Careers News (Friday 19 November)

To our Sacred Heart Community

Students at Work

In reflecting back on another year that was impacted by COVID, I am mindful of the resilience, flexibility and optimism of students and teachers involved in teaching and learning. Like many of society’s institutions, education has been built on solid foundations of tried and true practice but has also needed the capacity to evolve and adapt to changing needs and expectations of the many different stakeholders.

COVID has meant that teachers and students have needed to reshape the traditional approaches to learning and embark on a journey together where the classroom and practice was on a steep learning curve. Through it all our students have remained optimistic, trusting and up for the challenge.

In the many conversations that I have with students around their future directions it is evident that optimism and a willingness to think broadly about what is possible is a key driver in success. Our VET program offers students the chance to dip their toes into the water of industry and see first-hand what the world of work is like. Programs like the Certificate 111 in Fitness and Certificate 111 in Microbusiness Operations give students the chance to learn relevant competencies in specific areas that are industry relevant and offer SACE credits as well as an ATAR calculation.

Riley (pictured above) completed the C111 in Microbusiness and chatted about his courses for next year whilst quickly constructing the magnetic man tower. Riley made this task look easy, which has not been the experience of many students before him. Perhaps a career in building or architecture for Riley??

As South Australia bounces back from the impacts of COVID it has brought about a myriad of apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities the likes of which I have never seen previously. Graduating students are spoilt for choice in terms of the range of options available to them. These opportunities can be accessed via Google Classroom Year 12 and Beyond with the code ypy2uwp.

In closing, I wish all students and families a very happy and safe Christmas and New Year.

Key Dates

  • Boarders – University of SA Rural Reconnect Relocation Scholarship

    Value: $6,000 AUD

    Open/Closing Dates: August 18th 2021 – January 31st 2022

    The University of South Australia Rural Reconnect Relocation Scholarships were established as part of the University of South Australia Rural Reconnect project. These scholarships, valued at $6,000 each, will assist students from rural and isolated areas to fund their relocation costs associated with moving to the city in order to pursue full-time undergraduate study.

    Find out more

  • Bond Medical Program Information Session

    Monday 22nd November 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm


    The Bond University Medical Program offers students opportunities to bring to life their ambitions to become outstanding practitioners, thinkers, and leaders, well equipped to deliver evidence-based, patient-centered health care that meets the needs of a diverse community.

    Bond invite you to join the Dean of Medicine who will provide an overview of the Medical Program at Bond University via a webinar. Get the answers to all your questions during this live information session.

    Find out more here

  • University of Adelaide Parents Information Session

    Tuesday 23rd November 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    University of Adelaide, North Terrace Campus

    Adelaide Uni are pleased to present another online opportunity for parents, caregivers and families of high school students to meet experts from the Domestic Recruitment Team and hear information about future tertiary applications.

    At this 2021 Parent Information Session you will be able to hear about degree choices, SATAC procedures, timelines, support services, accommodation, and everything else that is involved in the lead up to life at university. There will also be a chance for you to ask questions or discuss anything else that they might be able to help with.

    Find out more here

  • SAPOL Police Officer Recruitment Seminar

    Wednesday 24th November 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

    State Administration Centre, Adelaide

    Whether you’ve made the decision to apply for SA Police or you’re still on the fence, the pre-application information seminars provide you with all the information you need to help you prepare for your application.

    The seminars cover information for police officers and each session usually covers:

    • the requirements and correct submission of application forms
    • the SAPOL Recruitment Test (TAFE SA)
    • the evaluation and testing processes
    • the panel interview
    • physical testing, including required standards and information on how to prepare yourself.

    You can also hear from serving police officers about their experiences at the academy and on the job.

    Find out more here

  • AIE Online Campus Day

    Saturday 27th November 1:00 pm


    Discover the courses designed to get you started in game development, 3D animation and visual effects at the AIE Online Campus Day on Sat 27th November, 2021. AIE will be running this event for students interested in studying online. You will be able to meet teachers, explore how classes will run, course options, career pathways and see their amazing student work.

    You 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

  • NIE Free UCAT Information Session

    Monday 29th November 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm


    The National Institute of Education (NIE) is proud to present the free information seminar all about UCAT and the undergraduate pathways into medicine, dentistry, and some other health science programs. This is not a sales/advertising/promotional seminar. The session is packed with invaluable information during which they will be covering the following topics and more.

    This forum is an excellent opportunity for teachers, students, and parents to find out about the UCAT and to have their questions answered by an expert who has been working in the field since 1999.

