Preparing students for life after graduating from the College is an integral focus of the Careers Office. Personalised career advice is provided to students regarding future study and employment options. Some of the initiatives provided include:
An external organisation has been commissioned to undertake extensive career profiling of the Year 10 cohort. Over a four hour period students are assessed on a number of key attributes including abstract reasoning, verbal reasoning, numerical reasoning, attention to detail, personal style, work values and work environment. An individual report is provided to each student with the initial aim to provide guidance in Preliminary/Stage 6 subject choices. Additionally students are encouraged to discuss their profiles with parents and consider the many pathways suggested.
Year 11 students visit the Western Sydney Career Expo during June of each year. The Expo had over 145 exhibitors representing universities, TAFEs, employment services, and other tertiary providers. The Expo also schedules seminars providing valuable information regarding HSC study skills, time management and exam techniques.
Jobjump is an online service available to all students of Marist Catholic College Penshurst. It provides information and further links to an extensive number of career paths. Information on study options, ATAR requirements, job and salary prospects, all form part of the website. The site is continuously upgraded, to be abreast of such changes as study prerequisites, scholarship availability and ongoing course costs. The site provides valuable information to both students and parents alike.
Students have the opportunity to discuss career and study options every Wednesday afternoon during Homework Club. Parents are also most welcome to attend these sessions. Additionally brief information seminars are run during this time for small gatherings of students concerning issues such as upcoming college open days, course prerequisites, and study costs.
In summation, the Careers Office at the College has a charter to recognise the importance that all students have the opportunity to be well informed about relevant career paths, that students have the opportunity to individually discuss these paths and to be open to consider all options available to them. The dissemination of career information is an ongoing process as is the personal interaction between student and career advisor as students’ progress along their specific career paths.
Wishing all students fruitful and rewarding employment.
Mrs Jennifer Guy