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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.

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. 

Westmead Careers Day: explore careers in Social Work, Thursday 2nd August 2018 9:00am - 3:00pm, Westmead Hospital

Westmead Hospital is holding a Careers in Social Work day for students in Years 11 and 12.  Cost $15.  Register by filling in this form and apply for Research Leave.  More details are available here.


Years 11 and Year 12 VET Subjects

Tafe delivered Vocational Education (TVET) subjects as part of your HSC 

Applications will open in late July 2018

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.  Course fees vary between $2000 and $5000.  Prices are available on application to the Careers Advisor in late July.


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.  


VET Courses as part of your HSC - delivered 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 Creative Direction.  Read about the Certificate III in Design Fundamentals.  Fees apply.  


Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE)

Students may study at AIE in week long intensives in the school holidays. Students may choose from:

Read about the courses and find out how to apply here.


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.


Bullseye Posters

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.

If you have questions about whether your working conditions are fair, you can contact the Fair Work Ombudsman for help.  They also have a Guide for Young Workers to assist you with your queries.


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.