|17 Oct 2022|
NEGS Careers News - Term 4 Week 2
Otis | Apprentice Information Evening
Wednesday 19 October 2022, 6:00 pm
Tuesday 25 October 2022, 6:00 pm
Otis has Electrical and Mechanical Fitter Apprentice opportunities available across Australia and New Zealand.
Join our online information session to learn more about the Company, the program and hear directly from industry leaders.
Sydney Design School | Open Day
Saturday 22 October 2022, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sydney Design School, St Leonards
Be open to a creative career in interior design! Come to our biggest day of the year. Explore our studios, chat with our passionate Educators and get hands-on making a mood board. Our Team, Course Advisors and Careers Coach, as well as some Educators and students, will be on hand to chat to you about our courses and access to VET Student Loans.
Find out more: https://sydneydesignschool.com.au/information-sessions/
Endeavour College of Natural Health | Virtual Open Day
Wednesday 26 October 2022, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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: https://www.endeavour.edu.au/events/virtual-open-day/
AIE | Open Day
Saturday 19 November 2022, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Academy of Interactive Entertainment, Ultimo
Discover the courses designed to get you started in game development, 3D animation, film and visual effects at the AIE Open Day on Sat 19 November 2022. 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:
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: https://aie.edu.au/aie_event/open-day/
UOW | Yr 12 Parent Information Webinar
Tuesday 22 November 2022, 6:00 pm
During this Live Chat you will receive information on:
What to do if you’re concerned your child won’t get the ATAR they need to get into uni
CQUni | Online Chat Session
Wednesday 23 November 2022, 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
We see you planning your next study move, and we know there’s a lot to consider, so we’re here to help.
Have your questions answered at our online chat session on Wednesday, 23 November. Chat with our staff about your course of interest, student support services, or anything else you’d like to know about studying with CQUniversity.
University of Sydney | Bachelor of Biomedical Engineering
Wednesday 23 November 2022, 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Join our webinar to learn about what our Bachelor of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering has to offer. We will tell you what Biomedical Engineering is and why our program is the best choice for you. As the most comprehensive Biomedical Engineering program in Australia, you will have many biomedical-specific opportunities.
Med Entry | Interview Strategy Day
Saturday 5 November 2022, 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Dr Ray’s collaborative and fun group strategy sessions will help you create a blueprint for interview success. Learn in an interactive, online classroom environment from Australia’s pre-eminent medical entry expert.
Find out more: https://www.medentry.edu.au/interviews
AMPA | Dance Auditions
Monday 28 November 2022, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
AMPA - Performing Arts Centre, Alexandria
The Academy of Music and Performing Arts (AMPA) invites dancers to audition for the Bachelor & Associate Degree Programs. Join our dance course and take your dance technique and artistry to the next level. AMPA’s goal is to equip dancers with the tools to have a long and sustainable career in the performing arts and become well-rounded individuals.
What will the audition require:
For more details on audition requirements: Click Here
SCU Gilchrist Foundation Scholarship
Value: $5,000 AUD per year
Open/Closing Dates: October 10, 2022 – February 22, 2023
Gilchrist Charitable Foundation’s mission is to assist youth in furthering their education through financial assistance and active mentoring.
Charles Sturt AGcessibility First Nations Scholarship
Value: $15,000 AUD
Open/Closing Dates: August 1, 2022 – November 25, 2022
The Anthony Costa Foundation and goFARM are supporting these scholarships to help increase workforce capacity in the areas of Agriculture / Horticulture. Part of the goal is to support students from low socio-economic backgrounds to complete a degree which can bring them into an industry that can offer a lifetime career of well remunerated employment.
UNE High Achievement Scholarship for New Students
Value: $10,000 AUD
Open/Closing Dates: September 1, 2022 – January 1, 2023
Funded by donations from UNE Alumni, the UNE High Achievement Scholarship for New Students recognizes and rewards academic excellence in students who are embarking on university study for the first time.
ACU Creating Opportunity Fund Scholarship
Value: $4,000 AUD
Open/Closing Dates: September 27, 2022 – March 1, 2023
This scholarship was established in 2018 in order to financially assist commencing students who are suffering hardship to access higher education.
illuminate Enterprise Challenge
Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand are excited to continue our partnership with illuminate Education Australia to see the illuminate Enterprise Challenge delivered across Australia, empowering your students to become the difference makers of tomorrow.
