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NEGS Careers News, Term 2 Week 9

19 Jun 2023
Written by Tianna Kelly

What’s On in the Next Few Weeks

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

AFTRS | Intro to VFX & 3D Animation
June 26 to July 6, 2023
This course aims to demystify the visual effects and animation industry by providing a core understanding of the workflows, processes and tasks involved in contemporary digital visual effects, animation and post-production.
Conducted by industry leader and creative professional, Alexander Hoetzer, you will be prepared to engage with a wide range of creative industries, and in a wide range of tasks. Gain insider perspectives on professional creative processes which will help close knowledge gaps in foundational topics and provide and overall perspective of visual effects and animation workflows.
It doesn’t matter how close or distant your dreams are, it is always good to know more. And this course is designed to help you choose the right pathway towards your first production, your first job, or just so you know what is going on behind the scenes of a blockbuster.
Suited for:

  • Anyone looking towards a career in visual effects or animation
  • Filmmakers and other screen content producers looking to integrate visual effects
  • Production management personnel who need know more
  • This course is open to students aged 16 years and over (students under 18 must complete an Under 18 consent form).

Find out more

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

Black Dog Institute | Insight
June 27, 2023
Understanding mental health is a minefield for many of us, but that’s where we can help. Our presentation, developed by experts, has been designed to help young people be able to:

  • Identify depression from normal mood swings
  • Understand types of mental health concerns
  • Recognise symptoms of depression and anxiety
  • Know when professional help is needed
  • Understand treatment options
  • Feel free and confident to talk about mental health
  • Spot and monitor warning signs in themselves and others

Our free, 30 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

SCCE | Exchange Webinar
June 27, 2023
Preparing for your exchange program is an important part of the process and is vital to continued program success. At these online meetings, an experienced high school exchange advisor will share an overview of high school exchange programs with Southern Cross Cultural Exchange.
You’ll learn more about living with a host family and how studying overseas can help you develop confidence and independence… and gain a lifetime of memories.
Find out more

Endeavour College | Virtual Open Day
June 28, 2023
Attending a Virtual Open Day is a great way to find out more about studying at Endeavour with the opportunity to Q&A your study and enrolment questions with our admissions team and academics. Whether you’re at home, in an office, or even overseas, you can join our Virtual Open Day from wherever you are.
Find out more

ADF | Defence Careers Information Session, Albury
June 28, 2023
Consider a career like no other and represent Australia with pride in the Navy, Army or Air Force.
Speak with current serving personnel at our upcoming info session and ask your questions – is a career in the Australian Defence Force for you?
Find out more

University of Sydney | Interaction Design at Sydney
June 28, 2023
Learn about how our new Bachelor of Design (Interaction Design) will provide you with the innovative technical and social design skills to become a leading edge designer in today’s fast-paced job market. Find out how your passion for creativity and problem solving can be harnessed for a career in digital and visual design.
Find out more

UOW | Early Admission Application Webinar
June 28, 2023
UOW Early Admission is our early offer program for students completing Year 12 (Higher School Certificate or other Australian equivalents) or the International Baccalaureate Diploma during 2023. This webinar is your chance to ask any questions and find out how to get an offer to uni before you sit your first exam.
Here’s what we’ll cover in the webinar:

  •  Key Dates
  •  Application process
  •  Answering the 4 short questions
  •  Scholarships
  •  Offers

Find out more

ADF | Engineering Careers Virtual Information Session
June 29, 2023
Engineers in the ADF spend their careers working with some of the world’s most sophisticated hardware and technology. Consider a career in the Navy, Army or Air Force and keep Defence’s weapons, vehicles, aircraft, ships and infrastructure operating safely and effectively.
Join us for a virtual info session to speak with serving personnel and find out more.
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


Important Future Events

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

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

Charles Sturt | HSC Study Days 2023
July 4 to July 6, 2023
Boost your exam marks with the help from expert HSC markers.
Learn the best tips and tricks to nail your HSC exams at Charles Sturt University’s HSC Study Days! You’ll learn directly from accomplished HSC markers, who’ve got years of experience leading HSC marking, sitting on exam committees and writing textbooks. Prepare to leave these free sessions exam-ready!

