Our annual Career Expo is coming

27 April 2017

The ACK Career Expo is on Friday, May 26 in the Gonz. Year 9 to 12 students will attend the expo during class time. Staff from more than 30 different organisations, including universities, TAFEs, private providers and industries, will be there. Parents and guardians are welcome to attend between 10.30am and 2pm.

Year 9 and 10 career classes

These students are completing vocational planning classes as part of Religious Education. During term 1 they completed their career action plans and an inventory list of their educational and personal skills and the values that could influence the type of job that they might like to do.

This term students are learning about what universities, TAFEs and private providers offer and how each differs, which will lead into them attending our Career Expo. Students will also do an online interest test which may help them start a conversation about what they might like to do in senior classes and beyond ACK. Most year 10s completed this test last week so if you haven’t seen the summary report they got back you might want to ask your child about theirs. Year 9 students will complete the test at a later date.

Next term the classes will revolve around subject selections for years 11 and 12 with the last term covering information about applying for jobs – resume writing and application letters.

Unit 3-4 General Achievement Test (the GAT)

As mentioned in previous newsletters, students undertaking unit 3-4 exams must also sit the GAT on June 14. This includes those students who would normally complete a VET or an SBAT course on a Wednesday. Mrs Frost has notified the TAFEs and all the students about this day.

SBAT students are more than welcome to reschedule their workday if they have spoken to Mrs Frost or me beforehand so that we can get their attendance information organised.

Tertiary information session at La Trobe University

I will be taking interested year 12 students to the tertiary information session at La Trobe on Tuesday, May 16.This is an opportunity for students to hear how to apply for courses, scholarships and residential places at any tertiary provider. It is not just for those wanting to go to Latrobe as it is run by all tertiary organisations.

This excursion is optional and those wanting to attend should email me by Friday, May 12.

Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test (the UMAT)

The UMAT needs to be completed by year 12 students planning to apply to study medicine at most Australian university. In Victoria, Monash is the only university requiring this test.

UMAT is designed to assess general attributes and abilities gained through experience and learning: specifically, the acquisition of skills in critical thinking and problem solving, understanding people and abstract non-verbal reasoning. These abilities are important to the study, and later practice, of professions in the health sciences.

The test will be held on Wednesday, July 26 and students must register before Friday, June 2. Students need to pass this test and achieve the required ATAR to be accepted into medicine.

For further information, and to complete registration go to https://umat.acer.edu.au/

Interested in agriculture or veterinary science?

The Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Melbourne is hosting the Werribee Open Day on Saturday, April 29 from 10am to 3pm, at 250 Princes Hwy, Werribee. You can:

explore the popular Bachelor of Agriculture, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Diploma of General Studies programs;

explore careers in science, veterinary nursing, and equine studies, and;

tour the world-class veterinary teaching hospital.

For more information and to reserve your place, go to http://bit.ly/2oWqpSY

Career newsletters and further information

Year 9 to12 students are emailed an in-depth, three to four page newsletter every fortnight. This document highlights courses, coming events and relevant career information. These newsletters are on the career library page at http://acklibrary.libguides.com/careers .

Jenny Pendlebury - Pathways Leader