The illuminate Enterprise Challenge is a week-long, immersive program that allows secondary students to experience first-hand what it takes to lead change and solve relevant problems in their community in an innovative manner. Facilitated by experienced staff with the support of industry specialists, students learn more about the issue to come up with a business solution to it, making sure it connects with customers and is viable – even pitching for support to get it running after the program.
The Challenge will run on the following dates:
NSW, QLD, ACT, VIC, TAS: 28 November – 2 December
The illuminate Enterprise Challenge will again be delivered both in person and online – meaning that students from anywhere in Australia can access the program to be impacted.
Find out more: https://www.youunlimitedanz.com/get-connected/illuminate
Somerset National Poetry Prize
As a part of the 2023 Somerset Storyfest, school-aged students are invited to participate in the Somerset National Poetry Prize sponsored by Dr Annette Allen of Tweed Banora Dental.
The purpose of the Somerset National Poetry Prize is to encourage a love of writing poetry amongst secondary school students, to affirm it as a worthwhile literary pursuit, and to stimulate excellence in writing. It also aims to inspire and enrich youth literature.
There are two categories to enter: a Junior Category for Years 7-9, and a Senior Category to 10-12.
Each category winner will be awarded:
Entries are open until Friday 2 December.
Find out more and enter here: https://www.storyfest.com.au/poetry-prize
Work Experience with Australian Academy of Beauty Dermal and Laser
Work Experience is available for all aspiring Beauty Therapists at our 3 Sydney Beauty colleges. Offering students the opportunity to get hands on and enjoy a week of learning about what it is like being a beauty therapist, makeup artist, laser and dermal specialist.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0493 450 900.
Preparing your professional resume
Written by Julie Dal Santo from My Career Capital
Preparing a professional resume can often feel like a daunting task for everyone — even those who have been in the workforce for some time can find it a difficult process. For students who are often still learning about themselves and the world of work, it certainly can feel like a huge task.
Before reading on, take a deep breath — you’re not alone.
First of all, what do we even refer to it as? Is it a CV (curriculum vitae) or a resume?
Traditionally, a CV presents a comprehensive description of your entire professional life and academic credentials. This means that the document can be lengthy. On the other hand, a resume is a concise summary (up to two pages) of your education, skills and work experience that are relevant for a specific job.
These days, the need for a lengthy overview of your career history is usually not required. Recruiters or hiring managers now expect around a two-page summary, which should be supported by a cover letter in which you introduce yourself and advise that you are applying for a given position or role. Importantly, whether you call your career overview a ‘CV’ or ‘resume’, it often has no bearing on your chance of reaching an interview shortlist.
How do you condense all of your experience into a couple of pages — or, if you’ve just graduated, how do you even fill out one page? How do you make it look good, succinct, engaging, concise and capture all information? Here are some tips to support you as you prepare your professional resume.
Try on the job
Really understanding the brief and getting to know what you would be doing in that job is such a valuable source of information to help you prepare your resume, all the way through the process to your first day in the job.
To help with this as a minimum, we recommend printing out the job description and highlighting keywords and responsibilities that are most important.
Firstly, you must make sure these keywords are included in your resume (and cover letter). These are the most critical skills that the job requires, so if you don’t address them, the reader likely thinks you don’t have them. Also, having them will help get past any initial screening algorithms or applicant tracking systems (ATS), which identify suitable candidates based on the use of relevant keywords.
Then take a minute to imagine yourself doing these key responsibilities of the job:
Depending on your response you’ll get an idea about what is important and relevant for you to include in your resume.
Another benefit from imagining yourself doing these tasks and getting a sense of how you’d feel, is that it grows your connection and perspective of the job. This will provide more depth and connect with how you write and talk about yourself and the job.
Make every word count
With only two pages, you need to make sure every word you have on those pages is telling the reader something important about you and why you’re the best candidate for the job, and that it’s working for you.
To help do this, remove any filler words that are not necessary — instead of words like ‘did’, use action oriented words (adjectives) such as ‘designed’, ‘processed’, ‘created’, ‘implemented’, ‘analysed’ or ‘recommended’. These words describe what and how you’ve done something, and provide the reader with much more information and insight without taking up too much space on the page.
What story are you trying to tell?
You are the only person who has your story. It’s strong and unique, so use it to your advantage. Start with asking yourself these questions.
This can help you get the narrative and key headlines to your resume, the professional story about you underway.
