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Careers and Transition at Holsworthy High School offers a comprehensive careers program for all Year 9, 10, 11 and 12 students. This includes a vast selection of careers resources and activities that enhance students' career planning for their post school options.
A careers resource centre is located outside Ms Brown- our Career Advisers office where students have access to all university and TAFE publications as well as many job and industry specific books. There is also an information board with job and TAFE information, updated regularly by our Transition Advertiser – Ms O'Neill and that is located on the wall attached to the Home Economics building.
The Careers Adviser assists students in areas such as:
  • subject selection,
  • preparation for the world of work,
  • career planning,
  • selecting appropriate post school options
  • accessing courses offered by universities, TAFE, and
  • other training providers,
  • application and interview skills, and
  • other work related areas
  • excursions to Universities, TAFE colleges, and Career Expos
The Careers Adviser assists Years 11 and 12 students with information on HSC and admission to universities, TAFE and private colleges. They also assist students in applying for scholarships.
In Years 9 and 10, students undertake one lesson in Careers every fortnight. Careers is focused on encouraging students to consider various occupations, professions and vocations that may interest them, and exposes students to the educational and personal requirements of different career paths. These opportunities are designed to broaden students' knowledge or possible career choices.

Work Experience at Holsworthy High School
  • Students in Years 10 are encouraged to complete a Work Experience Placement program. This year it will be taking place Term 4 after exams.
  • Work Experience is a voluntary program and students are encouraged to participate as an opportunity to test out their career interests, increase their employability skills, to secure casual/part-time work or simply to boost their resume for future employment applications.
  • Students are responsible for organising their own placement and follow the procedures outlined by the Careers Adviser, completing all required documentation, to ensure that the school, the employer and the students themselves are covered by the NSW DET Insurance Indemnity. Please see Ms Brown for paperwork.
Those that fail to find a placement will be required to attended school for that week.
Students that have found a work experience placement, but the employer cannot accommodate our block release dates, can do their work experience with conditions.
Conditions include:
- No week 1 or last week of term.
- Not in exam weeks or the week approaching exam week.
- Consult their Year Adviser and or Deputy regarding the dates.
All work experience placement forms must be 100% completed by the employer, parent and student before they are presented to the Career or Transition Adviser for final sign off. Placement forms must be given to Career or Transition Adviser minimum a week before placement begins.
For further information see the parent guide provided in the work experience pack or email
Jacqueline Brown, Career Adviser        jacqueline.m.brown@det.nsw.edu.au
Julie O'Neill                      julie.oneill3@det.nsw.edu.au
The Transition Adviser assists students who may be having difficulty understanding their future pathway and may find school does not suit them. Programs such as the TAFE PPI give students a taste of what TAFE has to offer and an alternative to school. The Transition Adviser also counsel's students and puts them in contact with helpful initiatives.
 The Transition Adviser assists students in areas such as:
• Ready access to Careers information
• Work Experience for students over 14 years
• Courses such as First Aid, White Card (Construction Induction), RSA/RCG
• TVET courses
• Specialised TAFE courses built in to senior study programs
• School based apprenticeships and traineeships (SBAT)
  • Guest speakers from Universities, Private colleges and Employment Providers
  • Runs the School To Work week
What is TVET?
TAFE delivered Vocational Education and Training courses. TVET enables senior high school students to undertake part of their HSC study program at a TAFE NSW college. TVET can give you a head start in both your career and in post-school study.
When you study through TVET you can gain:
  • Units of credit for your preliminary and/or HSC
  • An academic transcript from TAFE NSW
  • A statement of competencies achieved
  • A Statement of Attainment, Certificate I or Certificate II qualification
  • For some courses, completion of the optional HSC examination can count towards the calculation of your ATAR.
What is a School Based Traineeship?
School based traineeships provide students with the opportunity to attain a nationally recognised Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification as well as their Higher School Certificate (HSC) and gain valuable work skills and experience through paid employment.
What are the main features of school-based traineeships?
School based traineeships allow senior high school students to commence a traineeship while at school. While studying for their HSC, school-based trainees work part-time and undertake their formal (off-the-job) traineeship training as part of their HSC.
DEC employer guide (pdf 1124 KB) DEC parents guide (pdf 1037 KB) DOE Safety and Emergency pr (pdf 885 KB) DOE SPR Schools (pdf 216 KB) Transition form Yr12 (doc 30 KB)