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Interview Q: Why did you choose this career path?
General: Posted 23-9-10 Deadline - No Deadline
This is one of those questions that, as broad as it is, you should have a well-prepared and specific answer for. You want to demonstrate to your prospective employer that you are focused, know what you want, and have a genuine passion for your chosen industry. For more, visit:
For more information, visit www.careerfaqs.com.au/job-interview-tips/1300/Why-this-career-path

Red Cross Y Challenge
General: Posted 23-9-10 Deadline - No Deadline
Y Challenge is a free Red Cross program that supports teams of young people to make positive social change through the development of community projects.

For more information, visit www.redcross.org.au/ourservices_acrossaustralia_youtheducation_programs_Ychallenge.htm

Have you got a Tax File Number????
General: Posted 17-9-10 Deadline - No Deadline
The Australian Taxation Office has sent this: We are seeking your assistance in providing potential school leavers with the opportunity to apply for a tax file number (TFN) while still at school.A TFN is essential for employment, deferring university fees or applying for Centrelink benefits.
Most students will need a TFN when they leave school, whether leaving early or completing Year 12, and it is much simpler for them to apply through the school TFN program.
We would appreciate it if you could inform any potential school leavers about the advantage of using this program and encourage them to apply for a TFN before they leave school. TFN application forms for your school leavers are available through your school’s TFN co-ordinator. See Mrs Forrest for the form asap.

Talk by Beth Gooch Friday 8.30 A1
General: Posted 2-9-10 Deadline - No Deadline
Find out about gap year cadetships, HSc advice etc before the walkathon. See you there.

Need a resume?
General: Posted 30-8-10 Deadline - No Deadline
See the Year 12 McCarthy Careers Book given out last week.

Missed on green Year 12 McCarthy Careers Book?
General: Posted 30-8-10 Deadline - No Deadline
If you were away last Friday afternoon, please get a copy from me. It contains everything you need to know about job hunting, interviews, resumes, university, colleges, TAFE, apprenticeships and the other things you need to do after Year 12.

Are you 18? Have you enrolled to vote?
General: Posted 13-7-10 Deadline - No Deadline
The Australian Electoral Commission reports that 70 per cent of voters missing from the roll are aged 18-39. In 2007, more than 100,000 voters missed out because they weren’t on the roll or had changed their address. These 100,000 people had no chance to take part, no chance to let politicians know what their priorities were. To ensure you are eligible to vote in the upcoming elections, follow the advice in the link below. Enjoy your holiday.
For more information, visit www.aec.gov.au/Enrolling_to_vote/Update_enrolment.htm

Ugg boot/slipper on the bus
General: Posted 2-7-10 Deadline - No Deadline
If you went to Newcastle Uni and are missing one, it is now in my Careers Office waiting for its owner.

National Youth Week Poster Competition
General: Posted 28-6-10 Deadline - No Deadline
You need to design a poster with the words ‘Own It’ – the theme for NYW 2011.$2000 for the winner and $1000 for the runner up. Entries close on 25 July 2010. Good experience for students interested in a career in art, graphics or design.
For more information, visit youthweek.com/2010/comps/nyw-poster-competition

Are your friends checking their emails??
General: Posted 25-6-10 Deadline - No Deadline
Remind your friends to check for CareersAlerts and tell them of things you read about that might be useful to them.

Six weeks in Venice in January + 1 wk in London
General: Posted 10-6-10 Deadline - No Deadline
Live in Venice for 6 weeks to learn about and experience European history, culture, and art. Commencing late January 2011, one week in London, followed by six weeks in Venice.
Optional weeks in Florence and Rome.

For more information, visit www.johnhallvenice.co.uk/

Lattitude Gap year
General: Posted 10-6-10 Deadline - No Deadline
Taking a break before university to undertake a volunteer placement is extremely rewarding and most educators and employers now recognise it as being a very valuable life experience. Applications are still open so students can still apply
For more information, visit www.lattitude.org.au

Where to from here for Year 12 students?
General: Posted 28-5-10 Deadline - No Deadline
It is pleasing to see and hear how many Year 12s have made choices concerning which courses and which universities they are interested in applying for during Term3. That is the easy part. Now the focus should be on applying yourself to your studies, your assessment tasks, summaries of topics, major works to give yourself the best chance you have of getting into your desired course either by getting the ATAR needed or by being successful in an early entry application. Some students are using study periods wisely and well but unfortunately there are some that are not.

Feedback on Careers Expo
General: Posted 20-5-10 Deadline - No Deadline
If you have any comments or suggestions after attending the Careers Expo, please let me know.

