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NEGS Careers News - Term 2 Week 1

28 Apr 2023
Written by Lyn O'Neill

What’s On in the Next Few Weeks

Bond Business School | Year 12 Extension Program – Business Stream
April 26 to May 6, 2023
Get a head start on your studies with the Bond Business School Year 12 Extension Program, which comprises fast-paced and fun two-day workshops designed to prepare you for university life. Facilitated by our world-class academics, the Extension Program offers an enriching opportunity that supports the existing Year 12 curriculum across areas such as business and maths. Faced with real-world situations, participants will hone their skills, problem solve, and work collaboratively with their peers. The Extension Program is free of charge to students. 
Upon the successful completion of a two-day Extension Program workshop, eligible students will receive early entry into their program of choice, and will be able to apply for one of six part-fee (25% and 50%) scholarships or a $5,000 bursary.
The Business Stream will run on two dates:

  • Wednesday, 26 April and Thursday, 27 April, 2023
  • Friday, 5 May and Saturday, 6 May, 2023

Find out more

Bond | Virtual Open Day
April 29, 2023
Can’t make it to campus? No problem – our Virtual Open Day experience makes it possible to get to know us at the click of a button. Tune into Virtual Open Day at any time and watch as we dive deeper into our faculties, go behind the scenes of student life, and chat with some amazing Bondies in this unmissable snapshot of the Bond University experience.
Find out more

NSW Police | Recruitment Information & PCT Practice, Ryde
April 29, 2023
If you are interested in a career with the NSW Police Force the Recruitment Branch would like to invite you to an Information session including a physical practice session.
The aim of the session is to provide you with a “try before you buy” insight into the application process and physical capacity testing day.
The information session will give you a brief introduction to the application process and a Q & A session. Following the information session you will be invited to stay and take part in a practice Physical Capacity Testing (PCT) session. This event is a practice session only and will not be recorded as an official result towards a police application. You will be provided with important information and an opportunity to gain hands on practice for each of the tests. Qualified NSW Police PTI’s will be on hand to answer your test and fitness questions.
There is no obligation to stay for the physical practice session, however this would be a good opportunity to test yourself in an informal environment.
Find out more

University of Newcastle | Parents and Carers Info Sessions – Newcastle and Central Coast

May 1 to May 2, 2023
If you have a child who is currently completing Year 12 we invite you to join us at our Parents and Carers Info Sessions in May at our NUspace and Ourimbah campuses. 
Parents and Carers will have the opportunity to hear from knowledgeable university staff and current students, 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
  • How to best support your child through the HSC as well as tips for managing wellbeing and stress
  • Have the chance to speak to current University of Newcastle Student Ambassadors about their first-hand experience transitioning from school to university, student life, support services and much more 

You’ll also have the chance to speak one-on-one with our friendly teams to ensure you walk away feeling confident and informed.
Find out more

UTS | Introduction to Computing Science
May 1, 2023
Find out about the course that offers a sound education in all aspects of computing science and information technology. It is intended for students who aspire to become researchers or who want a career in a more scientific oriented computing area.
Find out more

WSU | Discover Western – Teacher Session: HSC True Rewards, Pathways & More
May 2, 2023
This webinar for Careers Advisers and Teachers will go into detail about our HSC True Reward Early Entry program, alternate pathways, scholarships and more.
Find out more

UTS | Bachelor of Computing Science Industry Degree Academy (IDeA)
May 2, 2023
The IDeA cadetship is designed to develop the right mix of technical skills and industry experience.
Find out more

ADF | Women in Defence Virtual Information Session
May 2, 2023

The Australian Defence Force provides a supportive, inclusive and respectful workplace where you can grow both personally and professionally.
Tune in for a virtual info session to speak with current serving women in Defence to learn more.
Find out more

University of Sydney | Year 10 Information Evenings 2023
May 2 to May 10, 2023
Join us on campus for a fun and informative evening where we will answer important questions such as: What is the ATAR? How does scaling work? What should you consider when selecting your subjects for Year 11 and 12? What are prerequisites and assumed knowledge? What is university really like? You will hear from a range of speakers including University staff and students.
The event is suitable for current Year 10 students and their parents/caregivers.
Find out more

ADF | Defence Careers Information Session, Sydney
May 2, 2023
Are you interested to learn about the wide range of roles available in the Navy, Army and Air Force?
Join us at an upcoming info session and speak with current serving members about their own experiences. You’ll have the chance to ask any questions you have about Australian Defence Force careers and opportunities.
Find out more

ADF | Engineering Careers Virtual Information Session
May 2, 2023
Work with the most advanced technology the Australian Defence Force has to offer with a career in Engineering.
Join us for a virtual info session to learn more.
Find out more

ADF | Army Reserve Information Session, Newcastle
May 2, 2023
Want to serve without the full-time commitment of joining the Australia Defence Force? Look to the Army Reserve.
You’ll receive tax-free pay in part time roles that you can do one night a week, one weekend a month or a few weeks a year.

To find out more about the Army Reserve, join us for a local info session where you can speak with current serving members about their own experiences.
Find out more

ADF | Army Reserve Information Session, Coffs Harbour
May 2, 2023
Want to serve without the full-time commitment of joining the Australia Defence Force? Look to the Army Reserve.
You’ll receive tax-free pay in part time roles that you can do one night a week, one weekend a month or a few weeks a year.
To find out more about the Army Reserve, join us for a local info session where you can speak with current serving members about their own experiences.
Find out more

ADF | Army Reserve Information Session, Erina
May 2, 2023
Want to serve without the full-time commitment of joining the Australia Defence Force? Look to the Army Reserve.
You’ll receive tax-free pay in part time roles that you can do one night a week, one weekend a month or a few weeks a year.
To find out more about the Army Reserve, join us for a local info session where you can speak with current serving members about their own experiences.
Find out more

ADF | Army Reserve Information Session, Port Macquarie
May 2, 2023
Want to serve without the full-time commitment of joining the Australia Defence Force? Look to the Army Reserve.
You’ll receive tax-free pay in part time roles that you can do one night a week, one weekend a month or a few weeks a year.
To find out more about the Army Reserve, join us for a local info session where you can speak with current serving members about their own experiences.
Find out more

ADF | Army Reserve Information Session, Tamworth
May 2, 2023

Want to serve without the full-time commitment of joining the Australia Defence Force? Look to the Army Reserve.
You’ll receive tax-free pay in part time roles that you can do one night a week, one weekend a month or a few weeks a year.
To find out more about the Army Reserve, join us for a local info session where you can speak with current serving members about their own experiences.
Find out more

HSC Shakespeare Seminars with USYD
May 3 to May 5, 2023
Join us at Pier 2/3 for a series of live HSC Shakespeare Seminars in partnership with the University of Sydney.
Part performance, part interactive seminar, these sessions are designed to directly link to HSC modules and give students the edge in upcoming exams.
Presented onsite at Pier 2/3 in The Neilson Nutshell, each seminar will feature Bell Shakespeare’s Resident Artist In Education, Huw McKinnon, and a leading academic from the University of Sydney presenting illuminating and engaging content on each play. The Players from Bell Shakespeare will perform key scenes and soliloquies to demonstrate ideas presented and key content from each play.
Combining live performance academic analysis and illuminating dramatic insights into the plays, sessions will be presented in a dynamic format showing the interplay between text and drama.
Find out more

Charles Sturt | 2023 Career Advisers Professional Development Workshop
May 3 to May 24, 2023
You’re warmly invited to attend one of Charles Sturt University’s 2023 Career Advisers Professional Development Workshops, held across our six campuses. We’re pleased to be able to connect with our local education leaders.
This interactive session is designed specifically for career advisers & teachers to support students (and themselves) to gain practical skills in maintaining motivation and engagement.
 Topics include:

  • What the latest research tells us about motivation & engagement
  • Strategies to overcome procrastination
  • Factors that students can (and cannot) control
  • How to support students to:
  1. Maintain interest in their academic study
  2. Find their passion & purpose

