The Final Career Newsletter for 2020
2020, the year that everyone learnt adaptability
This year was a huge learning experience for all of the school community. Everyone had to embrace their adaptability and growth mindset! As a careers practitioner, I saw this as a huge benefit because long term it makes everyone more employable. Adaptability is a key enterprise skill for any profession. Our students had a first-hand experience of this, and it was great to see that many embraced this and learnt from this experience.
The majority of our students have completed the Morrisby assessment and interview, which is terrific considering the interruptions we had due to COVID. We had a total number of 90 students complete interviews with the CEAV. I’m organising follow up conversations into 2021 for those who have not completed their My Career Insight interview. There are still a few students who have not yet finished the assessment. You will have the opportunity to do this all the way up to 2021 if you want to do it over the break 😉
My Career Insights results will be used in the curriculum at the year 10 level next year, using the profile as a way to determine senior school pathways and much more. Students have the opportunity to book with Tyson in 2021 to refresh their profile at any point.
This year the 10s had to choose their senior pathway and decide between VCAL and VCE. Many of the 10s embraced these opportunities and explored their Morrisby profile from the My Career Insights program they completed in Year 9 to help them. We also had a significant percentage choose to engage with VET certificates as apart of their VCE or VCAL program, a great sign in developing a broad range of skills.
Next year is a big step into senior school, where students will begin to learn more about their options for life after Fitzroy and understand the level of commitment required by the final two years of schooling.
This year the year 11s had to adapt quickly to online learning, jumping into their senior school program with many unique challenges to face. By now many have a clear understanding of their folio in year 12, including ideas of what they want to achieve in life after Fitzroy.
Next year we are ensuring that students understand their requirements and options early, in order to make sure that the second half of the year is as stress-free as possible, and that students can concentrate on exams and study requirements. Currently, I’m developing some initiatives and activities in partnership with the senior school to make sure all students understand their career options early and, equally, discover different ways to achieve their vision for life after Fitzroy.
Year 12 – Class of 2020
A huge congratulations….to all the students who have finished Year 12. Many of you have come through considerable challenges to complete a year that has been like no other. As you progress into your chosen pathway, there are few final announcements that you need to be across, depending on your journey.
Results will be released on 30th of December at 7 am. This can be a testing time for many students as it will confirm, blur or deny your chosen pathway. Please remember if you are unsure or unconfident of what your results mean for your pathway, please book a time with Tyson over the change of preference period – 30th of December to the 4th of January.
University and Courses through VTAC
Course offers will come through to your emails throughout January and February. The following offer rounds are:
14th of January – (Jan offer round)
1st of February – (1st Feb offer round)
8th of February – (2nd Feb offer round)
15th of February – (3rd Feb offer round)
22nd of February – (4th Feb offer round)
The majority of offers will happen in the January round and 1st February round. Make sure that when you are offered a course, you accept the offer, even if it is not your first preference, as you may receive your higher preference in later rounds. When you accept an offer, it does not automatically enrol you in your course. This will be a separate process which your tertiary provider will share with you.
Change of Preference Period
Through the summer break members of the senior school community will be available for students to engage with and to support students in the process of Change of Preference. Once results are released, students will have the opportunity to log into their VTAC account and make any course preference changes on the 30th of December up until the 4th of January at 12 pm.
To change your preferences, you need to log in to your account and click ‘Course Preferences’ and then remove the course that you would like to change and add the new course preference.
This can also be done by changing the order that they are in, making sure you have the course that you most desire and have met the requirements for at the top of your list.
If you require assistance over this period, we will have Lucy Marshall, Tyson Day and Chris Millard available. Both Chris and Lucy are available to support students and equally celebrate. Tyson is there to support the students who require assistance in changing their preferences and understanding their options if they have not received the correct ATAR to gain their top preferences or don’t meet the subject requirements.
To book a session with each individual, please click on the following link:
Tyson Day availability digitally – https://calendly.com/fhs-careercounselling/30min
30th 9:30- 4pm
31st 10:00 – 2:00pm
1st Not Available
2nd 10:00 – 3:00pm
3rd 10:00 – 3:00pm
4th 10:00 – 12:00pm
Lucy Marshall available for Google Meet- email Lucy to make a time firstname.lastname@example.org
1st Not available
2nd Not available
Chris Millard available for Google Meet – email Chris to make a time email@example.com
31st Not available
1st Not available
2nd Not available
Courses that don’t require VTAC
For all courses that don’t require VTAC (this will be stated on the VTAC website as ‘’Apply Directly”) these courses will need to be applied for through the website of the course provider and will have their unique dates and deadlines. Generally speaking, these application deadlines are around mid-February. So make sure that you understand the commitment and deadlines.
Studying in 2021 with COVID
Many universities and TAFEs will be moving to a blended approach in 2021, with multiple tertiary providers sharing updates on these areas through there website. It’s important for FHS students to understand that tertiary study has evolved since COVID and that these changes will be unique across the board. You can find out more about this on your tertiary provider’s website. Some examples are:
University of Melbourne
La Trobe University
Box Hill Institute
Everyone deserves a break…
After the year we have had, many many people need a break, parents, students, teachers…everyone. Make sure that you use the summer break to reflect on the year that was, what worked well, what didn’t work well. Use these learnings to come back even strong in 2021.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Career & Pathways Counsellor