A Uniting Church coeducational independent day and boarding school in Adelaide,
South Australia

Early Learning to Year 12

Head of Careers - Edition 2 - 2020

Careers Information Semester 1 2020

Please note that the Careers Room and my office are now located in the Bartlett Room in the Library, a beautiful space.

Westminster has subscribed to several sites with Career Information and Testing which are available to the Westminster Community. Two very useful sites can be accessed through Inspire - go to Study at West and scroll to Career Hub and Study Work Grow.

Career Hub

https://westminster-school.goodcareers.com.au/

This is an incredibly useful site where there is a Job Search which will give all the relevant information about any Job, a Course search which includes all Universities in Australia and New Zealand, Scholarship information, Career Ladders, Resume templates and a Quick Quiz to ascertain interests.

Study Work Grow

https://studyworkgrow.com.au/school/westminster-school/

The Westminster log in is WEST 2019
Some great ideas for work experience on this site also.

Work Ready

Equip’ de magazine: https://www.work-ready.com.au/e-mag/e-mag-2019/

Education USA

Diary Date: Tuesday March 3 - Education USA presentation for students and parents in the MMC.

Education USA is funded by the American Government to assist Australian students to study in America. There will be a keynote speaker and representatives from American Colleges. This session is open to anyone in SA.

Introducing Amy Jarich

Careers

Amy was formerly the Assistant Vice Chancellor and Director of Undergraduate Admission at UC Berkeley before leaving in July 2018 to pursue other opportunities.

She has served in admissions leadership for over a decade, moving to Berkeley from the University of Virginia in 2012. Admissions is Amy’s second career. She started her professional life in public service, working in Washington DC for government and non-profits.

Amy holds a graduate degree from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service and an undergraduate degree from Sweet Briar College. She was a first-generation college student who discovered the wonders of global education while studying abroad as an undergraduate. Inspired by her own experience, Amy has worked to articulate the value of studying abroad and the positive impact of welcoming international students to college campuses in the US.

Amy’s leadership experience off campus includes the NACAC Board of Directors (2014-2017), the Overseas Schools Project in partnership with the US State Department and the College Board, and Khan Academy's Thought Leadership Council.

Topics that we are looking at covering include:

  1. How U.S. admissions departments operate
  2. Case Study - evaluation of an application
  3. How students can search and find their best fit intuitions
  4. Preparing your schools profile
  5. Writing good recommendation letters
  6. Tips when using the Common App
  7. Understanding standardised testing options

Tertiary Careers Expo

Save the date! Sunday 5 April 10:00 am – Monday 6 April 2:30 pm

Adelaide Convention Centre, North Terrace, Adelaide SA

Universities from all over Australia and New Zealand and other tertiary providers will be there - a one stop shop! Highly recommended. This event is free.

Careers Day

Monday 22 June (full day for all Year 10 and 11 students)

This will be a day when students will have access to many providers: Universities, TAFE, Private Providers, RTO’s, Trade Training etc. More details to follow but save the date for this very important day. This will constitute the first day of Year 11 work experience and will assist Year 10 students for Futures preparation.

Work experience

Commencing Tuesday 23 June, Year 10 and 11 students students will have the opportunity to do three to four days of work experience. If students are on tour at this time, they will have the opportunity to do work experience at another time.

UCAT

https://www.ucat.edu.au/

The University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) is an admissions test used by the UCAT ANZ Consortium of universities in Australia and New Zealand for their medical, dental and clinical science degree programmes. The test helps universities to select applicants with the most appropriate abilities and professional behaviours required for new doctors and dentists to be successful in their clinical careers. It is used in collaboration with other admissions processes such as interviews and academic qualifications.

UCAT ANZ Dates and Fees

Candidates taking the UCAT ANZ in 2020 for entry to universities in Australia and New Zealand in 2021 should note these key dates (deadline times are in AEST - Australian Eastern Standard Time):

Concession Scheme opens

Access Arrangements open
3 February 2020
Booking Opens2 March 2020
Concession application deadline

Access Arrangements deadline
4 May 2020 at 5.00 pm
Booking Deadline11 May 2020 at 11:59 pm
Late booking deadline18 May 2020 at 11:59 pm
Cancellation deadline18 May 2020 at 11:59 pm
Testing begins1 July 2020
Last testing date31 July 2020
Results delivered to universitiesby early September 2020

The following UCAT ANZ test fees apply in 2020:

Tests taken in Australia or New Zealand$299
Concession Fee (Australia only)$199
Tests taken overseas / outside Australia and New Zealand$374
Late fee$75

All fees will be charged in Australian dollars. An additional late fee of $75 applies for late bookings. The late fee also applies to candidates who have used a concession voucher to contribute to their test fee.

UCAT Club

We will be having UCAT Club meetings during the year - please express your interest to me if you are wanting to join in. It is anticipated we will meet at a lunchtime once a fortnight in the Careers Room (Bartlett Room).

Jenny Howland
Head of Careers