Pathways & Careers
South Oakleigh College is highly committed to providing students with access to relevant, timely and reliable careers information and counselling. The focus is to provide, wherever possible, a tailored program to suit individual needs. The College aims to be both flexible and willing to investigate any opportunities that benefit our students.
Our Careers and Pathway Advisor is responsible for careers and course counselling, maintaining a library of relevant material for student use and assisting in the placement of VCE students in relevant courses. The process is aimed at providing students with all the relevant information and allowing them to make informed choices about their lives. The Careers and Pathway Advisor is also responsible for liaising with the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre and in-servicing students on procedures for applying for tertiary courses and how the ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) is used in this process.
Students and parents/guardians are able to access a modern, convenient and well-resourced Careers Room. They are encouraged to come and browse through written and audiovisual material, use career-related computer programs and discuss issues with the Careers and Pathway Advisor. Students also receive assistance with the completion of specific application forms if they so desire.
Resources include: University/TAFE handbooks and individual course pamphlets, positions vacant as sent by local employment networks, career descriptions, Defence Force information, brochures on Government schemes that affect youth, videos and other written information on job seeking skills: resumes, letters of application and coping with interviews. In addition, students are able to apply for tax file numbers through the Pathway Leader. Careers Information is also distributed to students via the College Newsletter.
For students wishing to undertake a VCAL pathway, our careers advisor supports students to pursue this area of study outside the College, by counselling students to find an institution to support their needs.
Computer programs available to students include:
- OZJAC: A program that allows students to investigate different careers and pathways.
- COURSE SCAN: This program is designed to assist student selection for tertiary courses and provide details of pre-requisite subjects. This is ideal for Year 10-12 students as students are able to program in their subject selections and get a print out of what courses they are eligible for.
- CAREER BUILDER: A careers exploration program with a companion designs your own resume, and job application. Access to the Internet is also available from the Careers Room. Internet is increasingly used by tertiary institutions, employers and business groups in the promotion of courses and careers. Students are issued with a list of relevant websites each year via a variety of publications.
Career Action Plans
In response to a Government initiative, the College has put in place a number of support mechanisms for post-compulsory students, which assists them in planning career pathways. All students throughout the College complete a pathways plan annually, which focuses on future planning and goal setting. The College has also implemented Destination Tracking procedures that better enable the Careers Department to assist ex-students when required.
Resumes & Cover Letters
Your resume is your most important tool when applying for a job. It doesn’t matter how qualified you are, or how much experience you have – if your resume is poorly presented or badly written, you’re going to have trouble getting the job you want – or even an interview. For more tips and advice click here.
A good cover letter needs to show that you know what the job involves and what the organisation requires. To do this you need to be as specific as you can about your skills and qualities and how they match the job or organisation’s needs. For more information and advice click here.
There is a massive list of links to pages below to help you with your all sorts of things, like career planning, work preparation, study skills, industry and job information and more.
Career Planning, Approaches to Study, Writing Resumes & Life After School
- South Oakleigh College Careers: www.southoakleighcollegecareers.com
- My Resume: http://www.myresume.com.au/
- Myfuture: Information about occupations, industries, videos, scholarships, courses etc – www.myfuture.edu.au/
- Victoria Youth Central: This site has heaps of information on careers, study planning, apprenticeships and more – www.youthcentral.vic.gov.au/
- Indigenous Jobs: http://www.indigenousjobsaustralia.com.au/
- Victorian Skills Gateway: A DEECD website designed to be the one-stop-shop for all vocational education information – http://www.education.vic.gov.au/
- Life Is A Road Trip: One-stop shop to find information on tertiary and training courses, financial support, facilities on campuses, etc. This is a GREAT website! – http://www.innovation.gov.au/AboutUs/Study/pages/index.html
- Young Worker Toolkit: Online tools to help youth with their transition to the workforce – https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/young-workers
- Jobs 4 Geelong: Get help with Resumes, letters, interview skills and finding work in Geelong! – http://www.jobsforgeelong.com.au/
- LinkedIn Blog: All sorts of excellent advice and articles on work, finding works, who is getting hired – http://blog.linkedin.com/
Job and Industry Information
- Discover Tourism: https://discoveryourcareer.com.au/
