The BEARS TEAM is an independent business providing individuals and families with career information to plan pathways from secondary school to college, university, apprenticeships or employment that lead to a successful future.



Year 10 & Below

The knowledge and skills gained in Years 9 and 10 provide the foundations for student success in Years 11 and 12. The BEARS TEAM provides parents and students with relevant career information and an understanding of the subjects and study requirements for Years 11 and 12 that lead to success after school is over. Our Career Consultants help with:

  • Career Interest Review (CIR) to identify individual career interests and how to achieve them with important contributions from parents
  • Selecting subjects for Years 10, 11 and 12 and how and when subjects can be changed
  • Prerequisite subjects for tertiary study and apprenticeships
  • How the Queensland OP system works compared to what happens interstate and overseas
Year 11 & 12

Students in Years 11 and 12 face an increased work load to prepare for tertiary study or a trade or employment. The BEARS TEAM can help students and families with information about:

  • Identifying and reviewing career interests with parents suggesting study related to career opportunities
  • Information on University degrees, entry requirements, upgrading and scholarships
  • Facts about alternatives to uni
  • An OP estimation guide for Qld students and how to achieve targets
  • Comparison between the Qld OP score and interstate/overseas results
  • Time Management and Study Skills

University & College

Whilst Universities offer first year students services relating to their enrolment, orientation and getting around campus there is much more to life as a uni student. Many students choose TAFE, Agricultural and Private College courses as an alternative to university. Some may need short courses to improve their current work situation and others may consider a College course as a pathway to University. The BEARS TEAM helps families with facts on –

  • Which university/college and which degree/course is right for you?
  • Accepting, rejecting, deferring or changing QTAC and interstate offers
  • Creating solutions when you miss out on your QTAC or interstate offer
  • Single or twin degrees and majors and minors when choosing subjects
  • Selecting subjects and preparing timetables for lectures, tutorials and prac sessions
Career Change - Mature Age Study and Employment Options

The BEARS TEAM can help when seeking a career or employment change. Our career consultants will work with you and partners or family members to identify other career interests and provide information to -

  • Identify other career interests and how to make a career change or a career shift
  • Further study options for mature age students
  • Professional resume and portfolio preparation
  • Where to find employment and preparing job applications and interview techniques

Resume Preparation

Gaining quality employment is essential for developing skills and achieving a fulfilling study/work/life balance. Whether a secondary or uni student, a graduate or seeking a career change, our consultants will listen to you and help develop a positive, concise and professional resume.

 

ACIE - The Shareholder’s and Investor’s Centre

Located in our Brisbane Office, The Centre provides opportunities for members and their families to meet and share approaches and strategies to improve financial decision making. To learn more (hyperlink to page) about The Centre and its membership – Phone (07) 3210 0277 or email bears@bears.com.au

 

News Feeds

Years 9 and 10 - Update and Things to do!

Studio Limelight - Friday, March 28, 2014

SUBJECTS FOR YEARS 11-12

a) Do I choose an OPS program or non-OPS program?

b) Should I study any Certificate courses and if so, how do they help me?

c) Which Maths do I choose – Maths B, Maths A or Trade and Vocational Maths (Non-OP)? Can you study both Maths A and B together in your school?

d) Which, if any, science subjects do I study? Biology? Chemistry? Physics? If choosing Chemistry or Physics am I also studying Maths B?

e) What are the prerequisite subjects needed for the uni degree in which I have an interest?

f) Will studying a language or music subject benefit my studies and results in the future? How?

g) Are any of my chosen subjects for years 11 and 12 attached to bonus points in regards to my OPS? 

PREPARING FOR NEXT YEAR

Many students in Year 11 find a big difference in teacher expectations and subject requirements compared to Years 9 and 10. One way to prepare for next year is to make use of a Time Management Chart.

When preparing a TMC, choose 4-5 different colours e.g.

· Yellow = My Time (meals, sleep, travel, texting.)

· Green = Study Time at school and at home (include name of each day’s lessons.)

· Pink = Planning Time or a Diary Check for next 7-30 days usually between 9pm and 10pm.

· Blue = Sport (practices and games) and/or Music.

· Orange = Part time paid work and/or jobs to be done at home or in family business or property.

NOTE: By trying out a TMC for the rest of the year, students will be better organised for Year 11 where teachers will expect you to be “more independent” and “to be organised”! If you wish to send a draft TMC to BEARS, we would be happy to review and return it.

HOLIDAY WORK

Now is the time to apply for Christmas-New Year paid holiday work. As a 15 year old, you may have a competitive advantage compared to 17-18 year old students due to your younger age. The first step is to have a quality resume. There are still some part-time jobs available but most employers will choose their staff by 30 November. In applying for work, consider transport and how to get to and from the place of work as sometimes parents may not be available.