    • What is UCAT? UCAT scores? UCAT Sub-tests?
    • The Undergraduate Selection Criteria
    • Application process into universities for medicine and dentistry
    • When and who can sit the UCAT
    • UCAT vs GAMSAT – How is UCAT different?
    • Can you prepare for the UCAT?
    • Undergraduate medical school interview explained and medical school interview preparation advice
    • Gap Year
    • Alternative degrees and career choices
    • Q & A

    Find out more here

  • ICHM Discovery Day

    Monday 29th November 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

    Oval Hotel, North Adelaide

    If you are currently at school in Year 11 or 12 and are interested in business, hotel management and hospitality, and want to discover more about a possible career path in a luxury hotel this is 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 ICHM 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.

    Everyone is welcome and you’ll get to meet people just like you. If you haven’t already, you can even enrol on the day and secure your place on their upcoming intakes!

    Find out more here

  • ACU Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilisation) and Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilisation)/Bachelor of Laws Webinar

    Monday 6th December 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm


    Join online to discover more about ACU’s Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilisation) degrees and learn about the scholarships on offer valued at up to $150,000.

    Hear from current students about their experiences studying these degrees at ACU and from academics about the interesting course content.

    Find out more here

  • Flinders Open Days 365: Scholarships

    Monday 6th December 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm


    Hear from Flinders Staff about scholarships and support when transitioning to Flinders University.

    Find out more here

  • SAE Creative Futures

    Thursday 9th December 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

    SAE Institute Adelaide

    SAE Adelaide are opening their campus doors and giving you the chance to chat with their industry experts, who are ready to answer all your questions about studying and working in creative fields.

    This FREE event is exclusively for high school students in year 12.

    What’s on at Creative Futures?

    • Talk to lecturers and industry experts
    • Learn about Scholarships and Launchpad program
    • See student support initiatives and services
    • Information Seminars

    Find out more here

  • Flinders Open Days 365: Pathways to University

    Friday 10th December 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm


    The Pathways to University Webinar will explain and expand on a variety of different pathway options that can gain you entry into Flinders.

    Find out more here

  • NIE Simulated UCAT Day Workshop Online

    Sunday 19th December 10:00 am – 5:00 pm


    Find out more here

  • Flinders Open Days 365: Uni Life

    Monday 20th December 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm


    Hear about what to expect when becoming a University student and how to tackle day to day student life.

    Find out more here

  • Flinders Open Days 365: Pathways to Flinders

    Thursday 23rd December 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm


    Hear from Flinders staff about the many different pathways into Flinders University.  Whether you’re an adult, current high school student or a returning student there’s a pathway for you at Flinders.

    Find out more here

  • Flinders Open Days 365: Pathways into Medicine

    Friday 7th January 2022, 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm


    Hear from Flinders staff about Medicine and its pathways. Understand entry to both the undergraduate and postgraduate option and maximise your chances of success.

    Find out more here

  • Torrens University Australia Virtual Open Day

    Thursday 20th January 2022, 4:00 – 6:00 pm


    Jump online for their Virtual Open Day to get the information you need to turn today’s dream into tomorrow’s career.

    You’ll hear from academics who are leaders in their field; guest speakers who are trailblazers in their industries; and Course and Careers Advisors who know the ins and outs of their courses, internships, scholarships and campuses.

    Find out more here

Training and Work

TAFE Course Information Sessions
There are a range of TAFE SA course information sessions on Arts, Design, Building & Construction, Community services, Education and Languages, Information Technology, Mining, Engineering and Automotive in the next few weeks for more information please see this link.

The changing world of work
The world of work is changing. Not that long ago you could have expected to walk away from school into a job in a factory or office and stay there for 45 years. Between the end of WWII and the mid 1970’s, so for about 35 years between 1940 and 1974, the average unemployment rate in Australia was 1.9%. This meant that workers were in high demand, and that employers had to look after their employees in order to keep them.

Since the 1970’s, changes in government policy and organisational structures have kept the unemployment rate at around 7% on average. This means employers have more power over employees who may struggle to find work if they lose their jobs, and is part of the reason why people are willing to accept less secure work with fewer benefits, like gig work.

Advances in technology also mean that lots of the menial, repetitive tasks which used to be done by people are now handled by ever-more intelligent computers. Take the touch-screen ordering system at many fast food restaurants, or the self-serve checkouts at the supermarket – not so long ago these places provided many low-skill, entry-level jobs which are now being done by technology.

It’s not just low-skill jobs that are being affected – law firms no longer need teams of junior lawyers and legal secretaries to comb hardcopy legal documents, they have automated databases which can be searched by keyword. Librarians are being replaced by online search systems, and pharmacy assistants are getting replaced by robotic dispensing machines.

