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Gordon Doyle

Gordon Doyle, BA (Hons), MEd (Hons), Grad Cert Career Education, Dip Ed.

Gordon Doyle has worked as a private careers practitioner with adult clients and senior secondary students, and as a school based Careers Adviser for twenty four years. He is a university qualified careers specialist, is trained and experienced in the use of a range of career assessment programs and is an accredited Myers Briggs Type Indicator practitioner.

Gordon is a professional member of the Careers Advisers Association of New South Wales, the Australian Association for Psychological Type and the Australian Training Officers Association. In 2012, he was presented with the Hilary Bolan Award for Outstanding Contribution to Career Education by the CAANSW.

He has extensive experience in the provision of advice on subject selection for Year 11 and Year 12 studies, on career choice and related university application procedures. Not everyone, however, has university intentions and those choosing TAFE, an apprenticeship, traineeship or other pathway will also be well served as a result of Gordon’s experience and personal contacts.

Gordon is a keen bushwalker, golfer and enjoys kayaking. He also has strong personal ties with Papua New Guinea and India.

Recent Posts

Apprenticeships & Trades – a Good Way, and Maybe Best for Many

Posted by Gordon Doyle on November 27, 2017 at 2:19 PM

Gordon Doyle

In recent years, there has been an obsession on the part of many in schools, in government and in the media to push young people off to university. Doing this is self serving, rather than serving the interests of the many who would be better, and more happily placed doing other things.  More practical things.  Like an apprenticeship.

University? Or a trade?

The trend to push and to value the university option ahead of apprenticeships and trades careers is to be greatly lamented.  In circumstances where this occurs, many young people with interests, skills and a passion for something more “hands-on”, are often made to feel their choices are second best; that apprenticeships leading to careers in the trades are what you fall back on if you don’t get in to university. 

Emphatically, they are not second best!

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After the NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC) - What Next?

Posted by Gordon Doyle on November 2, 2017 at 1:08 PM

Gordon Doyle

This year, some 70,000 New South Wales Year 12 students sat for the Higher School Certificate.  Many of these students will have university aspirations and of those who do apply, most will receive an offer.  The offer may not be to their highest preference, although Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) statistics indicate that 70% of those who apply will receive an offer to one of their top three preferences.

Understanding the options

Young people need to understand however, that, depending on what they want to do, university is just one way to achieve their career goal. 

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