CHANGES TO MEDICINE AT UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND (UQ)

For Year 10 students wishing to study Medicine at UQ after Year 12, the completion of any Bachelor degree is required, provided it includes some biomedical science subjects, followed by a further four (4) year Doctor of Medicine (MD) program. In choosing subjects for Years 11-12, UQ is recommending students choose a balanced selection that includes some science AND some non-science subjects such as languages, art, drama, business, geography, history or music. When applying for the new MD which begins in 2015, UQ will accept students who have completed three or more years of study and will graduate in Arts, Biomedical Science, Engineering, Health Science, Pharmacy, Sport and Exercise Science, Therapies or any other degree provided some biomedical science subjects have been studied. For further information click here.

CHANGES TO THE OP SCORE

Some time ago, a media report suggested the current OP Score system would change. At present no official statement from either the Qld government or the Qld Studies Authority (QSA) has been made whether the OPS will remain or whether Qld will return to External Examinations as happens in other states. For parents seeking an alternative to the Qld Internal Assessment system, the BEARS TEAM recommends contact with Hubbards School at Auchenflower. Hubbards will continue to offer their QSA approved External Senior Examination program and parents may wish to contact Mrs Helen Stevens on (07) 3371 5999 or email admin@hubbards.qld.edu.au for the latest information. Universities and employers recognise Hubbards courses and results.

Finally, appointments to consider any of the above topics or to discuss future career plans, please telephone (07) 3210 0277 during business hours.

The BEARS TEAM

 

Uni Students - Exclusion Information

Leila Cosgrove - Friday, March 28, 2014

UNI STUDENTS FACING EXCLUSION- all universities have a policy regarding UNSATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE. The usual steps taken are-

*Failure in half of the subjects enrolled in or a GPA of 3.00 or below= EXCLUSION WARNING by a letter or email.

*Failure or poor GPA in another semester = EXCLUSION NOTICE sent by letter or email to the student.

*The student is required to respond to an EXCLUSION NOTICE, usually within 14 days from receiving the Notice.

*The student is asked to write a LETTER OF APPEAL to the University stating very clearly:
- Reasons for poor academic performance
- Remedial action the student will undertake to improve academic performance
* If the appeal letter is accepted, the Exclusion will be lifted and enrolment and study continues
* If the appeal is NOT accepted, the student will NOT be permitted to continue ANY STUDY at the university and is UNLIKELY to be allowed to study at any other university for ONE YEAR.

NOTE 1: The BEARS TEAM has been helping families in the above situations. We have noticed that some excluded students suddenly inform their parents that they have depression, which may not be true.

NOTE 2: Parents should ask for and receive from their uni students a copy of an ACADEMIC TRANSCRIPT which details all results since commencing the university program plus any CREDITS from another uni or college.

NOTE 3: If in doubt about the above, please contact The BEARS TEAM ASAP.

APPOINTMENTS FOR MATURE AGE PEOPLE- The BEARS TEAM has been helping more and more mature age people seeking information on either a CAREER CHANGE OR A CAREER SHIFT. Often people who have had a successful employment history may be made redundant or are seeking a change. Several people who left school without a Senior Certificate or a tertiary qualification can still complete a relevant uni degree. 

PLEASE TELEPHONE (07) 3210 0277 to arrange an appointment time with one of our Career Advisors.

