From the Careers Office

Dr David Short – Careers Guidance Counsellor 

COVID-19 Impacts on Businesses and Recruitment – Survey Results

The Department of Education, Skills and Employment is conducting a survey of businesses to measure the impact of COVID-19. Data is collected on staffing changes, business impacts, actions taken by businesses in response to the pandemic, and future expectations. The key findings from this survey are presented on the following website:


Griffith University (GU)

Griffith Eng, Griffith Chem, Griffith Phys and fast tracked courses

The Griffith Eng, Griffith Chem and Griffith Phys programs allow high school students to get ahead of the pack by studying a university course while completing their senior studies.
High school students who complete one of these programs can:
• Gain credit for a first-year course, saving thousands of dollars in HECS and reducing the essential workload of first-year university
• Be awarded an adjusted selection rank
• Access it all for free! All costs are covered by the University.
Due to popular demand, we are now also able to offer Griffith Chem and Griffith Phys as fast-tracked courses for Year 12 students (as well as being available to Year 11 students in the usual format completed over 2 years). Applications for all programs are open now.

For more information or to apply visit:
Griffith Eng:
Griffith Chem or Griffith Phys:

Open Conservatorium Music Online

Griffith’s Open Conservatorium is committed to providing excellent music education opportunities to the broader community. We are delighted to announce that we have adapted many of our programs to be delivered online.

From brass to creative music technology lessons and everything in between, we welcome musicians of all ages and development to apply. The lessons will be facilitated by Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University’s world-renowned academics via Zoom.

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Academic Bootcamps

Griffith’s 2020 Academic Bootcamps are high-quality courses designed to assist students to achieve their full academic potential by improving confidence and understanding in senior subject areas and reducing anxiety around assessment while preparing students for future tertiary study.

The Academic Bootcamps are specifically designed to assist students to:
• revise and consolidate knowledge in their subjects
• increase confidence in preparing for exams
• provide invaluable tips on study skills and techniques specific to the subject
• experience their subject matter from a different perspective
• seek answers for specific queries and
• give students an extra edge in upcoming exams and assessments

Year 11
29 June – 3 July 2020 (Monday to Friday)
Online only

Year 12
28 September – 2 October 2020 (Monday to Friday)
On campus or online

All subjects will be run in a half-day format, allowing students to register for up to two subjects.

Cost: $125 per course.
» For more information or to register, visit

Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

School VET qualifications—important update
In recognition of the extraordinary challenges Year 12 students are facing due to COVID-19 disruptions, QUT will now accept VET qualifications (Certificate IV and above) for entry in 2021 for any student who completes Year 12.


Students in Years 11 and 12 can gain university experience and trial possible future study areas through the START QUT program. Applications for Semester 2 close on 31 May. See the website for details about entry requirements, program benefits and the units available for study. All lectures and most other activities will move to online offerings.
Cut-off date for creative industries additional entry courses

In addition to applying to QTAC, students must apply online to QUT by 5pm on Monday 28 September 2020 for creative industries courses with additional entry requirements.
Additional entry requirements include auditions, portfolio submissions, personal statements and interviews. Please refer to individual course information on the QUT website. In-person auditions and interviews will move to an online format.

Australia National University (ANU)

Changes made to direct application process

In response to COVID-19 study disruptions, we have changed our admissions process for Year 12 students who are applying to ANU for undergraduate study in 2021.

Key information:
• We will now make offers based on Year 11 results on 10 August 2020, and these will be honoured for study in 2021 as long as students have completed Year 12.
• Students will still need to complete Year 12 in order to be eligible for study in 2021.
• If Year 11 results don’t meet entry requirements, we will automatically consider students on their Year 12 results in the December offer round.

Tuckwell Scholarship applications close 25 May at 3pm

The Tuckwell Scholarship changes lives but time is running out for students to apply to join the 2021 cohort! All talented and motivated students are encouraged to apply. Applications close on 25 May at 3pm. Find out more:


It has been promising to see some restrictions being lifted of late, however Defence Force Recruiting are still unable to conduct face-to-face information sessions. I am very excited to say that soon we will have a platform up and running to conduct live virtual information sessions for students and job seekers. In the meantime, we are continuing with dial in teleconference information sessions, please see below for the next session details.
Gold Coast: Dial In Defence Careers Information Session
Thursday, 21st May, 6:00pm
Dial In to our upcoming info session from home on Thursday, 21st May, 6:00pm to hear from current serving members and find out if a career in the Australian Defence Force for you.
To register.

Can’t dial in to a session? Check out the recorded information sessions available on our website.
ADF Careers Information Session
Navy Trades Information Session
Army General Entry Information Session

ADF Gap Year

There’s still time for students to apply for an ADF Gap Year, but they’ll need to apply soon so they don’t miss out on their preference.
The valuable work and life lessons gained during an ADF Gap Year are transferable and will give your students confidence in their future career paths. They can get real engineering experience, discover their leadership potential as an officer, or find passion in an administration role.
While ADF Gap Year roles initially involve only a 12-month commitment, it could be the beginning of a long and stable career in the ADF.
Students who take part in the ADF Gap Year program:
• Enjoy a great salary package plus free healthcare
• Gain valuable skills and work experience
• Have job security and stability
• Live a varied, active and healthy lifestyle
• Make friends with like-minded people
• Have the opportunity to see more of Australia
For more information:

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