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  1. 1. www.mycareermatch.com.au which way to go? choosing subjects that match your chosen career pathwayA Senior Subject Choice Guide for Students by Len Eagles B.Comm Dip.Ed (MyCareerMatch Consultant)
  3. 3. WHIC WAY TO G ? CH GOPAR 1 RTINT TROD DUCTI ION – HOW ARE YOU SEE W E U EINGTHI INGS?There is an old Pro s overb that could easily apply to a senior scho student who did no think c ool otthrough their subje choices and career pathways back in junior school: h ect r"Where there is no vision the people wander aimlessly!" e t e a "How ar you see re eing things s?What a you loo are oking for?Do you only see 5 shapes or are you ready to… u o u … OVE INTO STHE MO SENIOR SCH HOOL REQU UIRES A RAD DICAL RE-T THINK ABOU HOW YO UT OU“SEE S SCHOOL”!It is the intention o this guide to show y e of e you the imp portant ques stions that need to be answeredrather tthan answe all your questions. erYou mig be having fun now but it’s bes to discov a bit abo yourself before you crash!!! ght w st ver out f uCopyright Len Eagles 2 2010 3
  4. 4. WHICH WAY TO GO?PART 2SOME INTERESTING INFORMATION Since your parents left school many years ago, a lot about school has changed! Schools are much broader in their programs with a wider range of subjects and you have much more complex choices and decisions. There is also a much wider array of ‘pathways’ available to you in training and education. This presents great opportunities. By the time you complete your senior studies many people will be employed in new jobs that dont exist today! This is due to new technology. You will more than likely work in 3 or 4 different occupations during your working life, which will be approximately 40 years - whether boy or girl. There are no "girl" jobs or "boy" jobs any more. For example, girls can be engineers or auditors and boys can be nurses or childcare workers.The following areas of employment are growing: Service Industries, Information and Computing Industries, Hospitality & Tourism Industries, Technology Industries, Education and TrainingThe following areas of employment are declining: Unskilled and untrained work, such as production line work and manual labour. Working your way up the ladder in any field with no formal education or training.The government is encouraging all young Australians to complete a full SecondaryEducation (up to 17 years old). That means Senior School, or Year 10 plus TAFE or otherRegistered Training Organisations (RTO). Each year in NSW around 30,000 university graduates go on to TAFE to do a course to add to their skills. ie. Certificate III, IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma. A growing and significant number of students are enrolling in University courses now with a Diploma or Advanced Diploma. This has gained them advanced standing (a year or more off your degree!) and a reduced course cost. To be a police officer today you have to have a Senior School Certificate or higher qualification. Apprentices today are not "just" trades people; they are trained to be highly skilled technologists and problem solvers in their field. They often continue their education at university. Most banks and large commercial companies require a Senior School Certificate and also a university degree is now highly desirable for advancement.All this means that you will need to see education and training as a life-long process and toseriously explore all adult learning environments available.When deciding to continue into senior school and selecting senior subjects it isimportant to realise that subjects need to be chosen in relation to Career Pathways…something you will enjoy and be good at because it matches your natural gifts andtalents.Copyright Len Eagles 2010 4
  5. 5. WHIC WAY TO G ? CH GOPAR 3 RTPAT THWAAYS – SCH HOOL, TRA , AININ & WORK NG WA quick look will sh k how that ‘le earning’ is a ‘life-long’ process tha can go in lots of diffe p at erentdirectio ons.Your trick is to plan your care pathway to begin and then see where op eer y a pportunities arise. At the very least subje choices need to be made that do not clos y ect se-off tertia study or ary r training opt tions. Deciding on senior sub n bjects witho thinking ahead first can lead t major problems if yo out g to ou then try to change you senior sc ur chool patter of study. rn If you want to study at Universit you mus be aware of how sen t a ty st nior school subjects contribute t the Aust to tralian Terti iary Admiss sion Rank(A ATAR) esearch all of the vario pathway that can lead to uni You should carefully re ous ys iversity entry. This include both dire entry or articulation and advanced standi es ect r n ing into a degree cours se by first com mpleting a Diploma or A D Advanced Diploma or Special Ter D rtiary Admisssions Test (STAT). Many senio school subjects have Credit Tra or e ansfer arran ngements in place with courses at n h t TAFE. This means less time to co s omplete you TAFE Cou ur urse! You should also carefu explore all tertiary options at other Priva Training Providers a ully ate and Private Universities.Copyright Len Eagles 2 2010 5
