FOCUS ON EARLY INFORMATION SESSIONS FOR TAFE AND UNIVERSITY
It’s never too early to start considering your future career directions. Many students often feel lost about what they would like to study and many feel like they don’t know where to start!
There are so many things to consider- complete year 12 or leave early? TAFE or University? Have a gap year or go straight into further study? Can I afford to move away if I can’t study locally?
For students and their families who haven’t been to a University or TAFE information session, there are even more questions- where can I study the course I am interested in? How do I choose? How much will my course cost? How do I find out about scholarships? What if I don’t get the ATAR I need? What is University and TAFE actually like? These decisions can be difficult to make.
Not only can it be tough for students, but also for parents! Where do we access information? How do we best support our child? How can we afford the costs associated with further study? Will Youth Allowance and HECS-HELP be available?
In addition to meeting with your career adviser early in the year, it is a great idea to attend information sessions run by tertiary institutions. Many run focus days and information seminars throughout the year, and all run Open Days in August. By attending information sessions- you and your family will be able to do the following:
Speak directly to current students and lecturers and hear from them about the courses you are interested in
Look around the campus and get a feel for the culture of the institution (i.e., does it have a modern or traditional feel? Do you think it would be easy to meet people? Would you prefer to study at a small campus or a large one?)
Learn about scholarships, course costs, government fee assistance, global exchange and accommodation options
Ask about alternative pathway programs available as a back up in case you don’t get the ATAR you need for your course
Attend workshops and sessions on the courses you are interested in and compare facilities and students services between institutions.
Attending information sessions will assist you in setting new career goals or firming up ideas you already have. Information sessions are usually free and you have to register. Here are some tertiary information programs to get you started:
University of Melbourne- ‘Meet Melbourne’: sessions will be held in various locations across Victoria between March and August. To find out when the closest Meet Melbourne seminar is being run and to register, go to www.futurestud
University of Melbourne- ‘Access All Areas’: sessions are run on campus and are for Year 12 students only. The first session will be held Friday 13 April at the Parkville Campus. Contact http://futurestudents.unimelb.edu.au/explore/events for more information
Charles Sturt University- ‘MyDay’ CSU: will showcase over 40 courses on various dates up until June. March events include environmental science, teaching, arts, psychology, social work, business, IT & computing. To register, contact Judy Walsh: email@example.com 02 6338 6010.
RMIT- ‘Get Real Experience’ School Holiday Programs: If you are in Years 10 – 12 and are passionate about science, engineering or health, you have the opportunity to attend a ‘Get Real Experience’ School Holiday Program at RMIT in your area of interest. To find out what workshops are running and when, go to www.rmit.edu.au/experiencedays
La Trobe University- ‘Talk and Tour’: held on Friday April 13 (TBC).
Monash University- ‘At Monash Seminar Series’: showcases different faculties within the University. The seminars run over several months and students have to book in advance. Students will be able to attend seminars in areas such as engineering, arts, sport, education, health, design etc. Check the following link for dates: www.monash.edu.au/study/options/schools/at-monash.html
Deakin University- ‘Discover Deakin’: events run at different campuses over several months. Dates for 2011 have not been released yet. There will be more information in a future newsletter.
VOCATIONAL & HIGHER EDUCATION NEWS
Help to settle into tertiary life: Did you know that most TAFE and University institutions have programs in place designed to help you settle into your studies? For example, the University of Ballarat’s program UBReady, allows you to undertake a 6 day intensive program which helps you to learn what personal and study skills you will need to be able to cope at Uni. Don’t be nervous about the future- there will be lots of support in place for you!
Science, Technology & Engineering at La Trobe- meet the students! Check out La Trobe students profiling their achievements – including the ongoing success of their pharmacy students in the latest edition of Synergy from the Faculty of Science, Technology and Engineering, www.latrobe.edu.au/scitecheng/about/corporate-publications/synergy/edition-3/
Pre Apprenticeships: If you are interested in pursuing an apprenticeship pathway and are unsure about continuing on at school this year, you may want to enroll in a pre apprenticeship. Contact your local TAFE institution to ask about the programs they have available. You can undertake pre apprenticeships in areas such as bricklaying, building, plumbing, electrical, automotive, floor and wall tiling etc.
Interested in Early Childhood Education? The University of Ballarat has opened its new $2.5 million Children’s Centre for Early Childhood Education at the SMB Campus. The Centre can accommodate up to 80 children and incorporates teaching space for Early Childhood Education students in TAFE and University programs. For more information, go to www.ballarat.edu.au/
Interested in Bricklaying? NMIT will be running a Step Out program for students in secondary school who are interested in Bricklaying. The program is free and starting in April you will need to be able to attend each Thursday for five weeks. For more information, ring Steve Lee on 03 9269 8642
Interested in Teaching and/ or Environmental Science? Charles Sturt University will be holding two MyDay events in March. Teaching and Education will be held at Wagga Wagga on Tuesday 6 March and Environmental Science on Tuesday 13 in Albury-Wodonga. Application forms can be obtained from Judy Walsh by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rob Walker, Work & Further Education Co-ordinator