GSC Careers Lighthouse School Recognised by the Federal Government for excellence and innovation in Careers Education.

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“Careers” is central to the curriculum at all year levels.  As students progress through their studies they are exposed to more detailed information and activities that build both an understanding of the world of work and the range of pathways into employment and further education.

Year 10 students undertake one week Work Experience which helps them to link their studies to the world of work.  Some students begin VETiS studies, (Vocational Education and Training in Schools) and other students begin their apprenticeships through SBATS’s, (School Based Apprenticeships/Traineeships).  Students also participate in workshops to assist them identify possible future jobs of interest and begin to plan their studies for VCE (Victorian Certificate of Education)or VCAL, (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning). Students can elect to do additional work experiences during the school holidays, which the college will support.

Year 11 and 12, students continue with VETiS studies, SBATS’s and others may participate in Work Experience during the school holidays.  Additional Career Planning Workshops are held to assist students identify possible career options and plan Post Secondary studies.  VTAC information nights are held for year 12 students and their parents.

“Career News” is a weekly publication that can be found on the Gisborne SC Careers Website.  Parents are advised to read this publication to keep abreast of developments and opportunities in employment and education fields.

Additional Services (includes)

Guest speakers from Industry, Universities and TAFES, Government Departments and Trades.

Visits to Career Expos

School Subject Expo

Training of Course Advisors

Industry visits

Use of a range of software to assist students through all stages of the career planning process

Access to a wide range of publications, course brochures and handbooks available in the Careers and Study Centres.

“One to One” careers assistance/counselling with the Careers Co-ordinator to identify career options and plan pathways if needed.

Assistance for all year 12 students in both the VTAC selection process and options once ATAR score is known

Ongoing support once student has left school until they establish themselves in either further studies or employment

Family consultations on a “need” basis

Pathway Options

There are a wide range of Pathway options available for students in year 10, 11 and 12 at Gisborne Secondary College.

Current year 9 students can choose a VCE subject, VETis subject, a SBAT or in some circumstances, timetable permitting, at least two as part of their 2016 year 10 program.

Students going into year 11 in 2106 choose between VCE studies or VCAL.

Students going into year 11 VCE in 2016 can incorporate a VETis subject and SBAT as part of their VCE Program and the results will be incorporated into their ATAR calculation. (A VETis or SBAT subject is compulsory for students enrolled in VCAL.)

Students in year 12 VCE in 2016 can enrol in a first year University subject as part of their VCE Program. Results from this will go towards a student’s ATAR. There are certain conditions that need to be met before student’s can take up this option. Discuss this with Careers if this is of interest.

Before finalising your year 10, 11 or 12 studies for 2016 please consider the following:

A: Research thoroughly the subjects offered.

Read all the subject descriptors in the handbook thoroughly

What subjects do I like?

What subjects am I good at?

What subjects interest me?

What jobs can these subjects lead too? You can find this information from the Gisborne Secondary College Careers Website.  Click onto the For Students Tab and click Bullseye Charts. This will bring up a broad range of Bullseye Subject charts linked to possible jobs.

Choose 4-6 jobs from these Bullseye Posters that you want to explore in more detail.

Click onto the For Students Tab and click Job/Careers Info. Here you can watch a short video to get a better idea of what the job involves. You can also get a wide range of information by clicking the Job Outlook link including where to study and detailed job description.

You can also log onto the WIRL Website. Here you can watch videos of your jobs of interest and also print pathway sheets which will tell you what subjects you need to study at school and possible University or TAFE courses. (You will need to visit the Careers Office to get Login User name and Password.)

B: Know what pre-requisite subjects you need for Post Secondary studies.

All University Courses and some TAFE Courses require students to have studied certain subjects as part of their VCE/VCAL programs. You can find this information from the Gisborne Secondary College Careers Website.

Click onto the Important Information tab, click the Links tab and scroll down to Post School Options and click the Good University Guide. Here you can type up jobs of interest and it will list courses and prerequisite studies.

Yr 11 students in 2016 also need to check the VICTER2018 Publication available through the Important Information Tab on the Gisborne Secondary College Careers Website. Click onto Important Publications year 10-12 and then VICTER2018. This gives updated information on pre requisite subject requirements for Post Secondary studies for 2018.

C: Discuss your options with your current teachers.

Have a frank open discussion with your current teachers. They know your strengths and weaknesses and can really assist you in your decision on whether to do certain subjects in 2016.

If you need a certain subject for your future pathway plans and are currently having difficulty with that subject, your current teachers will provide additional assistance and support to bring you up to speed.

Look at including a VETis option or SBAT in your studies. Talk with the VETis teachers about their subject to get a better idea of whether this is a good option to include in your 2016 study program or not. If you are interested in doing a SBAT in 2016 discuss this with the Careers office.

E: Discuss your options with your family.

Your family, particularly your parents are a great source of information and support. Discuss your planning and thinking with them. They are your most important partners in your Career Development.

F:  Do your subject selections give you a range of Pathway options?

Check to ensure that your subject choices give you a range of Post Secondary study options at the end of your VCE/VCAL studies. You may change your mind on what pathway you wish to follow, or may not get an offer for the course that most interests you. Having a back- up plan will ensure you stay on track.

