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Term 2: Tues June 12 – Thurs June 14
(only 3 days)
Well done to all those students who have organized their work experience! If you haven’t done so yet, you definitely need to get organized NOW. Work experience is COMPULSORY for all Year 10s.
Helpful tips:
Research previous work experience placements. Have a look at the list of over 500 employers on the year 10 notice board outside room 10.6.
Use the Yellow Pages. This will be useful to gain a number of potential employers.
Talk to your parents, other students, teachers, friends, family.
The arrangement form needs to be signed by the student, parent, employer and Mr Neal. If the employer is out of town include a fax number or email address (email preferred) and Mr Walker will send it to the employer to be signed.
You need to complete your safe@work general and industry test modules. Once completed, print them off and put them in Mr Walker office.
If you organise a work placement away from your residents you also need to organise your accommodation.
If a student is thinking about doing work experience with a plumber, builder, electrician, bricklayer, concreters or painter for example, they will be required to obtain a Construction Industry Card (CI card).  CI cards are required on all industry sites. For Galen students this training day is in term 2 on Tues April 24 at TEC/TAFE, Cusack street, Wangaratta. Give your name to Mr Walker and he will confirm the date and next term.   

Confused about Youth Allowance and other Government Assistance? The Australian Government has a new website for students and their families. The new Study Assist website provides a one-stop-shop for questions about Australian Government assistance available to help finance tertiary study:
Interested in Music? The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music are offering workshops to secondary school students in areas such as guitar, voice and VCE aural & analysis. To make a booking, contact Anastasia Russell-Head, Music Engagement Coordinator at 03 8344 3673, or go to
Surveying at RMIT: For over 30 years, second and third year Surveying students have travelled to the Rubicon Valley in regional Victoria to gain intensive practical experience. The field camps allow students to carry out a range projects in cadastral, topographic, geodetic and engineering surveys. Learn about the camp through watching this video- To find out more about studying surveying and geospatial science visit:     
Are you interested in science?
Big Science, Small Science (BSSS) is RMIT’s new way to deliver science straight to young minds through Facebook. The BSSS page is regularly updated with scientific articles, quizzes, facts and polls. It’s also a great way to keep up with RMIT events, such as the experience days, as well as see photos from previous events. Members are all invited to contribute, and potentially win one of our regular giveaways!
Passionate about the environment? You should consider attending the Corporations, People and the Planet conference from 26 to 28 April in Melbourne. Global superstars Professor David Suzuki, Sigourney Weaver and Sir Bob Geldof will be in Melbourne for the Corporations, People and the Planet conference from 26 to 28 April. The big question the conference will address is “how can we work together across civil society, business and government to make a difference?” To find out more and buy tickets to the event (one day or all three days) at
2012 Engineering Career Expo: If you are interested in Engineering, you should attend the expo on Thursday 29 March at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne. More than 80 companies, from a range of industry sectors will exhibit at the expo to provide engineering industry insight in areas including employment, education and career opportunities, career path resources, engineering capability and engineering leadership. Enjoy free seminars, talk to engineers, network with prospective employers, access professional career advice and hear about our exhibitor’s latest and most innovative projects. Go to:   

