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Friday 1 November 2019

In This Issue:

University News
AIE Open day
Gallipoli Scholarship
Apprenticeship Opportunity
Inclusion Vocational Program

IT Traineeship with ASIO
Australian Border Force Careers
Careers in Financial Planning
Summer Jobs
Gap Year
Scholarship Guide
Job Spotlights 


2 November ANU Campus tour
5 November Dr Karl Kruszelnicki talk at ANU
16 November AIE Open day 

ANU | Campus Tour
2 November 2019, 9:30 am - 11:00 am
The Australian National University
Prospective students and their families have the opportunity to join a general ANU Campus Tour on Saturday’s. We design this tour to make sure you see the facilities available to our students, the locations of our on-campus residential accommodation, and the beautiful campus environment. ANU Student Ambassadors assist with these tours and are able to provide first-hand information about their experiences at the University and the degrees they study.
Find out more:

ANU | Experience ANU Student Panel Webinar
7 November 2019, 5:00 pm
Have you ever asked yourself “how’s life on a university campus?” What kind of things you can do, or where to hang out? How to balance academic and social activities? A panel of current ANU students will address that and much more in this webinar designed to answer your questions about the experience of being a student at Australia’s number 1 university. You will be able to send enquiries live and interact with our students.
Find out more:  

ANU | Expand your Horizons with Global Programs Webinar
14 November 2019, 4:00 pm
At ANU, your learning experience is not limited to the university campus. Whether you are focusing on personal growth or career development, going on an international programs can be life-changing. Join this webinar to discover benefits of choosing ANU Global Programs as part of your educational journey. Find out about our 170 partner universities in 39 countries, funding options and much more.
Find out more: 
Support Services at ANU: a Webinar for Future Students, Parents & Carers
19 November 2019, 5:30 pm
The transition from school to university is an important moment not only for students, but also for their families. This Webinar, hosted by the Student Engagement and Success team, was prepared to answer any questions parents and carers may have about ANU, from the moment the students move to Canberra to the development of their academic life. The Student Engagement and Success team provides a range of programs and services to enable students to learn and grow intellectually, socially and professionally during their time at ANU, supporting their transition into, through and beyond university.
If you are planning to study at ANU or are the parent of a future student, register now to participate on this webinar and send questions about support services, mental health, safety, moving to Canberra, and much more.
Find out more: 

ANU | Dr Karl Kruszelnicki Talk
5 November 2019, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Australian National University
Follow Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, AM, Australia’s favourite science guru, on a multimedia Random Road Trip through Science.
Dr Karl will lead the audience on a mission to track down awe and wonder in the Universe. He asks, why do wombats poo cubes? What nearly destroyed humanity on Halloween 2015? How do you use an incinerating toilet? Find out why we’ve sent a spacecraft with Dr Karl’s name on it to kiss the Sun. He ponders, whether cannibalism is nutritious, and the answer to the Biggest Question of All – why does spaghetti always break into three pieces? Plus a whole lot more. So strap in and get ready for a random ride through the Universe. Who knows where you’ll end up!
Find out more:  

Admissions Information for Year 12 Students
Students who have received a conditional offer to ANU through a direct application/Admissions, Scholarships and Accommodation, are not required to preference ANU in UAC.
Applicants will be assessed and given an outcome through our direct application system. If applicants would like to change preferences, they may do so through our application portal. 
Accommodation Applications for 2020
Accommodation applications opened on 20 August and will close on 20 December at 12 am midnight.

Tune in to our upcoming webinars
Join and share our upcoming webinars hosted by ANU staff and students to learn more about study options, student services, accommodation and life at ANU.

Meet Zoe Halstead - Bachelor of Middle Eastern & Central Asian Studies/ Bachelor of Arts

“ANU afforded me opportunities I couldn’t have had anywhere else, from the opportunity to lead 100 radio volunteers to being a board member, to learning to support myself financially while studying, to studying overseas.”

Catching uni-fever
After graduating as the youngest student from her high school cohort, Maliha commenced her ANU journey earlier this year and is the recipient of the inaugural Student Managed Fund (SMF) Scholarship.

Bachelor of Arts webinar 
Missed our recent webinar on the Bachelor of Arts? Hear from our students on why they love the degree and what opportunities they have experienced.

Work experience at the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics

The Mount Stromlo Observatory offers a limited number of work experience places to year 10, 11 and 12 students each year.
These placements are typically one week in duration and students work on an astronomical project under the supervision of professional astronomers.

Bachelor of Asia Pacific Studies (Year in Asia) programs
Student Nicholas Campton-Smith discusses his experience in the Bachelor of Asia Pacific Studies (Year in Asia) program at ANU College of Asia & the Pacific. Learn more about the Bachelor of Asia Pacific Studies (Year in Asia) program.

Do you know the next Tuckwell Scholar?
The Tuckwell Scholarship Program is the most transformational undergraduate scholarship program in Australia and the search for the 2021 intake will begin in March, 2020.

