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Festival jobs and casual/gap year jobs
Job vacancies: Posted 4-1-14 Deadline - No Deadline
Saturday's Leader has several jobs mentioned that may suit you.

Midnight Saturday deadline for UAC
UAC: Posted 4-1-14 Deadline - 4-1-14
Midnight deadline for UAC: Change your preferences for the Main Round by midnight on Sat 4 Jan. UAC Call Centre (02 9752 0200) will be open on Saturday 4 January from 9.00am to 4.00pm for phone enquires only.
For more information, visit www.uac.edu.au

UAC advice
UAC: Posted 4-1-14 Deadline - 4-1-14
Best advice - put your dream courses first, second and third then courses with realistic ATARs 4-9 with the last preference being a very low ATAR to get you into the university system. You may get into courses that you don't think is possible with ATAR changes for 2014 and with bonus points for all sorts of reasons that you may not even be aware of that will increase your selection rank above your ATAR. Good luck. Remind your friends and let them know.

TAFE enrolments for 2014 - open now
TAFE: Posted 30-12-13 Deadline - No Deadline
You can enrol from now on for Tamworth TAFE. If you want to go to any other TAFE (eg in Newcastle, Sydney, Port M etc) you must visit the website for the TAFE you wish to attend for details on their enrolment process and dates.
For more information, visit www.newengland.tafensw.edu.au/services_and_facilities/campuses/tamworth.aspx

ATAR, preferences, Bonus Pts, Selection Rank ***
UAC: Posted 30-12-13 Deadline - No Deadline
Remember that any bonus points you get (for EAS or being a regional student or for getting Bands 4-6 in certain subjects) are added automatically and CHANGE your selection rank. This is very important with the order that you put your preferences. Please check this out.
For more information, visit www.uac.edu.au/undergraduate/faq/atar-bonus.shtml

Advice from uni's before UAC Main Round deadline
UAC: Posted 30-12-13 Deadline - No Deadline
For the Main Round offers you need to change your preferences by midnight on Sat 4 Jan. If you are considering a university in Sydney, they will have Info Days on Friday 3rd Jan where you can go there and ask questions eg if I don't get into a certain course, what courses should be the backup ones etc. Check the university website. For all universities you can ring them between now and Friday for advice (details on website) or send me an email if you wish. Main Round offers will be released on the UAC website Thu 16 Jan 2014 at 9pm.
For more information, visit www.mhscareers.com/listofnswuniversities.html

Thank you and Merry Christmas
General: Posted 20-12-13 Deadline - No Deadline
Thank you to those who came along today and to those who have been in touch via email and in person. I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas. Advice still available. Just email me whenever. All the best Year 12.

Breakfast BBQ from 7.30am to 9.00
School Matters: Posted 19-12-13 Deadline - No Deadline
Catering is organised. We are looking forward to seeing you. Catch up with friends and teachers. If you don't want to share your ATAR with everyone, that's ok. It is up to you but please come along and talk to me if your ATAR is higher or lower than expected. We can talk at the BBQ or make other arrangements that are suitable. I have a whole folder of information about options and lots of contacts at the universities, colleges and TAFE that I have built up over the years for this very reason. Share your news if you have found a job or apprenticeship already. I hope to see you there anytime from 7.30am until 9am.

Happy? Sad? Relieved? Devastated? Higher? Lower?
UAC: Posted 19-12-13 Deadline - No Deadline
Every student will react differently when they receive their ATAR depending on what their goals are - where they want to go and what they want to do. I have already seen several students who have received quite low ATARs which would mean that university is not an option at this stage. Yet in each case, we have been able to find pathways and courses of actions that will lead them to where they want to go. All because they made contact. This is the main message - please let's talk about your options. I can only help if you email me, ring me or come to the BBQ. I am willing to meet with you on your own or with your parents to discuss what you can do. I would not like to think of anyone feeling distraught, devastated or embarrassed but not asking for help or advice.

How to access your ATAR this Thursday
UAC: Posted 17-12-13 Deadline - No Deadline
After 9am, log on to UAC's website. You’ll need your:◾UAC application number (or your HSC student number) ◾UAC PIN. Make sure you have these details now so that you're ready to go on Thursday. Can't remember them or lost them? If you’ve lost your UAC application number, call UAC on (02) 9752 0200. They’ll need to confirm your identity before giving you your number. If you can’t remember your UAC PIN, and you're a UAC applicant, you can use Check & Change on our website to have it sent to your email address.

Best wishes for your results
HSC: Posted 17-12-13 Deadline - No Deadline
This can be a nervous and stressful time waiting for HSC results and ATARs. I wish you all the best and, remember, there is more than one way to reach your goal. I am just an email or phone call or visit away if you need information.