You can log onto Course Camel on the Homepage of the GSC Careers Website. (Watch the Instruction video first) Here you can click onto the areas that interest you and Course Camel will show a range of Post Secondary options that incorporate interest areas chosen.

G:  Attend the Subject Expo.

This is a ‘One Stop Shop’ providing you with the opportunity to talk with subject teachers, explore pathway options, collect a lot of information. This will help fine tune your thinking and decision making on what studies to pursue in 2016.

H: Book in for a Course Advising interview.

This is a ‘must do’ requirement. Here you have the chance to talk with a trained course advisor who will discuss your plans with you. They may give you other suggestions to enhance your plan that you may want to include in your final subject selection and double check your plan to ensure you have met prerequisite requirements for Post Secondary study.

If you are having difficulty sorting out your study plan and need extra support and assistance they will arrange another interview for you with one of the Welfare Team.

I: Double check your Subject Selection form.

Check that you have filled in all sections of the Subject selection form. Make sure you attach any additional paperwork required such as VETis, SBAT or VCAL Application forms.

Make sure you have the form(s) signed by yourself and your parent(s) and hand this to your mentor before the due date.

Your mentor will discuss your subject selection with you and ‘double check’ that all paperwork is completed. If there are no issues, your mentor will sign your Subject Selection form and forward to timetabling for processing.

Ms Kerry Huke
Careers Development Coordinators

2. WHERE CAN I STUDY? Universities, TAFE Institutes and Private Colleges provide a huge range of options. In Victoria there are nine universities offering degrees. All have websites containing information that you can use to start your research.
• Australian Catholic University (ACU) (Melbourne and Ballarat)
• Deakin (Melbourne, Geelong and Warrnambool)
• La Trobe (Bundoora, Bendigo, Albury-Wodonga, Mildura, Shepparton)
• Monash (Berwick, Caulfield, Clayton, Gippsland, Parkville, Peninsula)
• RMIT (City, Bairnsdale, Bundoora, Brunswick, Hamilton, Point Cook, Sale)
• Swinburne (Hawthorn, Lilydale, Prahran)
• University of Ballarat
• University of Melbourne (Burnley, Dookie, Parkville, Victorian College of the Arts)
• Victoria (City, Footscray, St Albans, Melton, Sunbury, Werribee)
TAFE Institutes are located throughout Victoria, providing easy access for most areas. Each offers a similar range of diplomas and certificates such as in business, children’s services, electronics, engineering, event management, and computing, but some have specialisations (eg Photography at NMIT, RMIT, Wodonga; Floristry at Box Hill, Gippsland, Gordon, Holmesglen, NMIT). Fees are low, charged at a set rate per contact hour. TAFE also offers trade training and pre-apprenticeships (plumbing, carpentry, electrical, hairdressing, etc). A small number of TAFE degrees are offered.

Private colleges offer some courses (eg hospitality, business, medical-related, art, photography).

Photographic Studies College 
Australian College of Natural Medicine 
Australian Institute of Fitness 
NOTE: Fees can be quite high.

From 2015 Gisborne Secondary College’s Senior Studies pathways offered more flexibility and greater scope for acceleration and achievement.

Remember when choosing a program to keep in mind the following:

Choose a program that is realistic to your academic background.

Choose a program that is consistent with your future career; Students must make themselves aware of any prerequisites for a particular career or course. This can be done by contacting the Careers Coordinator (Mr Horley / Ms Huke), the Careers Reference Centre or the relevant institutions i.e. universities and TAFEs.

Seek guidance from your current teachers on the suitability of your subject selections.

Try to broaden your program beyond those studies strictly required for any particular vocation.

People who can help you in making decisions about your program for 2016, 2017 and 2018 are:

Senior School Leader – Ms Andy Flouris

Any queries on programs, units or general information Careers Development Coordinator (Mr Horley or Ms Kerry Huke) – any questions re careers and pre-requisites for courses

Year 10 and 11 teachers, Mentors and Heads of House – these people know your capabilities, and should be consulted.

Parents/Carers – they know you best!

The term ‘Pathways’ is used to describe the different study, education, qualifications and training opportunities available to Gisborne Secondary students as they move through the college.

In Australia, a student’s post school options include employment (part or full time), Australian Apprenticeships (incorporating traineeships), full-time TAFE or University study. Other possibilities include short courses, part- time university or TAFE study and distance education. The program you select in your final years of secondary education is the first step toward creating a pathway that will lead you to future career and employment opportunities. Research has shown that individuals who complete a school leaving certificate (VCE or VCAL) have greater opportunities for prosperity later in their lives.

At Gisborne Secondary College there are at least six types of programs offered to senior students. Students need to choose from the following programs:

Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)

VCE/VETiS (VCE with a VETiS subject that is scored, or contributes to VCE)

VCAL (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning at Foundation or Intermediate Level)

VCAL / School Based Apprenticeship (SBA)

BITE (Business, Innovation, Technology & Enterprise) – designed for students to take advantage of VET and VCE in a prescribed small-business orientated program

VET & SBAT Combined – Ready to get started on a trade? This flexible pathway option could be tailor made for you. Please see the Senior School Leader or Assistant Principals for more information.