Careers News (Thursday 17 September)

Old Scholar, Alyssa Vincenzi (SHC ’21) (left) speaks about her journey after school.

To our Sacred Heart Community

Student Story – Old Scholar shares her career pathway

Old Scholar, Alyssa Vincenzi (SHC ’21) has taken part in an online series called Making her Mark. Alyssa started a school based apprenticeship in Engineering with the Naval Shipbuilding College when completing her final years of schooling. In this YouTube clip she speaks about her continuing journey in a non-traditional trade pathway for young women. It is wonderful to see that what Alyssa started when at school has become such a positive pathway for her.

Key Dates

  • Work Experience for 2023


    It is a legal requirement that prior to commencing Work Experience students are inducted in the following areas: Work Health and Safety Act 2012 SA, Children and Young People (Safety) Act 2017 SA, Sex Discrimination Act 1984 SA, Equal Opportunity Act 1984 SA and Child Safety (Prohibited Persons) Act 2016 SA

    Adequate time (approximately 5 hours) should be allocated to cover these topics effectively and students need to demonstrate their understanding. This induction is done by the school and is consistent with our Duty of Care to ensure that no student is placed where they may not be safe physically or psychologically.

    In addition to this, the Work Experience form must be signed by the student, work placement provider, parent/guardian (all arranged by the student) and finally, the Principal or delegate (arranged by the school). The original Work Experience Agreement form then becomes a legal contract which sets the school insurance cover in place and must be retained by the school.

    The school must also provide a contact person who is responsible for each student for the duration of their placement.

    Work Experience is a very valuable opportunity for most students however, it does take time to ensure that the above expectations are met. We are happy to accommodate students in the times allocated.  We ask that students do not make other arrangements and then ask for exceptions to be made. Please speak to us first.

    Students who wish to do Work Experience during 2023 are advised that the dates are:

    Term 1 Holidays (Week 1): 17- 21 April 
    Deadline for paperwork: Friday 10 March

    Term 2 Holidays (Week 1): 10- 14 July
    Deadline for paperwork: Friday 9 June

    Term 3 Holidays (Week 2): 9-13 October
    Deadline for paperwork: Friday 1 September

    Term 4 (Week 6): 20- 24 November (Year 12s)
    Deadline for paperwork: Friday 20 October

    Term 4 (Week 8): 4- 8 December
    Deadline for paperwork: Friday 3 November

    Unpaid work trials should only occur if it’s necessary to evaluate a worker’s suitability for a job. They should only consist of the worker demonstrating their skills relevant to the jobs required tasks or observation of others performing the work.

    Please note this is general Work Experience only. Students undertaking a VET program will need to organise their VET work placement with the VET Office.

  • iCanMed Summer Holiday Study Plan: How to Catch Up on UCAT Prep

    Sunday 20 November
    1.00-3.00 pm

    In this webinar, Ray, iCanMed’s education advisor, will share with you the techniques and timelines that are research-proven to help you best utilise your summer break for the most effective/efficient results with reference to the following points:

    • Top tips on how to catch up on the prep that you have missed since April
    • How to best organise your prep with the dos and don’ts of what gets you a UCAT score high enough to earn interview spots
    • A summer holidays prep plan to get you up to scratch in terms of timeline and workload distribution
    • An up-to-date mini mock test containing UCAT questions based on the 2022 exam
    • Comprehensive teaching to help you learn how to solve questions correctly and prepare for the UCAT intelligently

    Find out more here.

  • Flinders Creative Arts & Industries – Livestream Information Session

    Friday 2 December
    4.00-4.30 pm

    Find out more about Creative Arts & Industry options at Flinders. Flinders will cover entry requirements, course content, placement opportunities and specialisation options including Digital Media, Festivals and Arts Production, Film and Television, Interactive Design, Music, Theatre and Performance and Writing and Publishing.

    Find out more here.

  • University of Adelaide – How to Get the Offer You Want – Support and Advice Drop-in Sessions

    Saturday 3 December
    10.00 am – 2.00 pm

    On the day, Adelaide Uni Future Student Advisors will talk you through your SATAC preferences and provide advice to help you get the offer you want.

    We can suggest backup preferences and pathway options if you’re unsure that you’ll meet the minimum entry rank or subject prerequisite requirements for your chosen degree.

    Find out more here.

  • AIE Online Campus Day

    Saturday 3 December
    1.00 pm

    Discover the courses designed to get you started in game development, 3D animation, film and visual effects at the AIE Online Campus Day on Saturday 3rd December 2022. AIE will be running this event for students interested in studying online. You will be able to meet their teachers, explore how classes will run, course options, career pathways and see their amazing student work.

