Senior Learning Centre & Career Planning
From the boardrooms of blue chip companies to the film industry and across the spectrum of public life, it’s no coincidence that Tara girls excel after their schooling with so many rising to the top of their chosen fields.
With committed resources, an excellent program with links to industry and further education and a particularly strong Old Girl’s network, the work put into preparing our girls’ futures is world class.
Senior Learning CentreAs Tara girls go into Year 11, we actively encourage them to start looking at their future after school and our Senior Learning Centre is a key part of this.
The vast majority of our girls go onto university (and achieve the HSC results to study the course of their choice) so the centre is designed as a pre-tertiary environment to get the girls accustomed to the independence of university living as well as life out of the family home. It has a fully appointed kitchen as well as private and group study spaces, all well-appointed and with full wi-fi connectivity. This is very much the students space and the centre has been designed to have ready access to support such as the girl’s individual mentors, year coordinators and career planning who are all on-hand to assist.
Careers PlanningFor the past 20 years our Careers Adviser Michelle Williams, who heads our Career Development Program, has been the culmination of Tara’s philosophy of seeing each girl’s potential rather than who they are now. She has an enviable track record of charting the right future course for so many of our girls.
The choices available and advice of well-meaning friends and family can often make career decisions bewildering and Michelle brings impartial and proven methods help each student make the best decision for themselves.
This process starts in Year 10, in preparation for HSC subject choices with individual analysis of each girl to give a selection of 12 possible pathways that suit them. In addition to that, there is an active calendar with career development days, speakers and scholarships information to inspire and inform students. Choices are ultimately up to each girl but, importantly, Michelle follows through with the support and knowledge it make it happen.
Michelle is trained in the Myers Briggs method of personality profiling which is used extensively by major corporations and organisations. She has long-standing links to the best universities both in Australia and internationally (Cambridge, Harvard and Oxford), has a near encyclopaedic knowledge of the university admission system, gap years and other non-university courses, and has Tara’s excellent Old Girl network on-call to assist.