ANU Student Recruitment
Clara Hill
Frances Dinn
Ana Paula Lacerda 
Send us an enquiry

UC Faculty of Arts and Design, Student Graduate Exhibition
19 November 2019, 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
University of Canberra
Every November, graduating students from University of Canberra’s Faculty of Arts and Design develop and display their works for the public in the Student Graduate Exhibition, this year titled ‘FADX’.
This year UC’s refectory space will feature student works from our Arts, Built Environment, Communication and Media and Design programs.
For those who can’t join us on opening night, the exhibition will be open from Tuesday 19 – Thursday 21 November to the general public. Come and walk through the exhibition at your own pace, or ask one of our on-site ambassadors to show you around.
Find out more: 

ACU | Know Your Options, Online (UAC)
18 December 2019, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Do you have questions about your study options? We’re running online chats through Facebook Messenger, so you can talk one-on-one with an ACU team member about your studies. Get the personalised advice you need to make your study decision.
Find out more:

ACU | Know Your Options, Canberra
19 December 2019, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Australian Catholic University, Canberra Campus
Drop into AskACU to talk about your course and career path, learn about alternative entry and admission pathways, and explore our campus.
Find out more:

Know Your Options
Come along to Know Your Options, ACU information sessions where you can talk to experts about your course and career path, learn about alternative entry and admission pathways, explore our campus, and meet staff and students.

Know Your Options is an evening event so you can bring your parents!

Brisbane Campus                                     Strathfield Campus
Tuesday 17 December                             Saturday 14 December
3.30pm – 6.30pm                                     11am-2pm                    

North Sydney Campus                             Canberra Campus
Wednesday 18 December                        Thursday 19 December
3.30pm – 6.30pm                                     10am – 5pm
Find out more and register here 
Do you have any questions about your study options? We’re running online chats through Facebook Messenger, so you can talk one-on-one with an ACU team member about your studies. Get the personalised advice you need to make your study decision.
Wednesday 18 December
Register here 

ACU College
Looking to upskill or find your way into university? Lay the foundation of your future at ACU College. There are many options for vocational study or to undertake short courses that can help you transition into university. 
Find out more about ACU College

ACU also offers certificates and diplomas in various study areas if you happen to miss out on receiving an offer from us.
Find out more about pathway options. 

Campus Tours
Haven’t had a chance to get down and see our campus yet? Attending a campus tour is a great way to explore and see if we are the right fit for you. 
Visit our state-of-the-art facilities and have any of your questions answered by one of our friendly student ambassadors. Book your campus tour here.  

ACU Student Accommodation
Living in student accommodation is a great way to get the most out of your university experience. You’ll get academic support, make lifelong friends, and be a part of a diverse and close-knit community. ACU living and learning communities offers you safety and security with the flexibility of an off-campus lifestyle.
Our student communities encourage greater academic achievement, promote health and wellbeing, help to develop teamwork skills, and provide a positive overall student experience.
For more information or to book a tour visit our website or email us on

Orange Wolves is a multi-disciplinary experience that encompasses music, media, arts, fashion, technology and design.
Six retired Action buses will be transformed into small cinemas, music venues, fashion parades, maker spaces, and installation spaces; the event is a celebration of creativity, technology and performance!
Located in the Canberra CBD for three days, attendees can expect a creative and immersive experience.
For more information, email:
When: 26 - 28 November 2019  
Where: City Walk, Canberra

Click to see the next information and enrolment sessions for courses commencing in Semester 1, 2020.

Industry experts have designed CIT’s customised training workshops for school students to be delivered at school or CIT Bruce. The two units of competency delivered are mandatory for students to enter work sites and are required for students undertaking work experience.
Indicative Cost: $140
Duration: 6 hour full day plus 4 hour half day
Class size: 20+ or 40 maximum
Students must be 15 years or older to attend this training.
To register your school or for more information, contact: CIT Student Services: (02) 6207 3188 | 

Get ready for the construction industry!
Are you looking to get into the construction industry but not sure where to start? Or do you know someone who is after the right pathway for entry into the industry?
CIT offers the Certificate II in Construction Pathways CPC20211 where you will learn the skills and knowledge required for a range of support tasks, which apply in a variety of construction work industries.
This course can also be completed via an Australian School-Based Apprenticeship (ASBA).
Indicative Cost: $810
National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) Scholarship may be available to eligible female students.
The elective options are structured to allow choice from a range of units aligned at the certificate III level, and in total could provide meaningful credit in a construction industry Australian Apprenticeship or pathways to the certificate IV and diploma qualifications.
For more information and to apply, visit: or contact CIT Student Services on (02) 6207 3188, or email  

Don't miss this amazing opportunity to launch your music career!
The CIT School Stars Band Competition is an annual band competition (est. 2005) for school and college students in the ACT and surrounding NSW regions.
School Stars promotes a spirit of friendly competition with performers at all levels of ability welcome, and participants receive useful, constructive feedback on their sets from our music industry-based panel of judges.
  • Date: Wednesday 27 November 2019
  • Location: City Walk (during MICfest)
  • Who can enter: Bands and solo artists in Years 8-12, living in ACT or surrounding NSW region.
Best Band: Recording time at the CIT Music studios ($1,000 value)
Best Solo Artist: $500 toward course fees for the CIT Music Performance course and direct entry without an audition
Most Liked (Audience Choice): $100 gift voucher per student to study music or sound at CIT
All entrants receive a FREE live recording of their performance.
Registrations close: 5pm, Friday 15 November 2019
For more information, visit:  

