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  • 12th June, 2019

Career Pathways News

Australian Defence Force information sessions:

The Australian Defence Force conducts many career information sessions throughout Australia. If you are interested in the Australian Defence Force, it is a good idea to attend one of the information sessions and consider a work experience placement. This will enable you to have a better idea about the life and jobs available to you in the Defence Force. For details about these events and for information on Army Reserve Information Sessions, visit the Defence Jobs Australia Facebook site.

Upcoming Events:
06/06/2019         Gold Coast Defence Careers Information session Robina
10/06/2019         Gold Coast Navy Defence Careers Information Session Gold Coast
12/06/2019         Gold Coast Engineering Defence Careers Information Session Robina

Defence 2020 Gap Year closing soon

A gap year with the Airforce, Army or Navy is a great way to trial a career in the Defence Forces – and you get paid to do it! Most positions have already been filled. Visit the website for information about:

  • Defence Force roles that still have vacancies
  • Frequently asked questions
  • Is the ADF Gap Year for me?
  • How much you will earn?
  • Benefits of an ADF Gap year.


University of New South Wales (UNSW) Co-op Scholarship Program

The UNSW Co-op Program is more than a scholarship, it is a scholarship that incorporates industry experience, leadership and professional development, networking and mentoring. It is available for high achieving students studying in the fields of business, technology, engineering and science, and building and construction. The scholarship is worth $19,600 per year for up to four or five years (depending on the course being studied). Applications are now open - visit their website for more information.

University of Queensland (UQ) Law LEAD Scholarship for disadvantaged students

Students from disadvantaged backgrounds or who have experienced disrupted schooling can apply for the UQ TC Beirne School of Law Leadership, Excellence and Diversity (LEAD) Scholarship. The scholarship is valued at $8,000 per year for up to five years. In addition, recipients will be eligible for a support network through non-residential membership of a UQ College, a dedicated academic mentor, and priority access to internships and career planning assistance. They can also apply for the UQ Undergraduate Law Admission Scheme.

Gap Year Program News

Selected Gap Year Program News

  • Camp America Applications for 2020 will be opening in July 2019. Visit their website for more information about their programs and dates of their information sessions.
  • Lattitude Global Volunteering application deadline for 2020 overseas placement experiences is 14 June 2019 (late applications will be taken but you are not guaranteed a place of your choice). Visit the website for details.
  • Southern Cross Cultural Exchange will hold an information evening from 7pm on 30 July 2019 at Motel on Gregory, 89-95 Gregory Terrace, Brisbane. See the website for more information about this program.
  • World Education Program Student Exchange will hold an information evening from 7pm – 8.30 pm on Wednesday 31 July 2019 at Fulton Trotter Lounge, 129 Leichhardt Street, Spring Hill, Brisbane. Register to attend on the website.
  • Letz Live UK Pub Job Program - You need to be 18 years of age to participate in this program. Read about the UK Pub Job Program here and find more information on the Letz Live website.

Holiday Programs & Short Courses

National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA)

NICA runs holiday courses for students from between 5 – 17 years. The following courses will be run during the June/July holidays:

  • 3-hour single day workshop (5-12 Years)
  • Week-Long 3 Hour Workshops (5-12 years)
  • Day at the Circus (5-12 YEARS)
  • Week at the Circus (5-12 years)
  • Teen Intro to Aerials (12-18 years)
  • Teen Intro to Circus - Ground (12-18 years)
  • Teen Intro to Circus & Aerials (12- 18 years)
  • Intermediate Teen Intensive (12-18 years)

National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) holiday courses in Brisbane

NIDA will hold a variety of different short courses for students in Years 3 – 6, Years 7 – 10 and Years 11 and 12 during the June/July school holidays at the Queensland Academy for Creative Industries at Kelvin Grove. Book online through the links above.

Interstate & International

Crimson Education upcoming sports scholarship and US/UK information events

Crimson Education have four upcoming events in Brisbane and the Gold Coast for students and parents who want to know more about the US/UK application process and learn more about getting recruited for US sports scholarships. The events are:

Both links above have the promo code FREE, so that students and parents can attend these events for free when they follow the provided link.

Robertson Scholars Leadership Program - Scholarships

Each year up to two Australian students are selected to complete a four-year undergraduate degree at Duke University or the University of North Carolina in the United States. The scholarship provides for full tuition fees, accommodation expenses and other costs associated with undertaking a degree abroad. Australian selections are organised through the University of New South Wales (UNSW). Visit the UNSW Scholarship website for details.

Study in the USA handouts and resources

Internationally Educated offers customised college search and application services for Australian students wanting to study in the USA. On the website you will find news and resources to help with your application process.

