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'Taste-test' Careers in Term 2

'Taste-test' Careers in Term 2

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

New opportunities will be available at CHAC next term to help Years 9 to 12 students learn more about different career and industry pathways. Business, Allied Health, Engineering and Tourism are key pathways that students will be able to ‘sample’ at various events throughout the term, and registration is now open (details below).

Health and Business Pathways

CHAC has partnered with Ascension Education to provide two of their Pathways Programs to students. These one-day workshops run by senior university students and recent graduates in their respective fields will give students detailed insight into admission requirements, university life, degree content and career options upon graduating, whilst also featuring tutorial and lecture simulations. The aim of the programs is to give students a taste of specific degree areas before they commit. 

The Pathways Programs cost $90 per student and have been deliberately scheduled by CHAC to minimise interruption to students’ regular studies. 

  • Pathways to Business (including Economics and Commerce) will be held from 9am to 3pm on Saturday 1 June.
  • Pathways to Allied Health will be held on Friday 21 June, for students interested in careers in nursing, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and speech therapy.

While these programs have been reviewed by the College and come with terrific recommendations, parents will need to register their children directly through the Ascension Education website. Places are limited to 20 per Program, so please register as soon as possible. 

Engineering careers

With so much interest at CHAC in Engineering careers, we will host two information sessions in Term 2.

Firstly, the University of Queensland will present a What is Engineering? workshop after school on Thursday 16 May, to explain the various ‘majors’ or streams in Engineering, and the range of careers that stem from a degree in Engineering. This event is no cost to students and will take place from 3.30pm to 4.30pm in the Enterprise Centre. Any student with an interest in Engineering or perhaps wondering what is studied in an Engineering course is encouraged to attend. To help anticipate how many students are interested, please register via

Students who are interested in Engineering should also ensure they investigate the Engineering Link Project at QUT. Gay Ellyett, Exceptional Scientists' Program Coordinator, emailed the details of this project to Years 10 to 12 students earlier this week. It is a two-day event for those Years 10, 11 and 12 students interested in finding out more about Engineering and participating in workshops in different Engineering disciplines. Details and the opportunity to register can be found here.

When Engineers are Entrepreneurs

Students with an interest in Engineering, Maths and Business are urged to come along from 3.30pm to 4.30pm on Thursday 30 May to hear from the engineering students behind the start-up Math Mate. The Math Mate story is an exciting one that will highlight to students the importance of enterprise skills, the transferability of skills and how seizing opportunities while studying is so important to employability. Register a place for students or parents via

Talking Tourism

With over 20,000 new jobs forecast to be created in the Tourism Industry by 2020, the Queensland Government has launched its Young Tourism Leaders Program to highlight to young people the range of career possibilities available in the Tourism Industry. On Wednesday 15 May, three Program ‘Ambassadors’ will speak to interested students at CHAC about careers in this industry whilst discussing their own interesting pathways to work.

Students of all year groups are encouraged to come along from 3.30pm to 4.40pm, to hear more about this industry and a range of careers, from Marketing to Hospitality. Register to attend via

Girls with a dream to fly

Years 11 and 12 girls have the opportunity over these school holidays to participate in a flight simulator experience being run by Women in Defence. The one-day experience is taking place at Brisbane Airport so would be a fascinating experience for any girls who may be interested in a career in aviation. For more information, call 13 19 01 or visit


Applications for Semester 2 of the START QUT program are now open. Students have until 16 May to apply. For the first time, START QUT is open to students in Semester 2 of Year 11, as well as Year 12 students. The program gives high-achieving students the chance to complete QUT subjects while still at school and trial future study areas. They may also receive a selection rank adjustment for entry, credit towards a related QUT degree, and up to four credit points towards the Queensland Certificate of Education. Courses from Mandarin to Music Production are offered.

Interested students should read more about the program and make a time to speak with me to discuss how it might complement their school studies. 

More news

For more information on pathways and careers, see the latest edition of Options Newsletter. This edition includes news from QTAC on the top tertiary courses chosen by last year’s Year 12s as well as lots of news from Queensland universities, the Defence Forces and groups offering Gap Year programs. Read more here at