RSA and RCG certificates have arrived
General: Posted 3-5-10 Deadline - No Deadline
Please collect these from me in the Careers Room at lunchtime and not during study periods. Thank you. Students who paid and were stuck in Europe will be receiving refunds from Mrs Forrest.

Lattitude gap year closing date
General: Posted 27-4-10 Deadline - No Deadline
If you are thinking about having a gap year next year, and want to do something challenging and worthwhile with it, now is the time to get their Lattitude application forms in. Priority deadline date is set for Friday 14 May and you should apply by that date for the best chance of securing their first placement preference. See me for application forms.
For more information, visit www.lattitude.org.au

First Careers Alert email for Week 1
General: Posted 20-4-10 Deadline - No Deadline
So much information has arrived that there will be 2 emails at least this week for you. So please check and remind your friends to do this too or alert them to information you think they may be interested in.

Enter the PM’s AYF Challenge - $15,000
General: Posted 20-4-10 Deadline - No Deadline
The Hon Kate Ellis MP, Minister for Early Childhood Education, Child Care and Youth has opened a new national initiative, the Prime Minister’s Australian Youth Forum Challenge. The PM’s AYF Challenge is an annual initiative that aims to stimulate fresh ideas about how young people can connect with their communities. If you’re 12-24 and you have an innovative idea which you think will encourage other young people to engage in their community, actively address local needs and promote a positive image of young people, why not consider submitting a project entry? Winners will be eligible for up to $15 000 to put their ideas into action. The winning ideas will be documented on the AYF website. The PM’s AYF Challenge closes 5.00pm AEST Tuesday 11 May 2010.


For more information, visit www.youth.gov.au/ayf/

National Youth Strategy Launched
General: Posted 20-4-10 Deadline - No Deadline
The Minister for Youth, the Hon Kate Ellis MP launched the National Strategy for Young Australians on Wednesday, 14 April 2010. The Strategy is part of the Australian Government’s ongoing process of giving young people a better deal and a voice in decisions that affect them. It will be used as a guide for future Government action to encourage and help young people take charge of their own lives. The Strategy on young people aged between 12 and 24 years. At the heart of the Strategy is a vision for all young people to grow up safe, healthy, happy and resilient. Developed with young Australians, the Strategy describes what it’s like to be young in Australia today and highlights eight priority areas for Government action now and into the future.


For more information, visit www.youth.gov.au/nationalstrategy.html#doc

School students go MaD for $250 cash prizes
General: Posted 20-4-10 Deadline - No Deadline
After the success of the Making a Difference competition in 2009, Charles Sturt University (CSU) invites senior school students to enter into the 2010 competition. The Making a Difference (MaD) Social Justice Innovation Award is open to all students in NSW and ACT aged 15 and 21 years and in Year 10, 11 or 12 at high school or a student at TAFE. Students are asked to “write a story, poem or script that addresses any issue of social justice”. In addition to the cash prizes, each winner is asked to select a charity of their choice which CSU will then make a $250 donation to on their behalf. In 2009 the charities chosen were UNICEF, MADRE, Cystic Fibrosis Australia and Youth Off the Streets. The MaD competition will run again in 2010 with entries open on Monday 2 May, 2010 and closing on Friday 2 July, 2010. Judging will take place in July and winners will be announced on Monday 16 August 2010. More information, including a full list of competition conditions, is available at the website.
For more information, visit www.csu.edu.au/student/mad

Details of the RSA/RCG courses in Week 1
General: Posted 15-4-10 Deadline - No Deadline
These will be held in A3 on Monday-Tuesday and then again on Wednesday-Thursday. They start at 3.15 sharp because the courses are 6 hours long so please be on time. Please bring pens and whatever you need to eat and drink as there will be no chance to go out and buy dinner!

Happy Easter
General: Posted 1-4-10 Deadline - No Deadline
Enjoy your holiday, do some school work sometime and if you are travelling visit the nearest university or college that interest you and check them out. See you next term.

Tax File Numbers needed by uni students
General: Posted 30-3-10 Deadline - No Deadline
IF you intend to get the gov't to pay your uni course costs through HEC-HELP, you must have a TFN. See the front office for an application form so you have it before you start uni.

Thank you
General: Posted 30-3-10 Deadline - No Deadline
A big thank you to those Year 12 students who stayed after school on Monday to meet the UNE CHancellor and Vice Chancellor. Both men expressed their appreciation for being able to speak to you. THe Vice Chancellor at the afternoon tea also spoke highly of you to me.

