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Guidance Matters Issue 1

Welcome to the first Guidance and Careers update for the year.  Every fortnight, guidance and careers information will be posted to the school facebook page, so please like the page and encourage others to do so. Careers Information
Certificate III Guarantee
Parents/Carers! – The government’s Certificate III Guarantee is available to people who:
• not hold or are already undertaking a certificate III or higher level qualification (certificate III qualifications completed at school are not counted) 
• are 15 years of age or older 
• have finished secondary school or left school 
• are Queensland residents - an Australian Citizen or permanent resident living in Queensland, or a New Zealand citizen permanently residing in Queensland (i.e. a person with a New Zealand Passport who can also produce documentary evidence of a Queensland residential address).
Under the certificate III, participants receive subsidised course fees for selected Certificate III courses.
A certificate III is the first level of post-school qualification shown to have a significant impact on a person's employment and earnings. It is also the level of qualification usually required to get a job in industries like aged care, child care, hospitality and small business.
For more information refer to:

Year 12 fee-free training
Year 12 graduates will be able to access fee-free training in high priority areas from January 2014.
To be eligible for fee-free training, Year 12 graduates need to commence training in a high priority qualification with a pre-approved training provider within the calendar year following the completion of Year 12.
To be eligible to access fee-free training, you must:
• have completed Year 12 in Queensland and hold a Senior Statement issued by the Queensland Studies Authority
• enrol and start training with an approved training provider by the end of the calendar year following the completion of Year 12
• be a Queensland resident.
For more information go to:
Re-invent Your Career Expo
The Brisbane Reinvent Your Career Expo boasts hundreds of real jobs, dynamic seminars, career counselling, career workshops, resume services, graduate employment, trainee ships, apprenticeships, small business and franchising opportunities all under the one roof over 2 days on 22nd and 23rd March this year at the Brisbane Entertainment and Convention Centre.  Entry is $10 but free for those under 18 years. For more information visit
Other Upcoming Events and Local Services
The Starfish Program – A free early intervention and prevention service that
aims to support children and young people (0-18 years) who are at risk of developing, or are currently being impacted by mental illness, and their families. There is a catchment for this service including Dakabin, Kallangur and Deception Bay. For more information contact Boystown on 38880758.
Dads Matter – A 4 session program specifically designed for fathers who have used abuse or violence in their relationships and who want to rebuild and strengthen their role as a parent. For more information and to register, please contact 5498 9533 or email Sessions start 6 February and are held in Caboolture.
Life’s Journey – A six session friendly group for women who are parenting (mothers,grandmothers, carers) to increase self-esteem, make friends and have fun using hands oninteractive activities including painting and clay work. For more information call The Pine Rivers Neighbourhood Centre on 3889 0063 or email Sessions start 12th February and are held at Undurba State School Community Hall.

Career in focus
Architects use creativity and a practical understanding of structures and materials to develop concepts, plans, specifications and detailed drawings for buildings and other structures. They negotiate with builders and planning authorities, administer building contracts and inspect work that has been carried out.
Architects may also be involved in project feasibility studies, strategic asset investigations, heritage studies, urban planning, interior design or landscape design.
You will need to complete Year 12 and gain entry into one of the following courses (OP and Ranks for 2012 QLD courses are given; these are subject to change):
B. Architectural Design – University of Queensland 2012 Rank 92 OP 5
B. Architectural Studies – Bond University contact directly ph 1800 074 074
B. Design- Architectural Studies (Honours) – QUT Gardens Point 2012 Rank 90 OP 6
B. Environmental Design – Architecture – Griffith University Gold Coast 2012 Rank 82 OP 9
Diploma of Building Design/Bachelor of Building Design TAFE Eagle Farm/CQUniversity – new course in 2013
Personal Requirements
• enjoy design
• creativity
• able to analyse problems logically
• good communication skills.
Employment Opportunities:
Most architects work in architectural firms or for businesses that have large construction programs. Many start their own practice after a few years of experience.
Architectural training includes the ability to combine arts, science and technology. This means that architects increasingly find work in areas outside of architecture, such as urban planning and design, property development, construction management, interior design, industrial design, teaching, research and journalism.                            (
Over the five years to November 2017, the number of job openings for Architects and Landscape Architects is expected to be average (between 10,001 and 25,000). Job openings can arise from employment growth and people leaving the occupation.
Employment for Architects and Landscape Architects to November 2017 is expected to remain relatively steady. Employment in this large occupation (23,900 in November 2012) rose moderately in the past five years and in the long-term (ten years).