2023 Careers and Pathways Teams

Steve Quinn - Transitions Leader

Tonia Tigani - Transitions Assistant       


Caroline Makin and  Visjna Perin


The 2023 Careers and Pathways Team: 

Caroline Makin: 

Year 7 to 12 Career Practitioner


Visjna Perin:   

Year 7 to 12 Career Practitioner 


In recent weeks, the year 12 students have been working on their VTAC applications, followed by SEAS and Scholarships. Students were guided to make an early start as this can be a lengthy process for some. We held support sessions both during ISP lessons and lunch times, and we continue to do so right up to closing dates. Representatives from Deakin University also visited our school to guide students through this process. Students have been encouraged to attend Open Days and explore the variety of Early Entrance Schemes offered by different tertiary institutions which would help them succeed in their applications. EAL students who have identified an interest in an application with The Gordon are also being supported by TAFE representatives at our school this week. We encourage students to keep a close eye on closing dates. VTAC applications should have been submitted by the 28th of September and SEAS by the 6th of October. VTAC will review and provide feedback on any SEAS and Scholarship documentation submitted by Friday 15 September – students are encouraged to make use of this service to ensure they have submitted all the correct information.

Throughout this term, students of other year levels have been offered a variety of short programs they have been able to opt-in to whatever suits their interests. It is a good time to remind all students the importance of checking their emails and Google Classroom messages as this is our means of sharing information.



Please find below a brief snapshot of the ways we support our students.


Furthermore, we ask that if you, or someone you know, is in a position to assist our students by offering work experience, please contact us so we can help facilitate such a rewarding experience.

Some Great Information Regarding Applying for an Apprenticeship or Traineeship

What are employers looking for in an apprentice or trainee?

There are the baseline traits that all employees look for:

  • Punctuality
  • Honesty
  • Initiative
  • Work ethic.
  • Self-awareness and the desire for self-improvement – Curiosity is big thing all employers say they are looking for.  They don’t expect you to know it all, but they want to see a drive to learn.

So how do you capture the attention of an employer? 

Why are you unique?  What can you offer that no one else can?  We all have Unique Selling Points or USPs (in digital marketing terms). Name your top three strengths then ask a parent, friend or former employer to do the same. For example, you may be efficient, outgoing and driven. Think of examples in your personal life where you have illustrated these strengths and spell them out using examples. 


YOU MUST have a Resume. Employers offering apprenticeships and traineeships accept that you may have very little paid work experience, but you do have skills. Perhaps you are the Captain of your sporting club or you are Coach of a team, completed a pre-apprenticeship, studied tech or hospitality at school, worked at your dad’s company in the holidays or learned how to construct things. Include achievements such as awards or projects you managed at school. It could simply be that you worked part-time for a year to go on a school trip, which shows you have determination.

Be creative with your skill set.


Present well.  Dress well and look clean and tidy even if you are in your school uniform. Presentation also includes ensuring there are no spelling or grammar mistakes in your resume. This is especially important to show you have a keen eye for attention to detail.


Be enthusiastic. Enthusiasm is so important in apprentices! 

Someone who is enthusiastic, energetic and passionate creating products will get employed. Remember, while you may not have a lengthy resume, you might be surprised by how much you can truly offer.

Employers also value a young person’s initiative to pick up the phone (yes actually talking) and have a conversation with prospective employers.


Stay off your mobile during business hours! 

Might be obvious, but Snapchat, Instagram, Tik Tok CAN ALL WAIT!  The one thing the Head Start Coordinators hear from frustrated employers; “They are always on their phone.” 

Check it at appropriate times during breaks, but other times show some initiative during slow periods and clean, restack, clean a work vehicle – this is the thing that will impress.


What makes doing an apprenticeship so worthwhile?

Learning in a practical setting is invaluable. Not only do you get to develop skills in a practical environment, but you’re surrounded by experienced professionals that you can learn and draw inspiration from.  An apprenticeship goes beyond the theory and provides you with skills and experience that will set you up for a career that you may have never been able to access otherwise.

Finding yourself the right apprenticeship isn’t always as difficult as you may think, talk to your Careers Teacher about how Head Start can help you present well to employers.

If you’re a student looking for a pathway into employment, a parent looking for a secure future for your child, or an employer looking for your next apprentice, contact the Careers and Pathways Team about the Head Start Program!