Careers News (Thursday 1 April)

To our Sacred Heart Community

Caritas Fun Run

On Wednesday 24 March, the newly elected Year 10 school leaders headed to the Angus Neil Reserve at South Brighton to help Caritas with the organisation of a fun run. This event was for Year 5 – 6 students from 9 of our local primary parish schools.

The purpose of the fun run was to bring students together during the time of Lent to have fun but also call to mind the meaning and importance of Project Compassion and the work of Caritas. Our leaders cheerfully battled the wind, cold and plastic gloves to carefully intersperse serviettes with bread in readiness for a barbecued sausage for all participants at the end of the walk/run.

They then showed their support by farewelling and cheering the brave young runners who set off on a 6km circuit along the beachfront. My thanks to all who took part in such a friendly and cooperative manner; Year 10 leadership for 2021 is in good hands.

Key Dates

  • UCAT ANZ for Medicine and Dentistry in 2022

    Bookings opened 1st March – close 17th May 2021

    The University Clinical Aptitude Test is a compulsory test that you may have to sit in order to apply for some degrees in the fields of Medicine or Dentistry. Designed to help universities to select applicants the appropriate abilities and professional behaviours required to practice successfully as doctors or dentists. It is used in collaboration with other admissions processes such as interviews and academic qualifications.

    13 of the universities in Australia offering Medicine and Dentistry, and 2 in New Zealand, will require you to sit the UCAT ANZ test as part of your application. So, if you’re thinking of applying to uni in 2022 for a degree in one of those fields, you should check the entry requirements as soon as possible to find out if taking the UCAT ANZ is necessary.

    Registrations for concession and access schemes are open now. Bookings opened on 1st March 2021 and close on 17th May. You’ll sit the tests between 1st July and 11th August 2021. Results will be delivered to the universities in early September.

    It costs $305 to sit the test ($199 concession fee, but you only have until 10th May to register for concession prices).

    Additional information about dates, fees and how to register can be found here.


    The official UCAT YouTube channel has a number of videos to support preparation. High-scoring, former UCAT candidates share advice on their preparations for the test, plus a member of the UK based UCAT team talks through the steps involved in preparing for the test. There are also videos showing what to expect in a Pearson VUE test centre.

  • Endeavour College Open Day

    10th April 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

    Endeavour College of Natural Health, Adelaide Campus

    After a year-long hiatus, Endeavour College’s on-campus Open Day is back! Tour the campus, explore natural health courses, learn about student life, the enrolment process, fees as well as chat to their team of academics and Admissions Advisers.

    Their Open Day is a great way to see the campus first-hand and chat one-on-one with experts on the day.

    Find out more here.

  • Year 12 face to face Holiday Seminars with AEC

    Once again Adelaide Education Consultants (AEC) are offering early bird offer for Year 12 students – $149.00 per subject.

    Week 1: 13th – 15th April

    Week 2: 20th – 22nd April

    Contact AEC on 0417 778 232 for further information.

  • ACU Talk with Lawyers

    22nd April 6:00 pm


    Join ACU online to hear from ACU alumni about their experiences working in legal practice and how they have made an impact. Take part in a Q&A session with their graduates to find out where a law degree can take you.

    Find out more here.

  • ACN Nursing and Health Virtual Expo

    24th April 8:30 am – 2:30 pm


    The ACN Nursing and Health Virtual Expo is the perfect place to discover and progress your career in the nursing and health professions. The ACN Nursing and Health Virtual Expo has a strong reputation for connecting visitors with a range of organisations including hospitals, health care services, educational institutions and specialty nursing groups. There are a wealth of products and services on show and visitors gain practical take-home advice and skills in a series of complimentary educational seminars. If you are a nurse, currently studying nursing or considering a career in the nursing or health professions, then the Expo is for you.

    Find out more here.

  • Bond University Vice Chancellor’s Elite Scholarships

    Open/Closing Dates: 1st May – 1st August 2021

    Value: 100% Tuition Fee Waiver

    Find out more here.

  • University of Adelaide/City of Marion – Find your Future

    3rd May 4:30 pm

    24th June 6:30 pm

    Cove Civic Centre and Marion Cultural Centre

    Are you a young person who lives, works or learns in the City of Marion area? Find Your Future with the University of Adelaide!

    Attend their series of interactive workshops throughout May and June in 2021 in either Hallett Cove or Marion to hear from experts in their field about the changing world of work and how to plan the successful career that you want!

