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What's Happening at Hawker College?
Thurs 15 August Month 2019

In This Issue:

Defence Information Sessions
UCAT Information
Learn French Online
MBA Open day
Government Career starter Program
University News
Apprenticeship Opportunities
Hospitality ASBA

Work Experience
Teenage Volunteering abroad
Careers Information Sessions
Questacon Invention Convention
Let's Locate
Job Spotlight
Ready to leave School? 


August: Defence Information Sessions
24 August: MBA Open day
26 August: Career Starter Program Applications Close
27 August: International University Evening
31 August: University Canberra Open day 

Aviation Careers Information Session
Tuesday | 6.00pm | Canberra Defence Force Recruiting Centre
Navy Careers Information Session
Thursday | 6.00pm | Canberra Defence Force Recruiting Centre
Defence Careers Information Session
Tuesday | 6.00pm | Canberra Defence Force Recruiting Centre
Simulated UCAT Day Workshops
Are you in year 10, 11 or 12 and considering career in medicine or dentistry? You may benefit from attending one of NIE’s Simulated UCAT Day Workshops.
The events will be conducted by the National Institute of Education in partnership with UCAT Preparation Australia, MICAS (Medical Interviews and Career Advise Services) and PTTI (Pro Training Tutorial Institute).
The workshop is designed to cover fundamental techniques in navigating all five sections of the UCAT test. Students will spend the day with one of NIE’s specialist teachers in the field and will be able ask questions and address any concerns they may have about the test. Students will also be able to undertake a practice test, and receive an introduction to UCAT Medical Interviews.
See a full list of dates and locations, and enrol here:
MedEntry Online UCAT Preparation Course
MedEntry is a company that offers a comprehensive online UCAT preparation course. Through their online learning platform you will have access to hundreds of resources, including ten full-length practise exams.
Being fully online gives you the flexibility to study for the UCAT from anywhere at anytime.
They also have a MedEntry Smartphone App, allowing you to study on-the-go.
Check out all the details here:
Learn French Online
La Maison de St Claire offers a 12-week online French language course. It is a full immersion program where you will not only learn the French language, but also French culture, regions, gastronomy, wine, cinema and the French way of living.
The online program means you can learn from anywhere at anytime, and includes:
The Online French Course (comprehensive and interactive).
The weekly French Webinar for online French lessons (flipped class) to complement the learning process of above (a small group of 10 students).
The weekly Live_chat Private Tuition.
French Writing: corrected and returned.
A series of Interactive eBooks via the Apple platform.
Find out more about the course here:
Join us for the MBA Open Day!
Master Builders ACT will open its doors on Saturday 24 August 10am – 2pm for the 2019 Master Builders Open Day. 
The day will showcase our incredible facilities and you will have the opportunity to listen to a range of knowledgeable guest speakers. 
What's on for the day?
  • Meet the Master Builders team and the 2018 MBA Apprentice of the Year
  • Watch a Virtual Reality Demonstration and learn about the new technology the MBA are implementing
  • Hear all about the benefits of an Apprenticeship from a range of guest speakers, including apprentices and host employers 
  • Watch trade demonstrations in the workshop and meet the trainers at the MBA
  • Learn about the various trades on offer and why you should choose to complete a trade with the MBA
  • Discover the information that you will need to apply for an Apprenticeship with the Master Builders
Date: Saturday 24 August 
Time: 10am - 2pm
Location: 1 Iron Knob St, Fyshwick ACT 2609
If you would like more information on becoming an apprentice with the MBA, please click here.
ACT Government Career Starter Program (ACT Government)
Applications open Monday 5 August and close Monday 26 August 2019 (11:30pm AEST)
Visit our Career Starter website for more information
If there are any further questions please contact us on (02) 6215 1717.

UC Open Day is just around the corner. This is a once-a-year opportunity to see what it's like to live, study and work at the University of Canberra first-hand!
You'll get the chance to explore the campus and discover different courses, career opportunities, latest innovations, displays, clubs and so much more.
What's more, we have heaps of prizes to give away including a MacBook Pro, Apple Watch and iPad. Simply register and check-in on the day to go in the draw to win

FREE Big Breakfast!
Join us on the UC Main Concourse from 9-10.30am for a FREE big brekkie on us! There will be bacon and egg rolls, yoghurt, granola, fruit and loads more.
Each of our faculties, Student Services, Global Learning and UC College, will be holding presentations, workshops and demonstrations throughout the day.
Expo and Entertainment
The Expo Hall will be full of UC staff to answer your questions. There is plenty of food and entertainment options on the day including live music, art and performance activations.
Take a tour with one of our amazing student ambassadors. Explore our beautiful campus or check out our learning facilities and accommodation options.

Get a sense of the UC Open Day vibe - check out our video from last year's event.

Introducing Fast Forward
UC's Early Entry Program for Stand Out Year 11 Students
Do you know a student eager to get ahead?
At the University of Canberra we are always looking for ways to help the next generation of bright, young minds kickstart their career. That’s why we’re launching the Fast Forward Program, designed for enthusiastic and ambitious Year 11 students who are keen to get ahead in their university journey before graduating High School.
Admission into the Fast Forward Program is awarded to 25 stand-out students in the ACT region each year. It will provide students with early entry to our degrees and other exciting benefits to fuel their success in their chosen career.

Information for your students interested in applying for the University of Melbourne and Residential College Accommodation
It’s that time again when your Year 12 students will be making decisions about what they will study next and where they might live.
We hope that your students consider Melbourne!
The University of Melbourne’s Open Day is on Sunday 18th August. The University will run many information sessions on courses and all of the residential colleges will be open for tours. If your students are unable to attend the Open Day they can view the colleges here. All colleges would be happy to provide a tour on an alternative day, as long as it is arranged ahead of time.

In order to apply for a course at the University of Melbourne, applicants need to apply through VTAC. The VTAC lines open on 5th August and applications for courses can be made here.

St Hilda’s College is a wonderful place to live and study at the University of Melbourne.  We have outstanding facilities, a wonderfully large and bright academic centre, 21 tutorial rooms with over 130 tutorials per week provided, so our students are academically supported. We are also committed to providing personal wellbeing support to our residents. 21 fresh and delicious meals are provided and laundry facilities are free.  There is a modern gym and numerous activities to participate in from intercollegiate sports, drama productions, musical evenings and other fun events. At St Hilda’s you stay for 39 weeks, so do not have to move out between Semester 1 and 2.
St Hilda’s is a warm and supportive community, where every individual belongs. College is a wonderful place to transition from high school to the life of a university student. A great introduction to our college is this short video.

How to apply:
Once you have made your application for your course through the VTAC website, you can go onto the intercollegiate website where you select your college of first preference and then list the other 9 colleges in order of preference.

Steps :
  • Submit intercollegiate colleges application
  • Send documents to college of first preference (email preferred) - school report, references, privacy declaration, payment
  • Provide ATAR or IB once received to college of first preference
  • The college will then organise an interview for you
St Hilda’s will make provisional offers by December for great applicants and further offers after the University’s official offers come through.
St Hilda’s College looks forward to receiving applications from your students. 
Our applications close on Monday 25th November, 2019 for the Semester 1, 2020 intake.
I hope the remainder of the year goes well for you all and looking forward to touching base with you again in the New Year.
If you have any questions or enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kim Jackson | Admissions & Database Coordinator
St Hilda's College | the University of Melbourne
19-25 College Crescent
Parkville VIC 3052
T 03 9248 8416  |  E

Visiting St Hilda's or receiving a visit from us
Choosing your university community is a really daunting task. There is nothing better than sending your students to us for a visit if they are able.
Open Day Melbourne, Sunday 18 August 2019

The University of Melbourne and all of its colleges will be open to show you what university and college is like. At St Hilda’s you will be warmly welcomed and shown around, get to taste our fabulous food, and meet current residents.

If you can’t make Open Day, let us know if and when you would like a visit and one of our students will give you a tour. We also may be able to visit your school. Because we have so many schools represented at St Hilda’s we may be able to send a current student.

The Principal also does school visits. At the very least, we can send you a promotional pack with a video that explains what College is like as well as some application forms.

For further details, please contact Admissions and Database Coordinator, Kim Jackson on +61 3 9248 8416 or

we are seeking enthusiastic students interested in the construction industry.
We have multiple full time vacancy’s for apprenticeships in carpentry and plastering available as well as construction labouring positions.
We are also able to offer work experience to students, ideally from years 11 and 12 at any time.
J&J pride ourselves on our apprentice program, which has turned out many highly qualified tradespeople.
The MBA Open Day is coming up! But why should you choose an apprenticeship with Master Builders ACT?

 How much can you expect to earn as an apprentice? 