Year 12 Breakfast BBQ - are you coming?
School Matters: Posted 17-12-13 Deadline - No Deadline
We hope to see you there for half an hour or so on Friday morning anytime from 7.30am. Can you please email either Mr Adams or myself if you are coming to help with the ordering? I hope to see you there.

Apprentice cabinetmaker job & Festival jobs
Job vacancies: Posted 17-12-13 Deadline - No Deadline
These are in Tuesday's Leader.

Year 12 Breakfast BBQ
School Matters: Posted 13-12-13 Deadline - No Deadline
The school will be hosting a breakfast BBQ for our graduating Year 12s on Friday 20th December from 7.30-9.00am. Get out of bed and, if you are working, come along before work for a final chance to catch up with your classmates and teachers. It is also a chance to seek advice and information if your ATAR is higher or lower than anticipated. Have your teachers cook for you and look after you for the last time at McCarthy...See you and your friends there.

Heaps and heaps for scholarships for 2014
Scholarships: Posted 13-12-13 Deadline - No Deadline
Go to the website and choose your state (eg NSW) and then all the 91 pages of scholarships are organised according to each university starting with CSU and ending with UOW. If you don't apply, you don't have any chance of being successful. Have a go because $$$$$ worth of scholarships are not given each year because people do not apply thinking they are not worthy/entitled etc.
For more information, visit https://cef.org.au/students/scholarships/

Email from UAC: Get ready for your ATAR
UAC: Posted 10-12-13 Deadline - No Deadline
This is what UAC sent today: Are you one of the almost 55,000 NSW HSC students waiting to find out your ATAR or Limited ATAR? We want to make this as easy as possible for you, so here are a few tips. Your ATAR or Limited ATAR will be available on our website from 9am on Thursday 19 December 2013. We’ll also post your ATAR Advice Notice to you and you’ll receive this from Friday 20 December 2013. You’ll need your UAC application number (or your HSC student number) plus your UAC PIN to log in to our website. If you can’t remember your UAC PIN, use Check & Change on our website to have it sent to your email address. You can also ask us for it over the phone or in person. When you phone we’ll ask you questions to confirm your identity. If you come to UAC in person we’ll ask you for photo identification. If you’ve lost your UAC application number, call us on (02) 9752 0200. Again, we’ll need to confirm your identity.We’ll be extremely busy when ATARs are released so if you need to contact us about your UAC PIN or application number we recommend you do it now. Your HSC student number is printed on your School Certificate Record of Achievement. Your school also keeps a record of it. You can also, call the Board of Studies NSW on 13 11 12. After confirming your identity, they’ll give you your number. UAC and the Board of Studies NSW cannot give your UAC PIN, UAC application number or HSC student number to anyone except you. The ATAR tells you how well you’ve achieved in the NSW HSC compared with the students who started Year 7 with you. For example, if you receive an ATAR of 70.00 you know you are in the top 30 per cent of your cohort. You might find that you and your friend receive similar HSC marks but that your ATARs are very different. This is because the strength of the competition in the courses you have chosen is different. For example, in one course a HSC mark of 70 might mean you have received a higher mark than 80 per cent of the candidates for that course. In another course the same mark might mean you have received a higher mark than only 50 per cent of the candidates. So your HSC marks are similar but your ranking is very different. Tertiary institutions use the ATAR to help them select applicants to their courses.That’s why it’s called the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank.To find out more read our frequently asked questions about The HSC and the ATAR.

For more information, visit www.uac.edu.au/undergraduate/faq/atar-hsc.shtml

Jobs
Job vacancies: Posted 10-12-13 Deadline - No Deadline
Today's Leader had Pharmacy and Telstra retail jobs.

Exciting news - Breakfast BBQ for Year 12
HSC: Posted 10-12-13 Deadline - No Deadline
Students from Year 12 2013 are invited to a breakfast barbecue with staff on the morning of Friday 20 December from 7.30am. The barbecue will provide an opportunity for students to come together again to discuss results and future directions. Careers advice and support will be available to assist students with important decisions to be made once results are known and the ATAR is either higher or lower than you wanted. It is hoped that most students will be able to attend and, if you are working, you can pop in before you start work. I look forward to seeing you there. Spread the word.

Mining, Oil and Gas Jobs
Career Choice: Posted 9-12-13 Deadline - No Deadline
Outlines the career options for students considering entering the mining, oil and gas industries.The guide provides information about the careers that are trade based as well as those that require tertiary qualifications. A list of Australian Universities and Mining Schools are also displayed. Students can learn a lot about the industry just by navigating their way through the site.

