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The Careers Program at St Patrick’s College provides students with information about the various opportunities available during the secondary years of schooling and beyond. 

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The Careers Centre provides many resources and activities to help students with their career development.  These include:

  • Individualised career counselling appointments for all students during lunchtime or independent study line;
  • Advice on subject selection, Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) preferences and other state and overseas university applications;
  • Careers section in the fortnightly newsletter containing information on topics helpful for career exploration, decision-making and planning;
  • Students are involved in Career Expos at various times during the senior phase of learning e.g. Townsville Careers Expo, University Experience Days, Skills for the Future NQ and the Australian Defence Force Expos;
  • Various guests are invited to the College to speak with students about jobs, courses, gap year programs and scholarships;
  • Year 10 – 12 students participate in specialised tailored career lessons;
  • Information sessions are presented to students about Career Development Programs such as VET in Schools, School based Apprenticeships and Traineeships and Alternative Pathways Programs;
  • Students in the senior school are taught networking and research skills to assist in their own career investigation;
  • Provide job hunting strategies and interview skills to assist students gain employment;
  • Guidance with resume and cover letter preparation;
  • Work Experience Program for students in Year 10, 11 and 12 during school holidays;
  • Defence Work Experience Program.
  • Students in all year levels (and their parents) are welcome to make appointments to talk with the Head of Faculty Career and Vocational Education at St Patrick’s College about their career plans. 

How can parents help their young person in making career decisions? The following are great principles to adopt.

The High Five Principles of Career Development include:

  1. Change is constant: The career your child chooses now may not exist in the future. Students need to be taught skills that can be transferred to various careers.
  2. Learning is lifelong: The degree your child chooses at the end of year 12 may become irrelevant to the career they pursue in the future. It is important to acknowledge that they will always be updating skills to stay employable or to run their own business.
  3. Focus on the journey: Don’t get stuck on one option. Be open to change and seize opportunities that present themselves on the career journey.
  4. Access your allies: The journey is not a lonely one. Assist your child in listening to the experiences of others, learning about possible career choices.
  5. Follow your heart: Success in your child’s life is enjoying the job they choose and having a good work/life balance, so encourage them to choose an occupation that they will enjoy. They need to get to know themselves, believe in themselves and dream big!

For further assistance and some amazing resources go to: it is an absolutely fantastic website. It includes sections for parents, students, teachers and employers. There is a work ready quiz, students can complete to see if they are ready to tackle that first paid job.

The world your daughter is going find employment is going to look very different to the one we know. It is exciting. The following information comes from a paper entitled:

Future Work Skills 2020 Institute for the Future for the University of Phoenix Research Institute

The world of work has “Six Drivers of Change”

  1. Extreme longevity - Increasing global lifespans change the nature of careers and learning
  2. Rise of smart machines and systems - Workplace automation nudges human workers out of rote, repetitive tasks
  3. Computational world - Massive increases in sensors and processing power make the world a programmable system
  4. New media ecology - New communication tools require new media literacies beyond text
  5. Superstructed organizations - Social technologies drive new forms of production and value creation
  6. Globally connected world - Increased global interconnectivity puts diversity and adaptability at the center of organizational operations

What do these six disruptive forces mean for the workers of the next decade – your daughter?

They have identified ten skills that they believe will be critical for success in the workforce.

Sense Making: Ability to determine the deeper meaning or significance of what is being expressed.

Social Intelligence: Ability to connect with others in a deep and direct way, to sense and stimulate reactions and desired interactions.

Novel & adaptive thinking: Proficiency at thinking and coming up with solutions and responses beyond that which is rote or rule based.

Cross – Cultural competency: Ability to operate in different cultural settings

Computational thinking: Ability to translate vast amounts of data into abstract concepts and to understand data-based reasoning.

New media literacy: Ability to critically assess and develop content that uses new media forms, and to leverage these media for persuasive communication.

Trans-disciplinary: Literacy in, and ability to understand concepts across multiple disciplines.

Design mindset: Ability to represent and develop tasks and work processes for desired outcome.

Cognitive load management: Ability to discriminate and filter information for importance, and to understand how to maximize cognitive functioning using a variety of tools and techniques.

Virtual collaboration: Ability to work productively, drive engagement, and demonstrate presence as a member of virtual team. Accessed 20/02/2016

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