Careers News 

Alumni Career Chats Program

This term Loreto Normanhurst Careers Department piloted an ‘Alumni Career Chats’ program which ‘matched’ Year 11 students and our alumni for a career discussion.

To commence the program, students received training from Emma Palmer at ‘Future Proof Training’ who helped the girls to prepare for their session, asking ‘invitational questions’ and ‘beginning with the end in mind’.  Emma is a fully trained actor, most well-known for being a Playschool presenter. 

Following this, students spoke with alumni from backgrounds in law, psychology, neuropsychology, engineering, journalism, marketing, fine arts/design, nursing, HR, speech pathology, politics, international relations, teaching, dietician, social work, physiotherapy, agriculture and medicine (all chosen by the students).

We have no doubt that our Year 11 students really gained some insight into their career of choice and developed professionally from this experience. 

A big thank you to our alumni who participated in this program.

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Would you like to make an appointment with a career advisor?

The Careers office is open to all students. The best thing to do is to send an email indicating your availability (study lessons for the seniors and break times for junior girls). Please email



A reminder of our upcoming sessions – if you would still like to join these sessions, please let Careers know via email.

Information Session Date
Medicine (becoming a Dr)

Wednesday, 18 November

Cahill Meeting Room (LRC)

Veterinary Medicine

Tuesday, 24 November

Cahill Meeting room (LRC)


Year 12 update

A big congratulations to all our students who have finished the HSC!

We are available if you have any last minute career questions – email


Ms Katrina Smith and Ms Alexi Kayes

Careers Advisers

The 2020 Changing Preferences Guide 

This registration link allows Year 12, 2020  to be notified of the institutions attending and their webinar schedule. 

Recognising the challenges that all year 12 students have faced in engaging with universities and TAFEs to work out their study choices, as well as the complexities of recent changes to higher education pricing, The Good Universities Guide have announced a series of online Change of Preference Expos across Australia, to be held in December.


2020 Year 12 School Leavers Wanted

As you may have heard, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020/21 harvest seasons are going to be extremely challenging due to a shortage of labour usually provided by travelling workers.

Read more here.

To assist our local producers to get their crops into markets and on shelves, the Commonwealth Government has engaged Harvest Trail Service Providers such as CozWine to attract school leavers to the harvest and provide them with accredited training and a COVID safe harvest experience. A fully inclusive meals and accommodation package is available.

The Harvest Trail Experience will initially provide school leavers with an amazing opportunity to participate in the annual cherry harvest experience in the picturesque Young Region and Central West commencing immediately after the HSC and going through to Christmas. The cohort will receive a full industry orientation and accredited induction training with support to make this a memorable experience with their peers.

Students can maximise their experience by continuing the NSW-harvest trail and working across several seasons, gaining further skills and qualifications for at least 6 months.

To help inform potential participants, there is a FAQs document and letter from Cozwine attached.

To get an idea of what harvest days look like, check out links here and here.

To register – click here

Volunteering with Vinnies

Help make a difference

Volunteers are an integral part of Vinnies Shops, playing a huge role in all aspects of our shops. Without our army of volunteers, we wouldn’t exist! By volunteering in one of our shops you can be confident in knowing that your part of something unique and making a true difference in your community. 

For many, this is also a chance to give something back to their community and use their skills, passion and experience to make a difference in the lives of people who need it the most. It is also a great opportunity to develop new skills and experience in a supportive environment and be part of the Vinnies family.

Find out more about volunteering with Vinnies here.






Avondale’s Summer Gift Pack will help make Year 12’s 2020 summer holiday awesome. Worth over $400 each, Avondale has two Gift Packs to give away to two Year 12 students.

 Entries are open and close at 5pm 23 November 2020.

Interesting reads

7 Cool Careers in the Food Industry

If you think of the food and hospitality industry, there are a few usual careers that probably come to mind: chef, waiter, bartender, barista…

But if you’re looking for something a bit more out there, we’ve found 7 exciting careers in the food industry that you might not have considered before.

