CareerNews – Issue 9


YEAR 12’S APPLYING FOR COURSES FOR 2015 – The application process for university and vocational education places is done through an organisation called the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC). Applications are completed on line at Applications open on Monday 4 August, and will cost $28.00 if done on time (ie by 30 Sept). More information to follow.

TERTIARY ENTRY GUIDE FOR YEAR 10 STUDENTS – Newspapers will publish a tertiary guide for Year 10 students planning their VCE program for 2015-16. The Guide will be included in the paper on Tuesday 22 July. You might wish to get a copy.

OPEN DAYS – University and TAFE Open Days are coming up soon. They are a great way to find out more about courses, collect information, talk to staff and students, and to check out facilities. Year 10-12 students are advised to attend.


Sat 2 Aug         Monash University (Berwick & Peninsula campuses)

Sun 3 Aug        Deakin (Warrnambool), Monash (Caulfield & Clayton), Swinburne

Sun 10 Aug     Australian Catholic Uni (ACU) (Melbourne), Deakin (Geelong), RMIT (Bundoora,                  Brunswick, City)

Sun 17 Aug     La Trobe Uni (Bendigo), University of Melbourne; Monash (Parkville – no longer on               3 Aug – visit Monash Parkville the same day as you visit Melbourne Uni)

Sun 24 Aug     Box Hill Institute, Deakin (Melbourne), La Trobe (Melbourne), Victoria, William                                   Angliss Institute

Sun 31 Aug     ACU (Ballarat), Federation Uni (Ballarat & Gippsland)

Holmesglen – has ‘Open Wednesday’ each week – see their website to book a visit.

HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF OPEN DAY VISITS – Don’t wander aimlessly….try the following:

  • Get an Open Day Guide eg from,, or Plan to be at Open Day when relevant information sessions are scheduled
  • Allow sufficient time for your visit; two hours or so would be advisable
  • Speak to staff about courses which interest you – note your questions beforehand
  • Get a student perspective – speak to students studying courses which interest you
  • Collect information/brochures
  • Ask about industry based-learning (IBL) opportunities; these can assist with gaining employment
  • Ask about international study opportunities – a popular option
  • Consider transport issues; is the campus accessible from where you live?
  • Check the environment where you will study; will you be happy there for three/four years?
  • Consider the facilities/clubs offered at your preferred institution
  • Consider visiting a rural campus, especially if you think you won’t obtain a high enough ATAR for a metropolitan campus. ATAR’s are often lower and they often offer more personal assistance, accommodation, and a lifestyle which will suit some students.

NOTE: If you plan to apply for a course involving an interview/folio presentation/ audition as part of the selection process, attendance is A MUST! You might be asked what you learned at Open Day.

ANOTHER CAREERS EXPO – The Melbourne Careers Expo is a careers and education event with 180+ exhibitors from many occupations, information from universities, VET, private providers, ‘try a trade’, seminars, GAP year, and government student services. When: 15-17 August; Where: Melbourne Exhibition Centre; Info:, (NOTE: Free tickets available from this website).

MONASH UNIVERSITY NEWSPHARMACY AND PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCE – Monash Parkville campus will hold an ‘Open House’, 10am-3pm, Sun 17 Aug (same day as Melbourne’s Open Day). Pharmacy will also be represented at Monash Clayton’s Open Day, Sun 3 Aug. Info:


  • Physiotherapy – as previously stated, the UMAT and ISAT are not required for 2015 entry. An interview is still required and will be offered based on applicant’s academic record.
  • Radiography and Medical Imaging – an interview has been introduced as an extra requirement for entry to this degree. Applicants will be invited to attend an interview based on their academic performance. The interview will involve 4 MMI (Multiple Mini Interview) stations. NOTE: find out more about radiation oncology careers:
  • Bachelor of Nursing (Community Health) – Berwick campus won’t have an intake for this degree, but will have the Bachelor of Nursing from 2015 (VTAC – listed with Clayton and Peninsula ).
  • Direct Entry MBBS – Monash is the only Victorian university offering Year 12 students who aspire to become a doctor the option of applying directly to the B. Medicine and B. Surgery program from school. There are 242 places for domestic students and 65 for internationals.
  • Discontinued courses for 2015

The B. Nursing and B. Emergency Health (Peninsula campus). Students can alternatively study a B. Nursing followed by a Master of Emergency Health OR a B. Emergency Health (Paramedic) followed by a Master of Nursing Practice.

The B. Health Science and B. Business (Caulfield campus).

