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Careers Program

Careers Program

Preparing your daughter for life beyond school

As educators, our role is to prepare our students for life beyond their school years. Part of this is career readiness. St Margaret Mary's College presents to students the many career pathways in front of them, and can help them explore their options at the early stage. Our aim is to assist each student in making educational, training and occupational choices that align with their interests, abilities and goals.

Career Development at SMMC

St Margaret Mary's College offers a personalised approach to career counselling. Students may attend face-to-face interviews with the Career Development Co-ordinator, which provide an opportunity to clear any doubts or queries student may have regarding career options and education courses. Students may be inspired and motivated to identify their interests and strengths and empowered to work hard in their studies to achieve their goals and ambitions.

Career Programs

Career Programs at St Margaret Mary's College help develop employment-related skills and understanding of the work environment. As well as these programs, our students are encouraged to participate in Work Experience in Years 10, 11 or 12. Students may also incorporate Vocational Education and Training Courses, TAFE VET in Schools Courses and School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships to provide alternative pathways and career options. As each student is unique, career advice is tailored to individual needs throughout their schooling. Students may be interviewed at various occasions for example, Year 10 SET Planning and Year 12 Career Pathway advice or Career Transition planning.

Year 9 Career Education Program

Year 9 students participate in one lesson of Career Education per week in Semester Two. Topics covered include: 

  • Self-Awareness
  • Career Research
  • Employability Skills
  • Labour Market Trends
  • Job Search Strategies
  • Job Applications
  • Applications for USI and TFN Numbers
Year 10 Career Education Program 

Year 10 Students study the Certificate II in Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways three lessons a week. Topics covered include:

  • Working effectively in a business environment
  • Workplace Health & Safety
  • Workplace Literacy & Numeracy
  • Working as a team
  • Communication
  • Employability skills
  • Career Planning
  • Work Experience

Preparation for the senior phase of learning will also take place including:

  • Senior Schooling Terminology
  • Senior Subject Selection
  • Pathway Options
  • SET Planning
Year 11 Career Education Program

Year 11 Students do not participate in formal Career Education lessons, however are encouraged to explore Career Pathways by the following means:

  • ATAR or VET Pathways
  • Voluntary Work Experience
  • Individual Case Management
  • Attending Career Focused Guest Speaker events
  • Review of SET Plans

Students on VET Pathways will participate in one of the following activities on Wednesdays:

  • Certificate II or III VET courses through RTO’s such as TAFE/TCTC/TCEO/Connect ‘n’ Grow
  • School Based Apprenticeships/Traineeships
  • Work Experience/Work Placement
Year 12 Career Education Program

Year 12 Students do not participate in formal Career Education lessons, however are encouraged to explore Career Pathways by the following means:

  • Individual Career Guidance
  • SET Plan/Senior Review Interviews
  • Transition Plans
  • Attending University Open Days and Uni Experience Days
  • Attending Career Focused Guest Speaker events
  • QTAC Applications
  • Scholarship investigation & application
  • Job Search Strategies and Recruitment methods
  • VET Pathway activities as per Year 11