Working in IT
During the October school holidays I started my two-week work experience at WiseTech Global. WiseTech Global is a tech company that builds software to improve logistics. While I was there I was treated like an employee, attending team meetings and doing real work that will contributed to WiseTech. The language I coded in was C#. This wasn’t a language I knew while going in so I had to learn it over the two weeks. During the two weeks I was there, UTS ran a STEM day for girls where various companies ran different workshops, WiseTech being one of them. Alina, my mentor for the two weeks, Emily, an intern that works at WiseTech, and I got to run the workshop, helping and encouraging other girls to pursue STEM subjects. We did this by playing a game based on decision making, as decision making is a major part of coding and also helpful in everyday life. Overall, working at WiseTech was a great experience as I got to do work that contributes to the company in a real work environment and was motivated to pursue a career in technology.
Amanda McGilchrist Year 10
Women in Aviation work experience
During the last school holidays, Abby and I embarked on a once-in-a lifetime experience, the Women in Aviation Work Experience Camp in HMAS Albatross. The camp focused on encouraging women into the field of aviation and allowed us to see what the occupation involves.
From the moment we arrived we were given strict instructions and expectations and taught how to march. The first night consisted of team bonding exercises and an introduction to what we could expect from the next 3 days.
The second day was when the real fun began, with a 5:30am fire drill. We began every morning with an hour of physical training, similar to the intense training the NAVY puts their recruits through.
Each day involved a variety of activities including, Q&As with female pilots, female Aviation Warfare Officers, mechanics and many other women in aviation. Throughout the camp we also got up and close with some of the helicopters, including a Romeo and a MRH.
Our group was able to see classified content surrounding the mechanics of helicopters and were given the incredible opportunity to use the flight simulators, that are engaged to train pilots. We were both able to fly the simulator without crashing, a task that looks a lot easier than it is.
Another amazing experience from the camp was having access to the control tower and watching the radars tracking all aircrafts in the radius. It was fascinating to witness the huge behind the scenes efforts, and gain an understanding of how many people it takes to conduct operations efficiently and safely.
On the final day we were fitted with flight suits, an experience which all of us were ecstatic about. We were required to wear these for the whole day as well as when we participated in water survival training. This training consisted of jumping off a 3m platform into water, learning techniques to stay together and retain heat and using life rafts. We participated in the NAVY’s mandatory swimming test that required us to swim underwater across the pool, tread water and create buoys from our flight suits. Our instructor also allowed us to practice on the training obstacle course. Only one girl successfully completed the course on the day and very few made it past half way.
The Women in Aviation Camp was an unforgettable opportunity that allowed us to experience the amazing occupation of Aviation and the vast range of opportunities the NAVY can provide an individual, while in a supporting and encouraging female environment.
Abby Gillon-Smith and Alexandra Hammer (Year 10)
Why Take A Gap Year When You Can Go Overseas In Your Degree Studies?
Imagine starting your degree and then during your degree taking the exciting plunge of going to a sister University overseas. You get the advantage of maintaining your studies in your chosen field and for half a year up to a whole year spending your time in another country you always wanted to visit. It’s a win win situation! Check it out:
Southern Cross University
University of Canberra
University of New England
University of NSW
University of Newcastle
University of Sydney
University of Wollongong
Western Sydney University
US Undergraduate Applications 2018-19 SAT Testing Dates – The SAT and ACT Standardised Tests
As part of the US undergraduate application requirement to most four year institutions, students are required to submit a standardised test score, either the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or American College Test (ACT), both of which are administered privately and outside of school hours. Both tests are assessing competencies in comprehensive reading and writing and maths – the ACT also has a testing section on science which does require knowledge in the subject matter, however, many of the questions are analysis and interpretation based. Both tests have an optional writing component required for admission purposes by some institutions. Read further details here:
University of Wollongong – College Pathways Programs
Do you think university is out of reach? Maybe you didn’t get the ATAR to get straight into uni, or you don’t have an ATAR at all? Our pathways programs will prepare you for university study and set you up to succeed. Some diploma courses can also get you into the second year of a UOW bachelor degree. A range of scholarships and government loans and subsidies are available for eligible students.
Reminder – ANU Advisory Sessions
14 December. 10.00am to 2.00pm
At the ANU Advisory Day you will have one-on-one access to advisors, as well as representatives from our academic Colleges. We will be there to answer any questions, no matter how general or detailed, so we encourage students to come along to learn more about ANU. To register:
CANBERRA: Pop Up Village, ANU Campus
http://www.anu.edu.au/study/events/canberra-advisory-day-2018 SYDNEY: International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour
TAFE NSW –Fee-free Apprenticeships
Becoming an apprentice or hiring an apprentice just got 100,000 times easier.
