on careers during their Wellbeing lessons. As a parent, if you would like to learn more about supporting your child with their career exploration, this link will take you to a useful resource on the Pulteney Futures website called “Helping your teenager with Career Planning”.

There are many online events available for students (and parents) to access this week; I would encourage you to explore the websites outlined below as a starting point. The students have also been emailed a summary of several other events that they can access throughout the week.


Virtual Career Expos (18 - 22 May)

  • Year 13s Digital Careers Expo: This online event will bring together high school students, graduates and parents from across the country to engage directly with education, employment and travel providers. A week-long webinar series with experts and influencers will delve into topics such as resilience, mental health, how-to guides, insights into careers and much more. Downloadable course guides, live chats, digital profiles and enquiries will all be part of Year 13s Digital Careers Expo. To register interest and find out more, click here.

Virtual BiG Day In (Wednesday 20 May)

  • The “BiG Day In” events are aimed at senior secondary school students interested in careers in ICT and technology. BiG Day In helps students obtain more information about ICT and technology careers, and hopefully helps them to make better informed decisions about their future. This week, the guest speakers are: Dr Tim Kitchen, Adobe's Senior Education Specialist and Genevieve Ash, Business Analyst TechnologyOne. Click here for further information: IT Big Day In

UTS – Intro to Software Engineering at UTS (Thursday May 21)

  • Software engineering is the application of engineering principles to the design, development and maintenance of software. Software engineers develop systems that must work the first time and every time. 
  • Register for this webinar to gain an insight into what software engineering is all about and find out if it's right for you. 
  • Hear from key academics about what it's like to study software engineering at UTS and how best to prepare. This is available here.


  • Pulteney Futures website contains a huge amount of information and should be your first stop when you are looking for information on anything occupation, careers, university or TAFE related (and there is so much more). Students have been emailed specific instructions for activities they can undertake to assist in their career exploration, including a career profiling quiz and support for resume and cover letter preparation. The ‘post school options’ tab is also a great source of information and has links to numerous SA and interstate university websites, with virtual tours and online brochures available. 
  • Skillsroad website is an excellent site for students wanting to explore a trade/apprenticeship or traineeship career area. There is a lot of good information about a range of skills-based/certificate course careers. There is also an opportunity to do a Career Quiz and/or a Job Fit test, which will suggest career areas for students to explore. 
  • My Future website has many activities to assist students to explore their interests, skills and values, along with current industry and occupation information. Students will need to register with their school email address, if they haven’t done so already, to access these resources.
    • My career profile: The nine activities in My career profile enable students to explore their interests, skills and values, and generate a personalised list of suggested occupations. From here, they can explore these suggested occupations and decide if they are interested in them as possible future career areas.
    • Career bullseyes: The popular Career bullseyes show the students how occupations relate to their school learning areas – a great place to start if they are unsure about a career area.
    • Occupations: The 358 occupation profiles detail the tasks, required skill levels and up-to-date salary and labour market information (sourced from the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment).
    • Courses: Students can search over 15,000 current higher education and vocational education and training (VET) courses delivered by Australian universities, TAFEs and Registered Training Organisations.
    • Industries: The industry profiles include information about 19 different industries, including their employment prospects.
    • Career insight: The practical career information in Career insight includes articles on work experience, apprenticeships, writing resumes, applying for jobs and more.
  • Queensland University of Technology Skills Match: This website is university based, and will help students to find a university course that might suit them. The results of the mini quiz are QUT specific, but the results will give students an idea of possible university courses that might be of interest to them and they can then explore these types of courses at other universities in South Australia or around Australia. The Match My Skills Quiz will take you approx. 10 minutes.