    AIE will be covering everything you need to know about the:

    • careers in games and VFX that they train students for;
    • studios and industries that they work with;
    • courses they offer – from beginners to professional mastery, and;
    • the software, skills and knowledge they teach.

    Find out more here.

  • Flinders Music – Livestream Information Session

    Monday 5 December
    4.00-4.30 pm

    If you’re passionate about music and are looking for a way to make it your career, then this is the session for you. Suited to those who would like to gain key industry knowledge as well as business and marketing skills to be successful professionals in a competitive environment, this music degree is ideal for passionate musicians and budding industry professionals.

    This session will cover entry requirements, course content, placement opportunities and specialisation options.

    Find out more here.

  • ACAP Online Information Sessions

    Monday 5 December – 6.00pm
    Thursday 8 December – 8.00pm

    In these online information sessions you’ll hear from ACAP educators and Course Advisors about the various courses you could study, what it’s like to be a student, the flexible learning options and pathways available, career outcomes, and more. These sessions are highly informative and include specific course information in your areas of interest.

    Find out more here.

  • ICHM Discovery Day

    Thursday 8 December
    9.30am – 3.30pm
    International College of Hotel Management

    An ICHM Discovery Day could be for you! ICHM Discovery Days aim to get you thinking differently about your post high school studies and career development, covering a range of exciting topics including international business and tourism, luxury hotel design and hospitality opportunities.

    So join them for a day of fun and discovery while finding out about different areas of learning, that could help you develop and explore a future in hospitality and business management.

    Find out more here.

  • SAE Adelaide Open House

    Thursday 15 December
    6.00- 8.00pm
    SAE Institute, Adelaide

    Open House is your one-stop event to experience SAE as a student. Whether you want to view student work, specific facilities, or chat with their experienced faculty or advisors, Open House is your chance to meet your people, and experience for yourself, SAE.

    Find out more here.

  • Flinders University – Year 12 Results – What’s Next?

    Tuesday 22 December 4.00-4.30 pm (ACDT)
    Live Webinar Streamed Online

    This webinar will help Year 12s to find out about the nitty gritty of University life and pathways into their preferred degrees and careers.

    Please register here.

  • Torrens University Open Day

    Saturday 21 January 2023
    10.00am – 12.30pm
    Torrens University Australia, Adelaide Campus

    Open Day gives you a taste of what Torrens Uni do and how they do it.  Meet their academics, talk to current students and tour their campuses.  They’re here to help you turn your dream into your career.

    Find out more here.

Scholarships and Grants

  • UniSA STEM High Achiever School Leaver Grant

    Value: $5,000 AUD
    Open/Closing Dates: 1 August – 1 December 2022

    UniSA STEM will award high achieving school leaver students who have not previously commenced higher education a grant to the value of $5,000.

    Find out more

  • St Ann’s College Playford Trust Residential Scholarships

    Value: $7,000 AUD
    Open/Closing Dates: 1 October 2022 – 20 January 2023

    The Playford Trust in partnership with Chartwells, St Ann’s College and the St Ann’s Foundation offers three scholarships for students living at St Ann’s Residential College.

    Find out more

  • UniSA Excellence Scholarship

    Value: $5,000 AUD

    UniSA will offer Excellence Scholarships to South Australian students who have achieved an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of 99 (exclusive of bonus points) and have enrolled to study a UniSA undergraduate degree.

    Find out more

  • Playford Trust Rural and Regional STEM Scholarships

    Value: $4,000 AUD
    Open/Closing Dates: 1 October 2022 – 20 January 2023

    The Playford Trust seeks to support outstanding students from rural and regional South Australia who intend to enrol as undergraduates to study science, engineering, mathematics or technology subjects at one of the State’s three public universities.

    Find out more

  • The Andy Thomas Space Foundation – Playford Trust Scholarships

    Value: $5,000 AUD
    Open/Closing Dates: 17 October – 21 December 2022

    The Playford Trust, the Andy Thomas Space Foundation, the University of Adelaide and the University of South Australia are together sponsoring eight $5000 scholarships for high–achieving school leavers hoping to begin studies at one of the two universities, with the aim of majoring in aerospace.

    Find out more

  • University of Adelaide Dr Duncan Memorial Scholarship

    Value: $5,000 AUD
    Open/Closing Dates: 3 December 2022 – 3 March 2023

    A group of Donors, supported by a grant from the Government of South Australia, have established the Dr Duncan Memorial Scholarship to support one undergraduate coursework student who is undertaking a Bachelor of Laws program at the University of Adelaide.

