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Careers and VET Services


Congratulations to Year 11 student Kane Jolly who commenced his School Based Carpentry Apprenticeship with Codica Build last week. Kane was a VET student studying a Certificate II in Construction Pathways at Western Technical College and after completing work experience during the July school holidays, he was offered an apprenticeship.

Codica Build is a carpentry business owned by old scholar, Cody Lavigne (2011) who was also a VET student when he attended St Michael’s College.


Later this year McDonald’s will be opening a store located at Adelaide Airport. Students interested should click here for more information.


Would you like to work in the construction industry? Luxus Bathrooms are looking at hiring an apprentice, ideally full-time, but are open to a school-based apprenticeship for the right student.

The student chosen would undertake a Certificate III in Wall and Floor Tiling with a focus on high-end residential homes and renovations.

To find out more please contact Luke Schoen, Director, 0433 028 825 info@luxusbathrooms.com.au


A member of the community has approached the College seeking students who are interested working in a Stone Masonry Position. This position is for any student who is looking to move to full time employment. If you are interested in this opportunity, please see Mr Williams, Deputy Principal Pastoral, for more details.

Ms Leanne De Young, VET Coordinator


We encourage all Year 10-12 students to create an account on Careers and VET Portal. It is accessed via the SEQTA Homepage: the Black and Green tile:  Students can access so many resources and see on the opening screen many upcoming Career Events they can access. We ask students that they only register with their St Michael’s College email account and not private email accounts.


Students have now received all their subject selection materials and are working through this in Pastoral Care and in their PLP classes. Students should have familiarised themselves with the materials and looked at the 2023 Curriculum Booklet accessible on the Year 10 Portal and via the link sent out in emails. If students still require support in making appropriate subject selections, they are invited to visit the LEC Desk in person and make an appointment with one of the Career Counsellors. They will be given an Appointment Preparation sheet to complete and will bring this to their 30-minute appointment. It is somewhat difficult to get an appointment before the subjects must be submitted, however students may email questions to a Career Counsellor if they cannot get an appointment before the deadline. It is imperative that students begin this process ASAP as all online and hard copy forms need to be submitted by Wednesday 24 August. At the Subject Counselling Day on 30 August, the discussion is predominantly a review of the choices rather than starting from scratch therefore students are encouraged to research and have discussions before lodging their forms on August 24.


Students have now received their subject selection materials and can access the 2023 Senior Curriculum Handbook on the Year 11 Portal. It is important students are looking at the Assumed Knowledge for each Year 12 subject so they can gauge how well they are prepared. We hope students have discussed with their 2022 Semester 1 and Semester 2 teachers their personal recommendations.

The Careers and VET Portal Tile on SEQTA Homepage leads to one of the best Career Research tools. Typically, 80% of our graduating students move on to study at University, and or TAFE. Given that there are few prerequisites or assumed knowledge subjects it is hard to decide what Year 12 subjects offer the best preparation to cope with tertiary study. We have flagged with students the value of drilling down into the first-year subjects within degrees to see how Year 12 subjects can underpin success.

For students aiming for employment, we advise checking vacancies on SEEK to see what qualities and subjects are desired. For many apprenticeship pathways, employers prefer the continuation of Maths into Year 12, Technical Studies subjects, and Vocational competencies within a VET Course. Students should take a few days accessing and considering the many resources they have been supplied.

Students who still have questions are invited to visit the LEC Desk on Monday in person and make an appointment to see one of the Career Counsellors later in the week after Year 10 Subjects Counselling Day. They will be given an Appointment Preparation sheet to complete and will bring this to their 30-minute appointment. Subjects need to be submitted online and hard copy forms handed up by Wednesday 31 August. At the Subject Counselling Day on Thursday 8 September, the discussion is predominantly a review of the choices rather than starting from scratch, therefore students are encouraged to research and have discussions before lodging their 2023 Subject Selections.


Students who missed the lunchtime session can collect an information booklet from the display in the LEC, and can also contact Ms Coorey (rose.coorey@smc.edu.au) to join the email distribution list to receive updated information. Students are encouraged to make contact rather than parents so they are empowered in the process.


The pathway to being competitive for a Division 1 or Division 2 Sports Scholarship starts with Year 9 subjects and grades. There is a CORE subject requirement to be eligible. Students who wish to discuss this are invited to book in for a Career Counselling appointment with Ms Coorey ASAP. The best place to start investigations is the US Consulate: EducationUSA Facebook page and to get an understanding of core course requirements, please click here.


The Careers Team have posted on the Careers and Vet Portal Tile on SEQTA under ‘Important Information: Career Presentations’, both the Parent and the Student PowerPoint presentations.

