Kickstarting Careers in 2019

By Briar Standing,

  Filed under: Careers, Current Parents, Senior School, Year 10, Year 11, Year 12


The New Year has brought a wonderful new space for Careers at St John’s, which is now located at the top of the stairs in Retreat House.

This year, we have approximately 30 students studying Vocational Educational and Training (VET) programs, which assist students to become ‘job ready’ thereby increasing their employment prospects. They form part of recognised pathways to further education and training. Upon successful completion, students receive a nationally accredited qualification.

Over 10% of Year 12s are taking on a university subject through the University of Adelaide’s Headstart or Flinders University’s Extension Studies programs. These programs give high achieving students the opportunity to study at university while still in Year 12 and have these university studies count towards their SACE and their university aggregate/ATAR whilst also getting the opportunity to find out what university life is like before they finish Year 12.

There will be many opportunities advertised throughout the year for students to find out more about what they can pursue after school, including the Tertiary Studies and Careers Expo Adelaide in April and the Careers and Employment Expo in May. Year 10 students will undertake work experience as part of their Personal Learning Plan for 4 days in Week 4 of Term 2 from Monday 20  – Thursday 23 May and will participate in a formal mock job interview on Friday 24 May.

We also have a few students who are participating in the SA Schools Auction Championship for the first time, which promises to be a very rewarding experience.


St John’s Future Career Pathways website.

Students need and want support with deciding what to study and they are always welcome to contact me for an appointment. It is important to talk about their interests and strengths and how these relate to career options. I will have at least one, sometimes multiple, one-on-one counselling sessions with every single Year 12 student throughout the year. There is a plethora of information available online and knowing where to look for it can be daunting and become overwhelming. I am very excited to be able to share with you readily accessible online information that all students and parents can read on their own. It is now available through the new St John’s Future Career Pathways website. Please look here.


Class of 2018 Destinations

This year has seen a rise in the numbers of students going to the University of Adelaide compared to other universities. 85% got their first preference in the main SATAC offer round. The number of students going into Psychology has doubled from last year and the number going into Medical and Health Science courses has increased by 58%.

Students also applied interstate and have received offers along with their SA offers. We are keenly awaiting to hear of many of their final decisions and it was lovely to catch up with some of the Top Guns at this week’s assembly. Students going interstate are studying courses as varied as Law, Medicine, Economics, Arts, Photography, Science and Education. Many of these wonderful young people have committed to coming back and sharing their experiences and knowledge gained through considering and applying to these courses with current students.


Virginia Castine
Careers Counsellor