Structure always underpins a good story. To help you with this, keep the resume design simple. Include a “headline” under your name at the top of your resume that describes who you are, your strengths and key qualities in how you go about your work. Another tip is to ensure you’ve captured your experience in chronological order and use bullet points to help make the details digestible.
Sometimes we often feel uncomfortable or anxious around how to approach a ‘gap’ in our story. Gaps in peoples’ careers are becoming more common and are a natural thing that can occur over a career journey. A gap could be due to a number of things, such as a long period of time actively looking for work, personal reasons, transitioning between employment, or more education. More recently, we are seeing students take a different approach to designing their career post-Covid. If this is you, the key is to make sure you can address this rather leaving the reader guessing, and having a confident explanation to offer up at a potential interview. Whatever the gap is from, it’s important to draw the learnings and transferable skills that you have taken from that time to put a positive spin on that time. For example, while I don’t have any direct experience in this area, I have the confidence to ask questions or ask colleagues.
Keep in mind that when you’re writing your professional story, it must be able to demonstrate and articulate how your past and current skills, experience, unique value and future potential are all working together to set you up for this job.
The same CV isn’t a fit for every job
Your resume must demonstrate that you possess most or all the criteria required for the job. What is required by each job will vary, even if it’s the same job title for two different companies. The company’s culture and values, team size or structure will vary. Do your research and ‘try the job on’ to get a better understanding. It will help you be clearer when you tailor your resume for each position you apply for.
Some tailoring and changes may only be minor — it’s about expanding on your most relevant experience for the job and cutting back the less relevant parts.
Again, use the highlighted keywords you’ve already captured in the job description ensure you’re tailoring the skills in your current work or previous professional experiences to the job that you seek.
So the resume is done. Yay! You’ve spent so much time working on it, and you can’t possibly look at it again. But before you submit it, please make sure it gets proof read!
You can be the best person for the job, the most qualified or have the most experience, but if the reader picks up on any grammar, formatting or spelling mistakes, your resume may go to the bottom of the pile.
To do all your hard work justice and to give yourself the best chance at having success with your resume, it needs to be proof read.
Try to find someone to proof read it for you. Not only this, ask them what impression they get from reading your resume. They may even give you some extra tips that will make all the difference.
If you can’t find someone to proof read it for you, walk away and take a day of not looking or thinking about it. When you’ve got fresh eyes and mind, print it out to proof read it. This can make it much easier to mark up and see mistakes when not looking on a computer screen.
There is lots of discussion about whether we should even have resumes any more. Some companies have even stopped asking for one when advertising a job. Maybe in time this will become the norm. However for the foreseeable future, these are most certainly required. At My Career Capital, we recommend updating your resume at least once every 12 months. Your future self will thank you for it when there isn’t so much to do the next time.
This guest article was written by Julie Dal Santo from My Career Capital
Julie is an experienced coach, HR professional and facilitator. Julie’s work is focussed on ensuring people have the tools, support and know-how they need to successfully grow and manage their own ‘career capital’ across their lifetime.
Are you interested in more about this, and wanting to develop students clarity, confidence and readiness for their career? My Career Capital offers integrated workshops, programs and an innovative platform where students can design, manage and grow a personalised digital portfolio of their career capital to enhance their career and employment.
Get in touch with us today if you’re interested to find out more about how we can help.
7 Australian Entrepreneurs you need to know about
If you’d like to start your own company, have an amazing idea or product that you’d like to launch, or want to work on the cutting edge of tech and business, entrepreneurship is a field like no other.
Entrepreneurs need resilience, initiative, determination, and confidence
The mindset you bring will dictate where you end up, because in this field there are less rules and less clear paths to determine your success.
In this area, you will find livestock veterinarians working on ground-breaking AI technology that tracks herd health, operating theatre nurses opening drone companies, and university drop-outs with billion dollar companies.
Here are 7 Australian Entrepreneurs who’ve made it
If you’re looking for inspiration and motivation, or you just need some reassurance to help you make the leap into your first venture, we’ve found some people who’ve been successful. Check out their stories and be inspired.
2. Melanie Perkins the Founder and CEO of Canva
Melanie’s company, Canva, is a ‘unicorn’ (valued at over $1 billion), and around 75 million people use her product. She started her first business at 14 while still at Sacred Heart College in WA. After dropping out of the University of Western Australia at 19 Melanie started Fusion Books, the predecessor of Canva.