Interested in becoming a Nurse? The Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery at the Uni of Technology Sydney (UTS) will be running a series of workshops on Nursing called ‘Discover the Nurse in U@UTS’. You will be able to hear from three Nurses from different backgrounds and your parents are welcome to attend. You will also have a tour of the state of the arts facilities. The first workshop will be held Thursday 12 April at the City Campus. For more information, go to
Passionate about Arts and Design? If you are
planning to visit the Top Arts and Top Designs VCE Exhibitions in Melbourne, you should also consider taking a tour of the RMIT School of Design on the same day. You can do the following:
View the visual merchandising galleries and building design architectural labs and
Explore the interior decoration and design studios,
Tour the furniture and product design workshops and
See modern designs come to life.
You can make a time to tour the school by contacting Scott Knight at RMIT at Top Arts will run between April – May
Interested in studying Law in the future?
If you don’t want to study Law straight after school, you can undertake a degree in an area you are interested in first and then study the Juris Doctor (JD) after that as a ‘graduate qualification’. There is an information session on Thursday 15 March about the Melbourne Law School JD. For more information, go to
Werribee Open Range Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary are offering Keeper For A Day in the April holidays. Keeper for a Day is a hands-on school holiday program for students interested in a career working with animals. Participants will help out our animal keepers and learn about one of the most rewarding jobs. You have the opportunity to speak with animal keepers about their jobs and experience. Be prepared for the smell, sweat and of course, the fun of it all!
Werribee Open Range Zoo: 3rd, 10th and 12th April, 9.30am – 4.00pm. Werribee Open Range Zoo, K Road, Werribee.
Healesville Sanctuary: Years 7 & 8-  3rd, 5th and 10th April.  Years 9 & 10- 4th  and 11th April. 9.30 am – 3.30 pm. Healesville Sanctuary, Badger Creek Rd, Healesville.
Cost: $102.00 Includes morning tea (BYO lunch). Age: Secondary students (13-18 years). Bookings: (03) 9285 9406 – Pre-payment essential at time of booking.
Please click on the following link for further details on our school holiday programs.

Junior Position available at The Beechworth Sweet Co. We are looking for an outgoing, friendly, self motivated junior to become part of our team. Duties would include retail sales, packing of product and some cleaning tasks.
No previous experience required as we will completely train the successful applicant.
Must be able to work at weekends, after school and busy holiday periods. If you are aged 15 – 16 and think you will would enjoy working with us, please contact Yelena Nelder on 03 5728 2060.
Australian Air Force Cadets
Activities: Powered flying, gliding, fieldcraft training camps (bivouacs), shooting (firearms training), drill and ceremonial, promotion courses, general service training and much more… 420 Squadron, Benalla, Australian Air Force Cadets (AAFC), is NOW RECRUITING Males and Females aged 13-18 years.
Benalla Drill Hall Community Activity Centre, corner Bridge Street West & Arundel Street, Benalla.  Parading Friday nights: 1830 – 2130 (6:30 PM – 9:30 PM)
Flight Lieutenant (AAFC) John Currie Commanding Officer: Telephone (Friday evenings only) 0447 676 095.

Rob Walker,
Work & Further Education Coordinator

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Do you enjoy Math and Science subjects at school? Have you considered pursuing a career in these areas? Math, Science and Engineering shapes our day to day life.
Who produces your breakfast? Farmers, food scientists, technologists,  nutritionists.
Who takes you to school? Design & development engineers, petrochemical engineers, automotive engineers, automotive electricians, environmental scientists, mechanics, materials scientists.
Who built your school? Architects, surveyors, structural engineers, electricians, plumbers, carpenters
Who assists your learning? Teachers, journalists, film producers, software designers, publishers, writers
Who helps you exercise? Exercise scientists, physiotherapists, sports psychologists
Who keeps you healthy? Doctors, nurses, pharmacists, biomedical scientists
Who contributes to your spare time? Computer game developers, music technologists, product designers, sound and lighting technicians
Math, Science & Engineering Degrees…
Mathematics: If you are a logical and analytical person who enjoys solving problems with numbers, you may like a career in Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Studies.
Employment for Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians to 2014 – 2015 is expected to grow very strongly.  Go to the following websites to find out more-
Engineering: If you are practical, like to know how things work and enjoy analyzing and solving problems, you should explore careers in Engineering.
You can blend engineering with an area you are passionate about. Types of engineering include (and are not limited to): civil, chemical, mechanical, electrical, systems, biomedical, environmental, marine, coastal, mechanical, robotics, computer, mechatronic, aeronautical, automotive, mining, sound, metallurgical, structural- the list goes on!
About 16 800 new engineering jobs will be created over the next 5 years, with about 8800 of these in Civil Engineering. Electrical and Mining Engineers will also be in demand with the creation of new jobs.
Check out the following sites:

