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NEGS Careers Update - Term 3 Week 5

NEGS Careers Update - Term 3 Week 5


Beyond the Lab with IMNIS Catalysts

Tuesday 16 August 2022, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm


Beyond the Lab is a webinar series for students in years 8 to 12 around Australia in which IMNIS Catalysts will share their non-traditional STEM Career Journeys.

Join IMNIS Catalysts Dr Beatrice Chiew and Tian Nie as they discuss their career journeys and their life Beyond The Lab.

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Macquarie | How to apply for Macquarie’s Co-op programs

Tuesday 16 August 2022, 5:00 pm


If you’re a high achiever keen to become an in-demand accounting, actuarial or business analytics professional, the Macquarie University Co-op program could be ideal for you.

Our competitive Co-op courses are co-created with industry to prepare you for the future of work. This prestigious program offers three placements, financial support from Co-op partners, opportunities to explore a range of career options during placements, plus mentoring and training designed to improve your employability outcomes.

Want to learn more and find out how to apply?

Join us for our Q&A at 5pm on Tuesday 16 August to hear insights directly from Co-op students, academic experts, and get tips on how to put together a strong application, plus ask your questions.

Find out more:


NSW Police | Women In Policing Information and Fitness Event

Tuesday 16 August 2022, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Australian College of Physical Education, Sydney Olympic Park

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.

This session will specifically be targeted towards women who have an interest in joining the NSW Police Force.

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:


NYSF Connect Webinar Series – STEM Through the Looking Glass

Tuesday 16 August 2022, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Have you ever wondered what Australia’s Chief Scientist does in her day? What about a research fellow, an exercise physiologist, or an optometrist? Join our panel, featuring Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Cathy Foley AO PSM and our incredible National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) Year 12 Program Alumni as they discuss what makes up their workday as a STEM professional.

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UAC Digital | Let’s Chat – Health Students

Wednesday 17 August 2022, 6:00 pm


If you are interested in allied health degrees then this session is for you. Current students from a range of unis share their experiences of student life. Topics covered include:

  • how they decided on the course they are studying
  • what they found easy about the process of applying and enrolling, and what they found hard
  • what they thought uni would be like
  • the best thing about being at uni
  • their hopes and dreams for when they finish

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endota Wellness College | Virtual Info Session

Thursday 18 August 2022, 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm


These 30-minute sessions allow you to chat with our team, have your campus-life questions answered and discover where the Beauty & Wellness industry can take you.

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UNSW | Co-op Gateway Chat

Wednesday 24 August 2022, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


We know that writing a scholarship application can be tough – what is it that the people assessing want to see? What kind of things could you include? How can you structure your responses to fit in the limited word count?

Join current Co-ops who will share their own experience of writing a scholarship worthy application, some clever hints for maximising the limited space you have, and together with Co-op team answer any questions you might have about applying for Co-op.

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UAC Digital | Let’s Chat – Scholarships

Wednesday 24 August 2022, 6:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Equity scholarships can provide students from a low socio-economic background with financial support while studying. Learn about applying and key dates, and get answers to the most commonly asked questions.

We’ll also discuss other scholarships that you can apply for direct to the university.

Find out more:


University of Sydney | Life of a Mathematician

Wednesday 31 August 2022, 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm


Have you wondered what a day in the life of a mathematician is like? And what jobs are available in this growing sector? Join award-winning mathematician, Professor Mary Myerscough, to find out what an average day of work might be like in the field of mathematics.

In this session you will learn about the exciting work being done by mathematicians, from creating mathematical models to map how healthy cells become cancer cells, to how social insects organise their societies.

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Endeavour College of Natural Health | Future of Wellness

Thursday 1 September 2022, 9:00 am - Friday 30 September 2022, 5:00 pm


If you’ve been thinking about a career in natural health, then join us during our Future of Wellness month – a free, online event dedicated to exploring the diverse and fulfilling world of natural health.

Visit our personalised Future of Wellness platform to register for as many events as you like!

