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Brand new student residence with generous communal spaces
Located in the student hub of Camperdown, within walking
distance of lively Newtown
Self-catered studio or multi-share apartments in a secure building
Public transport access to Strath eld and North Sydney campuses
Organised academic, social, sporting and chaplaincy programs
Free high speed internet
BY JULIE MCLOUGHLIN
where to from here?
Aurora invited Careers Advisor at Francis Xavier's
College, Hamilton, and accredited professional career
development practitioner, Julie McLoughlin, to share
some tips with school leavers considering the next step.
The current generation of school leavers faces a far
more competitive market when it comes to finding
work than ever before. If you are facing the dilemma of
unemployment or have not yet reached your potential,
give yourself the best chance.
• Attempt work experience. You must, however, have
a personal insurance policy to cover liability. If you are
interested in trade work it's essential to have a White
Card. The Master Builders Association is one of many
organisations which offer this.
• Give back to the community. Employers are looking
for individuals who are well-rounded and giving of your
own time demonstrates this. Consider Vinnies, RSPCA,
Surf Life Saving, participating in Relay for Life or simply
picking up rubbish on Clean up Australia Day. There are
many opportunities to contribute to the community.
• Create a portfolio. If considering a career in the arts/
fashion/design/music, attach to your resumé, or take
to an interview, samples of any work you currently do.
Copies of sketches, photos of projects and Certificates
of Achievement could give you the edge over other
• List your name with one or more of the Training
Companies. These act as a 'middle man' for employers
too busy to recruit for themselves.
• Be realistic. One of the main factors in not obtaining
employment is an unwillingness to 'start at the bottom'.
Potential employers are looking for people with resilience
and persistence. Taking on a job in a particular area does
not mean you have to stay there.
• Improve your skill set. This can be done quickly, and
relatively inexpensively, through places like WEA. You can
do short courses in, for example, Computing, Customer
Service, Fundamentals of Marketing, Languages and
• Enrol in a TAFE course. A Certificate III in most
instances will only take six months and will make you
employable in many areas. If you like the field of study,
you can always extend your studies into a Diploma or
Advanced Diploma. For many courses you will need
to attend an information session. You also need to be
aware that funding has been withdrawn by the State
Government for some of the TAFE courses and as
of 2014 you will need to pay the full cost of a course.
Completing a TAFE Certificate IV or Diploma has the
added benefit of allowing you to apply for a range of
degree courses at the University of Newcastle.
• Have a resumé ready to go. Ensure it's up to date,
no more than two pages, clearly presented with no fancy
fonts or photos and states clearly your career objectives.
• Make the best of the options in a 'gap' year. Do
you really need a break? Working full time to establish
yourself financially, signing up for one of the many gap
year organisations (Rotary/CCUSA/Rustica /ISV/Cultural
Care Au Pair/Lattitude) or taking the opportunity to join
the Forces for a year will lead to valuable life skills. These
cannot be overestimated when it comes to employer
choice or any form of application.
• Re-evaluate university entry. If you have left school
and are now considering university, there is a number
of options available. Newstep for 18-20 year-olds,
Open Foundation for 20+ year-olds, attaining a TAFE
qualification, or even some years in a trade will allow you
access to a number of degree courses at Newcastle
University, most of which are free of Government fees.
Whatever path you take there is one golden rule -- believe
in yourself. There is more within than you ever thought
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