 We will be running two School Holiday Pre-Apprenticeship Programs in the upcoming Spring break:
Program 1:   Monday 30 Sept – Friday 4 Oct, 2019
Program 2:   Monday 7th Oct – Friday 11th Oct, 2019

Please consider this email an official invitation to any of your students who may wish to participate. 
Details of the 5 day Program are as follow (please also refer attached Brochure):
  • Technical Training towards nationally recognised units of competency in the Certificate III Electrotechnology – Electrician (Electrical trade) qualification;
  • White Card, Asbestos Awareness, First Aid & CPR Certificate Courses (Note:  this is an opportunity to achieve all of these Certificates, at no expense);
  • Electrical concepts;
  • Hand and power tool familiarisation and safe use;
  • Introduction to Industry work practices;
  • Professional and Personal Development;
  • Information on how to secure an Apprenticeship in the Electrical Industry;
  • Mentoring (from Industry Specialist Mentors and Industry members);
  • Linkages to existing Apprentices, Trades and Employers.
The Program is fully supported by, and funded through, the ACT Government’s Future Skills for Future Jobs (FSFJ) Initiative, so these Holiday Programs are FREE for all students.
If any of your students are interested in securing a place on one of the programs, please ask them to contact me through this email address or via either of the phone numbers listed below. 
Please note that, if numbers warrant, a female-only Program will be conducted.  Please encourage your female students to participate!
NECA EA is very pleased to be able to provide your students with this opportunity.   

Work Experience at AIE
The Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE) runs a Work Experience Program for students in years 10 to 12 throughout the year. Students can undertake work experience at their campuses in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Adelaide.
The AIE Work Experience Program is a great way to gain insight into the career opportunities available in interactive media and digital industries. The program runs for a full week and allows students to participate in a variety of activities, including 3D animation, programming, QA testing and much more.
There is always plenty of interest in the AIE Work Experience Program, so make sure you register here so you don’t miss out.
Find out more and register here:
Teenage Volunteering Abroad
Projects Abroad run a series of specialised overseas volunteering programs tailored specifically to teenagers aged 15-18. These programs are a great way to step outside your comfort zone and help make a difference in communities around the world.
They have trips that run all throughout the year, with most designed to fit in around the school holidays. Trips run to a variety of countries all around the world. You can choose from a wide variety of volunteer activities, including education, medicine, sports, journalism, cultural immersion, and more.
You will be placed with other volunteers your age. Even if you have never been overseas before, Project Abroad staff will be with you every step of the way to make sure you have the best experience possible.
If you are interested, you can read more about the programs on offer here:
Careers Information Sessions
We will be holding the following Careers Information Sessions during MI group on Monday 19th August.  All students must select a session to attend by Thursday 15th August.  Descriptions of sessions are attached as is link to register
National Questacon Invention Convention
The National Invention Convention is an all-expenses paid, five day workshop held in Canberra every January. This program gives 25 delegates aged 14-18 from all around Australia the opportunity to play, make and create with Questacon, designing and developing a prototype that solves a real world problem.
Use tools, tech and materials, work with local mentors and entrepreneurs, and forge friendships that last a lifetime.
The National Invention Convention is open to 14-18 year olds attending an Australian secondary school. Please note that if you’ve already participated in a National Invention Convention then unfortunately you are not eligible to apply. If you’ve been part of a regional Invention Convention please do apply.
Applications are open until Monday 30 September.
Find out more and apply here:
Career's in Surveying and Spatial Information 
Public Relations Officer
What do they do?
PR Officers (aka chief communications officer or corporate communications officer) are responsible for ensuring that communications within an organisation (between management, employees and shareholders), and outside of the organisation (to existing customers, target audience and press) are both positive and effective.
Their job is to make sure that the company’s strategies, goals and achievements are understood by everyone in the organisation and the public. As well as creating a positive public image and reputation.
If you’re a fantastic communicator (verbal, non-verbal, listening and written), with excellent people skills, and an analytical mind, this could be an exciting and challenging career for you to consider.
“Public relations specialists make flower arrangements of the facts, placing them so the wilted and less attractive petals are hidden by sturdy blooms.” – Alan Harrington
  • plan, develop and implement public relation strategies and marketing campaigns
  • create effective communication with internal and external key people
  • create opportunities for the company such as closing sponsorships, partnerships, advertising deals and media coverage
  • creating media releases, manage relationships with media, prepare and publish online, social media and printed content
  • write keynote speeches, press releases, and promotional materials
  • write, edit and publish newsletters, in-house magazines, pamphlets and brochures
  • advise and manage communications and organisation image in crisis situations
  • monitor and react to public opinion
  • prepare budgets and budget reports
  • respond to enquiries from the public, media and other organisations
  • prepare reports in accordance with organisational requirements
  • make public presentations
  • organise special events such as conferences, product launches, open days, visits, and exhibitions
  • conduct internal communication courses, workshops and media training
  • plan, develop and manage brand identity
Skills required:
  • all round people person
  • analytical skills
  • excellent oral and written communication skills
  • be able to write concisely and persuasively
  • organised
  • ability work to deadlines and under pressure
  • good technology skills including design programs, social media platforms and a range of other hard and software
Learn the basics of social media and office skills, gain experience and work your way up.
Obtain a VET qualification such as a Diploma in Communications or Media and apply for entry level positions in this industry.
A University degree with a major in public relations, e.g. Bachelor of Communication (Public Relations), Bachelor of Media and Communication, or similar. A degree could allow you to apply for higher ranking jobs.
Average salary for Public Relations Managers $115,648 per year (Source:
Job growth in this area is strong (source:

