Career News #2

Careers News #2

  1. HOW CAN I FIND OUT ABOUT TERTIARY COURSES/CAREERS? School students who do their research usually find it easier to make course/career decisions than those who do not. How/where can I research?
  • Go to the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) website at and do a Course Search (eg find where a particular course is taught, what is this years’ ATAR, what are the prerequisite VCE subjects?
  • Go on-line and search for courses on institution websites
  • Read brochures/pamphlets about courses available in the Careers Room
  • Go to career events such as Career Expos; eg VCE Careers Expo 2016 at Caulfield Racecourse (see info later in this newsletter)
  • Go to institution Open Days (usually on Sundays in August) – dates later
  • Go to events such as ‘Inside Monash’ (previously called ‘At Monash’) – details later in this newsletter, and ‘Focus on Melbourne’ (University) – details later
  • Attend school holiday programs run by some universities and other organisations (eg the Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary)
  • Attend events run during the year which focus on particular careers (eg sports related careers, dietetics, psychology careers seminars have been held in the past) – details in this newsletter as they come to hand
  • Talk to people who work in careers which interests you; What do they like about their careers? Are there disadvantages? How did they qualify?

BIG CAREERS AND EDUCATION EVENT COMING – Attending the VCE and CAREERS EXPO 2016 is a great opportunity to collect information from a huge range of providers at the one location. Exhibitors include: VCE resource providers, universities and TAFE and training colleges. In addition, there will be seminars on VCE subjects, tertiary courses, career, gap year and study advice. When:  9am-3pm, Thurs 5 & Fri 6 May; 10am-4pm, Sat 7 & Sun 8 May; Where: Caulfield Racecourse; Cost: $10 per person, $25 for families; Info: Put the date in your diary now! NOTE: Events such as these are great for collecting general information from many sources, so are particularly good for Year 10-11. Open Days at individual institutions will provide more specific course information. Keep in touch with La Trobe University and win! Just by signing up to receive online updates from   La Trobe University, you will go into a draw to win a $4500 Qantas holiday travel voucher. Sign up here- DO YOU WANT TO FIND OUT ABOUT STUDYING AT MONASH UNIVERSITY? Monash is once again holding a Seminar Series where you can find out what it is really like to study at Monash. The seminar series this year is known as ‘Inside Monash’. The series kicks off with Business and Economics on 9 March, then Science on 10 March and Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences on 15 March. When: 6.30pm-8.00pm, 9 March through to 13 September; Where: Clayton, Caulfield or Peninsula campuses; Bookings/Information:; Other Information: Call 1800 MONASH. NOTE: In April there are seminars on Pharmacy, Design and Fine Art, Physio-therapy and Occupational Therapy, Global Studies, Nursing and Midwifery, Architecture, Interior Architecture and Psychology. Seminars on other courses will follow from May to September. See the above website for details and bookings. These Seminars are highly recommended for learning more about the course/career which interests you. Destination Monash: Make sure you bookmark the Destination Monash Tumblr page for updates on study skills, time management, and information about university life. All blogs have been written by current Monash students and are witty and entertaining, FOCUS ON DEAKIN UNIVERSITY – Deakin is the seventh largest university in Australia with over 53,000 students. It offers over 700 courses and careers at its four campuses: •           the largest campus is in the Melbourne suburb of Burwood •           there are two campuses in Geelong, one at Waurn Ponds and the other on the Geelong Waterfront •           a campus is located at Warrnambool. Deakin offers real choice about how and when you learn, and it is possible to fast-track your degree by studying additional units in Trimester 3. You can choose from a wide range of study areas and select from the huge range of elective units offered in many courses, including, in some cases, the option to choose elective units from a different field.  You can also choose how you study. Cloud (online), the fifth campus, provides flexibility, enabling you to study where and when it suits. Deakin is somewhat unusual in offering the three semesters (trimesters) per year. This means that it is often possible to complete a three-year degree in two years.

  • Deakin does not offer VET courses in the way that RMIT, Swinburne and Victoria Universities do. However, Deakin has formal arrangement with a number of VET providers offering pathways into their degrees. For example, Bendigo TAFE, Box Hill Institute, Chisholm, Melbourne Polytechnic, Riverina TAFE, South West TAFE and The Gordon (Geelong) have formal pathways. For details:
  • Another pathway to Deakin is from Deakin College. The College offers Diplomas in Commerce, Computing, Engineering, Health Sciences, Manage-ment, Media and Communications and Science.  Students who perform well in these one-year diplomas are able to transition to the second year of a similar degree at Deakin University.