Technology is now moving at such a pace that we can expect work to look different again in just 5 years – but we can predict (to some extent) what will happen.

  • You’ll need your human skills

    These are skills that cannot be replaced by technology. Creativity, intuition, and innovation are human-specific, as are caring skills that help people feel comfortable. Mediators and negotiators, teachers, and salespeople will always be needed in our workforce.

    If you’re interested in the Future of Work check out this video.

  • It’s not all doom and gloom

    Sure, reading about this stuff can get a bit depressing, but it’s actually not a bad thing. As robots take over some of our most dull jobs, that frees us up to do more satisfying roles. People in jobs that have been taken over by technology, such as factory line workers, are being supported to upskill and find new work in other areas which gives them more variety and challenges.

    The other thing to remember is that most of us pivot at one point or another anyway. For example, apprentices become employees who might go on to start their own business, or manage a team of tradespeople – which requires vastly different skills to those they learnt as an apprentice. And people change jobs all the time; sometimes because we have to, but often because we get bored and want to find a new challenge. If you’re interested in how often we change jobs check out the FYA New Work Order Series for more details.

  • You don’t want to be a robot

    It’s easy for technology to replace the jobs with lots of repetitive, predictable tasks, which is why factories no longer employ armies of small children and now look like something from a science-fiction movie instead. Working ‘like a machine’ isn’t a good thing – it’s boring, tiring, and never gets any better, so if there’s a robot that can do that job then that means you are free to move on to something else.

    The loss of all the robot jobs is being replaced by increased demand for human jobs at all skill levels – just look at the demand for aged care workers as one example. You can’t automate caring for other people or mediating conflict – these things require humanity, and jobs that require these skills are often highly rewarding.

Spotlight on Careers

Careers in Technology
Watch a recorded webinar which could help you to kickstart a future-focused tech or cyber security career! In this webinar, discover how grads can secure next-gen STEM roles in seriously important – and booming – fields! Plus, gain industry insights from real-life grads and find out how they kickstarted their own unique tech paths.

Careers in Horticulture and Gardening
Whether or not you have an interest in gardening you may be surprised at the sheer variety of career paths available to you.  Pathways can involve a background in science or the environment, other roles use artistic skills and still others suit people who love to work outdoors.  For more information please see this link which has lots of information and videos put together by the Garden Council of Australia.

How to become a Psychologist
Help people manage their mental health
Psychologists are health professionals who use their knowledge and skills to diagnose and help people manage a variety of mental health problems. These can be cognitive, behavioural or educational disorders, and some psychologists may choose to specialise in a specific area. If you are patient with great listening skills, want to make a difference in people’s lives, and are a fantastic communicator, a job as a Psychologist could be perfect for you.

  • About you
    • Excellent communicator
    • Active listener
    • Great problem solver
    • Patient and empathetic
    • Rational and calm
    • Socially perceptive
    • Emotionally resilient
    • Critical thinker
  • The job
    • Identifying potential cognitive, behavioural and educational disorders in patients
    • Administering diagnostic tests to confirm a diagnosis
    • Collecting information about a patient’s health and history
    • Developing treatment plans personalised to each patient’s needs
    • Consulting with other healthcare professionals
    • Conducting research through interviews and observations
    • Providing emotional support to patients
    • Engaging in lifelong learning as healthcare advances
    • Referring patients on to other specialists if necessary
  • Lifestyle Impact: Low
    • Part Time opportunities: High – around 48% of Psychologists work part-time (source:
    • Average hours for full-time workers: 43 hours a week, which is average (source:
    • Psychologists’ salary (average) $110,000* per year (source: *Salaries vary depending on your skills and experience.
    • Future career growth: Very strong (source:
    • You will be spending most of your time indoors.
    • You will also need to consider that you may be dealing with very vulnerable people, and hear things that may be confronting.
  • Psychologists are most in demand in these locations

    This is a large occupation, with around 36,100 people working as Psychologists in 2020 (source:, with very strong growth expected over the next five years. Demand for Psychologists is highest in New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory. Most Psychologists work in the Healthcare and Social Assistance industry.

    Your duties as a Psychologist can vary depending on which field you’d like to specialise in, such as child psychology, forensic psychology, sports psychology, and more.

  • How to become a Psychologist in Australia

    To work as a Psychologist in Australia, you will need to complete a minimum of six years of combined education and/or training.

    Step 1 – Complete Year 12 with a strong focus on English and Sciences.

    Step 2 – Study an accredited undergraduate level course at university, typically a Bachelor of Psychology or Bachelor of Psychological Science. You can see a full list of Ahpra’s approved programs of study here.

