What do employers want?
Many employers often tell me that they appreciate students who are hardworking and reliable. I often encourage our students to think beyond their technical skills and focus on their employability and soft skills. Skills such as the ability to work in a team, problem solving, communication and adaptability are all important in being a successful employee into the future.
Recent Careers Activities:
NSW Forum on Youth Employment, NSW Parliament
Jake Dawson and Lincoln Hambrick had the special opportunity to attend and represent St Dominic’s College at the NSW Forum on Youth Employment at the NSW Parliament. The day introduced school leaders, from twenty schools on the various projects and employment opportunities for youth in the Western Sydney region. The day was a blend of presentations and employer interactions and allowed opportunities for feedback and reflection on employment in the future.
Police Force Work Experience
Nepean Police Area command hosted a work experience day for school students in the Penrith area. One of our students Liam Clarke was selected to attend. Liam gained variable insights into the roles and career opportunities in the NSW Police Force. He had the opportunity to gain information on the role of Highway Patrol, Crash Investigation as well as the role of Detectives in the investigation process.
Year 12 Exit Interviews – My Future Plans
Year 12 students continue having their exit interviews. Many students are encouraged to have a Plan A, Plan B and Plan C and to focus on their employability and transferable skills as they venture into the workforce and onto tertiary education.
White Card Course
Several students had the opportunity to complete their white card qualification recently. The students gained valuable knowledge on safe health and work practices while working on construction and building sites.
Dates for your Diary:
Universities Admission Centre (UAC)
Year 12 students are reminded that University applications for UAC opened on August 1st via the UAC website. Students have five preferences. The early bird fee of $70 applies until 28th September. Spare UAC guides are available for students in the careers office.
University, TAFE and College Open Days
Many Universities, Colleges and TAFE have Open Days. Check and register with individual institutions via their websites.
Apprenticeship and Traineeship Expo
28th August at Penrith Panthers, 3pm to 8pm