5 Female STEAM Trailblazers

If you’re looking for a little career inspiration, check out these interviews with 5 incredible women working in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) in Australia.

Vogue got the low-down on just what made these women so successful, and how they’re encouraging the next generation of leaders. Just a couple of the trailblazers interviewed include a head scientist from the CSIRO, and the CEO of Optus.

Careers Events and Updates:

Our Bachelor of Coastal and Marine Science enables students to design their degree to suit their interests, building upon traditional science learning with courses in marine and coastal environmental studies to compliment a number of specialisations that will increase employability.

They’ll conduct fieldwork in key coastal and marine landscapes from pristine estuaries to urban developments, and major waterways and coastal zones. They’ll have access to world-class facilities as well as novel technologies and participate in laboratory work to help develop their analytical, research and communication skills.

With the University of Newcastle, students also can engage in work-integrated learning and gain recognised certifications such as a boat license, radio operator license, and drone and remotely operated vehicle operation.

Interested Science students click here

ONLINE course at TAFE

Ryde TAFE are offering a free Events workshop delivered ONLINE in December.

This short course gives students the opportunity to see how an event works from start to finish.  You will gain skills and knowledge if seeking work or looking to study further.  It is accredited which means the units will count towards a higher-level qualification such as a Certificate or Diploma in Event Management.


Jschool Journalism College

Senior students keen to improve their writing skills and/or learn about journalism and news writing are welcome to join Jschool’s online Micro journalism course over summer.

There are two intakes: 7 December 2020 and 11 January 2021.  With weekly lessons and exercises providing personalised feedback from professional journalists, the 5-week course provides an interesting insight into the world of news media as well as teaching the basic principles of writing news.

The Micro journalism course (Newswriting Basics) costs $299 (all resources included) and gives credit towards our JR101 unit within the Diploma of Journalism.

In addition to the micro course, enrolment in up to three online subjects in the Diploma is open to senior secondary students. These include introductory journalism, shorthand (speed writing) and history & literature for journalists. Each unit has stand-alone value and can also be credited towards the eight-unit Diploma of Journalism. The units can be studied over summer or during the year.

For more details please see:
Micro course (Newswriting Basics)
Single Subjects

Both types of units (micro courses and single subjects) are suitable for senior secondary students as well as students who have recently completed their Year 12 studies and are preparing for tertiary study.

For background on the entire program please click here

Sancta Sophia Residential College Open Day

I am pleased to announce that Sancta Sophia College will be hosting an open week in December for all prospective residents in 2021.

Prospective students and their families can:

  • Join guided tours of the College
  • Explore our student accommodation and facilities
  • Meet the College Principal
  • Attend a Q&A session with staff
  • Meet and greet new residents in 2021 in our quadrangle garden

Click here to register

Monday 14 – Friday 18 December 2020
10 AM – 4PM
8 Missenden Road, Camperdown, NSW

Industry Insights into Start-Ups and Venture Capital

18 November 2020, 5:00pm – 6:00pm


Hear from world renowned leaders on startups, innovation, entrepreneurship, investment, venture capital, and women in leadership and STEM.

Technion Australia and the Australian National University Alumni Team are delighted to invite you to a conversation with three influential leaders who will share the dos and don’ts of starting your own business, what you need to do to be noticed by investors and venture capitals, why more women in STEM is key to creating a stronger and more sustainable society, how COVID impacted the startup ecosystem, as well as learning from Israel – the StartUp Nation, which produces more Startups and entrepreneurs than anywhere else.

Find out more

The University of Sydney

University Bridging Courses Online | January & February 2021

Current school leavers

Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics Ext 1, Physics
These 5- to 7-day courses are ideal for students wanting to enter a University degree that requires assumed science knowledge that they did not complete in the HSC.
Please note: bridging courses do not satisfy the mathematics prerequisite. For relevant advice please see the heading ‘What if I don’t meet the maths prerequisite?’