Bar Service Course
This course gives participants the knowledge and range of skills required to work in a bar. This is a five week course, one evening per week (four hours). Successful completion of this course achieves the qualification Statement of Attainment - training in Bar Service [extract from SIT30713] which includes the RSA Certificate.
Next Bar Service Course:
Date: Every Monday evening, 18 November – 16 December 2019          
Time: 5:30pm - 9:30pm          
Location: CIT Reid, Room K220
Cost:  $191
Block Code/CRN: BAR8

Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) ​
This course will provide you with skills and knowledge required to serve alcohol in a responsible manner. The course is run over one session (four hours). Successful completion of this course achieves the qualification Statement of Attainment - training in Providing Responsible Service of Alcohol [extract from SIT30616].
Completion of either course will go towards achieving a unit of competency from the Certificate III in Hospitality SIT30616.
Next RSA Course:
Date: Wednesday 30 October 2019
Time: 5:30pm - 9:30pm          
Location: CIT Reid, Room K220
Cost: $75
CRN: 36390
For more information, please contact CIT Student Services: 
(02) 6207 3188 |
Or visit:  

Ready to learn massage?
Looking for skills that you can use to give a full body massage to your family and friends? CIT’s Introduction to Massage is for you!
You’ll get a taste of working in a real clinic and learn skills for a hobby or future career in massage therapy! Classes are hosted via four convenient evening sessions, delivered over two consecutive weeks.
Students will be enrolled into the subject Recognise Healthy Body Systems HLTAAP001 from the Certificate IV in Massage Therapy HLT42015.
Location: CIT Massage Clinic, B Block, CIT Bruce, 35 Vowels Crescent
Time: 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Indicative Cost: $154
Register your interest for the next course 

Do you have a flair for make-up and hair styling and want to take your skills to the next level? Learn the key skills to work as a Make-up artist.
Learn creative make-up and hair styling. Learning techniques used in fashion magazines, television, fashion catwalk, TV, film, and photography.
You will be given opportunities to develop your Specialist Make-up Services potentially working either productions for film, dramas, theatre or music shows.
You will learn how to research styles for production, plan and prepare hair designs, recreate designs and work collaboratively with cast and crew.
  • Where: CIT Hair and Beauty Salon, C Block, CIT Reid
  • When: Commencing Tuesday 18 February 2020
  • Duration: 2 semesters part-time; 2 days a week plus opportunities to work on productions
  • Inclusions: Comprehensive Kryolan Make-up kit
Did you know CIT has an employment page for students looking for an apprenticeship, traineeship or general employment?
If you are a job seeker looking for an opportunity, visit:
There are jobs currently advertised in:
  • Automotive, Metals and Logistics
  • Building and Construction
  • Business, Management, Accounting and Law
  • Children’s Education and Care
  • Community Work
  • Creative and Design Industries
  • Culinary
  • Electrical Trades
  • Horticulture and Floristry
  • Human and Health Services
  • IT and Cyber Security
  • Plumbing
  • Sports, Fitness and Wellbeing
  • Tourism, Hospitality and Events

Anti-Poverty Week
CIT hairdressing students recently made their way over to Canberra Homeless Connect. The students spent their day providing free haircuts to people who are homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless, in Canberra.  The students provided over 90 haircuts in 3.5 hours!  See photos from the day. 

CIT Cyber Security students attend ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr's reception
CIT cyber security students were honoured to attend the ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr's reception at the Australian High Commission Singapore, a collaborative initiative for industry and education.

ABODE Hospitality Skills Program
Congratulations to the hospitality students who today completed the ABODE Hospitality Skills Program at CIT. This innovative program provides all the training and knowledge that they need to succeed in their roles, both now and into the future.

Floral Gowns at Floriade
CIT Certificate III in Floristry (SFL30115) students have embraced this year’s theme ‘World in Bloom’ to represent a range of countries in these impressive floral frocks!
Each student selected their country of inspiration and researched the cultural traits, traditional dress, national emblems, flora and fauna to inspire their unique design.

Changing paths led Amelia to ACT Trainee of the Year Award
Amelia Gulliford is the winner of the 2019 ACT Trainee of the Year Award. She seized the opportunities provided by CIT to learn, adapt and reinvent herself through her exciting career journey. Amelia decided to pursue a traineeship through a Certificate III in Business Administration (BSB30415)  to build upon her organisation and liaison skills. Read more. 

CIT carpentry apprentice takes out top ACT award
Constructing model planes as a child and studying woodwork in high school were part of the journey through which James White discovered his passion for precise cutting, shaping and building with his hands. James completed a Certificate III in Carpentry (CPC30211) at CIT and was recently named 2019 ACT Apprentice of the Year. Read more

2019 ACT Teacher/Trainer of the Year prepares renewables industry leaders
Ken Wilson has been named the 2019 ACT Teacher/Trainer of the Year. Ken provides students at CIT with a practical understanding of the risks they will face working in the Wind Energy Industry, ensuring they adhere to global safety standards and technical practices. Read more.

Gear shift takes bus driver to new cyber security career
An IT professional working full-time as a bus driver whilst running his web development business, Harpreet Jaura sought a career change. A promising career opportunity and the freedom to spend more quality time with his 9-year-old son are the culmination of pursuing the Certificate IV in Cyber Security (22334VIC) at CIT. Read more. 

Bec Cody tours CIT Fyshwick
In advance of the 2019 CIT Automotive and Metal Fabrication Apprentice Awards, Bec Cody MLA toured CIT Fyshwick where our apprentices develop the skills industry needs. See footage from the day. 

