Everyone’s career journey is different. Let’s find yours.


Loreto Normanhurst has subscribed to TWO career-based web resources:

Study Work Grow (formerly known as MHSCareers). This is free for all parents and students to access.

  • It is easy to register and allows access to all their resources individually here at school or at home.
  • To help with this process, Study Work Grow have created a ‘How To’ guide to show you step-by-step how to register.
  • Our new unique school code is: LRNHST0119. The school code is unique to our school so please ensure that wherever possible you keep this code within our school community.

Job Jump

  • Students simply go to the following website.
  • Click on the “I’m New” purple button.
  • Enter your school email and the school’s password is: lnh


Interesting Reads

Here are some interesting reads, from The Conversation and World Economic Forum, regarding the future of work and graduate employment, plus ideas around careers from

University Survival Guide

Tips for the Perfect Job Interview Outfit

SkillsRoad is a great resource for both students and parents. It contains information on finding a job, advice, setting yourself up for life after school, job hunting techniques and a wide range of other tips and links. Well worth a look.


Ms Katrina Smith & Ms Alexi Kayes

Career Advisors

Work Experience

The Department of Biological Sciences at Macquarie University offers competitively selective work experience placements for high school students.

In this diverse program we offer students a range of work place activities within research laboratories, as well as work experience in a range of teaching and research facilities in the department (e.g. the Biological Sciences Museum, the Arboretum, the Plant Growth Facility, and working with Technical and Fieldwork Officers).

We are pleased to offer work experience placements to your school. Due to the overwhelming interest in 2018, we will run two work experience placement weeks this year, which will be competitively selected, on the following dates:

Monday, 8 April to Friday, 12 April 2019, 9am – 4pm

Monday, 18 November to Friday, 22 November 2019, 9am – 4pm.

If  students are interested in participating in our work experience program, please ask them to respond to our survey monkey questionnaire .

University Information

Meet University of Melbourne for Interstate Future Students – Monday 15 April

This event is specifically designed to give you a better insight into the Melbourne experience for interstate students.

The day will cover application processes, scholarships, student services, accommodation options and financial assistance. Participants will have an opportunity to ask current University of Melbourne students who have come from interstate about their experience and how they managed the transition.

Further information

The University of Melbourne

Applications for the   Hansen Scholarship Program  are now open and applications close at 3pm on Thursday 21 March 2019.

Students interested in studying at the University of Melbourne, are encouraged to apply (and start your applications now, so that you have time to gather all the necessary paperwork). The careers team are happy to advise and support any Year 12 student interested in this fabulous scholarship on offer.

CSU Parent Info Night

These free evening events allow parents to get the information you need. Together, they can guide your child through the transition from high school to university – seamlessly.

It’s a great opportunity for you to get all your questions answered. CSU will walk you through the application process, as well as things like early entry, accommodation and scholarships.

Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) representatives will also be there to give advice on the best ways to get into university.

  • Albury-Wodonga Tuesday 19 March, 5.30–7.30pm
  • Bathurst Tuesday 12 March, 5.30–7.30pm
  • Orange Monday 11 March, 5.30–7.30pm
  • Port Macquarie Wednesday 20 March, 5.30–7.30pm
  • Wagga Wagga Wednesday 27 March, 5.30–7.30pm

Register to attend here

Monash Roadshow Info Evenings

Choosing a university is a big decision. Get all your questions answered at Monash’s information evening and save yourself the trip to Melbourne.

Hear everything you need to know about life at Monash. Undergraduate courses, accommodation, scholarships and student life. Hear from a current student or graduate about where their Monash degree has led them.

What can you find out about?

  • Our ten diverse study and discipline areas
  • Undergraduate course types, such as our comprehensive and specialist courses, double degrees and pathway programs
  • International opportunities including study abroad and overseas tours
  • How to apply – everything need to know about VTAC, key dates and deadlines
  • Scholarships and fees
  • SEAS and the Monash Guarantee
  • Accommodation options, both on and off campus

If you’re interested in or have questions about a graduate degree, please contact Monash on 1800 MONASH  (1800 666 274)

Get Into Med

Get into Med: first steps to becoming a doctor!

Medical school admission is becoming an increasingly difficult task.