2014 IMPORTANT DATES

Leila Cosgrove - Friday, March 28, 2014

2014 IMPORTANT DATES FOR STUDENTS

JANUARY

  • QTAC CHANGES CLOSE.
  • FIRST ROUND QTAC OFFERS AND RESPONSE TO OFFERS.
  • UNI STUDENTS ENROL AND START TIMETABLE PLANNER.
  • SECONDARY STUDENTS RESUME SCHOOL.
FEBRUARY
  • SECOND ROUND QTAC OFFERS AND RESPONSE TO OFFERS.
  • UNI STUDENTS CONFIRM SUBJECTS AND TIMETABLE.
  • SECONDARY STUDENTS PREPARE DIARY AND TIME MANAGEMENT CHART (TMC) AND REVIEW SUBJECTS.
  • UNI STUDENTS “O” WEEK.
MARCH
  • SECONDARY STUDENTS COMPLETE ASSESSMENT TIMELINE AND TMC.
  • UNI STUDENTS – TWO WEEK RULE BEING FINAL WEEK TO CHANGE SUBJECTS.
  • UNI STUDENTS CONFIRM TMC AND P/T WORK.
  • UNI STUDENTS – FOUR WEEK RULE (CENSUS DATE) BEING FINAL WEEK TO DROP ANY/ALL SUBJECTS WITHOUT ACADEMIC/FINANCIAL PENALTY.
APRIL
  • MID SEMESTER BREAK – HOLIDAY PLANNING.
  • SECONDARY STUDENTS – TERM ONE PROGRESS REVIEW.
  • TERTIARY STUDENTS – MID SEMESTER ASSESSMENT.
  • PARENTS – PREPARING FOR POSSIBLE TEACHER INTERVIEWS.
MAY
  •  SECONDARY STUDENTS – YEAR 10 SUBJECT RESEARCH FOR YEAR 11.
  • UNI STUDENTS – MID SEMESTER REVIEW OF ASSESSMENT.
  • SECONDARY STUDENTS – SETTING/CONFIRMING TARGETS FOR SEMESTER ONE AND LIKELY OPR.
  • UNI STUDENTS – COLLECTING PAST EXAM PAPERS.
JUNE
  •  SECONDARY STUDENTS – END OF TERM TESTS AND ASSIGNMENTS (PARENTS TO REVIEW).
  • UNI STUDENTS - END OF SEMESTER EXAMS AFTER SWAT VAC WEEK.
  • SECONDARY STUDENTS – HOLIDAYS BREAK, RESUME PREPARATION.
  • UNI STUDENTS – 4 WEEK VACATION – P/T WORK, RESUME REVIEW, COMPLETING EXTRAS.
JULY
  • SECONDARY STUDENTS RESUME SCHOOL, REVISE SUBJECTS AND SEMESTER 1 REPORT, PREPARE DRAFT TMC, TERTIARY EXPO.
  • UNI STUDENTS COMMENCE SEMESTER 2, ENROL, PREPARE DRAFT TMC, PLAN REMAINDER OF PROGRAM TO GRADUATION.
  • PARENTS – TEACHER MEETINGS (STRATEGIES/QUESTIONS TO ASK).
  • MATURE AGE CONSIDERING EMPLOYMENT CHANGES.
AUGUST
  •  SECONDARY STUDENTS – YEAR 10 CHOOSE SENIOR SUBJECTS.
  • UNI STUDENTS – CONFIRM TMC, CALCULATE GPA.
  • SECONDARY STUDENTS – ASSESSMENT TIMETABLE, TMC, OPR AND BEGIN QTAC OPTIONS.
  • UNI STUDENTS – RESUMES, FOLIOS, EXTRAS, CHRISTMAS VACATION WORK, and EMPLOYMENT INTERVIEWS (WEEKS 2 & 4 RULES).
SEPTEMBER
  •  SECONDARY STUDENTS – TERM 3 HOLIDAYS AFTER COMPLETING ORALS – TESTS – ASSIGNMENTS.
  • UNI STUDENTS – MID SEMESTER BREAK, REVIEW TMC, PREPARE EXAM TIMETABLE, CONFIRM VACATION WORK.
  • SECONDARY :
    • YEAR 10 – CONFIRM SENIOR SUBJECTS.
    • YEAR 12 – QTAC DRAFT, EXPLAIN DATES.
OCTOBER
  •  SECONDARY – ASSIGNMENT MONTH, TEACHER MEETINGS.
  • UNI – EXAM PREPARATION, TUTOR MEETINGS.
  • RESEARCH FUTURE EMPLOYMENT OPTIONS.
NOVEMBER
  •  SECONDARY – YEAR 12 – KEY DATES, RESUMES, HOLIDAY WORK CONFIRMED, EXTRAS.
  • UNI – EXAMS, RESUMES, VACATION WORK, QTAC.
DECEMBER
  • SECONDARY:
    • CONFIRM SENIOR SUBJECTS FOR YEAR 10.
    • YEAR 12 – QTAC REVIEW/CHANGES.
  • UNI – EXAM RESULTS, GPA CALCULATION, QTAC, DEGREE/SUBJECT/MAJORS REVIEW.
  • RESEARCH LABOUR MARKET TRENDS AND CHANGES TO QTAC AND OTHER COURSES.

To arrange an appointment time, please telephone us on (07) 3210 0277.

Where are the jobs?

Leila Cosgrove - Friday, March 28, 2014

Introduction – to be completed by Kathy.

Hays Specialist Recruitment (Australia) provide up to date information on the the A-Z of employment including Job Vacancies, Employment Trends, Legal Obligations and Salaries. The following are summarised employment fields and skills which are in current demand in Australia as provided in the Hays Quarterly Report (April- June 2012). See www.hays.com.au for more information.

