Career Pathways Term 3 Week 3

Wednesday, 03 Aug 2022

Macquarie University Immersion

In the last holidays, a group of 16 students from Years 11 and 12 were invited to participate in the LEAP INroads program at Macquarie University. Students lived on campus for the week, undertaking a huge range of activities in the different faculty areas, including some great lectures and sporting activities. Macquarie student ambassadors looked after our group wonderfully well, treating us to a tour of the Australian Museum and Sydney City.  The week finished off with a farewell dinner where students could speak with university academics, ambassadors and other staff about Macquarie courses and study pathways.

Some feedback from students on this great experience: 

“Participating in Macquarie University’s InROADS program was an exciting opportunity where I had a taste of an actual university life besides learning about the vast number of courses offered by them. The best part was that I had this experience in an informal, friendly and supportive environment.”

“The LEAP inROADS trip was an amazing experience. It told me all the different ways of getting into university as well as the different courses you can take. It calmed me down and told me that I don’t have to stress as much on getting the highest ATAR to do a certain course. “ 

“The inROADS and Macquarie University teams both went over and beyond with their generosity, effort and time to make this the most enriching experience for us. From lectures to group activities and interactive expos, we were able to experience a taste of uni life, while also being able to engage with current students. The hospitality of Dunmore Lang College took this experience a step even further to allow us to even stay in university accommodation, with access to common rooms and the cafeteria. And what a better way to spend it than being able to with your new friends from other schools. A once in a lifetime, and truly worth it experience for students even the slightest bit interested in going to university, no matter how old or smart or involved you are.”

Check out the photos of this great week  on our career Facebook page here

Year 10 Career Development Days

This term kicked off with the BDC’s signature Year 10 Career Development Days. Year 10 were immersed in career activities such as career personality profiling, skills and values audits, work experience readiness, workshops on UAC, Senior Subject Selection, VET and Internships as well as attending industry workshops and hearing from guest speakers from a range of employment areas.

These activities were followed up with the subject taster days and individual student and parent subject selection interviews - all designed to give students some framework for choosing their senior subjects going into the HSC and/or other career pathways.

Our thanks also to our many industry partners, who so willingly give up their time to come to the college to share their knowledge and experience with our students. 

I am looking forward to working with this wonderful group of young men and women over the next few years and assisting them on their individual career journeys. Check out photos of the career days on our careers Facebook page here

Post School Options Expo

Many Year 11 and 12 students attended this excellent careers event at the CHEC campus last week. Students were able to speak to Exhibitors from many universities, ADF, TAFE, UAC and many local employers to gather information about their post school options. My local career advisors network CCCAN  (Clarence Coffs Career Advisor Network). Not only did they organise the Expo for all students in our region, but they also paid for the bus for our students to attend. Check out photos of the career expo on our careers Facebook page here

Year 10 Internship Program

Applications will soon be open for Year 10 students who wish to apply for an industry internship. Internships are offered with a range of local employers who will host a year 10 student in their business 1 day per week throughout terms 3 and 4. Interns will cycle around to different areas of operation of the business, allowing the Intern to gain experience and insight into the range of different careers available in industry.  Students are asked to complete an industry project based on a real world business issue. Internships can give students industry networks and referees, project management, communication and teamwork skills and can sometimes lead to a paid school based apprenticeship during Years 11 or 12 or casual work. For more information about your child participating in a Year 10 internship or as a business wishing to host an Intern,  please email

Southern Cross University Open Day - 5 - 7th August - $15,000 scholarship up for grabs

Southern Cross University Open Day 2022 is now live online and on-campus 5-7 August

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Careers@Lunchtime is back this term

Bond University will join us at Lunchtime in the IHub on Tues 23 August to talk about Scholarships and how to apply!  This session will be useful for anyone interested in applying scholarships for tertiary study, even if not planning to apply to study at Bond University - watch out for more details!

Like our Dedicated Facebook page

Keep abreast of what’s happening in careers!  Like our dedicated Careers Facebook Page  Here.  I share a wide range of information about university, trades, jobs, work experience, scholarships etc. 

Check out our dedicated Careers Website here

A fantastic free resource for our students and parents alike - search for tertiary information and courses, research careers of interest, find university and scholarship information, info about VET courses, SBATs and more!

Gina Driscoll
Career Pathways Coach