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

Queensland University Class Dates for 2014

Leila Cosgrove - Friday, May 09, 2014

Starting or returning to University this year? We've compiled the important dates for your calendar so that you don't miss all the necessary first weeks of classes and can plan your holidays, picking up extra work, volunteering at events and anything else around the teaching weeks and exam periods.

 

To view our table of dates click here

 

Important Things for Year 12s

Studio Limelight - Friday, May 09, 2014

As a former Year 12 student, I have compiled some information for current Year 12’s as they face the completion of their secondary studies.

·         Creating a resume is a big one if you are hoping to get some holiday work after graduation. Although hospitality and retail aren’t the most glamorous fields to work in, remember that at least it is a job and good experience to build upon. Once you have a job you are more likely to be employed later by someone else.

·         The BEARS Team is more than happy to review your resume or help you with layout and content, just email your resume to bears@bears.com.au or telephone us at 3210 0277 to make a time to come in to work with one of our friendly staff.        


·         Once you have made your QTAC application DO NOT make any changes until after you have your OP. Then you can make changes to your application after the OP comes in the mail on Monday 16 December.        

·         Even with the ease of Facebook and other social networking sites, chances are high that you will fall out of contact with around 82% of the people in your year. So when you leave, make the effort to stay in contact with those you want and forget about those with whom you don’t want to make the effort. From now on it is your life, your choices and your consequences so OWN IT!

Myeisha J

Uni Students - Exclusion Information

Leila Cosgrove - Friday, May 09, 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.

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

 

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.

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.