Maitland High School

Successful Teachers, Successful Students, Successful School

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Every student is capable of achieving his or her set goals and working towards a productive future. 

To assist our students the careers office offers a variety of services for students.

  • Information on TAFE and University.
  • Individual interviews on Career planning.
  • Links with interagencies.
  • Exit plans for those who leave before the completion of senior study.
  • Delivery of the Ready for Work program to all vocational students.
  • Links to traineeships and apprenticeships.
  • Opportunities to gain accreditation relevant to employment (such as RSA course)
  • All relevant web sites accessible on the student intranet.
  • Liaison with all local training companies.
  • Assistance with resume compilation and interview preparation.

 More information can be found below by clicking on these links. 

Employability Skills

When job searching, don't forget that employers are not only looking for specialised or technical skills, they are also very interested in your employability skills and personal attributes.

Employers have identified 8 groups of skills that they consider to be essential in the workplace.

  • Communication Skills
  • Teamwork
  • Problem solving
  • Initiative and enterprise
  • Planning and Organising
  • Self management
  • Learning skills
  • Technology Skills

Employability Attributes
These attributes are also valued by employers

  • Loyalty
  • Commitment
  • Honesty & integrity
  • Enthusiasm
  • Reliability
  • Personal presentation
  • Commonsense
  • Positive self-esteem
  • Sense of humour
  • Balanced attitude to work and home
  • Ability to deal with pressure
  • Motivation
  • Adaptability


Studying at university can open doors to opportunities that you didn't know existed.

“It means better jobs, better pay and greater career opportunities.”

“In terms of earnings, a bachelor degree has the largest impact, increasing earnings by about 31%. (Source: Council for Educational Research 2009)

“It allows you to meet new people from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures and can provide you with opportunities to travel and work around the world” (Just the Basics, The University of Newcastle, 2010)

Admission to university is usually administered by the Universities Admission Centre (UAC). It also notifies students of their Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR)

Year 12 students receive a UAC Guide throughout the year and need to have their first round applications in by the end of September . Later applications incur a significant late fee. 

There is plenty of information, inlcuding submission dates on the UAC website. Or click on the image below to download a Year 11 & 12 Information booklet. 


A good resume should be concise (brief and to the point) It should be about one page (no more than 2). 

Resumes should be saved on a computer or USB Drive so that changes and further information can be added. A good resume should contain:

  • Personal Details
  • Education
  • Skills
  • Employment History (Start with the most recent jobs and work backwards)
  • Interests
  • Referees – 3 is good. Always ask them first.

Common Errors

  • Lying
  • Spelling and grammatical errors
  • Making resumes too long or too short
  • Not asking referees for their permission to be used

If you are writing a resume, have a look at these templates. They open as Word documents, so you can fill in your information and save them to your own computer. 

You can use one of our helpful resume templates to help build your resume. 

Resume template (DOCX 38KB)

Training Opportunities


Work Experience

Work Experience provides an excellent opportunity for students to demonstrate and enhance a wide range of ‘work and people skills’ including:

  • problem solving
  • communication and interpersonal skills while dealing with people other than peers such as other employees and customers
  • time management
  • situation appropriate behaviour and dress
  • initiative
  • teamwork
  • willingness to learn and be guided by others
  • enthusiasm and drive for the task at hand
  • ICT skills