Concerning Careers

Posted 01 April 2021
Senior School

UCAT 2021
The University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) is an admissions test used by many universities in

Australia and New Zealand in their selection process for their medical, dental and clinical science degree programmes. The UCAT ANZ test replaces the UMAT (Undergraduate Medical and Health Sciences Admission Test). The test helps universities to select applicants with the most appropriate abilities and professional behaviours required for doctors and dentists to be successful in their clinical careers. The UCAT is a computer-based test delivered in Pearson VUE test centres throughout Australia, New Zealand and at some overseas locations.

Registration for the UCAT opens on 1 March and closes 17 May. The UCAT is a two-hour test consisting of five separately timed subtests, each of which contains a number of questions in a multiple-choice format. The test sittings are held between 1 and 11 August. For a listing of universities requiring the UCAT, click here. For more details of the UCAT, click here.

Courseseeker.edu.au
Course Seeker is a new Australian Government initiative that aims to help students gain Australian tertiary information to assist them to make informed decisions about future study options. The website provides access to information on ATARs, prerequisites and enrolment policies. Information has been sourced from across Australia and presented in a nationally consistent and comparable format to improve the transparency across the higher education sector. Further information on Course Seeker can be accessed here.

Year 12 interviews
The Year 12 boys who completed a post school options survey in Term 1 are being rostered to attend an interview with the Careers Counsellor. These interviews aim to assist the boys with their career/study planning for 2022 and beyond. The interviews commenced in Week 10 of Term 1 and are  expected to continue until at least Week 8 or 9 of Term 2. They are initial interviews where the boys are able to discuss their plans, ask questions and explore different post school options. The boys are welcome to initiate additional subsequent interviews as needed.

International Student Admission Test (ISAT)
International students currently studying in Australia and who are considering applying for Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science or Physiotherapy at some institutions in Australia, will need to sit the  ISAT. ISAT is a three-hour computer-based test that is held during a testing periods from January to November 2021. Applicants must check with each institution to determine the deadline for the ISAT results being needed. For more information on the ISAT, click here. For a list of universities requiring ISAT click here.

Considering study in the USA?
Education USA has provided some resources to support students who may be considering further study in the USA:

  • To view YouTube presentations on applications click here.
  • For US Embassy resources on studying in the USA and applications click here.
  • The Education USA Facebook page is always being updated with events and resources. Students who register on the site can also communicate with members of the Education USA

Australian National University (ANU) Canberra
ANU applications are to be made directly to ANU and are now open. Applications close on Monday 24 May 2021. This information and application details can be found here. The ANU application process is quite different. Completion of co-curricular and service activities are required, and applicants need to reach a minimum threshold of three skills from any combination of activities completed in Years 10 to 12 Applicants will need to provide evidence of engagement in these activities.

The ANU 2022 undergraduate guide can be found here. Students can seek an ‘on demand’ ANU presentation from one of their Senior Student Ambassadors here. And you can book one-on-one zoom appointments with the ANU student adviser, Ms Frances Dinn through here.

Careers Wiki
The School’s Careers wiki page provides links to a number of helpful resources. Parents and students can access the page via Keystone. It has a learning resource ID of J8DJY2.

Apprenticeships
For students considering an apprenticeship, MEGT is a large organisation that acts to ‘broker’ apprentice positions. They will also list apprenticeship vacancies. MEGT details can be found here and their jobs board can be found here.

Letz Live
Letz Live has opened its overseas GAP year program for 2022. Destinations include the UK, USA, NZ and Thailand. For more details click here.

AUG Adelaide
AUG is hosting an ‘International Student Open Day’ (Education Expo) for Year 12 International Students who are interested in exploring universities studies after completing Year 12. Major institutions across Australia will be attending the event. It is being held at the Hilton Hotel on 9th April 2021 from 1 PM to 5 PM. To register click here.

Camp Counsellors USA (CCUSA)
CCUSA is a company that specializes in overseas work, intern and adventure programs including Camp Counselor programs, Work Adventure Canada, Working Holiday USA and Volunteer programs. A resource for students to get an overview of their Work Adventures Canada program is by viewing this E-zine which includes current job opportunities, program information and eligibility information. CCUSA is holding a live Q&A information session with a Canadian employer on Friday 19th March at 10am AEDT. Panorama Mountain Ski Resort hires international staff to work their winter ski season, and details of this Q&A session can be found here.

References
Often students require school references for tertiary applications (in particular overseas applications) or residential college applications. The references can usually be categorised as being academic or personal/character type references. The School does have a policy that aims to support students requiring a reference. Any student requiring a reference or seeking a staff member to be a referee should contact the Careers Counsellor in the first instance. This process is in place so that the type of reference required can be ascertained and appropriate arrangements made to prepare a suitable reference. References, transcripts of results and academic statements cannot be prepared immediately. A minimum of two weeks’ notice is required to effectively prepare the reference, transcripts and/or academic statements, and students should factor this time requirement into their planning for application submissions.

Mark Colsey
Careers Counsellor