A primary goal at Wilderness is to prepare and assist girls for their future study options and career journey.
A dedicated Career/VET/Work Experience office ensures Wilderness students are well prepared when making decisions on their chosen career pathway. Our aim is to:
- Introduce students to the world of work and a wide range of career pathways
- Give students the opportunity to investigate, prepare for and experience the world of work and to consider a variety of suitable career options
- Provide up-to-date information on degree choices, interstate and international opportunities, scholarships and the wide range of options available to students.
- Make specific choices of tertiary and career options for the world after school.
Girls at Wilderness School achieve this by:
- Participating in Work Experience
- Becoming active members of the Careers Committee
- Conducting electronic research
- Negotiating individual programs of work
- Interacting regularly with the Careers Counsellor
- Linking with industry and tertiary institutions
- Year 10, 11 and 12 students have an allocated appointment during the school year and all students are welcome to schedule repeat appointments as necessary.
- Offer lunch time Guest Speaker Presentation programs to provide students with regular access to insightful individuals from a range of careers, tertiary institutions and organisations.
- Year 10 students have the opportunity to participate in a career profiling session conducted by MyCareerMatch. This session identifies student aptitudes and interests and is followed up in PLP lessons.
- Year 10 and 11 students meet with Head of Senior School and the Career Counsellor to discuss their subject choices for Years 11 and 12.
- To support these initiatives and keep students informed about unfolding tertiary events, students and their families are encouraged to read the Career Bulletins and access the Career pages on Canvas.
- Career Expo – every two years, Wilderness hold a Career Expo in association with Blackfriar’s College and St Dominic’s Priory College. This event offers students from Years 10 – 12 and their families, the opportunity to collect the latest information and advice as they prepare for the future. Over 60 universities, colleges, businesses and professional organizations are represented at the Expo and students are encouraged to use the opportunity to talk to people working in a broad range of career fields, especially those sought after by Wilderness students.
We believe that through our program, girls become independent, confident, knowledgeable decision makers regarding their immediate career pathways and develop lifelong skills to equip them for the future.
Vocational Education and Training
Starting vocational studies while at school is an increasingly popular and effective way of getting a head start on a chosen career path. Wilderness maintains a commitment to an academic program and VET courses offer a practical means of learning about career pathways from within the existing school curriculum. VET courses are accredited nationally and completed courses contribute to the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE). VET modules are recognized by industry.
What are the benefits of VET?
- It can enhance the opportunity to enter further study.
- It can broaden the range of career and further education options.
- It can provide a range of job skills and improved communication skills.
What are some of the advantages of doing VET while still at school?
- Students can start training for a career in their chosen industry and gain their SACE at the same time.
- Students can explore possible areas of interest that will help them make a decision about further study and work choices.
- Students will gain skills and knowledge that employers want, increasing their opportunities for employment.
- Completed Cert 3 Courses can contribute towards a students ATAR.
VET to contributes to the SACE in a number of ways:
- VET can be embedded in their SACE subjects such as Workplace Practices
- VET can be recognized as contributing to the SACE in its own right (i.e. stand alone). Students can gain SACE credits at Stage 1 and/or Stage 2 for successfully completed a course. VET provides a pathway to tertiary education by students being involved in the Skills for All program at TAFESA and/or on to University where credit may be awarded for Certificates 3 or 4 completed.
- Completed Cert 3 Qualifications can contribute towards a students ATAR.
The most popular training packages undertaken by Wilderness students include:
- Community Services - Childcare
- Event Management
- Architecture and Interior Design
- Make up and Skin Care
- Kitchen Operations
- Fitness Pathways
Most VET courses Wilderness students undertake are run after school for 3 hours a week during school term. The majority of the courses are full year semester are run at Wilderness, other member schools or central training location.
Work experience is an opportunity for students to test a possible career choice. It assists students by:
- Recognizing the relevance of their school experience to future lives at work and in society.
- Gain confidence in communicating with adults.
- Explore a variety of career opportunities and decide how they relate to personal interests, capacities, values and goals.
Year 10 students at Wilderness School undertake a week of work experience in Week 10 of Term 3 each year. Students are encouraged to start networking early in Year 10 to find a suitable workplace to undertake their work experience. The process will be outlined in Year 10 PLP lessons, in a presentation from members of the Career Office, or students can pop in to the office to discuss possible placements.