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CAREER NEWS Friday 23 March

Free Biology & Chemistry Revision Lectures

Supported by the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Monash University, these free monthly revision lectures will prepare students studying units 3/4 Biology and/or Chemistry for their unit 3 and 4 exams.  

Students can register for the biology lectures, the chemistry lectures or both! The seminars are given by qualified VCE teachers the seminars, and are designed to encourage revision throughout the year, clarifying and consolidating concepts as they are introduced in the classroom.  Exam preparation will also be supported by topic summaries and exam tips.

Dates: Wednesdays - 21 March, 18 April, 23 May, 6 June, 18 July, 22 August

and 19 September

Time: Biology: 4.00pm – 5.00pm

Chemistry: 5.30pm - 6.30pm

(Afternoon tea will be provided between lectures)

Venue:   Lecture theatre 3, Monash University Parkville Campus, 381 Royal

Parade in Parkville

Registration: These seminars are free but registration is essential.
Visit to register or call (03) 9903 9504.

Keeper for a Day

Both Healesville Sanctuary and Werribee Open Range Zoo are running a ‘Keeper for a Day’ program these upcoming school holidays! Both programs are geared towards showcasing what it is like to work with animals and students get to watch keepers and learn what a rewarding job they have! To find out more or to register, visit!

UMAT 2012

Year 12 students might like to diarise that the Undergraduate Medicine & Health Sciences Test (UMAT) will be held on Wednesday 25 July 2012. Registrations for UMAT2012 will open in early April 2012 – during these upcoming school holidays.


Who should sit the UMAT?
Candidates registering for UMAT2012 should have already completed, or plan to COMPLETE their final year of secondary schooling in 2012 (i.e. Year 12 in Australia).


Students whose current educational level is Australian Year 11 or lower are NOT eligible to take UMAT. This includes Year 11 students undertaking one or more Year 12 subjects.


Which universities & courses require Year 12 students to sit the UMAT?

Bond University


Charles Darwin University

Clinical Science

Flinders University

Clinical Sciences / Vision Science

Monash University

Medicine, Physiotherapy

University of Adelaide

Medicine, Dental Surgery

Universities of Newcastle / New England

Joint Medical Program

University of New South Wales

Medicine, Optometry

University of Queensland

Medicine (provisional entry), Dental

University of Tasmania


University of Western Australia

Medicine, Dental

University of Western Sydney

Medicine (pathway)

University of Auckland (NZ)


University of Otago (NZ)

Medicine, Dental, Laboratory Science, Physiotherapy

Preparing for UMAT

ACER and the UMAT Consortium do not recommend or endorse any commercially available courses offering UMAT preparation.  Nor does ACER or the Consortium have knowledge of the content of such courses, or any involvement in their development, or any commercial interest in the programs.  Thus the UMAT Office is unable to comment on their relevance or usefulness.  It is possible that some commercial preparation courses might provide misleading information or advice to candidates.

Neither ACER nor the Consortium conducts UMAT preparation courses.

The purpose of UMAT is to assess your abilities in a range of general skills and personal attributes.  UMAT measures skills acquired over a period of time, including the ability to reason, make logical deductions and form judgments.  The test does not draw on any particular body of knowledge or curriculum.

Intensive preparation is not advisable or necessary.  However, as with any test, some practice in answering questions of a similar type, and under similar time constraints as those found in the real test is helpful and reassuring to most candidates. See
Visit find out more and/or to register!

News from RMIT University

  • New Degree Courses in 2013

In 2013, RMIT will be offering a number of new courses – a number of them double degree combinations of existing courses. Below is a list of some of these courses:



Biotechnology/Biomedical Science

Electronic Product Design

Engineering - Automotive/Management

Engineering - Chemical/Pharmaceutical Science

Engineering - Mechanical/Biotechnology

Engineering - Mechanical/Industrial Design

Engineering - Mechatronics & Manufacturing/International Business

Exercise and Sport Science

Food Technology/Management

Health Sciences

Health Sciences/Chinese Medicine

Health Sciences/Chiropractic

Health Sciences/Osteopathy

Human Resources Management

Legal Practice (Paralegal)

Professional Writing and Editing

The new 2013 undergraduate course guides will soon be available providing more details of these courses! Visit to find out about all courses offered at RMIT.