The number of medical school places has doubled in Australia and New Zealand over the past 15 years, but as supply has increased, so has demand. As more students become aware of the exciting career prospects of a medical practitioner, medical school competitiveness becomes stronger and stronger.

To obtain the ever-elusive medical school place, students must be well-informed of their personal, philosophical and professional reasons for pursuing medicine.

Get into Med: first steps to becoming a doctor will deep-dive into the world of medical school admissions.

ACU – New closing and offer dates for Community Achiever Program (CAP)

In recognition of community service, students can receive an early conditional offer for a course, and be admitted with a lower minimum ATAR requirement. While applications open on 1 May, there will be rolling deadlines and offers based on the Open Days at our various campuses. Learn more  about the program and how to apply.

ACU – Teaching | Visual Arts | Global Studies

At ACU you’ve now got another teaching pathway option – the Bachelor of Educational Studies. This degree has been designed for students who are passionate about becoming teachers, but don’t achieve the entry requirements to go directly into a Bachelor of Education (Primary) or the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary).

A day in the life of a visual arts student
Ever wondered what it’s like to study creative arts at university? Here’s what the average day looks like for a Bachelor of Visual Arts and Design students. Read now.

A day in the life of a global studies student
A career in global studies offers, quite literally, a world of opportunities – and the chance to make a difference on a global scale. But what is life like as a global studies student? Read now.

A day in the life of an education student
If standing in front of a classroom of kids is your dream career, an education degree is what will lead you there. Read now.

The University of Sydney

The University of Sydney is hosting an information evening on the 27 March 2019 for students, parents and professionals interested in further study. At this information evening, you can find the answers to all your questions to make informed decisions as you progress, through school, onto university.

During the presentation you will hear from current undergraduate students about study options, real-world projects, exchange opportunities and more, followed by a talk from the University of Sydney Education Ambassador, Eddie Woo.

Meet university staff and students as they will be on hand to answer questions and discuss options about available undergraduate degrees and future careers – and anything else you want to know!

Considering postgraduate study? Attend our mini-expo for information about the different types of postgraduate qualifications including Master’s degrees, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates.

Your Path to the University of Sydney will be held on the 27th March 2019 from 6:00pm till 8:00pm at the Novotel Parramatta, 350 Church St Parramatta, NSW 2150.

To register your attendance click here  

Scholarship Information

Are you missing out on Scholarship money?

The Good Education Group has written an article about unclaimed scholarships – read it here.

Each year, many scholarships go to waste due to a lack of applicants. Sure, you could spend time applying for a scholarship and not get it, but on the flip side you may be the only person who applies!

Our advice would be to do your research, including checking out scholarship sources on our scholarships page here, and apply for everything:

  • Put together an application pack with all the documents you’ll need for each application, like proof of citizenship, your birth certificate, and your reports.
  • Prepare some answers to common questions, like:
    • ‘why do you need this scholarship?’
    • ‘how will this scholarship help you go further with your studies?’
    • ‘what do you intend to do once you graduate?’
  • Keep a checklist of the scholarships you’ve applied for including the notification dates, so you’re not left wondering.

Cluey Learning Scholarship

The Cluey Learning Scholarship will award one individual $1,500 AUD to put towards their university-related expenses such as tuition, laptops, textbooks etc for all courses and disciplines. Applications are open now and close at 11:59pm 31st March 2019. The winner will be notified by phone and an announcement made via this page by 7th April 2019. Find out if you’re eligible and how to apply  here.

WSU Scholarships

Western Sydney University offers $22 million in undergraduate scholarships every year.

Some of the scholarships available include:

  • Vice-Chancellor’s Leadership Scholarship – up to $50,000
  • Dean’s Scholarship – up to $20,000
  • Academic Excellence Scholarship – up to $20,000
  • Honours Scholarship – $5,000 for one year
  • Sports Scholarship – $5,000 for one year
  • International Exchange Scholarships (for semester exchange) – $1,750 one-off payment
  • Student Mobility Travel Grants (for short programs) – $500 one-off payment

Find out if you are   eligible, how to apply and the key dates you’ll need to know.

