Careers News

Compass Career News 

Here's a summary of the latest Career News with the full Careers Newsletters below.

Items in the 9 October 2020 Career News

  • Dates to Diarise in Term 4 (Year 12s)
  • VTAC 2021 Upcoming Key Dates (Year 12s)
  • Australia's 20 most-needed Jobs
  • Emerging Occupations
  • Torrens University - no longer considering the ATAR
  • Studying Osteopathy at Victoria University
  • Diploma of Teacher Education Preparation
  • Associate Degree in Engineering Technology at RMIT

Items in the 16 October 2020 Career News

  • Dates to Diarise in Term 4 (Year 12s)
  • Reminder: VTAC 2021 Upcoming Key Dates (Year 12s)
  • RMIT Village
  • Reminder: Pathway to Physiotherapy at Monash University
  • Reminder: Tax File Number Applications
  • USI Applications
  • Study Assist Website
  • Diagnostic Imaging Courses at CQU
  • C.A.S. Hawker Scholarship
  • New Website: Your Career
  • Subscribe to The Young Professionals Podcast
  • Nutrition Studies at Deakin University
  • MathsLink - Maths Methods Bridging Program at Swinburne University

Tertiary Scholarship Opportunities

VTAC (Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre) Scholarships applications are now closed but many scholarships (equity and merit based) are still available through direct application to the institution and a list of these is found on the VTAC website here. Please also see the VIC Government Department of Education & Training website here for Scholarships available to Year 12 students planning on undertaking tertiary study in 2021. Year 12 students are encouraged to research these scholarship opportunities to identify those of interest so as to complete the application process by the specified deadline. 

Swinburne University Webinar – A Flying Start (recorded web session available on demand)

This recorded webinar provides insights into the future of aviation, including the resilience of the industry and strategies employed by industry leaders. Hear what the future looks like for aviation in the wake of 2020. Watch here.

Crimson Education Upcoming Webinars: 

1. The UK Application Explained, Hosted by A Crimson UK Strategy Consultant – 24 October 2020 at 7:00 pm


Imagine going straight from high school to studying among the famous halls of Oxford or Cambridge. Or maybe you want to live in the heart of London while learning at Imperial, LSE, King’s or UCL. Whatever you’re aiming to study, studying at a top UK uni gives you access to amazing employment opportunities and day trips to Europe. Hosted by a Crimson UK Strategy Consultant Abbigail Colwyn who will take you through each stage of the UK application process from the fundamentals through to in-depth insights. This webinar is targeted towards Year 9-11 students and their parents, it will include the fundamentals, interviews and essays, a UCAS walk-through, and application analysis. Find out more at:


2.Ivy League Face Off: Harvard vs Princeton vs UPenn – Sunday 25 October at 9:00 am


Looking to study at a prestigious Ivy League university in the US? Join Maddie (Harvard student), Seyoon (Princeton student) and Nathan (UPenn student) as they provide insight into what life is like on campus and why their universities are at the forefront of the world. 


Further info here:

Occupations Skills Spiderweb Research Tool

Different jobs require different skills. The Skills Spiderweb resource shows 12 skills that are common across many jobs. The size of the web shows the level of skill or expertise workers usually need to perform well in their job. Students can use the Skills Spiderweb to learn about the skills needed for jobs of interest but it can also be used to get a sense of the skills you may have built from past jobs. To utilise this resource click here.

Important information about the Unique Student Identifier (USI)

The Australian Government is extending the Unique Student Identifier (USI) to higher education students, starting in 2021. 


What is the USI? 

The USI is a Student's Lifelong Education Number.


When do students need a USI?

From 1 January 2021, new higher education students will need a USI in order to be eligible for Commonwealth assistance (Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) and/or HELP loan). It will be a mandatory field on the electronic Commonwealth Assistance Form (eCAF) for new students.


What do current Year 12 students need to do? 

Students who are commencing study in 2021 should:

  • check if they already have a USI (from previous vocational education or training)
  • get a USI as soon as possible;
  • provide their USI to their Tertiary Admissions Centre or Higher Education Provider when requested.

How can current Year 12 students provide their USI to VTAC? 


VTAC applicants can add a USI by going to the ‘personal details’ tab in their VTAC account and using the ‘Unique student identifier (USI)’ link. USI information entered prior to the change of preference date for an offer round will be passed on to tertiary institutions making an offer. Students are encouraged to apply early for a USI to ensure it can be provided in time for use in the enrolment process. 


Clarissa Jacques

Careers & Pathways Co-ordinator