The Gleneagles Careers Program enables students from Years 9 to 12 to access information and advice about Career Development, applying for Tertiary studies (University and TAFE), Apprenticeships and Traineeships and Employment opportunities.
The Careers Centre has a comprehensive careers library including a wide range of information about professional and trade careers, University and TAFE course guides and booklets, interstate and overseas Universities.
Students can also receive assistance with resume writing, job seeking and interview skills and training.
An integral part of the program is the range of events and excursions that Gleneagles organises for its senior students.
The Careers Centre staff are Chris Wood (Careers Co-ordinator) and Catherine Oldham (Careers Assistant).
In July, Year 9 students choose their subjects for year 10, including VCE subjects and are able to gain assistance from the Careers team.
In October, Year 9 students are encouraged to start looking for their Year 10 work experience placement as early as possible because placements are competitive.
After exams, Year 9 students undertake Career development activities during their transition to year 10, including completing their first Career Action Plan and Safe@work (OHS training) prior to Year 10 Work experience.
All year 10 students attend the VCE and Careers Expo at Caulfield Racecourse in May and a have tour of a University or TAFE campus. Students interested in trades have the opportunity to visit the Southeast ‘Try a Trade’ Careers Expo at Cranbourne Racecourse in April and other industry-specific tours during the year.
All Year 10 students undertake a week of work experience. Work experience week is normally held at the end of Term 2 (in June). The Careers team staff and teachers can provide assistance to students who have difficulty in securing a placement. Students are encouraged to find a meaningful placement in an industry which relates to their future career or tertiary training. Gleneagles teachers will visit each student while on their placement and students are required to keep a work experience diary.
Careers Centre staff can help students to prepare their resumes and look for part-time jobs. Students also develop a Careers Portfolio, which they will take home at the end of the year. The Portfolio will includes their Work experience information, safe@work certificates, employer reports, resume and Career Action Plan and this can be used for job interviews and course applications.
During Special Programs Week in June, students complete their Careers Action Plan and learn about pre-requisites for Tertiary study, in preparation for the selection of their VCE or VCAL programs in July.
Year 11 students complete a Career Action Plan, have the option of attending the Melbourne Careers Expo in August and are encouraged to attend University Open Days. They also receive advice about tertiary pre-requisites when choosing their year 12 program and can book a one-one interview with Careers centre staff to discuss their career interests.
Every year 12 student receives:
VCE Information night for Year 12 parents and guardians is held at Gleneagles in early August. During Special programs day, students will learn how to create an account and make an application for tertiary study through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC).
The 2011 Year 7 Transitions Camp to Golden Valley Lodge in Flinders, Victoria is, and will continue to be, one of my favourite memories of Gleneagles. I went to the camp barely knowing anyone but by the time we got home I knew a lot of people, many of whom had become my friends. All the activities were fun to do and be a part of. I conquered my fear of heights and free-falling on the giant swing and the Flying Fox, a zip line which runs down the side of a mountain. I had so much fun at the camp I asked the teachers if I could stay longer because I didn’t want to leave, but unfortunately, it was time to go. I now have a group of friends who I love and trust and know they will be my life-long friends. The beginning of my Gleneagles journey started with a good memory.