She was rejected by hundreds of Venture Capital funds before she found the right people to grow her business, and she continues to innovate – Canva has just launched a productivity suite to rival Microsoft.
2. Scott Farquhar co-Founder and co-CEO of Atlassian
Scott grew up in Western Sydney. After leaving James Ruse High School he met co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes at university, where the pair came up with the idea for an IT Support business. That didn’t work, so they decided to sell the software they had been developing to run the IT support service, and the rest is history.
Twenty years down the track, Atlassian is one of the world’s largest tech platforms and employs almost 9,000 people.
3. Kayla Itsines co-Founder of Sweat
After starting work as a personal trainer at 18, Kayla started posting workout routines and her clients transformations on Instagram. She quickly gained a huge following and started selling her workout guides as e-books. Her career boomed and she went on to launch Sweat a platform for her followers to connect on, which she sold in 2021 for $400 million with over a million followers.
4. Eric Peck CEO and co-Founder of Swoop Aero
Eric graduated from uni with a degree in technology majoring in aerospace. He went on to complete his MBA, and was a Royal Australian Air Force Hercules pilot before launching Swoop, a drone delivery service,….. and he’s still only 30!
5. James and Adam Gilmour Founders of Gilmour Space Technologies
Brothers James and Adam started their venture-backed Australian company back in 2013. Their Queensland based start-up is now one of the leading space companies pioneering new and innovative hybrid propulsion technologies designed to offer lower cost access to space. They’ve received over $26 million in backing to date.
6. Vu Tran and Andrew Barnes co-Founders of GO1
Childhood best mates Vu and Andrew started their first business Busy Links when they were just 16. Vu the son of Vietnamese refugees is also a qualified Doctor and still works one day a week in that role.
They went on to start GO1 in a garage in Brisbane in 2015, helping businesses and individuals to find the training that they need. There are already over one million users on the website and GO1 is now valued at over $1 billion.
7. Angus Goldman and Alex Harper co-Founders of Swyftx
Angus and Alex started their crypto exchange business Swyftx in 2018 after meeting on school science camp at the University of Sydney. By 2021 their trade volumes were reaching over $3 billion a month and they have no plans of stopping there.
Ready to launch your own venture?
If Entrepreneurship sounds like a path that’s perfect for you, you’ll find lots more information in our Pathways to Entrepreneurship Guide https://studyworkgrow.com.au/product/pathways-to-entrepreneurship-2022/.
Be warned, you will need to make your own way and do your lots of your own research to succeed in this field.
ATAR Facts you might not know
After 12 years at high school, the importance of your ATAR may have really been drummed in to you. And if you’re planning on heading off to uni straight after Year 12, then yes – it could be the most straight forward way to help you get into the course or university of your choice.
See the infographic in our blog for some interesting ATAR facts, hopefully it can provide some more perspective.
Your future doesn’t wholly depend on your ATAR score. So you if you’re feeling under pressure right now, try taking a step back, breathe, then evaluate all of the options open to you.
Whether your ATAR is a bit lower than you’d hoped, or you’re still unsure what your next step should be, it’s OK – you have plenty of choices.
How to motivate your teen for school
Many teenagers have found focusing on their studies difficult, particularly in recent years with the disruptions of lockdowns and the pandemic. So, if your teen is not feeling particularly excited about heading back to school, Reach Out has some tips on how to inspire them and boost their motivation.
Read the full article here: https://parents.au.reachout.com/common-concerns/everyday-issues/things-to-try-school-and-education/how-to-motivate-your-teenager-for-school
Tips To Remember On ATAR Release Day
About to finish Year 12? Nervous about your ATAR?
Let’s do some deep breathing together –
It’s normal to feel stressed out
Let’s be honest, waiting to find out the single score that’s supposed to define your future isn’t fun.
At Study Work Grow we believe that you should be judged on everything you’ve done and the person you’ve become, rather than one little number.
In a few months, you’ll be off at uni or TAFE, working, or even backpacking around some far flung part of the world and no one will either know or care what you got for your ATAR.
But… that doesn’t stop you from worrying right now.
So, here’s our key tips for retaining your sanity
Sanity Tip 1 – You don’t have to know what you want to do yet
When you leave school a whole world of options opens up in front of you. There are a few paths you can walk down that may seem quite different, but the truth is that all of them intersect, and it is possible to jump from one to another if you want.
