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Career Planning in Secondary School: Start Early & Keep Options Open

Posted by Gordon Doyle on June 2, 2018 at 10:52 AM

Gordon Doyle

The 1st June tells me that not only is it the first day of winter, but that the year is flying by.  I avoid the temptation to look back at the things I haven’t done – and wish I had.  Or to dwell too much on the things I could have done better – if only there had been more .... time, perhaps?  Instead, I choose to look forward – and I want to encourage you to do the same thing.

Looking forward

Its a clichéd phrase I know, but apart from death and taxes there are no certainties in this life. If you’re a Year 10 student or a senior secondary student, you’re unlikely to be thinking too much about either of these, but almost certainly, the prospect of what you are going to do with your life after leaving school is likely to have already dawned. 

Looking forward, perhaps you can see the many opportunities that stretch out before you.  Perhaps you ask yourself the question:  What do I need to do to keep these opportunities open?  To ensure that I have choice? 

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Topics: Careers

Why Work Experience is Too Valuable to Miss Out on Doing

Posted by Gordon Doyle on May 1, 2018 at 7:22 PM

Gordon Doyle

The opportunity to undertake Work Experience as part of the normal course of events in Year 10, is positive for students for many reasons. But I shall limit my discussion to two important ones, particularly for students in Year 10. 

First of all, school based Work Experience should always, in my opinion, provide an opportunity for a young person to test a career area of genuine, possible career interest to them

It is not about doing just anything for the sake of filling in a week.  Nor is it, if the young person has a part time job already, doing more of the same.  Neither is about working in a family business.  They can get that experience any time.  It is, as I have indicated above, about testing a career area of genuine, future career interest.

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Topics: Careers

50 Year study: Behaviour influences income more than IQ    

Posted by Peter Barnes on April 4, 2018 at 6:40 PM

Peter Barnes

New research shows behaviour in high school is a stronger predictor than IQ or socio-economic background of better jobs and higher income.  

The research has been published by the American Psychological Association based on data collected from 346,660 U.S. high school students in 1960 and follow up research 11 and 50 years later.

The 1960 high school phase measured a variety of student behaviours and attitudes as well as personality traits, cognitive abilities, parental socioeconomic status and demographic factors.

The follow-up surveys measured overall educational attainment, income and occupational prestige.

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Topics: School, Learning, Behaviour, Careers, Social & Emotional Learning

 Year 12 Final Exam: Turning a Negative Result Into a Positive

Posted by Gordon Doyle on January 31, 2018 at 11:27 AM

Gordon Doyle

Top View of Boot on the trail with the text Whats Your Next Step?.jpegThe 2017 New South Wales Higher School Certificate (HSC) results were released on 14th December.  For those who wish to attend a university in 2018 – or perhaps 2019 if they take a gap year – the ATARs  (Australian Tertiary Admission Ranks) were released the following day. 

For many, their efforts and high hopes will have been rewarded.  For others, feelings approaching despair in some cases! More than once I have answered knocks at my office door, fielded phone calls, text messages or e-mails saying something along these lines: “I didn’t get the ATAR I need to get into my course.  My life might just as well be over!”

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Topics: Careers

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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Topics: Careers

What's in an ATAR? Answers from Career Counsellor, Gordon Doyle

Posted by Peter Barnes on January 13, 2016 at 4:51 PM

Peter Barnes

Do you have a child has just finished their secondary education? Or one that will be doing so in the next few years?

Or perhaps you have sat your HSC in NSW or VCE in Victoria (or the equivalent in other Australia states) a few years ago and now you want to go to University? Will your ATAR be enough or are there other pathways ways to uni?

But what is an ATAR anyway, and what does it really mean? Career Counsellor, Gordon Doyle explains in a conversation on The Learning Capacity Podcast:

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Topics: School, Podcasts, Careers

Five Common Causes of Anxiety About Transitioning From School

Posted by Peter Barnes on January 6, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Peter Barnes

Many students find the final year of high school can be particularly challenging.

As well as the pressure of preparing and sitting for their final exams, students can become anxious about what happens after they leave school.

The Learning Capacity Podcast spoke with career counsellor, Gordon Doyle about the most common causes of this anxiety, and what students, their parents and teachers can do to help reduce it.

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Gordon Doyle has been a career counsellor in schools and private practice for over 20 years and has seen first hand how students react to the stresses involved in transitioning from school.

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Topics: Podcasts, Careers

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