  • Learn strategies and tips from HSC experts.
  • Practise questions and receive example responses.
  • Improve your knowledge and understanding of key syllabus content.
  • Receive detailed notes and sample questions for each module/topic.

Ninety-seven per cent of past attendees have improved their expected Year 12 exam results!
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

University of Sydney | Tahgara (winter) Program
July 10 to July 14, 2023
The Tahgara (winter) Program is an intensive week-long residential program at the University of Sydney, designed to prepare Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Year 12 students for their final exams and equip them for their journey into higher education.
Students attend workshops presented by exam markers, expert tutors, faculty academics, and university staff and students. Designed to build educational capacity and motivation, students participating in the Tahgara (winter) Program will experience an individually tailored program, guiding them through scholarship applications, university pathways, exam preparation, as well as receiving one-on-one subject specific tutoring. 
There is no cost for the schools or families of students who participate in the Tahgara (winter) Program. The University of Sydney will pay for travel, meals, accommodation and all other expenses associated with the program.
This program is open to all Year 12 Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students completing their HSC this year.
Find out more



Creative Ways to Boost Your Scholarship Applications
While academic achievements and grades play a significant role in scholarship applications, there are also other creative ways to make your application stand out. This blog will explore unique and innovative approaches for you to increase your chances of winning scholarships. By showcasing talents and skills, leveraging community involvement, creating impressive personal statements, and seeking out lesser-known opportunities, you can boost your scholarship applications.

Showcase your Talents and Skills
Scholarship committees appreciate students who possess exceptional talents and skills.  
Whether you excel in sports, arts, music, writing, or any other field, consider highlighting these abilities in your application. Demonstrate your dedication and achievements through portfolios, videos, or performances. Some scholarships are specifically designed for students with particular talents, so be sure to research and apply to those opportunities as well. 

Leverage Community Involvement
Active involvement in your community not only benefits others, but also demonstrates your leadership, compassion, and commitment. Participate in volunteer work, community service projects, or initiatives that align with your passions and interests. Highlight these experiences in your scholarship applications, emphasising how they have shaped you as an individual and how you plan to continue making a positive impact in the future. Many scholarships value community engagement and prefer students who contribute meaningfully to society.

Craft an Impressive Personal Statement
Your personal statement is your chance to showcase your personality, aspirations, and unique experiences. Instead of merely listing your achievements and qualifications, use this opportunity to tell a compelling story about your journey, challenges, and growth. Be authentic, genuine, and reflect on the lessons you’ve learned along the way. Connect your personal experiences to your academic and career goals, emphasising how the scholarship will help you make a difference in your chosen field. Remember to revise and edit your personal statement multiple times to ensure clarity and coherence.

Seek out Lesser-Known Scholarship Opportunities
While popular scholarships receive a significant number of applications, exploring lesser-known opportunities can give you a competitive advantage. Look for scholarships offered by local businesses, non-profit organisations, and community foundations. These scholarships often have fewer applicants and focus on specific criteria or interests. Research niche scholarships related to your hobbies, passions, or cultural background.

Network and Seek Guidance
Networking and seeking guidance from mentors, teachers, and counsellors can be immensely helpful in your scholarship pursuit. They can provide valuable insights, connect you with relevant scholarship opportunities, and offer guidance throughout the application process.
Attend university open days, workshops, and information sessions to interact with lecturers and even current students who may have scholarship recommendations.
Winning scholarships requires a combination of academic excellence, determination, and creative approaches. By showcasing your talents and skills, leveraging community involvement, crafting an impressive personal statement, and exploring lesser-known opportunities, you can boost your scholarship applications. Remember to start early, stay organised, and give yourself ample time to complete applications. Each scholarship application is an opportunity to showcase your unique qualities, so put your best foot forward and pursue your dreams with confidence.
You can find scholarship opportunities on our website here.


Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Cookery Apprenticeship Spotlight
If you love food and delighting other people with exciting culinary creations, you might like to consider a career in cookery. Sounds like something that might interest you? You can start your career with an apprenticeship. 

