The Careers and Pathways program at Brighton Secondary College helps students to acquire the knowledge and skills they will need to make relevant and appropriate career decisions in the future.
The Careers office is located in the VCE & Pathways Centre. Students at all year levels are encouraged to make an appointment for career counselling and parents are also welcome to book an appointment.
Services offered include:
- individual careers counselling for all senior students
- VTAC preference counselling for VCE students
- subject choice counselling for senior students to assist with career planning
- information sessions for senior students and parents
- access to a comprehensive Careers Resource Centre
- a Careers intranet site, including the weekly Career News newsletter
- Work Experience management and support
- Liaison with VTAC, universities and TAFEs, including lunchtime guest speakers
Last year, 158 Year 12 students from Brighton Secondary College made applications through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre, (VTAC) for places at Victorian Universities and TAFE Colleges. The students have been very successful in their endeavours to proceed to higher education. 90% of those students were made offers by Universities and TAFE colleges.
Students are able to list up to twelve preferences when lodging their applications for courses. A measure of the students’ success, and a measure of the excellent counseling program led by Ms Angelidis last year, is that 45% of students received offers for their first preference, 81% received offers for one of their first three preferences and 90% received offers for one of their first four preferences. This is a very good result for our students.
Monash University seems to have been the University of choice with over 20% of students receiving offers from Monash. Next was RMIT University with 16%, Deakin with 12% and the University of Melbourne, 8%. Of the TAFE colleges, RMIT and Swinburne made the most offers. Both of these TAFEs have strong articulation processes to university that allow students to gain credits towards a Bachelor degree.
A breakdown of the offers into fields of study is interesting. Over 30% of offers were made in the field of Business and Commerce. 19% were made in the area of Creative Arts while 15% were made in the field of Arts, Social Sciences and Welfare. Next were Health and Science with 10% of offers in each area.
It should be noted that not all students choose to lodge applications through VTAC. Students who didn’t either took a GAP year or have entered courses and training programs through direct applications and through apprenticeships.
Brighton Secondary College students are to be congratulated on their success in taking these next important steps in the pathways to successful lives beyond school.