ARE THERE STILL JOBS IN JOURNALISM? Career Practitioners at a conference at Monash Uni, heard about opportunities in journalism. Journalism is not in decline; it is newspapers that are in decline; newspapers and journalism are not the same thing. The digital era that is destroying the old business model is opening up opportunities. We are entering an age where we can combine all media to tell our stories. Skills needed include enterprise, independence and resourcefulness. Jobs in media are fragmenting with online opportunities proliferating. Journalists needto: think critically, understand the concepts of evidence and impartial argument, find stories, research, interview, write, edit, know the difference between good/bad writing, and digital skills in content creation and distribution. With the skills of journalism, you are a good fit for jobs in many areas such as PR, communications, speechwriting and producing. NOTE: Journalism can be studied at most universities.

WHAT ABOUT SURVEYING? Surveying offers opportunities for those looking for a diverse and varied career. The national demand for surveyors means graduates are more likely to secure jobs in surveying compared with many other professions. Surveyors get to work indoors and outdoors, taking precise measurements using specialised technology, then analysing and interpreting the results. Students interested in maths, geography, physics and science could be suited to this career.

DEAKIN UNIVERSITY NEWS – BACHELOR OF DESIGN TECHNOLOGY – There is a trend to increasingly adaptive industries, where manufacturing and product development companies are becoming smaller and adopting more diverse interests and product lines. The industry needs versatile, technologically-minded people with design, project management and organisational skills to drive innovation. Commencing in 2015, Deakin’s B. Design Technology has design and innovation as core focus. Gain design skills for application in technological settings, and an understanding of using technology to enhance design and product development. Graduates will be able to create and design consumer, sports, medical or industrial products. Where: Waurn Ponds; Prerequisite: English

BACHELOR OF PLANNING (HONOURS) – As cities grow, there is increasing demand for planners to manage change. This new Deakin degree brings together disciplines of planning, design, urban studies and society in one degree. Where: Geelong (Waterfront); 4 years; Prerequisite: English.

NURSING AND MIDWIFERY INFORMATION – Deakin has sessions about their courses. When/ Where: Burwood – 2.30-4.30 pm, Sat 26 July, Bld Y, room 1.11 A and B; Geelong Waterfront – 6-8pm, Wed 23 July & 2.30-4.30pm, Sat 26 July, Bld AD, room 2.217; Warrnambool – 7.30pm, Fri 25 July, Warrnambool City Centre Campus; Info: 9244 6032 or see Register:, indicating the session you will attend.


CareerNews – Issue 10




Sun 10 Aug         ACU (Melbourne), Deakin (Geelong), RMIT (Bundoora, Brunswick, City)

Sun 17 Aug         La Trobe Uni (Bendigo), Melbourne; Monash (Parkville)

Sun 24 Aug         Box Hill, Deakin (Melbourne), La Trobe (Melbourne), Victoria, William Angliss

Sun 31 Aug         ACU (Ballarat), Federation Uni (Ballarat & Gippsland)

Holmesglen – has ‘Open Wednesday’ each week – see their website to book a visit.

RMIT OPEN DAY – Plan your visit on 10 August by going to Choose which presentations, information areas, displays and activities you will attend before your arrive on campus. A shuttle bus will be provided between the City, Bundoora and Brunswick campuses throughout the day. All university Open Day programs are on their websites.

KANGAN INSTITUTE OPEN DAYS – Find out what is on offer at the various Kangan campuses. When: 9 Aug – Docklands campus; 24 Aug – Richmond; 30 Aug – Moonee Ponds (all 10am-4pm).

RMIT FLIGHT TRAINING OPEN DAY – Visitors can take guided tours of the facilities, find out about booking a trial introductory flight, and get advice from flight instructors and staff on how to start a career as a professional pilot. When: 10am-4pm, Sunday 31 August; Where: RMIT Flight Training, Point Cook site, Building 202, Williams Rd, RAAF Base, Point Cook.

PHARMACY AT MONASH UNIVERSITY – The Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences will kick off National Science Week with an Open House at the Parkville campus. This is an extension of open day, showcasing courses and demonstrating how fun and inspiring science can be. One lucky visitor will take home a $5000 prize pack including travel vouchers, a bicycle, Monash goods, an iPad and $2000 cash. Tours will include a journey through the drug discovery pipeline; see first-hand how pharmaceutical scientists create, formulate and test medicines. The event coincides with the University of Melbourne Open Day, a short distance away on Royal Pde. When: 10am-3pm, Sun 17 Aug; Info:


