Well, it’s certainly been an interesting start to the year! Whilst the COVID 19 situation’s not ideal in many respects and comes with a number of challenges, I hope amidst this crisis you are managing to use this opportunity to allow your life to slow down even if just a little, and hopefully find some quality time with loved ones and get to those jobs you normally find hard to tackle. After speaking with many others, it’s reassuring to hear people are actually using this opportunity to find greater balance in their work/family life that is often so hard to achieve! Many are also managing to get out and walk or ride (bikes are flying off the shelves and I’ve never seen so many people out walking their dogs in my life!). We need to take as many positives out of this as we can – be more present in our lives and with others, slow down to enjoy the little things!
Communicating Online & Social Media Use
An important thing to be aware of whilst working or studying from home is how much you are on social media and also the types of information and content you are sharing with others. It is likely that whilst we are in isolation, we are using social media and the internet a lot more frequently and with that comes an element of greater risk regarding breaches in privacy and us sharing more information about ourselves. It’s important to always protect yourself and your profile/brand whilst you are online.
The use of social media has many positives and can be a powerful way of connecting with others and sharing memories, information and spreading the word however the downside is that there are just as many negatives that can be quite harmful to our ‘personal brand’. Many employers and tertiary institutions will look at someone’s social media profiles in
order to learn about a candidate or see if they are a good fit for the role/course/business. Remember, once you post something online, it is out there forever, not just for the next year but literally forever! Even if deleted, nothing ever lost and can still be retrievable – there is no way to be absolutely certain that your post will remain private and never rely solely on privacy settings to hide what you don’t want others to see!
So before you share a post, comment on a post or write a post, avoid:
• Anything that may be seen as offensive
• Over bragging
• Highly emotional comments and rants about personal situations and relationships
• Questionable or inappropriate photos or yourself or others
• Definitely avoid negative comments that name people or businesses
Remember, everything you write online is relatively permanent, so even passing comments could have negative consequences for you or someone else in the future.
It’s also important to
• be careful who you accept as friends on social media, don’t accept people you don’t know
• always be respectful of others, even if you don’t agree
• maintain the highest level of security settings
• Check out your online presence by Googling yourself (and search for your profile while logged out of your social networks) to see what you can find.
How we communicate online
When we communicate online unless you can see the person over facetime/skype/house party type apps, it’s hard to see people’s expressions and responses to things said. It means you need to be more careful in the words you use to avoid miscommunication. It’s actually easy for people to take what you have said the wrong way if your response seems short, abrupt or emotional so it’s important to be more aware of the language and tone you use when texting/messaging. Don’t forget picking up the phone and chatting in person is sometimes better than texting, plus in isolation, it feels good to hear people’s voices and have more personalised contact.
Careers & Pathways Resources
In regards to careers and pathways this year, there are a number of resources we have available that will continue to build our students’ career development skills and support their decision making for future pathways in school and beyond. We have the HGC Careers page which has a number of great resources and functions for students, parents and staff. All students from Years 10-12 are required, and should now have completed their Career Action Plans via their student accounts in this site. Year 9’s will complete theirs in Term 3. Our Year 10-12 students now also have access to The Careers Department platform – a compass feed has been sent to students and parents asking students to create their accounts –please also see further information below.
The Careers Department Platform (Years 10-12)
We are very excited to launch our school access to The Careers Department platform which is designed to bridge the gap between school and industry, by leveraging industry research and partnerships to help students better understand themselves and become more engaged in their journey of career exploration.
Through this platform, our students now have access to an incredible amount of careers content, learning tools and workshops, all designed to develop self knowledge and understanding, whilst building their career development skills and enabling them to make better career decisions about future pathways. Resources include:
• profiling tools & resume builder
• virtual tours in tertiary classrooms and in workplaces
• online workshops/classes/webinars/podcasts
• weekly newsletters specific to your interests
• interactive job maps and job finder search engine
• virtual work experience
• timelines and game plans
• over 800+ pieces of industry relevant content across 32 industries
You will also:
• get advice from real people studying the courses you are considering.
• learn which course you need to complete to get the job you are considering.
• learn how to write a CV and see videos that show you the insides of a workplace or course.
Watch this introductory video to The Careers Department and for more information and instructions on this platform and account set up, please see the Compass newsfeed that was sent to students and parents/guardians of Years 10-12.
Careers & Pathways Activities
Year 12 Career Interviews
As our Year 12 students embark on their final year of secondary school, determining pathways following school and the steps on getting there is incredibly important. Throughout Term 2 all Year 12 students will participate in a careers interview (remotely over video conference). These interviews are designed to provide a meaningful discussion to support a smooth transition into future pathways of interest following the completion of Year 12, whether in further education (Tafe/Uni), employment, traineeship/apprenticeships, a GAP year or volunteering. Please see compass for more details.
Year 9 Morrisby ‘My Career Insights’ Program
Last week Year 9 students completed their online careers discovery assessments. This program is designed to help students make better choices about subject selection for Year 10, Vocational Education and Training (VET), Senior Secondary School Certificates (VCE/VCAL) and further study. Later this term, students will have one-on-one online
interviews with an external careers consultant to discuss the results of their assessments. See compass for more details.
Year 10 Work Experience Program
As a result of the Coronavirus pandemic and Victorian Government restrictions currently in place, we unfortunately need to postpone and reschedule the 2020 Year 10 Work Experience Program that was planned for the week of 11-15 May.
Due to these restrictions, we now ask that students with confirmed placements contact their employers by phone or email to notify them of this. Some students have already been advised of employers having to cancel placements.
Due to the many benefits of undertaking work experience placements, we would like to provide the opportunity for students to reschedule or secure placements for 3 days between Wednesday 9 and Friday 11 December. When contacting your employer to advise of the cancellation, please ask if they can accommodate the alternative placement for these dates.
If you are able to reschedule your dates, please send me an email confirming this and I will organise replacement paperwork for completion. For those without a placement secured but wanting to undertake placement in December, we encourage you to still make arrangements to do so. Once confirmed, please complete and return the placement request form to me via email (please email me if you need a new copy of this form).
We thank you for your understanding and hope many of you can still secure and undertake placements in December.
Over 250 of our senior school students from Years 10-12 are into the second term of their VET courses with feedback from students and VET Host Schools being incredibly positive. We have students undertaking VET courses in a range of industries including, animal studies, fashion, electrotechnology, engineering, beauty and hairdressing, laboratory skills, screen & media, construction, plumbing, hospitality, automotive, early childhood/education, community services, allied health, business, events, dance and much more!
With the current COVID 19 restrictions in place, we are pleased to see that the attendance of our students in their programs is still high which is really pleasing and something we expect to continue! Congratulations to our VET students on a really wonderful start to their programs.
A quick reminder for students who undertake their VET course externally at another host school, if you are unable to attend your course due to illness or unforeseen circumstances, you must advise your VET Coordinator, Yvette Davidson at least 1 hour prior to your course start time at firstname.lastname@example.org. This expectation is the same whilst undertaking your current VET studies from home. Yvette will advise your Host School. Please also advise Yvette if you have any planned holidays that will result in non-attendance at your VET program and the dates.
A reminder that all fees should now have been paid to confirm your child’s place in the program.
2020 Events & Workshops
2020 Open Days and Expos
Unfortunately, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, Open Days and Career Expos have been cancelled until further notice. I will provide an update once I know more and if new future dates are scheduled for these events. There are some tertiary institutions and organisations holding online events that you may like to consider registering for.
Attend a Virtual Careers Expo
Torrens University Australia is opening up its virtual event platform to students, teachers, parents, and tertiary education providers across the country for a unique National Virtual Careers Expo. More than 60 universities, colleges, and registered training organisations from across the country will be on hand to meet students, showcasing everything their institution has to offer. The expo will run over two days: Thursday 7 May & Friday 8 May 2020 from 12.00 pm to 8.00 pm (AEST).
By joining the Virtual Careers Expo, students will be able to
• Wander through our virtual expo hall featuring more than 50 institutions
• Visit the Webcast Hub to watch seminars and feature presentations from exhibitors
• Download course guides and take a virtual campus tour
• Chat with staff and current students to find out more about each institution
Students are encouraged to register for this innovative event at Virtual Careers Expo
Information Evenings: click here to register Monash Information Evenings are the perfect opportunity to have your
questions answered on everything you wanted to know about undergraduate study at Monash. You’ll hear about:
• our ten diverse study and discipline areas
• undergraduate course types, eg specialist courses, double degrees and pathway programs
• international opportunities including study abroad and overseas tours
• how to apply – everything you need to know about VTAC, key dates and deadlines
• scholarships and fees
• SEAS and the Monash Guarantee
• accommodation options, both on and off campus
University of Melbourne
Students will have the chance to deep dive into the course and careers areas that interest them most with Meet Melbourne
2020. Held over 4 weeks this May, Meet Melbourne has gone digital. We’ll be streaming our panel of Melbourne insiders
to show students what life at Melbourne is really like. Click here for more details.
JMC Academy (Creative Industries)
• Online Open Day – Saturday 23 May – https://www.jmcacademy.edu.au/events/open-days
Collarts – Arts, Music & Entertainment
At our Virtual online Open Day on Saturday 16 May 10 am-12 pm, we invite you to come and experience Collarts life. Just
like our previous Open Days, enjoy detailed information sessions about our courses, and jump into live chat Q&A sessions
with teachers and student advisors. The best part? You can enjoy all of this online – and at your own pace. Thanks to Online Open Day, you don’t have to worry about having to choose between seeing a workshop or a course overview, and our key staff will be available to answer your questions directly via video conference.
Register today: collarts.edu.au/open-day
Have you even considering a career in Surveying? Well if you enjoy maths, STEM, the
outdoors or geography, then here’s your opportunity to find out how you can combine all of
these things into a career in Surveying with this FREE online RMIT workshop.
This online class is held from 2 pm-3 pm AEDT on the last Tuesday of each month, and is
ideal for students in years 10, 11 or 12 who love maths, geography, STEM subjects and the
outdoors. It breaks down the ins and outs of surveying technology and study pathways.
The next workshop is on Tuesday, May 26th at 2 pm and students can register for a free
spot in the workshop now. Click here to register and see future workshop dates.
If you do register and participate in this workshop, please let me know as I would love your feedback!
Careers in Space!
Ever dreamed of having a career in Space? Well here’s your chance to see just how you could turn this dream into a reality!
In Australia, the space industry is starting to grow fast. The demand for people with STEAM skills, including researchers,
engineers (aerospace, electronics, mechanical and computer), data analysts and astronomers, as well as communicators,
project managers and even salespeople are – post COVID-19 – set to increase dramatically.
In this online event, you are invited to learn about some of the emerging career opportunities and the kind of skills, and areas of study to pursue, and even projects to join if you think this might be the career for you.
Click here to register your attendance on Monday 18 May at 11.00 am.
Early Childhood Teaching Careers
Across Australia, the demand for bachelor qualified early childhood teachers (ECTs) is growing. Over the next five years, an additional 29,000 ECTs will be needed to meet the increased demand.
For students, there has never been a better time to pursue a degree in early childhood teaching. Not only is early childhood teaching a rewarding career where you can make an impact, it also opens up a range of opportunities in roles such as teaching, managing a small business, developing government policy and everything in between.
Join Future Tracks for a webinar on the Future of Early Childhood Education.
The webinar will explore early childhood teaching as a career pathway, shedding light on the opportunities available to students while studying at university and beyond.
Click here to register for this online workshop and learn about teaching careers in early childhood on Friday 22 May at 11.00 am.
Collarts – Arts, Music & Entertainment
FREE online workshops: Collarts have a new online workshop portal which is now! Students and teachers will be able to gain access to a range of micro workshops in various areas. We will be adding more videos to this over the coming months, and hope to have a library of resources for your students and teachers to use. The first four workshops available are good for students studying subjects such as media, drama, design, visual arts and music.
• A beginner’s guide to Logic Pro X
• How to develop a character in six steps
• Creating a Cinemagraph with Davinci Resolve
• How to create a mood board
Please feel free to share the below link with your students and also any teachers that might find this a useful resource during the online learning period and beyond. Once registered, students will be sent an email with login details.
Register today: collarts.edu.au/onlineworkshops
The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) CyberEXP is an interactive online program for high school and university students to gain exposure to a cybersecurity incident response operation. The experience is based on real-life scenarios and provides a taste of what it is like on the front lines of security within ASD. Students will also find out about the various
roles, skills and interests required for a career in the secretive and sought-after world of ASD. ASD is using the LifeJourney online platform so every Australian student has the opportunity to participate. Students and teachers will be required to sign in to participate. Any questions about the platform should be directed to LifeJourney. Click here for more details.
The ASD provide a number of opportunities for students to extend their knowledge and skills by exploring careers in IT and cybersecurity, and more broadly science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) – click here for more details.
Law Week 2020
This year Law Week is coming to your home online and over the phone. Usually, Law Week included various events and activities such as visiting law courts. This year, such activities will not take place, however, there will be webinars, podcasts, live online discussions and debates. Check out the Law Week program at Law Week 2020
Spotlight on Careers
There are so many similar definitions or statements of what a project manager does, and one useful website* states that project managers ensure the project is completed on time and within budget, that the project’s objectives are met and that everyone else is doing their job properly. Project managers oversee the project to ensure the desired result is achieved, the most efficient resources are used, and the different interests involved are satisfied. The website goes on to mention the typical industries project managers work or are employed in
• Construction companies
• Software producers
• Commercial retailers
• Engineering firms
• Public sector organisations
The Job Outlook website is very useful to learn more about the future projections for this career. There are several universities in Victoria that offer courses or majors focused on equipping students with a qualification or specialisation in project management, and some of the courses are:
• La Trobe University – Engineering (industrial) and Information Technology
• RMIT – Aviation, Project Management, Engineering (Civil & Infrastructure), Software Engineering
• Swinburne University – Aviation Management
Electrical and Mechanical Engineering
So what is the difference between Electrical and Mechanical Engineering? The truth is Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering are near polar opposites in the engineering world and hopefully the below summaries will provide some clarification.
• Mechanical Engineering is based on the mechanics’ field of physics, while Electrical Engineering is based on the electricity and magnetism field of physics. If you love solving problems in mechanics’ portion of physics, then definitely mechanical engineering is for you and if you feel attraction in solving problems in electricity and magnetism then electrical engineering can be a right choice for you.
• Mechanical Engineering Mechanical engineers plan, design and oversee the development, installation, operation, and maintenance of machinery. They conduct research to solve practical engineering problems and improve efficiency. (Good Universities Guide – Mechanical Engineer
• Electrical Engineering Electrical engineers design, develop and supervise the manufacture, installation, operation, and maintenance of electrical systems. They work on systems for the generation, distribution, utilisation, and control of electric power. They also work on electronic systems used for computing, communications, and other industrial applications. (Good Universities Guide – Electrical Engineer
• So, a simple analogy: being a mechanical engineer you will learn to build a car’s body and engine while being an electrical engineer you will be able to handle/build/manage the car’s battery. (Vikash Gait)
To learn more, read Differences Between Mechanical and Electrical Engineering.
ADF GAP Year 2021
The ADF Gap Year program provides an opportunity for young Australians, who have finished Year 12 (or equivalent) and are aged between 17 and 24, to experience military training and lifestyle whilst gaining new skills and pay over their Gap Year.
The life skills and job training that students acquire during their Gap Year experience will be valuable regardless of what career you ultimately undertake. Gap Year opportunities are available in the Navy, Army and Air Force. Applications for the 2021 program are now open. To find out more information about the ADF Gap Year program please visit ADF GAP YEAR
A cosmetic nurse performs a range of non-surgical procedures including but not limited to laser treatments, cosmetic injectables, chemical peels and other dermal procedures. The beauty industry has seen incredible growth in recent years and cosmetic nurses are in ever-increasing demand. Nurses performing injectable procedures must work under the
supervision of a doctor and as such many are employed by private cosmetic clinics. Cosmetic nurses may also work for themselves, either running their own practice or freelancing with spas and cosmetic clinics.
To become a cosmetic nurse in Australia, students must first be qualified as a Registered Nurse (RN). An RN qualification is usually gained through the completion of a Bachelor of Nursing course, which is offered at numerous universities in Victoria.
Once an RN, a graduate diploma of cosmetic nursing course can be studied which takes approximately 10 months’ full time to complete and will provide students with the skills to perform cosmetic procedures, dermal treatments and injectable procedures including dermal fillers and muscle relaxants. To find out more about a career in cosmetic nurse click here.
Career as a Paramedic The Good Universities Guide states that paramedics provide pre-hospital emergency care, treatment and specialised transport for patients – Good Universities Guide – Paramedic Working as an ambulance paramedic means that no two days are ever the same. What a paramedic does can be as varied as restarting a patient’s heart down to helping solve social welfare issues. Ambulance paramedics are called when people feel they have no other options and are suffering what feels like an emergency to them. An interesting fact to remember when applying to become a paramedic is that the
majority of the workload is not lights and sirens driving to save a patient’s life. This job is more about helping people in their time of need as opposed to being a hero. Visit Ambulance Victoria – Types of Paramedics to find out more.
Health Services & Nursing
A career in health services and support is incredibly rewarding whether you are a nurse, carer, dental assistant or anaesthetist and with it being one of the fastest growing industries, there are plenty of job opportunities out there!
The Good Universities Guide rankings look at check out this page Australian universities’ specific strengths, offering insight to support and guide decision making when choosing a university. Click here to help you decide which University is right for you! Want to know which universities are best to study Nursing.
Park Rangers’ control, supervise and manage national parks, scenic areas, historic sites, nature reserves and other recreational areas and may perform the following tasks:
• assist with guided tours and promote an understanding and appreciation of the natural and cultural features of the park
• supervise public visits and inform visitors about park facilities, advising of park rules and regulations, and enforcing these when necessary
• patrol waterways, roads and tracks to observe and report on the park environment, including the condition of animals and plants
• ensure endangered animals and plants are protected, and assist with related research projects
• ensure parks, park facilities and equipment are clean and properly maintained
• assist with wildlife management projects, including surveys and monitoring of wildlife
• participate in search and rescue operations
• supervise and coordinate fire management, weed eradication and pest-control programs
• support local communities in protecting their cultural heritage and in developing sustainable land management practices
• conduct research into the protection and recording of Indigenous and historical sites
• supervise and train park staff and volunteers, and oversee crews of general maintenance workers and contractors undertake administrative and clerical duties
There are a number of courses in Victoria that prepare students for a career as a park ranger including –Diploma of Conservation and Land Management, Bachelor of Environmental Science – Environmental Management & Sustainability
Bachelor of Wildlife and Conservation Biology, Bachelor of Environmental and Conservation Science, Bachelor of Outdoor Recreation Education.
University & TAFE Programs
Always wanted to work in a motorsport team? If yes is your answer, then Kangan’s motorsport courses can give you a pit-lane pass to a rewarding career in motorsport. Kangan Institute’s Automotive Centre of Excellence is a world-class training facility in the heart of Docklands. With a long-standing partnership with Kelly Racing, Kangan are well placed to give you access to industry leading skills and technology and real race team experience.