Find out more

University of Sydney | Civil Infrastructure, Data and Society
May 3, 2023
Civil Engineers are responsible for many of the systems that support society including vital infrastructure like transport, water and power, social infrastructure like schools and buildings, as well as landmarks like stadiums, skyscrapers and bridges. Tomorrow’s Civil Engineers will be responsible for deciding what infrastructure is built and when, and for this they need to have expert understanding of societal trends, climate and technology. Join us to find out how studying Civil Engineering at the University of Sydney will prepare you to use your technical skills, drawing on a wide knowledge base, to solve complex engineering problems.
Find out more

University of Sydney | Uncovering the Past: Archaeology in Practice
May 3, 2023
Have you ever wondered what a day in the life of an archaeologists is like? Join this session to find out more about archaeology and why the past is relevant to the future and learn about how you can work in this field.
Coming live from the University of Sydney’s current archaeological excavations of the Hellenistic-Roman era theatre of Nea Paphos in Cyprus, the presentation by Dr Craig Barker, Head of Public Engagement at the Chau Chak Wing Museum will outline the various tasks undertaken by specialists on an archaeological dig, the process of digging and how we might use artefacts such as bones, stones and ceramics to recreate the lives of people in the past.
Find out more

UTS | Introduction to Biomedical Engineering
May 3, 2023
Learn how biomedical engineering is driving revolutionary technological advances, transforming healthcare delivery, and extending the quality and longevity of lives.
Find out more

Macquarie | Year 12 Webinar Series
May 3 to July 19, 2023
Join us for our Year 12 webinar series to learn everything you need to know about university – from applying and exploring our courses and entry programs, to reducing Year 12 study stress and leaving home.
Our friendly Future Students Team will be on hand to answer all your questions across four not-to-be-missed webinars.
Find out more

UNSW | LAT Information Evening 2023
May 3, 2023
Are you thinking of studying law at UNSW? Join us online to hear about the Law Admission Test (LAT)!
Get all of your questions answered at our online 2023 LAT Information Evening. The Law Admission Test (LAT) is an entry requirement for all undergraduate law double degrees at UNSW. We’ll cover how the LAT has worked for entry in the past, provide detailed program and faculty information, as  well as key LAT dates for the year ahead.
We’ll also be joined by some current students to answer general questions about the LAT and studying law at UNSW.
Our LAT Information Evening is for Year 11 and 12 students and their parents, careers advisers and students currently studying at another university who are hoping to transfer to UNSW Bachelor of Laws in 2024.
Find out more

University of Newcastle | HSC Support Webinar – Preparing for University and Beyond
May 3, 2023
The Preparing for University and Beyond online session is the perfect opportunity to equip yourself with the necessary knowledge and skills to make informed decisions about your future.
The webinar will also feature a University of Newcastle Student Ambassador who will share details about the University’s new Early Entry Program.
Find out more


Important Future Events

UNE | Open Day 2023
May 5, 2023
UNE Open Day gives you the chance to explore UNE and get a taste of studying at university.
Tour our regional campus, meet your future lecturers, chat with current students, and learn how we can help Future Fit Your Life.
Find out more

AIE | Open Day
May 13, 2023

Discover the courses designed to get you started in game development, 3D animation, film and visual effects at the AIE Open Day on Sat 13 May 2023. This event will be held at AIE Campuses in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Adelaide from 10am to 3pm.
AIE’s Open Day is a great opportunity to meet our teachers, staff and students. The day will cover everything you need to know about the:

  • careers in games and VFX that we train students for;
  • studios and industries that we work with;
  • courses we offer – from beginners to professional mastery, and;
  • the software, skills and knowledge we teach.

AIE’s Open Day will also include presentations on entry requirements and how to apply. Find out how AIE can get you into a creative career.
Find out more

Charles Sturt | Central West Community Services and Health Explore Day
May 16, 2023
Are you in year 10, 11 or 12 and want a career that makes a real difference in the lives of others? Central West Community Services and Health Explore Day is your chance to explore the range of community services and health courses and careers on offer from institutions all over NSW.
Join leading industry and education providers on 16 May 2023 at Charles Sturt University Orange campus for the ultimate community services and health expo day. Experts from all institutions will be there, from the central west and beyond – so you’ll get to check out each and every course on offer before you make your next move.
You’ll get to attend guest speaker sessions, hands-on workshops, tour the world-class learning facilities at Charles Sturt – and discover everything you need to know about studying in the health and community services field.
If you’re in high school and looking at a career in community services and health – this event is for you! Parents, carers, teachers and career advisers – everyone’s welcome!
Find out more

