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Mentors' Breakfast 2024

Last Friday saw a record number of students attend the annual Mentors' Breakfast. We were very fortunate to hear from superstar Old Ignatian Maddie O’Brien (Class of 2015), Customer Success manager from Teamgage, who delivered the keynote speech. Maddie urged students to think widely and not be hemmed in by the age old question “what do you want to be”. Instead Maddie encouraged them to consider the fact that 65% of them will work in jobs that do not exist at the moment, and that the days of the single career are history!

I especially loved her career ‘jungle gym’ analogy, whereby students can move up, down, sideways, off and on, as opposed to the traditional concept of the career ladder. Maddie also focussed on the need to build skills, rather than a resume, summarising it as ‘Mindsets, Skillsets and Toolsets; being curious, mindful and open to growth as well as promoting the need for grit, creativity, collaboration, agility and tech fluency. Maddie’s parting words are ones that I say often when counselling students, “You don’t know what you don’t know!”

In addition to Maddie, we also had a team of very generous Old Ignatians who came to help explain the ‘ins and outs’ their courses to our Year 12s, hopefully assisting students in making good choices, as well as provide information on alternate pathways. Overall, the morning was a huge success. I’d like to thank Mrs Rosalie Forth and her team in the Canteen for a very early start, the College groundsmen for the set up and of course the Mentors for giving up their time!

SATAC Dates 2024

  • December 1 Equal Consideration cutoff date.
  • Jan 3 2024 Change Of Preference cut off.
  • Jan 11 2024 Main Offer
  • Jan 24 2024 2nd offer


You can also apply to TAFE via SATAC. TAFE have a more ‘rolling’ approach to offer rounds and dates so refer to the TAFESA website / SATAC website for dates.

Have you checked your SACE log in?

Now is a good time to check this log in, reset passwords, and check that all your recognised learning has been resulted. Please note that the SACE Board will lock this in early December and you will not be able to reset passwords until after results.

University of Tasmania Agriculture Science Field Trip opportunity

The Feed your mind, feed the world (FYM) camp is a three-day experience for year 11 and 12 students who are interested in finding out more about agricultural science and career pathways stemming from an agricultural science degree. The camp is hosted by the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA), who are the agricultural research arm of the University of Tasmania, and are responsible for teaching the Bachelors degree. TIA staff members will be supervising students for the duration of the camp.

The FYM camp is held in North Western Tasmania, giving students the opportunity to observe and interact with several diverse agricultural industries, and to learn about the advantages of studying agricultural science in Tasmania, including a visit to our research farms. Specific degree information and information on studying at the University of Tasmania will also be provided.

Key dates:

  • 27 October 2023: Applications close 11.59pm EST
  • 4 November 2023: Placements announced via email – please ensure you are regularly checking your emails around this date
  • 4–6 December 2023: Camp dates


Who can apply for the camp? All current year 11 and 12 students.

What is included in the camp?

  • For interstate students, transport from Hobart and Launceston airport will be provided. Successful applicants will have their flights supported by the University, and we will be in touch to organise all the details and bookings once the successful applicants are announced. You will need to arrange your own transport to and from your home airport.
  • A bus will be used to transport all students during the camp.

Accommodation and meals included

Any further questions? Please contact TIA’s student outreach coordinator:

Careers in Medical Research free webinar

The Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR) invites students (Years 10 - 12) to attend our upcoming High Schools Career Day event, which will be held on Wednesday 8th November from 7.30 to 8.30pm AEDT via Zoom.

The goal of this event is to showcase a range of career opportunities in the health and medical research sector to high school students from around Australia. This year we have again lined up an exciting array of speakers from research, medicine, academia, biotechnology and more. The event is free of charge.

You can register via the ASMR website.

Registrations close on 7th November!

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me by e-mail at

New Diploma in Sport Business with Adelaide United

Information Session Nov 17 – Coopers Stadium

  • Study the business of sport with Adelaide United and Flinders University
  • Over 50 hours of practical, work-ready experience
  • Based at Flinders' new city campus with industry education at Coopers Stadium
  • One year full-time
  • Up to one year credit towards a related Bachelor degree

As the 2023/24 A-League men’s and women’s seasons kick off, Adelaide United and Flinders University have strengthened their partnership to offer a new Diploma in Sport Business that will give students a pathway into sport business careers.

The Diploma in Sport Business is a one-year course, combining the knowledge of Flinders academics with the real-world skills and experience of Adelaide United Football Club.

