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Parents As Career Transition Support Information Evening

This week the College hosted it’s biennial Parents As Career Transition Support evening. We open his night up to parents of students in Years Nine and Ten every two years to introduce VET, and the importance of Vocational Learning and how VET can be used as a part of SACE and future employment. We were lucky to have a very experienced career practitioner, Mr Chris Meseke from Career Designs, present to our parents, who has worked in both Education and private sectors as well as being an accredited PACTS facilitator. Chris explored the changing nature of the workforce, the Australian labour market, shifts in thinking regarding VET, outlined Resources to help parents find the information they need, and stressed the importance of Work Experience. Parents were able to walk away from the event better informed and armed with information regarding how to best support their children whilst navigating their upcoming subject selection. To me, the main take away point is that the school years are a great time to “try before you buy” a range of occupations, either through structured Work Experience placements or via VET “Tasters” and “Try a Trade” experiences. I email all students all Tasters / Immersion experiences so perhaps ask you student to check their inboxes with you! I also advertise here in The Ignatian. This week there are currently options for Barbering, Electrotechnology, Plumbing, ICT, Cyber Security at Western Technical College. There will be more advertised next term.

A good resource for Work Experience and VET is our College website, “Career Tools” which can be accessed via the “Careers” tile on the SEQTA dashboard or via VET information can be accessed under the ‘Senior School’ tab in the VET drop down box.

Also, the VET Portal on SEQTA has information on all things VET.

Thank you to our parent community for supporting this event. If you could not attend and would like a link to the recording, please email me. I also have a booklet that your son / daughter can collect from the Careers Office.

SATAC Dates 2024

Please do not stress about SATAC yet! We will host a parent SATAC information evening, a student information session, All three universities will present to students as well as opportunities for 1:1 for allocating preferences. I would heartily recommend attending Open Days as well as campus focussed events.

  • SATAC opens August 7.
  • Closes September 29 to avoid a late fee. Medicine (and other courses with hard deadlines) closes.
  • Equal Consideration will be early Dec date TBA
  • Change Of Preference cut off Jan 3 2024
  • Main Offer Jan 11 2024
  • 2nd offer Jan 24 2024

New courses for 2024 at UniSA

Last week I attended the UniSA Careers Counsellors day, where it was interesting to hear about the proposed merger and the implications it may have for SA should it go ahead. In the meantime, it’s business as usual for UniSA. Their popular “guaranteed” grade based entry scheme will remain for their courses.

  • Bachelor of Software Engineering degree (hons) apprenticeship with BAE 2024. Students would get paid while you learn and get a degree. This is a defence industry focussed degree, modelled on providers in the Shipbuilding industry in the UK. Apply via SATAC @ UniSA
  • New Urban Planning pathway. Enter post grad in Urban planning via Bachelor of Architectural Studies.
  • Fast tracked Masters programs: Business, Commerce, Architecture and STEM.
  • Bachelor of Digital Business, in partnership with Accenture. Paid Internship opportunities.
  • Whyalla will now be offering OT, Midwifery and Physio. Regional area courses are really designed for regional students, but not restricted to just regional students, ATARs not known yet. Regional students will be given adjustment factors to assist their entry.

Open days

August 13, City East and West solely on campus event.

Mawson Lakes 27 August, Magill 30 August.

  • Can’t make Open day? Book a July Holidays tour
  • Future Students webinars on a range of topics
  • Scholarships and grants
  • Aboriginal students contact 8302 9195

Pathways to UniSA.

No ATAR / SACE completion

  • 1 year Foundation Studies+ Undergrad cert in Uni studies = entry to your degree
  • 18 months Foundation Studies+ 12 month diploma = entry to your degree

ATAR 50+

  • 12 months Diploma = degree. 21 specialisations, plan ahead for entry, get 2 units of credit.
  • Aboriginal program remains the same.

New UniSA Sports Science / SASI partnership. Looking at end of 2024 for completion.

  • New facility will be at Mile End.
  • Human Movement, Clinical Exercise Phys, Ex and Sports Science will be based there.
  • First Year will be at City East, move to SASI in 2nd year.
  • Masters from 2025 at SASI
  • Other sports will move to this over time.
  • Emphasis will be on elite athlete, high performance sports.

Year Ten My Career Match session

As we rapidly head towards Subject Selection, the Year Tens have began a series of activities and seminars to assist with their planning. This week Hannah Holton from UniSA presented to the Year Tens, unpacking the My Career Match test and providing them with ideas and strategies to assist them in their Career panning. Hannah explained the different ‘types’ for example, Promoters, Analysers, Drivers and Supporters and gave students strategies regarding how to use this information to assist them in developing their self-awareness. We understand that career testing instruments can be problematic in some ways, so this is just one of many strategies and tools we use with students over their Career Exploration Journeys. Hannah also explained how the university system worked, unpacked prerequisites, assumed knowledge, adjustment factors and other handy hints that students should keep in mind when exploring different courses.

Senior School Sports Report
From the Head of Junior School