Careers in Action

On Friday 21 July, a group of Year 7 and 8 students attended a Discovery Day at Macquarie University. University might seem a long way off to Year 7 and 8 students, but the choices they make now will set a path for their future. The Year students were able to explore the campus and discover study interests in a range of areas.

Two students who attended wrote a reflection of the day:

“I was fortunate enough to visit Macquarie University for an opportunity to explore the university’s wonderful campus and all that it had to offer. Each school that attended were introduced to three different subjects and what they would be like in university. Loreto had the chance to learn about economics, geography and English which allowed us to learn about the subject in depth whilst also exploring and interacting with the campus. These subjects were quite interesting as it wasn’t just about the subjects themselves but what other skills were required to be successful in that field.

For example, in economics we learnt about the importance of teamwork and accepting the different kinds of people you could be put to work with. In geography we learnt about the integration of different cultures and how that was represented through art and buildings within the campus and also we were taught to question everything we see and what connections they have with the land. English was really fascinating as we studied medieval texts and how important it is to analyse all that has been given and to make links with previous knowledge.

The campus and the facilities were absolutely amazing and only made the prospect of university that much more exciting. This day really gave us an insight into the kinds of skill bases required for jobs nowadays and opened doors to new and interesting jobs. I am extremely grateful for this wonderful opportunity and I know every girl who attended could agree with me when I say that the day was highly useful and enjoyable. “

Annika Shankar, Year 8


“The Macquarie University Careers visit was an exciting, informing and educational day. The day started off with an introduction about the University and then Loreto was given an interesting class on Economics. Three students from our school went up against another school to try their hand in making a ‘paper shoe’ and had to work out how to use each person’s strengths and weaknesses in order to get the task done efficiently and effectively. After recess we were taken on a Geography activity where we were able to appreciate the landscape and discover and discuss the details of the land and uncovering what each clue meant about the area. After lunch we were given a fascinating class on ancient manuscripts. During the class we were shown different techniques on how to decipher and find clues in the manuscripts to help tell us from what age they were in, what type of family they came from and many other things about the manuscripts that tell us about them.

I gained a lot of knowledge about the University and what it’s like, which will be useful when deciding what university to attend (even though it’s a long time away). I gained a lot more knowledge from the classes we attended, they were really educational, intriguing and so different to what we normally experience at school. By attending this career day, I gained knowledge, experience and a sense of life after high school and I feel that everyone enjoyed this day and what it had to offer.”

Annabel Mannes, Year 7


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Careers Meetings are for all students in all years

The office is open every day and all students are welcome and encouraged to drop in with their diaries or send an email to book a time.  Appointments can be made before school, during lunch or after school, and senior students can book during a study period.  Please email


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Mrs Carmel Donnan, Ms. Katrina Smith & Mrs Jo Hallinan



UAC Applications Open Wednesday 2 August

UAC Guides are available from the Careers Office

All students should have received an email from UAC with their PIN number.  If this has not arrived, check all email folders. 

Call UAC to discuss any issues with your PIN –  1 300 ASK UAC (1300 275 822)

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The steps in applying to UAC are outlined on the website.

Any problems please come to the Careers office to discuss OR Call the UAC number.

UAC Schools Recommendation Schemes (SRS)

Schools Recommendation Schemes (SRS) are one way institutions make early offers of undergraduate admission, using criteria other than (or in addition to) the ATAR.

Participating institutions can use a range of criteria when making SRS offers, including your Year 11 studies, school’s rating of your abilities in areas of study and aptitudes, and your Educational Access Schemes (EAS) application (if applicable).

SRS Applications Open Wednesday 2 August and close Friday 29 September

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Educational Access Scheme Applications Open Wednesday 2 August

All forms need to be returned to the Careers office by Friday September 9 2017

Educational Access Schemes (EAS) aim to help students whose education has been negatively affected during Year 11 and/or Year 12 receive an offer to university. Institutions use EAS to help eligible applicants gain admission to university if their ATAR is below a course cut-off by allocating bonus points, or places, to eligible EAS applicants.

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To successfully manage the applications if you are applying and/or would like some further information, please come to the Careers Office to discuss.

