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The Careers Centre at the College is a busy one. Our Head of Careers Mrs Jackie Russell is available to assist your son when he is contemplating future jobs and careers, selecting subjects and helping him investigate options and pathways for the future.
Mrs Russell began teaching junior and senior maths at St Brendan’s College in 2014 after quite a few years working as a Certified Practicing Accountant in industry, locally as well as in Far North Queensland. She has a significant amount of experience employing and managing staff and looks forward to sharing her knowledge of employment and career development with students and families. Mrs Russell holds a Bachelor of Business, a Graduate Diploma in Teaching and is currently studying a Graduate Certificate in Career Development Practice.
Career planning is an important aspect of people’s lives. It gives direction, motivation and security. Unfortunately, statistically a large proportion of students have little idea either of what they would like to do or what is available.
An important thing to remember in life, is that a career is not a destination, it is a journey. Job choices are just one step along a continuing path which can diverge at any time.
Your son’s knowledge about careers starts at a very young age as he explores the world around him. Conversations with family and friends, observations of personal interests, experiences with employment or membership of voluntary organisations all help shape his perception of the world of work.
We encourage you to keep the conversation open and to support and encourage your son to seek out information about the opportunities available to him, both at school and in the wider community.
The careers department is a great place to start. The Careers Office is now located in the library and your son is welcome to come and discuss all things careers.
Events which occur each year to support students in their development and decision making include:
Appointments can be made in school time or, by negotiation, after school. Parents are very welcome to attend. If parents prefer, Mrs Russell is available for a chat either on the phone or by email.
The following templates are provided for the benefit of our students to assist them to prepare their resumes and cover letters when seeking employment.