  6. 6. WHICH WAY TO GO?PART 4VOCATIONAL EDUCATION & TRAINING(VET) COURSESVET courses will allow you develop work skills and competencies to be better equipped to eitherenter the workforce and/or continue with Education & Training.VET courses are an opportunity to experience training in an ‘adult learning environment’. You willgain both qualifications and experience in a career pathway.VET courses are especially relevant if: you are not looking to direct entry into a University course and would prefer an "Industry Recognised" (AQF) qualification that can increase your chance of immediate employment in a traineeship or apprenticeship and/or you want to do further training in a Certificate IV, Diploma or Degree.To maximize the benefits of VET Senior School course you can also select other school subjectsthat complement and strengthen the VET course, here are just a few examples: Hospitality Operations + Food Technology + Business Studies Retail Operations + Business Studies / Economics Business Services + Legal Studies.+ Business Studies Graphic Design + Visual Arts + D&T Children’s Services + PD/H/PE Aged Care Work + PD/H/PE + BiologyDepending on the type of senior school you attend and where you are located there will be varietyof VET courses available to choose with a variety of delivery modes that could even include someon-line delivery.There are a wide range of VET courses delivered by TAFE as well as a number of Private TrainingProviders.VET courses may lead to Certificate II or III qualification depending on the course structure.These qualifications can then be used to continue your training in Technical and Further Educationall the way up to Diploma and Advanced Diploma.Some VET courses can contribute to your ATAR.There may even be the possibility to undertake a School-based part-time Traineeship orApprenticeship as a part of your senior study. You can combine work and training so that youfinish your senior studies and already have some experience and training in your career pathway.Check with the Careers Adviser, VET Coordinator or Director of Studies at your school to see whatis available.Here again your choice needs to be a VET course that will further you into your bestsuited career pathway…. the one that matches your natural gifts and talents.Copyright Len Eagles 2010 6
  7. 7. WHIC WAY TO G ? CH GOPAR 5 RTONLINE HELP PHELP IS AVAI ILABLE ONLINE OMyCareeerMatch.co om.au delive a compr ers rehensive self assessm s ment profile in about 15 minutesthat will allow you to choose a career pa that mat ath tches your personality style, talen and gifts nts s.Comple the asse ete essment on the interne and your report is se within m et ent minutes by email with acopy se to your Careers Adv ent viser for fol llow-up inte erviews. er:Discove Your person style nal Your work related stre engths Your ideal e environmen nt What you b bring to a jo ob How to imp prove your effectivenes e ss Career opp portunities How you ca make a difference an dMyCare eerMatch us the sam psychometric tools employers use to find t ses me e u erson for the the right pejob. It a also provide value information th can be included in a Resume a well as a Job es hat i asIntervie Guide. T ew There is a co omprehensi ive Workbo and lots of useful li ook inks to explore careeroptions.Copyright Len Eagles 2 2010 7
