Welcome to our Careers Website
Your one stop shop for all things Careers and Pathways. Apply for a Tax File Number, keep up to date with whats happening in the world of work or keep your eye out for advertised local job vacancies and work experience opportunities.
I will be formally introducing the website to all students and parents of the Somerville SC community shortly.
Dont forget....my door is always open!
Unique Student Identifier- USI
What is a USI?
The USI is a reference number made up of ten numbers and letters that:
creates a secure online record of your recognised training and qualifications gained in Australia, from all training providers you undertake recognised training with
will give you access to your training records and transcripts
can be accessed online, anytime and anywhere
is free and easy to create and
stays with you for life
All students doing nationally recognised training need to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). This includes students doing Vocational Education Training (VET) when they are still at school (VET for secondary students).
To create a USI go to https://www.usi.gov.au/students/create-your-usi
You will need a form of ID, the best one to use is your Medicare Card.
If you have any trouble applying for a USI come and see me in my office.
VET @ Somerville SC
Did you know that we run our own VET courses here?
If you are in Year 10, 11 or 12 you can apply to complete the Certificate II in Plumbing or Certificate II Electrotechnology here at school. Both courses are classified as "Pre-Apprenticeship training" and are often a minimum requirement to start a full time Apprenticeship once you finish Year 12.
Classes are held on Wednesday afternoons and you can complete the certificate as part of the VCE or VCAL.
Interested? See Amy in the Careers room for more details.
Every Day Counts
Why its important to attend school EVERY DAY!
Right now, being at school is your most important job and you’re building habits that you’ll take into adulthood. While it might not seem obvious, when you come to school you are learning about more than just Maths and English. You’re learning all sorts of skills like working in teams and meeting deadlines that will help when you’re an adult. If you can’t show up to school every day, how will you learn to show up for work?
Being at school every day also means you are involved in your own learning, interacting with other students and teachers and are a part of environment that is motivating and stimulating. You can get help from your teachers and friends and won’t have to rely on trying to learn things in your own time.
There’s also a lot of evidence that shows that young people who attend school more frequently have better outcomes after school too. This means they earn more money, have better job prospects, are less likely to misuse drugs and alcohol and are generally healthier.
Do I have to go to school?
Yes, in Victoria school is compulsory until you turn 17.
Missing one day a fortnight is the same as missing 4 whole weeks of school a year. From prep to Year 12 that adds up to 1.5 years of school.
Apart from this, school is better when you attend. Your friends and your teachers notice that you’re away and wonder if you’re OK.
EVERY DAY COUNTS!
ELEMENTS OF A SUCCESSFUL MIND
ELEMENTS OF A SUCCESSFUL MIND
Michael E. Bernard, PhD, Professor at the University of Melbourne, is a psychologist, and founder of You Can Do It! Education — a program for promoting student social-emotional wellbeing and achievement that is being used in thousands of schools in Australia and overseas.
During the final years of secondary schooling, students are faced with many important decisions. They can be assisted greatly by learning about and applying character strengths, attitudes and social-emotional skills that define a successful mind. Below are descriptions of the 10 most important elements of the mind of successful and happy students.
1. GROWTH MINDSET
A growth mindset is one that is open to lifelong learning and development. Your brain is constantly changing and challenging yourself will improve its strength, adaptability, and intelligence. A growth mindset understands that talent is the result of hard work and practise, not simply something innate talent and unlearnable.
2. CHARACTER STRENGTH
Your individual character strengths influence your decision-making and life choices. The US-based VIA Institute has identified 24 character strengths that everyone possesses, but in differing quantities. These include creativity, curiosity, kindness, leadership, perseverance, humility and social intelligence.
3. GOAL SETTING
One of the major factors of success is having direction. Setting goals and marking milestones help you see the results of your efforts, give you motivation and inspiration, and turn dreams into something tangible and attainable. Achieving your goals depends on your level of commitment and your solutions to obstacles you encounter along the way.
Staying calm under pressure and bouncing back from setbacks and disappointment is a key attribute for success in school, work and life in general. Resilience is the strength that enables you to confront obstacles and overcome failures, deal with different types of people, and cope with uncomfortable or unfair situations.
Rejecting distractions and staying focused on the present are key skills that will serve you well throughout your life. Mindfulness is the act of staying in the moment and on task. Practicing and honing your mindfulness will increase your ability to concentrate, which will reduce stress and anxiety, and help you remain calm and in control.
One of the toughest elements to develop, self-acceptance is the ability to acknowledge your flaws while celebrating your strengths. Even the most successful people in the world have things they don’t like about themselves and accepting yourself as you are is an important step in maintaining forward momentum and maintaining self-belief.
With optimism, you anticipate being successful, you view setbacks failure as being temporary, able to be overcome and something to work to improve. Rather than thinking to yourself when you have been successful, I was lucky or that wasn’t too hard, you firmly believe that your success is due to your ability, talent and effort. With optimism, you take responsibility for your own actions and attempt to correct or modify your behaviour to prevent setbacks.
GRIT is a determination and passion to persevere toward a long-term goal despite being confronted by significant obstacles and distractions. You use your GRIT to silence your procrastination and excuses and accomplish the things you need to get done, and not just focus on the things you want to do. Often the necessary tasks are the least glamourous and immediately rewarding but can be the most important steps in reaching your goals.
9. TIME MANAGEMENT
Building good time management skills isn’t simply about getting things done on time. While that is important, setting priorities, being able to break down long-term projects into smaller steps, and having a good system for organising your resources are the keys to getting things done on time.
10. GETTING ALONG
Success is more than having the right technical skills or having gotten good grades in school. Your ability to build strong relationships and networks of contacts and supports as well as being able to work for and with all sorts of people is king. Being empathic in being able to understand a person’s point of view will strengthen your relationships with friends, teachers, colleagues and clients. Knowing how to get along with everyone no matter their background or differences as well as being able to solve conflicts peacefully is key to your future success.