Open Days, Career Expo and Career Markets

Natural Health Open Day

Endeavour College of Natural Health will hold its Open Day from 10am on Saturday 15 June 2019 at its campuses in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast. This will be an opportunity to check out the campuses and find out about the degree programs in natural health offered at Endeavour, as well as the educational pathways and study options available. The day will provide you with an opportunity to talk to lecturers and current students. Please register your attendance on the Endeavour Open Day website.

New York Film Academy (NYFA), Gold Coast Open Day

NYFA offers accredited Advanced Diploma and Diploma courses in Film Making, Acting for Film and Screenwriting. It will hold its next open day from 10am – 12pm on Saturday 15 June 2019 at the Gold Coast campus. Note that students under 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. RSVP on the NYFA website.

Tertiary Studies Expo - Brisbane

The 2019 Tertiary Studies Expo (TSXPO), Australia’s largest tertiary studies expo, offers a unique opportunity for anyone interested in starting, changing or upgrading their career! Featuring many local, interstate and overseas education providers, students’ services and job support agencies. The Brisbane Expo will be held on 20 and 21 July 2019 and by attending you can have a chance to win a $500 JB Hi-Fi gift Card. So, don't miss this great opportunity to map out your future, all in the one location! For more information about exhibitors, seminars and frequently asked questions, visit the website.

Private Provider Updates

Pre-audition Workshop National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA)

If you ever wanted to join the circus then NICA is the place to make it happen. NICA’s core program is a three-year B Circus Arts. It also offers Certificates III and IV in Circus Arts. One of the entry requirements for NICA courses is an audition. The institute is offering a pre-audition workshop for students interested in auditioning for NICA in 2019, or those who wish to advance their circus skills.

Preparation courses for Aviation careers

The College of Aeronautical Science, located at St Johns College on the University of Queensland campus, offers the following courses for students interested in a career in Aviation.

  • Aeronautical Physics Bridging Course
  • Aeronautical Mathematics Bridging Course
  • Aptitude Selection Test Preparation for the Defence Force and commercial airlines.

The Aeronautical Mathematics Curriculum is approved to meet the educational requirements for pilots/cadets applying for major commercial airlines and the Defence Force. The course can also be used as a Mathematics assumed knowledge for entry into Griffith University’s B Aviation. Find out more on the College website and Facebook page.

University Updates

Bond: Pathway to Occupational Therapy and Dietetics

The B Health Science at Bond Uni is a 2-year accelerated degree designed for students who wish to explore a variety of disciplines in the health sciences. It can also provide a pathway to postgraduate specialised study, such as the Master of Occupational Therapy and the Master of Nutrition and Dietetic Practice.

QUT: Engineering Link Project

Are you in Year 11 or 12 and wanting an exciting, useful and meaningful career, using your love of STEM? Want to meet like-minded people who share your passions? You need to be at QUT in July for the Engineering Link Project.

QUT: Languages at QUT

You can incorporate language studies into many of the degrees at QUT as a minor (four subjects), second major (six subjects) or individual electives. Find out more about language courses at QUT.

QUT: Open Day updates

On the day, you will be able to talk to QUT graduates about their studies at QUT and what they are doing now in their careers. Download a full program and register to win a MacBook on the Open Day website.

QUT's OP Guarantee

Under this scheme, if you get an OP 1 – 5 (or a rank of 93 or better) or complete the IB (score 33 or better) you are guaranteed a place in courses where this scheme applies. To find out if your preferred course is included in the OP Guarantee, check the entry requirements in the course information section on the QUT website. Adjustment factors you receive through QUT Adjustment Schemes count towards the OP/IB Guarantee. The OP Guarantee is not offered in all QTAC offer rounds. You don't need to apply separately for the OP Guarantee,

QUT's Year 12 subject scheme

Under this scheme QUT will make an adjustment to your selection rank (or OP equivalent) for successfully completing specific subjects. The specific subjects are Maths C, Languages other than English (LOTE), Physics, Aerospace Studies or Engineering Technology (for entry to B Engineering Honours) and university units through START QUT. You do not have to apply for these adjustment factors as they are automatically applied through your QTAC application.

University school holiday tours

Explore your university options during the school holidays by taking a tour of the campus you are interested in:

UQ: Apply now for the UQ Young Scholars Program

UQ's Young Scholars Program (YSP) provides high achieving secondary school students with an opportunity to discover, learn and engage with UQ's academic community and like-minded students. Designed to nurture and develop future leaders, the program also presents students with a unique opportunity for academic extension and enrichment. Applications close Friday 9 August 2019.

UQ: Pharmacy Experience Day - save the date

Pharmacy Experience Day, Sunday 18 August 2019, is an annual UQ showcase which invites students to discover where a Bachelor of Pharmacy can take them. Throughout the day you will take part in a range of hands-on laboratory activities, meet and quiz current students, and participate on a guided tour through the world class facilities.

Jeanette Maxwell
Head of Pathways

Source:  Options Career Information Bulletin

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