Accountancy & Finance: Business Analysts, Financial Accountants, Management Accountants, Commercial Analysts and Change & Project Managers are in high demand. Bookkeepers and Accounts Payable candidates are needed to cope with GFC backlogs. Accounting firms will continue to seek experienced Accountants across business services, tax and audit.

Architecture: There is a push to secure candidates with Revit software knowledge, Business Developers, Health Planners and Senior Healthcare Architects.

Banking: Mobile lending candidates are needed as banks and non-banking institutions attempt to capture a tough mortgage market. Credit-focused analysts, Stockbrokers and Dealers Assistants, Relationship Managers, Business Development Managers, Financial Planners in retail are also needed.

Construction: Contract Administrators and Estimators are the key hotspots of demand. Also in demand are Building Supervisors due to increased demand for housing, Contract Managers as businesses get new projects ready and Project Managers for building and civil construction.

Contact Centres: Frontline customer service candidates and Telesales candidates are sought by employers in most industries.

Education: Demand remains high for Diploma qualified Early Childhood candidates and Early Childhood Teachers, demand also exists for qualified Secondary Teachers in mathematics, science, languages and technology.

Energy: Experienced Design Managers, Construction Managers and Reliability Managers with experience in large scale $100 million and above transmission projects are needed.

Engineering: Civil Engineers for road and highway projects are a prime hotspot of demand. Consultancies are also seeking Senior Engineers and Principals with business development skills. Mid to senior Electrical Engineers and building services professionals with a focus on sustainability in addition to their main discipline are also sought. Investment in rail infrastructure has created demand for Rail Engineers.

Facilities Management: Facilities professionals with a trade or engineering qualification are in high demand. Facilities Managers, Drafters and Engineers with HVAC and mechanical services experience are also sought.

Human Resources: Executive Learning & Development candidates and Culture and Leadership candidates are sought, while Generalists are needed as confidence returns. OHS specialists are needed to harmonise existing policies and drive performance.

Information Technology: Business Analysts, Project Managers, Solutions Architects and Network Engineers are sought. Microsoft technologies remain popular and ASP.NET is on the rise. Demand for Helpdesk and Desktop candidates is growing.

Insurance: Commercial Brokers, Underwriters, Life Insurance sales professionals, Claims candidates, Liability Loss Adjusters and Account Executives are all needed.

Legal: For in-house positions, banking and finance lawyers with top-tier experience are in high demand. Within private practice, commercial and corporate lawyers are wanted, while litigation, contentious insolvency and insurance areas remain very busy.

Logistics: A general increase in freight volumes has seen demand rise at the operator to mid-management level across transport, warehousing, supply chain and international trade sectors. Fleet Controllers, Warehouse Supervisors and Inventory Planners/Replenishment Co-ordinators are also needed.

Manufacturing & Operations: As manufacturing ramps up, Middle Management and Engineering candidates are needed. Demand is also very high for Technical Engineers, Electronics Engineers and Project Managers.

Office Support: Experience Administrators are in high demand in departments that are becoming increasingly busier and are growing. Corporate Receptionists, Personal Assistants and entry-level candidates with on e year experience are also sought.

Oil & Gas: Project Managers, Business Development Managers and Engineers of all disciplines with LNG experience are sought in Queensland, where major LNG projects are about to reach FID.

Policy & Strategy: Skilled Policy Officers as well as Secretariat and Programme Officers continue to be in demand. In the not-for-profit sector, Project Managers with professional qualifications are required.

Property: Property professionals with strong retail development experience are needed as major retail landlords prepare to deliver their development pipelines for the coming year. Strong Account Managers are also needed.

Resources & Mining: Queensland needs Project Controls candidates to either close out or manage the initial phases of projects, while there are a number of mid to large tier contractors looking for experienced Civil/Project Engineers. Coal Mining Engineers and Coal Exploration Geologists are also sought.

Sales & Marketing: In response to Australia’s strengthening economy, employers are adding to their sales teams and are looking for Business Developers with a proven ability to generate new business. Demand is also evident for sales candidates with construction and related services knowledge.

Interested in learning about any of the above career and job opportunities, how to secure careers in these fields and what study is required? Contact us at bears@bears.com.au or by telephoning our Brisbane office on (07) 3210 0277 or our Gold Coast Office on (07) 5689 1608.

Prepared by Kathryn Arman and Leila Cosgrove, consultants for The Bears Team, Gold Coast and Brisbane Offices.

