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Planning your Career - sites that can help you!

General – most courses/occupations

  • My future: students can explore courses, occupations, take a mini career quiz and develop job seeking skills
  • The Good Careers Guide: You can search over 400 different types of occupations narrowed down by the field or type of work you would like to do in the future (eg: helping/advising)

You can find a print out of these plus heaps more specific websites to help with your career planning outside Miss Cormick's office in the library.

University fee deregulation

University fee deregulation: this has been put on the backburner but essentially what it means, is that higher education institutions can charge you whatever amount they want to. Despite most students initially paying their course fees via a student loan, the amount they then have to pay back is significantly higher. For example, at a public TAFE a diploma of Graphic Design can cost between $7000-$1600 whereas at a private provider, the same course could cost upwards of $45,000.

As mentioned, the university fee deregulation has been put on the backburner for the moment but it is something all students should be aware of.

How much money will I earn?

Many students that come to see me are focused on how much they will earn in a job relating to a particular course. The truth is, it will vary. Having said that, and acknowledging that we know that money doesn’t necessarily buy happiness, these were the top 10 highest earning university degrees in 2015:

1. Healthcare (e.g., anaesthesiologists, dermatologists, gynaecologists, pathologists)

2. Engineering (e.g., mining, electronic, airplane maintenance, aviation manufacturing)

3. Law

4. Geology

5. Finance (e.g., accountants, finance professionals)

6. Education (e.g., university lecturer/tutor)

7. Dentistry

8. Business

9. Computer Science/IT (e.g., data analysts, systems analysts)

10. Earth/Environmental Science

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Maximising success in exams!

Exams can be a stressful and trying time for both students and their families. Here are my top hints to help you prepare and perform in exams.

Before the exam:

  • Be organised and create a study timetable that balances commitments with sport, part time work, social media etc.
  • Study in 50 minute blocks. Research suggests that once you are past 50 minutes you will begin procrastinating and lose focus. The exception to this rule is when you are practicing exams to time
  • Ensure you have a suitable place to study! Somewhere quiet and away from distractions is best. Put your phone out of arms reach and set an alarm for when it’s time for a break so you’re not tempted to stop before then
  • Make sure you know what types of questions will be asked in your exams and make sure you work with your teacher to have up to date notes on each topic
  • Exam study starts at the beginning of the year when your teacher starts giving you notes! Keep your notes neat and organised so you can go back over them during revision time
  • Practice by completing past exam papers. Your teacher can provide you with these or let you know where to find them
  • The best way to make sure you understand something is to teach someone else. Teach your friends or family members and make sure you can answer any questions they have
  • Form a study group with your friends studying the same subjects and commit to a time when you will meet and share notes, ideas or test each other
  • Get a good night’s sleep before your exam. Chances are you won’t remember what you are cramming at midnight anyway because your brain is telling you to go to bed! Get up early if you need to and read over your notes


On the day of the exam:

  • Be extra early! Don’t let public transport or traffic add to your stress. Take 2 trains earlier than you normally would if you need to. Allow time to get to the venue and relax yourself before entering the exam room
  • Bring your notes if you want to read over them but do this on your own. Don’t let your classmates distract you and stress you out by panicking about what they haven’t revised. You know you’ve done what you can to prepare. The extra stress won’t help you in the exam room
  • Try to relax by taking deep breaths and visualising success. If you visualise yourself failing, you will only make yourself anxious. Reverse this and think positively.
  • Use your reading time wisely! Don’t quickly read all the questions then sit and wait for writing time. Read through everything once then start planning what you need to write for essays or short answer questions
  • Eat well! Have a good breakfast with protein rich foods such as eggs and nuts. Wholegrain cereals and fruit are a good choice as well.
  • In writing time, begin with the questions you know. The examiner marks you on what you tell them not what is in your head so get what you know on paper then go back to the questions you need more time for
  • Be prepared! Know what you are allowed to take into your exam and only take that in. Don’t risk getting caught with your phone or other devices. Have back up pens in case yours don’t work and change the batteries in your calculator in the lead up to the exam (and test it to make sure it works)

Good luck!