    Sessions are free and include light catering and an opportunity to connect with peers in the City of Marion area.

    Find out more here.

  • Careers and Employment Expo

    Saturday 8th May

    Adelaide Showground


    • Leading Universities
    • TAFE & RTO’s
    • Training & Course Providers
    • Career Advice & Pathways
    • Jobs of the future
    • Defence Force Careers
    • Defence Industry Careers
    • Jobs in Disability & Aged Care


    • Talk with employers
    • Attend FREE Seminars
    • Get FREE Resume Advice

    Due to SA Health regulations on hall capacities, the Adelaide Careers & Employment Expo is reaching attendance capacity – register here to avoid disappointment.

  • Torrens University Australia Virtual Open Day

    18th May 12:00 noon – 2:00 pm


    At Torrens University Australia, they’re gearing up for Virtual Open Day 2021.

    Virtual Open Day is a customised online event that is designed for you to explore your study options in courses related to Business, Design, Technology, Hospitality, Health and Education.

    Find out more here.

  • TAFE SA Arts and Design Info Sessions

    27th May 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    Adelaide College of The Arts

    Choosing which TAFE SA course is right for you can seem like a big decision. To help you make the right study choices for the career you want, TAFE SA holds free course information sessions. Their information sessions are generally held around the application period.

    Attending an information session allows you to meet with the teaching staff, learn more about a course and where it can lead you, discuss study options, find out about the application process and ask course-related questions. Information sessions are held on location, so it’s also a great chance to check out TAFE SA’s outstanding training facilities.

    Find out more about the following courses:

    Find out more here.

  • UniSA Science Booster

    6th July – 7th July, 9.00 am – 3:00 pm

    University of South Australia, Mawson Lakes Campus

    The Year 12 Science Booster is a two-day program designed to enhance the learning of Year 12 physics and chemistry students.

    The Science Booster aims to:

    • motivate and support students
    • explore study pathways
    • reinforce Year 12 physics and chemistry studies through experiential learning.

    The specially tailored program for students considering UniSA as an option for university includes laboratory sessions based on summative assessments, learning and study methods, exam preparation, and career insight sessions. All activities are tailored to review and support curriculum in Stage 2 SACE subjects.

    Students can choose physics and/or chemistry sessions and have the opportunity to work closely with academic staff who are experts in the fields of physics and chemistry. They will also have access to specialist equipment and research facilities.

    Each school can nominate a maximum of five students to attend the Science Booster. Any interested students should register in the careers office as we are limited to 5 students per school.

    Find out more here.

Vocational Education and Training

Year 10 VET Taster Courses – Semester Two 2021
Year 10 students have the opportunity to enrol in a ‘taster’ style Vocational Education & Training (VET) short course.  These courses commence in Semester 2 (throughout Term 3 & 4) and take place once a fortnight. 

The course is in addition to a student’s regular subjects. They will miss one day of lessons every two weeks and will need to be responsible for keeping up with missed work. 

Courses available are:

  • Introduction to Automotive industry; 1 day/fortnight location MTA Royal Park
  • Introduction to Construction;  1 day/fortnight at Western Technical College, Rosewater
  • Introduction to Electrical; 1 day/fortnight location PEER Albert Park TBC
  • Introduction to Engineering (metal trades); 1 day/fortnight at Western Technical College, Rosewater
  • Introduction to Hair & Makeup; 1 day/fortnight at Western Technical College, Rosewater
  • Pathway to Hair and Make Up; 1 day/fortnight at Clip Joint Education, Adelaide

Courses vary in cost and the most expensive is approximately $700. Sacred Heart College will subsidise 50% towards the tuition cost of the course (excluding materials and uniform costs). The College will invoice families.

Successful completion gives credits towards a student’s SACE.  If your daughter or son is interested in this opportunity, please click here for an Expression of Interest Form. Further information regarding courses and enrolment forms will be available in early Term 2.

Sarah Benedictson
VET Coordinator (

Tertiary Updates

Engineering and Business Degrees
Through UniSA students can pair an engineering degree with a business degree to gain two qualifications in just one extra year. Find out more and explore the packages on offer here.

The University of Adelaide Year 11 Alternative Entry Pathway
In response to COVID-19 in 2020, Adelaide University introduced a pathway to University based on Year 11 results. They are intending to continue with this pathway this year with some modifications and program exclusions. For more details please see this link.

