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  • 2nd June, 2017

From the Careers Desk

Overseas Study: 

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.  The following links are to handouts and resources on their website.

Want to study in Hong Kong?

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) offers undergraduate degrees in the fields of Science, Engineering, Business and Management, Information Technology, Humanities and Social Science.  Courses are conducted in English.  For information about international undergraduate admission to this institution, see the HKUST website.


The jobs of the future - and two skills you need to get them

A recent article from the World Economic Forum (WEF) made the following points about jobs of the future:

  • Five million jobs will be lost before 2020 as artificial intelligence, robotics, nanotechnology and other socio-economic factors replace the need for human workers.  The good news is that those same technological advances will also create 2.1 million new jobs.
  • Most new jobs will be in more specialised areas such as computing, mathematics, architecture and engineering.
  • David Deming, Harvard University Researcher, argues that soft skills (social skills including empathy, cooperation, negotiation and sharing) will be crucial in the modern workplace where people move between different roles and projects.
  • Deming has mapped the changing needs of employers and identified key skills that will be required to thrive in the job market of the future.  He says that, along with soft skills, mathematical ability will be very beneficial.

Read the full article on the WEF website.

The jobs of the future will be what robots cannot do

Dr Michio Kaku is an American theoretical physicist, futurist, writer and populariser of science.  He is a professor of theoretical physics at the City College of New York and CUNY Graduate Centre.  Listen to him talk about jobs of the future on YouTube.

Accounting/Commerce/IT cadetships

Some organisations offer cadetships or traineeships for Year 12 students interested in accounting, commerce and information technology.  Cadetships and traineeships usually involve work and study, so you can be earning an income and gaining practical experience while you complete your university course.  Year 12 students interested in cadetships in 2018 should start looking for them early in the year.  A useful resource is the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand Employment Guide 2017.  This Guide lists organisations in each Australian state and the type of positions they may have (e.g. ‘c’ indicates the organisation may offer cadetships).  You could also investigate the cadetship/trainee programs offered by organisations such as:

Other useful strategies to find cadetships include doing an Internet search for cadetships and traineeships and regularly reading the ‘Careers’ section in the Courier Mail on Saturdays.

University and Institutes

Bond University Snippets

Experience Days – The following events will be held in June 2017.  You need to register to attend.

  • 7 June - Careers in Actuarial Science and Commerce - Experience a simulated trading environment with real market data and discover the emerging world of big data and the increasing impact it has on business, climatology, health, science, sport and technology.
  • 8 June – Careers in Sport Day - Learn what a career in sport, physiotherapy, nutrition and dietetics or occupational therapy is like.
  • 17 June – Careers in Health - This interactive day provides students with an opportunity to learn what a career in biomedical science, anatomy and medicine is like.
  • 22 June – Environments, Planning and Urban Design - See how cities work and gain an understanding of the design processes involved in developing a local urban space.
  • 28 June – Communications and Digital Media - You can tailor your studies to focus on film and television, journalism, digital media, computer games, advertising and public relations or keep your options open with a broad-based communications degree.
  • 29 June – Psychology Experience Day - Find out about the fascinating study of the human mind.

Pathway to Occupational Therapy and Dietetics – The B Health Science at Bond 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.

Bond with Bond events in Brisbane and Townsville – These events provide an opportunity for students considering studying at Bond to learn about the courses available, the campus facilities, campus life, the fees and costs and scholarships. The Brisbane event will be held from 6 – 8 pm on Thursday 15 June 2017 and the Townsville event from 6 – 7.30 pm on Tuesday 27 June 2017.  Registration is required for these events.

Griffith University Events

Popular Music Experience Day - This program will be offered on two alternative days (14, 21 July) in 2017 at Griffith’s Gold Coast campus. Year 12 students can explore the Bachelor of Popular Music degree program and participate in activities and talks with current students.  Visit the website to view a video about experience day. Interested students should contact their Music Teacher or Guidance Officer/Counsellor about attending the event.

Rock School – This event will be held from 8 - 12 January 2018 at Griffith University, Gold Coast campus, Southport.  Participants will attend a series of workshops from experts in stagecraft and live sound, song writing, performance and recording.  Applications close Wednesday 1 November 2017.  There are 25 places in the program, so early application is advised.  More information is available on the website.

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

NIDA will hold 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.  One of the courses offered to the Year 11s and 12s is the NIDA Audition Preparation course.  Students who book three weeks before the course start date will save 10% with NIDA’s early bird discount.

Preparation courses for Aviation careers

The College of Aeronautical Science, located at St Johns College on 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 Bachelor of Aviation.  Find out more on the College website and Facebook page.

Queensland University of Technology (QUT) information

2018 course booklets – These publications are now available on the QUT website.  They include booklets for Business, Creative Industries, Education, Health, Law and Justice, and Science and Engineering.  Other publications on the site include: Entry Pathways, Opportunities for International Baccalaureate students, Scholarships, A Quick Guide for Year 7-10 students, and the QUT Open Day Program.

Assumed Knowledge – Most courses at QUT have assumed knowledge rather than subject prerequisites (Bachelor of Education courses have prerequisite subjects).  Students who do not meet the assumed knowledge requirements can gain entry to a course (if they also have a competitive OP or rank) but may find the course very difficult.  Students in this situation are strongly encouraged to undertake bridging courses in the relevant subjects before they commence their studies at QUT.

QUT Entry Bonus Scheme – Under this scheme you can receive bonus ranks (not OPs) for successfully completing specific subjects.  The specific subjects are Maths C, Languages Other Than English (LOTE), Engineering Technology (for entry to Bachelor of Engineering) and university units.

