The Careers Education Programme is primarily aimed at Years 10, 11 and 12. Early in Year 10 students enter into a process to develop a Career Guidance Profile (Morrisby Report). The process includes an interview with the Housemaster based on the results of several aptitude tests and the relationship, both pastoral and academic, developed with the Housemaster. The Report, in conjunction with the Housemaster’s knowledge and understanding of each student, will form the basis for decisions on subject selection in Years 11 and 12. The Profile may also be used as a basis for determining and planning a career pathway. Year 10 students are also involved in a four-week Pastoral Care Life Skills Programme (delivered in Term 3) focusing on a greater understanding of future career opportunities.
The OTU Careers Expo is also organised together with the Year 10 Courses and Information Night, where Year 10 students are advised about the various course and subject options for Year 11. The Expo provides all senior students with the opportunity to talk, informally, to Old Boys representing around 50 different career areas.
Years 11 and 12 students may elect to do Vocational Education Training (VET) courses at a TAFE College on Tuesday afternoons, or alternatively undertake VET courses delivered at Trinity. These VET or ‘TVET’ courses provide essential skills for students considering apprenticeships or traineeships in specialised vocations.
In Year 12 students have greater access to the Careers Advisor and the information in the Careers Room. Students need to avail themselves of these opportunities and resources in order to help make informed decisions about tertiary courses, scholarships, cadetships, exchange programmes, alternative entry pathways to university, traineeships and apprenticeship opportunities. As part of the Year 12 Pastoral Care Life Skills Programme, a series of presentations over four weeks is presented, which focuses on the skills of developing resumes, personal statements and changes in interviewing techniques.
In Terms 1 and 2, students from Years 11 and 12 have the opportunity to talk to representatives from all the NSW universities, some interstate universities and private tertiary education colleges during the Schools careers lunch-time sessions.
In Term 4, students in Years 10 and 11 have an opportunity to attend the OTU/P&F Careers Mentoring Evening. The format of this evening includes:
> An insight into the reality of the business world;
> An insight into employment in a specific industry sector;
> Guidance from experienced leaders within the Career professions and finally
> Listen to real stories from our industry leaders.
Senior students are encouraged to begin the process of considering different vocations by attending talks by visiting speakers, attending university open days and information evenings, reading the Careers Notice Board frequently, and availing themselves of the large amount of career-oriented material. They should also read the Careers section in the Head Master’s Bulletin. Parents and students are welcome to make an appointment with the Careers Advisor to assist in the decision making process related to vocational opportunities, tertiary courses and/or subject choices. Enquiries concerning Careers Education should be directed to Dr Frederick Osman, VET Director and RTO Manager (Careers Education)