Indigenous Information

Maxima Indigenous Traineeships and Apprenticeships

An amazing and comprehensive site to support indigenous youth into employment, training, apprenticeships and traineeships. Call for more information to: 1300 669 859

For more information

Work Experience/Holiday Programs

Australian Theatre for Young People – School Holiday Program

15 to 18 April – Burn the Seats – Escape rooms, choose your own adventure and live action role playing! Increasingly audiences love to be physically involved in the story and become the focus of the action.

For more information

23 and 24 April – Year 9 to 12 Monologue Technique – Learn all this and more and sharpen up your monologue before your next audition or performance. Perfect for participants getting ready for their IP performances this year.

For more information

Work Experience with NSW Fire and Rescue 

The Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) Work Experience Program provides participating students with an overview of the roles of FRNSW and its firefighters. Through this program, school students gain insight into FRNSW and develop employment related skills.

For more information

Youth at the Zoo Applications Open Soon

Due to the popularity of the program, applications are opened twice yearly, in May and November. To receive information about the next round of applications, you must first join the waitlist for the Sydney or Dubbo program. 

Sydney applications

  • Please add your name to the waitlist for the May 2019 intake.

Dubbo applications

Taronga’s Youth at the Zoo program (YATZ) gives teens the opportunity to learn more about how our Zoos operate, develop skills for the future and spend time with like-minded people who share a passion for animals and conservation.

For more information

Au Pair in America – GAP Year Opportunity 

Being an Au Pair with Au Pair in America is the perfect way to use your childcare/babysitting hours to have the most amazing experience in the USA. A cultural exchange with a difference; you will live with an American family and immerse yourself in everyday American life.

For more information

Challenges Abroad Australia International Volunteering

Overseas internship opportunities in education, business or health.  We offer exceptional opportunities to further your life skills and to create incredible experiences, all while helping disadvantaged communities around the world. Our challenging treks and volunteer projects take you to some of the world’s most extraordinary places: from the lost Inca city of Machu Picchu in Peru, to the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

For more information

Australian Museum Work Experience

This work experience program offers high school students the chance to explore a variety of careers including science and cultural research, education, public programming, curatorial and exhibition design, marketing, communications and corporate services.

The program is available for students in years 10, 11 and 12

  • Applications open – Monday 4 March 2019
  • Applications close – Friday 5 April 2019

Placements will be available in Term 2, 3 and 4 and all successful applicants for 2019 will be notified from 29 April. Each placement is limited to 5 days (Monday to Friday) working 10am to 4pm each day. Contact them for details on how to apply.

GAP Year – Australian Defence Force

Applications are now open for Australian Defence Force Gap Year roles across the Navy, Army and Air Force.

Unlike any ordinary gap year, this gives your students the opportunity to:

  • Get involved in fulfilling and worthwhile work
  • Gain valuable skills and work experience
  • Enjoy a good salary package
  • Live a varied, active and healthy life
  • Make friends with like-minded people
  • See more of Australia

Jobs include:

  • Admin
  • Leadership
  • Aviation
  • Hospitality
  • Trade
  • Logistics
  • Combat

This gives you the chance to experience life in the ADF – with no commitment beyond one year.

More information – these roles will fill quickly!

Resumes and Mock Interviews

Create your resume

Applying for jobs (and sometimes when you’re applying to tertiary education), you’ll need a resume.

A resume or CV (Curriculum Vitae), is a document which details your work and study history, including all your achievements and skills so far.

You need to provide all the essential details in a professional looking, easy-to-read format. Keep it nice and concise, as nobody will want to plough through pages and pages irrelevant information. In fact – they just won’t bother reading it at all if it’s too long.

So what do you need to include for your first ever resume?

  • 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

There are plenty of free templates around to help you design the right resume for you.

From the   Simple Resume Builder  at Study Work Grow, to specialised industry relevant ones if you really want to get fancy.

Before you go nuts designing your resume, you might like to read the tips in this   article  about the do’s and don’ts of resume writing

Mock Interviews

As with most things in life, the more you practise something, the better you’ll get.

The same is true for interviews. Interviewers will expect you to be a little nervous and tongue tied. But the better the first impression you create and the more confident you feel going into an interview, the higher your chances are of snagging the job.

We’ve found this great resource for   mock interviews. It explains what they are, shows some examples and provides tips for how you could set some up.