    Find out more

  • University of Adelaide JE Jenkins Scholarship

    Value: $1,250 AUD
    Open/Closing Dates: 5 December 2022 – 3 March 2023

    The JE Jenkins Scholarship was established by the late John Evan Jenkins to support two students undertaking an undergraduate program in Agriculture, Social Sciences or Sociology at the University of Adelaide.

    Find out more

  • University of Adelaide Augustus Short Scholarship

    Value: $6,500 AUD per year
    Open/Closing Dates: 16 January – 17 February 2023

    Thanks to the generous support of donors, the Augustus Short Scholarships are available to students of high academic merit who come from rural or remote areas, challenging financial circumstances or another disadvantage.

    Find out more

  • University of Adelaide ET & MM Hearn Scholarship in Medicine

    Value: $5,000 AUD per year
    Open/Closing Dates: 16 January – 3 March 2023

    This scholarship has been established by a bequest to the University of Adelaide from the late Everard Terence Hearn.

    Find out more

  • University of Adelaide Casella Family Brands Undergraduate Scholarship

    Value: $15,000 AUD
    Open/Closing Dates: 16 January – 3 March 2023

    The Casella Family Brands Undergraduate Scholarship has been established by the Casella family to support three undergraduate students who are commencing the Bachelor of Viticulture & Oenology program of study at the University of Adelaide in 2023.

    Find out more

  • University of Adelaide Hilda and Sandy Anderson Scholarship

    Value: $12,000 AUD per year
    Open/Closing Dates: 16 January – 3 March 2023

    The Scholarship supports undergraduate students commencing a program of study in the Faculty of Sciences, Engineering & Technology (SET) or Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Adelaide.

    Find out more

Vocational Education & Training (VET) Update – November 2022

Vocational Education Courses have given students a taste of various careers and allowed them to explore potential future pathways while gaining credits towards their SACE.

This year more than 200 students from Year 10-12 participated in over 50 different Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses. The College had the largest number of Year 10 students participating in Try-A-Trade and Industry Immersion days where students had the opportunity to explore their intended career/study path before committing to a full year VET course.

2022 Snapshot
– 22% of Year 12 students studied a VET Certificate course
– 26% of Year 11 students studied a VET Certificate course
– 19% of Year 10 students attended Try-a-Trade / Industry Immersion Day

Structured Work Placement

More than 60 Year 11 and Year 12 VET students completed Structured Work Placement (SWP) this year at various businesses relating to their VET course. Completing SWP helps students make an informed career decisions, and gain valuable skills and experience. Some students have obtained part time work and one student gained a full time apprenticeship.

VET Assembly

The annual VET Assembly was held at Marcellin Campus on Wednesday 7 September. The College announced the ‘Year 12 VET student of the year’ – Jake Underwood – who has been undertaking Advanced Carpentry this year and completed Certificate II Construction in 2021. Congratulations to Jake! We wish him well for his future. 

Tertiary Updates

  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (GDLP) at UniSA

    From 2023, UniSA students can complete their GDLP as part of the Bachelor of Laws (Honours). As the GDLP is a compulsory qualification needed to practise as a barrister or solicitor in South Australia, students will get ahead of the crowd and shorten their pathway to practice!

    Find out more here.

  • Alphacrucis University College

    Alphacrucis University College have sent out their college prospectuses with courses ranging from certificate and diploma level to undergraduate and postgraduate. They offer a Christian, Pentecostal worldview for equipping leaders for careers in business, chaplaincy, counselling, entrepreneurship, teaching, ministry, music and theology.

    Find out more here.

Training & Work

  • Defence Force Recruiting

    Interested in finding out what it’s like to be a tradie in the Navy?

    The Defence Force Recruiting recently chatted with Navy tradies to find out what life is like maintaining and repairing military hardware for ships and helicopters.

    Whether you already have a trade, are an apprentice, or have no experience at all, they’re hiring. You’ll be paid to gain all the skills needed with extensive on-the-job trade training. 

    Take a sneak peek into what life is like as a tradie in the Navy.

    Connect by emailing, calling 13 19 01 or heading to the Defence Jobs website.


    Do you have a passion for Science, Technology, Engineering or Math?  

    If so, the Navy, Army and Air Force have plenty of roles that need your STEM skills.