RSA and RCG update
General: Posted 26-3-10 Deadline - No Deadline
There are still some vacancies for the Monday and Tuesday but the second coruse is full.

RSA and RCG - money due this week!
General: Posted 23-3-10 Deadline - No Deadline
Courses are in Week 1 of Term 2. Cost for both is $140 to Mrs Forrest ASAP. A lot of students indicated at a year meeting that wanted to do this, it has been organised and I need students to now pay for the courses.

UNSW Faculty of Law Essay Competition
General: Posted 23-3-10 Deadline - No Deadline
Open to Year 11 and 12 students.. Entries Close 5pm Friday 23 April.


For more information, visit www.law.unsw.edu.au/essaycomp

Win a new iPod
General: Posted 15-3-10 Deadline - No Deadline
What is your dream job? To win an iPod, go to the site below.


For more information, visit www.worksite.actu.asn.au/quizzes/win-an-ipod.aspx

ArtExpress coming to Tamworth
General: Posted 9-3-10 Deadline - No Deadline
See the great HSC major works in Tamworth(29/4-31/5).
For more information, visit www.artexpress.nsw.edu.au/

Letz Live Gap Year 2011 - another option
General: Posted 2-3-10 Deadline - No Deadline
Applications must be submitted before April 3.

For more information, visit www.letzlive.org/australia/index.html

Lions Youth Exchange Travel program
General: Posted 19-2-10 Deadline - No Deadline
For students aged 16-22: youth exchange or international camps. Do it at school or in a gap year. Applications close 30th June. See me for the brochure.
For more information, visit www.lionsclubs.org/au/ye

RSA and RCG details - 3rd attempt
General: Posted 18-2-10 Deadline - No Deadline
There will be 2 RSA and RCG courses run in the first week of Term 2 for Year 12. Course 1:RSA on Monday 19th April and RCG on Tuesday 20th April. Course 2: RSA on Wednesday 21st April and RCG on Thursday 22nd April Cost: $70 each or $140 for both RSA and RCG (advisable).Places are limited in each course so please bring in your money to Mrs Forrest in the office ASAP. On the envelope you need to write your name and if you want to do RSA/RCG Course 1 or Course 2


RSA & RCG couse details
General: Posted 16-2-10 Deadline - No Deadline
See attached
There will be 2 RSA and RCG courses run in the first week of Term 2 for Year 12.doc

Antipodeans Abroad Information Nights - Gap Yr
General: Posted 15-2-10 Deadline - No Deadline
GapBreak/UniBreak Information Nights in Feb/Mar/Apr around Australia. French (6 May) & German (13 May) Immersion Information Nights. See website for details
For more information, visit www.antipodeans.com.au/info-nights.htm

SAIL YOUNG ENDEAVOUR IN 2010
General: Posted 15-2-10 Deadline - No Deadline
A voyage aboard Australia’s national sail training ship Young Endeavour is a unique challenge; inspiring leadership, teamwork and a strong sense of community responsibility, with training from a world recognised organisation. Australia’s national sail training ship Young Endeavour is now accepting applications for 2010 voyages along the coasts of New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Queensland and Tasmania. It is for young Australians aged 16 – 23 to apply to crew Young Endeavour for eleven-day voyages departing from July - December. No previous sailing experience is required. Since 1988 the Young Endeavour Youth Scheme, in partnership with the Royal Australian Navy, has provided challenging training voyages for over 11, 000 young Australians in the tall ship Young Endeavour. See poster in Careers Noticeboard on how to apply. For more information or to apply for voyages please visit the website or phone 1800 020 444.
For more information, visit www.youngendeavour.gov.au

Details of RSA & RCG courses
General: Posted 10-2-10 Deadline - No Deadline
Please open up the attached document to get prices and dates of the courses I have organised.
There will be 2 RSA and RCG courses run in the first week of Term 2 for Year 12.docx

GAP year 2011 - Lattitude- applications open
General: Posted 8-2-10 Deadline - No Deadline
Lattitude advise that: Applications are now open for placements in 2011 and the priority deadline date is Friday 14 May 2010. Please note: for the best chance of securing their first placement preference, it is advisable that applicants apply by the priority deadline date. We will be mailing you a copy of our 2011 brochure and application form in the next two weeks, but in the meantime please click here to view it.
We have placements in 15 different countries and six different roles are on offer for next year, and we are pleased to announce that placements in Mexico have now been confirmed for 2011. If you have any questions at all about the Lattitude program or any of our placements, please don't hesitate to contact us either by email to info@lattitude.org.au or on 03 9826 6266. Interviews will be held this year in June and July in the following cities:ACT: Canberra NSW: Albury, Armidale, Newcastle, Orange and Sydney
For more information, visit www.lattitude.org.au

Ex-students off to uni
General: Posted 8-2-10 Deadline - No Deadline
To all those students from the class of 2008 and 2009 heading off to university at this time, I wish you all the best as you start this new stage in your life. Good luck.

