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Our Careers Website, Career Tools has undergone a refresh and an update and it looks amazing! Watch this video to see all the new features:

https://careertools.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/5623547743513-Welcome-to-Career-Tools-Video

Career Tools is a one stop shop for all things Careers at Ignatius. It covers post school options, careers bullseyes, information on VET, Workplace Learning, University information, resume builders, as well as students being able to plan their career journey. …. You name it!

One feature that looks very useful is their Open Days guide which features all universities in Australia, incorporating both in person and virtual events.

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Open Days

It will soon be Open Day Season! Students can take advantage of both on campus and virtual open days at universities all across Australia!

University of Adelaide | Open Day 2022

On Campus: Sunday 14 August 2022, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Online: Friday 19 August 2022, 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Experience live Q&A sessions with our experts, take a campus tour and find out more about study areas.

https://www.adelaide.edu.au/openday/

UniSA| Open Day 2022

Virtual Tuesday 9th August 4.00pm-8.00pm

On Campus: Sunday 14 August 2022 City West and East, 10.00am -3.00pmpm

Mawson Lakes Sunday 21 August 2022, 11.00am-3.00pm

Magill Wednesday 24th August, 4.00pm-7.00pm.

https://www.unisa.edu.au/opendays/

Flinders | Open Day 2022

On Campus: Friday 12th & Saturday 13th August 2022

Register for hands on activities and workshop / demonstrations!

https://www.flinders.edu.au/study/events-key-dates/open-days/open-days-2022


ADFA Open Day 2022

Saturday 20 August 2022, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm


ADFA & Online

The 2022 ADFA Open Day is on Saturday 20th August. There will also be an online / virtual version of the Open Day for people who are unable to visit Canberra on this date.

Can’t make Open Day? Check out the virtual tour

Be the first to hear by registering at https://defencejobs.gov.au/students-and-education/australian-defence-force-academy


Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Remember that your ATAR isn’t everything! If your ATAR isn’t quite enough to get into your dream course, this doesn’t mean you have to give up. There are lots of pathways such as UniSA College, Foundation Studies and Diploma courses that you can take to reach your goals.

You might even like to consider a pathway that doesn’t require an ATAR, like studying a at TAFE, doing a traineeship or an apprenticeship.


Indigenous Careers Programs at CommBank

Commonwealth Bank offers lots of great opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through their various Careers Programs.

CommBank offer School Based Traineeships, Full-Time and Part-Time Traineeships, and University Internships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, helping you fast-track your career.

Find out more here: https://www.commbank.com.au/about-us/careers/working-here/indigenouscareers.html


Ai Group Apprenticeships and Traineeships

With over 35,000 apprentices and trainees across Australia, Ai Group place people with host organisations in every state and territory.

They have a great range of openings – check them out here – https://www.aigroupapprentices.com.au/all-jobs/


APA group

APA is a leading Australian energy infrastructure business and owns and/or operates a $21 billion portfolio of gas, electricity, solar and wind assets. The APA Apprenticeship Program is designed to support its strategy of maintaining a highly skilled workforce. It has workplaces in all mainland state and territory capitals, alongside multiple regional, rural, and remote centres. The available locations and roles vary from year to year. During Career Week APA came to speak to our students. In addition, they are taking on 3 students for work experience in June. Applications for Apprentices for 2023 open in July.

APA employ:

  • Gasfitters and technicians
  • Electrical and Instrumental technicians
  • Engineers
  • HR and Admin traineeships

BMW Next Gen Tech Program

NextGen and BMW are hiring for the BMW NextTech Program. NextTech is an industry leading and modern accelerated three-year apprenticeship program developed in partnership between BMW Group Australia and NextGen Jobs. This is not just another automotive apprenticeship, NextTech is at the forefront of automotive technician development and where traditional methods meet the future of technological industry advancement.This is a FANTASTIC opportunity for young people who want to get into the automotive industry.

Students keen on finding out more are advised to watch this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCUr2Q8lcSk

and browse the following link - https://www.nextgenjobs.org.au/nexttech

Job Spotlight

How to become a Solar Technician

Renewable energy is a booming industry and set to continue growing.

As a Solar Technician, you’d be assembling, installing and maintaining solar panels for residential or commercial projects, in accordance with predetermined plans, building codes, and safety restrictions.

