Student Wellbeing
Career Counsellors

The Careers Counsellor is responsible for Career Education within the College. In accordance with College policies and objectives, the Careers Counsellor provides guidance and support to students, their parents and staff so as to ensure a proper environment is established and maintained which helps students to develop a positive self-concept, obtain increased control over their lives and maximises career possibilities.

Hospital PhotoThe Careers Counsellor co-ordinates the Work Experience Program within the College, assists parents, students and teachers in the process of selection of suitable student Courses and Subjects in Years 11 and 12, oversees the implementation of career interests assessment for senior students, provides up-to-date information to students, staff and parents about post-secondary education and employment prospects for students, and facilitates the transition from school to work and school to further study.

The Assistant Careers Counsellor, in consultation with the Director Y9@E, specifically facilitates and develops the Pathways unit as part of the ‘Mind & Body’ program, develops/ strengthens relationships with Tertiary Institutions (Deakin, Melbourne and Monash) and begins the initial tasks/information for Year 10 Work Experience (Introductory information, OH&S Module and Early application requirements).

For further details on career related matters, click on the following links:
There are many online resources providing information and insights into career options.  Listed below is a range of websites which could help you develop an understanding of various workplaces today and in the future.  These are valuable resources worth visiting in preparation for a discussion with family, teachers and Careers Counsellors.
Myfuture - career information and exploration website - many resources to plan your career
Career FAQs - contains job profiles, interview suggestions and sample resumes
Jobs Guide - profiles over 1000 different occupations
Youth Central - Victorian Government's website for young people aged 12-25.  Contains information and advice on issues like jobs, study, travel, money etc.
Job Outlook - Information on job prospects, weekly earnings, training.
Planning a Pathway
Year 11 and 12 students 

The following additional websites are useful to assist with decisions about post-school options.

VTAC Guide 2015 - Course information and application procedures for courses offered by Victorian institutions.

ATAR Calculator - An online tool for estimating an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank.

VICTER Publications - Victorian Tertiary Entrance Requirements is a guide to courses and entry requirements for students entering programs for particular years.

Year 9 and 10 students
The following additional websites provide practical information for mapping a career pathway as you approach the VCE years.

CHOICE - Provides a summary of the tertiary system for year 10 students, explains the terms they need to be familiar with, offers advice about choosing subjects by using real life examples.

Where to Now? - VCE, VCAL and Apprenticeships and Traineeships.

VICTER - Victorian Tertiary Entrance Requirements, VCE studies and the ATAR for students entering programs in 2018.


Post School Options

Universities grant academic degrees and focus on equipping graduates to work as professionals in Keep calm and enter unitheir chosen areas.  All courses expect high levels of written communication, problem solving, independent learning and research skills. 

If you are looking for information to help you choose an institution, or an undergraduate course, you can go to the new Quality Indicators of Learning and Teaching (QILT) website, which will give you feedback from thousands of students about their experiences studying higher education in Australia. This is at

What Degree? Which University? - provides an overview of courses, accommodation and helpful tips from universities around Australia

For information about financial assistance refer to

Visit Victoria's Universities below and follow links to Future Students or Prospective Students to discover what courses are available. 

Australian Catholic University Swinburne University
Deakin University Federation University
LaTrobe University University of Melbourne
Monash University Victoria University
RMIT University Victorian College of the Arts

TAFE Institutes offer a range of mainly vocational tertiary education and courses including Certificate III & IV, Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas.  Entry to these courses often requires completion of Year 12, however, some courses only require completion of Year 10 or Year 11.  Courses at TAFE can be as short as 8 weeks or as long as 3 years.  Many can be studied during the day or evening, part time or full time.

Students require maturity, commitment and responsibility to succeed in TAFE environments.  TAFE courses can be practical, innovative, interactive and thorough.  

For TAFE courses available in Victoria go to The Victorian Skills Gateway, a one-stop-shop for vocational training in Victoria.

Box Hill Institute Kangan Institute
Chisholm TAFE Northern Melbourne TAFE
Holmesglen Institute William Angliss Institute


Apprenticeships & Traineeships
An Apprenticeship or Traineeship is a training contract between an employer and an employee in which the apprentice or trainee learns the skills needed for a particular occupation or trade.

Apprentices and trainees are paid while learning, acquire nationally recognised job skills and combine formal training from a TAFE or training provider with workplace-based training.  

Find information in the Victorian context at Victorian Apprenticeships.


Work ExperienceMy work experience

Work Experience is an important part of Emmaus’ educational program where students experience the world of work, often for the first time. It, generally, occurs in the second last week of term two at the Year 10 level with the actual dates altering each year.

It involves the short-term placement of a secondary school student with an employer, to provide insights into an industry and the workplace in which they are located.  

The work experience program has enormous benefits for student and is designed to broaden secondary school students’ experience and understanding of the world of work and career opportunities.

The key to getting a good work experience placement is to start early. Many employers start planning their program a year before-hand. Placements in organisations like the Zoo, professional sporting clubs, newspapers and hospitals are very popular and have few available spots. These groups need to be approached as early as possible to be a realistic possibility of gaining a placement.

You should “access your allies” in the search for a suitable placement. Family members, friends, neighbours and sporting club associates are always a good place to start the search. Assistance can also be sought from the College’s Careers Counsellors

Once a placement has been found the next step is to complete a “Work Experience Arrangement Form”. This document is a legal contract between the four parties involved, these being the;

  1. Student
  2. Parent
  3. Employer and
  4. College.

The form can be obtained from the Student Services office at both campuses. Once completed by the student, parent and employer it should be returned to the Careers Counsellors for checking and processing.

Occupational Health and Safety
Prior to commencing Work Experience, students must satisfactorily complete Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) training. This will be done at school once it is determined which OHS program is the most appropriate for the student to undertake. To view these OHS programs and other OHS resources, see Occupational Health and Safety

Guidelines for undertaking work experience with animals
The new “Work Experience Guidelines for Students Working with Animals” recommend that host Animalsemployers recognise the hazards which could place a work experience student at risk, and consider the experience and capabilities of the student before placing the students.

The guidelines require students and parents to consider the hazards associated with animal contact and help prospective employers to plan suitable activities by providing information about the student’s experience and capabilities with animals on the “Proposed work experience with animals: summary of student’s experience” form.It is the role of the Work Experience Coordinator to review the completed “Proposed work experience with animals: summary of student’s experience” form.  If the information provided by the student is satisfactory, the information is forwarded to the prospective host employer for a final decision. If the Work Experience Coordinator has concerns about the student’s suitability or capability, the placement may not go ahead.

These guidelines only apply to work experience students aged 15 years and over. No students under 15 years should be permitted to undertake work experience involving direct contact with animals.  

Tax File Numbers (TFN)

Tax file numbers (TFNs) are issued by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and are used to identify you individual taxation record. You will need a TFN when you become employed, when you 

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open a bank account, when you seek Centrelink payments and enrol at an institution for your HECS.

The College no longer processes TFN Application forms and students have to apply online directly to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).