Science: There are several broad disciplines in Science. The following are examples-
Physical science is for people who like to ask questions about why things are the way they are in the world around us. School subjects include Chemistry and Physics.
Computer science is for people who like to understand how computers work and to learn how develop new programs and systems.
Life sciences is for people who like to ask questions and think about living things and covers areas such as medicine, biology and ecology.
Astrophysics is for people who are fascinated with the universe, stars and space exploration.
Earth science is for people who are interested in soil, rocks, weather and the natural environment.
About 12 800 new jobs for science professionals will be created over the next 5 years, with about 4200 of these in Environmental Science. Demand for Medical Laboratory Scientists and Chemists, Food and Wine Science professionals will also be high.
For more information about science careers, browse through the following links-? ?For an excellent website which will give you information on Math and Science careers across the globe, go to

New Deakin Learning Hub in Dandenong: The hub provides the opportunity for students to undertake the Bachelor of Health sciences through ‘community-based learning’, which links the classroom experience with input from relevant community groups and local industry. For more information, go to
Have you considered Surveying? If you enjoy subjects like Math, Science, IT and VISCOM, enjoy being outdoors, would like to travel nationally and globally and earn good money, this is a great career to explore. If you would like to find out what surveyors do, where you can study, watch videos and read career profiles, go to

Considered pursuing a career as a Veterinarian? The University of Melbourne are hosting their annual Veterinary Science Open Day on Sunday 25 March at their Faculty of Veterinary Science, Werribee Campus. The day provides prospective students and their families the opportunity to learn about pathways into the Doctor of Veterinary Science program. Location- University of Melbourne Veterinary Hospital, 250 Princess Hwy, Werribee, Vic. Register your attendance at

Meet Melbourne University, Geelong and Sale (21), Warragul (22), Bendigo (28), Ballarat (29). Register at
MyDay CSU Events, Teaching and Education, Wagga Wagga (6); Environmental Science, Albury-Wodonga (13); Arts, Psychology & Social Work, Wagga Wagga (13); Business, IT & Computing, Wagga Wagga (20), Judy Walsh,
At Monash Seminar Series, 10 course areas will be showcased in March at Monash University. Go to to find out dates and locations.
6: Contract Law Seminar, University of Melbourne,
9: Defence Technical Scholarship Applications Close
25: Veterinary Science Open Day, University of Melbourne, Werribee,

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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 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: 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
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:
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.

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,
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

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

Rob Walker, Work & Further Education Co-ordinator

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EMPLOYMENT FOR 2012 both Full Time and GAP year positions: Students need to be regularly checking the Galen website for positions. These can be found in the virtual class folder under careers/employment opportunities. Last count there were 8 positions available!!
FOCUS ON CHANGE OF PREFERENCE PERIOD: This information is for students in Year 12 who have applied for TAFE or university courses through a Tertiary Admission Centre (i.e., VTAC)
WHAT IS CHANGE OF PREFERENCE (CoP)? CoP gives you the chance to add, delete and reorder your University and/or TAFE preferences. This is important, as providing you meet the ATAR and selection criteria requirements, you will be accepted into the highest preference course listed through the Tertiary Admission Centre you qualify for. It is also the last chance you have to make sure your preference list reflects what you would like to study in the future.
WHEN CAN I APPLY FOR CoP? VTAC – from now until 5pm 21 December 2011. NB: You can apply for an ‘irregular offer’ after round 1 offers are released on Monday 16 January. For information on irregular offers, go to offers.html
UAC – From now until Thursday 5 January 2012 for main round offers. NB: You can change your preferences at a later stage to be eligible for late round offers, but many courses will already be full by then and some courses won’t have late round offers.
CoP HINTS, TIPS AND TRICKS: Research all of your options. Go to change of preference information sessions at the institutions of your choice. See below for weblinks.
If adding any new courses, make sure you meet the pre-requisites and have not missed any important dates to hand in supplementary forms or book in interviews.
Put in the courses that you really want to get into at the top of your preference list even if you don’t think you will get the ATAR.
The ATAR cut-offs won’t be determined until January 2012, and could go below the 2011 cut-offs. Make sure you have applied for all courses you are interested in. Use the course search links on the Tertiary Admission Centre websites.
Add in plan B courses as back ups in case you don’t get the ATAR you need. Research TAFE to University pathway courses, foundation or pathway programs at each University and courses with lower ATAR cut-offs, which can provide a second year transfer.
HOW DO I MAKE CHANGES? •Victorian courses- VTAC: Log onto Click on MyInfo and enter your VTAC ID number and password. Click on Course Application & Information. Click on the change preferences link.
Change your preferences and click submit.   
•NSW courses- UAC: Log onto Click on ‘I’m an Undergraduate’ Click on the ‘Check and Change’ link. Log in using your UAC number and password. Click on edit preferences. Change your preferences. Click save.
Go to these web links for: dates for change of preference information sessions, information session guides, change of preference hotline numbers and online chat times.
University of change-of-preference Monash monash2012/
La Trobe University- Deakin University- Swinburne University of Ballarat- future-students/change-of-preference
RMIT- Victoria University- Australian Catholic Uni – Box Hill Institute- Pages/VTAC-preference-close.aspx Holmesglen- change_of_preference Charles Sturt University- change-your-preference
HIGHER EDUCATION NEWS: Launch of International Development Studies at ACU: Australian Catholic University recently launched their new Bachelor of International Development Studies at the Melbourne campus with representatives from leading aid and humanitarian organisations including Catholic Care, the Australian Red Cross and World Vision Australia. To find out about this exciting new program, and also their Global Studies Degree, go to
Australian College of Sports Therapy: Study Fitness and set up a career in Fitness and Personal training. Starts Monday 28 November, 3 days per week for 13 weeks. The certificate III & IV will provide you with the skills and knowledge to hit the ground running in your career as a gym instructor and personal trainer. Must be 18 years. or 03 9670 3735.
Yarrawonga Students/Diploma of Nursing: When you have graduated and registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), you can work as an Enrolled/Division 2 nurse in acute care hospitals, aged-care facilities, adult day centres, and community health services. You complete the course in 18 months! For more information contact Wodonga TAFE 02 6055 6505 or or
SUMMER SCHOOL REMINDERS Melbourne University Architecture & Design Summer School: This program runs between 12 – 15 December and registrations close soon. There is a cap of 100 students. To register, go to http://
Melbourne University Student Union VCE Summer School: This program runs between 9 – 20 January 2012 and applications close Friday 9 December. To register, you must be entering either year 11 or 12 in 2012. Apply now via apply
the University of Technology Sydney:
This program runs between 9 – 20 January 2012 and applications close 23 December. Only 40 students can participate. To apply go to discoverarchitecture/
RMIT Science Experience: This program is for students entering Year 10 in 2012. It runs between 18 – 20 January 2012. Participants are taken in order of application and full payment, so register as soon as possible at
Gap Medics are offering a 2-week program in Tanzania for Year 11 and 12 students during the January holidays and a 2-week placement in Thailand during the April holidays for students looking to apply for medicine, nursing, dentistry or midwifery. Students will have clinical teaching, safe and secure accommodation in our own students house, food, transfers, local orientations, 24/7 support from our teams overseas and in the UK and help preparing. For more info contact Mark Hinksman, 0044 191 269 6818,,
UPCOMING EVENTS Trinity Young Leaders Summer School: Trinity College at the University of Melbourne are running an intensive residential program for talented students aged 14 – 17 years. The program will run between 4 – 18 December, cost is $2999. For more information and to register, go to
Be a Zookeeper for a day! Healesville Sanctuary and Werribee Zoo present a day of activities for students in years 7 – 12 where you get to work alongside their Zoo- keepers. All events run in January – Holidays or 03 9285 9406.
Love making short films? As part of their annual Martini Awards, JMC Academy has announced the Mocktails Award for the best high school short film. You need to submit a 3 – 5 minute film by 23 November. The prizes are amazing. To find out more go to mocktails.html
Interested in sustainable systems engineering and renewable energies? RMIT and the Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies are hosting a community workshop on 3rd Dec and they will be showcasing the new Bachelor of Sustainable Systems Engineering at RMIT.
If you are in year 12 and have applied for University or TAFE courses, don’t forget to look into scholarship opportunities. All institutions have scholarships available with different application periods and selection criteria. Just Google the institution you are interested in and the word scholar- ship and this should bring up links for their scholarship home page. Don’t give up trying to find a scholarship – you have to be in it to win it.

