Guidance Officer


Open Days & Info Sessions

USQ | Virtual Open Evening

5 February 2020, 6:00 pm - 5 February 2020, 7:00 pm

Queensland, Australia

At USQ, we know that deciding what to study at university can be a big decision. That’s why we’ve scheduled this special live online event.

This is your chance to ask our panel of experts about our industry relevant degrees, scholarships and alternative pathways programs from the comfort of your own home. We’ll also let you know about uni life including the support services available.

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WEP | Student Exchange Online Info Session

5 March 2020, 6:00 pm - 5 March 2020, 6:00 pm


Imagine making friends from all over the world, learning about yourself and the world around you and seeing sights you could only dream of!

Find out more about your high school student exchange options at WEP’s online info session.

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QUT Margaret Moore Learning Potential Fund Scholarship

Value: $3,500

Open/Closing Dates: December 1, 2019 – February 24, 2020

A scholarship for current or future undergraduate creative industries students experiencing financial hardship.

You must be one of:

  • an Australian citizen (including dual citizens)
  • a permanent resident of Australia
  • a permanent humanitarian visa holder
  • a New Zealand citizen.

You must also be:

  • a woman
  • from a low-income background
  • experiencing financial hardship
  • enrolled in or applying for a Bachelor of Fine Arts (majoring in acting, drama, dance, dance performance, music or film, TV and new media production).

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Choosi Futures Grant Program

Value: $5,000

Open/Closing Dates: January 15, 2020 – October 31, 2020

The Choosi Futures Grant Program offers financial assistance to those studying the health, fitness and medical disciplines to help them, help others lead healthy lives.

  1. To be eligible, you must be enrolled full-time in an accredited Australian Education Institution and be studying for a certificate, diploma, degree or traineeship in any of the following areas:

  • Medicine – eg:
    • University degrees:
      • Medical & Health Sciences
      • Medical Science
      • Medicine / Surgery
      • Medical Studies
      • Medical Research
  • Health Sciences & Healthcare industry -
    • University degrees:
      • Health Sciences (any specialty)
      • Applied Science (health & fitness-related specialties)
      • Health & Sport Sciences
    • TAFE certificates/diplomas:
      • Health Science
      • Health Science Foundations
      • Practic Management
      • Health Services Assistance 
  • Specialist healthcare - eg
    • University degrees:
      • Nursing
      • Optometry & Vision Science
      • Dentristry
      • Dental Surgery
      • Dental Science
      • Dental Medicine
      • Pharmacy
    • TAFE certificates/diplomas
      • Nursing
      • Dental Assisting
      • Dental Technology
      • Dental Services
      • Optical Dispensing
      • Community Pharmacy

2. Only citizens or permanent residents of Australia can apply.

3. You must have reached 18 years of age to enter

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Gallipoli Scholarship

Value: $6,000

Closing Date: March 1, 2020

You are invited to apply for a Gallipoli Scholarship to assist your first year of tertiary study either at university or TAFE (the latter at Degree, Diploma or Advanced Diploma level).

An applicant for the Scholarship must:

  • Have qualified and been accepted to undertake tertiary study at University or TAFE (the latter at Diploma or Advanced Diploma level).
  • Be able to show necessitous circumstances through ill health of family members, death, separation from parents or guardians, unexpected financial loss or asset reduction that would otherwise prevent the applicant’s full-time attendance at university or TAFE.
  • Be in receipt of or be eligible to receive Youth Allowance, ABSTUDY or a similar Government benefit.This must be supported by relevant documentation in the form of the client registration number showing date of application and/or the decision in relation to the application
  • Be an Australian citizen.
  • Be a direct descendant of an Australian serviceman or servicewoman who served in either World War I or World War II.
  • Be under 25 years of age on 1 March in the year of application.
  • Commence their first year of university or TAFE studies (the latter at Degree, Diploma or Advanced Diploma level) in the year of application and be studying full-time.

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Wombat Books Illustration Challenge 2020


Wombat Books are seeking original illustrations from Australian school-aged students (aged 5 – 18) to publish in a unique picture book by the team at Wombat Books.

The Challenge has been established in order to provide aspiring young illustrators with the opportunity to be published in a professionally produced children’s book and gain an introduction into the world of illustrating.

Winning illustrations will be published in a new book which is due for release in 2021. Illustrators will receive two free copies of the book. They will be acknowledged on the Wombat Books website and social media.

Entries are open until Monday 30 November.

Find out more and enter here:


Further Learning

 Thinking of Studying Medicine at the University of Melbourne?

If you are wanting to study the University of Melbourne’s Doctor of Medicine (MD), you might want to consider starting with their Bachelor of Biomedicine.

The Bachelor of Biomedicine provides a solid foundation in biomedical science, and some subjects count as prior knowledge for the MD. This means that you can free up some more time during the MD to explore other subjects or specialise further in biomedicine.

But you don’t have to do the Bachelor of Biomedicine to guarantee entry into the MD; in 2022, the University is removing prerequisite subjects as selection criteria for entry into the MD. This means you can get a spot even if you haven’t studied any science or health related subjects in your previous degree.