Throughout the month you’ll have access to:

  • Live webinars
  • Guest speaker sessions
  • Natural health seminars
  • Instagram take overs
  • Q&As
  • On-demand videos
  • Articles

From Chinese medicine to naturopathy, nutrition to massage and more, a future in natural health is closer than you think.

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University of Sydney | Regional and Interstate Student Open Night

Thursday 1 September 2022, 5:00 pm


This webinar offers prospective regional and interstate domestic high school students an opportunity to engage with The University of Sydney and interact with faculty, accommodation, scholarship and admission pathways staff.

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University of Sydney | Accommodation Exploration

Thursday 15 September 2022, 5:00 pm


The University of Sydney students have many accommodation options each with its own terminology, culture and intricacies. This webinar offers prospective regional and interstate domestic high school students an overview of the accommodation alternatives at The University of Sydney.

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WSU | Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Future Students Information Evening

Tuesday 20 September 2022, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Western Sydney University, Parramatta South Campus

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Future Students Information Evening at Western Sydney University is an opportunity to hear about what programs are on offer and how Western can help you during your studies. Learn about the different pathways to study, the support services available, scholarships on offer and life on campus.

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ACU | Talk with Paramedics

Thursday 6 October 2022, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Caring for others gives more than it takes. A career in paramedicine means a career helping others.

Join us online to hear from ACU alumni about their experiences working as paramedics. Take part in a Q&A session with our graduates and learn what it is like working on the frontline and using your skills to help people when they need it the most.

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No longer just bones – Palaeontology in the 21st-century

Tuesday 16 August 2022, 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm


Have you ever wondered what a palaeontologist does? Learn how ancient pollen preserved for millions of years can help reconstruct past climates and even help us understand what a daily menu may have looked like for dinosaurs.

Join Dr Vera Korasidis as she explains what actually happens on a dig hunting for fossils, and what scientists do after they find them!

This unique masterclass has been designed to be accessible and appealing to all audiences and is suitable for anyone with a high school level scientific understanding. Get your questions ready as our scientists would love the audience to join in the live Q&A and become a part of the presentation.

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Introduction to Aboriginal Plant Use

Saturday 20 August 2022, 10:30 am - 11:30 am


Adam Shipp is a proud Wiradjuri man who’s family is originally from Dubbo in NSW. Adam is passionate about traditional plant use and showcases this passion in his workshops.

During the workshop you will learn in-depth information about how Aboriginal people have been using these plants for foods, fibres, and medicines for thousands of years.

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University of Sydney Faculty of Engineering One Sydney, Many People Scholarship

Value: $60,000 AUD

Open/Closing Dates: April 12, 2022 – September 24, 2022

Up to $60,000 scholarship to encourage and empower students commencing an undergraduate engineering degree by supporting equality of opportunity.

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Maple Equality & Inclusion Scholarship

Value: $5,000 AUD

Open/Closing Dates: August 1, 2022 – November 18, 2022

The Maple Equality and Inclusion Scholarship has been established to help provide people with a disability, greater access to affordable educational opportunities.

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AFTRS First Nations Scholarships

Value: Up to $25,000 AUD

Open/Closing Dates: July 5, 2022 – October 24, 2022

AFTRS First Nations Scholarships are awarded based on creative excellence or equity. The scholarships are intended to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students with the costs associated with higher education at AFTRS.

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History Makers School Video Challenge

Share the defining moment that matters to you to be in the running to win $2,000 for your school.

Choose a defining moment

Research a moment that matters to your class, school, community or the nation. You might be inspired by these websites:

  • Defining Moments in Australian History
  • Australian’s Defining Moments Digital Classroom
  • Momentous

Or tell us about a moment that is unique to your local area.

  • Create a video 
  • Collaborate with your classmates to produce a video about your defining moment. Stage a play, perform a dance, film an artwork, make a documentary, produce an animation or surprise us with your creativity. Your video must be at least 30 seconds long and no longer than 4 minutes.
  • Share your video with us and the world!
  • Submit your video to History Makers. We will share it on our Digital Classroom website and your school will be in the running to win $2,000. Teachers must submit all entries on behalf of their students or school.