  8. 8. WHIC WAY TO G ? CH GOFREE eBook “ “Whateve I do I er I’m gonn ROCK! na !”by Na athan Ch hanesman – CEO of MyCa areerMat tch... Learn how to open the door to a rewarding career g How to find the caree that’s a p d er perfect ‘fit’ for you Discover yo unique and natura gifts and talents our al Write a win nning resum (tips for each pers me r sonality style) Learn how to make a good impr ression at an interview a w Learn how to build yo brand our Includes Career Checklist and Ac ction Plan and heaps more. a ormation coThe info ontained in this e-boo is based on over 15 years of r n ok 5 research, psychometri icand perrsonality te esting and observation It is pres o n. sented to yo to encou ou urage you to become tengage in develo ed oping a greater unders standing of yourself and others, and to help you in yo f p oursearch for your ‘perfect career’.Since y your natur talents are the s ral s single mos important part of you to un st nderstandand us in desig se gning your career, it is import r t tant to get this part right. Th t t heinform mation contained in this e-boo will set you on th right pa t ok he ath…Download for co opy of “Wh hatever I d I’m gonna ROCK by click do K!” king hereCopyright Len Eagles 2 2010 8
  9. 9. WHICH WAY TO GO?PART 6HOW TO DECIDEThere are many differences between Junior and Senior High School.As a senior school student you are expected to be: personally involved in choosing the courses that suit you best. much more self reliant and organised with your time doing much more home study – at least 15-20 hrs a week, even more closer to exams pursuing your own special interest, abilities and passions taking more responsibility for your own actionsHow TO decideRecognise this as an important decision and take time to consider all your options.Ask yourself the following questions: What subjects are available? What subjects do you enjoy and interest you? What subjects are you good at? What subjects do you need for further study? How do senior school subjects connect best with Career Pathways?In most cases, the best subjects to take are the ones you like the most. With these subjects youare more likely to do well and therefore get higher marks. If you really dont like a subject, youprobably wont do as well.Use these rules when choosing subjects: → ABILITY – choose subjects you are good at. → INTEREST – choose subjects you enjoy. → MOTIVATION – choose subjects you really want to learn.How NOT TO decideDo not choose a subject because: Your friends are taking it. Your friends may have different abilities, interests and motivations to you. Your favourite teacher is teaching it. Teachers often change classes or even schools. You want to go on a particular excursion. You could endure years of misery for the sake of that excursion! Youve heard its a "bludge" subject. If someone tells you a subject is a bludge, chances are that they are bludging and will probably do poorly. You need to do it even though you hate it. If you need to do a subject to get into a particular course, there will be a lot of that subject within the course! Boys/girls dont do that subject. There are no separate subjects for boys and girls.Copyright Len Eagles 2010 9
  10. 10. WHIC WAY TO G ? CH GOPAR 7 RTPAT THWAAYS IN ED I DUCAT TION & TR RAINI INGThis flow chart is a w another way to see wh y here student go after their senior school study. ts t rAs you can see the is an ev spread a ere ven versity, TAFE and work / training BUT across Univ kwhichev way you go this is only the be ver u eginning of your career pathway.There a lots of w are ways you ca begin the journey but you need a career p an e d pathway to aim at….Getting the start r g right with senior schoo subjects that match your best career pat s ol h t thway canreally im mprove you chances of success ! ur Training / Educat ion Pathw g ways and Credit Tran C nsfer Your senior school cer r rtificate is lik a Certific ke cate III in the amount of work yo do. ou Many senio school subjects, espe or ecially VET courses will give you c credit at TA AFE. Many Unive ersities will give you de egree credit when you first compl t lete a relate Diploma. ed Many unive ersity gradu uates go on to do a Certificate III or IV or Dip ploma to ad to their dd qualification and obta specific work-relate skills. ns ain edCopyright Len Eagles 2 2010 10 1
  11. 11. WHICH WAY TO GO?PART 8TERTIARY OPTIONSUNIVERSITIES There are around 44 public and private Universities in Australia with hundreds of courses for professional careers - Associate Diplomas, Diplomas and Degrees. The minimum entry requirement is a Senior School Certificate & ATAR. Some courses have other specific requirements. A growing number of universities offer alternate entry schemes, especially for mature age students with significant advanced standing when presenting a diploma qualification. eg. You could start in the 2nd Year of a Degree course.TAFE COLLEGES (Technical and Further Education) TAFE is the largest training institution across Australia with hundreds of campuses and