What is a career in cookery?
A career in cookery offers an exciting and dynamic journey into the world of food and flavours. 
As a chef, you have the opportunity to transform simple ingredients into culinary masterpieces, delighting the palates of others. There are also lots of other roles you might like to consider, including as a pastry chef, culinary instructor, food stylist, or even restaurant owner.

What skills do I need for a career in cookery?
A career in cookery requires a combination of technical culinary skills, a strong knowledge of ingredients, a refined palate for taste and flavour, creativity, adaptability, excellent time management, attention to detail, and effective communication and teamwork. These skills will enable you to excel in the fast-paced and dynamic culinary environment, allowing you to create delicious and visually appealing dishes while ensuring efficiency and customer satisfaction.

Why should I consider a cookery apprenticeship?
Apprenticeships are a great way to get your foot in the door with an employer and start building valuable skills. There are often lots of opportunities to continue working with your employer after your apprenticeship is complete, and even advance your career down the track.
As part of a cookery apprenticeship, you will be doing real work for an employer while completing study with a TAFE or RTO. A cookery apprenticeship usually takes 2-3 years to complete, depending on whether you work and study full- or part-time.
Here are some qualifications you might want to look into:

There are tons of benefits to an apprenticeship, rather than just work or study alone, including:

  • Getting paid while you learn – unlike uni, you can work and study without having to take on an insane work load.
  • The opportunity to get hands-on experience, not just endless reading.
  • The potential to connect with an employer and continue working with them after your traineeship is finished.
  • Your qualification will be nationally recognised, meaning you can go anywhere with it.

Where can I find apprenticeship opportunities?
Just like searching for a job, there are lots of places you can go to find an apprenticeship. You can start your search on sites like SEEK and Indeed. Take a look on social media like Facebook or LinkedIn to see if any local businesses are hiring. Sign up with an Apprenticeship Network Provider or Group Training Organisation, or even go old fashioned and take a look in the local paper or give local businesses a call.
Here are some examples of the kinds of opportunities available in cookery:


Getting Ready for Work

Top 5 Jobs for Night Owls
Do you dread waking up at the break of dawn? Think working from 9 to 5 might not be for you?
While the world often caters to morning people, there are many rewarding careers that suit your nocturnal nature. In this blog, we’ll explore five fantastic jobs perfect for night owls – let’s discover the possibilities.

Security Guard
As a security guard, you’ll help maintain safety in places like hospitals, offices, or other businesses. Your presence and quick decision-making will create a secure environment. Plus, the quiet surroundings may give you time for personal interests or self-improvement activities during your shift.

Emergency Services Worker
If you have a strong desire to help people in emergencies, consider becoming an emergency services worker. This includes jobs like paramedics and firefighters who work day and night to save lives. You’ll provide vital medical care and help extinguish fires, making a real impact in your community.

Call Centre Agent
If you’re good at communicating and enjoy helping others, consider working as a call centre agent. Call centres operate around the clock, providing customer support to people around the world. Whether it’s troubleshooting technical problems or answering product questions, you’ll play a crucial role in ensuring customer satisfaction. This job offers flexibility and the chance to improve your people skills.

Freelance Writer 
If you have a way with words and love storytelling, freelance writing might be a perfect fit. 
Freelance writers have flexible schedules, allowing you to work when creativity strikes, even during the late hours. You can write articles, blog posts, or even fiction and make a living doing what you love.

Air Traffic Controller
If you have a strong sense of responsibility and excellent communication skills, becoming an air traffic controller might be a good fit. Air traffic controllers ensure safe and efficient air travel.
Night owls have an advantage as there is usually less air traffic at night. By monitoring and coordinating aircraft movements, you’ll contribute to smooth flights while enjoying the calm control tower atmosphere.
Hopefully some of these suggestions have sparked your creativity. If you want to find out more about what’s out there in the world of work, take a look at our website here.


Work Experience

Work Experience Can Help Build Your Future
There are lots of ways you can find out what a job is like. You could read about it, watch videos, or even talk to someone in the job. But there’s nothing really like experiencing it first-hand. 
That’s exactly what work experience is – a way you can get a taste of a career and help steer you in the right direction when you’re thinking about your future possibilities.