For more information, visit www.miningoilgasjobs.com.au/Training-and-Development/Career-Planning-for-Students/Year-10--Gu

Job Interviews: Asking the Right Questions
Job vacancies: Posted 9-12-13 Deadline - No Deadline
This article outlines the importance of asking the right questions in a job interview.

For more information, visit www.s2scommunity.com.au/component/k2/item/160-one-of-the-secrets-to-winning-that-dream-job

Hobsons Course Finder Career Search
Universities: Posted 9-12-13 Deadline - No Deadline
The Hobsons Course Finder Career Search allows students to search from a wide range of possible jobs depending on the field of work, type of work, skill level. The tool can provide information on duties and tasks, working conditions, personal requirements and related university courses.

For more information, visit www.hobsonscoursefinder.com.au/career/search

African Conservation Experience Gap Year Program
Gap year: Posted 9-12-13 Deadline - No Deadline
African Conservation Experience runs a series of conservation projects in South Africa and accepts students for 2-12 week placements. Projects that students can take part in are in the fields of veterinary care, wildlife management, zoology, conservation biology, and more.

For more information, visit www.conservationafrica.net/Gap-Year-Students

The Horizon Scholarship - ag related course
Scholarships: Posted 9-12-13 Deadline - No Deadline
Applications close Fri 31st January 2014, 5:00pm AEST. The Horizon Scholarship is designed to support the next generation of agricultural leaders and is for young people who are passionate about agriculture, have an interest in the future of the industry, and are entering their first year of university studying an agriculture-related degree. Scholarship recipients will be selected based on their commitment to a career in agriculture, as well as their leadership potential and high school academic record. The scholarship offers a $5,000 per year bursary, mentoring partnerships, professional development workshops, annual industry work placements, and opportunities to network and gain further knowledge at industry events.

For more information, visit www.rirdc.gov.au/research-programs/rural-people-issues/horizon-scholarship

Top 10 Things I Wish I’d Known at Uni’
Universities: Posted 9-12-13 Deadline - No Deadline
CareerChick: ‘Top 10 Things I Wish I’d Known at Uni’. An article that provides prospective university students with 10 tips about what to expect and helpful tips to ensure students are prepared and don’t make simple mistakes.

For more information, visit www.careerchick.com.au/careerZone/ViewArticle.aspx?id=47&siteSection=2&articleSection=2

Careers Advisory Service
HSC: Posted 9-12-13 Deadline - No Deadline
The DET Careers Advisory Service is an annual initiative that gives students and their families up to date information about the range of relevant career and study options available following the release of the HSC results. Phone-in Service: Thu 19 – Fri 20 & Mon 23 – Tue 24 December E-mail Service: Thu 19th – Tue 24th December

For more information, visit www.cas.det.nsw.edu.au

USA Summer Camp Information Meetings - gap year
Gap year: Posted 9-12-13 Deadline - No Deadline
Interested in becoming a summer camp counselor in the USA? You can learn everything you need to know about: Summer Camps, your role at camp, what Camp Directors look for when hiring staff and how to apply to CCUSA. Sutherland: Mon 13th January, 6:30pm Sydney: Tue 14th January, 6pm Canberra: Tue 14th January, 6:30pm Central Coast: Tue 14th January, 6:30pm

For more information, visit www.ccusa.com.au/MoreInformation/Events.aspx

Lost your Job Guide? Still unsure of which career?
Career Choice: Posted 9-12-13 Deadline - No Deadline
Department of Education: Job Guide- A good resource for students who want to learn more about the options for choosing a career that meets their interests. The Job Guide provides information about starting a business, choosing subjects for Year 11 and 12 and also has a list of occupations with a detailed job description for each. VET in Schools, Resume Building and Learning Pathway information is also offered on the website.

For more information, visit www.jobguide.thegoodguides.com.au/

RASF Community Futures Grant
Scholarships: Posted 9-12-13 Deadline - No Deadline
The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Foundation (RASF) is offering up to $25,000 in funding for a community project between a young person and a community partner. To apply applicants must identify a need or issue in their local community and partner with a community organisation to create a project to address this need. Applicants must also be aged 35 years or under.For more information contact the RAS Foundation on foundation@rasf.org.au or call (02) 9704 1232.

For more information, visit www.rasnsw.com.au/832.htm

Academy Hospitality Australia: Online RSA & RCG Co
Career Choice: Posted 9-12-13 Deadline - No Deadline
The Academy Hospitality Australia is a certified Registered Training Organisation and can deliver the Responsible Service of Alcohol and Responsible Conduct of Gambling courses required for working in licensed premises in the NSW. AHA delivers these courses online which allows you to undertake the courses wherever there is internet access. For more information call (07) 3801 4149.

