Making plans will help students to achieve what they want to do. The student who looks ahead, and thinks about the jobs or courses of study that will best suit his ability, interests and personality, will be happier and more content. Students are encouraged to make sure that they do not limit their interest to one choice. They should try to have several different possibilities in mind, and obtain information about all of them.
School Careers Adviser
The Careers Adviser provides vocational and educational guidance through individual counselling, and provides access to up-to-date, accurate information about job requirements and study courses. All Year 10 students will be interviewed at least once during the year. As a part of their education towards independent living, students are encouraged to take responsibility by initiating their own appointments whenever possible.
Careers Resources can be accessed in the Careers Adviser’s office. Students are encouraged to visit the office to access information about careers, university courses, TAFE courses, interstate and overseas universities, defence forces and a range of other information. The noticeboard outside Mr Shadgett’s office advertises current information in regard to careers expos, open days, guest speakers, scholarships, exchange programs, etc and students are encouraged to seek out this information regularly.
The Careers Adviser can be accessed in his office before school, after school, at recess, lunch times or study periods. If students require further information or assistance an appointment can be made with the Careers Adviser.
The Career Centre, which is situated at 7, GPO Building, 3 Forrest Place, Perth, is an extremely modern, self-service library providing in-depth information on all types of careers, and therefore is an important source of assistance for anyone considering career choices.
The Career Centre has several computers that are available for the following purpose:
- Updating your resume (booking essential)
- Defence Force Career Explorer
- Career Compass and Career Voyage – Career Assessment Packages (booking essential)
Competent and experienced staff members are available to offer careers advice and guidance. Their hours are 8.30am to 4.30pm each weekday (Tel: 13 23 98).
Centrelink delivers Commonwealth services as a ‘one-stop shop’. Centrelink is a first stop for job seekers seeking referral to employment services. Call 13 10 21 to find out where your local Centrelink is located.
An apprenticeship involves a maximum of four years of training in the work place supplemented by compulsory courses at a TAFE College. For new apprenticeship enquiries contact the Apprenticeship Office.
TAFE Counselling and Information Services
TAFE Counselling and Information Services have a student adviser available at all TAFE campuses. They provide vocational and educational guidance through vocational testing and individual counselling to prospective students. It is generally advisable to telephone for an appointment.
A pre-apprenticeship is a maximum one year, full-time course of instruction conducted at a TAFE College in a specific trade or ‘family of trades’. Its purpose is to give the young school leaver a chance to develop skills that relate to a particular trade that may assist in obtaining an apprenticeship. Application is through the same process as for all TAFE courses with on-line applications being available in August and closing by the end of September.
Defence Force Careers
A comprehensive service for Army, Navy and Air Force careers is available at Level 7, 66 St George‟s Terrace, Perth (Telephone 131 901). Located at the same address is the Defence Force Careers Reference Centre.