What is work experience?
Work experience is where you get to spend time at a workplace and see what the people who work there do. You get to experience the daily operations of a business or organisation. It’s also an opportunity for you to ask any questions you might have.
Work experience is usually unpaid, and you shouldn’t be expected to undertake any serious work. However, you might get the chance to help with some simple tasks. 

What are the benefits of work experience?
Whether you’re still in school, at university, or looking for work at any stage of your life, work experience can be a valuable tool. It can help you:

  • Pin down your future goals
  • Gain first-hand experience of a job
  • Improve your knowledge and skills
  • Build a network of contacts
  • See how the world works

And when you’re applying for jobs in the future, it looks great on your resume too!

Where can I find work experience?
If you’re still at school, you can speak to your careers advisor and they might be able to help you organise a placement.
Work experience is also a part of many university and VET courses these days. In this context it’s also referred to as Work Integrated Learning (WIL). 
If there’s a specific place you have in mind, you can try contacting them directly to organise work experience.
Or you can search our Work Experience database for heaps of opportunities, including Virtual Work Experience.

Ideas for Work Experience
Work Experience with Wakakirri
UNSW Engineering High School Work Experience Program
Ready! Work Experience with Animal Logic Studios



Grok Cyber Comp
Is your school cyber secure? Test your students cyber security skills’ in this free online competition.
Cyber Comp is an online competition to test your students’ cyber security skills. 
The competition is open for 2 weeks from June 19, 2023. Students must complete the competition in one sitting and they are given a 45 minute window in which to do so.
Cyber Comp is free for all Australian students in years 5-12.
After taking part in Grok Cyber Comp students will:

  • Have a greater understanding of why it is important to protect their personal information
  • Know how to create stronger passwords
  • Be able to evaluate emails and text messages to reduce the risk of falling victim to scams
  • Understand what to do if they receive a scam email or message

Find out more:

ANSTO’s National Science Week Hackathon
Bring innovation to your classroom with a fast-paced Hackathon for students in years 7-11.  
The theme for 2023 is Innovation: Powering Future Industries. The theme will incorporate the advancement in technology in all industries, especially using artificial intelligence (AI).
ANSTO’s National Science Week Hackathon is open to Australian Secondary School students in years 7-8 (Junior Division) and years 9-11 (Senior Division) interested in science and technology.
Applications are now open and close on 20 July 2023.
Find out more:



Balancing Academic and Extracurricular Activities: A Guide for High School Students
Balancing academic responsibilities with extracurricular activities can be quite the juggling act.
With countless opportunities available to explore your passions and interests beyond the classroom, it’s essential to strike a healthy balance. In this article, we’ll delve into some practical advice and tips on how to manage your academics and extracurricular commitments effectively. So let’s dive in and find the perfect equilibrium.

Prioritise and Plan Ahead
First and foremost, prioritise your commitments. Understand the importance of your academic responsibilities, as they lay the foundation for your future. Take note of assignment deadlines, tests, and projects, and organise them in a planner or digital calendar. This will help you stay on top of your coursework and avoid last-minute rushes.

Explore Your Passions
Extracurricular activities are a fantastic way to discover and develop your passions and interests. Engage in activities that truly excite you, whether it’s joining a sports team, participating in a debate club, or pursuing a hobby like music or painting. These activities not only provide an outlet for creativity and self-expression but can also enhance your uni and job applications.

Assess Your Time Commitments
Be realistic about the time you can dedicate to extracurricular activities without neglecting your studies. Consider the intensity and time requirements of each activity and assess whether it’s feasible to take them on alongside your academic workload. Remember, it’s better to commit fully to a few activities rather than spreading yourself too thin across multiple commitments. 

Learn to Prioritise and Say “No”
As much as you’d love to take on every opportunity that comes your way, it’s important to set boundaries. Understand your limits and learn to say “no” when you feel overwhelmed. It’s okay to decline certain activities or reduce your involvement in others if it means maintaining a healthy balance between academics and extracurriculars. Remember, quality over quantity!