Say you want to go to uni – great, you’ve done well at school and you’d like to keep learning, and you have a few favourite subjects, but you’re not quite sure how they translate into a career yet. Ok, so pick something that lets you choose from a range of different subjects, and narrow it down after a couple of semesters. Don’t choose not to go to uni, just because you don’t know what you want to do yet – you’ve got plenty of time to work that out later.
Want to get a trade or go to TAFE? Fantastic, there are literally thousands of vocational courses you can choose from. You can sign up for pre-apprenticeship courses, that way you can try as many as you like until you find something you love. Baking, painting, electrical, automotive, beauty therapy. Get a job part time if you need to, and have a go at anything that sparks your interest in your spare time. Yeah, it’s not as ‘neat and tidy’ as just picking something, but there’s way less pressure and you’re likely to find your dream job. Plus, you’ll have tonnes of experience for your resume.
The point here is that you aren’t supposed to have your life all neatly planned out at 18 years old. Take it from us, the people who do, they’re the anomalies. And even if you did, I would put money on it turning out completely differently. Don’t fall victim to Analysis Paralysis.
Sanity Tip 2 – If you don’t get the ATAR you want, you still have options to achieve your goals
If your ATAR won’t let you get into your dream course, it is not the end. I cannot overstate this – there are a hundred and one ways to get into just about every course.
The ranks of mature age students are growing by the year. Lots of people leave school, work for a while, then end up going back to uni later on to do what they really love. Think outside the box and you could be surprised where you end up.
Sanity Tip 3 – Your ATAR is just one tiny part of your resume; it does not reflect who you are as a person
One little number cannot define you or who you are. If you have an incredible ATAR, but no interpersonal skills, extra-curricular activities or work experience it won’t be enough to get you hired. Many high-achieving students don’t know how to proofread, so spelling mistakes or grammatical errors can be enough to undermine a fantastic ATAR.
Conversely, if you’ve worked hard at school and have reports that reflect your effort, you can easily combat a low ATAR. Get letters of recommendation from your teachers (or Principal if you can). Taking on leadership positions at school, volunteering, being involved in sport or art and presenting yourself well can go a really long way when it comes to impressing unis and employers.
Sanity Tip 4 – You’re not alone
It’s a stressful time, so rely on the people who care about you. There are lots of people who are ready to help right now, and once you get your results there are a huge range of resources you can take advantage of.
We wish you all the best of luck on ATAR Release Day and hope you get the results you’ve been working hard for.
And remember – no matter what your score looks like – you have options.
How to become an Astrophysicist
Astrophysicists study a variety of forces and phenomena, including matter, space, time and energy, to try and understand how they interact with each other and physical objects (such as planets and stars). They try to explain things we don’t yet understand, and work with other scientists to develop new technologies.
If you have a mind for maths, are curious about the world around us, and want to answer questions about the universe, this could be the job for you.
Lifestyle Impact: Low
Most of your work will likely be done indoors, in offices and laboratories, though there may be some opportunity for field work too.
Astrophysicists are most in demand in these locations:
Most Astrophysicists are employed in metropolitan areas, as these tend to be where farms and vineyards are located. Astrophysicists typically work in the Public Administration and Safety, Education and Training, and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services industries.
How to become an Astrophysicist
Postgraduate qualifications are highly desired when applying for roles as an Astrophysicist.
Step 1 – Complete Year 12 with a focus on English, Maths, and Science
Step 2 – Study a relevant undergraduate degree, including Science, Maths or Physics.
Step 3 – Complete a postgraduate qualification in Science or Physics.
Step 4 – Start working in graduate roles and gain lots of experience.
Step 5 – Consider roles in research or education.
Find out more here –
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What do Astrophysicists do?
Astrophysicists study both physical and intangible forces and phenomena to explain how the universe works and create new technologies.
Which industries employ Astrophysicists?
Astrophysicists are mostly employed in the Public Administration and Safety, Education and Training, and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services industries.
What options are there for career progression?
You will generally start out working in graduate roles, before gaining enough experience to work in roles in research and development. You might even like to work in roles in education.
Do I need to go to university to become an Astrophysicist?
Yes, you will need at minimum and undergraduate qualification, but most Astrophysicists have postgraduate qualifications.
Where do Astrophysicists work?
Astrophysicists generally work in universities and other private research institutes. They may also work for commercial companies developing new technologies.
What are 3 things I can do right now to help me become an Astrophysicist?
If you’re in high school and you’d like to find out if a career as an Astrophysicist is right for you, here’s a few things you could do right now: