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Careers

This webpage has been designed to provide students and parents with information and resources for careers education.

My name is Lisa McCarthy and I am the Careers Advisor for St Pius X High School. I am available on Monday and Tuesday and welcome appointments from both parents and students. Appointments can be made by contacting myself or phoning Student Services on 4013 2634. 

Careers Education at St Pius X High School aims to provide a program dedicated to assisting each student in making informed decisions about their career pathways, inclusive of school and post-school education, training and employment options.

The Careers program at St Pius X is primarily focused on Year 9 and 10 students. Year 9 students are introduced to a program of employment through career information sessions. These sessions cover job applications, covering letter techniques, resume writing, interview skills and introduction to tax and superannuation.

In Year 10, students are invited to undertake work experience and attend one Career lesson per term which covers individual career exploration, the Higher School Certificate​ (HSC) including HSC rules, options and subject selection, as well as post-school options such as apprenticeships, traineeships, University and TAFE pathways.

In addition to these programs, guest speakers from several key industries are invited to present at school -  these include the Australian Defence Force, the University of Newcastle and TAFE Hunter Institute. Students are encouraged to participate in out-of-school career promotional events like University and TAFE pathway information sessions, Career and Training Expos and Try a Trade events. Students are also offered training opportunities in First Aid and Construction Workplace Health and Safety Inductions (White Card). 

Students Resources

Positions Vacant

  • Careers Link Newsletter - Each week Year 9 and Year 10 students receive a Careers Link newsletter via their student email account. The newsletter provides advertised positions for apprenticeships, traineeships and casual jobs located within the Hunter, Newcastle and Lake Macquarie areas.
  • Careers Notice Board - A Careers notice board is located in Student Services. The notice board is used to display current advertised jobs, apprenticeships and traineeships.
  • Online Job Search - Students can also consider an online website to search for jobs. Below are some of the available websites for job searching:

Job Applications

Students are able to make an appointment with myself to gain assistance and advice on applying and writing job applications. This may include creating a resume and the writing of a covering letter.

Exploring your Career

University Information

Students considering University may like to refer to the Hobsons Course Finder website. This website allows you to search by degree, course, university or career. It provides information about each University from admission criteria, degree costs to career pathways.

Below is a list of universities located in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory:

Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

Australian Catholic University

The Australian National University

New South Wales (NSW)

Charles Sturt University

La Trobe University

Macquarie University

Southern Cross University

University of Canberra

University of Newcastle

University of New England

University of New South Wales

University of Sydney

University of Technology, Sydney

University of Western Sydney

University of Wollongong

To review a full list of all Australian universities click here.

TAFE Information

Students considering undertaking a course at TAFE may like to review the following website:

NSW TAFE

Apprenticeships

To find out more about Australian apprenticeships click here.