- Careers in Mining: http://www.miningcareers.com/
- Careers in Transport and Logistics: http://www.the-linc.com.au/
- First 10: Web page which links students with various career industry organisations. Click here to undertake further career exploration – https://explorecareers.com.au/
Find Out More About Jobs Here
Labour Market and Job Outlook
Trades and Apprenticeships
- Skillsone: Has hundreds of videos about getting a trade or a skill – www.skillsone.com.au
- Australian Apprenticeships and Traineeships: Look at apprenticeship pathway charts, undertake practice aptitude tests, learn about government initiatives and watch videos – https://www.aapathways.com.au/
- Australian Apprenticeship Pathways: Find out more about Australian Apprenticeship pathways. The web site also includes practise aptitude tests – http://www.aapathways.com.au/here.cfm
- Auto Apprenticeships: This web page will tell you everything you need to know about getting into the automotive industry – http://www.autoapprenticeships.com.au/
- Careers In Glass: Find out more about an industry in glass – https://www.skills.vic.gov.au/
- Music Australia: Music Australia provides information on music careers in Australia. Providing support in developing and strengthening professional training and skills across the sector – https://musicaustralia.org.au/careers/
Engineering, Architecture and Design
- Engineering Network Geelong: http://www.eng.org.au/profiles
- What Is Engineering: Read about all of the different types of Engineering and more – For-Students-And-Educators/Engineering-Careers/What-Is-EngineeringFor-Students-And-Educators/Engineering-Careers/What-Is-Engineering
- Archied – Architecture Careers: The site aims to provide concise and practical information about a career in architecture and what courses are available in Australia (as well as further afield) – http://www.archied.com
Food and Fibre
- Careers Harvest: Career Harvest is a hub for the most cutting-edge careers within the food and fibre industries. Whether you’re interested in feeding the world, adapting to climate change, developing the environment or managing future energy sources – http://www.careerharvest.com.au/
- Careers in Primary Industries: The Primary Industry Centre for Science Education has just released a brochure outlining an A – Z of careers in agricultural science, primary industries, food, and natural resources. You can download the resource here – http://ww.picse.net/resources/PICSE_booklet2014.pdf
- Racing Industry Careers: http://www.racingvictoria.net.au/Careers/default.aspx
- Discover Hospitality: http://ww.discoverhospitality.com/
Subject Selection, Planning for Higher Education
- Good University Guide: http://www.gooduniguide.com.au
- VCE Subject Help: Tips and advice to assist you in selecting your VCE subjects and future prospects – https://www.rmit.edu.au/school-leaver/how-to-choose-your-vce-subjects
- VTAC Course Search: Search through multiple universities and courses all in one easy to use search engine – https://delta.vtac.edu.au/CourseSearch/searchguide.htm
Career Practitioner Resources
- Blueprint for Careers Development: https://www.education.gov.au/australian-blueprint-career-development
- Career Planning Students With Disabilities: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/
Senior Students Web links and Resources
- Your Career Guide: Advice about careers, skills shortages, writing resumes, cover letters, interviews skills, etc – http://www.yourcareerguide.com.au/
Uni and TAFE Info
- ABC of Applying: Information for Year 12 students regarding application to TAFE and University through VTAC – http://www.vtac.edu.au/
- ABC of Scaling: Find out how scaling works – http://www.vtac.edu.au/
- Applying for University in Tasmania: Applications for study to UTAS must be made direct to the Uni – https://www.utas.edu.au/admissions
- ATAR Calculator: Calculate your ATAR on this website – http://atarcalc.com/
- Choice VCE: Information For Year 10 students regarding VCE pathways and subject choices for University – http://www.vtac.edu.au/
- QTAC QLD Uni: Visit this website to search and apply for Uni and TAFE courses in QLD – http://www.qtac.edu.au/
- UAC – NSW and ACT Uni: Visit this website to search and apply for Uni and TAFE courses in NSW – http://www.uac.edu.au/
- University Pathway Planner: Lists University qualifications in order of ATAR – http://www.unioptions.com/content/pathway-planner
- Victer 2017: Victer 2017 is for Year 10 students in 2-14. It provides the pre-req subjects for study in 2017 – http://www.vtac.edu.au/
- VTAC (University/TAFE ): Find out about Uni and TAFE courses in Victoria. VTAC is also used – http://www.vtac.edu.au/
Melbourne and Surrounding Areas Tertiary Providers
- Australian Catholic University: http://www.acu.edu.au/
- Box Hill Institute: https://www.boxhill.edu.au/
- Charles Sturt University: http://csu.edu.au/
- Chisholm Institute: http://chisholm.edu.au/
- Deakin University: http://deakin.edu.au/
- Federation University: http://www.federation.edu.au/
- Holmesglen Institute: http://holmesglen.edu.au/
- Kangan Institute: http://kangan.edu.au/
- La Trobe University: http://latrobe.edu.au/
- Monash University: http://www.monash.edu.au/
- Melbourne Polytechnic: https://www.melbournepolytechnic.edu.au/
- RMIT University: http://rmit.edu.au/
- Swinburne University of Technology: http://swinburne.edu.au/
- University of Melbourne: http://www.unimelb.edu.au/
- Victoria University: http://vu.edu.au/
- William Angliss Institute: http://www.angliss.edu.au/