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NEGS Careers News, Term 2 Week 8

13 Jun 2023
Written by Tianna Kelly
Careers

What’s On in the Next Few Weeks

Find out about our courses, Early Admission, ATAR and selection rank, important dates, scholarships, accommodation, upcoming events, student life and more at one of our Year 12 information evenings.
You will also have the opportunity to get your questions answered by course experts and our current students who are studying right now!
Find out more

UNSW | Year 12 Info Evenings: Your Journey to UNSW 
June 13, 2023
Discover your unique journey to uni and how to get there.
We’ll cover how to preference for your dream degree, scholarship application tips and tricks, and how you can show you are more than just your ATAR.
The fun stuff won’t be missed, you’ll hear from current students about uni life, fun activities and how classes work.
Find out more

UTS | Early Entry Careers Advisers Drop-in Session
June 14, 2023
Join us for a presentation and Q&A session on our UTS Early Entry Program.
We will be running 2 sessions:

  • Morning session (8.30am – 9.15am)
  • Afternoon session (3.30pm – 4.15pm).

The afternoon session will be a repeat of the content in the morning session. We’ll be stepping you through the application process for Early Entry and other important FAQs.
Find out more

University of Sydney | The New Bachelor of Agricultural Science
June 14, 2023
The University of Sydney will be launching a new Agricultural Science degree in 2024. Join this session with Prof Stephen Cattle from the School of Life and Environmental Sciences to learn about the new 3-year Bachelor of Agricultural Science, and the new 4-year Bachelor of Agricultural Science Honours. Whether you become an expert in soil science and digital agriculture or help find solutions to how we feed the world sustainably, you will be on the frontline of issues of global importance.
Find out more

University of Sydney | MySydney Entry and Scholarship Scheme
June 14, 2023
Learn about our new My Sydney Entry and Scholarship Scheme for students from low socio-economic backgrounds. Find out how you can enter your dream degree with a lowered ATAR requirement and get ongoing financial and other support, including an $8,500 per annum scholarship. Find out about the eligibility criteria, how to apply, benefits, and frequently asked questions.
Find out more

Black Dog Institute | Breaking Down Depression 
June 14, 2023
Words like ‘depression’ and ‘anxiety’ are often misused and misunderstood. Understanding and talking about mental health in general can be a minefield for many of us too. That’s where we can help, our presentation has been developed by experts to give you the knowledge to:

  • Identify the features of clinical depression
  • Understand the types of mental illness
  • Recognise the symptoms of depression and anxiety
  • Know when it’s time to get professional help
  • Understand the range of treatment options available
  • Spot and monitor the warning signs (in yourself and others)

Our free, 45 minute sessions are presented by community members with lived experience of mental illness. The presenters speak from the heart, sharing their personal story as well as our expert knowledge.
Find out more

UOW | Macarthur Parents & Students Info Evening
June 14, 2023
Find out about our courses, Early Admission, ATAR and selection rank, important dates, scholarships, accommodation, upcoming events, student life and more at one of our Year 12 information evenings.
You will also have the opportunity to get your questions answered by course experts and our current students who are studying right now!
Find out more

Aviation Job Skills Workshop – Campbelltown
June 15, 2023
Join us at our workshop to explore the huge variety of Airports and Aviation job career pathways available to the women of Western Sydney.
Each workshop is designed to share career pathways, training options and skill requirements, job application tips for women to apply for aviation jobs. It’s a great insight into the amazing career opportunities that exists at Airports, including careers that do not require any formal qualifications to enter.
Find out more

Sydney Design School | Info Session
June 15, 2023 
Find out everything you need to know about our flexible courses and career support. Our Director, Amanda Grace will introduce you to our unique philosophy, passionate Educators and industry focused approach to learning.
You can now join an on campus session live online via Zoom if you are unable to attend.
Find out more

University of Sydney | Year 12 Indigenous Pathways Information Night
June 15, 2023
Find out how the University of Sydney can get you started on the road to your dream career.
Join us at the Indigenous Pathways Information Night to hear about the pathways and programs supporting Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students at the University of Sydney.
Find out more

