Career Information Centre

Our aim is to provide students with all the latest information to help make decisions about their future career and life beyond school.

Senior students of St Columba's Catholic College can browse the information below detailing career research, University & TAFE, traineeships and apprenticeships, FAQs and private colleges.

Feel free to drop into the Careers Office if you have any questions. 

Our Career Newsletters are now distributed via our Skoolbag platform.



Career Research

Any students that are researching a career option for themselves may find these links are a good starting point for exploring your options.

Sometimes you have no idea where to begin and which career path is the most appropriate for you. Begin by visiting some of these sites. Researching your career takes time, so be patient – read a lot and talk to lots of different people.

You will probably spend more time researching your schoolies week options than you will researching your career options.

If all else fails go and see your career counsellor.

Job Outlook
Career Info Update
Other related sites

How to Write a CV 

A CV provides your potential employer with a much wider overview of your personality, background, achievements, skills, abilities, qualifications, and professional experience–basically everything you have accomplished within your lifetime.  Click this link to learn more.

Negotiation Skills Explained: Tips & Success Strategies

The ability to negotiate is an essential skill for everyone. We make deals all the time ̶ at work, at the market, with our neighbors, and even with family members. So what are the basic rules, secret tactics, and success strategies that never fail?

Check out our infographics to get a complete picture of the negotiation process.


Work may involve paid work, or non-paid work. It could involve occupying your time full-time or part-time.

Most students try to look for casual or part-time work.

If you are planning to leave school, don't just get any job, but prepare yourself for a career - one that is enjoyable and which develops your skills towards a qualification.

Jobted is a new job search website that allows you to find work either nationally, state-wide or locally.

Not all retailers have a website. Therefore, write up a resume nice and neatly, go to a retail outlet where you wish to work and hand it to the owner or manager of that business. Don't forget to tell them that you are looking for part-time work.

These sites will help you find work... check them out:

Traineeships usually last for a year. Your employer gives you training on-the-job and usually one day of off-the-job training, which you can do at TAFE or a private provider.

Your qualification is given to you at the end of your year of training. It is usually a low qualification - Certificate II.

There is no guarantee that the employer will keep you after this period.

This is an excellent way of getting your foot in the door of an industry. Traineeships are paid positions.

These are offered to men and women in those traditional trade areas e.g. building, mechanics, plumbing, tiling, electrical, hairdressing, pastry cooks, chef etc.

Apprenticeships usually last for four years. That is, you will train for 4 years with the employer to earn your qualification - Trade Certificate III.

Training usually takes the form of one day at TAFE and four days on-the-job with your employer.

Apprenticeships are paid positions.

Private training colleges offer a very good alternative to university or TAFE in preparing oneself for a career. Most private colleges are registered training organisations and therefore, their qualifications are recognised by other States and Territories in Australia, including TAFE and University, if you choose to study further in later years. Look for the "VETTAB" symbol of accreditation. This is your guarantee of a recognised qualification.

Private colleges do cost significantly more than TAFE. In return, however, you will receive a high quality qualification in half the time, industry accepted training, work experience and advanced standing for further education. Depending on the qualifications, courses may range from $5000 - $15000 per year.