  • Profiling: New Bachelor of Engineering (Electronic Product Design)

Do you have a Smart Phone? Use a GPS? Use a Tablet computer? Regularly use an IPod? All of these are current state-of-the-art technology. The new Bachelor of Engineering (Electronic Product Design) to be offered in 2013 will be a combination of electronics, computer systems and, very importantly, aesthetics! This course is not just about designing a technologically-advanced product but designing one that looks good! So, students with an interest in technology but are also creative – have an interest in graphic design - would find this course interesting. It is about innovation and creativity. The prerequisites are Units 3 and 4 - a study score of 30 in English (ESL) or at least 25 in any other English and Units 3 and 4 Maths (any).
Watch this space for more information about this course as it comes to hand!

As students are aware, selection to most art degrees at RMIT are based on submission of a folio and an interview. The only prerequisites are Units 3 and 4 - a study score of 30 in English (ESL) or at least 25 in any other English. Not all students who submit a folio are invited to an interview, so the quality of the folio is of utmost importance in making it to the next stage of the selection process. Advice from Shane Hulbert, Program Director of the Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) is – Send in your best stuff! It can all be similar pieces”. Students do not have to feel anxious if they hope to specialise in a stream or discipline they have not done at school – just submit their best work! For more information on the Bachelor of Art (Fine Art) visit;ID=BP201

Career as a Marketing Specialist

Marketing specialists promote a company's or client's products or services. This can involve marketing existing products, developing new products to cater for consumer demand, or developing markets for new products or services.
Marketing officers may also work in advertising, promotions, insurance and banking organisations. Increasingly, marketing officers are employed by government departments and enterprises. Graduates can enter large organisations or manufacturing companies as management trainees. With experience, the career path typically leads from support roles to positions of product management, brand management, marketing management and general management. Marketing officers often progress to top management roles later in their careers.

Electronic commerce is a growing area within marketing so an understanding of this area is important. Skills in electronic commerce may be advantageous to finding employment.

People without specific qualifications may be able to enter marketing through retail, commercial sales, and marketing services, or by working as assistants to product or marketing managers.

A successful marketing person should -

  • be able to analyse and interpret information

  • be creative

  • have very good communication skills

  • have good organisational skills

  • be able to work independently or as part of a team

There are numerous TAFEs and universities offering a range of marketing courses. To get into these courses a student usually needs to gain their VCE. Graduates of many marketing courses are eligible for membership of the Australian Marketing

Visit one of the following websites to discover more:

Career in Accounting

Although they can work across a range of industries, the one thing all accountants have in common is they all need to be good with numbers! Most accountants deal with financial reports, tax audits and financial investigations – done within government or private businesses. Many accountants work for companies that prepare financial statements for presentation to boards of directors, management, shareholders and statutory bodies. They may have responsibilities where they conduct financial investigations, undertake audits, prepare reports and advise on such matters as the purchase and sale of businesses, mergers, financing, suspected fraud, insolvency and taxation. Finance is central part of any business, and thus accountants’ skills are highly valued.

Accounting is offered at many universities, either as a specialised degree or as a major offered in more general business or commerce degrees.

Graduates may qualify for entry to the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA), CPA Australia or the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA). Eligibility for membership varies and may require work experience and/or further study.
The following Victorian Institutions offer a Bachelor of Accounting Degree:

Charles Sturt University - The degree is accredited by CPA Australia and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. Graduates are eligible for associate membership of CPA Australia and to enter the CPA Program conducted by the Institute of Chartered Accountants.
La Trobe University - In addition to fulfilling requirements for membership of CPA Australia and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, students can select advanced subjects in management, marketing, finance and economics.

Holmesglen Institute - This program has been recognised and accredited by the ICAA, CPA Australia and the NIA and provides a nationally recognised qualification in accounting.
Monash University - Entry to the Chartered Accountants Program of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA) and associate membership of the Institute of Public Accountants.
NMIT - Opportunities exist for graduates to apply for membership with the National Institute of Accountants.
RMIT - Graduates are entitled to associate membership of all the professional accounting bodies: CPA Australia, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and the Institute of Public Accountants, provided auditing and taxation subjects are passed. You must then undertake the chosen professional body’s qualification program and gain three years relevant practical experience to gain full membership.

In addition, living and working in countries such as China, Hong Kong, Singapore or Malaysia gives graduates the option of applying for entry into the final stages of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) qualification program.;ID=BP254

Swinburne University - Graduates will be eligible to apply for membership of CPA Australia (CPAA), the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA), the National Institute of Accountants (NIA) and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

Victoria University - The Bachelor of Business Accounting specialisation offers you the opportunity for entry into CPA Australia and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia as an associate member when the appropriate sequence of units is completed.

Extract from the recently published Graduate Outlook Survey 2011 – Graduate Careers Australia

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