CareerNews – Issue 6, 2015


UMAT Registrations by 5 June; Test Date: 29 July, 2015

‘At Monash’ Seminars – Law 13 May, Teaching 14 May, Health Science (Radiation Science, paramedics, etc) 19 May, Nursing 26 May, Biomedical science, radiography, nutrition & dietetics 27 May, Engineering 28 May.

VCE and Careers Expo – 170 exhibitors of VCE resources, tertiary course and career information; 7 – 10 May at Caulfield Racecourse;

Focus on University of Melbourne – Biomedicine 14 May, Arts 20 May, Agriculture 21 May, Commerce 26 May, Environments 27 May, Science 2 June, Law 4 June, Engineering 11 June, IT 11 June, Music 24 June, and VCA 25 June (most 6.30-8.30pm).
Register attendance (essential) at:

agIdeas EXPO – a well respected design program held during Melbourne International Design Week, May 11-17. Universities, TAFEs and independent colleges with design faculties will be at the Careers Expo on 14 May at Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Next Gen Youth Forum – Year 10-12’s can get inspired by like-minded individuals wanting to make a difference. Speakers and workshops related to social justice and leadership. Friday 22 May at La Trobe University;
Register interest at:


Students often wonder what careers are available in sports medicine. This is your chance to find out. Olympic Park Sports Medicine Centre is conducting the annual Careers in Sports Medicine Evening. It will be an introduction to the world pf sports medicine for secondary students. It will cover sports medicine, nutrition, podiatry, psychology, massage therapy, physiotherapy and exercise physiology.

When: 7.15pm registration, 7.30-9pm, talks on Wed 27 May;
Where: AAMI Park Stadium, 60 Olympic Blvd, Entrance F, Gate 4, Corporate Entrance, Olympic Room 2 (see: for map);
Cost: $25 per student (parent/guardian no charge;
Registrations (essential):


RMIT’s portfolio preparation courses are intensive practical courses held in the school holidays. They are designed to help students seeking entry to art, design and architecture courses to produce their best portfolio of work, as well as an overview of the industry and selection procedures. Up-coming courses: adobe illustrator and photoshop for fashion, Adobe InDesign for fashion, design jobs, portfolio preparation in 3D product design, graphic design, interior decoration, photography and in visual merchandising.

Information: 9925 8111 or


VU offers certificates, diplomas and degrees, mainly at the Footscray Park Campus. Year 10 and 11 students can find out about VU by attending Be You at VU. Take part in course and career specific workshops with current students and staff, and explore your passions, interests and career options. Meet representatives from each discipline area.
When: 10:00am – 3:00pm, 8 July;
Register and obtain more information:


Find out about career opportunities in fields like conservation and research and education, consider what school subjects could be helpful, and examine tertiary options. Also find out the latest information about career diversity, training and volunteer opportunities in the environmental and marine industry.

When: Exhibitor times – 9.30am-5pm, Wed 24 June; Presentation times: 11am – 7pm (every 20 minutes);
Where: Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium, Cnr King and Flinders St;
Cost: $20 before 4pm on 15 May, $25 after that;
Bookings: 9923 5911,;


If you are interested in a career in the Australian Defence Force and not sure where to start, Defence Force Recruiting has a new Job Finder Tool on the website – This is a fully responsive and interactive tool that will suggest roles to you based on your personality. Check it out.

The Defence Forces also has a list of priority jobs in all three forces. They include pilot, artillery combat systems operator, communication and information systems sailor and many more. Go to the website and look for ‘Featured Jobs’.

The University of New South Wales and the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) (Canberra) will host the annual road show in July and August. Senior staff from UNSW and ADFA will showcase current opportunities, the recruitment process, information for current applicants and their parents/ guardians. Presentations will take place in a number of locations including Melbourne. See the website for details, or call Defence Force Recruiting on 13 19 01.

DFR holds regular information sessions.
Coming up: Women in Defence on Wed 13 May, ADF careers on Thurs 14 May, Royal Military College on Tues 19 May, Wed 20 May on ADFA.
To book your seat email with your name, phone number, and chosen session.
Most sessions at 6pm, Level 14, 501 Swanston St, Melbourne.


Are you looking for some clarity in finding the next step forward in your career investigation? If so, you might want to attend an Information Night at one of the Swinburne campuses.
When/Where: Croydon campus, 3:00-5:00pm, Tues 19 May; Wantirna campus: 3:00-5:00pm, Wed 26 May; Hawthorn campus: 4:30-6:30pm, Tues 2 June. Register here.


This program is running again in the June/July holiday break.

Are you an aspiring zookeeper? Find out what it takes to care for an array of animals at Healesville Sanctuary and Werribee Open Range Zoo.
Who: Years 7-12;
When: Healesville – 30 June, 1, 7 and 8 July; Werribee – 30 June, 2, 6 and 8 July.

Do you want to be a vet? Meet veterinary staff at Healesville – 1, 2, 8 & 9 July;

Bookings: 1300 966 784.


La Trobe now operates two Colleges – the College of Science, Health and Engineering, and the College of Arts, Social Science and Commerce. Among other things, this model allows more opportunities to collaborate across disciplines.

La Trobe is commencing to teach law in the JD in 2016.

Work integrated learning is being used more often in the Arts, Social Science & Commerce College, with 22 subjects having this as part of the program. It is expected that this will continue expand.

Under the world QS Rankings for universities, La Trobe ranks sixth in Australia for history teaching, seventh for sociology and ninth for communications and media studies. La Trobe is also in the top 100 universities in the world in these areas. It is also in the top 200 in linguistics, agriculture, psychology, accounting and finance, education, law and politics. In the Times Higher Education rankings La Trobe is 75th in the world, up 25 on last year.

The Aspire program is running again this year- applications open on 1 June and close on 31 August. More details later.


If you want to become a fully qualified architect, you will need to study at university for five years. Architecture degrees are offered at Deakin (Geelong), University of Melbourne, Monash (Caulfield) and RMIT (City). You will usually commence with a three-year Bachelor of Architectural Design and then complete a two-year Master of Architecture.
Deakin uses the ATAR at select students (currently around 70.00), Melbourne requires students to first complete the three-year B. Environments (selected on ATAR, currently around 85.00), Monash selects students on the basis of their ATAR, a supplementary form and interview, and RMIT selects on ATAR, an information kit and interview. Although the required ATAR for Monash and RMIT are not specified because they also use other selection criteria as well, the ATAR required is high.
An alternative qualification which you are encouraged to consider is the two-year Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural) offered at several TAFE’s (eg Box Hill, Chisholm, Swinburne, RMIT). This qualification, while not qualifying you as an architect, gives graduates skills to work on designing quite major projects, up to three-stories high. Employment prospects are quite good. See: .