Career Pathways

Career Pathways

Career Pathways

Career pathways is an important part of the successful transition from the schooling sector to higher education or employment. Girls are encouraged to see their career as a journey and not a destination. The Careers Centre staff is available to support students in their endeavour to decide future education or employment pathways as well as support them through the wide variety of alternative study options in Years 11 and 12. Please take a look at the new St Hilda’s Careers Site –

Assistance with the following is available: Career counselling, VET pathway advice and support, subject selection in Senior School, resume writing, job search, interview preparation, tertiary pathways and program information, QTAC and interstate tertiary applications, tertiary scholarships and residential accommodation, work experience, Tax File Numbers, registration for tertiary studies and experience programs, careers expos, GAP year options. International Students are not eligible to apply for School-based traineeships. International Students wishing to apply for a VET pathway must contact the St Hilda’s Careers Consultant to discuss eligibility.

In Year 10, students have a designated Careers lesson each fortnight. This course is structured and developmental with girls exploring and identifying their own strengths and interests and the factors that influence their individual career decisions. They set goals related to their identified interests and research job and study options to assist in writing their own relevant CPP (Career Pathway Plan). This process informs their choice of subjects to study in senior school, which is finalised at the CPP interview with the student, parent(s) and a senior staff member in Term 3.

The process is aided by girls participating in Year 10 Career classes which cover job search skills, including resume writing and interview skills, workplace issues and employer expectations.

In Years 11 and 12, there are many pathways available to students for entry to tertiary studies or employment. Students might:

  • Complete 6 Authority Subjects plus the Queensland Core Skills Test (QCST) to get an OP (Overall Position)
  • Complete 5 Authority Subjects and a VET course, as well as complete the QCST to get an OP score and a possible QTAC selection rank ( for the VET course).
  • Complete a combination of Authority Subjects and Authority-Registered Subjects
  • and/or a traineeship or other VET course leading to a Certificate III or higher, to get a QTAC Selection Rank

Students can gain tertiary entrance using either an OP or QTAC selection rank ,as long as they meet the pre-requisites for their preferred program. This pathway is only for entrance to Queensland universities with some exceptions. See for specific details.

In addition, some studies in Music, Drama and other qualifications outside school, can contribute to a QTAC Selection Rank and the Queensland Certificate of Education. For further information on courses of study in Years 11 and 12, please see the Subject Selection guide.

The sheer breadth of options means that it is crucial to discuss individual circumstances. Students and parents are welcome to make an appointment to seek individual advice and assistance in this sometimes complex process of career decision making.

Ordering Copies of School Transcripts
Students who are enrolling in overseas universities will be asked to arrange a hard copy of their results or school transcripts for Years 9 to 12. Universities require this support material to be collated, printed, verified and mailed by the school, for each separate application. Please note that while the school is pleased to respond to each request, there will be a charge of A$200.00 for every transcript prepared, which must be paid in advance, using a credit card. Australian universities do not require hard copy transcripts.


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