Career Guidance at Chevalier College takes place in the classroom as well as in the wider world.
For one lesson each cycle our Year 10s have an opportunity to develop their ideas and plans for the future and our Careers course has been developed as a result of past student input and experience. We begin with a Careers Interest Test and research into careers which reflect the findings of the test. We spend a good deal of time discussing senior subject choices and also prepare resumes and business letters; and of course, we explore the numerous post-school options which are available.
Career based activities also include an annual Year 12 trip to the University of Wollongong’s Discovery Day in February, through which our students gain an insight into the courses and facilities of UoW, which is our most popular destination for university studies.
Each June many of our senior students attend one of two major Career Expos hosted by the Sydney Morning Herald at venues in Sydney. We encourage this, since these events are amongst the biggest such expos held in Australia and there is always a significant amount of information available from the vast array of exhibitors in attendance. Also in June, a number of our students attend the Southern Highlands Careers Expo which is held at the Mittagong RSL and we believe that they benefit from visiting this well-organised event.
Every August we host a Tertiary Information afternoon and each year more than 20 institutions attend including TAFE Illawarra, Defence Force Recruiting, various Group Training Organisations, BlueScope Cadetships, Engineers Australia, a number of private tertiary colleges and some unis, often including Canberra, Sydney, Australian National, Australian Catholic, Western Sydney and Wollongong Universities. This is a valuable event in the Careers calendar at Chev as it allows the various representatives to inform students from Years 10, 11 and 12 about courses and career opportunities offered at their respective institutions.
Many of our Year 12s attend institution Open Days, apply for GAP placements, early entry to uni, scholarships and the like; and of course we offer them as much help as possible with their applications.
To try and consolidate all of this information some of our Year 11s and almost all of our Year 12s find time to talk to the College Careers Adviser about their plans for the future. Whether the final destination sees them in an apprenticeship, at TAFE or uni, travelling the world, doing a gap placement or in full-time employment, we always wish them well and follow their achievements with interest and no small measure of pride.
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