Northwest Regional Careers Expo 2023
May 17, 2023
Our Careers Expo was started in 1992 by Rotary Club of Tamworth First Light. Attendees benefited from a wide range of exhibitors from a large variety of industries providing valuable advice and information to help further their career and business development. The event continues to provide valuable access to local and interstate exhibitors for the community and schools from Tamworth and the surrounding region.
Find out more

Newcastle & Lake Macquarie Career Expo 2023
May 18, 2023
The Newcastle & Lake Macquarie Career Expo is proudly presented by Career Links, on behalf of the CAA. This leading Career Expo is attracting a record number of local and interstate exhibitors, including major universities, leading training colleges and employers. Career Links is committed to the youth of the Hunter region, coordinating this event to support them in transitioning from school to their future careers.
Find out more

Hunter Valley Career Expo 2023
May 19, 2023
The Hunter Valley Career Expo only happens once a year! It will be held on Friday 19th May 2023 at Maitland Basketball Stadium, Bent Street, Maitland from 9.00am – 1.30pm.
You will be able to talk to people who are working in many different types of jobs. There will be representatives from employer and professional associations, TAFE, Universities, other training providers and employment agencies.
Find out more

Sydney Design School | Open Day
May 20, 2023
Join us for our biggest day of the year! Our Director Amanda Grace will take you through our flexible course options. Meet our passionate Educators and get creative with colour and fabrics by making a mood board!
Find out more

2023 Greater Western Sydney Careers Market
May 24 to May 25, 2023
The 2023 Greater Western Sydney Careers Market is taking place on Wednesday the 24th and Thursday the 25th of May at the Penrith Valley Regional Sports Centre. This event offers exhibitors the opportunity to speak to thousands of Greater Western Sydney high school students and careers advisers as these students explore career paths and further education options available to them.
Find out more


UTS KPMG Indigenous Scholarship
Open: March 10, 2023
Closes: May 15, 2023
Value: $11,000 AUD

Elevate: Boosting Women in STEM Scholarships
Open: October 1, 2022
Closes: August 31, 2023
Value: Up to $82,000 AUD


Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Conservation Officer Traineeship Spotlight
If you love animals and the outdoors, and are keen to help preserve our natural world for future generations, you might like to work as a conservation officer. One of the best ways to secure a career in this field is through a conservation officer traineeship.
What is a career in conservation?
As a conservation officer, you’ll be responsible for protecting and conserving both native flora and fauna. You might find yourself conducting regrowth and replanting projects, doing pest and weed eradication, inspecting parks and cultural sites, conducting controlled burns, monitoring native wildlife, and supervising park visitors and campers.
There are also opportunities for Indigenous people to learn and share traditional land caring techniques and provide advice on protecting land and animals.
What skills do I need for a career in conservation?
You’ll need to have the willingness to get your hands dirty and do lots of work outdoors. If you have a passion for conservation and sustainability, this could be an ideal career choice. You’ll need to be resilient and caring, as well as have good communication skills for educating the public on  conservation efforts.
Why should I consider a conservation traineeship?
Traineeships 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 traineeship is complete, and even advance your career down the track.

As part of a conservation traineeship, you will be doing real work for an employer while completing study with a TAFE or RTO. A conservation traineeship usually takes 2 years to complete, depending on whether you work and study full- or part-time.
Here are some common qualifications you might want to look into:

There are tons of benefits to a traineeship, 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 traineeship opportunities?
Just like searching for a job, there are lots of places you can go to find a traineeship. 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:

  • Land Conservation and Management Trainee, Melbourne VIC
  • Traineeship Conservation and Ecosystem Management, Jamberoo, Wollongong, Illawarra & South Coast NSW
  • Murujuga Indigenous Rangers, Dampier, Port Hedland, Karratha & Pilbara WA
  • Indigenous Land Management Trainee, Eraring, Newcastle, Maitland & Hunter NSW
  • Traineeships with the Department for Environment and Water, SA


Getting Ready for Work

How to Ask Someone for a Reference
When you’re doing up your resume, one of the key components employers will be looking for are your references or referees. They’re a great way to confirm your skills and experience and can help you get ahead of the pack.