CIT Photography Workshop
CIT photography students recently completed a workshop with some of the best in the business! Trying out new gear and getting creative with Canon Australia, Sun Studios and Get Wild Animal Experiences. Check out some of the photos from the day!

CIT Smart Start
This program is designed to assist Year 12 students with their transition from College to CIT.  See attached flyer for further information. 
The last AIE Open Day for 2019 is coming up on Saturday, November 16th.
This will be a great chance for students in years 10 - 12 to learn about the industry and discover if this is the pathway for them.
Feel free to use the attachment for any newsletters or if student have questions etc
To register they can head to
Live Demonstrations
During the day AIE’s teachers will be running sessions on each of our course areas and there will be exciting demonstrations of:
  • Character Design,
  • 3D Animation Walkthrough,
  • Game Design Breakdowns,
  • Programming for leading game engines
  • Machine Learning (Teaching AI to learn a task itself)
Industry Speaker - Canberra
We will also have an AIE Canberra grad speaking about his experience working in Industry. I am happy to let you know that it will be Glenn Cowley.
Glenn was a character artist at Aurora44 where he worked on their fantastic game Ashen.
Here is a quick look at one of the characters from Glenn's portfolio (and this one is Unfinished!)

See FLYER for more Information 

So you’ve decided that you want to undertake Vocational & Educational Training (VET). If you’re a bit confused as to how to start, this guide is for you. We’ll run through how to apply for a course, as well as what funding and financial assistance is available to help.
What is VET and how do I apply?
VET is a way of gaining specific skills and training you need to enter the workforce or continue on to higher education. VET includes:
The best part is that most of these qualifications will be recognised all throughout Australia. It doesn’t matter where you study, you can move to any state and your qualifications will be valid.
So how do you go about starting a course?
1. Know the Career You Want
First, figure out what kind of career you would like. This could be in Arts & Entertainment, Construction & Trades, Business, Hospitality, Education, or many more. Once you know the field you want to work in, do some research about the careers available in that field.
If you’re not sure about what you would like to do, have browse through the information on your favourite industries on MySkills here. This will give you a general overview of the industry, as well as suggestions for occupations and careers.
2. Find a Course
The next step is to find the specific course you want to study. You can use the MySkills website to search for a career, and it will bring up any related courses.
Take a look at the courses that come up and see which ones are most relevant to your chosen career. It would be best to choose a few qualifications (five or so to be on the safe side), as some courses may not be available near you, or the fees could be very different. It’s always good to have as many options as possible.
3. Find a Provider
Next, you will need to find a place to undertake your studies. There are course providers all across Australia that offer many different courses.
The MySkills website can show you providers by state, and if you search for your course, it will also tell you which institutions offer that course.
There are plenty of public institutions to study at, such as TAFEs across Australia, but there are some private providers as well. Take a look at their websites to see what they offer. Some of them even hold Open Days and information sessions to help you decide whether they are right for you.
Also consider where their campuses are located, or if you can study your course online. There are many courses that can only be studied on campus, or as a mix of online and classroom learning.
4. Assess Eligibility
Before you can enrol, you will need to make sure that you meet the eligibility requirements for your course. This varies depending on what you want to study and where, so make sure you read the requirements on the course provider’s website carefully before enrolling.
As a general rule of thumb, you will need these minimum requirements:
  • Finished year 10 for foundation and certificate courses
  • Finished year 12 for diploma and advanced diploma courses
You will also need to prepare some documents before you can apply, such as a transcript of your high school results, a transcript of any other study you may have done, and any proof of concession. This will help the course provider decide whether you are eligible for a discount on your fees.
5. Obtain a USI
Course providers will require you to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI) before you can enrol. Getting one is easy and only takes a few steps.
Your USI stays with you for life and can be used to see a record of any training you’ve completed. It’s also completely free to create one.
Read more about USI’s, why they are useful, who needs ones, and how to get one here.
6. Enrol
You are now ready to enrol in your course! Enrolling with a course provider is done with them directly, and the process will vary depending on where you are studying. Each course provider will guide you through the steps to enrol on their website.
7. Fees & Funding
Once you’ve enrolled in your course, you will need to consider the fees. The course providers should have information on your course fees available on their website.
For most courses you will need to pay the fees up front. Some course providers offer payment plans for people who are struggling financially. You will need to contact the course provider directly and talk about whether a payment plan might be right for you.
If you think that TAFE or VET is the right option for you, keep your eyes open for our next blog about the funding options that might be available to you – coming soon.

