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CAREER NEWS 2018 #4
For all VCE Students –
‘Experience Clever’ at La Trobe
Registrations are now open. Visit:
‘Step on Campus’ at Deakin University
Burwood Campus - Thurs 5 & 12th
Waurn Ponds Campus - Fri 6th & 13th
Geelong Waterfront Campus - Wed 11th
Warrnambool Campus - Wed 11th
‘Inside Monash’ Seminar Series
Running from April to Sep 2018. To
For all VCE Students –
VCE & Careers Expo
When: Thurs 3rd to Sun 6th May
For more information visit:
Melbourne Career Expo
When: Fri 20th to Sun 22nd July
For further details, visit:
Community Achiever Program (CAP) at
Applications for 2019 will open Tuesday
1st May and close 31st July.
For Medicine & Health Science Students- UMAT Registrations close Friday 1 June at
5pm. Test is Wed 25 July 2018.For further
information visit http://umat.acer.edu.au
On the 5th of April 2018, NIE will be
conducting a full day UMAT preparation
workshop. All details are available via
For everyone –
South East Careers Expo
When: Tuesday 24th April. For more
information visit: firstname.lastname@example.org
News & Updates
Melbourne University are running a number
of information sessions including:
‘My Melbourne Future’
15th May - Agriculture, Sciences, Technology,
Engineering and Design.
31 May - Health and Veterinary Sciences.
5 June - Economics, Business, Humanities &
Social Sciences and Law.
7 June- Creative and Performing Arts.
14 June - Economics, Business, Humanities &
Social Sciences and Education.
Where: Parkville campus, Grattan Street
Time: 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Check out the details and other events at:
CareerNews Key Dates & Reminders
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Federation University have some ‘Experience
Day’s coming up where students can learn
about specific fields of study and clarify their
area of interest. Offering interactive
workshops and activities, these days are
productive to help refine your career path.
‘Experience Days’ at Berwick Campus
Education – Thurs 26th April
IT & Engineering – Thurs 26th April
Business – Thurs 3
Nursing – Thurs 3
Science – Thurs 10th May
Arts/Psychology – Thurs 10th May
Times: 10am til 2pm
Fed Uni's ‘VCE Study Skills Days’ have also
proven to be very popular. A free event
designed to support VCE students with their
studies, providing valuable advice and
strategies. With experienced guest speakers
and Fed Uni's academics and students, the
day will include helpful information on:
Life as a uni student
Dates: Tues 3rd July from 9.30am til 2pm
Gippsland Campus (Churchill)
Wed 4th July from 9.30am til 2pm
Thurs 5th July from 9.30am til 2pm
Mt Helen Campus (Ballarat)
https://federation.edu.au/future- students/study-at-feduni/information- sessions-and-events/vce-study-skills-day
Box Hill Institute
Box Hill institute are offering ‘A Day in the
Life’ career exploration days, where students
have the opportunity to gain insight into
various professions. In the morning, a variety
of workshops are running and after lunch
there is a forum where employers, Box Hill
Institute alumni and currently enrolled
students will talk about working in a variety
This program is running in the school
holidays and following are the scheduled
dates and costs:
Outdoor Guide - Thursday, 5th April
Fashion Illustrator & Developing Your
Fashion Portfolio - Wednesday, 11th April
Cost: 1 day $75
Visual Merchandiser, Interior Designer &
Graphic Designer - Wednesday, 11 April or
Wednesday, 4th July Cost: No charge
Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Mechanic –
Friday 6th July Cost: No charge
Fashion Designer: Monday 9th July to
Wednesday 11th July (x3 days) Cost: 3 days
Times: 9.30am – 3pm (unless indicated
otherwise indicated on the events page.
Where: Box Hill (Elgar and Nelson) and
Lilydale Lakeside campuses.
For further information, call 1300 BOX HILL
or visit:https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/a- day-in-the-life-of-a-creative-artist-tickets- 44005271953
Melbourne Polytechnic have a ‘Trade Taster
Day’. This day is aimed at Year 9 & 10
students interested in trying a range of trade
areas from; hospitality to agriculture,
plastering and cabinet making.
Held on Thursday 10th May between 9.45am
til 2.45pm at the Heidelberg Campus (Corner
of Waterdale Rd & Bell St in Heidelberg).
There are a range off trades to choose from
with a number groups and sessions in the
morning and afternoon. You will need to
purchase your tickets online before 30th April
Monash University’s ‘Big Data Challenge
Day’ at Clayton campus is designed for high
achieving Year 12 Math’s Students. It is an
exciting opportunity for students to build on
their knowledge and explore what they can
achieve at university with their mathematics
skills. As part of the day, students will be
placed in teams and will tackle a challenge in
actuarial science, business analytics or
econometrics. To register visit:
William Angliss are providing an opportunity
for secondary school students to try their
hand at a series of practical workshops in
Hospitality, Food and Tourism. This school
holiday program is ideal for students who are
considering a certificate, diploma or degree
in Foods, Tourism, Hospitality or Events.
When: Wed. 11th April, 10:00 am til 3:30 pm.
Where: 555 La Trobe Street, Melbourne.
To register, you can book online:
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/angliss- experiences-hospitality-events-tourism- tickets-43295635411
Interested in IT?
All secondary school students interested in IT
can book seats at the ‘2018 Big Day In’ IT
Careers Conference held at the Melbourne
Convention & Exhibition Centre on
Wednesday 30 May 2018 running from 9am- 2.30pm. Run by the ACS Foundation and
sponsored by RMIT, students (and teachers)
can listen to cool industry speakers and visit
exhibitor stands to learn about where a
career in IT can take them.
