This page suggests activities and resources that may assist with career exploration, decision-making and performance. More activities are listed on the Calendar page within this website.
Years 11 and Year 12 VET Subjects
Tafe delivered Vocational Education (TVET) subjects as part of your HSC
Applications must be returned to the Careers Advisor by 12th September 2017
Students in Year 11 and 12 are eligible to study a subject or subjects at TAFE as part of their HSC program. These courses are an additional cost and are not covered in school tuition fees. Click here for a full list of TVET courses that students can study towards their HSC. Download details about course fees here for study in 2017. Course fees are subject to change in 2018.
TVET courses allow students to begin working towards their chosen vocation. They will obtain a nationally recognised qualification or statement of attainment towards the full qualification.
Selected TVET courses count towards the ATAR. These are called Industry Curriculum Framework (ICF) courses. Students should note whether their course can be counted in their ATAR. Only one ICF TVET course can count towards the ATAR.
New TAFE students will need to fill in the TVET application form and return to the Careers Advisor by 12th September 2017.
Continuing students will need to complete this form and return to the Careers Advisor by 12th September 2017.
Some courses have a compulsory information and testing session:
- Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
- Certificate III in Health Services Assistance (nursing)
- Certificate III in Allied Health Services
- Certificate III in Individual Support (Aging)
- Certificate II in Electrotechnology (Electrician)
Full details for the compulsory information and testing sessions are found here.
High demand courses may fill up quickly. Students will need to obtain a Unique Student Identifier. All students studying nationally recognised training in Australia are required to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). The USI will allow you online access to training records and results (transcript) through your online USI account. You will have one USI that you will keep for your lifetime and all your further studies will be recorded against that number. Click here for instructions to obtain your USI number.
Students undertaking a TVET course are required to do Work Placement (usually 35 hours for each year of the course) to gain workplace skills and experience in the work force. Parents should read the Workplace Learning Guide for Parents and Carers to understand the student's responsibilities,safety and emergency procedures, travel arrangements and learn how they can support their student while on work placement. Employers also have responsibilities to provide a challenging learning experience, a safety induction and to appoint adequate supervisory staff to ensure student safety. Responsibilities of employers may be found in the Workplace Learning Guide for Employers.
Certificate III in Health Services Assistance (Nursing) through Blacktown, Westmead, Auburn and Mount Druitt Hospitals
Applications to the Careers Advisor by 12th September 2017
Students may apply to do the Cert III in Health Services Assistance (Nursing) through NSW Health, WSLHD. Classes will be held at Blacktown Hospital and clinical placements may be at Auburn, Westmead, Blacktown or Mount Druitt Hospitals. Read about the course here. Apply here.
VET Courses During the School Holidays
Whitehouse Institute of Design
Students may do the Certificate III in Design Fundamentals through intensives run in the school holidays rather than have classes during term. There are three strands - Fashion Visualisation, Interior Visualisation and Interior Visualisation. Read about the Certificate III in Design Fundamentals and download the application form here. Fees apply.
Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE)
Students may study at AIE in week long intensives in the school holidays. Students may choose from
- Certificate II in Creative Industries (3D Animation Foundations)
- Certificate II in Information, Digital Media and Technology (Game Programming Foundations)
- Certificate III in Screen and Media (Game Art Foundations)
Read about the courses and find out how to apply here.
Research Leave Opportunities (for students in Years 11 and 12)
All applications subject to approval. To apply, complete the Research Leave form and return to the Careers Advisor when complete. Allow at least 2 weeks for the approval process.
Students in Year 11 and Year 12 who are interested in attending an event to explore their career options may apply for Research Leave. You will need to register for the event online AND apply for Research Leave using the form in the link above. Applications for Research Leave must be handed in to the Careers Advisor at least two weeks prior to the event.
Setting Yourself Up for Success
Creating new habits to meet your goals
Do you want to achieve better grades? Read this article: 14 useful hacks if you hate studying. It is full of great tips to help you be more effective with your study time.
Do you want to stick to a study schedule? Do you want to find time to exercise or for another co-curricular activity?
Research has shown that there are ways of setting up new habits that bring more success. If you are struggling to implement a study routine or to meet your goals, read this article and see how the science can help you achieve your goals.
Good Resources for Career Exploration
Open Universities Careers Advice
Have you seen this resource from Open Universities? Go to www.open.edu.au, select the Careers tab and search on industry areas and specific jobs. Information displayed includes job description, starting salaries, average salaries, senior salaries, employment projections and industry associations. It doesn't have the links to videos that My Future has but information is nicely displayed and easy to read. The Industry Associations list is also helpful if you are checking to see that the course you want to undertake will qualify for professional registration and insurance.
Use the Bullseye Posters to identify occupations that link with subjects studied at school and at TAFE. It will help you answer questions such as "Do you enjoy or are you good at Art?" , "Do you enjoy or are you good at Construction?". It will then list a whole lot of of jobs which would be suitable and tell you the training requirements for the jobs you like.
No idea what to do? Find an industry that interests you and research roles within that industry
If you are finding it very difficult to find a job you would like to do, it can be helpful to research an industry that interests you and investigate the occupations within that industry. The South Australian Government has produced a good tool to get you started. Although the employment data pertains to jobs within South Australia, not NSW, Work Ready is a good place to start looking at roles within industries and facts about employment within that industry.
Girls Can Do Anything
Many women enjoy working in non-traditional jobs. This website highlights some of these jobs and explains the pathways that led these women to their current position.
Understanding the labour market in your area
The Local Market Information Portal provides up to date labour market information to help you to understand which industries are employing in your local area.
How Can Parents Help Students with Career Directions?
The booklet, Parents Talking Career Choices, can assist parents and guardians to guide their children as they develop interests that might lead to a career direction. The booklet contains helpful information about talking with teens and links to resources that you can consult together.
Looking for Work? Know your Workplace Rights
Workplace rights are the conditions and entitlements you receive in the workplace. This includes rates of pay, superannuation entitlements, annual leave and sick leave amongst other things. Casual workers have different entitlements to permanent employees. It is best to know your rights at work and your responsibiltites.
Are you ready to take the Work Challenge? Test your knowledge of your rights and responsibilities here.
Creating a resume that stands out
Stand out from the crowd by getting involved in school and community activities. How can you be of service to others? What can you be involved in that will build the skills you want to have? What strengths do you have that can be developed?
Modify this template to create your own resume.
Have a look at these co-curricular programs offered at RHAC and see what you would like to be involved with:
Top Study Tips by Stephen Paredes who scored an ATAR of 99.95
How do you achieve your best in your HSC. See the study tips that Stephen Paredes utilised to get an ATAR of 99.95.