Gallipoli scholarship
For Information
Danielle Krajina, Executive Branch Manager, Governance and Community Liaison
The Gallipoli Scholarship Fund provides scholarships to eligible descendants of veterans to assist with their first year of tertiary study at either university or TAFE. Applications open on 1st January and close on 1st March. Further information, including how to apply, is available at:
Contact: Gallipoli Scholarship Fund
we are seeking enthusiastic students interested in the construction industry.
We have multiple full time vacancy’s for apprenticeships in plastering available.
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.
See FLYER for more information 
Apply now for the ACT Public Service 2020 Inclusion (People with Disability)  Vocational Employment Program.
Applications will close 1 December 2019.
The positions in this program are specifically for People with Disability.
Are you looking to start a rewarding career where you’ll have the opportunity to play a role in helping to shape the community you live in?   
Do you want to work in an inclusive and supportive workplace?  
If the answer is yes, then apply now to join our 2020 Inclusion Vocational Employment Program.
The 2020 Inclusion Vocational Employment Program will:
  • provide workplace learning and individualised flexible training, development and support
  • include a starting salary of approximately $50,000 per annum (full-time and pro rata for part-time)
  • provide great working conditions in a large and inclusive workplace
  • permanent appointment upon successful completion of the program.
For more information, and to apply online Click Here   Please follow the how to apply instructions in the advert.
To complete your application, you need to complete and attach the following three documents when applying online:
  • Your completed 2020 Inclusion VEP Application Form, including your personal pitch/selection question response, up to a maximum of one page  
  • Current Resumé or Curriculum Vitae;
  • Confirmation of Disability;
Applications must be submitted online through the apply now button located on the vacancy advert page.
For information and guidance on completing this application please visit The Applicant Information Kit contains information and examples to assist and enable you to write your personal pitch/selection question response. Your personal pitch should demonstrate your personal qualities and abilities in line with the application form requirements. 
More information about working with ACT Public Service and what we offer is available at  
If you have any queries please contact the inclusion team on email or (02) 6207 2520
Information Management & Information Technology Traineeships with ASIO
The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) is currently seeking applications from graduating year 12 students for Information Management (IM) and Information Technology (IT) Traineeships at their office in Canberra.
If you are interested in IT, computers or security, this could be a great starting point for your career. You will learn about several areas of IT and IM within ASIO, as well as earning a Certificate IV in your field.
Even if you live outside of Canberra, people willing to relocate can get an assistance package to help with the costs.
Find out more here:

Australian Border Force Careers
If you’re interested in a career that could be different every day, is challenging and rewarding, you could consider becoming a Border Control Officer.
You could be patrolling Australia’s air and seaports, remote locations, mail and cargo centres and Australia’s extended maritime domain. Officers also perform specialist functions relating to investigation, compliance and immigration detention operations.
  • be an Australian Citizen
  • be aged 18 or older
  • have Government security clearance (and maintain it)
  • pass ABF physical fitness standards (and maintain them)
You’ll then have to apply for the Border Force Officer Recruit Training Program (BFORT) where you’ll be required to:
  • complete Operational Safety Training, carry and use personal defence equipment, including a firearm, if required
  • have completed a Year 12 education, or Year 10 with a trade certificate or Year 10 with a Cert IV and/or equivalent
Ensure you meet other entry requirements such as wearing a uniform, agree to be deployed at short notice, etc.
You can read all about what it takes to join the Australian Border Force (ABF) on their official website.
Applications for the Border Force Officer Recruit Training Program are currently closed. The next annual recruitment process is likely to be advertised in January 2020. You’ll need to check here for updated information.
Financial Planning is predicted to grow as a high-demand profession, but hundreds of students interested in this career unknowingly choose unaccredited courses, costing them months of extra study and thousands more in fees.
Download your FREE Guide to Careers in Financial Planning factsheet today and make sure you know how to help students avoid this common mistake.
Get your copy of the guide

Recent government reforms in financial services have significantly changed education requirements in financial planning. We’ve created this resource especially for high school Careers Advisers to answer the most-asked questions about financial planning careers.
For example, did you know of the 43 universities in Australia, just 14 offer accredited undergraduate courses in financial planning? Do you know which five of these are in NSW and ACT? Find out now.
Students who take unaccredited degrees and majors (often in business, finance, accounting and commerce) will have to complete extra postgraduate study to become a financial planner.

  • Educate yourself: Read the guide so you are best-placed to advise interested students;
  • Spread the word: Distribute to year 11 and 12 Commerce, Business and Advanced Mathematics students;
  • Equip your students: Upload to your digital student portal or print for the careers board.
If you have any questions about financial planning careers or would like to arrange an FPA presenter at your next CAA network meeting, please contact
The Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA) are exhibiting at this year’s Careers Adviser Annual Conference in November – make sure to visit the stand and speak to one of our friendly team

Be Work Ready
Once you’ve decided you’re going to get a summer job, you’ve organised your resume and you’ve started applying for jobs, then you’re on the right track.
There are just one or two things you might like to think about before the job starts.
Are you ready to get paid?
That may sound like a weird question because heck yes, getting a summer job is all about the money (and the work experience of course).
What we mean is:
  • Do you have a Tax File Number (TFN)?
You can apply for one at any age and take about 28 days to process.
It could help you keep track of your earnings, superannuation, and any taxes you’ll need to pay – or are entitled to have refunded.
Find out more on the ATO page.
Have you got a bank account where:
  • your wages can be paid into,
  • you can access that money if you want to,
  • or you can start your savings with the maximum benefits?
Have you got a super account set up?
Providing a super account to employers means you’ll start accumulating money in there from the get-go and if you nominate the same account for every job, it’ll be much easier to keep track of everything you’re entitled to later on.
Speak to your parents or guardians if you’re under 18, you might need them to sign some of the forms on your behalf. They’ll also be good for some more information and help about choosing what’s right for you.
Rights and responsibilities
Before you start working it’s a great idea to know your rights and responsibilities. Find out what employers expect from you, and what you can expect from them. The best place to start is the Fairwork website.
You can also read about the workplace health and safety guidelines for your state here:
You don’t need to stress, you’re not going to get tested. New employers will advise you about your duties and what is expected of you, but it doesn’t hurt to have a quick read through the information available.