Read more about the upcoming changes to the Doctor of Medicine and the Bachelor of Biomedicine here:


Study Law in France with Notre Dame

The University of Notre Dame has just announced a partnership with the Institut Catholique de Paris (ICP) in France, enabling Notre Dame Law students to undertake part of their studies overseas.

Students studying the Master of Law from July 2020 will be able to complete a semester of study at ICP in the heart of Paris. In return, students from ICP will also come to study in Australia.

There are future plans for further involvement between Notre Dame and ICP, including a potential student immersion program in Paris.

Find out more about the new development here:


Experience a Week as a Marine Biologist with IMAS

Applications are now open for year 11 & 12 students from around the country who would like to participate in IMAS & UTAS’s “A Practical Introduction to Temperate Marine Biology” course during the April school holidays.

This predominately field-based unit consists of 5 days on picturesque Maria Island on the Tasmanian East Coast. The unit is open to only 24 students and is designed to engage, challenge, excite and inspire you through a hands-on marine science program.

Upon completion of the course, you will also earn credit for one unit towards your degree at the University of Tasmania.

When you apply, you automatically go into the running to win one of nine scholarships to fully fund your marine biologist experience. Scholarship package includes:

  • Accommodation, airport transfers and return economy airfares from your nearest capital city to Hobart for our five interstate recipients
  • Transport from Hobart to Maria Island return, including ferry crossings
  • All catering while on Maria Island
  • Hire of all required diving and survey gear
  • Field excursion fee of $645 for the program “A Practical Introduction to Temperate Marine Biology”

Interested? You can find out more and apply here:


Study Journalism Online with JSchool

JSchool is an online college that specialises in courses in journalism. They are now offering two of their diploma’s introductory subjects to high school students: “Introduction to Journalism” and “Shorthand”.

Introduction to Journalism (JR101) is a practical subject that teaches students the basics of reporting and news writing. The shorthand subject (JR100) uses the Teeline method to give students skills in speed writing.

The two subjects can be studied over the summer semester (from December to February) or during the March to June or July to October semesters.

The subjects can be studied online from anywhere in the country.

Find out more and apply here:


Work Experience

Work Experience at David Fleay Wildlife Park

Help care for wildlife and visitor facilities at David Fleay Wildlife Park on the Gold Coast.

The project involves:

  • Administration
  • Animal husbandry, wildlife care and/or rehabilitation
  • General park duties and/or maintenance
  • Research and monitoring
  • Rubbish clean-up
  • Track work
  • Weeding and/or revegetation (including plant propagation)

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Work Experience with Nicklin Way Veterinary Surgery

School and TAFE students interested in the veterinary industry are able to complete industry-based work experience at Nicklin Way Veterinary Surgery. If you are interested, please book in early as we can only take one student at a time.

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Your Digital Reputation

A lot of the time we don’t think twice before posting something on social media. But your social media accounts can become an “online resume” that employers, universities and other people can easily look up, and it might affect your reputation.

You can do a quick Google search of yourself and see what comes up. Think about if you had applied for a job and were looking at your profile from the perspective of the boss – does this look like someone you would want to hire?

Of course, this doesn’t mean you need to stop having a social media presence altogether. Be mindful of what you post and what others tag you in. Take some time to check the privacy settings on your social media accounts. And if you’re not 100% sure about something, just don’t post it.

You can find heaps more online safety tips and tricks on the eSafety Commissioner website here:


Job Spotlight

Visual Merchandiser

What do they do?

Visual Merchandisers (VM) play a key role in brand sales strategies by attracting customers into retail settings and maximising sales by creating floor plans and 3D displays that sell the products. Window displays, shop floor, special promotions, shelving layouts and point of sales displays are some of the areas of focus.

While VMs mostly work in fashion and retail settings, there are also opportunities in museums, hotels, airports and other commercial environments.

If you have a great sense of style and a natural flair for colour and design, can work well with anyone and are prepared to work hard, you could make a great career as a VM.

Watch this great video clip to see a VM in action.


  • Develop floor plans, window displays and promotions for approval of management
  • determine floor layout, traffic flow and display points
  • decide which items are to be displayed and how
  • design window or internal displays based on an agreed theme based on brand, season or celebration for example
  • create  or buy props, accessories, signs and tickets for constructing displays
  • maintain, store and dismantle displays
  • setting up displays, dressing mannequins, moving fixtures and fittings, and updating displays as required
  • arranging lighting to highlight fixtures, displays and goods

Skills required:

  • Creativity and imagination
  • Good hand-eye coordination
  • Good drawing and design abilities
  • Cope with the physical demands of the job
  • Work within a budget
  • Great communication
  • Work well with anyone
  • Work long and sometimes antisocial hours


Diploma of Visual Merchandising and some retail experience could be desirable.

Studying art, design or fashion with no former experience may also be an option.

Average salary $50,000 per year (Source:

Job growth in this area is strong (source:

Last reviewed 03 February 2020
Last updated 03 February 2020