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Listen up as Kim, a passionate careers teacher, chats to current tertiary students and staff to find out everything you need to know about university and TAFE courses, the careers they can lead to and the transition from high school to further study.

Course and Career Chat Kim Whitty

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Listen up as Kim, a passionate careers teacher, chats to current tertiary students and staff to find out everything you need to know about university and TAFE courses, the careers they can lead to and the transition from high school to further study.

    Politics, Philosophy, Economics, Arts and Law

    Politics, Philosophy, Economics, Arts and Law

    What we’re talking about: Today on the podcast I have two guests - Ella is studying Arts/Law at Monash University and Hannah is studying PPE/Law at ANU. In this episode there’s a theme around studying things you enjoy, both in VCE and beyond. Ella and Hannah give great insights into their courses, and we also discuss scholarships, moving interstate, and making difficult decisions when your first preference is just out of reach. We also talk about their amazing podcast, which is a must-listen for all VCE English and Literature students.
    Enjoying VCE Both Ella and Hannah were high achievers who loved English and Humanities subjects at school and consciously chose subjects in VCE that they enjoyed and played to their strengths. On top of that, they also continued to pursue activities that were offered at their school and take part in the social aspect of school as well. We discuss the idea of making VCE work for you instead of making it unnecessarily hard for yourself.
    Making informed decisions about tertiary courses Hannah knew early on that she wanted to study at ANU after speaking to her sister’s friends about it. She applied and received a provisional offer to study PPE/Law around the middle of Year 12, and then navigated moving interstate and applying for and receiving a scholarship to cover the cost of living at a residential college. Ella knew she wanted to study Law and, after doing a lot of research, decided she wanted to study at Monash. When her ATAR wasn’t quite high enough to get into her first preference, she made the choice to study Arts at Monash and transfer into Law rather than going straight into Law somewhere else. We talk about their courses and what they’ve been studying in their degrees so far, and what their careers might look like in the future.
    Sharing their love of English and Literature Ella and Hannah started their podcast, So Little Time: the lit-lover’s guide to VCE, during lockdown in 2020. Each episode concentrates on a VCE text, and it’s so easy to listen to because it’s two friends chatting about books, but it’s also well-researched and includes guests that provide extra tips for VCE students. Definitely a must-listen and an easy way to immerse yourself in the texts you’re studying.
    Links mentioned: My website: https://www.roadmapeducation.com
    Ella’s course: https://www.monash.edu/study/courses/find-a-course/2022/laws-and-arts-l3003
    Hannah’s course: https://programsandcourses.anu.edu.au/program/bppe-allb
    Follow Ella and Hannah on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/solittletime.podcast/?hl=en
    Listen to So Little Time podcast here: https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/so-little-time-the-lit-lovers-guide-to-vce-english/id1509520418

    • 45 min
    Radiography

    Radiography

    What we’re talking about: Today I’m chatting with Nitya and she shares her experiences about studying Radiography. Nitya gives some great insights into how VCE subjects relate to her course, and also what she’s been studying at university and where it could take her next.
    How VCE subjects can relate to your course It’s easy to see what prerequisite subjects you need to do a course, but often there are other subjects that are not prerequisites but provide content that will be helpful as a foundation. Nitya talks about how Chemistry and Physics are really helpful when studying Radiography even though they weren’t prerequisites for her course.
    Radiography Nitya talks about being interested in Radiography because of the thought of using exciting medical equipment as well as supporting patients and helping them. She explains that in the course students learn about a range of modalities including x-ray, MRI, CT, ultrasound, mammography and angiography, as well as studying anatomy, pathology and psychology. She also talks about what your career could look like when you’ve finished the course and further study options.
    Links mentioned: My website: https://www.roadmapeducation.com

    • 20 min
    Actuarial Science and Marketing Statistics

    Actuarial Science and Marketing Statistics

    What we’re talking about: Today I’m chatting with Nirmal, and he is finishing his degree in Commerce and Actuarial Science at Monash University. In this conversation we talk a lot about being ok with not knowing exactly where you’re going but using the information you’ve got to take the next best step in your career path. Nirmal explains how he used opportunities throughout school and after exams to explore his options and choose a pathway that felt right for him, as well as giving us an insight into his course and his first steps into his career.
    Work from a place where it’s safe to fail Nirmal has some great advice that applies not only in high school but also throughout further study and into your career and life in general. If you can be yourself and also work from a place of feeling like it’s safe to fail, then your mindset changes from every SAC or exam or decision being super stressful to everything being a lesson and something you can learn from. This means that instead of beating yourself up when things don’t go as planned, you can just learn the lesson and work out how you can do things better next time.
    Using your time after exams are over to rethink your career path Although he submitted a preference list in Term 3 of Year 12, once exams were over Nirmal really took his time to explore his options and work out what he actually wanted to do. He spoke to people he knew who were doing courses he’d been thinking about and went to a Change of Preference Expo to ask more questions, and this research helped him choose his next best step.
    Pathways for students who love maths Nirmal comes from a family of engineers and, given that he liked maths, it made sense for him to have a lot of engineering courses in his preference list. Once he had time to think about it, he realised that he really didn’t enjoy applied maths like physics, and that led to him exploring other courses including Commerce and Actuarial Science. Nirmal explains more about his course and how maths is used in these areas, and what his work looks like as he finishes his course.
    Links mentioned: My website: https://www.roadmapeducation.com
    Nirmal’s course: https://www.monash.edu/study/courses/find-a-course/2022/commerce-and-actuarial-science-b2030
     