  • VTAC APPLICATIONSApplications for university, VET and private provider courses for 2015 open on Monday 4 August through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre. Any Yr 12 student wishing to apply for courses needs to visit Timely applications close on 30 Sept. After that the application fee rises from $28 to $93. You can apply for up to 12 courses, placing them in the order you most want them. You will receive an offer in January for the highest course in your list for which you meet the requirements (eg ATAR). Make sure you check out prerequisites and the selection criteria for all courses for which you are applying.
  • SPECIAL ENTRY ACCESS SCHEME (SEAS)– The Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) 2015 Guide has a section about SEAS (pages 30-43), Read this to see if you are eligible for any special consideration for your course application. There are five categories of disadvantage. NOTE: SEAS applications are made on the VTAC website, but can only be done after applying for courses (SEAS applications close: 7 October).
  • THINKING OF SCHOLARSHIPS AFTER YEAR 12?Most institutions listed in the VTAC Guide have a number of scholarships available to applicants. Scholarships either require a direct or VTAC application. Read the Guide (Pages 44-50), see the VTAC website, and institution websites. Some scholarships appear in the body of the VTAC Guide course descriptions (eg Swinburne Information Technology (Scholarship Program), page 469.
  • PUGGY HUNTER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP SCHEME – This government initiative encourages and assists Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander undergraduate students in health-related disciplines to complete their studies and join the workforce (Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander health work, medicine, midwifery, nursing, dentistry/oral health and allied health (not pharmacy)). Apply at (go to Scholarships). You must enrol in a course Cert IV and above. Info: or 1800 688 628.
  • ACCESS MELBOURNE – ‘Access Melbourne’ (University) provides educational opportunities for students from a range of backgrounds enrolling in undergraduate degrees. The University has a selection guarantee for eligible applicants in the following Access Melbourne categories:

Disadvantaged financial background

Applicants from rural or isolated areas

Those who complete an Australian Year 12 or the IB in 2014 and are eligible for one or both categories, are guaranteed a Commonwealth Supported Place in undergraduate degrees, providing they meet the course prerequisites and achieve the following ATAR or notional ATAR: Arts, Environments, Science – ATAR 78+; Commerce – ATAR 88+; Biomedicine – ATAR of 95+. If a student’s ATAR is below these, they will still be considered for a place. Applicants eligible for other Access Melbourne categories will be considered individually;

  • B. FINE ARTS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE –Some specialisations of the B. Fine Arts at the Southbank campus require VTAC applications to be completed earlier than the usual closing date (5pm (EST), 30 Sept). The specialisations of Animation, Film and Television, and Screenwriting require applications by 5pm (EST) on 29 August. The Dance specialisation has a timely closing date of 29 August to guarantee a live audition. The final closing date is 5pm (EST) on 7 November and applicants will not be guaranteed a live audition.

WHAT IS INDUSTRY BASED LEARNING? IBL is a joint venture between university educators and employers offering students relevant paid industry experience. It is offered by several universities, sometimes taking place for six or 12 months prior to completing the final year of the degree. Monash offers IBL to IT students, with a full-time, paid ($17,000), 22 week placement at a leading company. This particular placement counts towards the degree. Swinburne offers IBL in a large range of their degrees. Check out other IBL opportunities at university Open Days. It is a great way to get work experience, perhaps leading to employment.

PARENTS AND UNIVERSITY EDUCATION – Universities know parents play an important role in providing advice, information and support to their children as they plan the future and consider options. Melbourne Uni has some online resources for parents/guardians to help understand the options, entry requirements and what is on offer. See

WHY STUDY PHYSICS? Physics explores our universe at a fundamental level. It provides the basis for many existing technologies (eg computers, lasers, medical imaging, power generation, and so on). It provides the basis for many emerging technologies (eg nanotechnology, quantum computing, atomtronics, and so on). Physics graduates are skilled in empirical reasoning, computational modelling, problem solving and analytical thinking, data analysis, and written and oral communication. Physicists find employment as acoustical physicists, accelerator physicists, astronomers, biophysicists, climate modellers, and so on. They work in industry, for government, in hospitals, universities, and the financial sector. Future careers that will use physicists are atomtronics, complex systems modelling, quantum computing, space industry, spintronics, synthetic biology, functional materials, energy technology, security and data protection. Amazing! For information about studying physics at Monash University, see NOTE: The Melbourne University School of Physics has a lecture for VCE physics students called ‘Light….Waves or Particles?’. Based on the VCE study (Unit 4, Study 2), it will help you understand this topic. When: 6pm, Thurs 7 Aug; Where: Hercus Theatre, School of Physics,Cnr Tin Alley and Swanston Streets; Info: Max 0401990142.

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY –‘Explore Occupational Therapy as a Career’ at an information and demonstration evening for those considering it as a career. Hear from OT’s experienced in spinal rehabilitation, hand therapy, mental health, neurology and more. When: 5pm registration, then 5.30-8pm, Thurs 11 Sept; Where: Education Precinct. Level 4 Austin Tower, Austin Hospital, Studley Rd, Heidelberg; Book: by 5 Sept (max two attendees per reservation).