We remind families of the critical deadline on Tuesday 23 August, 5pm which is the close of the University of Adelaide Year 11 Grade Entry Pathway. No late applications are accepted and a reminder there are two webpages to visit to finalise the application: SATAC registration and University of Adelaide webpage. See: https://www.adelaide.edu.au/study/undergraduate/year11-entry-pathway

As emphasised in both presentations, any student contemplating a TAFESA pathway is encouraged to apply via SATAC as soon as possible. Nursing has now become competitive meaning there are more applications than places available. Once all Course Admission requirements are met by the due dates, offers will be made by earliest date of the SATAC application as the Selection criteria. Not all courses have this method of selection.


Year 12 students interested in applying for a course at Flinders University in 2023,  may be interested in sitting the Flinders uniTEST. The uniTEST is a 95 question multiple choice aptitude test looking at Quantitative Reasoning, Critical Reasoning, and Verbal Plausible Reasoning, and will take approximately 2.5 hours.

Flinders University will select applicants based on both their Year 12 results (60% weighting toward the ATAR selection rank) and uniTEST results (40%).

Flinders will also consider applicants based on their uniTEST results (100%) as a standalone entry score (subject to SACE completion and any course pre-requisites or specific admissions requirements). It’s free to sit, and even if you don’t do that well in the test, you will not be disadvantaged, as it will then only take your ATAR if that’s the better option. (It’s also another opportunity to gain some valuable exam and online aptitude testing skills for future employment too).

uniTEST results can be used for all undergraduate Flinders Courses except the Bachelor of Clinical Science/Doctor of Medicine. You will still need to apply for your course via SATAC. If you’re interested in sitting the Flinders uniTest, please follow the link sent out in an email on Wednesday 17 August to students and parents/caregivers and register by 4 pm, Friday 26 August 2022.

We are scheduled to sit the Flinders uniTEST at 1:30 pm on Friday 16 September 2022 (Term 3, Week 8) at St Michael’s College.


ADFA Open Day 2022

The Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) comes to you in 2022 with the ADFA Open Day. This year you’ll have the opportunity to attend the Canberra or virtual event.

ADFA Open Day – Canberra
Date: Saturday 20 August
Time: 9am to 4pm
Location: ADFA Campus, Northcott Drive, Campbell, ACT

Learn more about what’s happening on the day.

ADFA Open Day – Virtual

Visit the site now for interviews with ADFA alumni, ADFA trainee officers and UNSW academic staff and to learn what it’s like to study and live at ADFA. Plus, head to the What’s On section to see what live events are happening at Open Day on Saturday 20 August.

University of Adelaide

Online: Friday, 19 August. Note: You need to register for online, click here >  Open Day

UniSA Open Days

Online and On Campus > UniSA Open Day
Register for UniSA Open Days here > UniSA Open Day Registration

Access all of your study and career information in one place. You can download resources, watch a degree presentation and join a live Q&A. You can also explore our student life and support services, or take a virtual tour around our campuses. Get to know UniSA by meeting teachers and explore the campus. Learn about your degree and career options by attending a panel presentation, tour the unique learning spaces and facilities, visit an information booth to connect with staff and students, talk to career advisers, or go through the university application process and alternative entry pathways (including UniSA College) with the UniSA team. Requires pre-registration.

  • Mawson Lakes Campus Open Day, Sunday 21 August, 11:00am – 3:00pm
  • Magill Campus Open Day, Wednesday 24 August, 4:00pm – 7:30pm
Flinders University Open Days

Tonsley Campus: Saturday 20 August

Register: https://www.flinders.edu.au/study/events-key-dates/open-days/tonsley-open-day

They have set Course talks and exciting displays, see the timetable here > Timetable

Online 365: Flinders provide extensive videos accessible all year at Flinders Online 365 > Online 365 Registration


Information Sessions
Many TAFESA Courses have Information Sessions scheduled on 10 and 24 August
There are many sessions covering everything from Acting to Veterinary Nursing, please check the list carefully. You need to register in advance > TAFESA Info Session

Defence Industry
TAFESA are also running a session on Careers Courses in the Defence Industry – Tuesday 23rd August from 6.30-7.30 pm at the TAFE SA Regency Park (137 Days Road, Regency Park – Room H77). As the number of major Australian defence projects increase over the next decade, the demand for highly skilled and industry-ready employees is on the rise.
If you’re keen to work in this ever-expanding industry, attend our information session to learn about opportunities and TAFESA courses aligned to this industry.  It’s a chance for you to ask questions so you can choose the study path that’s right for you.

Check out their specialised webpage on Defence > Defence Info Session

Register your interest

Ms Rose Coorey and Mr Anthony Vizaniaris, Career Counsellors