The choice of a career pathway is more challenging than ever before due to changing job definitions and the development of new and exciting career areas. The choice for each student to make as they enter senior school is do they attempt VCE, VET or VCAL?
Here at Salesian College Chadstone, we offer all three alternatives. It is in the Pathways Centre that the guidance is offered to each student when choosing these options.
All students at Salesian College are encouraged to develop a pathways plan in order to assist them to succeed while still at school. Those students who have a clearly defined career focus tend to do better in their studies.
- This focus begins to develop during Year 9 where the students complete a Tax File Number Application. In doing this they start to think about their working future. The Year 9 students also begin preparations for the possibility of participating in Work Experience during Year 10.
- Work Experience Program participation is non-compulsory but strongly recommended to all of Year 10. The students are urged to use some of their holiday time during the year to complete a Work Experience Placement. This needs to be organised in advance. The Years students are urged to focus on their interests, abilities, needs and values and put these into a work perspective. Work Experience is a way for the students to fully encounter the world of work from an adult viewpoint and to experience first-hand the work environment.
- Each Year 10 student receives a copy of the VICTER, which lists all prerequisite studies for university entry, as well as the Job Guide. All these resources provide a basis for discussion regarding suitable subject choices for their VCE years.
- During Year 11 students use the Pathways Centre resources to refine their VCE selections for Year 12 and to further develop their career plan. They may choose to use the Course Scan program, which provides a detailed list of tertiary courses for which they are eligible.
- Our Year 12 students must make some final decisions regarding their future options including whether to continue with study or to enter the workforce? or If I am going to study, what will that entail and where will that take place? To begin this process Year 12 students are interviewed by the Careers counsellor in this session they are given advice regarding the process of research that they should be embarking on through the year.
- We strongly recommended that our students attend Tertiary Open Days and utilise the University and TAFE websites and handbooks, in order to gain knowledge of all courses on offer. This process culminates in September with the VTAC application procedures and is completed in December with Change of Preference counselling. A VTAC Information Evening is held for parents, which outlines the tertiary selection process.
- All Years 10,11,12 students receive regular Careers Newsletter via their College email, which list information sessions, seminars, courses, Open Days and other related careers events. These can also be accessed through the College Community News link on the web site. Every Salesian College student is encouraged to visit the Pathways Centre for research and counseling at recess, lunchtime, after school or by appointment.
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