My name is Mitch Allan and I am the Careers Advisor at San Clemente High School, Mayfield. It is an honour to work at such a wonderful school with genuine students. San Clemente students have a great reputation in the community as being polite and respectful and always willing to have a go. Employers and trainers complement our students as mature and determined which are valuable attributes to have when seeking employment or entry to University or TAFE.
Careers Education at San Clemente High School aims to provide a program dedicated to assisting each student in making informed decisions about their career pathways, inclusive of school and post school education, training and employment options. The focus is on assisting students plan their transition from San Clemente. The majority of Year 10 students transition to St Francis Xavier’s College to undertake HSC studies, but some students go to Callaghan College, gain employment through apprenticeships or go to TAFE. All students will leave with knowledge of the direction they wish to take and how to get there.
The Careers program at San Clemente is primarily focussed on Years 9 and 10 students. Year 9 students are introduced to a program of employment through career information sessions. The sessions cover job applications, covering letter techniques, resume writing, interview skills and introduction to tax.
In Year 10, students follow a program that broadly consists of:
- Term 1: Career Investigation- Careers Interest Testing, Personality Testing and Study Skills
- Term 2: Careers Expo, Higher School Certificate Introduction, School Leavers and Apprenticeship Maths Program
- Term 3: More HSC Information, TAFE for Schools Courses and Post School Options- University, TAFE and Apprenticeships
- Term 4: Work Ready, All My Own Work, Scholarships and Work Experience
In addition to these programs, guest speakers from several key industries are invited to present at school -these include the Australian Defence Force, Elevate Education Study Skills, The University of Newcastle, TAFE Hunter Institute and Group Training Companies. Students are encouraged to participate in out of school career promotional events like University and TAFE pathway information sessions, Career and Training Expo's and Try a Skill events. Students are also offered training opportunities in First Aid and Construction Workplace Health and Safety Inductions (White Card).
There are so many opportunities for students to explore the many options open to them through todays education system but most importantly, they can meet with the Careers Adviser to talk about they may individually need to assist them in their transition. Every child is different and what works for one, may not be perfect for another. Personal interests, goals, aspirations, values and aptitude need to be discussed to ensure the best plan is mapped out for each student. I welcome parents contact via e-mail regarding anything in the Careers area. I have listed below some of the resources that students use in Careers Lessons. Please take some time to explore these and have a conversation with your child- I’m sure these are happening already! It is these important- and sometimes quick- conversations that ignite and inspire student’s thoughts and interest which can then lead to passion and a life-long love for a Career. Lets all have those conversations!
- Careers Link Newsletter - Each week Year 9 and Year 10 students receive a Careers Link newsletter via their student email account. The Newsletter provides advertised positions for apprenticeships, traineeships and casual jobs located within the Hunter, Newcastle and Lake Macquarie.
- Careers Notice Board - A Careers notice board is located in the main office area. The notice board is used to display upcoming Career activities as well as casual positions that students may wish to apply for.
- Tax File Number Applications- San Clemente High School participates in the school Tax File Number program. This program allows students to apply and lodge a Tax File Number application through school. I collect these applications, checking and confirming student details on the form against school records, and once completed, the application is certified and forwarded to the Australian Taxation Office for processing. Once received at the Australian Taxation Office, the application will take approximately 28 days to process. Your child will be notified by the Australian Taxation Office of their Tax file Number. Students can collect their Tax File Number application from either the Careers Office or the Main Office.
- My Future Website - www.myfuture.edu.au Explore different Careers and what entry requirements there are, training that is available, where the positions are etc. Students have explored this website in Careers Lessons and set up their own profile.
- The Job Guide - www.jobguide.thegoodguides.com.au This is an excellent site that lists ALL jobs that exist and what they do. Students can look for a job through a ‘search’- this information will outline what the job is, what personality you have to possess to do the job, what training exists and the most important feature- what jobs are related to that one. Students in Year 9/10 have quite limited ideas of Careers that exist- they mainly know about the ones their parents do. This site gives them the opportunity to expand their job search to jobs related to the one they are interested in- maybe they did not know it even existed.
Students considering University, you may like to refer to the Hobsons Course Finder website. This website allows you to search by degree, course, university or career. It provides information about each University from admission criteria, degree costs to career pathways.
Below is a list of Universities from New South Wales and the ACT:
Please refer to the ‘Future Students’ section of each University website to find out what Degree’s they offer. Each University site also has interviews with students outlining where they are working now after completing their degree. This will enable students to have a goal of where they might see themselves in 10 years’ time.
Students considering undertaking a course at TAFE you may like to review the following website:
Or more specifically
By browsing the Hunter site students can specifically find a course in their local area rather than being directed to courses that run in Sydney only.
To find out more about Australian apprenticeships visit www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au
You can also find some useful information at some of the Group Training Company website: