Course Counselling + Careers
The college recognises the importance of the decisions that our students and their parents make when it comes to selecting a course of study for the new school year. The College also has an emphasis on preparing students for making informed decisions regarding career pathways.
Over the course of the year, the college runs a number of information nights and course counselling sessions for each of the year levels.
Course counselling days (or evenings) are organized so that each student can sit down with a staff member and discuss their subject choices for the coming year and, where relevant, their post school pathway options.
The Careers Counsellor is available to students and parents for careers advice. Each student within the latter years has a Managed Individual Pathway plan to support them in making career choices.
The Careers Room contains a wide range of Career and Course information which students are welcome to use at any time. There are:
• TAFE and University Course Guides and Handbooks
• Job Guides
• OZJAC (Australian Jobs and Careers) database
• VTAC, UAC, SATAC, QTAC and Open Universities guides
• The Good Universities Guide
• The DirectoryUndergraduate guide
• Information on scholarships and special entry access programs
• CDroms, videos and DVDs with information on courses and careers
• Information on Apprenticeships and Traineeships
• Pamphlets, magazines, books and articles on careers and courses
• Computers with internet connection for student use
• Access to Career Interest tests
• Information on casual, part time and full time jobs
• And, of course, help and advice from the Careers Adviser.
MIPS (Managed Individual Pathways)
All students in years 10 to 12 prepare a Managed Individual Pathways plan. This plan incorporates much of the investigative work undertaken in the Interdisclipinary Unit and Home Group where goals, career interests and future study plans are discussed. Interviews are conducted with every student during the year to ensure that a realistic and achievable pathway plan is in place and that students understand the path they need to follow to achieve their career goals.
In Year 10 students have the opportunity to experience, for two weeks, the world of work. Every effort is made to ensure that this experience is meaningful and valuable to the students, by encouraging and assisting them to find a placement in an industry in which they have shown a genuine interest. Many students are offered employment, (casual, part time or apprenticeships) as a result of Work Experience. Feedback from students, employers, visiting teachers and parents is overwhelmingly positive.