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CSU $20 000 Competition
Explain the ultimate experience at CSU for $20 000.Visit http:// goodluck.html for more information.
It’s not too early to begin planning for career events during your school holidays. The holidays are the perfect time to explore career areas you are interested in, learn about the higher education system and to get motivated about your 2011 subjects or future pathways.
Discover Architecture at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS): An intensive 2-week program will be run for year 11 students who are interested in exploring architecture at UTS between Monday 9th January – Friday 20th January 2012. The program will be structured around a diverse range of learning experiences that encompass design studio and computer lab-based design exercises, seminars, lectures and field trips. Only 40 students can participate, so book now! For applications and more info, go to discoverarchitecture/
Science Experience:
Are you in Year 9 this year and have a passion for science? Then you should consider attending the three day science program at RMIT in Melbourne. There will be plenty of bangs, flashes, smashes and fun and you will be able to go behind the scenes and sample the exhilarating world of science. You will perform experiments, participate in field excursions, listen to university lectures and experience the excitement of life on campus. The program runs between Wednesday 18 – Friday 20 January 2012. For more information and to register, go to
Student Union VCE Summer School:
The Student Union at the University of Melbourne are running their annual VCE Summer School between 9 – 20 January. This event provides an intro- duction to the VCE and assists students to develop practical and academic skills. You will be able to participate in VCE workshops and tutorials, and you will get to know other students from across Victoria. Rural and regional students will be able to access accommodation at the University. For details about the program, how to apply and about bursaries for financially disadvantaged students, please go to summerschool/student-application
Interested in Architecture and Design? The University of Melbourne are running their annual Architecture and Design Summer School between 12 – 15 December. You will be introduced to a range of key design skills including architectural and spatial drawing, urban design, design software, model making and landscape architecture. Cost is $450. Rural students are invited to stay at Trinity College, which is $76 per night (includes breakfast and dinner). To register, go to
Interested in studying media, communications and journalism? Swinburne has recently acquired a new television studio at their Hawthorne Campus, which will be of interest to students keen on studying media, communications and journalism. Current students have already begun collaborating with Channel 31 on developing two pilot programs using the new facilities. Both programs will be broadcast on Channel 31 when completed. You can find more details about their courses in media, communications and journalism by visiting
Study business online over the holidays:
A company called Upskill is offering the full Certificate III in Business online over the school holidays. You will be able to study from home and undertake work experience. Go to for more information.
Email a student at La Trobe! If you are thinking about studying at La Trobe University and would like to know about student life, you can email La Trobe students studying in a variety of different fields. You can ask about university life, accommodation options, scholarships, sporting clubs, societies and groups, managing the transition from school to university etc. For more information and to choose a student to email, go to school/help/email-a-student .

