Careers in the Senior School

Careers in the Senior School

7 March 2017


How does it work in the senior school? Who do I contact? Can my child do work experience?

These are great questions that each and every parent should have as their son or daughter progresses into their senior years of study. At Macquarie our careers program focuses on equipping students with the skills, knowledge and information to contribute to successfully to our growing and changing world.


The careers thread begins early in the school growing and embedding itself as a key part of the timetable for our Year 12 students. In Years 7 & 8 students begin the discussion around careers as they explore a sense of belonging and adolescence in the PDHPE curriculum. As students move toward Year 9 & 10 the focus moves to the exploration of interest areas with 2 exciting additions for 2017, 100-hour electives and our Interest Based Elective (IBE) program designed to provide students with a wide range of experiences ahead of the Preliminary and HSC years.

Year 10 is a crucial year for many students as they start to consider future study and its impact on potential career options. Commencing in Term 3 our Year 10 students engage in the process of investigating HSC courses, potential career interests and the range of study options available. Throughout the process, students will use a range of tools in dedicated sessions targeted at providing students with significant input and ownership over the subject selections and pattern of study. Additionally, all students at Macquarie are provided with access to an amazing career resource with links for Careers, Universities, TAFE, private colleges, personality profiling and resume building all in one easy to use interface. 

It is also at this point in the journey that many students may wish to gain first-hand experience in a chosen area of interest. Work Experience at Macquarie is not compulsory and can be undertaken at any point throughout Year 10 to suit the individual student. Students who are unsure of exactly what their dream career involves are encouraged to “try before they buy”. This can be organised in consultation with Mr Murphy. We promote interactions between students, parents and employers in setting up potential placements. This model allows for maximum flexibility and personalisation of the student experience.

As students move into Year 11 & 12 the careers focus turns to maximising post-school opportunities for each and every student. This includes offering a range of study pathways including School Based Traineeships and Apprenticeships, TAFE and TVET courses to complement each individual's chosen focus. In 2017 we have introduced the Stage 6 Camp in which students will gain on campus experience in major universities, this year exploring ANU, UOC, ADFA and the UNSW campus in Canberra. Progressing through Year 11 students will engage with visiting university, TAFE and trade providers at school as well as attending the Tertiary Information Day in May. Year 12 is a big year for many students and to provide the best possible support we have implemented fortnightly careers sessions to guide students through the many decisions they will be making and need to make as they transition into life after school. These sessions look at self-assessment and career exploration, matching and action, UAC, TAFE, universities, colleges and early entry options.

If you would like to organise Work Experience, discuss career alternatives, university options, TAFE or school-based training options for your son or daughter please feel free to contact or visit

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