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From the Learning Pathways and Careers Counsellor

From the Learning Pathways and Careers Counsellor

Author: Penny Cummins
Author Role: Learning Pathways and Careers Counsellor

National Careers Week – Monday 13 to Sunday 19 May 

Expect to hear more in the news next week about careers and career development as National Careers Week kicks-off with events across the country to celebrate careers and promote the economic, social and personal benefits of career development.

If your child is in Years 10, 11 or 12, now is a great time to encourage them to regularly visit the College's online career hub CHAC Careers and the Learning Pathways and Careers Office in the Research Centre. I am always available to discuss their interests and queries regarding their future pathway.

Year 10 career planning underway

Year 10s are now exploring careers and study pathways as part of their CHAC Comm Careers Unit. This subject will soon culminate in the preparation of their Senior Education and Training (SET) Plan, a planning tool designed to assist them in choosing their senior pathway at CHAC, with a focus on their post-school goals.

In Term 3, students will be asked to select their subjects for Years 11 and 12, so understanding university pre-requisites and ATAR requirements is also an important part of this unit.

If you have a child in Year 10, please refer to my email asking all students to make an appointment to discuss their SET Plan with me. These 15-minute appointments will run throughout the day from Monday 27 May. Parents are welcome to attend, although the focus of these interviews should be on the work students have been doing in CHAC Comm and their discoveries as part of their careers research. If they are curious about vocational studies, such as school-based apprenticeships, this is a good opportunity to start investigating this pathway.

Pathway to medicine and dentistry starts now

Registration for the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) closes on 17 May. In Queensland, UCAT is a mandatory admissions test for Medicine (provisional entry) and Dental Science at The University of QueenslandGriffith University and James Cook University use alternative admission procedures. 

Year 12 students currently considering these pathways for next year are encouraged to refer to UCAT information emailed to them earlier this year. Further information is available on the official UCAT site.

There are various pathways to studies in medicine and dentistry. Students with an interest in these university pathways should see the College Careers Counsellor and refer to the websites of the various universities that offer these degrees.

Register now for Term 2 careers events 

Business insights

CHAC has partnered with Ascension Education in order to bring two of its Pathways Programs to the College, starting with its Business Pathways workshop on Saturday 1 June.

Run by senior university students and recent Business graduates, this one-day workshop will explore Business, Economics and Commerce programs along with various aspects of university life. Over the course of a day, students will gain detailed insights into the difference between various degrees, admission requirements, university life, degree content and career options. The day will also include tutorial and lecture simulations to give students an insight into studying at university.

The workshop will run in the CHAC Enterprise Centre from 9am until 3pm and costs $90 per student. Students from Years 10 to 12 with an interest in Business are encouraged to participate.

Workshops are limited to 20 participants, so interested students should register as soon as possible. 

Register to attend 

Health careers explored

On the final day of Term 2 (Friday 21 June), students with an interest in Allied Health careers such as physiotherapy, nursing, occupational therapy and speech therapy will have the opportunity to participate in Ascension’s Pathways to Allied Health Careers workshop being held at the College.

The one-day workshop costs $90, and students who attend will miss their usual classes and activities.  

Parents will need to register their children for this program directly through the Ascension. The Allied Health workshop will be limited to just 20 students so interested students should register as soon as possible. 

Register to attend

What is Engineering?

Students from Years 10 to 12 we recently invited to attend the ‘What is Engineering?’ presentation being held after school on Thursday 16 May.

This free presentation will be held from 3.30pm until 4.30pm in the Enterprise Centre.  The presentation will cover the various majors or streams in an engineering degree while also exploring engineering graduate career options. The presentations will be delivered by University of Queensland representatives but will be applicable to students considering enrolling at other tertiary institutions.

To assist with seating, please register.

Register to attend  

Combining TAFE with CHAC

Applications are now open for the TAFE at School Semester 2, 2019 intake. 

TAFE at School is a study pathway for students from Years 10 who want to complete a TAFE qualification while at school. Students can choose from a variety of certificate I to certificate III courses from various study areas, ranging from hospitality to horticulture and early childhood education to engineering.

Each year, a number of CHAC students successfully combine a TAFE course with their school studies. Students undertaking the program are required to attend TAFE one school-day each week, which impacts on students’ regular school timetable. Nevertheless, TAFE provides an excellent pathway to employability for many students and provides the opportunity for them to broaden their studies.

Year 10 students and their parents will have the opportunity to hear more about the TAFE at School program at this year’s Subject Selection Evening in August.

TAFE Queensland's TAFE at School Course Guide provides further information on the program.