Rob Walker

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Information sessions at Wodonga TAFE: The Wodonga TAFE are running information evenings showcasing their courses. You can attend the Agriculture, Horticulture and Sustainability information evening on Tuesday 18 October and the Engineering and Built Environment (engineering, building design, telecommunications, welding, furniture, cabinet making and construction) evening on Monday 24 October. For more information, contact 02 6055 6600,

Information sessions at Wangaratta GOTAFE: Come along to GOTAFE Info Week to discover which one of the 200 courses is right for you.
Whether you are about to finish Year 12. Find out how to apply, about fees and scholarships, pathways to university and skills recognition. There will be course information, campus tours, skill demonstrations and food! Hear directly from students about the benefits of gaining a qualification from GOTAFE.
Find out all you need to know at GOTAFE Info Week. Sessions will be held at 12:30pm and 6:00pm on the 26th October – Docker Street Campus, Wangaratta

Book launch for prospective medical students: A book has been written for young people wishing to study medicine- So you want to be a Doctor? A guide for prospective medical students in Australia. The book will be launched by Emeritus Professor Richard Larkins AO, Monash University at St Vincents Public Hospital, Fitzroy on Wednesday 2 November. For more information and to RSVP, email

SCHOLARSHIPS: Australian College of Sports Therapy: offers a one year scholarship to successful students who are completing year 12 this year and applying for the Advanced Diploma of Sports Therapy. To apply for the scholarship by 21 October, go to Scholarships2012.html

Strategies 4 Excellence Registration & Information night.  Get paid while at School & it can count towards your VCE or VCAL. Certificate III School Based Traineeships in Community Services, Fitness, Events, Children Services & Business. Info night Thursday 27th October, Wangaratta Library Community Room (Docker St, Wangaratta) 6pm-7pm. Students & Parents welcome. Bookings Essential call or email Kellie (03) 5831 5880 or If unable to attend or for any further d tails please contact: Strategies 4 Excellence Union Lane, Shepparton 3630. Ph: (03) 5831 5880

YOUTH ALLOWANCE CHANGES for Inner Regional Students:
The following information has been taken from the DEEWR website- Programs/YouthAllowance/Pages/ QandAs.aspx
From 1 January 2012 the Government will extend to students from Inner Regional Australia the workforce participation independence arrangements for Youth Allowance that currently apply only to students from Outer Regional Australia, Remote Australia and Very Remote Australia, subject to the passage of legislation. The extended arrangements will allow higher education and VET students from Inner Regional Australia (Rutherglen, Yarrawonga & Wangaratta etc are Inner Regional Australia) to be considered independent for Youth Allowance if:
•    They are a full-time student; and

•    They are required to live away from home to study; and

•    They have combined parental income
of less than $150,000; and they have either:

• worked part-time (at least 15 hours each week) for two years since last
leaving secondary school; or

•    had cumulative earnings totalling at least 75% of the appropriate maximum National Training Wage Award rate ($21,009 in 2011) in 18 months since last leaving secondary school.

In addition, Inner Regional young people will continue to be able to qualify as independent for Youth Allowance under the existing full-time work criterion – that is, if they have had full-time employment of at least an average of 30 hours per week for 18 months over a 2 year period.
For more information about the Relocation and Start Up Scholarships etc, go to the link above.

VOCATIONAL AND HIGHER EDUCATION NEWS Have you considered transport and logistics as a career? If you are completing Yr 12 VCE or VCAL this year and are interested in undertaking a cadetship in transport and logistics, you can contact two different organizations who are running cadetship programs. Through both programs, you will complete a Certificate IV and Diploma of Logistics over two years and undertake paid employment. Contact Chris McKenzie, Project Manager at TDT Victoria on 03 9326 7211, Or contact Anne Considine, Cadetship Program Coordinator Victorian Transport Association on 03 9646 8590,

Applying for Aviation at Swinburne?
Students applying for the Advanced Diploma of Technology (Aviation), Bachelor of Aviation or the Bachelor of Aviation / Bachelor of Commerce in 2012 and beyond are now required to undertake a skills assessment test in addition to the required interview. For more information, go to engineering/aviation/interview/