    Step 3 – After finishing your undergraduate degree, you can either choose to continue with 2 more years of study with a Master’s/Doctorate level degree; or 1 further year of Master’s level study combined with a 1 year internship. See approved postgraduate programs of study here. If you choose the 5+1 internship pathway, you will also need to complete the National Psychology Exam.

    Step 4 – Apply for general registration with the Psychology Board of Australia. Make sure you meet any requirements set out in the registration standards.

    Step 5 – Start working as a qualified Psychologist. You will need to renew your registration each year, as well as participate in Continuing Professional Development (CPD) throughout your career.

    Step 6 – If you’d like to specialise in a particular field, you will need to complete further postgraduate study and apply for endorsement.

    Find out more here –

  • Similar Careers to Psychologist
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    What do Psychologists do?

    Psychologists help to diagnose and treat people with a variety of mental health disorders, and help them to have a better quality of life.


    Which industries employ Psychologists?

    Psychologists are usually employed in the Healthcare and Social Assistance industry.


    What options are there for career progression?

    You will usually start working out as a general psychologist, and can then choose to do further study to specialise in a particular field.


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

    Yes, you will need a combination of both undergraduate and postgraduate study, as well as potentially training, before you can work as a Psychologist.


    Where do Psychologists work?

    Psychologists are needed all across Australia, particularly in New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory. They mostly work indoors.


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

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

    1. Get work experience in a healthcare-related setting, such as a hospital, doctor’s office or even nursing home. This can help you get exposure to the industry and even start forming networks.
    2. Do lots of research on the university degrees you would like to study and make sure they’re approved by Ahpra, or you might not be able to register once you finish.
    3. See if you can talk to someone who works as a Psychologist to get an idea of what a day in their life is like, or find some ‘day in the life’ videos to watch.

How to become a Personal Trainer
Help people reach their health goals
Personal Trainers work with individual clients, developing exercise and diet plans to help them reach their health goals. They help people seeking a variety of outcomes, including weight loss, strength, flexibility, general fitness, and even rehabilitation. If you’re fit and active, are a great coach and motivator, and want a job that will help people feel their best, becoming a Personal Trainer could be perfect for you.

  • About you
    • Active and energetic
    • Excellent fitness level
    • Fantastic communication skills
    • Kind and compassionate
    • Motivating and encouraging
    • Works well independently
    • Good problem-solver
    • Can think outside the box
  • The job
    • Assessing a client’s current health and fitness level
    • Developing exercise plans appropriate to a client’s wants and needs
    • Providing basic nutrition advice
    • Demonstrating movements and exercises for a client
    • Teaching clients how to use equipment
    • Consulting with other health professionals
    • Setting up, monitoring, and cleaning fitness equipment
    • Maintaining appropriate workplace health and safety practices
  • Lifestyle Impact: Moderate
    • Part Time opportunities: High – around 71% of Personal Trainers work part-time (source:
    • Average hours for full-time workers: 45 hours a week, which is around average (source:
    • Personal Trainers’ salary (average) $60,000* per year (source: *Salaries vary depending on your skills and experience.
    • Future career growth: Strong (source:
    • You will most likely have to work on weekends, early mornings, and evenings to fit around your client’s schedule.
  • Personal Trainers are most in demand in these locations

    This is a medium sized occupation, with around 24,300 people working as Personal Trainers in Australia in 2020 (source: There is demand spread fairly evenly across Australia. Most Personal Trainers work in the Arts and Recreation industry.

    Personal Trainers can work in a huge variety of locations, including gyms, fitness centres, parks, sporting clubs, lifestyle retreats, hotels, and even from your own home.

  • How to become a Personal Trainer in Australia

    Although it’s not strictly necessary, it would be hugely beneficial to complete a VET course if you want to work as a Personal Trainer in Australia.

    Step 1 – Complete Year 12 with a strong focus on English and PE.

    Step 2 – Complete a relevant qualification, such as:

    • Certificate III (available at SHC) or IV in Fitness
    • Diploma of Fitness
    • You could even consider a university qualification such as a Bachelor of Exercise Science

    Step 3 – Register for professional membership with Fitness Australia, Physical Activity Australia or FITREC.

    Step 4 – Make sure you have any other qualifications or licences needed to start working, such as indemnity insurance or First Aid qualifications.

Interesting Stuff

Why you should set goals

Planning for your future or just wanting to get the most out of your year? Gain long-term vision and short-term motivation by setting some goals.

Whether you’re thinking about subject selection, wondering which post school pathway to take, pondering your gap year options, choosing your next holiday destination, or thinking about how to get fitter and healthier – you’re already forming goals.