Summer Jobs Prep Time
The start of Term 4 means it’s not long until the summer break.
Are you thinking about getting a summer job? If you are, now’s the perfect time to start getting organised.

Ways to prepare
You could:
  • Create or update your resume
  • Work out how much time you’ll have available to work
  • Plan how you’ll be able to get to and from work
  • Read up on your rights and responsibilities
  • Find out what you’ll need (e.g. Tax file number and super account)
  • Start looking out for jobs near you
  • Read up about how to write great cover letters to go with your resume or application
  • Start practising how to answer interview questions with friends or family members
Don’t worry if you’re not sure where to start, we’ll be writing more posts over the next few weeks with details about how to go about each of the items above.
Benefits of summer jobs
You might be hoping to spend the entire summer holidays vegging out and relaxing, and that’s perfectly understandable.
But if you are thinking about getting job, here’s our top reasons to go ahead and take the plunge.
  1. The most obvious is that you’ll be earning money – you’ll have some fun money to spend, or you could start saving up a big ticket item, travel, or uni.
  2. You’ll learn new skills
  3. Build up your resume
  4. Meet new people
  5. Sample different jobs and industries
  6. Boost your confidence
Remember, you don’t have to work full time – a part time job could help you achieve all the benefits and still leave you with lots of free time to enjoy the summer.
Resume readiness for summer job applications
Before you start applying for jobs, it’s a good idea to make sure that you have a resume ready to go and that it’s up to date and looking schmick.
Updating your resume
If you already have a resume, but you haven’t looked at it since you applied for a summer job last year – it could be due for a refresh.
  • Check your contact and personal details are correct
  • Add in any recent jobs you’ve not listed (including voluntary and community work)
  • Revise your skills, awards, achievements and hobbies if necessary
You might like to review your skills and attributes section, the better you make it – the more likely you are to stand out.
Don’t forget that if you’re applying for a particular job, it’s a good idea to edit your CV to reflect what the employer is looking for. Never make things up, but it’s amazing how a little re-wording could make you more appealing as a prospective employee.
Creating a resume
Don’t have a resume and you’ll be applying for your first job, no problem, you’ve got some time to prepare one.
  • Your name, age and contact details
  • Your education details, including the names of your schools and a list of subjects you’ve studied
  • Any jobs you’ve had, including volunteer work and work experience
  • A list of your skills
  • Any awards or achievements
  • Your hobbies and interests
Keep it brief, simple, honest and easy to read.
These blogs “It’s all about the resume” and “Create your resume” have a few more tips and ideas.
Tailor the details
Your resume and cover letter will determine whether you get an interview or not, so you’ve got to make them relevant and stand out.
If you’re just planning on going around to businesses handing over your resume, keep it short and sweet.
Applying for specific jobs, you’ll need to address skills or qualities listed in the advert.
If you really don’t think you have many of the skills or experience they’re looking for, but you’re still keen on the job – say that in the cover letter. Tell them you’re really keen to learn, it could make a difference.
Looking for a Summer Job?
Thinking about earning a bit of extra cash over the Summer holidays, but don’t know where to look for a job?
Student Services Australia has put together a great database called Summer Jobs, containing a huge list of Christmas casual jobs from all around Australia.
Simply put in your suburb and find the jobs closest to you.
You can check it out here:

View the job search resources here:  
A gap year doesn’t mean a gap in learning
Have you got a gap year planned but you’re worried about whether you’ve made the right choice?
Or perhaps you’d really like to take a gap year but you’re concerned about missing out on career and education choices.
Fear not, there are loads of reasons why a gap year could be a really positive career move, as well as a great experience.
You could learn new skills or improve on existing ones (like languages for example).
It could provide you with the time out, or experience, that really cements your career choice and pathway.
If you plan on working, you’ll get to sample different jobs and industries, save up for future studies. You could feel more refreshed and motivated to start learning if you plan to go back to uni or college after taking some time out.
If you’re looking for more reasons to go ahead with a gap year, read this article.
Now’s the time to start planning for a gap year if you haven’t already, it could still be an option even if you’ve already applied to uni. Lots of uni’s will make you an offer and allow you to defer your start date for 12 months, why not weigh up your options.

Study Work Grow 2020 Scholarships Guide
We have just released our Scholarships Guide, packed with tips and links to scholarships at universities, TAFEs and private providers all around the country.
You can check it out here.

