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Careers and VET Services


Towards the end of Term 2, Year 10 and 11 students have been hearing about the many subjects available to them in 2021 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, the Year 10 students review their subject choices within the PLP program.

This year we have the extensive Careers and VET Portal 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 hard copies of resources to aid in the process, as well as attending extra assemblies outlining the 2021 Subject Selection. In terms of the extra support of Career Counselling, students who require assistance are encouraged to book in for an appointment with one of the Career Counsellors. 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 appointment. Parents are also welcome to attend at the scheduled time. The Subject Selection process culminates in a Subject Counselling session where students and their parents attend a 10 minute review discussion of their subject choices to finalise selections.

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. Careers appointments are about drilling down to the finer details, rather than having the process explained in advance. Please email your questions to rose.coorey@smc.sa.edu.au or anthony.vizaniaris@smc.sa.edu.au. For Vocational Education questions, please contact kevin.woolford@smc.sa.edu.au.


Ms Rose Coorey and Mr Anthony Vizaniaris presented information about changes to Tertiary Entrance due to the COVID-19 experience, links to university contacts, tips on getting ready to secure employment for the end of year, and a general pep talk about where Year 12 students should be positioned academically. The detailed PowerPoint that formed the basis of this talk is accessible on the Careers and VET tile on SEQTA under Important Information/ Careers Presentations. We highlighted that a letter will be distributed soon, outlining some of the new pathways to university. Each of these new schemes have set application requirements and a set closing date, and students are reminded to keep an eye on their emails to avoid missing out on upcoming opportunities. The VET tile is now accessible from the Parents SEQTA Portal.

Applying to UniSA, Pathways and Ordering Preferences Webinar this coming Wednesday 5.30 pm 

This webinar will have information on the SATAC application process, pathways into UniSA and how to order their preferences to get the offer they are hoping for. We encourage interested students and families to register via https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/applying-to-unisa-pathways-and-ordering-preferences-tickets-112569951756

Alternative Pathways to University for 2021

Parents would have recently received a digital letter outlining the alternative pathways to University (other than just ATAR). We have placed the letter on the black green SEQTA Tile: Careers and VET Portal under Important Information/ Yr 12 Pastoral Careers Presentations/ Alternative Pathways to University Entrance 2020/ 21.

In the letter there is a link that takes parents to a form to give consent to upload information as part of the University of Adelaide Year 11 Conditional Offer application. If your son or daughter is interested in applying under this scheme, we ask that you click on the link and give consent by the 20 August. It is a bit of the “cart before the horse” as we will be explaining the scheme in full to students on Monday 10 August. You can leave it until after that date, or complete it now if you wish.


We remind Year 12 students contemplating applying for a 2021 GAP Year Program like Camp America that early bird application discounts close soon: https://www.campamerica.com.au/ but we wish to remind families to check if they can get travel insurance that will cover Pandemic expenses before paying any deposits on such programs.


Sign-ups for the Year 12 Stream of our STEM Academy will close today (Friday 24 July, 2020). This would be the last chance for students to register in order to receive an early conditional offer for 2021 entry under this scheme. Participating Year 12 students will also be invited to a range of exclusive STEM events, workshops and camps throughout the year.

For more information about the program, please click on the links below.

Information for Year 12 students: https://www.adelaide.edu.au/stem/academy/year-12-students


Given the challenges of keeping our community safe in these times we have decided to utilise the online options for Tertiary Pathway Research. The added benefit of this model is that it does encourage students to identify relevant courses and institutions and initiate contact with the right university. Below you will see all the links for the relevant virtual University Open Days.

To make the most of the event, it is very important students have investigated each institution, University/TAFE, and identified courses of interest. Students are encouraged to investigate potential courses and have a list of questions prepared.  We are contacting providers to ensure we have a supply of the hard copy resources they make available at Expos and will advertise to students in the next month.

From Monday 3 August Year 12 Parents and Carers will be sent a link which allows them to access a video presentation about 2021 SATAC Tertiary Pathway. Parents of students who have no desire to contemplate tertiary education will not find the video of much use. Due to the video format, we will ask parents carers with questions to email rose.coorey@smc.sa.edu.au with any questions and she will respond over the following week. Stay tuned for the link to the video to be sent on Monday 3 August.

In previous newsletters we advertised options for students and parents to book in for an individual phone chat session with a university rep. Below are these links repeated:

Flinders University

You can book in a time for a Flinders Careers Advisor to phone you back to discuss options at Flinders University. See: https://www.flinders.edu.au/study/contact-us/one-on-one-appointment

University of South Australia

UniSA has developed an online booking form for Year 12 students and parents to book a phone appointment with a Student Liaison Officer. These are 15 minute appointments aimed to answer any questions your students may have around degree information, entry requirements, pathways, and the application process. www.unisa.edu.au/schools/appointments

University of Adelaide

Go to: https://future.ask.adelaide.edu.au/

You can book in a 1:1 zoom chat at a particular time – see bottom of page.


TAFESA have a contacts page for email questions: https://www.tafesa.edu.au/about-tafesa/contact-us

Please note The TAFESA website is currently set up for Semester 2 2020 intake and will not be updated for 2021 pathway options until late August 2020.


During mid-August there will also be University Open Days where students and families can check in “virtually” at the University. To participate in these online events you need to register in advance.

University of Adelaide

University of SA

Flinders Uni

TABOR College

Torrens University

Central Queensland University

Charles Darwin University

Year 13 Future of Work EXPO

  • The next scheduled week for Work Experience is during the first week of Term 3 holidays Monday, 28 September to Friday, 2 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 3 September).
  • Students will then be booked in for a risk assessment with Mr Vizaniaris once the 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 4 December 2020, so if students need to meet VET requirements, it should be a priority to complete the required hours in the Term 3 holiday period.
  • Contact Mr Vizaniaris if you have any questions: anthony.vizaniaris@smc.sa.edu.au