    Defence Force Recruiting invites you to check out Channel Ten’s newest show ‘The Ultimate Classroom’ and learn about how students’ passion for STEM can translate into opportunities which affect the real world.

    ‘The Ultimate Classroom’ features Year 11 and 12 students, competing to solve a range of STEM based challenges.  Students have their classroom learning experience transformed into an unforgettable field trip with the Australian Defence Force.

    Watch the full episodes of the ‘Ultimate Classroom’ on Ten Play.


    Engineer a better career

    You can work with some of the world’s most technically advanced equipment?  Choose from aeronautical, electrical, mechanical or marine engineering and have the ADF pay for some or all of your degree.


    Learn a technical trade

    Students can choose from dozens of trade roles in the ADF, working at the forefront of aviation, communications, intelligence, armaments, vehicle or marine technology.  Their world-class training will equip you with all the skills needed, and the qualifications you gain will set you up for life.

    Connect by emailing, calling 13 19 01 or heading to the Defence Jobs website.

  • SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre (SAALC)

    SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre are creating 30 swimming teacher jobs in the aquatic industry for interested people in our community with an employment and training package.

    These packages are for people looking to develop skills or start something new. The SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre will be covering the cost of training plus guidance and support during training before employment.

    This will be a supported developmental opportunity for people who require guidance and people looking to walk straight into a position at the SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre after the training.

    Find out more about this great opportunity on their website:

Spotlight on Careers

  • How to become a Physiotherapist

    Physiotherapists are health professionals who assess and treat people with a variety of injuries that impact on mobility.

    You might travel with professional athletes and play a critical role in their success, managing injuries and helping maximise recovery and preparation so that they can be their best on the big day. Or you can assist in rehabilitating people who have been injured in accidents so they can get back to work and normal life.

    If you love helping people and have a healing touch, and want a job that can provide a lot of variety and the chance to travel, this could be the ideal career for you.

    About you:

    • Patient and kind
    • Strong interest in fitness and health
    • Ability to handle the physical demands of the job
    • Excellent communication skills
    • Get along with people from all walks of life

    The job:

    • Assessing patients with injuries to identify the problem
    • Walking patients through recovery exercises
    • Using techniques such as massage and heat therapy to relieve pain and assist recovery
    • Designing appropriate treatment and recovery plans
    • Assessing whether a client is ready to return to work or sport
    • Developing plans to decrease the risk of future injury

    Lifestyle Impact: Low

    • Part Time opportunities: Moderate – around 37% of Physiotherapists work part-time (source:
    • Average hours for full-time workers: 42 hours a week, which is average (source:
    • Physiotherapists’ salary (median) $65,000* per year (source: *Salaries greatly vary depending on your skills and experience.
    • Future career growth: Very strong (source:
    • You will be doing work in a variety of environments, both indoors and outdoors.
    • More than a third of workers reported regularly working overtime or extra hours (source:


    Physiotherapists are most in demand in these locations: 

    There is demand for Physiotherapists in both metropolitan and regional areas – some rural areas in particular experience shortages of medical professionals, and are in high demand. Most Physiotherapists work in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry.


    How to become a Physiotherapist

    You must complete an approved university-level degree and register with Ahpra in order to work as a Physiotherapist in Australia.

    Step 1 – Complete Year 12 with a focus on English and Maths. Biology, Chemistry and Health can also be useful.

    Step 2 – Study an accredited program of study, usually a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. You can see a full list of approved qualifications here.

    Step 3 – Once you have completed your studies, apply for general registration with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia.

    Step 4 – Start working as a fully qualified Physiotherapist.

    Step 5 – Engage in Continuing Professional Development (CPD) throughout your career, and renew your registration annually.

    Find out more here:


    Similar Careers to Physiotherapist
    Occupational Therapist
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    Social Worker
    Massage Therapist


    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    What options are there for career progression?

    You might start out working at a private clinic, before becoming a specialist Physiotherapist for a large sporting team. Once you have had lots of experience, you might also like to move into roles in research or upskill further to become a Doctor.

    Do I need to go to university to become a Physiotherapist?

    Yes, you will need to complete an accredited qualification and register with Ahpra to work as a Physiotherapist.

    Where do Physiotherapists work?

    Physiotherapists can work in a variety of environments, including private clinics, hospitals, aged care facilities, sporting facilities, schools, and in the community.

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

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

    1. Start working on your own health and fitness, and consider taking classes at school such as Biology to start building your understanding of the human body and how it works.
    2. See if you can find work experience in health. 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 Physiotherapist 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 physiotherapy.

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).