Cyber Security
Cyber security helps organisations – small and large – and individuals prevent data breaches, identity theft, malware and ransomware attacks, and aids in risk management.
What type of person would this job suit?
  • You’ll need to have great tech skills including system and web application administration, coding, understand the architecture, administration, and management of operating systems, networking, and virtualisation software
  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills in conjunction with patience and determination
  • Be focused and vigilant with attention to detail
  • You’ll need to be an enthusiastic and continuous learner to ensure you keep your skills up to date
  • Be able to work collaboratively and be approachable to everyone
  • You’ll also need good communication and report writing skills
 Industries where cyber security is important:
  • Banking and Finance
  • Government and Defence
  • Healthcare
  • Online Retail
  • Education
  • Transport and Travel, e.g. Aviation
Interested in a career protecting people’s online lives and have the desire to learn more about IT? There are a few pathways you could consider that could kick start your career in cybersecurity.
Obtaining a university degree seems an obvious place to start, and could give you the qualifications to apply for more advanced professional roles in the industry. Finding cadetships and paid internships that you can do while you’re studying could help pay for your degree, and will also give you invaluable work experience that could put you ahead of the competition.
Study a Bachelor of Science (Cyber Security) at ECU and you could be prepared to start a career in the fields of network security, computer forensics, information warfare and wireless security. This degree is even available to complete online.
The Bachelor of Cyber Security and Master of Information Technology in Cyber Security from Macquarie 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, gain a Cert IV and get relevant work experience in entry level positions and working your way up, or opt to return to uni later on.
The Certificate IV in Cyber Security from TAFE Queensland is an example of a qualification that could get your career started.
Cyber Security Support Officer / Analyst
Certificate IV
Plans, performs, oversees, and upgrades the security of computers and network systems. They also help to fix and protect computer systems from data theft by staying abreast of the latest technological developments.
You will usually be working alongside, and possibly under the supervision of, a degree qualified technician as part of an IT team.
You could expect to earn $46,000 per year at this level, but this can vary hugely depending on work experience.
IT Support Officer in Brisbane
IT Support Officer in Newcastle
Cyber Security Engineer / Software Developer
Develop effective solutions to increase the security of their company’s systems and projects. Create new ways to solve existing security issues and have an advanced understanding of intrusion detection and prevention protocols.
Salary depends on your qualifications and work experience; you could expect to start earning at $62,000 per year.
Information Security Officer in Sydney
Security Operations Engineer in Brisbane
Security Engineer – Firewall, IPS, IDS , SIEM in Sydney
Ethical Hacker / Pen (Penetration) Tester
Tertiary Qualification (Bachelor degree desirable)
Penetration testing strengthens the organisation’s security system by uncovering vulnerabilities, malicious content, flaws, and risks.
Ethical hackers are similar to penetration testers. They must find ways into systems without affecting the functioning of it, locating the vulnerabilities. They then report on problems and recommend and implement fixes.
At this level you could expect to earn over $83,000 per year for entry level positions, with good prospects for earning substantially more with experience.
Penetration Tester in Melbourne
Penetration Tester in Sydney
Security Architect
Bachelor Degree
Senior-level employees responsible for designing, building and overseeing the implementation of network and computer security for an organisation.
At this level you could expect to be earning $120,00 per year – but you’ll need the relevant years of work experience as well as the relevant qualifications.
Security Architect, Cyber Defense & Fraud Engineering in Sydney
Group Cyber Security Architect in Melbourne
Enterprise Security Architect in Perth

Growth in this industry is strong and expected to remain so.

Tourism Industry
The tourism industry is huge and diverse, incorporating a vast number of businesses who provide the necessary infrastructure, products and services to support the millions of people travelling around the globe for both leisure and business activities.
The World Travel and Tourism Council report from February 2019 reported that in 2018 tourism was the second fastest growing sector in the world, contributing US$8.8 trillion to the global economy, and creating 319 million jobs globally.
So if you’re looking for to work with people, there’s the possibility to travel yourself, and there are plenty of opportunities for you to keep learning, diversify, and climb the corporate ladder, this industry could tick all your boxes.
What type of person would this job suit?
  • You’ll need to have great people skills and be an excellent communicator
  • The ability to speak foreign languages could be advantageous
  • Attention to detail and exceptional customer service are a must
  • Ideally you should be a great team worker who can think on their feet, solve problems and show leadership qualities when necessary.
Industries incorporated under the tourism umbrella:
  • Hospitality
  • Food and beverages
  • Recreation
  • Entertainment
  • Transportation
  • Events
  • Marketing
  • Government
If you’d like to explore the tourism industry, bear in mind there are plenty of pathways that could get you there.
Perhaps you’re keen to study at university. A degree could help you to leapfrog into some of the more senior roles on offer. With plenty of cadetships and internships available within Australia and globally, you could gain work experience while you study and get an even better head start.
Studying a Bachelor of International Hotel and Tourism Management at Bond is designed to prepare you for professional and managerial roles within the global tourism and hotel industries.
If you think that you’d enjoy working in the Tourism industry but don’t want to commit to a university degree straight away, you can start out doing a VET qualification at TAFE or another RTO and gain a Cert III or IV. You can then choose if you’d like to start working in the industry or head to uni to get more qualifications.
Certificate III in either Tourism or Travel from TAFE SA are examples of introductory courses that could get you started. Some VET courses are specifically designed for high school students to complete before graduating. They could count towards your high school certificate, teach you industry skills and give you a taste of the industry.
Responsible Service of Alcohol Certificate (RSA)
No formal qualifications are required for this role, but there are courses and VET qualifications you can do to make you more competitive.
You’d be preparing, serving and charging for beverages, cleaning and maintaining the bar area.
You could expect to earn over $60,000 per year at this level, but you can earn more depending on where you work, experience and qualifications. You can also expect to earn tips.
Cocktail bartender in Sydney
Bartender in Brisbane
Bartender in Perth
Certificate III
Whilst you don’t need formal qualifications to become a Chef, it’s common to complete an apprenticeship in Commercial Cookery, Patisserie or Baking for example. It could give you an advantage and fast track your career rather than working your way up from pot washer.
You could be helping with menu planning, ordering food and supplies, preparing and cooking food, plating, and cleaning.
Salary is dependent on your skill level. Once you’ve finished your apprenticeship a kitchen chef earns on average $55,000 per year, whereas Executive Chefs can expect to earn up to $110,000 per year.
Executive Chef in the Whitsundays
Head Chef in ACT
Chefs in Melbourne
Events Co-ordinator
Certificate III
You’ll be working to ensure that all kinds of events run smoothly and reflect well on the business or private hosts, liaising with a variety of service providers and working to a budget.
Whether you enter with a VET qualification like a Certificate III or Diploma, or a Bachelor’s Degree, you’ll definitely need some work experience on your resume to get you through the door.
The average salary for Event Organisers is $65,000 per year depending on experience.
Events Manager in Melbourne
Events Manager on the Gold Coast
Senior Event Development Manager in Perth
Hotel / Resort Manager
Bachelor Degree in related field
Responsible for managing all aspects of a resort, including lodging, food and beverage management, human resources, housekeeping, attractions, and guest services.
You’ll be in charge of employees, finances, customer service, promotions, and quality control.
Depending on your level of experience, location and the company that you work for, you can expect to earn upwards of $70,000 in this role.
4 star Resort Manager on the Gold Coast
Hotel Manager in Sydney
Hotel Operations Manager in Canberra
Growth in this industry is strong and expected to remain so.