SA university information

  • UniSA: Students, or their parents, can call on (08) 8302 2376, or submit their enquiry online, or they can connect via Facebook Messenger (Facebook page) if they would like to gather information about courses at UniSA. Also, new 2021 Study Guides are now available online. UniSA are also offering 1:1 phone appointments with a Student Liaison Officer. These are 15-minute appointments, aimed to answer any questions students have around degree information, entry requirements, pathways and the application process. To make a booking, go here
  • Flinders University: Webinar Program: Flinders University is offering a webinar series throughout Term 2. The content will be suitable for Year 8 to 12 students, as well as recent school leavers and teachers. This will include information from current Flinders students on specific courses and study areas, as well as how to apply to university and pathway options.  For further information, click here
  • Flinders University e-Newsletter: Flinders University have an E-Newsletter, Flinders Explorer, which is written specifically for school students and promotes upcoming webinars, highlights courses and provides updates on relevant information. Students can subscribe here
  • Flinders University Student Advisors are available to speak individually with students and parents/caregivers at a time that suits them. Student Advisors can provide tailored advice on course options, pathways to study and answer any questions students may have. To book an appointment, click here
  • The University of Adelaide have announced that they are providing an alternative entry pathway for current Year 12 students, where the students will be able to submit their Year 11 results to receive an offer of study for 2021 for many undergraduate degrees. This alternative pathway will enable 2020 Year 12 students to apply for entry into the vast majority of undergraduate degrees based predominantly on their 2019 Year 11 subject results. Should they be successful, students could receive an offer of admission as early as September. The traditional ATAR and subject-based entry pathways will still be available, and students are certainly encouraged to give their full effort throughout the entire year. Students will still be required to meet any pre-requisite subjects for the degrees they are applying to. For further information, go here.
  • Adelaide University: If you are interested in exploring any courses at The University of Adelaide, their 2021 Faculty Brochures are now available online via these links: Sciences, Health, Arts, Architecture, Engineering, Technology, Computer and Mathematical Sciences and Business, Law and Economics. They are also offering 1:1 Zoom meetings for anyone wanting to explore Adelaide University courses, subject selections, pathway options and any other generalised university enquiries. The link to their booking service is: https://calendly.com/jess-perry/student-appointment. In addition, they have created 3 recorded presentations that students and parents can access here:

