Skills and Jobs Centres
Need support with your career planning or job application?
Why not make an appointment with a Careers Counsellor? Please contact the Skills and Jobs Centre to arrange an appointment. Offices are open from 9.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday. There are Skills and Jobs Centres located at our Elgar Campus, as well as in the Melbourne CBD and Lilydale.
Box Hill Campus
Box Hill Institute
Ground Floor, 465 Elgar Road
Box Hill, 3128
P: 03 8892 1350
Level 3, 253 Flinders Lane
P: 03 8892 1360
Box Hill Institute
LA Building, Level 3
1 Jarlo Drive,
P: 03 8892 1370
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|Useful links of career development||
Information about the job market:
Learn more about a career or job:
Other useful websites:
|Choosing a career||
What type of work suits me?
Because there are so many occupations in our society, it can be difficult to decide what you would like to do. Gather as much relevant information as you can, talk about possible choices with family, friends, contacts, teachers and consider what might fit your particular circumstances.
It is strongly recommended that you start with a list containing a number of jobs to consider further. As you find out more about each one, you may change your mind about what you would like to do. Some people are very focused on one particular career and can be devastated if it is not attainable. Most people can find career fulfilment in any one of a number of jobs and you will probably have a number of different jobs during your lifetime!
You can refer to your career counsellor at any time for guidance and help.
Think about ... your interests, characteristics, abilities and skills, your values and your circumstances. Consider how these relate to jobs you are interested in.
The government has set up http://www.myfuture.edu.au to help people with their career decisions. In "My Guide", you will find a career exploration tool that is a way of relating information about you to career choice.
There are also books available in the libraries and online videos that help you gather relevant information about yourself and apply it to the world of work.
People are often aware of where their abilities lie. We can also get feedback from people who know us well. If you would like an objective test of your skills, an educational psychologist can do this. However, your performance in studies and activities is usually a reliable guide to strengths and weaknesses.
Career assessments and tests
Careers counsellors look at personality as a way of determining what type of career would suit an individual. Different ways of analysing personality have been used in different tests but the results are consistent in most cases.
A person's values, attitudes and needs also have a strong bearing on career choice.
When an online or face-to-face assessment suggests you would be suitable for a certain kind of work, you need to examine the suggestions closely before deciding that they are right for you. There are individual characteristics that are not measured in these assessments.
The Careers Counsellor will administer one of a number of inventories to find suitable career fields to investigate. Students can be referred to a counsellor who will administer the Myers Brigg Type Indicator, which is used to describe a person's preferred ways of interacting with the world and other people. This can have profound implications for career choice.
An educational psychologist can provide intelligence and aptitude testing.
|Tips for writing a resume||
Read these articles for tips on writing your resume:
Some job advertisements ask for, or allow you to submit a cover letter. It is recommended that you supply a cover letter when possible .
The cover letter is normally one page long. It is where you put your case to be given the job or atleast an interview. In the cover letter you highlight parts of your resume or explain some aspects of it.
The cover letter has four main tasks which can be arranged in four or five paragraphs.
1. Identify the job you are applying for and where you learnt of it.
2. Say why yoou are suitable for the job.
3. Explain why the job fits in with your plans and why it is attractive to you.
4. State that you would like to be interview and how you can be contacted.
|Selection criteria - what to do?||
Selection Criteria can be skills, experience, values or knowledge which you must be able to demonstrate that you possess.
This can be a very time consuming task. It is important because applicants are ranked against the selction criteria.
|Job interview tips||
Here you will find documents to assist you with preparing for job interviews. For more specific advice, please contact our Careers Counsellor on 9286 9891.
|Labour market information portal||
The Labour Market Information Portal provides up-to-date information about our local labour market. It provides information at the national, State and regional level on:
All data are presented with maps and can be viewed as charts or tables.
The Department of Employment carries out research to identify where the skill shortages in the Australian labour market are. The research results identify occupations where skill shortages are evident or emerging at the state, territory and/or national level.
|Indigenous employment opportunities||
Box Hill Institute is a partner of a formalised TAFE Partnerships Program (TAFE Pathways) that includes the University of Melbourne and two metropolitan TAFEs. TAFE Pathwaysprovides employment pathways for Indigenous TAFE students into professional roles at the University of Melbourne. The partners include: – University of Melbourne, Box Hill Institute, Kangan Institute and Chisolm Institute.
The program aims to build and maintain strong partnerships with the University in order to increase employment opportunities available to their students and graduates whilst, at the same time, build the profile of Box Hill Institute as a preferable educational institution of choice among Indigenous Australians to overall improve the educational and employment outcomes of Indigenous Australians.
TAFE Pathways caters for Indigenous students who are currently studying at Box Hill Institute or CAE or have recently completed their studies inviting them to apply for roles at the University of Melbourne (UoM) specifically allocated under the program.
Once TAFE Pathway recruits are employed, they have the opportunity to participate in a formalised mentoring program and to engage in a range of enrichment activities with our IAEDP recruits.
The aims of the TAFE Partnerships Program will be achieved by: