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Careers and VET

YEAR 10 AND YEAR 11 STUDENTS – TERM 3 SUBJECT SELECTION

At the end of Term 2, Year 10 and 11 students heard about the many subjects available to them in 2022 at St Michael’s College. In Term 3, students will be asked to submit a list of subjects they wish to study next year. In preparation for this, Year 10 students will review their subject choices within the PLP program.

This year, the College has made regular contributions and updates to the Careers and Vet Portal (which is accessible on SEQTA by clicking on the black and green tile). It is the gateway to answering most career questions. Around Week 4, students will receive hardcopies of resources to aid in the process as well as attend extra assemblies outlining the 2022 subject selection process. In terms of the additional support of Career Counselling, we invite students who still require assistance to book in for a 30-minute time slot with one of the Career Counsellors (Ms Coorey or Mr Vizaniaris in the LEC). There is a pre-appointment form to fill in before the first appointment to ensure students are well prepared to make the most of this time (this will be available via the front desk in the LEC when booking an appointment).

Parents/caregivers are also welcome to attend at the scheduled time. The subject selection process culminates in a subject counselling session where students and their parents/caregivers participate in/attend a ten-minute review/discussion of their subject choices to finalise selections (to be confirmed – this session may be online).

At this stage, most students wait to receive their package of materials and attend the subject selection assemblies and respective parent evenings, so they have a more informed understanding of what is required. Career appointments are about drilling down to fine detail, rather than having the process explained in advance. We welcome any questions via email: rose.coorey@smc.sa.edu.au and anthony.vizaniaris@smc.sa.edu.au. For Vocational Education Training (VET) questions, please contact kevin.woolford@smc.sa.edu.au.

THINKING OUTSIDE THE SQUARE

As students identify areas of interest, it is best to then look at what subjects they will study in their courses at TAFESA or University as we want students to be successful in their desired pathway. Students can often research what subjects they will undertake in courses at Uni/TAFE level, making it clear what subjects they need to study in Year 11 and 12 to best prepare, and possibly meet the requirements for entry into these courses.

We always encourage students to consider non-University pathways, given the demands of the future SA job market. The Naval Shipbuilding College has recently released a great video on ‘Trade Careers in Shipbuilding ‘, there is a much more diverse range of jobs than you may think. Click here to view the video.

During the holidays we saw, heard and interacted with exhibits at the new Australian Space Discovery Centre at Lot 14 on North Terrace, Adelaide. We are inspired to see all the opportunities that will be emerging here in SA. Click here for more information.

YEAR 12 UPDATE

CAREERS PRESENTATION
We will be presenting to Year 12 students interested in a University or TAFESA pathway in 2022 on the afternoon of Monday 9 August. For students at VET on that day, please email Ms Coorey or Mr Vizaniaris to arrange a catch-up session.

TAFE APPLICATIONS
The applications for TAFESA open on Monday 2 August. Some courses are very competitive during the application cycle (i.e. more applications than places), and the offers are based on the date of application. Last year, Nursing was full in the first two weeks. Therefore, any student interested in applying for a TAFESA course, can book in with one of the counsellors from 2 August to get an application submitted ASAP.  TAFESA: https://www.tafesa.edu.au/

We again remind students that completing a degree course at University does not necessarily guarantee you success. There are many pathways at TAFESA that lead to great jobs and have a lower HECS debt. Please watch this video for further information.

YEAR 12 PARENT SATAC TERTIARY PATHWAYS EVENING
The College is currently filming the SATAC Tertiary presentation for Monday evening 2 August, and a link will be sent out later next week. This video presentation is only relevant if your son/daughter is interested in TAFESA or a University pathway in 2022. The more detailed PowerPoint that underpins the video presentation will be available on the SEQTA Careers and VET Portal later next week.

YEAR 12 GAP YEAR PROGRAMS 2022
We remind Year 12 students who wish to apply for a 2021 GAP year program, such as Camp America, that early bird application discounts close soon: https://www.campamerica.com.au/ . Families are reminded to ensure that you check if you can get travel insurance that will cover pandemic expenses before paying any deposits for these programs. Families will also want to check refund policies (given the uncertainty around the world at the moment).

TERTIARY INFORMATION RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES;

FLINDERS UNIVERSITY

You can book in a time for a Flinders Careers Advisor to phone you back and discuss options at Flinders University. Please click this link Alternatively, https://www.flinders.edu.au/study/pathways

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Future Student Enquiries
Call: (08) 8302 2376
Make an enquiry: unisa.edu.au/enquire
Book an appointment: Level 1, 101 Currie Street, Adelaide SA 5000

UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE

Go to: https://future.ask.adelaide.edu.au/. You can email, book a one-on-one appointment with an advisor, or chat live.

