The Careers Centre at Maryborough Education Centre provides extensive advice and resources on all aspects of post school options, and all students are welcome to drop in to the Careers Centre with any questions related to careers & pathways.

Our Careers and Pathways Coordinator assists with the transition of students through later years providing vital information regarding tertiary education, employment opportunities and requirements.

We embed careers education into the curriculum at MEC from years 7 – 12 with a major focus on Career Action Plans and students creating a professional portfolio using My Career Portfolio.

Students gain exposure to a multitude of post-school options through careers excursions to events, expos, tertiary education facilities, etc.

Careers & Pathways Coordinator:
Ashlyne McInnes

Useful Careers Information

My Career Portfolio
Is where students create and update their
Career Action Plans, as well as uploading documents for their portfolio. Documents students are encouraged to upload are completed careers activities, information they have downloaded and found useful about universities and TAFEs, resumes, cover letters and certificates (first aid, white card, etc.)

Students log in using their EduPass login details.

Provides resources to explore career pathways and tools to develop self-knowledge to help with career decision making.
Students can log in with their EduPass accounts and can browse occupations and industries, look at Career bullseyes, complete activities and quizzes for suggested occupations and more!

Your Career
Find the information you need to help with your education, training and work options.

Job Jumpstart
Aims to help young people aged 15 to 25 by providing information and resources to support you in your job search and help you build your employability skills.

Job Outlook
Can help you make decisions about study and training, your first job, or the next step in your career. It includes a simple quiz to provide you with career suggestions, along with a skills match feature and lots of information on different careers and industries.
With hundreds of courses covering a wide range of fields, you can be sure that you’ll find a course that suits your interests and fits around your lifestyle.
(Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre) is where year 12 students create accounts and submit their university applications. Applications don't open until around August each year, however, students can find information on prerequisites, SEAS and Scholarship applications, etc. at any time throughout the year.

Head Start
Is a model which encourages students to undertake their apprenticeship or traineeship whilst completing their year 12 VCE or VCE Vocational Major.
For Head Start enquiries at MEC, please contact
Ross Egleton| Headstart Coordinator
T: 0407 490 687

Apprenticeship Central
Is your one-stop site for finding apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities.

Australian Apprenticeship Pathways
Provides information on apprenticeship and traineeship career pathways to students. It also has information for employers looking to hire an apprentice or trainee

MEGT Job Board
MEGT advertise and recruit for a range of apprenticeships and traineeships in both Ballarat and Bendigo, and occasionally Maryborough (as well as other areas throughout Australia). To search for opportunities in Ballarat and Bendigo, go to the Job Board then use the 'Region' dropdown box and you will find Ballarat and Bendigo listed under Victoria.
Department of Education & Training (DET) Scholarships
The Department of Education and Training administers over 200 different student scholarship awards annually.

VTAC Scholarships
By submitting a VTAC scholarships application, students will automatically be considered for a number of different scholarships offered by some of the larger universities they have listed in their preferences. The above link explains the types of categories these scholarships fall under.

YouThrive Victoria Scholarships
Youthrive Victoria provides a range of scholarships to support the education of young people from rural Victoria. They provide University Scholarships, Rural Chances Vocational Scholarships and Community Leader Scholarships. These include wrap-around support for scholarship recipients, including transition and career mentoring, leadership development programs and access to an alumni network, that are all designed to meet the specific needs of rural young people.

Search for Scholarships using the Country Education Foundation resource
The Country Education Foundation has developed a resource to assist Year 12 students to find and apply for university scholarships. Scholarships open in July each year. Students can use the website as a guide to what may be available.
MEC students are encouraged to undertake work experience and can apply to do so once they turn 15. Typically there is a work experience week in year 10 that all students are strongly encouraged to participate in, but students can also arrange to undertake work experience at other times throughout the year through speaking with the Careers & Pathways Coordinator.

Work experience gives students the opportunity to develop new skills and learn what working in different industries entails. It is a valuable tool for them in helping identify their future career goals and can be added to their resumes, with many students asking their work experience supervisors to be referees.

All students are required to complete the GENERAL and INDUSTRY SPECIFIC Safe@Work modules, followed by the self-assessment tests, then must provide a copy of their certificates to the Careers & Pathways Coordinator prior to commencing their work experience.

The below forms must also be completed and signed off by all relevant parties prior to a student commencing their work experience:

  • SWL Statewide Portal
    This portal for Structured Workplace Learning is run by the Local Learning and Employment Networks and allows students to search for opportunities for placements with employers in particular industries.

There are a number of calendars you can access to keep track of Open Days for Universities, TAFEs, etc.

Open Days