Interior Designer
What do they do?
Interior Designers plan, design and coordinate the creation or renovation of spaces to live or work in. Incorporating individual clients’ tastes, as well as functional purpose, into their designs (and budgets). Using elements of design, decoration, safety, traffic flow, building structure, building codes, ergonomics, spatial concepts, and psychology to complete a project.
Interior designers may be self-employed or work for design and architectural firms. Collaborating with architects, builders, cabinet makers and other tradespeople, engineers and design consultants. Fields of specialisation include commercial interior design, industrial design, environmentally-friendly and ergonomic design, as well as film set design and construction.
If you love decorating rooms and positioning furniture, have a great eye for detail, colour and spatial arrangements, a career in interior design could be perfect for you.
  • Meeting with clients, architects and tradespeople to discuss the needs of the client
  • Developing designs that meet the brief, are functional, appealing and appropriate for the space
  • Incorporate building safety, planning, and other legal requirements
  • Use design software to create models and visuals
  • Prepare and administer tenders and contract documents
  • Research and prepare plans, diagrams and sketches for interior constructions, materials, finishes, lighting and furnishing
  • Select suppliers for materials and labour
  • Estimate costs and submit quotes for client approval
  • Inspect and supervise on-going work to ensure quality and safety standards, costs and deadlines are met
  • Design exhibitions, commercial display stands or stage, film and television production sets.
 Skills required:
  • People person
  • Excellent communication skills, especially listening
  • Creative and artistic
  • Good at problem-solving and lateral thinking
  • Work well independently and as part of a team
  • Aptitude for technical drawing and illustration
  • Spatial planning
  • Project management
  • Use of design software (e.g. AUTOCAD)
A degree from university or recognised interior design institution in applied design, interior design, interior architecture or spatial design (ensure the course covers documentation).
A TAFE Diploma in Interior Design and Decoration in conjunction with a TAFE Building and Drafting course.
To get into these courses you may need to a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education with English and mathematics.
You may also be required to attend an interview and submit a portfolio of design work.
Average salary average interior designer salary is AU$60,060 per year, excluding bonuses. (Source:
 Job growth in this area is strong (source:

