Term 3 is one of the busiest terms of the year in terms of careers and career decision making. An important night not to be missed is 6 August for Year 10-12 parents and students. Year 10s on Tuesday 22 July attended the Sunshine Coast Careers Expo at the University of the Sunshine Coast.
Year 10s were thoroughly prepared for this visit to the Careers Expo through their Term 2 career lessons and work on their Career Profile
On 6 August, starting at 6.00pm the Year 10s will attend a presentation on SET Plans by Mr Heyworth and Mr Nash in the theatre, whilst Year 12s have a chance to speak with exhibitors, based in the rooms above the Library. Then the Year 12s at 7.00pm will be required to attend a QTAC –Post Year 12 options presentation in the theatre, while Year 10 students and parents have access to the exhibitors.
The Year 12 QTAC guides for courses on offer in 2015 will be distributed on this night. The Year 11 course offerings and GCCC handbook for 2015 will be also available on this night for current Year 10s.
It needs to be noted that non OP eligible students in Yr12 can apply for many Tertiary and TAFE courses.
It is imperative that Year10s and 12s attend, as packs of information will be distributed, accompanied by relevant explanations of the information.
Exhibitors will include, for example, the Defence Forces, TAFE, Mallyon College, University of the Sunshine Coast, Australian Catholic University, Busy at Work Apprentices, Acclaim Apprentices and many other training providers.
Year 12s are currently reviewing their career options and are being encouraged to make an appointment with myself to discuss their future options. Parents are most welcome to attend. I am here Monday to Thursdays, however Wednesday appointments will be only available in the afternoon, due to Core Skills practice in the morning, at least up until the formal Core Skills tests have been completed.
Year 12s considering Performing Arts based courses for 2015 need to be aware that they will have early closing dates, due to interviews and auditions.
Often Year 12 students don’t get offered what they see as their ideal preference or course. One way to better position yourself to improve the standard of your eligibility for the course that is missed, is through what is called “Upgrading”.
Upgrading means that you gain a new, additional and a more competitive selection rank that can be used as part of your application to QTAC for entry to tertiary study. This can be done through Preparatory Courses i.e. Certificate IV in Adult Tertiary Preparation), the completion of the first year of a TAFE Diploma and UNILEARN.
Unilearn courses are tutorial supported, self-paced courses offered in an external mode with flexible commencement and completion dates for domestic and international students. Unilearn courses can help improve your ranking and satisfy subject prerequisites. Courses are offered in distance education (correspondence style) or online formats.
There are also Special Admissions Schemes available. QTAC’s Educational Access Scheme is one special admissions scheme. There are five categories of EAS; Financial Hardship, Home Environment and Responsibilities, English Language Difficulty, Personal Illness and Disability and Educational Disruption.
If a student is applying through EAS, they will need documentation to support their QTAC application i.e. medical and specialist letters. Documentation for each category that is applied for is mandatory. If students and or parents are unsure as to whether their circumstances qualify them for a category, contact me on 54390033 for further assistance. A well documented valid case under any of the above categories can improve a students OP.
Open Days this term include: Sunshine Coast University Sunday 10th August 2014,10.00am-2pm; Christian Heritage College Saturday 23rd August 10.00am-2pm; Queensland University of Technology, Sunday 17 August 9.00am-3.00pm, Caboolture Campus.
A full comprehensive list of ALL open days can be found at http//www.qtac.edu.au/Schools/OpenDays.htm
Paul Nash, Future Pathways Co-ordinator