AIE | Information Evening
June 15, 2023
Discover the courses designed to get you started in game development, film, 3D animation and visual effects at the AIE Information Evening on Thu 15 June 2023. The evening will include presentations on different areas of industry to get into as well as information about AIE full-time and part-time courses and entry requirements. We will be showing off AIE student work and our staff and teachers will be available to chat with you about our courses and how AIE can get you into a creative career.
Find out more

UNSW | Year 12 Info Evenings: Your Journey to UNSW, Online
June 15, 2023
Discover your unique journey to uni and how to get there.
We’ll cover how to preference for your dream degree, scholarship application tips and tricks, and how you can show you are more than just your ATAR.
The fun stuff won’t be missed, you’ll hear from current students about uni life, fun activities and how classes work.
Find out more

Girls in Aviation Day – Dubbo | Wiradjuri Country
June 16, 2023
GIAD is a free event offered to those who identify as girls ages 8 to 17 years to introduce them to the many aviation career possibilities. 
The day is an opportunity to explore the exciting careers available in the aviation and aerospace industry, such as engineers, aircraft maintenance technicians, pilots, operational staff, air traffic controllers, and many other jobs within the aviation community.
Attendees will be guided in small groups through multiple stations, combining a mix of hands on activities and wonderful stories of the industry. A short stop for a free light lunch will also be included.
The day will be full of career inspiration, supported by amazing people from the industry, including female role models.
Find out more

University of Sydney | Info Night, Cabramatta
June 16, 2023
Discover why the University of Sydney is the right place for you! Chat with current students and alumni from Southwest Sydney who are studying a variety of degrees. Learn about admission requirements, entry schemes, pathways, fees, scholarships, other financial assistance and support services we offer from our expert staff and UAC representative. We’ll be serving light refreshments for you to enjoy during the event.
Find out more

UTS | Applying to UTS
June 17, 2023
Thinking about applying to an undergraduate course at UTS? Join us online or on campus to find out about the different application options including applying through UAC, the UTS Early Entry Program, admission schemes and pathways.
Find out more

The Hotel School | Sydney Open Campus
June 17, 2023
Do you want to explore our CBD campus and see what The Hotel School has to offer?
Attend a Masterclass delivered by our Academics to experience life as a student at The Hotel School. Explore your dream career and connect with passionate industry experts!
Join us for an exciting Open Campus experience on Saturday, 17 June 2023.

  • Meet faculty team members and the Head of Campus
  • Discuss career opportunities with the Work Integrated Learning team
  • Find out about our courses and the application process in detail
  • Chat with our current student ambassadors
  • Enjoy Barista coffee and light refreshments

Find out more 

Endeavour College | Natural Health Open Day
June 17, 2023
Open Day is a unique opportunity to see your local campus first-hand and chat one-on-one with experts before you take the plunge and enrol.
We are opening our campus doors for Open Day on Saturday 17 June. Why not see what student life with Endeavour College looks like? Tour the facilities, learn about student life, and chat to our team of academics and admissions advisers on the day. Friends and family are welcome to accompany you.
Find out more

NIE | Simulated UCAT Day Workshop, Sydney
June 18, 2023
If you are in Yrs. 10, 11, 12, or you may be older and considering sitting the UCAT in the future, then this program is for you. The Simulated UCAT Workshop program is ideal and often a necessary step towards effective and efficient preparation for the UCAT.
This event will be conducted by the National Institute of Education in partnership in partnership with UCAT Preparation Australia, and MICAS (Medical Interviews and Career Advice Services).
The workshop is primarily designed to cover fundamental techniques in navigating all five sections of the UCAT test and also for participants to gain a better understanding of their own level of preparedness for the test. Over the course of the years, the program has evolved into more comprehensive and holistic exercise, which not only achieves its primary goal, but it is also exposing students to a wealth of knowledge about all other aspects of the journey into a medical degree.
Find out more

UTS | Tech Festival 2023
June 19 to June 30, 2023
Hosted by the Faculty of Engineering and IT, Tech Festival brings current and prospective UTS students, academics and industry together to foster learning, inspiration, share ideas and promote innovation.‚Äč You won’t want to miss this two-week festival of events, showcases, hackathons, workshops and seminars.
Find out more