So if you’re searching for your first job, or looking for a change, how do you ask someone for a reference or to be a referee for you? We’ve got some tips that might help.
Be respectful and polite
No matter who you’re approaching, whether it’s a former employer, teacher, or coach, it’s important to remember to be polite and respectful. A little bit of kindness can go a long way and means the person you approach is more likely to accept your request.

Choose the right person
Make sure your references or referees are credible and applicable to the job you’re applying for. If you already have a job, it’s best to approach your manager or boss first to ask for a reference. When thinking about asking a teacher to be a referee, pick a teacher who knows you well and can vouch for your skills and knowledge.
Explain what you’re after
Let the person know that you’re looking for a job and would appreciate their support as a referee or by writing a reference. Tell them a bit about the job you’re applying for and what kind of skills and experience could be relevant for them to highlight.
Ask for permission
If you’re going to put someone down as a referee on your resume, it’s always important to make sure you ask for permission. This means your referee can expect a phone call in advance and not get caught on the spot (and it’s the polite thing to do too). It’s also good to let the person know who might be contacting them.
If you’re refreshing your resume and want to use an old referee, always get in contact with them first to make sure they’re still comfortable being a referee for you.
Thank them
If the person agrees to be a referee or provide a reference, don’t forget to thank them for their help, and let them know that you appreciate their support. And if you get the job down the track, say thanks again!
Find out more
Want more job application tips to help your resume stand out from the crowd? Read heaps more blogs and resources on our website here.

5 Exciting Career Paths for History Lovers

For students who are interested in history, there are lots of career opportunities available that can enable you to work with your love of the past while earning a living. If you consider yourself passionate about history and culture and want to explore this further in your career, we’ve come up with some potential jobs that may interest you.
Museum Curator
Museum curators are responsible for managing, preserving, and exhibiting collections of historical artefacts and artwork. They work in museums, galleries, and other cultural institutions, and are responsible for acquiring new items, cataloguing and preserving existing items, and creating exhibitions for public display. Curators will need a degree in history, art history, or museum studies, as well as excellent communication, organisation, and research skills.
Median salary in Australia: $64,000 per year.
Archivists work in libraries, museums, government agencies, and other institutions to manage and preserve historical documents, photographs, and other records. They evaluate, organise, and describe materials to make them accessible to researchers, and may also assist with research inquiries. Archivists usually have a master’s degree in library science, archival science, or a related field, as well as strong analytical, organisational, and research skills.
Median salary in Australia: $65,000 per year.
Historians are experts in the study of history, and conduct research, analyse historical data and events, and interpret findings. They may work in academia, government agencies, non-profit organisations, or the private sector, and are often responsible for creating reports, articles, and books that provide insight into past events. Most historians have a master’s or doctoral degree in history, as well as excellent research, writing, and analytical skills.
Median salary in Australia: $75,000 per year.
Cultural Heritage Manager
Cultural heritage managers work to protect and promote sites of cultural significance, such as historic buildings, landmarks, and landscapes. They may work for government agencies, non-profit organisations, or private companies, and are responsible for developing strategies to preserve and interpret cultural heritage sites, as well as for managing budgets and staff.
Cultural heritage managers normally require a degree in history, archaeology, architecture, or a related field, as well as excellent communication, management, and planning skills. 
Median salary in Australia: $77,000 per year.

Genealogists research family histories, tracing family trees and uncovering information about a client’s ancestors’ lives and connections. They may work for genealogy companies, government agencies, or private clients, and are often self-employed. Genealogists should have a degree in history, genealogy, or a related field, as well as excellent research, analytical, and communication skills.
Median salary in Australia: $60,000 per year.
Find out more
There are tons more jobs and pathways to explore on our website here.