A great new resource for exploring courses and careers at Deakin can be found at: Featuring more than 700 courses and careers, this mobile tool will help you discover the myriad of future options available to you. You can scroll, select and save favourite courses and careers for later reference. See:   OPEN DAYS AT HOLMESGLEN –Most tertiary institutions hold theirOpen Days in August (dates will be provided in the next Newsletter so you can get them in your diary). However, Holmesglen has Open Days throughout the year. Holmesglen is mainly a VET provider (some degrees) with campuses in Chadstone, City, Moorabbin and Waverley. Dates of Open Days are: 17 March, 12 May, 16 June, 11 August, 15 September, 27 October and 15 December. On-line bookings are essential at   SWINBURNE UNIVERSITY NEWS – Swinburne is a provider of higher education and vocational education and training (VET) courses. Its main campus is in Hawthorn, with small campuses in Croydon and Wantirna.

  • 2016 saw the introduction of 11 Professional Degrees in areas such as Arts, Business, Computer Science, Engineering, Games and Interactivity, Health Science, Information and Communication Technology, Media and Communication, and Science. These degrees are for high-achieving students and incorporate a guaranteed, paid, full-time work placement. They feature a mandatory 12-month work placement which is normally undertaken during the third year of study. Students receive academic credit and gain valuable skills that will make graduates job-ready. The university will find appropriate placements for students.
  • UniLink is quite a recent development at Swinburne. UniLink offers one-year courses for students who are unable to reach the required ATAR for Swinburne degrees. Around 80% of UniLink students are able to pathway into appropriate degrees at Swinburne in the following year.

Do you love maths, science and health? Have you considered studying biomedical engineering? “Biomedical engineering sits at the intersection of technology and human biology – applying the latest developments in computing, robotics and nanotechnology to medicine to ensure a better life for all of us. Biomedical engineers create new technologies that improve disease diagnosis, find new and better ways of patient monitoring, revolutionise medical treatment and so much more”. You can specialise in areas such as:

  • Biomechanics
  • Biosignal Processing
  • Medical Imaging
  • Biomaterials
  • Neural Engineering
  • Computational Modelling
  • Tissue Engineering
  • Surgical Instruments and Medical Devices
  • Telehealth

“If you’re fascinated by human anatomy and curious about artificial intelligence and robotics then you’re going to love exploring biomedical engineering”. UNSW have put together a website featuring different types of biomedical engineering and profiles of students and alumni, Science news: Be inspired by the latest stories featured on RiAUS – Australia’s Science Channel. Some of the topics covered this week include: -    What your tongue won’t tell you about taste -    The X-File episode 4 recap -    Lead and life of crime -    Latest research in fight against Zika virus -    The science of wine tasting   Access the stories at this link – Interested in a career with the Australian Defence Force? The annual Melbourne ADF Careers Expo – Education Day will beheld 4 March at the Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton. You will be able to explore career options from over 200 occupations in the Navy, Air Force and Army. There will be recruiting stands, exhibitions, demonstrations and information seminars. For information and to register, go to Scholarship for current Year 12 students: The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors offer scholarships to students studying one of the following course areas:

  • Quantity Surveying
  • Construction Economics
  • Construction Management (Economics)
  • Other approved courses

Applications are due by Tuesday 26 April for Year 12 students who plan to study in 2017. For information and to apply, go to   Do you have a passion for science and the ocean? Have you considered studying one of the amazing programs at the Australian Maritime College located in Tasmania? They offer courses in:

  • Ocean & coastal seafaring
  • Maritime engineering – marine & offshore systems; ocean engineering; naval architecture
  • Marine conservation, fisheries management and aquaculture
  • Nautical Science
  • Maritime & logistics management
  • International logistics (freight forwarding)
  • Maritime technology management

To learn about their programs, go to   UPCOMING EVENTS MARCH

  • Inside Monash Seminars, Business and Economics (9), Science (10), Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (15),
  • 19: VET and Agriculture Science Open Day, University of Melbourne, Werribee, Victoria,


  • 1: Forensic Science Careers Information Day, Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine,
  • 8: UMAT Simulation Day, St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne,
  • 16: Nursing and Health Expo, Australian College of Nursing, The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre,