Dear Parents and Guardians,
Welcome to our first weekly Salesian Careers Blog post for 2021!
For the parents of boys just starting Year 9, I’m the Pathways Coordinator at Salesian College. I am responsible for providing careers and pathways related information, education programs and advice for students in Years 9 to 12. The topic of careers can be daunting for many teenagers, so each week students in Years 9-12 will receive a Careers Newsletter with a wide range of information on career options, information sessions and pathways events. I will complement it by posting a selection of relevant information each week to this blog, so that you and your son can explore his career options over the coming years.
Thanks for reading,
Mr Damian McAuliffe
The University of Melbourne – The Hansen Scholarship
If your son is planning to study at The University of Melbourne in 2022, he should consider applying for the prestigious Hansen Scholarship. Stage 1 applications are now open and close on the 11th of March. You must be able to prove financial disadvantage to be eligible.
Parents – School to Work Resources
Supporting your child in preparing for the world of work after school can be a challenge. Casualisation and globalisation of the work force, and automation and rapid advances in technology will all have an impact in your child’s navigation of the world of work.
The Australian Government has developed resources to support parents through the Future Ready Career Education Portal. To access the resources, go to https://schooltowork.dese.gov.au/
My Health Career
My Health Career is a fantastic website that has career resources such as information sheets and videos about careers in several health fields including physiotherapy, dentistry, optometry and occupational therapy etc., www.myhealthcareer.com.au
Who wants to be an engineer?
Would your son prefer building bridges or creating engines? Who has more fun – a civil engineer or an aerospace engineer? Bring together skills and knowledge with a degree at RMIT. Play this game to find out what type of engineering your son is be best suited to, and about student life at RMIT, https://trueengineer.rmit.edu.au/
A job in the space sector may seem out of reach, or only available to a select few who want to be an astronaut. But the good news is, there are many space jobs that draw on STEM skills and areas like software development, industrial design, and metal fabrication.
The Australian Space Agency aims to triple the size of the Australian space sector and create 20,000 more space jobs in Australia in the next 10 years. Careers With STEM are running a webinar for students interested in working in the space industry.
Wednesday 24 February, 12pm – 1pm
Info & RSVP: http://bit.ly/36XGPA9
UCAT Preparation Sessions
Year 12 students planning to study medicine or dentistry in 2022 may need to sit the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT ANZ) in July 2021, www.ucat.edu.au/ucat-anz
National Institute of Education is running an online UCAT information session on Monday 15 February between 6.30pm – 9pm, www.nie.edu.au
Australian Defence Force
You can find out more about careers in the ADF through participating in a free information session. For a list of upcoming events and to RSVP, visit www.defencejobs.gov.au/events
If you are considering applying for any role in the Defence Force to start in 2021 or 2022, you should book a YOU (Your Options Unlimited) session early. This is the first step in the recruitment process. For information and to book the aptitude day, visit http://bit.ly/2Tyn8Yp
ADF Gap Year Program
Year12 students will soon be able to apply for the ADF Gap Year program. Students will be able to spend an exciting 12-months in the Navy, Army or Air Force, and get paid for meaningful work while travelling around Australia, gaining skills for life, and making lifelong friends. For information, visit www.defencejobs.gov.au/students-and-education/gap-year
Interested in a career with the Victoria Police?
Victoria Police has four different roles available for students who might be interested in pursuing a career in policing.
- Police Officer
- Protective Services Officer
- Police Custody Officer
- Victorian Public Servant
For a brief overview of each role and to watch recruitment videos, visit – https://bit.ly/2N5vhUu
Experience and attributes the Force is looking for
Not every 18-year-old will be ready to apply but those who are gathering life experience whilst they are in high school will be more competitive throughout the recruitment process. For example:
Employment in a customer service role
Provides exposure to people of all works of life and develops communication, teamwork and conflict resolution skills. For example, working at McDonalds one day a week.
Develops a sense of community-mindedness and communication skills. For example, working at the local surf lifesaving club or community centre.
Sporting club experience
Develops teamwork, communication and leadership skills, not to mention the healthy level of fitness that is a requirement of the role.
Provides exposure to other cultures, religions and languages and fosters a sense of independence and assertiveness.
For information on eligibility criteria and the recruitment process, visit the Victoria Police careers website, www.police.vic.gov.au/careers
To view upcoming recruitment information sessions, visit www.police.vic.gov.au/police-information-sessions