Civil Engineering
Civil Engineers and Drafts people help create the spaces where people live, move, and work. They design, build, operate and maintain all sorts of structures, including roads, ports, railways, mines, dams, structures and more.
What type of person would this job suit?
  • You need to be creative, with an eye for design and strong attention to detail
  • Strong maths skills, and a love of making things line up
  • You should be self-reliant, and able to manage multiple projects at once
  • Good organisational habits
  • Ability to work well in a team, as engineering projects are always team-based
 Industries where you find civil engineers:
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Public Safety
  • Construction
  • Aviation
  • Transport
  • Environmental Science
  • Sustainability
If you’ve got a passion for any of these industries and you think you’ve got the necessary attributes, then you have some choices.
You can choose to head to university and gain a degree, which will make you competitive for the Professional roles. There are also lots of cadetships and paid internships on offer for engineering students, which could help pay for your degree and provide a salary plus work experience.
Study Civil Engineering at UNSW and graduate with honours (GE rank for 2020: 93)
The 3 + 2 Engineering Pathway from UWA is a good example of a comprehensive course that would give you all the qualifications you need (and then some).
Alternatively, you can start out at TAFE and gain a Cert III or IV, then work and gain experience before deciding if you want to go to uni later on.
The Cert III in Manufacturing Technology from TAFE Queensland is a good example of an introductory course that could get you started. You can even study online.
Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians 
Most jobs require a Cert III or IV
Draftspersons and Technicians assist Civil Engineers by preparing sketches, taking samples, assisting on site, estimating material costs, inspecting works and organising construction.
You will usually be working alongside and possibly under the supervision of a degree qualified engineer.
You could expect to earn over $80,000 per year at this level (but we’ve seen jobs offering well over $100,000 for experienced drafters)
Civil Engineering Professionals
Minimum requirement: Bachelor Degree
You could be responsible for preparing a site for a build, including taking rock and soil samples, determining safe loads and adjusting design to suit conditions, or you could design structures from bridges to shopping centres, airports to schools, to make sure they can stand up to the elements and remain safe for everyone.
At this level you could expect to earn over $100,000 per year.
Growth in this industry is strong and expected to remain so.
If you’re about to leave school and begin the next chapter of life, it can be exciting and of course – a little bit daunting.
Here’s our top things to consider, if you haven’t already.
Whether you plan to start working straight away, get an apprenticeship or traineeship, or plan to do further study and work part time, there’s a few things you’ll need to sort out:
Think about how you want to manage your money. For example:
  • Decide where you want to bank and set up an account.
  • (If you already have a bank account set up then you could make an appointment to chat with your bank and see if they have anything that could suit you better). Or shop around and see what other banks are offering.
  • The best way to access your money – credit cards can get really expensive, leaving you with lots of debt if you don’t pay them off quickly.
  • In addition to your super it’s great to have a savings account where you can put money out of temptations way while you save up for a trip, car, house deposit or whatever else you’re planning.
  • Planning and sticking to a budget. Sounds boring, right? But not nearly as boring as running out of money before payday and watching all your mates go out and have fun, when you can’t even afford more than 2 minute noodles for tea.  You can always allocate some “fun money” for those days when you do want to splurge a little.
  • Check you’re being paid and taxed correctly.
Learn about Tax and find out how to apply for a Tax File Number (TFN). You don’t want to find yourself in debt or in trouble with the ATO.
Retirement may seem like a really, really long time away – and you’re probably right. But it’s still really important that you learn about superannuation, find a great super fund that’s right for you, and get yourself set up.
If you’d like to go on to study further, see what scholarships are available and apply for them. If you’d like to go to uni, then find out what finance options you have.
Further Study:
If you don’t really want to dive headfirst into work and you’re really keen to continue studying, there are lots of options out there for you.
  • Find out all about studying at Uni or TAFE and how to apply.  If you’re keen to start travelling but you’d also like to study, you could investigate your overseas study options. Remember to get your applications in on time and supply all the supporting documentation required.
  • Learn about what Apprenticeships or Traineeships have to offer, and if that’s an option you’d like to pursue.
  • If you’re planning to study further, find out if you’ll need to get a Unique Student Identifier (USI) and create one if you’ll need it.
Maybe you know what you’d like to do, but you haven’t got the foundations (skills, results or education) you’ll need. Bear in mind there are always alternative pathways open to you and start finding out how you can achieve your goals.
You can read our blogs Have you heard of ‘Alternative Pathways’? and Need to follow an alternative pathway?, if you need a bit more insight. There’ll be more information and links coming soon to the Study Work Grow website too.
If you’ll be moving out of home, for work or study, then you’ll need to find accommodation options that are within your budget.
Take care that as well as meeting your budget, the location and any other requirements are also met. It could drive you nuts if you find a super cheap apartment, but it takes you 2 hours to get to work or uni. Not to mention it’ll cost you more in travel expenses.
  • Contact all the utilities companies and arrange to have bills placed in your name, so you don’t find yourself without electricity, internet, gas etc.
  • Remember to notify organisations about your change of address, e.g. bank, license, employer, super, ATO.
  • You might also want to look at insurance for the contents of your new home.
Other things you might need to do:
Write a great resume. We’ve got some useful hints and tips on our page.
Get your own Medicare card. You can apply for your own when you’re 15.
Set up your Centrelink account and access it online at myGov or through the app – you may have to visit an office to obtain your Customer Reference Number (CRN), if your parents aren’t able to tell you what it is.
Register on the electoral roll and remember to update your address when or if you move.
Once you’ve checked everything off your list, you can relax and get to enjoying life after school.
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