Zoo Keeper/VET for a Day –in the Sept/Oct holiday break. Find out what it takes to care for an array of animals at Healesville Sanctuary and Werribee Open Range Zoo. Who: Years 7-12;

Deakin Accelerate Information Evening, Deakin University, Geelong Waurn Ponds (19 Sept), and
Melbourne (21 Sept),

Science in City Lab Tour, RMIT, City, 28 Sept

Nuclear Medicine Workplace Visits, RMIT 26- 27 Sept,

Engineering & Science for Girls: Robogals Fri 6 October, Bourke St for girls aged 5-15 years and one accompanying parent/guardian Register

Year 10 Work Experience 2018 is a great opportunity for students to test out a career they are interested in and to learn more about the world of work. The Work Experience Program runs in Term 2 or 3 & all requests are due by 23rd February for Term 2 placements & 25th  May for Term 3 placements.

Year 12 News
All students have now had their interview with a Careers Teacher. It is urgent that all Year 12s ensure they apply for their course, whether directly through the provider website (ie. many diploma courses, private providers & pre-pprenticeships at Kangan AGA, VU, AIE etc) VTAC Applicants must meet the deadlines on the checklist below, Parents are welcome to contact the careers team for further information.



Yr 12 VTAC Applications Checklist 

  • Register on VTAC
  • Apply for courses in preference order by 28 September (these can be changed and re-ordered anytime until 5pm, 12 December) **Early closing dates for performance, art/design and medicine courses**
  • ALL STUDENTS Apply for SEAS Category 1 and any other relevant categories by 5pm, 10 October (SEAS Cat 1 uses student’s registered personal details, such as school name & address, to give access to courses)
  • NB. Especially if applying to RMIT, Uni of Melbourne, ACU, ensure SEAS Category 1 is ticked ‘Yes’ to activate our partner schemes:
  • RMIT: SNAP up to +20 ATAR points
  • ACU: +5
  • UMelbourne: lower ATAR requirement
  • If applying to Victoria University: VU Early Entry Offer program is an easy online application where students tick ‘Yes’ to attending an ‘Eligible School in the West’
  • Early Entry applications for Creative/Performing Arts/Design, selection tasks deadlines start 31 August
  • ASPIRE Early Achievers’ applications to La Trobe University close 30 August,
  • APPLY for Scholarships on VTAC and on University websites 
  • Pay $35 to validate application by 28 September

Career & Higher Education News 

Work for ASIO straight after Year 12! The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) is currently recruiting for Information Management and Information Technology trainees. The pay and conditions are excellent and there is a post traineeship career pathway within the organisation. For information and to apply, go to

Cybersecurity careers are in high demand. This is an excellent article about cybersecurity, study pathways, example job titles and salaries and key websites,

Interested in working in a vet clinic as a nurse or a technologist? You may find the following two courses interesting:

  • Bachelor of Veterinary Technology, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga: You can specialise in practice management, large animal technology, or clinical technology and you can study the course on campus or via distance. You will also complete the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing through Goulburn Ovens TAFE via distance,
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing, La Trobe University: This course is offered by La Trobe and delivered at Melbourne Polytechnic, Epping and is the first course of its kind in Australia. The course has a heavy focus on industry experience,


Interested in studying a Psychology degree in the future?

Getting robots to do our dirty work: Did you know that over 40% of jobs are at risk of automation? New careers are being created in robotics and mechatronic engineers are paving the way. 

Robotics at Deakin University: Deakin offers Australia’s first four-year Software Engineering course in Robotics and Smart Systems.

Focus on Vocational Training (VET/TAFE) 
Vocational education and training (VET) includes traineeships, apprenticeships and TAFE study. There are some occupations that require a university degree (e.g., medicine, social work, law). 4 out of 5 parents report that they would prefer their child to go to university than study VET, but it is crucial that both parents and students take the time to understand the VET sector, and that a preference for just university study may in some cases limit a young persons potential.

Between 20 – 30% of young people in Australia drop out of or change their university course within the first year. Many young people don’t even consider studying a TAFE course due to incorrect perceptions or through lack of understanding of the sector.

It’s no secret that employers love job applicants who have TAFE qualifications, including those who graduate from a university degree with a VET qualification. VET graduates are considered to have ‘job ready’ skills and in the future labour market in Australia with 1 in every 2 young people expected to complete a Bachelor degree, it is more important than ever to have diverse skills, industry experience and more than one qualification (e.g., a Bachelor of Engineering with a TAFE Diploma in Project Management).

Did you know that 9/10 occupations predicted to have the most jobs growth by 2022 are in vocational training areas and in the industries with the most growth (e.g., health and community services, construction, and accommodation and food services)? Source: 

Specific occupations with the biggest growth prediction include sales assistants, aged care workers, disability workers, enrolled nurses, electricians, chefs, and early childhood education workers etc.

Current skills shortages are in occupations such as automotive trades, food trades, construction trades, and building professionals.

A report, titled: ‘Perceptions Are Not Realitywas released by Skilling Australia Foundation this year,


It revealed the following:

  • VET graduates earn wages comparable to, if not exceeding, that of university graduates.
  • VET graduates have a higher employment rate than university undergraduates. More than 78% of VET graduates are employed after training.
  • VET courses have adapted more readily to changing workforce needs.