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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

Medicine pathways advice

Students from Years 10 to 12 with an interest in studying medicine beyond school are encouraged to attend an information session at CHAC during lunchtime on Friday 19 February.

Australian universities all have different admission processes for courses in medicine. For example, some like The University of Queensland incorporate interviews and the UCAT test.

More on the various pathways can be read in this useful handout.

Given the highly competitive nature of entry to medicine degrees, a number of commercial organisations help prepare students for the UCAT and other application processes. Frasers is one of several organisations that run preparation courses for the UCAT. It is hosting a webinar on Sunday 21 March on medicine admission processes. To register, click here.

If your child is hoping to apply for medicine in 2022 or beyond, please encourage them to sign up here for CHAC’s Information Session and a mailing list on medicine course newsAll students will also be reminded of the information session via email and daily notices.

Defence gap year applications open soon

Next month, the Australian Defence Force will open applications for its 2022 Gap Year Program.

The 12-month program enables students to experience a paid job in any of the three defence forces. Students are able to select from multiple positions enabling them to trial careers in areas as diverse as mechanical engineering to business administration. 

Students in Years 11 and 12 with an interest in the program should be ready to apply next month before the more competitive roles close for applications. More information about the ADF Gap Year and application processes is available here.

Skill-up in sound production

The Queensland School of Film and Television (QSFT) has commenced a program of short courses for students with an interest in film and other media. Its RECORD IT! - Introduction to Sound Production Workshop takes place on Saturday 27 February for those with an interest in sound recording and mixing using portable recording equipment.

Topics covered include using various recording microphones, recording devices and techniques, adjusting camera sound levels and sound mixing.

The four-hour workshop costs $60. To register, go here.

QFST runs school holiday programs and various workshops throughout the year. A list of these can be viewed by following this link.

Scope to take on an apprentice?

A small group of CHAC Years 11 and 12 students studying electrical, plumbing and construction trades are being encouraged to reach out to employers in the hope of securing school-based apprenticeships or work experience.

If your business is ever investigating the scope to employ a young apprentice, please make CHAC’s Career Office your first point of call!

While the College does not seek apprenticeship positions on behalf of students, we do endeavour to equip them with the job search skills needed to make the most of their qualifications and so would always welcome calls from parents with employment opportunities for students.

If you can help in any way to support an aspiring apprentice, please don’t hesitate to call (Penny Cummins) on 3896 0422.

Bookings always open

CHAC Careers includes a simple online booking tool enabling parents and students to always find a convenient time to discuss pathways and careers. Appointments can be arranged here. 

All Year 10s will be invited to attend a Pathways Conversation in Term 2 following the completion of a Careers Unit in CHAC Comm. Year 12s who did not meet with me late last term to discuss their post-school plans are urged to make a time in coming days.

I look forward to meeting Year 11 parents at tomorrow night's Year 11 Information Evening in the Auditorium at 6.30pm.

Check out the Options Career Information Bulletin

The Options Career Information Bulletin is a fortnightly news bulletin subscribed to by the College. It includes the latest news from universities and private colleges and information on various pathways, including apprentices. The latest edition can be found every second Tuesday on CHAC Careers here.