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Ashwood HS Careers

Our aim is to provide you with all the latest information that will help you make decisions about your future career and your life beyond school.

You can use this site to locate University, TAFE and any other type of course across Australia, get information about the VCE, search for job vacancies and much more. Feel free to drop into the Careers Office if you have any questions.

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ADF Gap Year (Posted: 02/03/2021)

Applications for ADF Gap Year open now

Dear Year 12,

An ADF Gap Year is a unique opportunity for your students to experience life in the Navy, Army or Air Force, without needing to make a long-term commitment. The skills obtained through the ADF Gap Year program will provide them valuable work and life experience and are completely transferable. It will enable your students to develop the confidence for their next endeavour.

Students who take part in the ADF Gap Year program:
  • Gain valuable skills and work experience
  • Enjoy a great salary package plus free healthcare
  • Live a varied, active and healthy lifestyle
  • Make friends with like-minded people
  • Have the opportunity to see more of Australia
Whatever their interest, there are a variety of roles to select that will provide young Australians valuable life skills. These include experiences as an officer, in management, engineering, logistics and warehousing, combat and security, and administration.

Click here to learn more

Kind Regards

Miss Hechenberger
Careers & Pathways Coordinator

Girls Day Out in STEM (Posted: 02/03/2021)

Girls Day Out in STEM (GDOS) empowers and inspires girls aged 10 -14 years towards a career in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) in a fun, safe and engaging environment.

There’s a bunch of dates for these virtual events with the first on Sun March 7. Girls will hear from professional women in STEM, learn about important contributions already made by other young girls in the field and opportunities a future in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths can bring. They can also engage in fun masterclasses and have a chance to win lots of prizes and signed books. Register here for this free event.

Have fun!

Kind regards

Miss Hechenberger
Careers & Pathways Coordinator

TOMORROW! Designing Better Futures: The JMC Series On All Things Design (Posted: 02/03/2021)

Join us tomorrow for Designing Better Futures: The JMC Series On All Things Design

Join us at JMC Academy (or live on Zoom) on Wednesday the 3rd March to discuss how design is used across different creative industries.
Joining us on the panel are the following speakers:

Amara Primero- Composer
Amara Primero is a screen composer and the founder of Primerchord Production Music. Her music is featured on major television networks around the world.

Ben Romalis- Creative Consultant
Ben is a creative consultant who has worked as a high performance coach for the Australian cricket team. He currently runs his own media production company ‘Silamor Studios’ and lectures for the music department at JMC.

Andrew Barnum- Artist and Designer
Andrew Barnum is an experienced Designer, Educator-Academic and Songwriter. He is currently a PhD candidate at UTS exploring 'Conditions for Australian Songwriters’.

Here are the details:
Date: Wednesday 5th March 2021
Time: 4pm AEDT (Sydney/Melbourne)
Tuning in from out of state or overseas? Find your local time here.

  • Join the live audience from the student lounge @ JMC Sydney 561 Harris Street, Ultimo, NSW 2007
  • OR join us online via Zoom. Access link will be emailed to all registered participants.
Registration is free but seats are limited- don't miss out, book your place below

Register Here

Kind regards

Miss Hechenberger
Careers and Pathways Coordinator

Online event: Girls Day Out in STEM Sunday, March 7, 2021 (Posted: 25/02/2021)

Girls Day Out in STEM is back with another wonderful day planned full of fun, STEM masterclasses, meet and greet professional women role models, entertainment, prizes, book signings, songs and dancing.

And thanks to their amazing sponsors, your tickets are FREE!

Register now at

Have fun!

Kind regards

Miss Hechenberger
Careers & Pathways Coordinator

Australia's top 5 in demand skillsĀ ? (Posted: 25/02/2021)

Top 5 in demand skills in Australia

According to the APAC Digital Skills Index 2020, they are:

1. Large-scale data modelling
2. Software operations support
3. Web/software/game development
4. Cloud architecture
5. Cyber security/cyber forensics

And time is ticking, because Australia needs 6.5 million additional workers with digital skills by 2025. The challenge is huge, so we want to make sure that future workers are all across the above skills, especially as they contemplate their study and career paths.

To find out more about the top five skills, including what they involve and what STEM areas to study, head to the Careers with STEM website for all the deets.

We've also got lots of tips on how to future proof your career, everything you need to know about the future of work, and suggestions on how to build digital competency in the K-12 years and also in higher education.
Read more

Happy reading!

Kind regards

Miss Hechenberger
Careers and Pathways Coordinator

It's Safer Internet Day! (Posted: 09/02/2021)

Get into Safer Internet Day

Tuesday, February 9 is Safer Internet Day! It’s a day where the world comes together with a shared vision of making online experiences better for everyone. And here at Careers with STEM, we are all for it!

To celebrate Safer Internet Day, we’ve rounded up a list of our top tips to keep you safe online, as well as a bunch of resources that you can chat about and learn from in your classroom. Oh, and you’ll also find a list of cool STEM careers below. These ones help make the internet a safer and more secure place.


Did you know? One in five young people reported being socially excluded, threatened, or abused online, according to the Australian eSafety Commissioner. This is definitely not okay. Here’s what you can do to prevent cyberbullying:

  • Tell a trusted person what’s going on
  • Don’t respond or retaliate
  • Block cyberbullies
  • Always log out of public computers
  • Don’t be a cyberbully yourself
  • Keep track of who you interact with online
Click here to continue reading.

How not to overshare online

Get the lowdown on what’s OK to post on socials and what you should keep to yourself.

It might seem obvious not to share your bank details online – but surely a pic of you in your school uniform is harmless? How about checking in online when you’re at your favourite local cafe with mates?

It’s not always super clear how your online information can be used – for example, your school uniform probably has a logo on it that can be used to locate your school and therefore identify you (because you’re likely the only person with your exact full name at your school).

Similarly, getting excited about holidays on socials is fun, but you could also be advertising that your house will be empty. Here’s a #TMI checklist to staying secure…

Click here to continue reading.

Happy reading!

Kind regards

Miss Hechenberger
Careers & Pathways Coordinator

Cyber Security Careers (Posted: 09/02/2021)

Cyber security careers: Live webinar recording

If Safer Internet Day has got you inspired, you need to check out our cyber security careers live webinar recording, where you'll hear from three experts in this field.

Cyber Security Challenges - Test your Cyber Security Skills... with Pizza

Does solving puzzles, going into the code behind websites, searching through posts for clues and using ethical hacking practices to find missing people sound like a fun afternoon to you? Then check out these cyber security challenges!

Cyber Security Pathway

Watch our Q&A with Nicholas Desilas, who studied a Cert IV in engineering at TAFE, spent 10 years in the navy and now works in the cyber security industry, as a Strategic Relationship Representative at global cyber security leader, Palo Alto Networks.

Video: 7 puzzle solving STEM jobs

If you've got a knack for solving puzzles and breaking codes, then these exciting STEM jobs are perfect for you!

Kind regards

Miss Hechenberger
Careers & Pathways Coordinator

Strategies to help survive VCE (Posted: 09/02/2021)

7:00pm - 8:30pm Tuesday 23 February 2021

Online Event, Free

An online presentation where families and young people can come together and learn together. Age Range: Year 11 and12 students, parents and carers. The workshop will look at the big VCE picture and talk about realistic expectations.

Learn some practical self-help skills to develop sound strategies for managing stress and anxiety leading up to VCE. Presented by: Anxiety Recovery Centre Victoria (ARCVic). Bookings essential register here

Kind regards

Miss Hechenberger
Careers & Pathways Coordinator