Interstate university information

  • University of Technology Sydney (UTS) are presenting webinar information sessions for each of the undergraduate IT and Engineering courses. The online events will be presented by UTS Academics, staff, and current students and it is an opportunity to get information on the course content and career areas within each of these industries. For further information and to register, click here.
  • Monash University
    • Monash Information Evenings (MIE) Webinars: Students interested in exploring Monash University in Victoria can engage with them virtually through their Monash Information evenings , which are now being held as Webinars until the end of June. Students need to register and can then log on with any questions they may have about studying at Monash. Many of the Monash University faculty representatives will be attending these webinars to answer specific questions students may have. 
    • Monash Tech Talks: The Faculty of IT is moving its popular Monash Tech Talks series online. Over the next few weeks, they will be hosting a selection of high-profile speakers, exploring cutting-edge IT topics, and will make this accessible to a broad audience. Please go to the Monash Tech Talks page to see their upcoming webinars. 
    • New Monash Resources:
      • During these challenging and changing times, Monash University have developed Destination Monash 2021 as a hub for students to help navigate towards the opportunities at Monash in 2021. Each Faculty tile includes important information about the courses, including the course guides. Students can also fill in the form to stay in touch and receive relevant information about the courses they are most interested in and any relevant upcoming activities during this time. 
      • Many of the new 2021 publications are now online and can be downloaded. More will be added as they are finalised.   
      • Interstate Student Resource:Monash University have recently created a new webpage with a collection of information pertinent to interstate students. This also includes their annual “Interstate guides” to applying interstate which has subject and score conversions. 
      • Onshore International Students:Also available are similar resources for onshore international students to provide a simple condensed location to find all the information you need. 
  • University of Sydney: Sydney University are hosting a series of webinars and live chats (via Zoom) each week to provide students with everything they need to start their journey to Sydney. The topics include study tips, the Sydney undergraduate experience, course information and study options, student life and how to apply, pathways and scholarships. To view the events and to register, click here: schedule of events. Also, students can explore the University of Sydney campus by taking a virtual tour or by watching a pre-recorded University of Sydney presentation.
  •  UAC 2020-21 Guide available now: Students thinking of studying at a NSW or ACT university in 2021, can read UAC’s Guide, packed with information on universities, admission tips and more. 
  • University of NSW: We understand that this is a challenging time for everyone. Our Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education and Student Experience) Professor Rorden Wilkinson, has a message of support for future students and the help available to them over the coming months as they consider their post-schooling options. Also, to assist students to explore UNSW courses and information, the following links are available: Degree Finder and Live Chat. There is also a 30-minute UNSW Virtual School presentation, which is designed to give students an overview of everything on offer at UNSW. During this presentation, they cover degrees, student life, exchanges, scholarships and admissions information, including guaranteed entry, adjustment factors and alternative admissions pathways.
  •  BOND University: A video outlining the opportunities available at Bond University can be found here. There are also many scholarship opportunities available and information can be found here. In 2021, Bond University will be offering 4 new degrees, preparing students for the future. The new degrees are Bachelor of ENTREPRENEURIAL Transformation, Bachelor of DIGITAL Transformation, Bachelor of HEALTH Transformation and Bachelor of LEGAL Transformation. For further information about Bond University, click here.
  •  ANU: ANU have adapted their admissions process for study in 2021. To recognise this, they will now make offers on 10 August 2020, based on 2019 Year 11 results, and these will be honoured for study in 2021, as long as students complete Year 12.  If a student is eligible and they have applied by 25 May 2020, they will receive an offer on 10 August 2020 based on their Year 11 results. If their Year 11 results do not meet the entry requirements for ANU, students can still be assessed on their Year 12 results and may be eligible to receive an unconditional offer when ATARs are released. As meeting the co-curriculum and service requirements within Year 12 has been disrupted, ANU have adjusted their commitment requirements and schedule. Other resources include: ANU Virtual Open Day, ANU Application Walkthrough video, Apply to ANU portal for current Year 12s and information about the Tuckwell Scholarship. If students would like to access further information about applying to ANU, please view ANU information for domestic applications or read through our FAQs.
  •  University of Queensland: 2021 UQ publications can now be accessed on their website. The 2021 Undergraduate Guide, faculty guides and fact sheets are available here: Download now. There is also an opportunity to view pre-recorded presentations for Year 10 students, Year 12 students and students interested in studying Medicine at UQ. These are available at here.
  •  University of Melbourne: explore the possibilities here. In The Insider Story webinar series, hear from the academic staff, students, and alumni about their courses and their experience while studying to be the next generation of health professionals. The expert academic staff will discuss specific degree structures and study areas while our current and graduate students will share what the course is truly like from their perspective and their motivations in pursuing a health career.
  •  University of Tasmania: Weekly webinars are being held where students can ask current university students everything you want to know. Learn all about applications, pathway programs, accommodation and more. Register your interest here.


  • Vocational Education Short Courses: Queensford College are offering some short courses in the upcoming July school holidays (assuming they are able to offer face-to-face teaching at this time). If your child is interested in attending any of these, please ask them to check their emails or come and see me.
    • Barista – 1 day - $69: 10 or 17 July
    • RSA – 1 day - $195: 13 or 15 July
    • Hospitality – 4 day - $500: 6, 7, 13 and 14 July OR 8, 9, 15, and 16 July 
  • Apprenticeship Pathways: For students wishing to explore apprenticeships or traineeships, the Australian Apprenticeship Pathways website has a wealth of information to assist students to look at industries, qualifications and support.. If students are wanting to see and hear about different apprenticeships, the AAPathways YouTube site has a wealth of information, where students can watch interviews with current apprentices and employers in a range of different areas.

If you have any questions, or require any additional support or resources, please feel free to contact me on 8216 5553, or via email at leeanne.bryan@pulteney.sa.edu.au.

Have a fantastic rest of the week!

Leeanne Johnston-Bryan

Coordinator of Futures