Illalong News

  • 29th April, 2019

Career Pathways News


During Term 2, 2019 students in Year 9 will participate in a Careers Education unit of work to assist with their 2020 subject selection. To further enhance students’ knowledge of potential careers and pathways to the world of work, students will visit the Careers Festival, Gold Coast Event Centre, Bundall, on Thursday, 16 May 2019.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email Mrs Maxwell, Head of Pathways, jmaxwell@abpat.qld.edu.au


Stay informed about important upcoming Queensland and National ADF events and information sessions by visiting the Defence Jobs website.

View the specific events information link for more details including: location, times and to book your tickets.

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

Upcoming Events:
30/04/2019         Gold Coast Southport: A Night in the Army Reserve Ashmore, QLD
08/05/2019         Women in Defence Gold Coast


John Eales Rugby Excellence Scholarship at Bond University

As the official Education Partner of the Qantas Wallabies, Bond University has joined forces with the former Wallabies Captain, John Eales AM, to present this prestigious sporting scholarship which provides an opportunity for an outstanding young rugby union star to be mentored both on and off the field. Applications will open on 23 April 2019 and close on 6 September 2019. Visit the website for more information.

Upcoming Events:
06/09/2019         John Eales Ruby Excellence Scholarship Online Closes


Preparaton workshops for SAT - USA university entry test

Integrity Tutoring specialises in preparation workshops for students interested in sitting for the tests required for entry to university courses in the United States.  Find out more on the Integrity website.

Study & Play USA opportunities

Are you competitive in rowing, rugby, golf, tennis, cross country, soccer, volleyball, basketball, water polo, track and field, swimming, baseball, softball and want to study in USA? Study & Play USA can provide information on:

  • Academic assessment
  • Program overview
  • Personalised advice & planning
  • Timeline to prioritise activities
  • Understanding of fee structures 
  • Likely scholarship opportunities

Click here to book a meeting or for more information.

US/UK University events for Brisbane Students and Parents

Crimson Education will be holding the following Brisbane information sessions.

The events feature Khushi Shelat, who has just been accepted into the Wharton Business School at The University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) for Class of 2023. She will talk about the process of applying for her dream University, the pitfalls to look out for and the things to really focus on and prioritise! 

The event, Brisbane to the Ivy Leagues & Beyond, will be held in two different locations:

8 May at Hamilton. Click here to find out more information and register to attend
9 May at Brisbane CBD. Click here to find out more information and register to attend

Use the promo code OPTIONS, so that you can attend for free.


Free Introduction to Real Estate seminars

The Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ) presents these sessions for people considering a career in real estate.  Visit the REIQ website for more information. The seminars provide information on:

  • How the real estate profession in Queensland is structured
  • Ethics and conduct
  • Career options
  • Basic rules and regulations governing the real estate profession
  • Licensing and registration requirements
  • Educational options

Numbers are limited so click here to register.

Upcoming Events:
08/05/2019         Introduction to Real Estate Seminar Gold Coast, QLD

JMC Academy Workshops

Workshops and Short Courses are a great way to check out the JMC Academy campus.  Some of the workshops and short course topics are:

  • Game Development
  • Film and TV Production
  • Studio Recording
  • Ableton Live
  • Entertainment Business
  • Song writing
  • Discover Visual Communication
  • Animation

Click here to request more information or phone them to find out future dates.

Queensland School of Film and Television (QSFT) Video Production Workshop

QSFT offers a range of weekend workshops focusing around media production. They will be running workshops in May and June on:

  • 11 May:     Shoot It! – Introduction to Photography
  • 25 May:     Film It! – Introduction to Video Production
  • 8 June:       Record It – Introduction to Sound
  • 22 June:     Edit It – Introduction to Editing

For more information and to submit an expression of interest (scroll down to the end of the calendar), visit their website.

Upcoming Events:
11/05/2019         QSFT: SHOOT IT! Introduction to Photography Brisbane, QLD
25/05/2019         QSFT: FILM IT! Introduction to Video Production Brisbane, QLD
08/06/2019         QSFT: Record It – Introduction to Sound Brisbane
22/06/2019         QSFT: Edit It – Introduction to Editing Brisbane

Study for a Day at SAE Qantm

Are you interested in studying Animation, Audio, Graphic Design, Film, or Games?  SAE will be hosting Study for a Day at their Byron Bay campus on Saturday 15 June and at their Brisbane campus on Saturday 15 June. These events will give you an opportunity to experiment with these creative media fields before making decisions about your future study plans.  They will introduce you to the technical skills required in the field and give you an insight into the careers available.  Visit the SAE Website for more information and to register.


Australian Catholic University

ACU: Do you help others? It could help you - Community Achiever Program (CAP)

If you volunteer regularly for your school, community, or a social justice, sporting or cultural cause, then the Community Achiever Program (CAP) may help you gain early conditional entry into your desired degree. Applications for Year 12 students open Wednesday 1 May 2019 and close on 30 July 2019 for study in 2020. For younger students, we encourage you to start getting involved in volunteer activities now in preparation for your future application. Find out if you’re eligible for CAP and how to apply.

