The mission of the Careers Department is:
“To be accessible and provide relevant information so that our students can identify their God-given skills, embrace life-long learning and make wise career choices.”
The Careers Department has a purpose built room located in M1 that is open every recess and lunch, where students are able to access a wide variety of career related resources. Careers staff are available at other times for parents and students by appointment.
Mr Athavle – Head Teacher
Mrs Barry – Careers Adviser
Mrs Allchin – Careers Adviser
Year Ten Career Education commences early in Term One. Year Ten classes participate in a school developed programme entitled “Getting Started”. The aim of the programme is to introduce students to the practical aspects of looking for a job. Students will learn where to look for a job as well as how to: read and understand job advertisements, identify their own personal skills and abilities and write a resume and a covering letter.
In Term Three, the Careers department is also involved in Subject Selection for the HSC by helping students identify their God-given skills and abilities in order to make wise decisions about appropriate courses of study.
In Term Four, students who decide to leave school for employment or further studies at TAFE are individually assisted with career planning. Students receive a comprehensive School Leavers Kit, which includes various brochures and information that is pertinent to life after school.
Year Ten Work Experience
Year Ten students are required to complete a minimum of one week of Work Experience. This usually takes place during the Staff Development Week of Term Three (the week before term starts) but can be negotiated for other times.
Work experience is designed to introduce students to the world of work. It is primarily an opportunity for students to observe what goes on in the workplace. Where appropriate, students are also given opportunities to practically participate in some work tasks.
In order for students to participate in work experience they need to submit to the employer the following paperwork:
- Work Experience Application Form
- Certificate of Currency for Insurance
- Industrial Requirements
- Employer Information Letter
- Host Employer Acknowledgment Letter
- Parent Information Letter
- Information for Parents and Students
- Employer Evaluation Sheet
- Student Evaluation Sheet
Most information relevant to Year Twelve students will be displayed on the Careers Noticeboards located in the library and outside the Careers Centre (M1). Students are encouraged to regularly read the information on these noticeboards. In addition to this, students also have the option to receive our Careers Newsletter via email on a regular basis.
Year Twelve students are interviewed on a one-to-one basis by Careers Advisers. These comprehensive interviews look at career planning, post-HSC options, study techniques and balancing school, work and home life. A comprehensive careers report containing a student’s individual career plans is provided to parents. The aim is to assist students in developing a realistic action plan that encompasses a variety of options for after the HSC.
Career Voyage is an interactive computer programme that is available to Year Twelve students. This programme was developed by JIIG-CAL Australia (Job Ideas and Information Generator – Computer Assisted Learning). It helps students identify types of work that match their interest and preferences. The programme is designed to:
- Broadens students’ horizons by looking at the whole range of occupations currently making up the workforce
- Confirms or corrects existing ideas and provides back-up suggestions
- Suggests types of work not previously heard of or considered by students
University: In Term Three, the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) Guide arrives. Year Twelve students have the option of attending an information session about university admissions. The process of applying for university is explained in detail to students. Individual university handbooks are available from the Careers Centre (M1) to supplement the information that students obtain from the UAC guide. Most major metropolitan based universities run lunchtime information sessions for interested students.
TAFE: In Term Three, Technical and Further Education (TAFE) Handbooks arrive. Year Twelve students have the option of attending an information session about TAFE applications. The process of applying for TAFE courses is explained to students.
Private Providers: The Careers Centre (M1) also has a wide range of information from Private Education/Training Providers. Students are encouraged to come and peruse these resources.
Year Seven and Eight: The Careers Centre (M1) is available during recess and lunch for Year Seven and Eight students to browse for information and ask general questions.
Year Nine: Career Education commences during Term Four. Year Nine classes participate in a school developed programme entitled “Start Thinking”. The aim of the programme is to introduce students to the world of work. Students learn about the reasons why we should work, assess their own individual skills, types of work available and conduct basic job investigation.
Year Eleven: Year Eleven students are given the opportunity to start thinking about what they might like to do when they finish school. In Term Two, students attend a Career Expo that brings together representatives from over 100 of NSW’s leading education, industry, government and corporate businesses and institutions.
The careers advisers are also available to students and parents for personal interviews if the need arises once students commence their preliminary studies.
The Careers Department regularly publishes information that is useful for our students. This information is available via:
- Careers News – a fortnightly newsletter published in the School Newsletter
- Email – Careers News is emailed to all students in Years Ten, Eleven and Twelve who request it
Careers Noticeboards are located outside the Careers Office (M1) and in the Senior Study Room (L3). In addition, students will be contacted individually if there is news that has been identified as being directly relevant to their needs.