Open to Australian school students (K–12). Entries close 4 November 2022.

Find out more and enter here:


Unleashed Writing Competition 2022

Entry is now open to the 2022 Schools Poetry & Short Story ‘Unleashed’ Writing Competition! Students all over Australia are invited to enter their 16 line poems or 500 word short stories, and battle it out for the great cash & prizes on offer.

There is no theme! Entrants are encouraged to let their imaginations run wild and write on any topic and in any style. Students from all grades are welcome to enter – Kindergarten to Grade 12.

Entry is free and all entries must be in by the closing date of 28 August 2022.

Find out more and enter here:


Anthology Photography Awards 2022

Open to photographers working at any level, the Anthology Photography Award celebrates outstanding standalone images. It also provides a platform for photographers to showcase their work through publication.

Images submitted must be on the theme of ‘Where I Live’. Submissions will be judged on quality, creativity, originality, and visual/emotional impact.

Photography styles can include street photography, landscapes, natural world & wildlife, macro photography, lifestyle, object & still life and architectural. Technically manipulated images such as abstract, panoramic, stitched and composite are also permitted. Extra merit will be awarded to creative interpretation of the brief.

Entries are invited from photographers of all nationalities, living anywhere in the world. There is no limit to entries per person.

The winner will receive a €500 cash prize and editorial coverage in a future issue of Anthology Magazine, plus a one-year subscription to Anthology.

Entries close 31 October 2022.

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Work Experience at the Sydney Opera House

The Open program Work Experience takes place twice a year and is open to secondary school students who are ideally studying in Year 10.

The program lasts a week and gives participants a hands-on experience of how the Opera House operates during the program hours of 9.30am – 3.30pm, Monday to Friday. Participants will meet and work alongside a diverse range of Opera House employees from Ticketing Sales Representatives to Stage Managers to Building Operations Supervisors. We are one of the world’s busiest performing arts venues and the experiences we offer will vary between programs depending on our programming commitments.

To be eligible for our work experience program applicants must be:

  • An Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • Currently studying in secondary school (ideally in Year 10)
  • Covered with appropriate insurance by the applicant’s school for the duration of the work experience (successful applicants will be asked to provide paperwork to verify this).

We welcome applications from students who are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and students with disabilities.

The program will run from 14 November to 18 November 2022.

Applications close 14 October.

Learn more:

Pay rise coming for Aged Care Workers

If you haven’t heard recently, the Federal government has committed to paying for an increase in wages for Aged Care workers in Australia. This comes as unions ask for a 25% pay rise, or at least a $5 an hour pay rise.

So what might this mean for you?

If you’re already working in Aged Care, it means you could be seeing a pay rise soon. There’s no set date on when it will come, but the Fair Work Commission is still taking submissions from both the Government and unions.

If you’re still at school and thinking of working in Aged Care, it means you’ll receive a higher wage, both when you first start working and later into your career.

The minimum wage for an aged care worker is currently around $23 an hour – with the pay rise recommended by unions, it will become around $28 an hour. So if you work a 35 hour week, this adds up to an extra $175 in your pocket each week.

Keep an eye out for more news to come.

What are my future options?

After you finish school, there’s a whole wide world of options out there for you. Maybe you want to study. Maybe you want to work. Maybe you want to travel. But how do you know what the right choice is for you?

Well, you’ve got lots of options. And if one pathway doesn’t quite fit, there’s bound to be another.

Let’s take a look.



This is probably what most people think of when they’re asked about what they want to do after school. University is a great option if you have a career in mind, and know what you need to study to get there (for example, if you want to be a doctor, you’re going to have to study medicine).

Most students finish Year 12, and use their ATAR to gain entry to university. But this is far from the only way. There are a ton of alternative pathways you can take if your first option doesn’t work out (take a look at some here).

You can find out more about applying to uni on our website here.