Study Cert III/ IV in Fitness at Australian College of Sports Therapy (ACST): The Certificates III and IV in Fitness will provide you with a qualification to enable you to be a gym instructor and personal trainer. Cost is $200 through Skills Victoria subsidies and the next program will start 30 November and will run for 13 weeks, 3 days per week. For more information, contact 03 9670 3735,

UPCOMING EVENTS: Interested in design? On Saturday 15 October, Billy Blue College of Design is running a ‘Day in the Life of a Designer’ at their North Sydney campus. You will be able to immerse yourself in the following career areas: Communication, Digital Media, Branded Environment, Commercial Interior, Residential Interior, or Branded Fashion. Cost is $80. To book, email

TAFE Tasters at Swinburne: Students with mild intellectual or learning difficulties are invited to attend a TAFE taster day at Swinburne on Monday 17 October, Hawthorn Campus. Students can meet teachers and experience TAFE classroom activities for the Certificate I in Transition Education and the Certificate I in Work Education. Contact Di Hall to register on 03 9214 8941 or go to

Careers Night at NMIT: Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE (NMIT) will be hosting a careers night at the Preston Campus on Thursday 20 October. During the day, they will run an Open Day called ‘Super Thursday’. You will be able hear from and talk to a range of industry professionals about their chosen career. For more information, please contact Cody Moore on 03 9269 1251, cody-

Rob Walker

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Camp America Information sessions: Wed 6 Sept Shepparton, Mon 19 Sept Wodonga. For more info T: 1300 889 067 E:,

Seasonal Firefighters
The Department and Sustainability and Environment and Parks Victoria are looking for fit and health people to become firefighters this summer and help protect Victoria from bushfire. All training will be provided – you just need to have a high level of fitness, be a team player and hold a current manual drivers licence. Salaries range from $765.32 – $1084.81 per week plus 9% superannuation. Applications open from 15 August 2011 to 4 September 2011. For more information visit firejobs or call 136 186
Information session: The Centre, Chisholm Street, Wangaratta 30 August 6pm-7pm. For more information contact Ray Ahmat on (02) 6043 7940 or Shane Crispin on (03) 5721 0241.

Interested in becoming a fitness instructor? The certificate III in fitness can get you on your way. Delivered over 20 evening sessions starting 5th September, the Certificate III in Fitness allows graduates to gain employment as fitness and group exercise instructors within the fitness industry. The Certificate III in Fitness (National Code SRF30206) is nationally recognised and will be conducted in Wangaratta. More information Phone: 1300 GOTAFE (1300 468 233)

Lattitude Global Volunteering
Young People without Borders is an exciting new program that will enable more young Australians to embark on a transformational gap year than ever before. Sponsored placements are available in 2012 through the introductory Trailblazer Award.

We are inviting applications for funded placements in China, India and Vietnam to provide assistance in the areas of teaching, community development and sports coaching. For further information about the program and funded placements available for 2012 see the website

Application deadline September 2, For more information contact Siobhan Marsh    phone    9826    6266    or    0401    782    456,

DanceLife’s Online Guide to Dance & Performing Arts Courses 2012 Released: ‘DanceLife’, an Online Community for Dancers and Performers have released their annual course guide: DanceLife’s Online Guide to Dance & Performing Arts Courses. The guide has been put together for secondary school students interested in a career in the dance and the performing arts industry. Download the guide    at uploads/2011/08/ DanceLife_Online_Guide_To_Dance_and_Performing_Arts_ Courses_2012.pdf

Careers with the Victoria Police Protective Services Unit:
Victoria Police Recruitment Services have just commenced a campaign to recruit 950 Protective Services Officers (PSO’s) over the next three years. The Protective Services Division (PSD) is Victoria Police’s specialist provider of security services, located within the State Emergencies and Security Department of Victoria Police. PSO’s work in law courts and in 24-hour deployment. Recruits undergo eight weeks of training at the Victoria Police Academy, Glen Waverley, before being sworn-in as a PSO. For more information, go to content.asp?Document_ID=123