Tickets: $10 for students (includes morning
tea). Please visit:
http://acsfoundation.cart.net.au/BiG-Day-In- Melbourne-Melbourne-Convention- Exhibition-Centre-Wednesday-30-May-2018
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It is not uncommon for some students to be unsure of their career direction, even those who
achieve their desired ATAR result. Therefore, a Gap Year in the Australian Defence Force is a
unique opportunity to gain experience, grow and figure out exactly what the next step is in life.
It is a unique chance to get a taste for what a career in the Navy, Army or Air Force could be like,
offering a year full of adventure, new friends, new skills, leadership, fitness and travel. All while
earning a salary and benefiting from free medical and dental care! In an ADF Gap Year, you can
apply for positions such as; Administrative Assistant, Air Defence Operator, Army Officer,
Artillery Operator, Aviation Support Technician, Combat Engineer, Driver, Infantry Soldier, Warehouse Assistant, Store person or Cabin Crew.
Whether on base, on land or at sea, in some respects working for the ADF can be much like being employed in a comparable civilian role (if there is
one). However, life at the ADF offers life-changing experiences such as assisting communities affected by conflict or natural disasters.
To join the program, you will be aged between 18 and 24 as of 15the September 2019 (for the Navy), 31st May 2019 (for the Army), or 31st March 2019
(for the Air Force). An Australian Year 12 education (or equivalent) is required and VCE results will not affect entry, however education pre-requisites
do vary for each position. To learn more visit: https://www.defencejobs.gov.au/students-and-education/gap-year
Industry Focus – Education
Early Childhood/Pre-Primary Teacher
The Australian Department of Jobs and Small Business* forecast a 26.4% increase in employment opportunities for Early Childhood (Pre-Primary)
Teachers over the next five years.
Early childhood teachers plan and conduct education programmes for young children and work in government-owned pre-school centres, early
education classes, community kindergartens and community childcare centres. To consider this occupation, it is important to be able to relate to
children and their families and have a keen desire to teach children. Other helpful personal traits are; willingness to learn, high-level planning and
organisational skills, enthusiastic, tactful, patient, have a good sense of humour and flexible with working hours.
Early childhood teachers perform a range of daily tasks including:
Planning activities using a variety of equipment and materials to develop good coordination, social skills, creativity, self-expression and an
interest in learning.
Promote language development and self-confidence through storytelling, drama, music and discussions.
Help to organise and participate in excursions to enhance learning experiences.
Encourage children to question and explore the world in which they live.
Observe children to evaluate and record their progress and to detect developmental disorders, ill health or emotional disturbance.
Recommend further programmes for further development.
Work with guidance officers, speech pathologists and psychologists to assist children with special needs.
Help integrate children with special needs into mainstream classes.
Promote health and safety concepts and social interaction with other children.
Promote awareness and appreciation of diversity in multicultural societies.
Attend to sick children and those in need of first aid and comfort children who are hurt or distressed.
Assist children with toileting and personal hygiene.
Discuss aspects of children’s development with parents.
Participate in community activities and parent/staff committees.
Supervise and work with student teachers and trainee childcare workers.
GAP Year at the Australian Defence Force
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To become an early childhood teacher, a degree in education with a major in early childhood is usually required. Alternatively, a bachelor degree in a
related area followed by a postgraduate qualification in education specialising in early childhood can be completed.
There is also the option of gaining an entry level qualification (certificate 3 or diploma) to work in childcare settings such as; day care, occasional care,
center based care and out of school hours’ programs to gain industry experience before transitioning into a further bachelor of Early Childhood
Education degree. This is worth considering as some institutions may recognise prior study and provide credits for certain subjects.
If this option is of interest, it is worthwhile researching the courses available at:
Box Hill Institute (Lilydale)
The Gordon Institute (Geelong) Federation University (Ballarat), Holmesglen (Waverley)
VFA Learning (Geelong, Melbourne and Narre Warren)
Swinburne (Hawthorn and Wantirna)
Vic Uni (Footscray, St Albans, Werribee)
Melbourne Polytechnic (Preston) also offers a 2-year associate degree in Early Childhood Studies and La Trobe University's Bachelor of Early Learning
is available to students enrolling in Chisholm's Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (Bass Coast, Berwick, Dandenong, Frankston,
Mornington Peninsula, Online).
The following table provides a list of Bachelor Degree’s available in Victoria:
La Trobe University (Bendigo and Shepparton) Bachelor of Early Childhood and Primary Education
Deakin University (Cloud and Burwood) Bachelor of Early Childhood Education
ACU (Online and Melbourne) Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Birth to Five Years)
ACU (Ballarat and Melbourne) Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary)
Box Hill Institute (Lilydale) Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Degree)
Holmesglen (Waverley) Bachelor of Early Childhood Teaching (Degree)
Swinburne University of Technology (Hawthorn) Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)
Charles Sturt University (Albury-Wodonga) Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary)
RMIT University (Bundoora) Bachelor of Education (Primary and Early Childhood Education)
Victoria University (Footscray Park) Bachelor of Early Childhood Education
Swinburne University of Technology (Hawthorn) Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)
* From 2019, the minimum ATAR for bachelor degrees in education at all universities will be 70. In addition, in 2017 the government brought in a
further requirement for admission whereby students are to undertake the Casper Test, an online test designed to evaluate key personal and
professional characteristics measuring traits such as; professionalism, ethics, communication, and empathy. To sit the test, there is an $80 fee which
some universities may reimburse upon acceptance of an offer of placement. For further information including Casper test dates please visit
For more detailed course information and requirements, please make contact with the relevant learning institution.
(Sources: VTAC, Casper, Australian Government Department of Jobs and Small Business (Labour Market Information Portal) Employment 2017
Projections Report, myfuture.edu.au, VTAC, Good Universities Guide).
Your Careers Team