Security Industry
The security industry in Australia generates around $4.5 billion of revenue providing jobs to over 170,000 employees (ASIAL).
What type of person would this job suit?
  • You’ll need to be physically fit with good reflexes
  • Possess exceptional emotional intelligence and self-control
  • Be observant, able to remain alert and focused for long periods
  • Be a quick and critical thinker who remains calm under pressure
  • Have good communication skills – verbal, non-verbal and written, as well as other customer service skills
  • Be able to remain objective and professional at all times
Other industries security workers might be employed:
  • Law enforcement, defence and intelligence
  • Law and corrections
  • Travel and transport
  • Events and entertainment
  • Personal Protection
  • Business and Retail
  • Border control and Biosecurity
If a career working in security interests you, you’ll have lots of options about which career and industry in which you’d like to work. Plus, there’s a variety of pathways to get you there.
If you’ve completed Year 10 at high school and would like to enter the workplace as a security officer, the absolute minimum you’ll need is a Certificate II in Security Operations from a registered RTO. You may even be able to complete some of your training online.
You may also need to obtain a security license, the requirements vary between jobs, states and territories. So you’ll have to check if you will need one before you can apply.
If you’d like to go to University, there are plenty of degrees that could qualify you for roles within this industry. Completing a degree (especially if you get work experience through an internship or cadetship), could allow you to apply for more senior and professional roles once you graduate.
Completing a Bachelor of Public and Safety Security from Charles Sturt could pave the way for a career in policing, law enforcement, corrections, probation and parole, or juvenile and social justice.
The Bachelor of Security Studies from Macquarie is also designed to qualify you for a range of careers in security and intelligence, policymaking and criminal justice.
Security Guard
Certificate II & Security License
Protecting assets including property, equipment, personnel or money from damage, theft and other criminal or unsafe activities.
You could be working on-site, patrolling, monitoring alarm systems and surveillance equipment, or taking action to prevent and minimise danger or threats.
You could expect to earn over $50,000 per year but this could vary hugely depending on your skills, experience and employer.
Security Officer in Melbourne Western Suburbs
Security Guard / Crowd Controller in Sydney
Installations Technician
Apprenticeship or traineeship
Install, set up, maintain and repair security systems in homes, businesses and public settings.
Technicians earn an average of $60,000 per year.
Security Service Technician in Syndal, VIC
Communications / Security Technician in Emerald, QLD

CCTV Operator
Certificate III
Works in centralised control rooms, monitoring and controlling a bank of screens linked to surveillance cameras placed in public places, buildings and places. Monitoring and reporting any unusual or illegal activity.
The average salary for this role is $63,000 per year.
Security Monitoring Officer in Brisbane, QLD
Control Room Operator in Sydney, NSW
Border Force Officer
Completed Year 12 / Year 10 with a trade certificate /Year 10 with a Cert IV and/or equivalent and then complete Border Force Officer Recruit Training Program (BFORT)
Manage the security of Australia’s borders, working at international airports, seaports or outposts along the coast. Preventing the illegal entry into Australia of people, animals and prohibited, quarantined or dutiable goods.
As a trainee or cadet you could expect to earn an average of $45,000 per year, as a graduate  the average salary is $60,000 depending on specialisation and experience.
Border Force Supervising Officer ACT & NSW
Security Operations Manager
Diploma (e.g. of Security and Risk Management)
Oversee all aspects of an organisation’s security, with responsibility for the safety of staff, the organisation and its assets. With supervisory and advisory functions. Interviewing, hiring, training, managing, and evaluating security staff.
Reporting to upper management and working in conjunction with the organisational needs to plan and implement security and public safety measures for an organisation. Analyse and assess safety and security protocols and procedures, recommend and implement changes or improvements.
The average salary for this role is $100,000 per year.
Security Operations Manager in Melbourne CBD
Security Operations Manager in Brisbane, QLD
Growth in this industry is strong and expected to remain so.
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