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UQ Young Scholars Program
UQ Young Scholars Program - Imogen Blacklock, Yr 12
As school finished for another year, and everyone finally breathed easy knowing 2020 would soon be coming to an end, I got presented with the wonderful opportunity to attend the Young Scholars Program at the University of Queensland (UQ) in Brisbane. Despite being shortened to one day due to COVID, it was a jam-packed, eye-opening, and enthralling experience. UQ, St Lucia Campus blew my mind as soon as I entered; being so big it has its own postcode! Throughout the day, I attended multiple sessions to experience Uni life and course offerings, and meet like-minded year 11’s (all going into yr 12 with big dreams and no idea what to do with our lives).
Session 1- Forensic Entomology (not for the faint of heart)- involved us dissecting and examining the breathing tubes of maggots to determine their age. With this information, we could estimate how old a body was and therefore a rough period in which time of death may have occurred (handy in forensics and criminology).
Following this, I attended Medicine: Case Based Learning where, in groups, we collaboratively analysed and suggested further action for a range of emergency and medicinal scenarios. With Medicine being a UQ speciality, I was surrounded by many extraordinary lecturers, UQ students, and graduates with a wealth of knowledge on all things Medicine (and all the answers I could hope for).
The day was rounded off with a professional development workshop and presentation by Tamara Richardson- Pace 48 founder, UQ graduate, and cultural relations and education advocate. Her story highlighted, not the need for university, but the importance of persistence, passion and peace.
Not only were the sessions a great example of the plethora of things offered at UQ, the food was great, and the grounds and buildings spectacular. The Young Scholars Program is a great opportunity for anyone who, like me, is unsure where they are heading after school. I would like to thank Mrs. Dembowski for the opportunity to broaden my horizon for University pathways and to experience such an exciting program.
Pictured: Imogen at the St Lucia Campus (University of Queensland)
More information about the 2021 program will be advertised later this year. Contact Mrs Dembowski if you are interested (Year 11 2021 only)
School Leaver Information Kit - Download Now!Supporting Year 10, 11 and 12 students, and those up to age 24, to figure out their next steps after school is the National Careers Institute’s (NCI) SLIK, or School Leavers Information Kit - Your Career: What's Next for You? and its contact centre, the School Leavers Information Service.
DOWNLOAD THIS KIT - SCHOOL LEAVER KIT
The SLIK has been especially developed to help young people with their education, training and work options. It provides:
- information and support to help with decisions about post-school career pathways
- information on work and education options such as university, vocational education and training (including apprenticeships and traineeships), volunteering and community service
- tips and resources to help apply for jobs, and
- resources outlining government financial support and subsidies available.
The SLIK is supported by a kit for parent and guardians too, to help start the conversation at home.
School Leavers Information Service
The School Leavers Information Service (the Service) is a contact centre where young people from 15 to 24 can ask education, training or work-related questions they may have. Trained NCI Information Officers are on the line ready to help young people:
- navigate the SLIK
- access and use the yourcareer.gov.au website
- find relevant support services, if needed.
Young people may also access a free, 45 minute personalised careers guidance session with a qualified career practitioner, where needed.
There are three ways young people can get in touch with the Service:
- Call: 1800 CAREER (1800 227 337)
- Text: SLIS2020 to 0429 009 435
- Email: email@example.com