Work Experience

5 Work Experience Ideas for Students Interested in Coding
As the world becomes increasingly digitised, there is a growing demand for skilled coders. If you’re a high school student interested in pursuing a career in IT or tech, gaining work experience can be invaluable in terms of developing skills, building a network, and enhancing your CV. Here are five work experience ideas for students interested in coding in Australia.
Internship at a tech company
Many tech companies offer internships and work experience to students interested in coding.
These internships can provide valuable hands-on experience working on real projects, as well as exposure to industry professionals. You can search online for internships or contact local tech companies directly.
Volunteering at a non-profit
Non-profit organisations often need help with website design and maintenance, which can provide an excellent opportunity for high school students to practice coding skills while contributing to a good cause. You can search for opportunities by contacting non-profits directly or searching for opportunities online.
Freelance coding projects
High school students can also gain work experience by taking on freelance coding projects. This can include building websites for small businesses, creating mobile apps, or developing software tools. You could advertise your services online or through local networks, such as family and friends.

Coding bootcamps
There are many coding bootcamps and workshops available for high school students that provide a structured environment for learning and building coding skills. These programs usually offer hands-on coding experience and mentorship opportunities, which can help you develop coding proficiency and gain exposure to different coding languages and tools. You can find programs that run in-person and online.

Open-source projects
Contributing to open-source projects can be a great way for you to gain experience in coding. You can identify open-source projects that align with your interests and contribute code to these projects. This can provide valuable exposure to industry-standard coding practices and give you the opportunity to work with other coders around the world. You can search for open-source projects on platforms such as GitHub or join online coding communities to find projects to contribute to.
Find out more
You can read more about the power of work experience and search for more ideas for students interested in coding on our website here.



Australian Space Design Competition
The Australian Space Design Competition (ASDC) is designed for secondary school students with a passion for space, or are considering a future in STEM fields. Teams of up to 12 grade 8 – 12 students respond to an engineering Request For Tender (RFT) and design a futuristic space settlement, planning structural engineering, operations and infrastructure, personnel factors, automation, and business development. 
Registrations for the competition are open until 30 June.
Find out more and enter here:

Ayn Rand Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest
Enter the Ayn Rand Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest for a chance to win up to $10,000!
Open to all 12th grade, college, and graduate students worldwide.
To enter, read Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, then select one of three prompts about the book and write an essay in response to it.

Essays must be written in English only and between 800 and 1,600 words in length, double-spaced.
Deadline to enter is November 6, 2023.
Find out more and enter here:

2023 National History Challenge
The National History Challenge is a research-based competition for students. It gives students a chance to be historians, researching world history, examining Australia’s past, investigating their community or exploring their own roots.
The theme for 2023 is “Change and Continuity”.
Entrants may be students from Primary years to Year 12, 19 years of age or younger in Australian schools. Entries close 25 August.
Find out more and enter here:



Top Tips for Subject Selection in Year 10
Choosing subjects to study in senior high school can be tricky. If you’re feeling confused or overwhelmed about it all, here’s our top tips for subject selection in Year 10, and some advice to help get you started on the right track.
Things you could do:

  • Start to think about your subjects now if you haven’t already.
  • Double check the compulsory subjects that you have to take at your school.
  • Pursue your interests. If you love Art and Japanese, then choose those subjects. But balance them with other studies that will make you ATAR eligible (if uni is an option) and that will give you the most flexibility in your options after Year 12.
  • Research the post high school pathway you’re planning on taking. See what subjects may be required to help get you in to a course, apprenticeship, traineeship or career.
  • Speak to an expert (like the teachers and careers practitioners at your school) to see if the combination of subjects on your shortlist will make you eligible for an ATAR or not.
  • Think about whether your electives provide the best range of options for after high school.
  • Discuss your options with a broad range of people from teachers and parents, to Future Student teams at universities and prospective employers at careers expos.
  • Be realistic. For example, you might love cats and dogs, but you don’t enjoy Chemistry or Maths and you’re scared of some other animals. Looks like becoming a Veterinarian might not be a dream career for you, so think about other options, from dog handling in customs or the police, to  animal behavioural studies instead.

