Careers Guidance

We strive to help students in their senior school journey by allowing them to match their hopes and dreams with their talents and strengths.


Loyola Senior High School offers multiple pathways for students to meet their diverse needs, interests and abilities. We welcome diversity in culture, tradition and talent, and celebrate the richness each person brings to the whole community.

Loyola Senior High School employs a Careers Adviser who coordinates a program of careers education and information. The top priority of the Careers Adviser is to assist individual students in forming post-school education, training and employment plans. 

Career guidance can be sought in relation to:

  • confusion about what to do after leaving school
  • subject choice at school in relation to future career
  • general career self-awareness.

We provide students information concerning:

  • types of jobs and career pathways in different industries
  • range of post-school education and training options
  • entry requirements and application procedures to public and private education institutions, apprenticeships, traineeships, etc.
  • information on scholarships, special admissions
  • labour market factors.

The Careers Advisor also provides practical help with:

  • resumes
  • applications to TAFE and University
  • special admission applications

 

Careers Information

The Careers Reference Room is a multi-function room. It is:

  • a mini-library with resources to help students find out the what, how, when and where of study, employment and other life-work issues,
  • the careers consultation room for individual and student groups
  • the office of the Careers Adviser, who keeps the information up-to-date.

Some of the things you will find in the Careers Reference Rooms are:

  • a computer for students to access up-to-date internet and CD-ROM careers information and to put together resumes
  • University, TAFE and private college handbooks
  • information on and contacts for apprenticeships and traineeships
  • information on many different career fields and entry pathways
  • information and help with writing resumes, letters of application, etc
  • VCR facilities to see videos related to life/work after school
  • information from the press and other sources on employment and tertiary study issues
  • current newspaper Job Classifieds and website information to help students to look for jobs
  • brochures and pamphlets on a range of careers-related topics

The school library also has careers publications and CD-ROMS you can look at in the library, or you can borrow. The School library often has careers displays.

There is also a noticeboard at the entry to the library that displays up-to-date careers news.

Every year, Year 12 students participate in a whole-day careers event.

To prepare for this Careers Day, students are surveyed by the Careers Adviser to find out what career or study areas they would like to investigate. From the survey findings, individual timetables are worked out for each of the students covering the topics they most prefer and a day is organised consisting of seminars and workshops run by guest speakers who are experts their fields.

Typically, the event includes four seminars with speakers from major tertiary education organisations and from the main NSW Apprenticeship and Traineeship provider. Students then attend 4-5 workshops covering such career interest areas as:

  • Job application skills
  • Administration
  • Beauty and Hairdressing
  • Business
  • Child Care
  • Communication
  • Defence Forces
  • Engineering
  • Food Technology
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Information Tech Law
  • Music and Entertainment
  • NSW Police Force
  • Nursing
  • Psychology
  • Retail
  • Science
  • Social Welfare and Social Work
  • Sport and Leisure
  • Teaching
  • The Trades
  • Visual Arts

Evaluations consistently show that it is a valuable day, enjoyed greatly by students.

During Terms 2 and 3, speakers from diverse industry fields are invited to speak during lunchtime once a week.  

This provides supplementary information to the Careers Day organised in Term 4 of the previous year. It also gives students the opportunity to hear speakers from occupational or study areas in which they have more recently acquired an interest.

Careers newsletters are compiled and distributed approximately monthly, by the Careers Adviser. 

The newsletters provide up-to-date information on careers activities at school and also outside of school. For example:

  • a calendar of events is included for each month, outlining University and College open Days, industry information sessions, career 'taster' days and so on
  • key dates for university and TAFE applications
  • labour market information, such as on labour skills shortages
  • apprenticeships and traineeships on offer
  • scholarship information
  • career or industry overviews.

Careers updates and information on casual employment positions are also made available to students as soon as received by the Careers Adviser.

Special seminars and information sessions are offered to student groups according to need. Examples of these seminars are:

  • University application procedures
  • TAFE application procedures
  • Applying for Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Every year, an excursion is organised to the Nepean Careers Market, a large event at which tertiary education institutions, training and employer groups set up stalls and provide information to students of the Western Sydney region.

Other excursions are organised according to student interest and timetable space availability.

Once students have left school, they are still always welcome at Loyola.

Students who find that their post-school plans have not turned out the way they imagined may visit the Careers Adviser for further assistance and referral advice.

Parents are also welcome to speak to the Careers Adviser about their children’s career plans. Please feel free to contact the Careers Adviser to make an appointment, or just to ask questions on the telephone.

The majority of parents in the Loyola community come from non-English speaking background and of these, many have not long been in Australia and others have minimal English-language skills. Being mindful of this, the Careers Adviser is happy to explain the system of post-school education and training in NSW, and also consult with parents through an interpreter, if necessary.