That’s the number of new apprentices that will have their qualification fees funded by the NSW Government.
They’ve recognised that apprenticeships and skilled tradespeople are the backbone of our state and they are committed to creating a pipeline of skilled Australians to build a better future.
Why Become an Electrician? NECA –Training & Apprenticeships
Work on multi-storey buildings, shopping centres, apartments and houses.
- Installation of main and sub-main switchboards
- Power and lighting systems
- Emergency and exit lighting
- Installation of powerpoints and power supplies to specialised equipment.
The telecommunications industry is always evolving in phone, optical fibre systems and internet connected devices.
- Computer cabling design and installations
- Telephone/voice systems design and installations
- Optical fibre communication technology
- Building management systems
Install, maintain and repair electrical systems in the growing field in renewable energy systems.
- Solar panel installations
- Battery back up systems
- Smart Grid technology
- Installation and testing of renewable energy equipment and systems
- Aiming high? Working on the transmission of electricity from power stations through high voltage transmission networks to distribution to homes and business via sub stations could be just what you are looking for.
- Or go deep and be a cable jointer looking after the insulated power supply and control cables installed in under-ground pipes.
TAFE NSW –Information Week 2019
21 to 25 January
Come along to TAFE NSW’s Information Week from 21-25 January to explore your course and career options for 2019. Our program of events include info sessions, campus tours, and live demos – program to be released soon. Talk to our teachers, career counsellors, find out about scholarships, support services, and much more. Whether you want to be qualified faster, be in a career you love, or be the boss – Be Ambitious, take charge of your future and plan your visit today. Register your interest to receive program and latest event updates as they are released.
Essential Energy –Apprenticeships
If working outdoors in a team environment appeals to you, an apprenticeship with us might be the perfect way to kick start your career. All apprenticeship roles are a four-year program which work towards a trade qualification while learning on-the job. Your apprenticeship journey will be supported by a great crew and a professional training team. We are offering apprenticeships in the following roles:
Powerline Workers are responsible for building, improving and maintaining the poles and wires that deliver electricity to our customers.
Zone Substation Electrical Technician
Zone Substation Electrical Apprentices are responsible for the safe and reliable operation of high voltage switch-gear, transformers and associated electrical circuits.
Hitachi – Apprenticeship Program 2019 – Sydney
As part of our 2019 Apprenticeship Intake, we are offering the Nationally Accredited Trade Certificate III in Mobile Plant Technology (Heavy Duty Diesel Fitter) Apprenticeship. Based in Revesby (Sydney) this exceptional opportunity is perfect for any candidate who is hungry to learn and wanting to develop a fulfilling and long-term career.
NIDA –Holiday Workshops
Find the right acting course for you. Identify and experience the essentials of screen acting. Build your on screen confidence as you develop skills in improvisation, character development and script work. Rehearse and present live and recorded scenes for family and friends at the end of the course.
Do you know a talented young filmmaker? – JMC Mocktail Submissions are now open!
Closes 3 March
Each year JMC Academy holds an exciting film and animation event; The Martini Film Awards. This event screens the best of JMC Academy’s student and recent alumni work and includes a category known as the Mocktail Awards. This is where High School students, are also invited to submit their best short fiction, short documentary, short animation, television commercial or music video clip, to be reviewed by industry professionals. Shortlisted films will be shown and the winner will be announced at the prestigious Martini Film Awards to be held in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane in May/June 2019.
We invite your students to submit their short films and go into the running to win awesome prizes for themselves and their school! Enter below:
Money Management Course for Young Australians
Real World Education Group’s personal financial management course is built by industry experts for young Australians to help them understand real world financial concepts and become financially savvy. For more information email email@example.com . Visit:
4 Options for 2018 School Leavers to Think About
If you’re a student, the decisions you make now won’t lock you in forever. But there’s still lots to consider before you finish school. Whether you’re thinking about going to uni, doing an apprenticeship, or starting a job, the Department of Human Services offers a range of support for school leavers.
Good Universities Guide
The Good Universities Guide is Australia’s premier resource on higher education, allowing students to compare and identify the right course and provider to assist them in achieving their career goals.
The Good Universities Guide 2019 is the most comprehensive edition of the publication to date, featuring:
- New and updated institution ratings
- Student experience and graduate outcome data
- Entry requirements and ATAR cut-off scores
- Financial assistance, fees and scholarships
- Institution profiles by state
Careers Advisory Service
14, 17 & 18 December. 9.00am to 5.00pm
The Careers Advisory Service is a phone, web chat and email service for NSW students who have completed the HSC and need further career or tertiary education advice. The service is provided by the Department of Education and is staffed by experienced Careers Advisers. Phone 1300 300 687 and webchat. Email 24 hours.
Vocational Learning Coordinator