Try out the Subject Selection Calculator to get some ideas about subjects to choose in Year 11 and 12.
We recommend that you shouldn’t:

  • Put off thinking about your options and leave it until the last minute, then choose random subjects.
  • Choose subjects just because you think that they’re easier or they might scale better and will help you to get a better ATAR.
  • Take the easy route. If you’re going to study Maths or English, think about going for the harder options instead. Because:
  1. You could surprise yourself and do really well
  2. The next two years at school could be boring if you don’t challenge yourself
  3. You can always go down a level, but it’s unlikely that you can move upwards once you’ve made your choices
  4. You don’t really want to limit yourself do you?
  • Choose subjects that will really limit what you can do or apply for after Year 12.
  • Forget about Maths – lots of universities list English as their only prerequisite, but you’ll find that not only is Maths incredibly useful in life, it’s also assumed knowledge for lots of degrees and other courses.
  • Choose subjects because your best mate is taking them or your parents would be happy if you did.

Don’t stress out
Yes, Subject Selection is important, but it’s not the be all and end all.
The subjects you choose now won’t make or break your career success in future years; there will always be alternative pathways and Plan Bs.
So give it some thought and consider all your options, but it’s not worth loosing sleep over.
Use the Subject Selection Calculator
It could help you to discover your options and get some help making your subject selections easier, and all it takes is a couple of clicks.
You need to enter some initial choices, then the calculator will suggest other subjects and possible careers that you might like to explore, help to narrow down your results and then provide you with information about the prerequisites or assumed knowledge for each field.
Looking for more information?

Head over to our Subject Selection page where you’ll find lots more resources and blogs.
Or grab your copy of our brand new Subject Selection Handbook, which could help you to work through your options more easily.

Cadetships in Australia
If you want a way to get some valuable hands-on work experience while you study, cadetships are the perfect way to do it.
Similar to an apprenticeship, you’ll get to work with an employer in a relevant field, all while completing your studies – and best of all, you get paid to do it. The main difference is that cadetships are usually available to those studying at a university level.
Cadetship perks
So what are the benefits of a cadetship? They can include things like:

  • Getting paid a salary while you study
  • Gaining real work experience with an employer
  • Credit towards your degree
  • Extra allowances to help with your study
  • A guaranteed job once you finish your degree

Each individual program will have different benefits, so make sure you check carefully before you apply.
When can I do a cadetship?
Cadetships are generally offered to students who have already begun their university studies, though sometimes you can apply the year before you start (when you’re in Year 12). 
Some cadetships are targeted to students at the beginning of their degree, while others might be for students in their third, fourth, or even fifth year of uni.
Cadetships vs degree apprenticeships
There are a few different terms you might hear being thrown around, one of them being degree apprenticeships. So what’s the difference between a cadetship and a degree apprenticeship?
Fundamentally, they are very similar: both offer paid work while you’re studying at uni. The main difference is that under a degree apprenticeship, the government will cover your tuition fees as well (just like a regular apprenticeship). Cadets will still generally need to pay uni fees, unless they are specifically covered by an individual employer.
Another difference with degree apprenticeships is that your study pattern might be different. You might only study certain subjects instead of completing an entire degree, or some employers might offer their own training instead of you needing to go to uni at all. Cadetships generally require you to study a degree alongside your work, just like any other student would.

There are currently only two programs on offer in Australia at the moment: Deloitte’s Cyber Academy, and BAE System and AI Group’s Systems Engineering Program.
Is a cadetship right for me?
Because you’ll be working and studying at the same time, you’ll need to be dedicated and have great time management skills to succeed in a cadetship. If you’re feeling confident about your dream career, a cadetship can be a great way to secure employment before you finish university.
More about cadetships with PCA
We spoke to Alister Wilkinson from Professional Cadetships Australia to learn more about their Business and Technology Cadetship programs, currently open for applications.
SWG: What’s involved in the cadetships?
Alister: Cadets combine study at the university of their choice in Sydney with paid work at leading companies. Business Cadets work at either UBS, or Barrenjoey Capital Partners or Macquarie Group. Technology Cadets work at UBS.

SWG: What degrees can I study?
Alister: Business Cadets may choose from a wide range of degrees, including business, commerce, economics, mathematics, computer science & technology and the humanities. It is also possible to study some combined degrees.
Technology Cadets will typically study computer science, information technology or information systems. Alternatively, they may study a generalist degree like commerce or arts, or a combined degree.