Speaking of study, uni isn’t your only option. Vocational Training and Education (or VET) is a great way to get skilled for work, often in a much shorter time frame than university. Most VET courses don’t have any entry requirements either, so you don’t need to stress about results.

And if you decide you do want to study at uni one day, you can use your VET qualification for entry.

You could even combine work and study by doing an apprenticeship or traineeship.

Find out more about VET pathways and options here.



Maybe you don’t want to do anymore study, and that’s okay too. There are lots of jobs out there that you don’t need a qualification to jump into.

Or, you could start at the bottom and work your way up – maybe you’ve had your retail job for a while, and there’s an opportunity to become manager. Even better, you might come up with the next big idea and start your own business.

You might even find that you can access some pathways you thought you’d need a degree for – but this will usually take lots and lots of time and experience.

Interested in the world of work? Take a look at our resources here.


Gap year

Not quite sure what you want to do just yet? That’s totally fine! You can always take some time off to evaluate your options and spend time growing as a person.

Traditionally people take a gap year to travel, though this changed a bit thanks to COVID. Luckily, lots of travel and exchange programs are opening back up. You can combine your travel with work, or just get out there and have some great experiences.

Even if you don’t want to travel, there’s so much you can do – you could volunteer, pick up a new hobby, learn a new language, build your soft skills… The list is nearly endless.

Read more about your gap year options here.


Combine your options

You might’ve already figured this out, but one of the best (and most common) things to do is combine your options.

While you’re studying, you might like to get a casual or part-time job. If you want to work full-time, you could upskill with microprograms or short courses that won’t take time out of your busy day. Pick up a job while you travel overseas. Get a VET qualification, then use it to get into uni. Take some time off to rest and relax, then start studying mid-year. 

The options out there are nearly endless! And if you don’t end up liking the pathway you’ve chosen? You can always try a different one. Even if it’s after six months, or twenty years down the track.

Wherever you want to go, there’s probably more than one pathway you can take to get there.

You can find heaps of resources to help you on your journey on Study Work Grow.

4 tips to help get smart about money

What is financial literacy?

By the time you leave high school and often before, it’s important to learn how to manage your money and make decisions that make financial sense for your situation.

If you can budget, manage your money, and make wise decisions about your spending and saving habits, then you’re well on your way to being financially literate.

Having these skills are a huge advantage all through life and could help to prevent you falling into masses of debt.


How to improve your financial skills

1. Set up a bank account

Even if you don’t have much money coming in, it’s a great idea to have your own bank account and debit card so that you’re ready when you do start earning.

You’ll also have somewhere safe to put pocket money and monetary gifts that you might receive, instead of risking it dropping out of your pocket at school, going through the washing machine, or tempting you to buy something you don’t really need.


2. Find a job

Once you start earning your own money, you’ll appreciate it’s value much more.

It might encourage you to make better decisions about what you buy when you know how long it took you to earn it.


3. Do a budgeting challenge

If you haven’t seen Teenage Boss, it’s a show where teens in a household are allowed to take over the family budget for a month.

Perhaps you could do something similar at home?

Speak to your parents and work out:

  • Your household monthly income
  • Household monthly outgoings (that’s all the bills from food and electricity, to rates and school shoes)
  • Decide on a target figure that you’d like to save
  • Work on how you can implement changes to reach your target

You could write meal plans and cook in bulk, find free activities to do in your spare time, or recycle all your cans and bottles for extra cash.


4. Start saving

You could just start saving today – it’s simple. Figure out how much money you already have or how much you get every week and commit to setting aside a percentage of that.

Make sure your money isn’t too easy to get to, otherwise you could be more tempted to dip into it.

When you set up your bank account, talk to the bank about a savings plan as well. They can give you lots of ideas about the best way to save for you, including where your savings will get the most interest.

The money you put away could help you buy a car, go towards uni, or pay for your gap year.


More money tips

You can find heaps more useful resources and tips on money in the Money Matters section of our website. Find out here:



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