Careers News

The value of work experience

During the first week of the October school holidays, I was fortunate enough to undertake work experience at Qantas, going to the Integrated Operations Centre, Domestic Airport and the Jet Base.


At the Integrated Operations Centre, I saw how the commercial, operative and customer needs were met within the company. I talked to people whose job is to ensure the plane is always maintained to meet customer expectations, flight regulations and engineering needs. Furthermore, Alan Joyce, the CEO of Qantas was talking at the Qantas office’s food court during lunch time, so I was able to say hi to him and get a photo.

At the Domestic Airport, I saw the working conditions of the pilots and flight attendants. I was taken to see specific departments, offices and other employee facilities. I walked through the different passenger lounges (Members, Business and Chairman’s), seeing how the passengers are prioritised. I also experienced walking onto an airplane before the passengers started to arrive, viewing how the aircraft was prepared for a flight.

Finally, the Jet Base is where all aircrafts are stored in the hangers, and repaired and maintained. I was able to walk around in the hanger and see an A380 in current repair, and was also allowed to walk through the aircraft and see areas of the aircraft that passengers are unable to view. The employees explained to me the various functions of an aircraft and showed me how repairs and maintenance are carried out on the planes. Next, I went out onto the tarmac where I was fortunate enough to walk beside an aircraft as it taxied on the tarmac and then watched from the ground as the aircraft took off!

Overall, my work experience at Qantas was highly insightful and rewarding, and gave me a new perspective on such a successful and reputable company.

Lanna Rowen (Year 11)


Apprenticeship opportunities

Towards the end of Term 3, Mr. Alan McPherson the Sydney Catholic Schools School Based Apprenticeship and Traineeship (SBAT) Coordinator took time out of his busy schedule to address the students about the many and varied apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities that are available to students. Some of our students are currently participating in an apprenticeship program, namely in Hairdressing. Mr McPherson’s presentation was informative and provided students with another pathway towards acquiring the HSC and completing an industry recognised qualification at the same time.  




Introduction to Actuarial Science 

The Australian National University is running a special version of its popular Introduction to Actuarial Science course for Year 11/12 students in Australia from Term 4 2018 to Term 1 2019. The course is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) and is free for all students. For more information:


New Biomedical Science Degree 

Students in the Bachelor of Biomedical Science will now be able to tailor their degree towards a specialisation by completing a Sub Major in their final year. Options include Cellular Pathology, Microbiology and Host Responses or Biochemistry and Molecular Diagnostic. See our updated course guide:

HSC True Reward at Western Sydney University 

Applications for the HSC True Reward Early Offer Program are now open! Our unique program gives a student an early offer into a University degree based on corresponding HSC subject band outcomes, not the ATAR. For more information about this fantastic opportunity or to lodge an application please visit:


Macquarie University Catchment Adjustment Factors

Be eligible for five additional adjustment factors.

If you qualify for adjustment factors, they are added to your selection rank and may improve your chances of receiving an offer for your preferred degree. Macquarie offers five additional adjustment factors to students who live or go to school in Macquarie’s catchment region. These are called catchment adjustment factors. Use the tool below to check if your postcode qualifies. If you qualify, you will automatically receive five adjustment factors when you have a Macquarie course listed as one of your preferences through UAC.


University of Canberra – Virtual Tours Anytime Campus Tour

Explore our campus and facilities as if you were there.



Early Entry Program to TAFE NSW Degree Now Open

Did you know TAFE NSW are now accepting early entries into its Degree Programs? Students can now apply for a Degree and receive a conditional offer before they get their HSC results! With some degrees fully online they will get an industry-recognised qualification that can change their future. Applications are now being taken:



AFTRS Bachelor of Arts Screen

Applications close 12 November 

The Australian Film Television and Radio School’s Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production is designed for students with a passion for storytelling and a commitment to a career in the screen industries. Students will become mutli-skilled screen storytellers with skills in all creative roles. More:

Avondale Offers Counselling Services and Degree

Life can be a roller coaster and balance is about navigating the highs and the lows. At Avondale, students and staff are like family so when times get tough or you just need to chat, our professional free counselling service on-campus is always available. For courses covering Counselling, Chaplaincy, Humanities or Psychology visit:


Career Edge at TOP

At Top Education Institute (TOP), we encourage our students to participate in work placements during the course of their study with us. After completion of their studies with us, our students will be in a position that will enable them to be better equipped and stand out in today’s highly competitive job environment. Want to know more about our programs? Contact us! 9209 4888. E:



Medicine Interview Taster – MedView

15 November. 6.00pm to 8.00pm

University of Technology Sydney, 235 Jones St, Room 440, Level 4, Building 10, Ultimo

Give yourself the best opportunity at securing a medical school place by attending our Medicine Interview Taster. In this 2 hour session, we’ll give you a crash course on the Medical School Interview including covering the core skills and techniques to succeed in the Interview and MMI scenarios.

Our expert Interview Tutors will guide you through what the Medicine Interview/MMI really is, and teach you the fundamentals to acing your interviews this summer. They’ll also step you through some commonly observed interview scenarios, to give you a leg-up on the day!


How To Write an Effective Resume [A Practical Guide]

So you’ve read thousands of job ads and picked out the ones that sound like they’re tailor-made for you.

But ask yourself this: is your resume tailor-made for them?

If the answer is no, stop what you’re doing. Before sending off your application hoping to get a job interview, you need to make sure you have an effective resume.

We’re talking about the sort of resume that positively screams “don’t waste time reading those other applications, you’ve already found the right person for the job”!

Luckily, you’ve come to exactly the right place. Welcome to our practical guide to writing the perfect resume quickly and easily!


Study Medicine – Free Trial

A new free trial feature has been added to Study Medicine. See how medical degree and degrees leading to medicine are structured and compare degrees to maximise your chance of becoming a doctor using Macquarie University as an example:

See also the latest listing of deadlines (September) for all medical programs in Australia:

You can find Study Medicine on Twitter, Facebook or email:


Conservation Volunteers

Do you love the outdoors? Do you care about our natural environment? Join us as a volunteer on any of our hundreds of conservation projects Australia wide. Anyone can get involved. You don’t need any prior skills or experience, just a reasonable level of health and fitness. Here is what is happening in NSW.


Vinnie’s Youth

Vinnies Youth is a term given to Young Adult members and volunteers of St Vincent de Paul Society. Getting involved in Vinnies Youth is about putting faith in action – we offer a number of opportunities to serve people in your local community. These include: Kids Days Out, Buddy Camps, Home Visitation, Tutoring and Mentoring, Vinnies Shops, Soup Vans and even school’s engagement.

CyberTaipan – Australia’s Youth Cyber Defence Challenge

CyberTaipan is open to anyone in years 7-12 with an interest in cyber, defence, puzzles and code breaking. CyberTaipan is a national high-school aged cyber defence competition. Teams compete in online rounds for the top placement within their state or territory and the chance to compete in the National Finals Competition in March 2019. Information and registration at




Elizabeth Vrahnos

Vocational Learning Coordinator