    • 46 min
    Pharmaceutical Science

    Pharmaceutical Science

    What we’re talking about: Today I’m chatting with Kaysia who completed a Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science majoring in Formulation Science at Monash University. We discuss knowing the prerequisites you need for your course and using your vision for the future to motivate you, her course and the various career opportunities available, and how her course prepared her to secure her first job.
    Completing prerequisite subjects in high school Kaysia talks about having to do Maths Methods when it wasn’t her strength because it was a prerequisite for the tertiary courses she wanted to do, and I share a similar story about English. We discuss some strategies you can use if you find yourself in a similar situation to get the results you need to pursue courses and careers you’re interested in.
    Pharmaceutical Science Kaysia explains really clearly the difference between Pharmaceutical Science and Pharmacy, what Pharmaceutical Science actually is and how the majors you can choose from within the course correspond to the different steps in the drug development process. She majored in Formulation Science and explains how this involves formulating different products from paint to flavours, cosmetics and medication.
    Employability Within the course at Monash, they have a week called Employability Week each year. Throughout this week, students learn how to write resumes that stand out, how to present yourself in an interview and what the industry is looking for when they’re hiring graduates. As part of the course, students also apply to different companies and practise these skills for their internship, and many students end up working at these companies after they graduate.
    Links mentioned: My website: https://www.roadmapeducation.com
    Kaysia’s course: https://www.monash.edu/study/courses/find-a-course/2022/pharmaceutical-science-p2001
     

    • 35 min
    Science, Arts, Sustainability and Meteorology

    Science, Arts, Sustainability and Meteorology

    What we’re talking about: Today I’m chatting with Jo, who completed a Bachelor of Science and Arts at Monash University. While we do spend time discussing her course, the major themes in our discussion are more about how she followed her interests and took advantage of a range of opportunities that allowed her to explore all of these areas leading her to her current role at the Bureau of Meteorology.
    Learning to be true to yourself This is a common theme throughout this conversation, and it’s a really important discussion to have. It’s easy to be led by the opinions of others as you make choices around subjects, courses and even how you spend your spare time. If you can tune into yourself, pay attention to what you love to do and what you want to achieve, you can take the pressure off and make the next best step forward for you at each stage. Jo shares how she struggled with this in Year 12 and how she got through it and ended up in a much better place mentally as she learnt to pursue her interests. 
    Other opportunities to explore at university Jo got involved in some different programs while she was at uni that had a profound effect on her both personally and in terms of her career. She was a mentor for Access Monash and loved giving back by mentoring high school students who hadn’t experienced the same privilege as she had to help them access tertiary study. She also did the Greensteps program and an internship with the sustainability department at Monash City Council to explore her interest in environment and sustainability that she wasn’t explicitly studying within her degree. She describes her experiences in these programs and how they were at least as informative and important to her as the courses she completed.
    Meteorology After completing Science and Arts and majoring in Physics and French, Jo felt that a career involving environment and sustainability actually aligned more closely with her interests and values. She applied for lots of different roles before coming across the Graduate program at the Bureau of Meteorology and realised that it not only would allow her to explore these areas, it also required a background in Physics or Maths as a prerequisite which meant she was qualified for the role. Jo shares her experience in this program so far.
    Links mentioned: My website: https://www.roadmapeducation.com
    Bachelor of Science and Arts at Monash: https://www.monash.edu/study/courses/find-a-course/2022/science-and-arts-s2006
    Graduate Diploma in Meteorology: https://learn.bom.gov.au/course/view.php?id=172
    Access Monash: https://www.monash.edu/access
    Monash University’s Greensteps program: https://www.monash.edu/msdi/study/extracurricular/greensteps
    Jo also shared this resource with me after our interview, relating to the theme we discussed around being guided by values, not goals.
    ACT Mindfully: https://www.actmindfully.com.au/free-stuff/
     

    • 42 min
    Teacher, Tutor, Entrepreneur

    Teacher, Tutor, Entrepreneur

    What we’re talking about: Today I’m chatting with Shirlaine, who is a qualified teacher and the owner and founder of TSE Tuition. We talk about her journey from high school through the Bachelor of Arts and Education double degree at Monash, and the career decisions she made around secondary teaching, becoming an academic and starting her own tutoring business. She also discusses everything you need to know about what you can do to help yourself before engaging a tutor, as well as what you should look for in a tutor or tutoring service if you decide to follow that path.
    Pursuing secondary English teaching Shirlaine always wanted to be a teacher because she liked writing essays, reading and analysing language and texts, and the only place she could see when she was younger to do that every day was to be a teacher. She did subjects she loved in Year 11 and then chose more strategically in Year 12 before doing a Bachelor of Arts/Education at Monash, and Shirlaine explains how this course works.
    Pathways in Education During her course, Shirlaine discovered that she actually wanted to become an academic. She completed further study to pursue this but when funding was cut in the arts, she realised that a career as an academic didn’t align with how she wanted her life to look. At this stage she was qualified as a teacher but couldn’t see herself working in a school either. She had extensive experience as a tutor at the time and decided instead to create a third option for herself - starting her own tutoring business.
    Do you need a tutor? Shirlaine gives some great advice about what you should ask yourself and what you can do to get the most out of your experience at school in the classroom before you start thinking about engaging a tutor. If you’ve exhausted these strategies and decide you would like to work with a tutor, she gives clear tips about what to expect and look for in a tutor or service provider to get the most out of it.
    Links mentioned: My website: https://www.roadmapeducation.com
    Your PERFECT Preference List: https://www.roadmapeducation.com/shop/perfectlist
    Shirlaine’s course: https://www.monash.edu/study/courses/find-a-course/2022/education-and-arts-d3002
    At TSE Tuition, Shirlaine and her team offer one-to-one tutoring for all secondary English subjects. 
    Website - https://tsetuition.com/
    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/TSEtuition
    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/tse_tuition/
    YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/TSEtuition

    • 46 min

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