TAFESA:

TAFE SA free call: 1800 882 661

UNIVERSITY OPEN DAYS

During mid-August there will also be University Open Days where students and families can check in “virtually” and in person (to be confirmed) at South Australian universities. To participate in these events, you need to register in advance.

UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE OPEN DAYS

There will be an online Open Day on 11 August from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Registration is required ASAP.
There will be an in person (to be confirmed) Open Day on Sunday 15 August. Registration is required ASAP.
There are timetabled talks and other activities. Click here for more information.

UNIVERSITY OF SA OPEN DAYS

Book in ASAP for the online Open Day on 2 August or in person (to be confirmed) Sunday 15 August at the City East/ West Campus. Click here for more information. There are many other events in person and online over the month of August. You will need to register in advance for all. They are covering a variety of courses and all the different UniSA Campuses. Click here

FLINDERS UNIVERSITY OPEN DAYS

Flinders have produced a link as to how to prepare to make the most of Open Days: Click here. Flinders will be stretching out their in-person and virtual online Open Days over Friday and Saturday, 13 to 14 August. There will be over 60 video presentations, virtual and in-person campus tours and prizes to be won. You are encourage to register as soon as possible by clicking here.

TORRENS UNIVERSITY OPEN DAYS

Virtual Open Day
Date: Tuesday 17 August 2021
Time: 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm (AEST)
Register: Click here

CENTRAL UNIVERSITY OPEN DAYS

Central Queensland University has a campus here in Adelaide and offers interesting courses like Bachelor of Accident Forensics. Their interactive virtual Open Day us on Saturday 31 July. Click here for more information.

CHARLES DARWIN UNIVERSITY OPEN DAYS

Rolling virtual open events will be held from Monday 6 September. Click here for more information.

TAXATION

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) have just released a new YouTube video explaining why we pay tax and the new MyTax portal accessible through your MyGov Account. It is great viewing for all our students:

A reminder that all Year 12 students will need a Tax File Number (TFN) by the time they are ready to enrol in tertiary courses in 2022, and of course all students who secure a part time job will need a TFN. Given there is a time lag in getting a TFN, we encourage students to begin the application process on the ATO website ASAP. It is free to apply for a TFN. Please click here.

WORK EXPERIENCE TERM 3 HOLIDAY GUIDELINES YEAR 11 AND YEAR 12 STUDENTS
  • The next scheduled week for Work Experience is during the first week of Term 3 holidays, Monday 27 September to Friday 1 October.
  • Students must return the completed Workplace Learning Agreement Form and the Work, Health & Safety Checklist to Ms Tidd tidd@smc.sa.edu.au in the LEC by Week 7 (Thursday 2 September).
  • Students will then be booked in for a risk assessment with Mr Vizaniaris once the completed forms have been returned. This must take place prior to the student undertaking the placement.
  • A work experience placement cannot be authorised or covered by the College’s insurance unless all paperwork and preparation has been completed prior to the placement.
  • Work Experience students who do not meet the week 7 deadline this term may have to rearrange their placement for the allocated weeks in Term 4, weeks 7 and 8.
  • No placements can be authorised after 3 December 2021, so if students need to meet VET requirements, it should be a priority to complete the required hours in the Term 3 holiday period.
  • Please contact Mr Vizaniaris if you have any questions: anthony.vizaniaris@smc.sa.edu.au
WORK EXPERIENCE OPPORTUNITY

Introduction to STEM Careers at DSTG work experience placement with Defence Science and Technology Group at Edinburgh on 16-20 August 2021, Ref no: WEP/03582/21.

Students can apply for this via the Defence Work Experience Program website link below. There are 10 spots for students available in this program. Please see – Jobs List – Defence Work Experience (nga.net.au)

WORK EXPERIENCE IN SA GOVERNMENT

Please note that given the current SA Government restrictions, students are not authorised to undertake any work experience placements until further notice. For those students who had organised to go this week, new dates will need to be re-negotiated with your provider if necessary. Any re-negotiated dates must be communicated to Mr Vizaniaris prior to the placement taking place so that the provider can be contacted for confirmation and so all paperwork reflects the new dates, which is a requirement for students to be covered by the College’s insurance during placement.

All students who completed their placements during the school holidays are reminded to return their completed Workplace Induction Sheet and Employer Feedback Form to Ms Tidd (tidd@smc.sa.edu.au)  upon our return to school.

Ms Rose Coorey and Mr Anthony Vizaniaris, Careers Counsellors