QUT’s OP Guarantee – Under this scheme, if you get an OP 1 – 5 (or a rank of 93 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.  Guaranteed entry is also offered to domestic students who complete an International Baccalaureate Diploma with a score of 33 or better.  Bonus ranks you receive through the Entry Bonus Scheme count towards the OP/IB Guarantee.  The OP Guarantee is only offered during the major QTAC offer round.  You do not need to apply separately for the OP Guarantee, just complete your QTAC application on time.

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.

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.

Student Sharehouse – QUT students use this blog to share tales about life and study, including overseas exchanges, study stress, being a newbie and what’s happening around campus.

School Holiday Filmmakers Bootcamp at QSFT

The Queensland School of Film and Television (QSFT) will hold this two-day filmmaking workshop on 5 and 6 of July 2017 at its campus at Annerley.  The bootcamp is for students in Years 9 – 12.  You can access an expression of interest in the bootcamp here.

Screen Media and Animation - Open Evening and Creative Industries Exhibition

The Open Evening for the Screen Media and Animation School at TAFE Brisbane will be held from 6 – 8pm on Thursday 8 June 2017 at the South Bank campus.  During the evening, there will be information sessions for the Certificate III in Screen and Media (TAFE in School and full-time), and related Diploma and Bachelor Degrees.

This event will coincide with CRE8.  This is TAFE Qld's premier creative industries showcase event.  The evening will be jam packed with diverse collections of free and interactive experiences and exhibitions showcasing student work.  Visit the TAFE Qld Brisbane website for details.

Taste is almost here - a reminder

The Agricultural Skills and Technology Experience (TASTE) is a four-day program for high school students aged 15 and over to help them explore the many career options available in the rural industry.  The program will be run in the June/July and September/October school holidays at the Longreach Pastoral College and the Emerald Agricultural College.  The June/July 2017 program dates are:

Download a flyer from the Taste website.

The University of Queensland (UQ) updates

Accommodation guarantee for new students - Students who will be studying as an International, Regional or Interstate student at the St Lucia or Herston campuses in 2018 will receive guaranteed accommodation through the UQ Colleges and UQ's external partners.  Visit the Accommodation website for more information.

Limited places available for the Experience Science workshops - Experience Science is a free event that provides students in years 10 - 12 the opportunity to discover what studying science is like at UQ and how science is applied in industry and everyday life.  A few places are still available for school groups on Friday 7 July and Wednesday 12 July 2017 (13 and 14 July are booked out).  Individual students can register for 7 July 2017.  Visit the Experience Science website for details.

Stay up-to-date with UQ – You can register for UQ’s e-newsletter to receive email updates with information tailored to your areas of interest, tips and tricks on the transition from high school to university and suggestions about transport and accommodation.

What's New at ACU (Australian Catholic University)?

Applications for the Early Achievers Program (EAP) for 2018 are now open – EAP at ACU considers the contribution you have made to your community through your school, local community organisations, cultural and/or religious groups (not just OPs) for entry to ACU courses.  An additional benefit of this program is that successful applicants will receive an offer as early as August to study at ACU in 2018.  Applications for this program are now open and will close on 17 July 2017.  Visit the EAP website more information.

University Experience registrations now open – If you're considering tertiary study for next year or in the future, University Experience provides the perfect chance to explore your study options by living a day in the life of an ACU student.  It will be held from 9am – 3 pm on Thursday 6 July 2017 in the school holidays.  For more information and to register, visit the University Experience website.

Passion for Business (P4B) – P4B is an early entry program for students interested in a future business career.  Successful applicants will receive an early offer to their chosen ACU business course; access to the ACU Business Mentoring program and Student Leadership Professional Development program; and textbook vouchers to the value of $300.  Applications close on 15 September and conditional offers will be given to successful applicants on 29 September. 

To apply:

  • Complete the P4B online application
  • Be studying or have studied an eligible business subject
  • Submit a 200-300 word response to the question; Why are you passionate about business?

Visit the P4B website for more information.

Education and Arts at ACU – Find out what it’s like to study Education and Arts at ACU by watching the following videos.


JMC Academy 2018 Scholarships

JMC is offering up to eight undergraduate scholarships for 2018 worth one year’s tuition in the following Bachelor Degrees:

  • Digital Design
  • Contemporary Music and Performance
  • Song Writing
  • Audio Engineering and Sound Production
  • Entertainment Business Management
  • Animation
  • Game Development
  • Film and Television Production.

Selection details are available on the scholarship website.

Le Cordon Bleu Australia 2018 Scholarships

Le Cordon Bleu is a culinary arts school with Australian campuses in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.  The school offers the following degree courses:

  • B Business (Hotel Management)
  • B Business (Restaurant Management)
  • B Business (Tourism Management)
  • B Business (Convention & Event Management)
  • B Business (Food Entrepreneurship).

Scholarships of up to $30,000 each will be available to students commencing their studies in a degree program with Le Cordon Bleu.  Details about the scholarships can be accessed from the website.

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).  Applications for the 2018 scholarship are now open and will close on 1 December 2017.  Visit the UNSW Scholarship website for details.

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 $18,200 per year for up to four or five years (depending on the course being studied).  Applications for the 2018 program are now open and will close on 30 September 2017.

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 $7,000 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 Special Admissions Scheme (SAS) for undergraduate law programs.  Applications open online on 3 August and will close on 8 September 2017.

Jeanette Maxwell – Careers and Guidance Counsellor

(Source:  Options Career Information)

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