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Important dates
24 August 2022: Defence Force Recruiting visiting SFX
27 August 2022: CIT Open Day
28 August 2022: DCUS applications close
3 September 2022: UC Open Day
3 September 2022: ANU Open Day
7 September 2022: UAC Let's Chat -SRS Early Offers
8 September 2022: UAC Let's Chat - Medical Science Students
Job Spotlight
Have you considered working in the Nuclear Medicine industry?  Do you even know what Nuclear Medicine is?  Find out more below.
Just for Year 12
From February 2023 Orana College will be extending its course offering to include the Diploma of Visual Merchandising (Major in Fashion Styling and Events)

The Defence Civilian Undergraduate Sponsorship (DCUS) is open to aspiring university students who wish to pursue a degree through the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Canberra campus at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA). 

Applications for the 2023 DCUS intake are now open. Apply Now.

There are no military service obligations or requirements. This is a sponsorship for civilian students who may be interested in a civilian career in the Department of Defence.

The Department of Defence will determine the undergraduate degree disciplines that will be offered from the following options:

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical, Electrical, Civil, Aeronautical and Naval Architecture) (4 years)
  • Bachelor of Computing and Cyber Security (3 years).

Eligible applicants will have the full tuition costs of their degree covered and receive a generous annual allowance to cover the cost of text books and equipment.

During the sponsorship students will have the opportunity to participate in paid work placements within Defence, providing exciting opportunities and give an insight into how one of Australia’s largest organisations conducts business.

Applications close 11:30pm (AEST), Sunday 28 August 2022
No extensions will be granted and late applications will not be accepted

Just for Year 10

The University of Canberra invites prospective students, their families and other interested parties to learn more about the Accelerated Pathways Program (H Courses). Guests will have the opportunity to hear important information about the program and application process, as well as ask questions. Bookings for this online event can be made via Eventbrite. Bookings are essential.

WHEN   Tuesday 18 October (Week 2, Term 4)

TIME      6:00 pm

WHERE  Online, via Zoom link


In 2023, Year 11 students will have the opportunity to study in Anatomy and Physiology, Creative Writing, Politics and Democracy, and Psychology, and two new course areas, Digital Design and Communication and Environmental Challenges.

For further information about the program please visit our website or contact the program coordinator:
Short Courses and Information Sessions
headspace | Group Chat – the Perfectionism Predicament
Sunday 4 September 2022, 7:00 pm

Perfectionism can seem like a positive trait, as we often think it means doing well, and striving to do our best. However, for those living with the drive for perfection, it poses many challenges. It can impact our relationships with others, our mental health, and ironically, often result in us not doing as well as we could have.
Join our eheadspace clinicians and the headspace youth National Reference Group to learn more about what perfectionism might look like, its links to mental ill-health, and ideas about what to do if you think you might be experiencing perfectionism.
Find out more
Healthy Mind
Your mind body connection is important to understand when you are wanting to concentrate and focus. We will explore ways to reduce and eliminate brain fog, how to concentrate for longer and tips to keep your energy levels up.

Event Date: Wednesday 24th August
Time: 7.00-7.45pm NZT  or 5.00-5.45pm Sydney/Melbourne Time
Investment: $47 per connection per session 
Book your ticket here
Apprenticeships and Traineeships
Australian Training Company work closely with SFX to provide Australian School based Apprenticeship opportunities to our senior students.  They currently have opportunities in the areas of IT, Construction, Heavy Vehicle and identified programs.  Student wishing to apply for these positions need to call into the VET and Careers office for an application form.

Apprenticeship and Traineeship Job Opportunities

Department of Parliamentary Services Apprenticeship Program 2023

The Department of Parliamentary Services Apprenticeship Program is an exciting opportunity to kick-start your career at Australian Parliament House, in Canberra.

There are a number of apprenticeships available in a range of roles including electrical, horticulture and turf management, plumbing, cabinet maker, fitter/machinist, hairdressing and commercial cooking and patisserie.

Learn more and apply here
ASI Locksmiths are seeking an apprentice locksmith. If you are interested in this opportunity, email your resume to
University Information
Let’s Chat – SRS Early Offers
Wednesday 7 September 2022, 6:00 pm
While the ATAR is still the main selection tool used by most unis, there are other ways for you to show that you’re ready to succeed at uni. Many institutions have one or more early offer schemes for Year 12 students. Through these schemes, institutions assess you using criteria other than (or in addition to) your ATAR.
We’ll give you an overview of the Schools Recommendation Scheme (SRS) and discuss:
  • how to apply
  • whether you’re guaranteed early entry if you apply
  • other universities’ direct early entry schemes
  • how many early entry schemes you can apply for.
Find out more

UAC Digital | Let’s Chat – Medical Science Students
Thursday 8 September 2022, 6:00 pm

If you are interested in medical science then this session is for you. Current students from a range of unis share their experiences of student life. Topics covered include:
  • how they decided on the course they are studying
  • what they found easy about the process of applying and enrolling, and what they found hard
  • what they thought uni would be like
  • the best thing about being at uni
  • their hopes and dreams for when they finish
Find out more
We're here to help your students get ahead of the pack with a guaranteed Early Entry offer from UNE.
We know Year 12 students have had a challenging couple of years. Our Early Entry program has helped thousands of students secure an early guarantee of a university place based on their School’s recommendation rather than an ATAR. UNE courses can be studied online or on campus, part time or full time.

Benefits of applying for Early Entry
  • It’s free and easy for students to apply
  • Students will get an offer of a place before they get their final results
  • Get an offer with or without an ATAR
No UAC application required – but it’s fine to have both.
Key Dates
  • Friday 23 September — Early Entry applications close for students
  • Wednesday 12 October — Your School Assessments of students are due
  • Monday 7 November — Early Entry offer letters released for students

UC's biggest school leaver competition is back for another year! The Faculty of Arts and Design is once again partnering up with Adobe to celebrate your creativity.

We invite all ACT, NSW and QLD students in Years 11 and 12 to enter!

The UC Creative Competition is your chance to showcase your skills in all creative areas from creative writing, design, digital media to the built environment and just about everything in between.

Submit your best creative work (this could be a school project or something you created in your own time) for your chance to win some fantastic prizes. Check out our participation guide and get inspired!

Enter now
Open Days
Check out Open Days at institutions in Canberra and across Australia using the SFX Careers website.   
UC Open Day 2022
If you’re thinking about university next year, then make sure you join us at Open Day on Saturday 3 September.
Explore our campus with a guided tour, meet your future teachers in our Expo Hall or simply discover what student life at UC is like. There’ll also be giveaways, food trucks and meet-and-greet opportunities with the Brumbies and UC Capitals.

We just can’t wait, so we wanted to share some sessions we’ll be running across the day.
Check out below some of what we’ll be offering:
UCFM Media Walk Through 9AM – 4PM ALL DAY
Expo Hall talk courses, pathways, travel options and more 9AM – 4PM ALL DAY
Workshop7 Robotics Demonstration 10AM – 2PM
Why Rats and Robots aren’t Legal People 11AM – 11:30AM or 2PM – 2:30PM
What’s Blue and Green and Stops you Using Canberra Lakes 12PM – 12:30PM
Good Vibes Only – and Saving Lives, a physio workshop 12PM – 12:30PM
How to get into UNI without an ATAR 2PM – 2:30PM
There’s something for everyone this Open Day, whether it’s learning more about UC life or the work we’re doing here. You don’t even have to be a student to enjoy the fascinating work being done at UC.
Register now
Work experience
Careers in Tech

Learn what a career in technology might look like with one of Australia’s leading financial institutions. Throughout this program, you will experience some of the tasks that people with innovation and technology careers do in their everyday job. By completing these tasks you can see how technology can help businesses in the following ways:

Design: Discover why it's important to plan what a website looks like and how people can use it effectively.

Build:  Learn why Software Engineers are critical in bringing a design idea to life.

Protect:  In a world where there are constant threats, Cyber Security experts play a key role in keeping people's information secure from theft. You can learn how they do this.

Analyse: Explore how Data Analysts use technology like Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to understand masses of information and pull the right data to tell the story to help businesses make decisions and improve projects.

Automate: Understand how Artificial Intelligence and Robotics can work together to provide 24/7 customer service.

Register here
The ACT Parks and Conservation Service is able to accommodate a limited number of work experience placements at its various depots and districts in and around Canberra. Placements are offered to high school students in years 10, 11 or 12 and to CIT students doing a relevant CIT diploma with a course requirement.
Students will generally work across most areas available at a district to gain a better understanding of the work and skills required for each position. Work areas include:
  • visitor services
  • ranger on-ground work
  • wildlife
  • forestry
Placements are usually for one week. Opportunities depend on the availability of management and staff to supervise and support a work experience student.
Please note: No placements are accepted during the fire season – generally 1 October to 31 March. This time period may be extended depending on conditions at the time.
Learn more

We're excited to let you know that Imagine More has an upcoming workshop that may be of interest to secondary school students. Work Experience: Think Outside the Gate is for families of secondary school students with disability wanting to create community based work experience opportunities that are customised to the student's interests, needs and potential contributions. This workshop draws on the customised employment approach and material developed by Marc Gold and Associates, as well as the lived experience of families and young people.


We are thrilled to offer free registration. This is thanks to funding by the Australian Government Department of Social Services through an Individual Capacity Building grant.

Find out more and register
Part-Time Jobs and Workforce News
*Organisations and employers for the positions listed have not been vetted in any way by St Francis Xavier College. They are publicly
available and from the wording on the ad have been deemed of interest. Please advise the Career Advisor of any concerns regarding any communication with or experience at any place of employment. *
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