For more information, visit www.acats.com.au/

Actors College of Theatre & Television: 2014 Schol
Scholarships: Posted 9-12-13 Deadline - No Deadline
This scholarship provides a full scholarship for up to two years full-time study in the Advanced Diploma of Arts in Stage & Screen Acting at ACTT for 2014. Applicants are required to perform monologues in front of a panel, take part in an interview, submit a short written application and perform in front of the scholarship panel. For more information contact info@actt.edu.au or contact (02) 9213 4500.

For more information, visit www.actt.edu.au/admissions/scholarships/

JMC Academy Open Day 2014Fri 31st January, 10:30am
Open Days: Posted 9-12-13 Deadline - No Deadline
561 Harris Street, Ultimo. Find out more about studying at JMC Academy at this open day. Students can take campus tours, talk with current students & lectures, and more. Registrations are required. Contact: 1300 410 311.

For more information, visit www.jmcacademy.edu.au/News/2014-01-31/REGISTER-FOR-OUR-NEXT-OPEN-DAY-2-14.cfm

SAE Scholarships
Scholarships: Posted 9-12-13 Deadline - No Deadline
Scholarship applications close Fri 14 February 2014
There are a range of scholarships available for commencing students, including: creative development scholarship, creative vision scholarship, creative Indigenous scholarship, and creative visitor scholarship.

For more information, visit sae.edu.au/admissions/scholarships/

Studying Law at ACU
Career Choice: Posted 9-12-13 Deadline - No Deadline
A YouTube video about what it’s like to study law at ACU. The video includes interviews with students.


For more information, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1O0A_XXFXk

Uni of Melbourne Interstate/Outside Melbourne Live
Universities: Posted 9-12-13 Deadline - No Deadline
Staff will be available to answer questions and speak to students from interstate or outside of Melbourne who are looking for more information about studying at Melbourne every Thursday from 2:00pm – 6:00pm AEST online, over the phone or via email. The chat aims to help students with entry requirements, how to apply, what it’s like living in Melbourne, support services for students, housing and accommodation advice and scholarships.For more information and to participate in a live chat, visit this address.

For more information, visit futurestudents.unimelb.edu.au/contact/domestic/live-chat

Charles Sturt Uni: Improved Campus in Port Macquar
Universities: Posted 9-12-13 Deadline - No Deadline
A development application for work at CSU’s Port Macquarie campus was approved this week which would allow for a boost in student numbers and a wider range of courses to be offered. By 2015 CSU will welcome students into Education and Communications, Creative Industries & more Social Science courses. The campus will also get two medical imaging laboratories with advanced x-ray equipment and image viewing stations. Work is due to complete on the campus in late February 2014.

For more information, visit news.csu.edu.au/director/regionalnews.cfm?itemID=A2454C19C13B60FE91A48F0813A1BA95

Australian National University: Guaranteed Entry
Universities: Posted 9-12-13 Deadline - No Deadline
Requirements for UAC Main Round Offers 2014. The Australian National University has released the guaranteed entry requirements for UAC main round offers in 2014. Students who achieve at least the ATAR’s listed will be guaranteed entry into that course at ANU.

For more information, visit preference.anu.edu.au/entry-req.php

University of Notre Dame Australia: Course Informa
Universities: Posted 9-12-13 Deadline - No Deadline
Fri 3rd January, 9am to 3pm 104 Broadway, Ultimo. Find out more about the courses on offer at Notre Dame University. Meet academic staff, talk to students, take a campus tour and more.

For more information, visit www.nd.edu.au/events/sydney/event-course-information-day

Job - pharmacy traineeship
Job vacancies: Posted 4-12-13 Deadline - No Deadline
I have been contacted about a pharmacy traineeship for a school leaver to start in Dec or January. A local pharmacy has a full time job for a school leaver who wishes to work full time. This is NOT for a student wanting a gap year job. Email me or ring me at school to find out where and how to apply.

Jobs -Childcare traineeship in Tamworth
Job vacancies: Posted 4-12-13 Deadline - No Deadline
If you are 18 and want to work with young children, you will receive a Cert III as part of this year long full time job. Contact me for how to apply and where to take your resume.

Heavy vehicle apprenticeship at Careys
Apprenticeships/Traineeships: Posted 3-12-13 Deadline - No Deadline
See the Leader.

Early entry offers deadline is MIDNIGHT UAC + QTAC
Early Entry schemes: Posted 3-12-13 Deadline - No Deadline
Today is the last day for students to change their UAC preference (to make their Early Entry offer number one), to ensure they get made an offer in the early round on Thursday the 5th of December. Friday the 5th of December is the final day for preference changes for QTAC (Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre), to ensure they get made an offer in the early round on Thursday the 12th of December.