Folio Preparation Programs at RMIT:
If you are planning to apply for an arts or design based University or TAFE course, chances are you will need to present a folio at an interview. RMIT will be running folio preparation courses over the term three school holidays for students in years 11 and 12. These courses give students the opportunity to learn and try new tech- niques to use in their folios. For more information and to enroll, go to

Scholarships Engineering Scholarships at University of Technology Sydney:
Each year, approximately 20 scholarships are awarded in Engineering, ranging between $13,000 and $73,000. Not only does a scholarship provide financial support, it provides an opportunity to gain real world experience through established industry links. Applications close 4 October 2011. ?To find out more and to apply, visit

IT Scholarships at the University of Technology Sydney:
The Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT) Co-op Scholarship program is regarded as one of Australia’s leading IT programs. It is a 3-year fast-track IT course with a business focus, designed to meet the needs of employers by combining information systems knowledge with an understanding of IT management and strategic planning. Students receive a scholarship of $43,500, paid over the 3 years of the course. ?You will need to apply for this scholarship in September. Go to


Rob Walker, Work and Further Education Coordinator

Careers News

Vocational & Higher Education News

TVSA Flight Camp: If you are interested in a career in aviation as a pilot, you can start your training during the school holidays whilst you are still at school. You must be between 15 – 19 years of age. For information on camp dates, costs and program details please go to

 Graduate Careers Australia:– this website provides students with information on where their degree can take them in the future. You can explore skills shortages, graduate outcomes for specific industries and career pathways. 

Demands for Engineering graduates: Engineers Australia have just released a report about the future of engineering in terms of demand for Australian graduates. One finding is that the demand for graduates will continue and that “all indicators show that the engineering sector will continue to experience growth, particularly in engineering construction”. To read more, go to

Are you a female interested in Engineering? According to the Engineers Australia report above, only approximately 10% of all engineers in Australia are female. Many tertiary institutions offer scholarships for women applying for engineering programs. Institutions such as RMIT, Monash University, Deakin University, University of Melbourne and organizations such as Thiess offer substantial scholarships and bursaries. For more information, go to > The Facts > Scholarships and Awards > and search for women, engineering and undergraduate.

New Fashion Degree at Holmesglen: In this degree students focus on apparel and pattern engineering and design in one of 3 areas- clothing, textiles or footwear. The Bachelor of Fashion (Apparel Engineering and Design) will start in 2012. For more information, go to You can also study fashion at institutions such as Whitehouse College of Design, RMIT, Australian Academy of Design, Box Hill Institute, Gordon Institute, Kangan Institute and Swinburne University TAFE Division.

Interested in Tourism and Massage? Holmesglen will be offering the dual qualification Diploma of Tourism/ Certificate IV in Massage Therapy at their Waverley Campus in 2012. Graduates will be able to travel the world and work in areas such as spas, resorts and cruise ships. They will also work in the Holmesglen Simulated Travel Office using the latest systems in fares and ticketing. For more information, email

Upcoming Events

Career Days at RMIT- Advertising and Public Relations: RMIT will be running an Advertising Career Day on Saturday 27 August and a Public Relations Career Day on Saturday 10 September. You will be provided with an overview of the industries, employment opportunities and courses at both TAFE and University level offered at RMIT. Cost is $55 per person and the events will be held at the City Campus. For more information and to register, go to

Mechatronics Day at RMIT: On Thursday 29 September, RMIT will be running a day for students in years 10 – 12 who are interested in cutting edge mechatronics and automation technology at their Bundoora Campus. Mechatronics is the integration of mechanical and electronic engineering to produce new devices and systems to improve technology. Examples include robots, car controls, traffic systems and elevators. You will participate in four workshops involving the construction of mechatronics systems to solve actual industry problems. Careers information will also be provided from an industry expert. Register online by 16 September at

 Rob Walker


Careers News

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

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

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

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

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 Billy Blue are also excited to announced that they have a new campus at Melbourne. Go to 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

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

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


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 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

By Rob Walker