Disclaimer: All information is independently researched by members of The BEARS Team and should only be used as a guide. In presenting information, the BEARS TEAM offers no guarantee, implied or otherwise. The BEARS Team provides information on courses and careers and are available on an ongoing basis to discuss plans for a successful future.

 


Year 12 Families

Bears Team Brisbane - Wednesday, January 22, 2014

FRIDAY 13 DECEMBER – the Qld Studies Authority (QSA) mails the Qld Certificate of Education to OP eligible students containing details including –

 

·         The Qld Certificate of Education

·         An Overall Position Score (OPS) between 1 and 25.

·         A Qld Core Skills Test (QCS) result between A and E.

·         A table of all OP subjects studied in Years 11 and 12 with the number of semesters studied (1 to 4) and the Level of Achievement awarded by the school in each OP subject.

·         A summary of any other student achievements that may be relevant in the final calculation of the OPS.

·         An Appeal Form to be completed and forwarded to QSA within 10 days if not satisfied with any results/scores.

 

MONDAY 16 DECEMBER – WEDNESDAY 8 JANUARY is the time period in which earlier QTAC selections can be changed by using the QTAC online system. Changes can be made to ANY-ALL-NONE of previous selections including changing uni’s and different degrees in the same uni. Once the Qld Certificate of Education had been received, FACTS ARE KNOWN. An appointment with the BEARS TEAM is recommended and dates appear below and on our ONLINE CALENDAR.

 

BEARS APPOINTMENT DATES (with one or both parents) – QTAC REVIEW

 

·         Brisbane and all other venues – telephone (07) 3210 0277

·         Sunshine Coast – 22, 30, 31 December, 2013 and 5, 7 January 2014

·         Toowoomba – 14, 21 December, 2013 and 4 January 2014.

 

MONDAY 30 DECEMBER – Year 12 students without an OPS can obtain their QTAC Selection Rank (99-55) on QTAC’s Current Applicant online service if the student is a QTAC applicant. Year 12 students who are NOT a QTAC applicant can obtain their rank by telephoning QTAC on 1300 467 822.

 

THURSDAY 16 TO THURSDAY 23 JANUARY, 2013 – QTAC First or Major Round offers are available in a formal letter addressed to the QTAC applicant. This letter containing ONE offer only can be downloaded using QTAC’s Current Applicant online service (see QTAC 2013 Guide page 2). QTAC applicants who receive an offer are required to respond by accepting, deferring or rejecting their offer on or before 4pm Friday 25 January. Depending on the circumstances, an offer can be accepted but a new or a different uni or college degree/diploma can be applied for with the result known on Thursday 7 February. Again, see details on Page 2, QTAC 2013 Course Guide.

 

UNI DATES FOR “O” WEEK AND CLASS COMMENCEMENTS – with the exception of Southern Cross University and Bond University the other eight (8) Queensland universities commence classes on MONDAY 24 FEBRUARY or MONDAY 3 MARCH with “O” (Orientation) Week occurring the week before. The BEARS TEAM strongly recommends attending “O” week.

 

HOLIDAY WORK – if you do not yet have a position, update your resume with last semester’s results plus any latest successes/achievements. As well, add any EXTRAS – boat and car licences, first aid, barista, RSA, RSG, defensive driving and any sport/music coaching/refereeing plus scuba diving.

 

BRIDGING SUBJECTS – for some uni courses, there may be a prerequisite or compulsory standard of achievement such as Sound Achievement (SA or 60%) in English, Maths A or B, Biology or Chemistry or Physics. Most unis offer Bridging Subjects which can be completed next year.

 

·        HUBBARDS SCHOOL is conducting intensive courses in ENGLISH, MATHS B, BIOLOGY, CHEMISTRY and PHYSICS. Again, success at Hubbards will be recognised by universities for the QTAC Major Round. The BEARS TEAM strongly recommends telephoning Hubbards on (07) 3371 5999 this week as classes are filling quickly. Hubbards will continue to offer Senior External Examinations in 2013 and 2014 as well as providing a range of other educational services including UMAT and QCS preparation and private tutoring.

 

·         Details of the latest information on Bridging Subjects can be found on university websites. Print the details as success in a Bridging Subject(s) may allow entry to a course for 2014.

 

If you are still unsure about key dates and events, or require further information please telephone our Brisbane office on (07) 3210 0277 and if necessary, arrange an appointment ASAP.

Volunteering at events gives people experience, networking contacts and future employment opportunities. Events are fun, vibrant and exciting environments where opportunities are endless! Applications now open for:

  • Abbey Medieval Festival 7 - 8 July
  • BIGSOUND 12 - 14 September
  • Queensland Centre for Photography - ongoing

Contact us for assistance in completing volunteering applications or for further information.