Goals don’t always have to be hugely monumental and life changing events either, so here’s some reasons why you should consider putting a little bit of time and energy into turning your dreams and plans into goals.

  • Goals can provide focus and help you to move forward in life

    Spending some time thinking about what you’d like to achieve in the future (either in a year, five years, or even ten years) can help you work out what’s really important to you. This clarity can help you to focus on what really matters to you. If you care about something, you’re more likely to stick with it and get a great reward when you follow through.

    Writing down your goals and putting an action plan in place are the next steps that could help you to achieve what you set out to do.

  • Goals help you to see and measure your progress

    No matter how big, challenging, or daunting your aspirations are, goals could help you to break them down into manageable steps and plan ways to work around obstacles or make time.

    This will help you to chip away at the ultimate goal (as well as feel good along the way when you accomplish your milestones).

  • Setting goals could help you to overcome procrastination

    Setting goals could help you to overcome procrastination.

    “Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.” – Benjamin Franklin.

    Putting things off is so easy to do, but it means that you’ll probably end up achieving less.

    By setting goals you’ll become accountable to yourself. Instead of brushing something off and thinking “I’ll get around to it tomorrow”, your goals will stick in your mind. If you don’t complete an action or step, it might niggle away at you. That works as a constant reminder of what you should be doing, and prompt you into action.

    Don’t scare yourself off though. Setting one huge goal can be daunting, but breaking it down into smaller steps can make it more manageable.

  • Increase your motivation

    Increase your motivation.

    When you’ve discovered goals that are important to you, planned how you can achieve them and set yourself deadlines that will hold you accountable, statistically there is a much higher chance that you will be more motivated than ever to see your goals through to the end.

    You could achieve more than you might have done without them.

  • Productivity and positivity

    The last couple of years have been a bit crazy and lots of us had plans changed or written off – sometimes more than once. So it’s understandable that you might be feeling hesitant to start making goals this year.

    However, lots of experts reckon that this could be the best year ever to set some goals.  They could help to keep you productive and preserve your sanity by making you feel a bit more in control. Surely it’s got to be worth a go?

  • You can set goals anytime

    Despite the unknowns of the future, setting goals still has great value – so try not to get sucked into the “why bother” attitude and instead opt for making the best out of what you’ve got to work with.

    If you haven’t set any goals yet, don’t stress, it’s never too late and there’s no perfect time or deadline. You could take some time to think about what you’d like to achieve right now, or book it in for this weekend. Then you can get stuck in and start taking action once you have organised your direction.

    Make sure your goals are:

    • Realistic and achievable
    • Measurable
    • Will add value or happiness to your life
    • Flexible – it’s OK to change your goals or milestones if they’re not working out for you.

Letz Live

Letz Live are thrilled to announce a new programme for young people considering a Gap Year for 2022 – Activity Camp Assistant in the UK. The role of a Camp Assistant will see participants working at one of Letz Live outdoor learning centres, scattered across England, Scotland and Wales.  Accommodation, meals and training is provided, as well as a competitive salary.

Participants will be supporting young people with essential outdoor learning activities such as canoeing, high ropes, sports, paddle boarding and more.

Positions will commence from March and conclude from August through until November 2022. 

For further information visit here.

AGSA Neo Summer Daze

  • Saturday 4th December 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Art Gallery of South Australia

Launch into summer at Neo! Think big aerosol murals, karaoke and high energy sounds from Phylo, JT BLUE and MoZzi. Hand-paint your own chromatic tote with Mali Allen-Place, pick up some skills in Auslan, and learn the ropes of traditional Ngarrindjeri and Ngadjuri weaving with Tarnanthi artist Sonya Rankine. Explore the Tarnanthi exhibition by jumping into an Art Talk with the Neo Ambassadors, and don’t forget to grab a free bahn mi!

Find out more here.

Competitions for over the Holidays

  • Science without Borders® International Student Art Contest

    The Science Without Borders® Challenge is an international contest that engages students and teachers in ocean conservation through art.

    This annual competition inspires students to be creative while promoting public awareness of the need to preserve, protect, and restore the world’s oceans and aquatic resources.

    The theme for this year’s 10th annual Science without Borders® Challenge is “Ridge to Reef.”

    Entries are open until 7th March 2022.

    Find out more and enter here.

  • Little Black Dress Spooky Story Competition

    The KSP Writers’ Centre is proud to present this annual spooky story competition, sponsored by Little Black Dress Productions.

    The judges will be looking for good quality original, unpublished writing with engaging characters and a compelling narrative including an excellent beginning, middle and end. Entries must be rated PG and should address the set theme.

    The deadline for entries is 24th March 2022.

    Find out more and enter here.

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).