UAC Equity Scholarships Applications Open Wednesday 2 August

Equity Scholarships help financially disadvantaged students with the general costs associated with tertiary study.  Equity Scholarships are awarded to students from low socio-economic backgrounds, particularly those who receive Centrelink income support payments.

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Sydney Conservatorium of Music Audition and Portfolios Deadline

Friday 1 September

Submit your application online.

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Open Day Season Coming Up

Download the list of 2017 open days at all our participating institutions.

Living on Campus

Most students choose to live at colleges and halls of residence because they provide a great opportunity to live close to (or on) campus, become totally immersed in university life and make lifelong friends. While student apartments and shared rental houses may also offer proximity to campus and good social opportunities, residential colleges and halls pride themselves on the well-rounded experience they offer.

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How to get the most out of your first year of nursing school

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Looking for a Job After School? Employability Skills

Most employers will also want you to have some general skills. These general job skills are sometimes called “employability skills”. Having employability skills can help you get a job. They can also help you stay in a job and work your way to the top. 

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Women in Trades

The opportunities for women in a traditionally male dominated industry.
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CIT Apprenticelink
Connecting trainees and apprentices with potential employers.

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Applications are now open for the UNSW Mining Summer School (UMSS) 2018

Interested in mining engineering or related career? The University of New South Wales (UNSW) is holding a Mining Summer School from 17 –19 January 2018. This opportunity provides a unique introduction to the Mining and Minerals Industry, informs students about study and career options within this industry, thus allowing you to make informed future decisions. Read more
Veris Women in Engineering Scholarship UNSW
The purpose of the scholarship is to encourage a female high school leaver to undertake a degree in Surveying and/or Geospatial Engineering by offering assistance of $10,000 p.a. for 4 years. The scholarship commences on January 1, 2018 and concludes 31 December 2021.

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Road Designer in Training

Offered by Roads & Maritime and WSU, you get a full-time job and salary while you study civil engineering, your university fees paid in full, study and exam leave, plus on the job training and practical experience while you study.

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Engineering and IT Leadership Scholarship, University of Sydney
Our Leadership Scholarship is one of the most valuable undergraduate scholarships in Australia, offering generous financial support and extensive leadership development.

$18,000 per year for up to 4 years, plus professional industry placements and participation in the Faculty Leadership Program.

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University of Sydney E12 Scheme

Applications for the 2018 E12 intake are now open. 

Our Early Offer Year 12 (E12) scheme makes your path to uni easier, even before the HSC exams start. If you apply successfully, we will hold a place at the University of Sydney for you. As long as you meet some conditions, such as the E12 ATAR cut-offs (which are lower than standard ATARs) and the HSC subject requirements for your preferred course, you’ll have a definite place when results come out.
The scheme has some other great benefits too. You will also receive a $5950 scholarship (paid in two equal instalments of $2975 after the Autumn and Spring census dates) and lots of support to help you get started at uni.

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Inspired by Business Program, University of Sydney

Our Inspired by Business program is designed to recognise and support talented high school students to achieve their full potential through access to university education.

Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Commerce (Advanced Studies) students will receive financial support valued at $10,000 per year for the three years of their degree, comprising of E12 and Inspired by Business scholarship funding.

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Raffles School Holiday Workshops – Fashion and Design
26 to 30 September, Parramatta

Cost: FREE, but registration is essential

If you’re interested in a creative design career, then Raffles Workshop Week is for you! Being able to identify all the skills you have can open you to more career options. It can also help you work out if you have any skills or knowledge gaps that can be addressed with further training.

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Camp America

Want to know more about our Camp America program? Come along and find out why more than 7,000 people from around the world head to America every year to work in Summer Camps.

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Australian Government Cadetships, Scholarships and Work Experience Opportunities

The Australian government has a number of cadetship, scholarship, and work experience opportunities within Australian Government departments and agencies. To view these opportunities, visit:

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Sydney Science Festival

8 to 20 August

There is something for everyone from forensics to gene research, art and science, sharks, astronomy. Get involved and have fun.

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Christmas Jobs
If you are thinking of earning some cash over the Christmas period many organisations are conducting recruitment drives now. For example, Bonds stores are conducting interviews this month!  Read more

Insights into high-paying industries
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The Future of the Australian Workforce
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Australian Jobs
This government report provides an overview of the labour market.
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