Time Management Skills
Time management is crucial when juggling multiple commitments. Break down your tasks into manageable chunks and allocate specific time slots for studying, attending extracurricular activities, and personal downtime. Avoid procrastination by starting assignments and projects early, allowing yourself ample time to complete them without added stress.

Utilise Support Systems
Don’t hesitate to seek support when needed. Reach out to teachers, mentors, or guidance counsellors for advice on managing your workload. They can provide valuable insights and help you create a schedule that accommodates both your academic and extracurricular pursuits.
Additionally, discuss your commitments with your parents or guardians, as they can offer guidance and support in finding the right balance.

Take Care of Yourself
In the midst of managing academics and extracurricular activities, it’s crucial to prioritise self-care. Ensure you get enough sleep, maintain a balanced diet, and engage in regular physical exercise. Remember, a healthy mind and body are vital for performing well in all aspects of your life.
Finding the right balance between academics and extracurricular activities is an ongoing process that requires self-awareness and effective time management. By prioritising your commitments, planning ahead, and learning to say “no” when necessary, you can strike a healthy balance that allows you to excel academically while pursuing your passions outside the classroom.
You can find more wellbeing tips and advice on our website here.

How Indigenous Higher Education Units Empower Students
Are you an Indigenous student looking to study a university in Australia? If so, you’re not alone in facing unique challenges and barriers on your academic journey. Thankfully, universities across the country have established Indigenous Higher Education Units (IHEUs) to support and empower students like you. In this article, we will explore the importance of these units and how they can assist you in achieving your dreams. 

Bridging the Gap
Indigenous Higher Education Units have emerged as a response to the underrepresentation of Indigenous students in higher education. Their primary goal is to bridge the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, promoting inclusivity and addressing your specific needs. These units recognise the importance of cultural safety and self-determination, fostering an environment where you can thrive.

Comprehensive Support
At an IHEU, you will find a range of culturally sensitive support services to ensure your success.
From academic assistance to counselling and mentoring, these units are dedicated to helping you navigate the challenges of university life. Academic support programs will equip you with essential study skills and provide access to tutoring, ensuring you have the tools necessary to excel in your studies.

Mentorship and Guidance
Having a mentor who understands your unique experiences can make a significant difference in your educational journey. IHEUs offer mentoring programs that connect you with experienced individuals who can provide guidance, encouragement, and serve as role models. They will help you navigate university life, inspire you to set ambitious goals, and assist you in overcoming obstacles along the way.

Cultural Enrichment
Your cultural identity is a source of strength and resilience. IHEUs understand the importance of maintaining and strengthening your connection to culture while pursuing higher education.
Through language classes, cultural workshops, and community events, you can engage in activities that celebrate and preserve your heritage. These opportunities contribute to your personal growth, wellbeing, and sense of belonging within the university environment.

Financial Assistance
Finances should never be a barrier to accessing quality education. IHEUs often administer scholarships and financial support programs tailored specifically for Indigenous students. These initiatives alleviate the financial burdens associated with higher education, covering expenses such as tuition fees, accommodation, textbooks, and travel. By providing this support, IHEUs ensure that you have the resources you need to focus on your studies and succeed academically.

Indigenous Knowledge and Research 
Indigenous knowledge and perspectives are invaluable assets that enrich the academic community. IHEUs actively promote the integration of Indigenous knowledge within the university curriculum. They also foster Indigenous research capabilities, encouraging studies on Indigenous issues, culture, and history. Through research, Indigenous scholars associated with IHEUs contribute to policy development and the advancement of knowledge in Indigenous studies.

Community Engagement and Outreach
IHEUs are not isolated entities within universities; they actively engage with local Indigenous communities, schools, and organisations. They collaborate with Indigenous elders, leaders, and community members, ensuring cultural protocols are respected and Indigenous perspectives are valued. Through community engagement and outreach, IHEUs create opportunities for collaboration and build bridges between the university and Indigenous communities. 
Indigenous Higher Education Units are committed to empowering Indigenous students on their educational journeys. By offering comprehensive support, cultural enrichment, financial assistance, and fostering community engagement, these units create an inclusive and equitable university environment. Embrace the opportunities provided by IHEUs, and remember that you are not alone.
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