Delivered from their new city campus in Festival Plaza and Coopers Stadium - the home of Adelaide United, the Diploma will help students develop an in-depth understanding of the business of sport - from running local sports programs to marketing major teams.

Students will explore areas such as Business of Sport, Sport and Community Engagement and Development, Sports Management, Leadership, Sport Marketing, Sport Business Data and Sport Event Management. This will be paired with integrated learning opportunities at Coopers Stadium and insights from Adelaide United guest lecturers.

Graduates can continue their studies and with one year of credit towards the Bachelor of Business (Sport Management), Bachelor of Business or the Bachelor of Sport and Active Recreation.

Interested students can join us for an information session at Coopers Stadium on the 17th November. To register click on this link:

Study at Diploma in Sport Business at Flinders New City Campus with Adelaide United Football Club - Flinders University

If you have any further questions please call 1300 354 633 (Option 1) or email

Navy and Shipbuilding Careers Expo Sunday Nov 5

Families are invited to register to attend the Navy and Shipbuilding Careers Expo, a new interactive and immersive experience being held on Sunday, 5 November at the Port Adelaide Passenger Terminal, Outer Harbor, Adelaide.

The State Government, in partnership with the Royal Australian Navy, will host a Navy and Shipbuilding Careers Expo at Flinders Ports. South Australians will be able to secure their spot to tour a ship and submarine while they visit.

In addition to having an opportunity to tour both the Anzac Class frigate and Collins Class Submarine, visitors will also learn more about the jobs and careers that are available now and in the future within both Defence and the state’s burgeoning naval shipbuilding industry.

South Australia is spearheading the largest, most complex naval shipbuilding and Defence projects in our nation’s history and visitors to the Expo will learn about the significance of these major projects and understand what pathways are available to establish a career in the sector.

With more than 10,000 jobs expected to be created in South Australia over the next two decades, young people are being encouraged to explore defence industry careers and engage with science, technology, engineering, and maths during schooling and further education.

These foundational skills will provide the platform to launch an exciting lifelong career across a broad range of high paying jobs with organisations looking to employ engineers, scientists, technicians, project managers, tradespeople, ICT professionals, administrators and more.

Representatives from some of the world’s largest defence industry organisations and tertiary education institutions will be present at the Expo to educate visitors on the opportunities available within the state for generations to come as well as highlighting study pathways.

ADF Careers will also be present at the Expo, sharing information about the lifestyle, benefits, travel opportunities, training and specific roles the Australian Defence Force has to offer.

The South Australian Government is committed to growing the skills and capabilities of our defence industry to meet future Defence requirements and showcasing jobs and career pathways is an important part of addressing this challenge.

Navy and Shipbuilding Careers Expo, 3-5 November 2023

*Sunday 5 November Public Open Day: Everyone is invited to register to attend the careers expo to experience jobs of the future up close and learn more from defence industry and education providers. Tours of the ship and submarine can be booked upon arrival at the event however are capacity limited and not guaranteed. Visitors can also enjoy food trucks and be entertained by the Royal Australian Navy band.

Registrations for the event on Sunday 5 November are essential, register online at

Free public transport is available for attendees on presentation of their registration details.

Jobs of the Future and VET

The Department of Employment and Workplace Relations (DEWR) recently published a media release from the Minister of Skills and Training, Brendan O'Connor.
The release details that 'with more than half of the 2023 Skills Priority List top 20 occupations in demand nationally having direct VET pathways it’s never been a better time to look at skilling up or changing careers with the government funding an additional 300,000 Fee-Free TAFE and VET places from January next year'.

The 2023 Skills Priority List top 20 occupations in demand are listed in the release. These jobs include; Nurses, Software Programming, Motor Mechanics, Childcare workers, Aged care workers, Metal Fitter and Machinists, Electricians, Social Workers, Physios, Chefs, Construction Managers, Engineers, Advertising and Marketing Professionals, OT’s, Solicitors, Social Workers.

More than half of these jobs can be accessed via a VET / TAFE pathway. The Federal Government have just announced a raft of TAFE courses that will be Fee FREE! TAFE is a great way to ‘try before you buy’ and commit to a whole degree. In addition, you might get some Recognition of Prior Learning and fast track into second year, and save HEC’s!

To read the full report click the following link:

Lisa McDonald
Vocational Services Coordinator

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