colleges. After your senior study you can access courses at Statement of Attainment, Certificate II, III, IV, Diploma and Advanced Diploma level. TAFE / UNI Credit Transfer (NSW example) Many TAFE courses (especially Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas) now gain credit at various Universities with advance standing. This can often be a much more cost effective pathway into university. Senior School - TAFE Credit Transfer (NSW example) Credit Transfer is the process by which a student gains advanced standing in one course by completing another course at a satisfactory level. Most senior school subjects have Credit Transfer arrangements into TAFE. This can shorten the hours needed to complete a TAFE course.REGISTERED TRAINING ORGANISATIONS AND PRIVATE UNIVERSITIES There are growing number of Colleges and RTO’s, some very good and offering good outcomes. Enrolment is by application to individual institutions. Always check the course costs and their credentials eg. NTIS, Higher Education and Industry Associations. Many training organisations now have credit transfer and advanced standing facilities with Universities.With all of these options available you do not want to end up enrolled in the wrongcourse!Better to spend some time thinking through the Career Pathway that will be the‘perfect fit’ for you….Copyright Len Eagles 2010 11
  12. 12. WHICH WAY TO GO?PART 9QUESTIONS YOU SHOULD ASKQUESTIONS SHOULD YOU ASK WHEN CONSIDERING EDUCATION AND TRAINING? → What careers am I interested in that match my natural gifts and abilities? → What courses would lead to those careers? (PATHWAYS) → What tertiary institutions offer those courses? (Registered Training Organisations, TAFE, Universities or Private Colleges) → Will my school subjects/qualifications line up with those entry requirements? → Do any of my senior school courses have credit transfer arrangements? → What will the courses be like? → Are they offered full-time or part-time? → Is the course delivered ‘face-to-face’ or on-line? → How will I be assessed / examined? → After I finish the course, what jobs will I qualify for? → What support services are available to me while I study? → How much time and money will it cost me and am I entitled to any financial assistance? → How and when should I apply? → When will I know if I have been accepted? → What do I do when I have been accepted? → What are the entry requirements for those institutions/courses? → Are there any Prerequisites Required? - subjects and levels done at school to get into a particular course of tertiary study. → Will the University consider other qualifications for entry and advanced standing? Certificate II, III, IV, Diploma, STAT, other Special Admission Schemes and “Foundation Studies” → What is the Lowest Selection Rank - ATAR Required? (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank can change depending on course demand) → Are there any Special Requirements? Audition / Portfolio / Interview Test etc Private Course Fees $ ? Previous Work ExperienceCopyright Len Eagles 2010 12
  13. 13. WHIC WAY TO G ? CH GOPAR 10 RT 0YOU AC UR CTION PLA ANMake s sure you co onsider AL the opti LL ions….YOUR A ACTION PL LAN BEGIN NOW… NS … egin now to put together your own Action Pla You can be an…. A good place to start is to downlo the ‘Fin oad nding Life’s Directions’ Workbook from MyCaareerMatch. Once you have your o h own Career Profile from MyCareer m rMatch this workbook w will help you to choose a C o Career Path hway that matches you personal style, natu m ur ural gifts and abilities. There is ev an Actio Plan to help begin organising y ven on h o your next st into tep Senior Schhool and bey yond…..Copyright Len Eagles 2 2010 13 1
  14. 14. WHICH WAY TO GO?A CLOSING NOTEThis eBook was written to assist students navigate their way into and through SeniorHigh School. The ideas contained here come from my 20 years as a High School Careers Adviserand Vocational Education Coordinator and more recently as a MyCareerMatch Consultant.You are free to make copies of this eBook and to forward this pdf to anyone you think it mayassist, so long as you acknowledge where it came from and do not make any alterations.I wish you success with your dreams and those things you are passionate and enthusiasticabout…. and do not forget…. “Whatever you do you’re gonna ROCK!”Len Eagles B.Comm Dip. Ed.MyCareerMatch Consultantwww.mycareermatch.com.auBased in Sydneyleneagles@mycareermatch.com.au0417 426 628Copyright Len Eagles 2010 14