If you’d like a hands-on job that also comes with some responsibility, you enjoy technical puzzles and working outside (also at heights or in small, confined spaces), then this could be a career for you.

About you:

  • Strong technical skills
  • Electrical knowledge and certification
  • Great customer service
  • Attention to detail
  • Good work ethic & ability to work alone

The job:

  • Assess the job site, identify and resolve any potential hazards
  • Create or interpret installation plans
  • Determine parts and steps required for installation
  • Install, inspect, maintain and repair solar panel systems (including all of their parts)
  • Carry out electrical works required
  • Carry out electrical testing necessary to install the system, ensure it works
  • Fault finding, preparing quotes and fixing systems
  • Weatherproofing of solar installation

Lifestyle Impact: Moderate

  • Part Time opportunities: Very low – only around 10% of Solar Technicians work part-time (source: labourmarketinsights.gov.au).
  • Average hours for full-time workers: 45 hours a week, which is just above average (source: labourmarketinsights.gov.au).
  • Solar Technicians’ salary (average) $105,000* per year (source: seek.com.au). *Salaries greatly vary depending on your skills and experience.
  • Future career growth: Strong (source: labourmarketinsights.gov.au).
  • You will be doing a lot of work outdoors, in all kinds of weather.
  • This job has high physical demands, so being fit and strong is a huge advantage.

Solar Technicians are most in demand in these locations:

There is no current estimate of people working as Solar Technicians in Australia. Demand for Solar Technicians is highest in Western Australia and Queensland. Most Solar Technicians work in the Construction industry.

How to become a Solar Technician in Australia

To become a Solar Technician, you will first need to train as an Electrician, then obtain further accreditation.

Step 1 – Complete Year 12 with a focus on English and Maths.

Step 2 – Find an employer willing to take you on as an electrical apprentice, and complete a Certificate III in Electrotechnology.

Step 3 – Apply for an Electrical License in your state or territory, as well as completing a Working Safely at Heights qualification.

Step 4 – apply for accreditation with the clean energy council.

Step 5 – Start working as a fully qualified Solar Technician.

Similar Careers to Solar Technician

  • Electrician
  • Conservationist
  • Renewable Energy Engineer
  • Agronomist
  • Builder
  • Plumber
  • Electrical Engineer

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What options are there for career progression?

The Clean Energy Council offers lots of different types of accreditation – you might even like to look at moving into other renewable energy sources, such as wind, hydro and battery.

Do I need to go to university to become a Solar Technician?

No, you do not need to go to university to become a Solar Technician. However, you will need to complete VET training, as well as other accredited qualifications.

Where do Solar Technicians work?

Solar Technicians can work in a huge variety of environments. You might work for a private company or a government body, installing different systems such as for homes and businesses, to large-scale solar farms.

What are 3 things I can do right now to help me become a Solar Technician?

If you’re in high school and you’d like to find out if a career as a Solar Technician is right for you, here’s a few things you could do right now:

  1. Start getting hands-on with a variety of different technologies, and learn about how solar energy works. See if you can work on some small (and safe) electrical projects at home.
  2. See if you can find work experience in construction or environment. This will help you see if you might enjoy the work, and can help you start building important contacts for the future.
  3. Talk to a Solar Technician to see what a day in their life is like. If you don’t know anyone, see if you can watch videos or documentaries about a career in renewable energy.

Find out more about careers using our Ignatius Career Tools website, go to https://www.ignatiuscareers.com.au/ or log into The Careers Department https://www.thecareersdepartment.com/ or explore the myfuture website

https://myfuture.edu.au/

Portside

FREE PARENT WEBINAR What counts when making career choices - Parents and Carers webinar | Tuesday 9 August 2022 | 3:30pm AECT

Career decision-making learning includes developing the ability to make career decisions in the context of life planning and relating self-awareness to the knowledge of different opportunities. In guiding this development, we have a responsibility to provide young people with learning opportunities that expand their understanding of themselves in relation to less visible careers, such as those in Agriculture. Join Dr Nicole McDonald, Senior Research Officer, Central Queensland University as she discusses:

  • how to best support students to develop self-awareness and self-efficacy to support their career goals
  • the purpose, meaning and values that are associated with career choice for students aspiring to a fulfilling career and life
  • the unseen job market in the agriculture industry This is a free webinar. Registrants can attend live but will also receive a link to the presenting recording. Register now (This link works best in Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.)

https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1014470323856229647

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