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Ever considered a career with the Police?

On Wednesday 17th of August 2011 at 6.30 p.m at the Benalla Performing Arts Centre the Victorian Police recruiting staff will be presenting a session on the role of police, Operational policing, Minimum requirements, The recruiting process, Victoria Police Academy, Conditions and entitlements & Career opportunities .

MMS Model Search: Males & Females

High School Students National Auditions Melbourne. Saturday Aug 13th, Suite 10, 249-251 Chapel Street, Prahan, Victoria 11am -1pm. For more information visit www.mmssearch.com.au

Open Days are Here!

By now you should have identified institutions you would like to visit, found out their Open Day dates and downloaded their Open Day Guides. Once you have the guides, make a list of the information sessions you would like to attend- if you have time, try and attend information sessions on topics like pathways, VTAC, scholarships and overseas exchange programs.

f you are unsure what to ask on the day, Victoria University has listed some questions you can ask:

Getting in:

  • Are there any pre requisite subjects I need to study for this course?
  • What marks/ ATAR do I need to get into this course?
  • Do I need to audition, have an interview or present a folio during the selection process?
  • Are there any other ways into this course other than through a VTAC application?
  • Can I do a TAFE course first which might then lead into a higher university course?
  • What is the different between TAFE and University?
  • If I can’t get into this course, is there a similar one at this institution I can study?

Course Information:

  • What are the core subjects for this course and are there any electives?
  • How many hours a week are spent in class and can I study part time or after hours?
  • Are there any special features of this course?
  • What type of assessment tasks can I expect?
  • What methods of teaching are used?
  • Can I defer the course?
  • What kind of jobs do graduates of this course generally get?
  • Are there any scholarships available?

Applying for an Electrical Apprenticeship? The National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA) provide a national pre-selection test for young people interested in applying for electrical apprenticeships. You can use results from the test to show potential employers that you are competent in areas of literacy, numeracy and comprehension. The test will be held in Melbourne and 8 regional centres during October. For more information and dates/ locations, please go to www.neca.asn.au

Vocational & Higher Education News

New Diplomas at University of Tasmania (UTAS): Institutions like Swinburne, the University of Melbourne and UTAS enable to students to study a Bachelor Degree and a Diploma concurrently. This can improve graduate employment outcomes and allows you to be able to explore two interests at the same time like Engineering and Project Management. UTAS have just introduced new Diplomas in International Studies and Public Policy. You can combine these Diplomas with approved degrees or take them as a stand alone programs. For more information, email Course.Info@utas.edu.au

Interested in Nursing? Did you know that you can complete a Certificate IV or Diploma of Enrolled Nursing at TAFE and then gain credit off a Registered Nursing Degree at University? If you complete the Certificate IV in Enrolled Nursing at a TAFE, you will receive a year credit towards the Bachelor of Nursing at the University of Ballarat and 18 months credit if you complete the Diploma of Enrolled Nursing.

Have a passion for Accounting? If you enjoy Math, logical thinking, problem solving and working with people, you may enjoy studying Accounting. According to the University of Melbourne, their Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Accounting provides the shortest pathway to becoming a professional accountant in Australia. The course is accredited by CPA Australia, The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia, and the Nation Institute of Accountants. For more information, go to www.bcom.unimelb.edu.au/bachelor/majors/accounting.html

Upcoming Events

A Day in the Life of a Designer: At Billy Blue College of Design, you will be able to immerse yourself for a day in the life of a designer in your choice of communication, digital media, branded environment, commercial interior, residential interior or branded fashion. The day will be held at their Sydney Campus on Saturday 23 July and Saturday 20August (pick one) between 10am – 4pm. Cost is $80. To register, go to www.billyblue.edu.au. Billy Blue are also excited to announced that they have a new campus at Melbourne. Go to www.billyblue.edu.au/campuses/melbourne for more information.

Aviation Bus Tour at Swinburne: If you are in years 10 – 12, you have the opportunity to participate in a behind the scenes tour of the Tullamarine Airport to learn about non-flying careers and course options at Swinburne. The day will start at the Hawthorn campus where you will receive information about courses in aviation management, before heading out for a tour of some of Melbourne’s key aviation facilities. The event will take place on Thursday 4 August at the Hawthorne Campus and Tullamarine Airport. For more information and to register, go to  www.swinburne.edu.au/engineering/aviation/tours/management

Are you interested in massage therapy, personal training or natural therapies? The Australiasian College of Natural Therapies in Sydney is running ‘A Day in Life Workshops’ in these three areas on Saturday 6 August. You will be able to participate in hands on workshops and study for a day as a massage therapist, personal trainer or a natural therapy practitioner. Cost is $50 for the day. To apply, email enquiries@acnt.edu.au

Interested in Civil Engineering? The Engineers Australia Civil Infrastructure Branch is running an information seminar for students and their parents to promote Civil Engineering as a career. Young Engineers who have graduated within the past 5 years will share their experiences on diverse aspects of Civil Engineering applied on projects in Victoria and their careers to date. The seminar will be held Tuesday 2 August between 6.00pm – 7.30pm, Melbourne. For more information and to register, email Paul Janssen at Paul.Janssen@arup.com

Scholarships

Australian Veterans’ Children Assistance Trust (AVCAT): AVCAT gives financial assistance to eligible children and grandchildren of the Australian Ex-Service Community with the costs of tertiary education. There are several scholarships. To find out whether you are eligible, go to www.avcat.org.au. The application period will run between 18 August to 31 October.

Scholarships in Science & Mathematics: The University of Technology Sydney (UTS) offer a number of scholarships to students applying to study science and mathematics commencing in 2012. These scholarships include Faculty of Science Dean’s Scholarship; Faculty of Science High Achievers Scholarship; Faculty of Science Indigenous Scholarship; and the Faculty of Science Schools Recommendation Scholarship. Scholarship Information sessions will be held on Saturday, 27 August 2011 in conjunction with the UTS Open Day. For more information, go to www.science.uts.edu.au/scholarships

By Rob Walker