Pre-Law Pathway if you don't get the ATAR
Universities: Posted 2-12-13 Deadline - No Deadline
The Pre-Law Pathway at Macquarie University is designed for those students who just missed out on admission to a law program. Admission to the Pre-Law Pathway allows students in non-law degrees to undertake introductory law units as a pathway to enter a law degree. The ATAR required to enter the Pre-Law Pathway in 2014 is 93. If accepted into this pathway, students may study law units in their first year, and upon successful completion, move into the full law program in their second year.
For more information, visit law.mq.edu.au/future_students/undergraduate_law_programs/new_pathways_into_law/

5 BONUS Points and Scholarships at Macquarie Uni
Universities: Posted 2-12-13 Deadline - No Deadline
Macquarie University offers students from McCarthy 5 bonus points to be added automatically to your ATAR to improve your selection rank and is the only Sydney university to offer us bonus points for being regional students. Macquarie also awards over $2 million in scholarships each year for future and current students. These recognise a range of factors from social inclusion and equity, to financial need, academic excellence and sporting achievement. This year Macquarie has introduced the PACE Scholarship. With PACE, Macquarie students put their academic learning into practice by working on real world projects while developing valuable career skills and networks with one of our 400+ PACE partners in the business, government and community sectors. The PACE scholarship is valued at $1000 a year for three years and current school leavers need a minimum ATAR of 93 to apply.
For more information, visit mq.edu.au/future_students/undergraduate/scholarships/

Macquarie University Guaranteed Entry program
Universities: Posted 2-12-13 Deadline - No Deadline
Macquarie has also recently introduced a Guaranteed Entry Program. If students meet or exceed the published ATAR for the degrees listed in our Guaranteed Entry Program, they simply put that degree as their first preference before the UAC main round closes at midnight 4 January 2014.This means that as soon as students receive their ATAR, they'll know whether they’re guaranteed a place in their chosen Macquarie degree.
For more information, visit mq.edu.au/graduate-advantage

Macquarie University Early Entry - a bit different
Early Entry schemes: Posted 2-12-13 Deadline - No Deadline
Early Admissions -Macquarie has recently introduced an Early Entry Program. If students list a participating Macquarie degree as their first preference by 1 January 2014, they could receive an early offer through our Early Entry Program. There's no need to register or apply for an Early Offer at Macquarie. Offers will be based on HSC performance bands in subjects that relate to their chosen degree and are made on 3 January 2014 prior to the main round.


For more information, visit mq.edu.au/admission-advantage

Early entry - unsuccessful applications? Options?
Early Entry schemes: Posted 2-12-13 Deadline - No Deadline
Not all students who are apply to the early entry schemes at various university are successful. Sometimes the staff here are surprised given our recommendations but ultimately it is up to the universities based on their quotas of places set aside plus your academic record and other activities. Wait until your get your ATAR and hopefully you will get into a course you want to do. If not, then you see me on the last Thursday and Friday of term and I can show you the range of options available based on what you want to do.

Juggling early entry offers - be careful #####
UAC: Posted 2-12-13 Deadline - No Deadline
If you were fortunate enough to receive more than one early entry offer you MUST follow instructions to make the one you want to do MOST your number one preference by midnight Tuesday 9.30 to convert the offer into a confirmed December Round actual offer from UAC.

Lattitude Global Volunteering: Last Minute Availab
Gap year: Posted 1-12-13 Deadline - No Deadline
There are still a small number of placements available for programs departing 2014. You can be a teacher in China or Fiji, a medical assistant in Japan, an Outdoor Activities Instructor in the UK and many more. For these placements applications must be submitted by Tuesday 10th December 2013.


For more information, visit www.lattitude.org.au/index.php?nodeId=164

LeavingSchool.com.au
General: Posted 1-12-13 Deadline - No Deadline
This website gives school leavers with advice, information and resources that will help them with the transition from secondary school. The first edition of the magazine includes information on finances, resumes & advice for parents about how to support their students through end-of-year exams.

For more information, visit www.leavingschool.com.au

University of Canberra Career Finder App
Career Choice: Posted 1-12-13 Deadline - No Deadline
The UC Career Finder App for iPhone and Android helps students find a career aligned with their interests and shows them how to get there. The application includes quizzes to find out about careers and courses at University of Canberra, a social network based around University of Canberra, and the ability to book a tour of the campus at any time.

For more information, visit www.canberra.edu.au/careerfinderapp

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