Students talk about three different degrees at the South Australian Universities
(Taken from Monday 18th January, 2021)

  • An insight into Adelaide Uni’s Bachelor of Music Theatre from third year student, Amy Roff.

    An insight into Adelaide Uni’s Bachelor of Music Theatre from third year student, Amy Roff.

    “The course is divided into three parts – singing, acting and dancing, then we get to do a lot of special skills like stage combat, tap dancing, screen acting – lots of fun stuff.”

    Ms Roff said the course sets the students up for a variety of career options, including learning how to create a brand for yourself as well as training in the technical skills.

    “It’s a really engaging degree, you get to try your hand at lots of different skills. I think people often don’t realise how much acting and performance are embedded in our lives. We consume so much film, TV, radio, music, there is just so much that performers bring to society but it gets discounted.”

    The Bachelor of Music Theatre has only recently been offered at Adelaide University, and it is among only a handful of unis with such a course.

    Based at the Elder Conservatorium, the course has partnerships with the Adelaide Festival, South Australian Film Corporation, Adelaide Cabaret Festival and Adelaide Fringe.

  • UniSA’s Bachelor Mechanical & Mechatronic Engineering through the eyes of current student, Khushi Jadhav.

    UniSA’s Bachelor Mechanical & Mechatronic Engineering through the eyes of current student, Khushi Jadhav.

    The program is about half practical work and half lectures.

    “And it’s not all heavy work, we’ve had a lot of fun – we’ve built mousetrap cars and robots and things like that.”

    The course integrates mechanical engineering with computing, control, automation and actuation and prepares pathways to employment through placements, internships and networking events.

    In the honours year, students spend at least half their time on a major research project working with industry, a government agency or in an academic area.

  • A double degree in Law at Flinders University

    A double degree in Law at Flinders University.

    Nicole Catabran is studying a double degree in law and finance.

    One of the topics in her course was law in a digital age.

    “We work in groups with real-life clients,” she said. “My group was assigned to Community Bridging Services to make an app on how to advise clients with autism about applying for funding from the National Disability Insurance Scheme. So we worked closely with them and they were very happy. They needed a few changes but they will actually use it, so that’s pretty exciting.”

    Flinders law students have built more than 25 apps, despite students often having no prior experience in coding.

    This year, Flinders will step up its digital training for law students who will work with computing science students and academics to develop more high quality applications.

    “As a career, I’m really interested in the merger of law and technology,” Ms Catabran said. “I feel like law is really a bit behind in using technology.

    “We did a lot of coding in the topic which was really interesting. And I’d like to combine it with finance.”

    Ms Catabran knows that finding a job in law is competitive. “That’s why I’m widening my range and specialities, but even if you don’t become a lawyer, having a law degree is a really valuable asset … especially on your resume.”

Training and Work

Full time or school based apprentice in hairdressing needed
An old scholar who has her own salon is looking for either a full time or school based apprentice. If you think that you might be interested or know of someone please get in touch with the careers office.

Why Women in Trades Matter
It’s a common misconception that apprenticeships and traineeships are “trades only” or “male only” study paths. In the current day and age, women working in trades matter; they bring value to an organisation and have the potential to change the future of the workforce. If you’re a girl and you’re thinking of doing an apprenticeship or traineeship, SkillsRoad has put together a great guide packed with info you need to know about the benefits of a career in trades and the pathways that can get you there. Check it out here.

Clip Joint Education – Hair + Makeup 2 day Introductory Course
Clip Joint Education is offering a Hair + Makeup 2 day Introductory Course in the April school holidays. The hair and makeup workshop is a fun way to spark enthusiasm, passion and have a little holiday fun!  Also it may help students to see if this is the right career pathway they would like to take.

The course includes:

  • Introduction to hair and makeup industry
  • Personal grooming
  • Salon communication
  • Long hair styling
  • Braiding
  • Salon practical skills
  • Personal Makeup basics
  • Skin care basics
  • Choosing and applying a flawless base
  • Enhancing your face and eye shapes
  • Eye shadow techniques
  • Casual/professional/evening makeup looks
  • Career pathways

For any students interested to explore the school holiday course, please click here for the application form to complete and return to Clip Joint Education for processing. If you have any queries please contact Clip Joint Education on 8223 5600 or

Spotlight on Careers

Women in STEM: Meet Diverse Female STEM Professionals
Looking for role models, mentors, speakers and generally amazing people working in science, technology, engineering and maths? Careers in STEM have profiled hundreds of women in STEM combining STEM with their ‘X’ – their passion, interest or another field. These women in STEM represent diverse career options for young people looking to pursue a STEM career, and offer in-depth information on the individual pathways they took to get to where they are today. Find out more about these amazing women and their careers here.