Upcoming Events:
30/07/2019         ANU Community Achiever Program (CAP) 2020 applications close

Bond: Bond with Bond Seminars

Your decision to study at a university that is right for you is important. To help you gather all the information you will need, Bond University hosts Bond with Bond events, where you can find out more about studying at Bond and what makes them unique.  During these seminars you can learn more about their:

  • Undergraduate single and combined study programs
  • Industry links and ‘Beyond Bond’ core subject
  • Three-semester-per-year timetable
  • State-of-the-art facilities
  • Campus life
  • Scholarships
  • Fees and costs (including FEE-HELP)

For general enquiries or further information on these seminars, please contact the events team via email: cenralevents@bond.edu.au or visit the Bond with Bond website.

Bond: Experience Days at Bond

  • Architecture Experience Day - Architects design for the present, with an understanding of the past, for a future which is unknown! Discover the art and science behind architectural studies for a fearless career in design. Meet our academic teaching staff, get hands-on, take a tour of our state-of-the-art workshops and award-winning Abedian School of Architecture at our Architecture Experience Day!  This event is complimentary for Year 10, 11 and 12 students and one parent.  Visit their website to register.
  • Film and television Experience Day - Do you have a passion for storytelling and filmmaking or considering a fast-paced career in television? If you see yourself behind the camera, screenwriting, editing, assisting in sound and production design or delving into cinematography, then our hands-on Film & TV Experience Day will be perfect for you. Visit their website to register.

Griffith University

GU: VET pathways for high school students

  • Griffith recognises the skills and knowledge gained through Vocational Education and Training (VET) as a highly effective pathway to university. While Griffith encourages you to achieve an OP or ATAR, they still recognise stand-alone VET qualifications completed at high school. If you complete a Certificate III, IV or Diploma and meet the English prerequisite you may be eligible for a place in a range of Griffith degrees.
  • Click here to find out more and to view the list of eligible degrees

GU: 2020 Undergraduate Degrees Guide

  • In addition to information about the courses to be offered in 2020, the Guide provides a glimpse of the study opportunities available at Griffith.  Included are briefs on Kick start your career, scholarships, campus life, Griffith Sports College and how to apply.  Download the Guide from the website.

GU: Queensland Conservatorium auditions

  • Most of the courses offered by the Conservatorium require an audition as one of the entry prerequisites.  Audition applications usually open in June.  The Auditions website will be updated for 2020 applications shortly.  Note that if you don’t apply for an audition by the due date, you will not be considered for any courses requiring an audition at the Conservatorium.

James Cook University

JCU: Applying for medicine/dental/physiotherapy/veterinary science/Health Science courses at James Cook University

The following courses offered by JCU require a QTAC application as well as a direct application to JCU.

  • B Medicine/B Surgery
  • B Dental Surgery
  • B Veterinary Science
  • B Physiotherapy
  • B Health Science (Physician Assistant)

These JCU courses have a rural, remote, tropical and Indigenous communities focus.  Consequently, an important requirement of the JCU direct application is to demonstrate interest, experience, understanding and/or exposure to rural and/or remote locations and conditions.  Applicants living in metropolitan areas will find this challenging.  You will need to think creatively about how you can obtain the experience/knowledge this year. 

Some ideas are:

  • work-experience during the holidays with a rural practitioner
  • attend FEAST and/or TASTE (for vet science)
  • interview practitioners who have worked in rural/remote areas
  • research the challenges for practitioners in rural/remote areas
  • learn about Northern Australia
  • find out as much as you can about the content of the JCU courses from brochures, the JCU website, career expos, TSXPO and other career/course events
  • organise a guided tour of the relevant JCU campus (see the website)
  • if possible, attend a JCU open day (11 August 2019 for the Townsville campus and 25 August 2019 for the Cairns campus).

You can view last year’s (2018 applications for entry in 2019) JCU direct application here.  The applications website is usually updated in July for the following year.  The date for submitting the JCU direct application form is normally the same as the QTAC due date.  This date will be confirmed in the QTAC Guide and on QTAC’s website under the JCU link in May/June.  You can access the prerequisites for the courses from the JCU website.

Upcoming Events:
11/08/2019         JCU Townsville Campus Open Day
25/08/2019         JCU Cairns Campus Open Day


QUT: Lacking assumed knowledge for a QUT course?

QUT bridging courses in Maths, Chemistry and Physics are offered to students and the general community to help participants undertake tertiary-level studies in these areas.  Successfully completing the Maths B bridging program will give you the assumed knowledge in Maths B for QUT courses and meet the maths prerequisite for QUT's Bachelor of Education. This program may also meet assumed knowledge or prerequisites for other institutions.  Semester 2, 2019 courses are delivered on campus between 25 June and 3 October 2019.  Registrations close 18 June 2019.  Visit the QUT Bridging Programs webpage for an overview, details and to register.

QUT: Need help developing a fashion portfolio?

‘Fashion Illustration for Beginners’ is a short course that will commence on 1 June 2019 on two consecutive Saturdays at QUT’s Creative Industries Precinct in Kelvin Grove.  Applications for the course close on 24 May 2019.  Visit the website for details.

University of Queensland

UQ: Undergraduate Guide for 2020

This publication can be downloaded from the UQ website. It contains information about the courses that will be offered in 2020, a table of all courses with prerequisites and previous minimum selection threshold, key dates, admissions information and everything else you need to know about life at UQ.

Mrs Jeanette Maxwell
Head of Pathways

Source:  Options Career Information Bulletin

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