Wednesday, 15 Feb 2023

There’s a lot happening in the Careers space at BDC this term. Before telling you about all the exciting things happening, I’d like to take a minute to congratulate the Class of 2022.

This wonderful group of young people are now off on the next stage of their individual career journeys. 100% of students who applied for university have received offers. We have heard that students have accepted places in a wide range of courses including Medicine, Physiotherapy, Computer Science, Aeronautical Engineering, Psychology, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Business, Architecture, Media and Communications, Fashion and Textiles, Criminology, Environmental and Marine Science, Construction Management, Education and Pharmacy - just to name a few! Many of these were successful in getting scholarships to assist them with the cost of moving away from home or to assist them with course fees.

Another 4 students went straight into apprenticeships, traineeships or cadetships including in CAD Design, Heavy Diesel Mechanic, and Occupational Therapy, while others who had decided to take a gap year, or work part-time around their study, found local employment with our industry partners. Many great outcomes and the future is looking bright for this group! 

Class of 2023

I am looking forward to continuing career activities with this fab cohort. In Term 1, Year 12 will all attend the University Roadshow at BDC, a presentation from University of Newcastle, University of New England, Southern Cross, and Charles Sturt Universities. Students will be able to speak to student ambassadors and gather information about courses and entry pathways, life at uni, scholarships etc. All students are expected to attend, even if they are not considering applying to any of the uni’s presenting, as they will still gather useful information to assist them to make better and informed choices.

Next week, I will be inviting this cohort to make individual career appointments with me to discuss their post-school options and build on their career plans that we initiated last year. I am happy to meet with parents in career appointments with your child. Year 12 will also be offered the opportunity to attend university campus visits and the career expo held at CHEC throughout the year.  

I will be speaking to students regularly at year meetings and will do sessions and dedicated Year 12 newsletters to provide information on university early entry, scholarships, apprenticeships and job opportunities! Please don’t hesitate to email if you would like to discuss career options for your child. 

Is your child interested in exploring a career in Engineering?  Here’s an opportunity to discover more:

For Years 11 and 12 - Autumn School of Engineering 17-21 April 2023

A 5-day Engineering immersion - visiting our key Universities, and 5 exciting Engineering organisations and projects. Meet over 150 Engineers providing a snapshot of the exciting possibilities that lie ahead for you! We hope to see the return of the Cochlear site visit – their manufacturing unit has been locked down to all visitors and non-essential staff since early 2020. The Inner ear component of the implant is made by a highly skilled workforce - by hand!

1st stage of registration is open! For students in Year 11 & Year 12 Day and residential packages available. NB: CASE is a recognised residential program for Gold Duke of Edinburgh Medal watch this video with tissues. For more info and to register click here

Years 9 and 10

Both groups will take part in Skillsroad Careers Program this term on 22 March. An outline of the program is below.

For students and parents interested in learning more about the many fields of Engineering and where it can take you to, feel free to join this free chat session: 

For Careers Advisors, Teachers & Parents – a chat session on 7 March!

  • At the Powerhouse Museum Ultimo or live via Zoom!
  • 9.45am – 11.30am

Engineering – the very best, good news story!

Why is it still the best kept secret?

  • What is Engineering? and why should you care.
  • Girls & Engineering – why do they feel that it is just for the boys? 
  • Misconceptions about Engineering.  If it is so hard, then please explain why 50% of doctors are female?
  • What subjects should students be encouraged to take on during school?


Want to have a career discussion with your teen but don’t know where to start? Check out this free event in Coffs Harbour and Grafton.

Considering a Career in Medicine or Dentistry?

UCAT, Interviews, Med School Applications, Pathways into Medicine and Dentistry (for universities in Australia)

Free Webinar

An Excellent Opportunity for Students, Teachers, and Parents

~ 21 February 2023, 7.00pm – 9.00pm (AEDT) ~


An invaluable forum recommended to students considering a career in Medicine or Dentistry, and especially for those who already know that they will be sitting the UCAT or attending Med School Interviews.  

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

This is NOT a sales, advertising, or promotional seminar. The session is PACKED with invaluable information during which we will be covering the following topics and more. 

  • What is UCAT? UCAT scores? UCAT Sub-tests?
  • Year 10, 11 and 12 - things to consider now. 
  • The Undergraduate Selection Criteria
  • Application process into universities for medicine and dentistry
  • When and who can sit the UCAT
  • Can you prepare for the UCAT?
  • Undergraduate interview process
  • Med School Applications
  • Gap Year
  • Alternative degrees and career choices
  • Q & A

Gina Driscoll
Career Pathways Coach