CareerNews – Issue 4, 2015


•    UMAT Registrations by 5 June; Test Date: 29 July, 2015
•    To find out about La Trobe Uni attend Experience La Trobe. Workshops, lectures and seminars. See: Melbourne Campus, Thursday 9 April and Bendigo Campus, Friday 10 April.
•    Find out about the University of Melbourne and Southbank campus (VCA). For Year 10-12’s. Fri 10 April; Info: 13 63 52; Register:
•    Keeper for a day – for aspiring zookeepers, at Healesville Sanctuary and Werribee Zoo. Who: Years 7-12; When: Healesville: March 31st, April 1st, 7th, 8th. Werribee: March 31st, 2nd, 8th, 10th.
•    Vet for a day at Healesville Sanctuary. Who: Years 7-12; When: April 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th. More info:; Bookings Essential: 1300 966 784.


Attendance is a MUST if you want the latest information about courses at Monash (all 6.30 to 8.00pm).
This series of seminars continues in term 2 with: design and fine art Tues 21 April, architecture Tues 28 April, interior architecture Wed 29 April, psychology Thurs 30 April, medicine and biomedical science Tues 5 Amy, law Wed 13 May and teaching 14 Amy (more dates to follow next edition).
Registration (essential):


The Chartered Accountants Cadetship Program enables Year 12 and first year university students to gain practical and commercial experience whilst completing university studies. Advantages of having a cadetship: earn a salary while you study; gain experience in the real business world; make your CV stand out from others; open up a world of business opportunities; take the first step to becoming a chartered accountant – a designation recognised in leading financial centres around the world. To become a cadet you must be accepted to do an Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia approved degree at an Australian university. To find out more about employers who may be offering cadetships, have a look at the Chartered Accountants  Employment Guide.


RMIT is a large institution, offering both higher education and VET courses (degrees, diplomas and certificates). The main campus is in the city (La Trobe St); it also has smaller campuses in Bundoora and Brunswick. It is ranked highly in the world, with the 2014 QS ranking RMIT in the world’s top 100 universities in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, computer science and information systems, and accounting and finance. It is also ranked in the top 150 for civil and structural engineering and in communication and media.

WHAT IS SURVEYING? Surveying is taught at RMIT. It is the measurement and mapping of our surrounding environment using specialized technology and equipment. The work of surveyors is all around us, and is required by law and underpins property ownership. It sets the framework for all architecture, engineering and navigation. It is used to create maps for GPS and Google maps, and is integral to sustainable development. Demand for graduates is at an all-time high, with 95% of graduates getting a job within 4 months of graduation, with an average starting salary of $52,000. Who is suited to a career in surveying? You would have an interest in maths, geography, IT and science, and a liking for working outdoors, and with technology. You need to be a critical thinker, problem solver and orientated to detail. It has previously been a male dominated profession but is now attracting an increasing number of females.
RMIT has a one-year Diploma of Surveying (no prerequisite subjects) and a four year Bachelor of Applied Science (Surveying) (Honours) with these prerequisites:  Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL; and a study score of at least 20 in one of Maths: Mathematical Methods (CAS) or Maths: Specialist Mathematics. More information is available at: (NOTE: EAL is English as an Additional Language).

ENGINEERING AT RMIT – Engineering at RMIT is for those students who are serious about finding an engineering speciality and getting stuck into it right from first year (a large range of degrees are on offer). However, it provides flexibility for those who change their mind about their specialization after they start their degree. Double degrees are available with management, computer science, environment, design and more. All degrees required 12 weeks industry placement before graduation. Project-based learning is a feature at RMIT, with students working in teams and in the lab from first year. What type of student suits engineering? You need a passion for science, maths and design, and you need to be a problem solver. Median starting salaries for engineering bachelor degree graduates in first full-time employment and aged less than 25 in 2014 was $61,800. RMIT has various two-year associate degrees in engineering. Students who complete these with grade point average of 2.0 or higher are eligible for guaranteed entry into and engineering program relevant to their major.

SCIENCE AT RMIT – What makes a science graduate competitive in the workplace? Staff at RMIT have considered this and come up with the following:

  • Good problem solving skills
  • Good networking, communications and team work skills
  • Breadth and depth in qualifications – a double degree should be considered
  • An honours degree can be an advantage
  • A strong hands-on component with practical skills and industry experience in the degree
  • International experience (eg student exchange)
  • Entrepreneurship and business skills
  • Willingness to work overseas for a time graduation
  • Involvement in extra-curricular activities.

A number of pathways exist to move from a diploma to a degree. (eg the Diploma of Land and Conservation Management can lead to the Bachelor of Environmental Management).  RMIT offers a Dean’s Scholars Program, a four-year course incorporating an honours year for capable and highly motivated students who want research training through hands-on participation in research projects.


This is an opportunity for Year 9 – 12 students to go to Monash and get hands on experience of what it has to offer. There will be interactive sessions in faculty areas of interest to each participant, a chance to meet staff and current indigenous students, and to learn about support available. The day is hosted by Yuendj, Indigenous Engagement Unit.
When: 10am-1.30pm, Fri 1 May (lunch included);
Where: Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash Clayton;
Book (by 23 April): Kristel Keleher,, ph 9905 8699;


The Age VCE and Careers Expo is being held once again this year. There will be more than 170 exhibitors with VCE resources, tertiary course and career information. When: 9am-3pm, Thurs 7 and Fri 8 May and 10am – 4pm on Sat 9 and Sun 10 May; Where: Caulfield Racecourse; Admission: $10 or $25 for families.  This is a great opportunity to gain information at one location. Info:


VU sports students will gain behind-the-scenes access to Real Madrid Football Club through a new partnership signed this month. The partnership will bring Real Madrid Graduate School Universidad Eurpoea expertise to classes in Australia. This school has some of the world’s most highly-regarded sports educators, in football especially, and this partnership will see these very people deliver lectures at VU campuses.


Ignited scholarships at Deakin University are designed to attract more female students into non-traditional areas of study and work. They are awarded to successful applicants entering an undergraduate information technology or engineering course. Each is valued at $5,000pa over the normal duration of the course and recipients are also assigned an academic mentor. For more info: NOTE: many tertiary scholarships are on offer; many are for academic performance, but there are many other categories. If you want check them out, go to  and find Scholarships at the top of the screen.