UOW | HSC Subject Support Series
June 19 to June 29, 2023
The HSC Subject Support Series is designed to help students improve their knowledge and understanding of key subject content and discover what HSC exam markers and assessors are looking for. 
The series includes 12 free subject-specific online sessions, where participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and receive tips and strategies directly from the most qualified and experienced HSC markers in NSW.
Each 1-1.5 hour webinar will cover:

  • Key content and focus on specific modules
  • Detailed analysis of difficult course content
  • HSC marker insights on how to approach potential questions
  • Strategies to prepare responses to questions

The HSC Subject Support Series will cover:

  • English Advanced
  • English Standard
  • Mathematics Advanced
  • Mathematics Standard
  • Biology
  • Business

There will also be time at the end for Q&A. Bring along any questions you have and have it answered live by a highly experienced HSC teacher/marker.
Each subject will be broken into two parts and content presented over two separate sessions.
Find out more

University of Newcastle | Parents and Carers Drop In Session, Bathurst
June 19, 2023
If you have a child who is currently completing Year 12, come and visit us at Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre (BMEC) for our Parents and Carers Drop In Session.
Parents and Carers will have the opportunity to speak to University staff and current students one on one, and attend a presentation, covering a range of different topics to assist you in supporting your child through their transition from high school to university including:

  • Everything you need to know about entry schemes and pathways to university, including our new Early Entry Program
  • Our campus locations, accommodation, scholarships and more
  • Student experience and support services

Find out more

University of Newcastle | Parents and Carers Drop In Session, Tamworth
June 20, 2023
If you have a child who is currently completing Year 12, come and visit us at University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health for our Parents and Carers Drop In Session. 
Parents and Carers will have the opportunity to speak to University staff and current students one on one, and attend a presentation, covering a range of different topics to assist you in supporting your child through their transition from high school to university including:

  • Everything you need to know about entry schemes and pathways to university, including our new Early Entry Program
  • Our campus locations, accommodation, scholarships and more
  • Student experience and support services

Find out more

University of Newcastle | Parents and Carers Drop In Session, Dubbo
June 20, 2023
If you have a child who is currently completing Year 12, come and visit us at Dubbo RSL Club Events Centre for our Parents and Carers Drop In Session.
Parents and Carers will have the opportunity to speak to University staff and current students one on one, and attend a presentation, covering a range of different topics to assist you in supporting your child through their transition from high school to university including:

  • Everything you need to know about entry schemes and pathways to university, including our new Early Entry Program
  • Our campus locations, accommodation, scholarships and more
  • Student experience and support services

Find out more

UOW | Orange Parents & Students Info Evening
June 20, 2023
Find out about our courses, Early Admission, ATAR and selection rank, important dates, scholarships, accommodation, upcoming events, student life and more at one of our Year 12 information evenings.
You will also have the opportunity to get your questions answered by course experts and our current students who are studying right now!
Find out more

ACU | Regional and Remote Student Information Session and Panel Webinar
June 20, 2023
Find out everything you need to know as a regional or remote student about studying at ACU. 
In this webinar, our Future Students team will take you through entry programs, student accommodation options, scholarships, support services, student life and more. You’ll also hear from current students, who will discuss their experiences living in student accommodation, and have the opportunity to ask the presenters questions.
Find out more

University of Sydney | Nursing at Sydney
June 21, 2023
Nursing is one of the Australia’s fastest growing employment sectors. Our Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced Studies) and double degrees in nursing will prepare you to apply for registration to practice as a nurse in Australia. Find out about the course details, admission requirements, study location, career pathways, clinical placements and nursing registration from Dr Tonia Crawford, Director Pre-registration Programs.
Find out more

Western Sydney Careers Expo 2023
June 22 to June 24, 2023
The Western Sydney Careers Expo provides resources and information for tertiary courses, career and employment options, the HSC, study strategies, the gap year and much more. A feature of The Expo is the seminar program with presentations on course, career and study advice, employment opportunities and key HSC subjects.
Find out more

Black Dog Institute | Mental Fitness
June 22, 2023
Mental health can be a difficult subject for many, but that’s where we can help. Our community presentation, developed by experts has been designed to help young people by giving them knowledge and practical tools proven to:

  • Build strength, flexibility and endurance to cope more effectively
  • Learn how to refocus the mindset
  • Recognise and feel good about the positives in life
  • Reduce stress and worry
  • Strengthen the immune system
  • Improve memory, concentration and creative thinking
  • Develop life meaning and purpose statements 

Our free, 45 minute sessions are presented by community members with lived experience of mental illness. The presenters speak from the heart, sharing their personal story as well as our expert knowledge.
Find out more

University of Sydney | Meet Sydney, Nowra
June 22, 2023
Join us for an information evening to find out all you need to know about the University of Sydney!
Learn about our new Regional and Remote Entry Scheme and MySydney Scheme.
The session will also cover information about courses, admission requirements, entry schemes/pathways, fees, and scholarships, as well as the type of support available on campus.
Uni students and alumni from Regional NSW will share stories, tips on moving away from home and advice about their journey to university and beyond.
You’ll also get the chance to speak with staff and students and have all your questions about the University of Sydney answered.
Find out more

UNSW | STEM Teachers’ Day
June 23, 2023
Equipping students with STEM skills and experiences is critical in driving innovation and meeting Australia’s future job needs. The UNSW STEM Teachers’ Day provides you with practical ideas and techniques to boost STEM education in the classroom and beyond. You’ll connect with our world-leading researchers to discuss emerging innovations, workshops and outreach opportunities to further support and enhance your teaching and inspire your students to engage with STEM tools to creatively solve problems that will shape a better world.
At the UNSW STEM Teachers’ Day, you will have the opportunity to: 

  • Engage in tailored and immersive workshops
  • Discover the UNSW STEM innovations occurring in Engineering, Science and Actuarial Studies.
  • Explore the UNSW labs and makerspaces and get a hands-on experience with our modern facilities and equipment.
  • Connect directly with UNSW academics and students.
  • Collaborate with other STEM teachers and book outreach opportunities offered by UNSW.

Find out more 


Important Future Events


UTS | Startups Summit
June 27, 2023
Join over 6,000 year 9 and 10 students at the ICC Sydney to immerse themselves and find out what tech-enabled students are doing, and see what is really possible for their future.
You’ll see young, diverse, tech-enabled entrepreneurs in action, and have the opportunity to represent your school in talking about your ideas.
This event is free for schools and students, and will be held one time only.
Find out more

WSU | Open Day
July 2, 2023
Registrations are now open for Open Day 2023. Register now to join us on Sunday 2 July for your chance to win 1 of 3 e-giftcards valued at $1,000. 
Open Day is a great opportunity to discover everything Western has to offer, explore presentations and student panels, meet academics and current students, find out about Western’s early offer pathway, HSC True Reward and more.
Find out more

Creative Studio: Grace Barnes
July 3 to July 12, 2023
In partnership with TAFE NSW and Regional Futures, Creative Studio is giving Western Sydney and Lower Hunter Valley based students the opportunity to explore AR technology and digital portraiture with multidisciplinary artist, Grace Barnes.
In response to the Powerhouse exhibition, A Line A Web A World, Grace Barnes will take students through her creative process to demonstrate how to transform physical media into digital visualisation using Procreate and AR technology.
Inspired by the natural landscapes around her, Grace Barnes aims to explore the bold truths of what our future environment might look like. Grace invites students to visualise themselves in the future they want and need. This workshop encourages imagination, design and critical thinking.
Recommended for high school students in grades 7–12.
Students are expected to attend all three days. The workshop is free, but bookings are essential as places are limited.
Find out more

UOW | HSC Subject Revision Bootcamp 
July 3 to July 6, 2023
HSC Bootcamp is designed, directed and delivered by highly experienced current HSC markers.
This means that you will learn directly from your HSC markers and from the very people who put together the syllabus for each subject.
Each ‘Bootcamp’ will run from 10.00am to 3.00pm (with a 1 hour break!) and will cover exam specific questions linked to HSC subject content.
You will unpack how to best respond to past HSC questions, guided by an HSC marker. Get the most of your study time, be prepared and achieve your best in the HSC.
The HSC Subject Revision Bootcamp will cover:

  • English Advanced
  • English Standard
  • Mathematics Advanced
  • PDHPE
  • Chemistry
  • Legal Studies

Sessions are free. Capacity is limited, register ASAP so you don’t miss out!
Find out more

Campion College | Winter Program 2023
July 4 to July 7, 2023
Our immersive four-day program provides the opportunity to reside on campus and interact with like-minded peers. We have a fun-filled program including a bonfire night, movies, trivia, dancing and sports, as well as sample lectures from our history, literature, philosophy and theology professors.
Find out more

AIE | Industry Experience Days
July 5 to July 12, 2023
AIE’s Industry Experience Day is a great opportunity for students in Years 10, 11 and 12 to learn about the local and international game development, 3D animation and visual effects industries. Students will get the opportunity to learn about the different pathways to get into the industry, what should be in a portfolio and will be able to get creative in practical workshops using industry-standard 3D animation and game development tools. 
The sessions are run by industry professionals who have worked on some blockbuster games and films. Everything is provided for you to participate in the hands-on workshops and you will be using the same software that is used in the industry.
Event dates:

  • Melbourne: July 5th
  • Sydney, Canberra and Adelaide: July 12th 

Find out more

UTAS | Rozelle Nursing Workshops
July 7 to July 14, 2023
Nursing is the launch pad to your career in health.
It will take you to places that you never thought possible. You could work in a huge range of areas including workplace safety, emergency medicine, and mental health. Plus, you’ll make a real difference in the quality of life for your community.
This immersive workshop will provide Year 10, 11 and 12 students with an opportunity to explore real-world examples of research, study, and careers in Nursing.
Students will work alongside academics and researchers and experience hands-on activities, work through scenarios, and ask questions about career pathways and opportunities.
Activities include:

  • Introduction to the Lab/Hand washing
  • PPE/Vital signs
  • Basic Life Support
  • Bioscience

Applications close 22 June.
Find out more

 

Scholarships


Top Scholarships for Indigenous Students
For many Indigenous students, particularly those living in rural and remote communities,
accessing university or higher education can seem almost impossible. But thankfully, there are ways to make education more accessible and affordable; and one of them is through scholarships. In this blog, we’ll look at some great scholarships for Indigenous students you might like to apply for.

Why should I apply for scholarships?
Scholarships can help unlock doors to higher education, empowering you to pursue your dreams without the burden of financial constraints. Scholarships could provide financial aid, covering tuition fees, accommodation expenses, textbooks, and sometimes even living allowances. They are awarded to students for a wide variety of reasons, including academic excellence, leadership potential, community involvement, and to help deserving students from underrepresented backgrounds.

Scholarships for Indigenous students
There are lots of government, university, and community scholarships out there to support Indigenous students. Here are some of the best ones we’ve found:

How do I apply?
Most scholarship applications these days are done online, so you’ll need access to a computer or tablet and the internet. While each scholarship may have specific requirements, generally you’ll need to submit an application form, academic transcripts, and a personal statement outlining your achievements, aspirations, and community involvement. Remember to highlight your unique experiences, cultural heritage, and resilience in overcoming challenges. Don’t forget, you can always seek assistance from mentors, teachers, or scholarship support services if you need help putting your application together.

Dream big
Scholarships can provide a stepping stone towards fulfilling your dreams, whether that’s becoming a lawyer, an engineer, an artist, or a leader in your community. Take advantage of these opportunities, be ambitious, and don’t be afraid to dream big.
You can find more blogs about scholarships and search for opportunities on our website here.

 

Getting Ready for Work


Navigating the Skills Gap
Navigating the job market as a young person can be a complex process. Often, the conversation revolves around the “skills gap,” suggesting that job seekers lack the necessary skills for available roles. However, the reality is often much more nuanced. The challenge frequently lies in a mismatch between what employers offer and what employees seek, rather than a simple lack of skills. Understanding this can empower young people to approach their job search strategically and find roles that truly fit their needs and aspirations. Here are three key insights to consider when you’re searching for jobs.

Understand your value
In the modern job market, technical skills are just one piece of the puzzle. Employers are increasingly looking for employees who bring a diverse range of experiences, interests, and transferable skills to the table. These can include communication skills, problem-solving abilities, leadership qualities, and adaptability. These skills can often be developed through various life experiences, not just formal work roles. For instance, involvement in community projects, sports teams, or volunteer work can all contribute to your skill set. So, when considering your value as a potential employee, don’t just focus on your technical skills. Think about the broader range of skills and experiences you can offer and how these could benefit a potential employer.

Consider job conditions
The conditions under which you work can have a significant impact on your job satisfaction. 
This includes factors like the hours you work, whether you can work remotely, the culture of the workplace, and the level of job security. For example, you might have the skills to work in a high-pressure corporate environment, but if you value work-life balance, this might not be the right fit for you. Similarly, you might be technically qualified for a job that requires a lot of travel, but if you prefer to stay close to home, you might not be very happy. When considering a job, make sure to take into account the working conditions and think about whether they align with your lifestyle and personal preferences.

Communicate your expectations
Clear communication is key in the job market. If you know what you’re looking for in a job, don’t be afraid to express this to potential employers. This could be during the application process, in an interview, or once you’re in the job. For example, if you value opportunities for professional development, make this clear. If flexible working hours are important to you, let them know. By being open about your expectations, you can help to reduce the mismatch between what employers offer and what employees are looking for. Remember, it’s not just about finding a job – it’s about finding the right job for you. 
Remember, the skills gap is often less about a lack of skills among job seekers, and more about a mismatch between what employers offer and what employees are looking for. By understanding this, you can better navigate the job market and find roles that are a good fit for you.
Interested in learning more about the world of work? Read more on our website here.

 

Work Experience


Finding Work Experience for Students with a Disability
We all know the power work experience can have for young people when they’re considering future career options. And while placements can be tricky to come by, for students with a disability, the barriers are even higher. But this shouldn’t discourage you from trying to find work experience; there are plenty of reasons why you should, and lots of employers who are willing to work with you. In this blog, we’ll take a look at the importance of work experience, and how students with a disability can find options suitable for them. Let’s get started. 

Why is work experience important?
There are a number of reasons why you might like to try work experience, including:

  • Seeing if a job might be the right fit for you
  • Getting experience in the workforce
  • Building important soft skills
  • Gaining confidence and independence

For young people with a disability, finding work experience is even more important. In Australia, only 53.4% of people with a disability aged 15–64 years are engaged in the workforce (compared to 84.1% of people without a disability).
By engaging in work experience while you’re still at school, you can be better equipped to enter the workforce with the skills and knowledge employers are looking for.

What to consider when searching for work experience
Individual considerations and needs when looking for work experience placements will vary from person to person. People with physical disabilities will need to look at things like building and facility access, while a student who is deaf might need assistance with interpreting. You know your own needs better than anybody else, so take these into account when looking for work experience. 
When looking at specific employers, you might also like to do a bit of extra research about them to see if they might be a good fit. Do they currently employ other people with a disability? Have they implemented a Disability Action Plan or Accessibility and Inclusion Plan? Can you read reviews or talk to current and former employees about the workplace’s culture and values?

Finding work experience for students with a disability
Your school is usually your first point of contact when searching for work experience. Talk to your careers advisor and see if they can assist you in finding a placement.
If you have a Disability Employment Services (DES) provider, they can also assist with finding work experience appropriate for your needs.
You might also like to engage in a local program like Ticket to Work, which includes career development and employment pathway support (you can also listen to their podcast exploring the world of work for young people with a disability).
If you see an opportunity online that looks interesting, you can always get in touch with the company and ask if they can support you.
And don’t forget about the power of family and friends. They can help you search for opportunities, or might be able to offer something that’s perfect for you.


