​Career Pathways Term 3 Week 9

Wednesday, 14 Sept 2022

Class of 2022

As their HSC approaches, our Year 12 cohort have been busy thinking about their plans for life after school. Many have applied to study at university through a range of early entry schemes, undertaking industry work placements with a view to securing apprenticeships, and looking into options for gap year work or travel. I can confirm that I have had individual career planning sessions with over 90% of this cohort during the year to assist them with planning their next steps. It has been a busy year!

To date, at least 11 students have received early offers to study at university in 2023, while others have secured apprenticeships, entrance to the Australian Defence Force and some great job opportunities.

I wish this wonderful cohort all the best for the next stage of their individual journeys - they have been a pleasure to work with. 

Please find a link here to the latest dedicated Year 12 Careers Newsletter. It has relevant information sheets and links to services that students may need to access, e.g. scholarships, financial study assistance from Centrelink, UAC information etc. 

Industry Internships Legends 2022

Taylan Kapukaya, Mia Kelly and Lily Mackenzie are our successful Year 10 Interns this year.  All three have commenced with their host employers and will work in industry one day per week throughout Term 3 and 4. Interns will complete an industry project as agreed with their host employer and will share their experience and what they learned within each organisation with the school at the end of their Internship

Year 10 

Many proactive Year 10’s have already locked in their work experience placements for 21 to 25 November. If your child is in Year 10, please encourage them to approach an organisation they would be interested in getting some work experience in as soon as possible! Click here for my Year 10 newsletter which contains the links to all the documents required for work experience.  

In-school Career Presentations:

We have been extremely fortunate this term to have some fantastic guest speakers come to the college. Years 9-12 were invited to hear:

Katie Iles - spoke to students about the multiple generations they will find themselves working alongside in the workplace and gave some important insights to students on the opportunities and value that they, as Gen Z, will bring to our world.

BDC Sporting Alumni Jack Winchester (professional rugby player), Zara Baldwin (national junior basketball referee) and Rob Linton (North Coast Basketball) spoke to students about their careers in sport, opportunities for current students and tips for succeeding in school and life. 

Positions Vacant:

School Based Apprenticeship or Full time Apprenticeship for a Year 11 or 12 school leaver  - Expression of Interest  invited

Flooring Technology. 

A fantastic local employer is taking expressions of interest from BDC students. Flooring Technology is a great trade where once you have finished a 3 year apprenticeship, you can become a contractor (work for yourself and be your own boss) and earn big $$$. Employer is seeking someone;

  • Physically fit
  • Great work ethic
  • Motivated and keen to work in a hands on role
  • Willing to learn and grow with a national organisation

Expressions of Interest: casual work, possibly leading to a school based Traineeship in Retail or full time Traineeship in Optical Dispensing.  

The job will entail being trained in the following areas:

  • Admin duties, including dealing with Medicare and Health Funds.
  • Mechanics - Adjusting and repairing Spectacles
  • Full scope Optical Dispensing - Interpreting prescriptions, analysing Spectacles, learning how to choose the right lens for the prescription, contact lenses, trouble shooting.
  • Fashion component: choosing the right frame to suit the patient as well as the prescription.
  • Medical: Learn how the eye works and  common eye diseases/conditions and how to triage emergency patients, what to look for.

See Mrs Driscoll if interested in these opportunities.

Gina Driscoll
Career Pathways Coach