How to select Senior College subjects

30 July 2020, 10:57AM

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It is a special time at Marist Regional College at present with students making carefully informed subject selections for 2021.

It can be an exciting time but sometimes daunting task. However, students can make this decision easier by completing the following steps. 

  1. Collect as much information to help evaluate choices and speak with existing teachers. Ask realistic questions like, ‘Do you think I would cope with level 3 in ???’ 
  2. Work with the teacher recommendations and make an appointment to talk with Mr Horniblow, Career Advisor, Mrs FlynnDeputy Principal Learning & Teaching, Mrs McTernanTASC Coordinator or Miss ReevesVET Coordinator.  
  3. Consider course prerequisites and course recommendations. Keep in mind an English Level 3 is imperative for Tertiary studies throughout Australian universities.  

Collect information to help you evaluate your subject choices 

Now is the time to develop a broader understanding of yourself. This will guide you to what sort of roles and tasks you may enjoy in your career. To start, consider the following questions: 

  • What subjects have you enjoyed at school so far? 
  • What do you like doing outside of school? 
  • Do you have any passions? 
  • What is important to you in your life? 

Students have the opportunity to use the new career-based profiler tool at the MRC Career Centre which is an exciting new development this year.  

The Student Careers Profiler work style and character report has a range of activities that students can complete. The activities will help gain insight into interests, skills, values and preferred working conditions. This will help students to gain a picture of the things that they like and are important. 

Some occupations are visible in the community, and students see them as they go about life. However, there are many occupations that one does not see in everyday life. How can you make informed choices if you are not aware of all the options? 

A good way to investigate occupations is to take a step back from them and look at the broader career field. By taking a step back, students can start to investigate the range of occupations in the career field. For example, if a student would like to become a doctor, look at all of the occupation’s health professionals work in. This gives one a broad range of occupations to investigate.  

My final piece of advice from the Career Centre is Work with teacher recommendations and achievement requirements when making your subject selections.’ 

Mr Tim Horniblow  

Career Advisor