SWG: What is it like to be a cadet?
Alister: To give you an idea of the cadet experience, why not have a look at our video and PowerPoint? You might also like to check out our Facebook and Instagram sites for insights into what is on offer and tips on the application process.
SWG: How can students apply?
Alister: Cadetship applications are made online to Professional Cadetships Australia. Business Cadetship applications close on 24 May and Technology Cadetship applications close on 2 June 2023.
In 2023, there is a greater number of cadet placements available to Year 12 students than ever before. But cadetships are only open to current Year 12 students so if you don’t apply now, you will miss out for good!

Note: applications are only open to students in NSW & ACT.
A big thanks to Alister for providing us with some insight on their cadetship programs!

Cadetship programs in Australia
If you’d like to find out a bit more, we’ve gathered some other cadetship programs from around Australia you might like to look into.
Digital Cadetship Program
The Australian Government has a Digital Cadetship Program, aimed at university students studying business, IT, cyber security, STEM, and more. You can apply once you’ve finished the first year of your degree. Find out more.
Defence STEM Cadetship
The Department of Defence offers entry-level cadetships for students studying STEM at university. If you’ve finished at least 12 months of your degree, you can enjoy perks like reimbursement of uni fees, a bursary payment, and ongoing employment with the APS. Find out more.
Australian Public Service (APS) Career Starter Program
Kickstart your career in Government with the Career Starter Program. You’ll get the opportunity to study a Certificate IV in Government while working full-time for a participating government department. Find out more.
AFL SportsReady First Nations Cadetship Program
AFL SportsReady offer financial support to Indigenous university students studying and working in Australia. You can work with employers including Jacobs, ANZ, Metro North Health Services, and BiOC. Find out more.
UOW Management Cadetship Program
Each year, UOW offer two places in their Management Cadetship Program for commencing students studying an eligible degree. One great perk is that you receive an allowance to cover the cost of your studies, so you graduate without any HECS debt. Find out more
Coleman Greig Legal Cadetship Program
This cadetship program is open to first year law students, meaning you can apply straight out of high school. Find out more.
Rural Resident Medical Officer Cadetships
NSW Rural Doctors Network offer a cadetship for medical students, giving students up to $15,000 per year for the final two years of their medical degree in return for undertaking two of the first three years of their hospital training in an eligible rural NSW hospital. Find out more.

Whitehaven Coal Cadetship Program
Whitehaven Coal offers four cadetships to Year 12 students from the Narrabri/Gunnedah region looking to study Mining Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Geology, or Environmental Science. Find out more.
Doxa Cadetship Program
Doxa’s Cadetship Program is open to is open to Year 12 students transitioning to university and aims to support talented young people facing challenging life circumstances to complete university and gain the skills needed for an employable future. Find out more.
Hall Chadwick Cadetship Program
Hall Chadwick’s Cadetship Program is targeted at Year 12 high school students and first year university students who have already indicated their interest in business and accounting. Find out more.

10 Ways to Study That Aren’t Boring
Sitting down at your desk and studying has probably never been any student’s favourite thing to do…ever. Sometimes there’s just no getting away from the fact that you have to knuckle down and do the hard yards. But there are ways that you can study and learn while having a bit of fun (or at least make the process a bit more enjoyable). If you’re searching for some ideas, here are our top 10 ways to study that aren’t boring:
Join homework clubs or study groups
Think of it a bit like going to the gym – some days you just don’t have the motivation, but joining a class and getting the motivation you need can be really helpful. You might also find it more fun and engaging than sitting alone at your desk.
Watch documentaries
Some people (like me) love nothing better than a great doco. If that’s the case for you, why not search out some documentaries in fields that you’re studying or are related to those subjects and settle in for a good watch.

If watching a documentary isn’t generally your idea of fun, why not give it a try? They could grow your knowledge of real-world issues and topics. They could help you to improve your interdisciplinary thinking by introducing you to subjects you might not usually think about, which in turn might improve your creativity, problem-solving, and social justice skills, as well as your general knowledge.
Watching a movie could also be helpful. For example, if you’re studying English Literature and there’s a movie about your book, or if you’re studying history and there’s a movie about the event or era that you’re studying, they could improve your comprehension and bring them to life for you.
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