With a Certificate II in Motorsport (AUR21016) or a Certificate III in Motorsport (AUR30916) you will gain the skills and knowledge you need to work in this fast paced environment.
Medicine & Dentistry
Students who are planning to apply to Medicine, Dentistry and Clinical Science degree programmes commencing in 2021 at these Universities in Australia and New Zealand must sit the UCAT ANZ test in the month of July 2020.
The UCAT ANZ is a 2-hour, computer-based test, multiple choice test. Candidates sit the test at Pearson VUE test centres located in Australia, New Zealand and at some overseas centres. For information about where test centres are offered, see Test Centre Locations.
Where do students book?
Registration and Booking is open now at the UCAT ANZ website and will close on 11 May 2020 at 11:59 pm AEST. Late registrations are accepted until 18 May at 11:59 pm AEST and incur an additional late fee. No bookings are accepted after the late booking deadline. Please refer to the Key Dates for the 2020 test cycle.
Where can an Arts Degree take you? There is often the debate about the value of an Arts Degree and what kind of role an
Arts graduate could find in the industry. The list of roles is quite varied and includes:
• Teaching & educational administration
• International aid and trade agencies
• Arts production and management
• Public service and social welfare agencies
• General management and administration (local and global)
• Communications industry, publishing, media, and public relations
• Tourism and hospitality
One of the very important things for students to note is that an Arts student learns skills that are very transferrable in industry. These include communication skills, critical thinking and reading skills, analytical skills, and research skills – browse Career FAQS – What to do with your Arts Degree to learn more. Monash University recently shared this YouTube
video about a Career with a Bachelor of Arts and see this video from Macquarie University on How to Choose a Major for your Bachelor of Arts.
In this current climate of remote access, and to help future science students, parents and teachers explore everything Monash Science – Monash University have compiled Your Essential Guide so studying Science.
Swinburne Early Leaders Program (VCE & VCAL) – Year 11
The Early Leaders Program (ELP) at Swinburne helps secondary students prepare for their transition to university and be recognised for their extra-curricular activities. You’ll gain valuable skills in academic writing, creativity, job readiness and community development. It will also grow your confidence, increase your employability and help you to gain recognition for achievements from a leading university.
Who Can Apply?
The Early Leaders Program is open to all students undertaking Australian Year 11,
including VCE and VCAL students.
About the Program
The Early Leaders Program is made up of one core certificate and three elective
certificates. You need to complete the core certificate and one of the elective certificates to achieve Early Leader status. There are a number of activities offered on campus, but you can also complete the entire program online. You can complete
the Early Leaders Program at your own pace throughout the year as long as you finish
it by the final deadline in early October. And of course, we’re here for support
whenever you need us.
For more information visit the Swinburne Early Leaders Program.
University of Melbourne – Year 11 National Youth Science Forum
The National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) Year 12 program is a 10-day residential program
designed to provide students with a broader understanding of the diverse study and career
options available in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and to encourage continued study in these fields.
Participants will visit science and technology related laboratories and facilities, join on site
tours, attend lectures, take part in workshops and join social events.
Click here for more details.
Finding the right University/Tafe for you!
The ComparED website provides prospective students with relevant and transparent information about Australian higher education institutions from the perspective of current students and recent graduates. The data comes from the survey results collected from student’s voluntary feedback on their overall experiences during their higher education study and then the outcomes of their job prospects such as starting salary. The information available helps users make informed decisions about their future study options and compare institutions and study areas.
University Acceleration & Early Entry Programs
There are a number of universities offering Acceleration and Early Entry Programs to give students a head-start into university studies – below is a list of programs with links to their programs.
• Deakin Accelerate
• La Trobe University – VCE Plus Program
• La Trobe – Aspire Program (Early Entry) – applications open 1 May
• RMIT’s VCE Extension
• University of Melbourne – Extension Program
• ACU – Early Entry, Community Achiever Program
• University of Melbourne – Extension Program
Wishing our students and families all the very best during this time – stay safe
and look after yourselves!