Deferring and pay slips
General: Posted 11-12-09 Deadline - No Deadline
If you are intending to defer and will be applying to Centrelink for any kind of benefits, you need to physically keep a copy of every pay slip you receive from every job from the date you graduated. Get a folder or file to put them in. This is very important. DO NOT rely on a group certificate as this will not show wages from November 17 onward.

After you get your HSC results and ATAR...
General: Posted 10-12-09 Deadline - No Deadline
There are so many places to get advice and help. You can email me, go to the Careers Alert website listed below to search through all the Alerts I have added this year if there is something you need to know or investigate (eg if your ATAR is lower than expected) and go to the McCarthy Careers page on the school website.
For more information, visit www.mccarthy.careersalert.com

Courses: RSA, RCG, Food Handling, First Aid etc
General: Posted 24-11-09 Deadline - No Deadline
Newtrain in Tamworth are running courses which may be useful if you are not going away next week. RSA and RCG are $90 each or $175 for both next Monday and Tuesday. To book and find out more ring 6762 2888.

UNSW COFA ANNUAL 09 exhibition
General: Posted 23-11-09 Deadline - No Deadline
The COFA (College of Fine Arts) ANNUAL 09 exhibition features a stunning array of animation, ceramics, drawing, digital imaging, environments, graphics, installation, interactive media, jewellery, motion graphics, objects, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, sound, textiles and video works by COFA’s more than 350 graduating students. November 24-29. Cnr Oxford Street and Greens Road, Paddington NSW 2021



For more information, visit www.cofa.unsw.edu.au/newsevents/mediareleases/media_0037.html

Congratulations on Graduation
General: Posted 17-11-09 Deadline - No Deadline
It was lovely to have the chance to see you all at the graduation on Monday night looking so different out of school uniform. Well done on surviving Yer 12 and the HSC. Thank you also for the lovely flowers which were greatly appreciated.

Senior First Aid course after Graduation
General: Posted 4-11-09 Deadline - No Deadline
Held on 18-19 Nov. Improve your job prospects and put this on your resume. Pay $85 to Mrs Forrest and get the workbook.

Sale of textbooks to Year 11
General: Posted 2-11-09 Deadline - No Deadline
This will be held on Wed 18th November from 11 o'clock to 12.30in the hall. Please bring small change so if you are given a $50 note for a $15 book, you can deal with it and not lose the sale. Label the books with reasonable prices. You may like to pre-sell to students you know who are doing your subjects.

For Year 11: ADFA Education Award - win a laptop
General: Posted 1-11-09 Deadline - No Deadline
ADFA Education Award gets you a laptop computer and personalised certificate, along with a plaque in recognition of your school.
You need to submit an application prior to 31 December in the year you complete Year 11.

For more information, visit www.defencejobs.gov.au/education/adfa/educationawards.aspx

NSW Youth Week Design Competition.
General: Posted 29-10-09 Deadline - No Deadline
$1000 cash prize, and have your work promote Youth Week in NSW through its posters and website. Entries close 16 November.
For more information, visit www.youthweek.nsw.gov.au

Senate report on youth allowance released
General: Posted 29-10-09 Deadline - No Deadline
This issue is still not resolved with various stories being released by various politicians. Watch this space to see what is finally passed and decided on in parliament.
For more information, visit www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/10/28/2726152.htm

Outward BOund programs
General: Posted 26-10-09 Deadline - No Deadline
Booklet arrived.
For more information, visit www.outwardbound.org.au

Gap Places still available in 2010
General: Posted 26-10-09 Deadline - No Deadline
This is with Lattitude Global Volunteering who say: We still have placements available for most countries in 2010. If you are wanting to depart at the beginning of 2010 please them submit applications ASAP as we need to organise visas, passports etc.Projects still available include:•assisting in hospitals and community centres in Japan •community work in Fiji •working in an outdoor camp or residential home in the UK •supporting disadvantaged communities in South Africa •teaching English in Vietnam or China •leading adventures in Canadian outdoor camps. For a full listing of projects available see website



For more information, visit www.lattitude.org.au

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