Ideas for Work Experience

Work Experience at The Joan

Grandshake Virtual Work Experiences

Work Experience at ACYP


Competitions


MSC Letter Writing Project – Competition
To celebrate World Ocean Day in 2023, the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is hosting a challenge for schools to write a letter to fisher! After exploring one of the fishery case studies in the lesson plan, students write their letter to a sustainable fisher.
In their letters, students may like to:

  • Share why their love the ocean
  • Share their own experiences with fish and fishing
  • Give thanks to fishers for the hard work that they do, providing nutritious food for us to eat
  • Explain why they think that sustainable fishing is important

Students are highly encouraged to include drawings, paintings, or other creative expressions! 
When the letters are delivered, the MSC will create a short film together with the fishers, so that students can see the fisher’s responses.
All participating students will be entered into a random prize draw to win a $50 ALDI gift card. 
One entry will be given per student letter.
The school that sends the most student letters overall will also be eligible to win a virtual classroom with a fisher, during which students can ask all of their questions about marine life, fishing, and life on board a fishing vessel.
Competition closing date is 31 July, 2023.
Find out more here.

 

Resources


Supporting Refugee Friends in High School
Did you know there are over 11,000 refugee students currently in public schools in New South Wales alone? Being a supportive friend can make a world of difference to someone who has experienced the challenges of displacement and starting anew. In this blog, we’ll explore some simple yet impactful ways you can lend your support. So, let’s dive in.

Show empathy and listen
When it comes to supporting your refugee friends, empathy is key. Put yourself in their shoes and try to understand the unique struggles they may be facing. Offer a listening ear and create a safe space for them to share their experiences. Sometimes, all they need is someone who genuinely cares and is willing to listen without judgment. 

Learn about their culture
One fantastic way to show support is by taking an interest in your friend’s culture. Ask questions, explore their customs, traditions, and celebrations. This not only helps you develop a deeper understanding of their background but also shows your friend that you value their heritage. You might even discover some incredible similarities or shared interests along the way.

Offer language assistance
Language barriers can be daunting for refugees, especially in an academic setting. If your friend is still learning the local language, you can offer your help. Simple gestures like explaining unfamiliar words, practising conversations, or even recommending language-learning resources can make a significant impact. Your support can boost their confidence and help them navigate their new environment more comfortably. 

Include them in social activities
High school isn’t just about academics; it’s also a time for building friendships and creating memories. Including your refugee friend in social activities can help them feel more connected and integrated. Invite them to hang out with your friend group, participate in extracurricular activities together, or attend school events. Your inclusion and acceptance can make a world of difference in their overall wellbeing.

Be a peer mentor
As a high school student, you possess unique skills and knowledge that can be of immense help to your refugee friend. Offer your assistance as a peer mentor, helping them navigate the ins and outs of the education system, offering study tips, and providing guidance on coursework.
By sharing your knowledge and supporting their academic journey, you’re empowering them to thrive in their new school environment.

Advocate for inclusivity
Advocacy is a powerful tool for change. Speak up for inclusivity and support initiatives that promote diversity within your school community. Collaborate with student groups, organise cultural events, or initiate conversations about refugee rights and integration. By taking a stand, you’re actively fostering an environment of acceptance and understanding.

Connect them with resources
There are various organisations and resources available that specifically assist refugees in their integration process. Take the time to research local organisations and programs that can provide support to your friend. Share this information with them, helping them access valuable resources such as language classes, counselling services, or mentorship programs. Your effort in connecting them to these resources can make a tremendous difference in their lives.

Remember, the little acts of kindness and support you offer can have a profound impact on a person’s wellbeing and sense of belonging. By embracing empathy, promoting inclusivity, and being a supportive friend, you can make a positive difference in their life. 
You can find more wellbeing resources on our website here.

University Spotlight – Charles Darwin University
Find out what it’s like to study at Charles Darwin University in this University Spotlight. 

Campuses & Access 
Charles Darwin University is the Northern Territory’s only university, with five main campuses and seven smaller study centres. Their four NT campuses are located in Casuarina, Palmerston, Katherine, and Alice Springs, and they have a fifth campus in Sydney. Study centres are spread across Brisbane, Darwin, Katherine, Melbourne, Perth, Tennant Creek, and Nhulunbuy.
Public bus services can be used to travel to the Casuarina, Palmerston, Alice Springs, and Sydney campuses. Parking is available at all campuses for students who wish to travel by car.
Most of the paths and buildings across all campuses are accessible by wheelchair, with buildings containing lifts for access to upper floors.

Online Learning
CDU offer a large variety of courses to study fully online, covering all study ar

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