Chatham High School

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Careers at Chatham High

There is an enormous amount of resource material available for students to use from the Career Reference Centre.

These include:

  • University, TAFE and Private College pamphlets
  • Computer programs on jobs and courses
  • University and TAFE handbooks
  • Career interest test programs and resume information
  • CHS Careers Website

Career Excursions

The main excursions include:

  • University of Newcastle Open Day (Year 11 and 12)
  • Taree TAFE Open Day 
  • CSU Explore Day in conjunction with other schools
  • The University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health (UONDRH)  Health Careers Forum
  • UNE Open Day in conjunction with other schools

Career Seminars

We have many guest speakers throughout the year from Universities, Defence Force, Private Colleges, TAFE and employers.

Special Courses

We run the following courses at various times throughout the year to provide students with the best possible work skills:

  • Occupational Health and Safety Course (white card) for the construction industry. Run on demand. Cost approximately  $100.

Careers Advice and Help

Mr Cooper is always available (by appointment) to give Careers help and advice to students and parents. Please catch Mr Cooper before school and lunchtimes to organise an interview.

Help with Job Preparation

Mr Cooper will personally help students in their job hunting preparation by providing training and assistance with cover letter and resume writing as well as job interview techniques and skills .

Resources such as Career Tools and Job Jump are available for use. 

Help with Jobs - Direct

Many employers and job agencies ring the school with vacancies. It is important to listen to the Students Notices every day, check your emails and follow both Career Tools and our Facebook page to find out about the latest vacancies.

Students interested in Apprenticeships and School Based Traineeships/Apprencticeships please Mr Cooper to discuss your options.

Authentic Assessment

This is an excellent cross-faculty program and is very popular with Year 10 students and parents. The exercise involves formally interviewing Year 10 students to try and help them with their School to Work planning, but at the same time assess them across the year in English. Being an assessment task makes the interview much better as they are prepared, keen and willing to talk about themselves. It gives them excellent practice for interviews. The students are prepared by class English teachers and interviewed over a number of days by the Head Teacher English (or nominee), a business representative and the Careers Adviser. The English teachers help prepare the students for the interview and thus English and Careers are linked in the real world.

Career Interviews

Year 10 students have the option to choose Work Education as an elective with Years 11 and 12 able to choose Work Studies as an elective.  Please note Work Studies is a Board Endorsed Courses (BEC) and therefore cannot be used in the calculation of the ATAR.  All Year 10 students will be interviewed by Mr Cooper to develop their Personalised Learning Plan (PLP). These (PLPs) are used to assist students in establishing their best individual pathway for Years 11, 12 and post school.

Work Experience

Work Experience is available to all students across Stage 5 and 6 (Years 9 - 12).  Please see Mr Cooper to discuss available options and the compulsory pre-placement activities.

Student Interviews

Students can book an interview with Mr Cooper for careers counselling and subject selection.  Mr Cooper ensures all Year 12 students are interviewed before the HSC to discuss post school transition plans and options.

Indigenous Students

Mr Cooper works closely with the Aboriginal Education Team to support and assist students access a diverse range of programs including school based traineeships and university entry programs.

School Based Traineeships

School based traineeships are available for Year 11 students in areas such as

  • Retail
  • Aged Care
  • Hospitality
  • Business Services
  • Building
  • Banking

Need Help?

If you need help or advice, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Cooper on 02 6552 2588.

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