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  • 17th May, 2018

From the Careers Desk


The 10 skills you need to thrive in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

According to a World Economic Forum article, by 2020 the Fourth Industrial Revolution will have brought us enormous technological advances (e.g. advanced robotics and autonomous transport, artificial intelligence and machine learning, advanced materials, biotechnology and genomics). These developments will change the way we live, and the way we work. Some jobs will disappear, others will grow and jobs that do not exist today will become commonplace. The only certainty is that we will need the skills to meet these emerging challenges. So, what are these skills? The article lists the following 10 skills, suggested by chief human resources and strategy officers from leading global employers, as the skills needed to succeed in 2020. The skills are listed in order of importance.

  1. Complex problem solving
  2. Critical thinking
  3. Creativity
  4. People management
  5. Co-ordinating with others
  6. Emotional intelligence
  7. Judgment and decision making
  8. Service orientation
  9. Negotiation
  10. Cognitive flexibility

Could you demonstrate that you have these skills (i.e. talk about when you have successfully used them)? If not, how could you develop these skills? Read the following related articles from the Singularity Hub and Skills for Your Future. For other great articles visit the World Economic Forum’s website.


Bond University scholarships for 2018 are open online

Bond’s scholarship program offers many full-fee and part-fee scholarships as well as cash bursaries. Most scholarships can be used for any single or combined program (except for the Medical Program). Visit the Scholarship webpage for more information, to download the scholarship brochure and to access the application tips. Scholarship applications for Year 12s must be lodged online using the Bond University application form.


Australian Catholic University (ACU)

University Experience Day: This event will be held at the ACU Brisbane campus on Thursday 5 July 2018. On the day, you can participate in workshops related to the degrees offered at ACU, meet staff and current students, check out the campus, get tips on preparing for university and enjoy the entertainment. Registrations for this ACU event opened on 1 May 2018.

CQUniversity (CQU) news

CQUniversity provides innovative and flexible study options in Brisbane. Some of the newer courses offered at their Brisbane campus are:

  • Bachelor of Diagnostic Imaging - a course that would interest students looking for a career in Science and/or Health care. If you like anatomy, biology and helping people you may want to research this degree. Visit their website for more information.
  • Bachelor of Digital Media – a course for students with a flair for design who are keen to create digital media works using software tools and techniques. Find out more on their website.
  • Bachelor of Science (Chiropractic) – an evidence based degree, you will develop patient assessment skills and therapeutic approaches to manage common musculoskeletal issues like back, neck and shoulder pain, headaches, movement problems and more. To find out more visit their website.
  • Bachelor of Accident Forensics – a course for students who love TV shows like Mythbusters, Air Crash Investigation or Seconds from Disaster. You will learn a range of analysis techniques to identify accident causes and more importantly, how to prevent it repeating. To find out more visit their website.

Griffith University "After the Siren" workshops

Griffith University, together with Runaway Bay Sports and Leadership Excellence Centre, are offering the "After the Siren" workshops in 2018. The free program is designed to offer Years 10 -12 student athletes the unique opportunity to learn about life as an elite athlete, from a range of current industry professionals and to help them prepare for a successful life on and off the sporting field.

Registrations for the day long After the Siren workshops are now open and you are invited to register up to 4 elite athletes from your school to attend one of the following events (registrations of more than 4 athletes will also be considered but cannot be guaranteed)

  • Tuesday 31 July, Runaway Bay Sport and Leadership Excellence Centre
  • Thursday 2 August, Griffith University, Nathan campus

Registration closes on Wednesday 20 June, 2018 at 4pm. For registration contact Beau McCauley at bmcca191@eq.edu.au

Griffith University GUESTS applications for Trimester 2 now open

Applications close 30 May for Griffith University’s Early Start to Tertiary Studies (GUESTS). On-campus and online applications are currently open to high achieving Year 11 and 12 students for Trimester 2, 2018. Students can apply to undertake a first year university course from most Griffith degrees. Students who successfully complete their university course (subject) are eligible for two adjustment ranks towards their OP/ATAR when applying for Griffith and credit transfer once they commence their related degree. Find out more at griffith.edu.au/guests, phone 1800 677 728 or email guests_enquiry@griffith.edu.au

Griffith University Queensland Conservatorium Year 12 Experience Days

If you are a Gold Coast student interested in studying music, come along to Griffith University’s Experience Day and find out about what being a student will be like, and talk to Bachelor of Music lecturers and students whilst taking part in exciting music-making activities. This Experience Day will prepare you for the Popular Music major (offered at our South Bank campus from 2019) as part of the Bachelor of Music degree. Registrations are open until 25 May. Contact Julie Sutherland for more information (07) 5552 9036

Upcoming Events:
20/07/2018         Queensland Conservatorium Year 12 Experience Gold Coast campus

Griffith University Tertiary Preparation Workshop for entry to the Bachelor of Music

Open Conservatorium Griffith University offers Tertiary Preparation Workshops to help you stand out from the pack at your audition for the Bachelor of Music at the Queensland Conservatorium. Whether you are in your final years of high school or a mature-age student applying for entry to a university music degree, this program can help you better prepare for the theoretical and practical requirements of the audition process. The workshop will run from 2 – 6 July 2018. For more information visit their website (scroll down to Find the Suitable Program and use drop down box to click on Tertiary Preparation Program).

Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Updates

Real world experience for optometry students – QUT optometry students undertake a range of practical experiences including travelling to remote communities in the NT to participate in outreach clinics, undertaking placements with corporate optometry stores such as OPSM and providing eye examinations in the QUT Optometry Clinic at Kelvin Grove.

Visit “no walls” for an insight into creative careers - Interested in a creative career but not sure what jobs are available? QUT’s no walls site includes profiles of graduates and their career path, as well as staff and student stories and events.

Learning through the QUTopia marketplace - Each year QUT marketing students gain hands-on skills and industry connections by participating in the QUTopia marketing simulation. They develop a marketing plan, produce a product or service and sell it at market days. They then analyse their performance using tools such as market share calculations, competitor analysis, profitability and customer retention ratios.

Autonomous Robot Rescue - Use your engineering prowess, coding skills and a remotely operated robot arm to rescue injured workers at a building site. In this workshop students will learn about systems engineering and real-world rescue robots. Students assume the role of senior systems engineer, managing the safe rescue of an injured worker on a hazardous building site. Topics covered in this workshop are:

  • Robotics
  • Coding
  • Inverse kinematics
  • Trigonometry

For more information speak with your Career Counsellor.   You can also visit the QUT website.

University of Queensland (UQ)

UQ Changes to the selection process for the MD Program at UQ

UQ’s revised admission process is designed to ensure the highly sought-after places in the MD program are offered to applicants who demonstrate the attributes and abilities most suited to the profession of medicine, and most likely to succeed in the MD program.

There are two major changes to the entry requirements for the MD Program at UQ:

  • Impacting current Year 10 students, or younger: UQ is introducing a Mini Multiple Interview as part of the selection process.
  • Impacting all prospective students: The introduction of prerequisite courses to ensure students are well prepared for the first two years of the program.

Contact UQ Admissions with any questions at admissions@uq.edu.au or call or phone (07) 3365 2203 or see your Career counsellor at your school.

UQ Auditions for the 2018 B Music (Honours) Program

The UQ School of Music invites applications from everyone who is interested in auditioning for a place in the B Music (Honours) program commencing in Semester 1 2019. The auditions will be held in September 2018 and application information and forms are available on the School of Music website.

Upcoming Events:
03/08/2018         UQ audition application for Bachelor of Music (Honours) closes.

UQ Exercise and Nutrition Sciences as your pathway to Medicine

According to UQ’s School of Human Movement and Nutrition, the B Exercise and Nutrition Sciences is a recommended pathway to UQ’s Doctor of Medicine program. Read the rationale for this on the School’s website. Read about other pathways to medicine on the School of Medicine website.

UQ Young Scholars Program for 2018 - 2019

This program provides high achieving Year 11 students with an opportunity to discover, learn and engage with UQ's academic community and like-minded students from across Queensland. For more information, visit the Young Scholars Program webpage. The 5 day residential camp at St Lucia campus will be held from 25 to 29 November 2018.

Upcoming Events:
28/05/2018 to 10/08/2018           UQ Young Achievers Program St Lucia Campus

Australian Defence Force (ADF) Job Finder

If you are interested in joining the ADF but find it difficult to choose an ADF job, use the Job Finder on the home page to get you started. There is a short questionnaire that gathers information about you and then comes up with ADF job suggestions.

Defence Technical Scholarship

Apply for a Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths (STEM) related job in the ADF and you could be awarded a Microsoft Surface Pro 4. There are over 70 STEM-related jobs in the ADF. Visit the Defence Technical Scholarship website to find out how you could be in the running for the scholarship.

GAP Year

A GAP Year in the Australian Defence Force is not only a chance to experience what a career in the Navy, Army or Air Force could be like, but also to have a year full of adventure, new friends, new skills, leadership, and travel. An ADF GAP Year is a truly unique opportunity for you to grow and figure out what next step you will take in life. Time is running out to apply for a place in the 2019 GAP Year program. Visit the GAP year website page for more information and how to apply … but do not leave it too long or you will miss out.

Upcoming Australian Defence Force information sessions

Find out about upcoming Queensland and National ADF events and information sessions by visiting the Defence Jobs website. View specific event information including: location, times and to book your tickets by clicking on this link.

Further information about these events and Army Reserve Information Sessions can be accessed on the ADF Facebook site.

Upcoming Events:
22/05/2018         Gold Coast Australian Defence Force Academy Information Session
                                Gold Coast Defence Force Recruiting Centre
29/05/2018         Southport Army Reserve Information Session Southport Community Centre

Your Future is Up – Find your ideal role in the Air Force

Want to take your first step to a rewarding role with the Australian Air Force? Visit the Your Future is Up website and learn what your career path could be in the Royal Australian Air Force. You will also find information about the various roles in the Air Force. Start checking it out.

Jeanette Maxwell – Head of Pathways


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