From the Careers Office

Dr David Short – Careers Guidance Counsellor


Think that if you’re a budding tradesperson, dropping maths is no big deal? In actual fact, hands-on construction gigs use numbers a lot more than you’d think. Trade gigs are often associated with tools, trucks and loads of physical labour, but there’s a stack of basic maths skills involved in almost every type of maintenance, repair and construction role. From calculating quantities and determining floorspace ratios to ordering materials and converting measurements, most tradespeople rely on an advanced knowledge of numbers – something that sticking with high school maths can seriously help solidify.

Here, we look at how algebra, trig and basic area skills are just as important to a successful tradie’s toolkit as a fancy drill.

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Electricians: Apart from all the basic stuff – addition, subtraction, multiplication and division – electricians regularly use fractions, percentages and decimals when working out things like room dimensions, wiring lengths, watt to kilowatt conversions and load calculations. Ohm’s Law (voltage = current x resistance) is a go-to equation when studying electrical circuits, and trigonometry comes in handy when figuring out the correct angle to bend a section of protective tubing.

Builders: Builders are basically mathematicians that make stuff – yep, that’s how much adding, subtracting, dividing and multiplying happens in an average day. “How much steel is needed for this office build? Will the new timber flooring bear the weight of all that furniture? Is that enough water to fill up the swimming pool?” An internal monologue of measurements soundtrack an average day on site.

Tilers: Maths meets art and construction in a process that is literally all about being accurate, correct and symmetrical. Like a hypothetical problem out of a geometry textbook, a tiler regularly faces the challenge of calculating how many 2D objects (tiles) will fit into a particular space (a floor).

Concreters: Figuring out how much mixture is needed for a pour may seem like simple multiplication, but for a concreter there are some seriously complex area and volume formulas that go into each and every job. Sure, length x width x thickness = volume, but when things aren’t rectangular – which they very rarely are – the gig calls for some pretty advanced geometry.

Author: Cassie Steel


Bond University

Bond University program and scholarship applications are now open for 2021 entry. Students are able to commence their early program application through and thereafter their scholarship application through

Once again, Bond is providing students plenty of opportunity to apply for numerous scholarships within the academic, all-rounded, extra-curricular and sporting excellence fields. To see the full list please visit –

The first scholarship deadline for the Vice-Chancellor’s Elite Scholarship will fall on August 9th, while the second and final deadline will fall on September 6th. Should students be applying for the Vice-Chancellor’s as well as others, they will need to submit by the first deadline of Aug 9th.



Gap Year is a great option for students interested in experiencing life in the Navy, Army or Air Force. In just 12-months, they’ll gain a great salary package, security and stability, unparalleled skills and experience, plus friends for life. All of which will help them decide on a future career – and excel in it.

With more than 20 roles to choose from, your students are sure to find one to suit their interests. They’ll experience life in management, engineering, logistics and warehousing, combat and security, and administration. Applications for the following job roles are closing soon:

Driver Closing Friday 30 May 2020
Warehouse Storeperson Closing Monday 1 June 2020
Army Officer Closing Friday 5 June 2020
Administration Assistant Closing Thursday 30 June 2020
Airbase Protection and Security Closing Thursday 30 June 2020
Infantry Soldier Closing Thursday 30 June 2020
Electronics Engineer Closing Friday 31 July 2020
Electronics Engineer Submariner Closing Friday 31 July 2020
Helicopter Pilot Closing Friday 31 July 2020
Marine Engineer Closing Friday 31 July 2020
Marine Engineer Submariner Closing Friday 31 July 2020
Maritime Aviation Warfare Officer Closing Friday 31 July 2020
Maritime Logistics Officer Closing Friday 31 July 2020
Maritime Warfare Officer Closing Friday 31 July 2020
Maritime Warfare Officer Submariner Closing Friday 31 July 2020
Air Defence Operator Open
Airfield Defence Guard Open
Aviation Support Technician Open
Navy Sailor Open
Warehouse Coordinator Open

There’s still time for your students to apply. For more information call 13 19 01 or visit


Scholarships are “a grant or payment made to support a student’s education, awarded on the basis of academic or other achievement.” The money is donated by businesses, universities, organisations or individuals who see the value of further education. Federal and state governments may also provide scholarships to help make further education more equitable for everyone, or to encourage studies in areas or skills that are in demand.

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT: For scholars studying specific subjects.
RURAL & REGIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS: If you live in a rural, regional or remote area? You may be eligible for a Scholarship.
FINANCIAL HARDSHIP SCHOLARSHIPS: Struggling with day to day expenses while studying? View any Financial Hardship Scholarships.
ACCESS SCHOLARSHIPS: View the access scholarships if you’ve experienced personal challenges that may have affected your schooling or ability to attend university.
SPORTING OR PERFORMING ABILITY: For students who want to be top of their game.

Every university has a page on their web site describing the scholarships available. Following are the addresses of the Scholarship pages for a few of our local universities:

Once you’ve found a scholarship you’d like to apply for:

– Explore if you meet the eligibility criteria;
– Read the terms and conditions;
– Familiarise yourself with the application process, note deadlines, interview days etc.
– Complete your application;
– Attached any necessary supporting documents to your application; and,
– Submit your application on time.

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