Launching a Career in Space
Have you dreamed of a career in space? Careers with STEM has interviewed three different people working in the space industry, all with different jobs and different pathways. You can read more about what they do and how they got there in Careers with STEM’s blog here.

Data Analysts – What do they do and where do they work?

Written by Ari Yeganeh

How I got started in Data Analytics
Growing up I never liked wearing school uniforms. I could never find a shirt or pants that quite fit, and it always seemed like my parents were getting me clothes that would fit me ‘next year’.

Hence my impression of adults working in offices was always a little unflattering.

After school I went to university and studied Applied Finance and Actuarial Studies – a double degree that deals with statistics, business and the world of banking and insurance.

Straight after university, I got into data analytics in marketing. From there, the technology and start-up companies I worked at cared more about what I did, rather than how I dressed. So luckily, I never had to wear a suit and tie to work.

“Casual Fridays” often applied throughout the week; and it wasn’t uncommon to find the odd flip flops and shorts on hot summer days.

What is “data”?
Before we can understand what a Data Analyst does, we need to understand what data is.

In simple terms, data is information, measurements, or observations about an event, object or person. For example, your height is a single data point about you. Other key data points are your age and your gender.

In the last few years with the advent of new technologies and cheaper computer storage, we have been able to collect more and more information about ourselves, our businesses and the environment which we live in.

It’s estimated, more data has been produced in the last 2 years than the entire recorded history of humanity!

Just in your own pocket, your smartphone collects thousands of data points every day. These include your location (GPS), light sensor, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth usage, call logs, screen unlocks and much more.

That’s the story of data in a nutshell; now onto how people like me use data as part of their jobs.

What does a Data Analyst do?
The biggest part of my job as a Data Analyst was to translate raw data into useful insights. And because there is so much data like we discussed earlier, I got to work in a wide range of different businesses.

Here are some examples of common problems I would work on:

  • A large supermarket wants to know how to find more customers to use its online store
  • A marketing agency wants to know how to improve advertising spend to find customers for its clients more affordably
  • A real estate company wants to find a way to automatically price a house without sending valuers to inspect it
  • A large online retailer wants to send its customers relevant products they may like to purchase

A typical day in the life of a Data Analyst
The work I did in data analytics varied a lot, but a typical day involved:

  • 9am-5pm weekdays generally
  • 50-70% desk time, figuring out a problem, coding or putting together presentations
  • 10-20% in meetings with others in my team and general company meetings
  • 5-10% travelling and presenting at client offices (sometimes interstate or overseas)

There is certainly a lot of desk time working as a data analyst. Luckily, bean bags and standing desks have become very common in offices over the last few years.

What environments do Data Analysts work from?
Working in data analytics has surprisingly taken me to some very diverse places!

Although commonly data analysts work from the office, it’s not uncommon to travel for work and meet with clients and other team members in different offices. Think of this as a yearly or quarterly vacation from the usual office environment.

Some of the memorable places I’ve been to for work include:

  • Brisbane: to present a new marketing strategy to a pizza company
  • Auckland: to meet with property valuation companies
  • Wellington: because why not? I was already nearby in Auckland!
  • Mumbai: to work on a housing prediction model for a real estate company
  • And lastly, my bedroom: because let’s face it, it’s so much more comfortable to work from home!

That last one is an important one to underscore. Working from home had become very common even before COVID. Before the pandemic, it wasn’t uncommon to work 1 or 2 days from home as a data analyst. During the pandemic, I spent every day working from home. And after the pandemic, offices have started to allow staff to come in a couple of times a week.

As far as we can tell, it does look like remote working is only going to become more popular over time especially in professional services where it’s not a necessity to meet customers on a daily basis.

There is just one downside to working from home…take a look in this video.

Disclaimer: Statements on careers and courses included in this newsletter are not necessarily those of Sacred Heart College. i.e. The text of notices on courses and industry prospects may be taken directly from their correspondence/publicity material. Some material taken from Study Work Grow (South Australia Careers News).