Matters Editorial Leone Smyth 31 May 2024

Careers Testing

Earlier this week our Year 10s undertook careers testing run online by Morrisby, which is the first step in the process of identifying their senior course preferences.

Careers testing is a valuable tool in this decision-making process. These tests assess various factors such as interests, skills, values and personality traits, providing insights into potential career paths that students might not have heard of, or considered. For instance, a student might discover an aptitude for engineering or a hidden talent for design through these assessments. By identifying strengths and aligning them with possible career options, careers testing can help students make more informed and strategic subject choices.

Choosing subjects aligned with personal interests is fundamental. When students are genuinely interested in a subject, they are more likely to engage deeply, stay motivated and perform well. Passion for a subject can drive curiosity and lead to a more fulfilling educational experience. For instance, a student with a keen interest in environmental issues might thrive in subjects like Biology or Geography, which can later lead to a career in environmental science, urban planning or policy. Similarly, a student who loves writing and storytelling might excel in English Advanced or Drama, paving the way for a future in journalism, creative writing or film production.

While interest is vital, students should also be encouraged to embrace challenges. Opting for subjects that are slightly outside their comfort zone can foster resilience, critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Challenging subjects can prepare students for the rigorous demands of further education and the workforce. However, it is crucial to strike a balance, as choosing too many difficult subjects can lead to undue stress and burnout, as can choosing a number of subjects that involve major works.

Realism is also necessary here. Realism involves an honest assessment of one’s strengths, weaknesses and previous academic performance. It is important for students to be realistic about their capabilities and choose subjects that they can manage successfully. For example, if a student struggles with Mathematics, taking on advanced levels might not be advisable unless they have a strong support system and a clear plan for improvement. Realism ensures that students are neither overwhelmed by excessively challenging courses nor under-stimulated by those that do not match their capabilities. Realistic decision-making promotes a balanced and sustainable approach to academic and career planning.

The process of selecting courses for senior study should be collaborative, involving students, parents, teachers and career advisors. We strongly encourage students and parents to review the personalised report provided by Morrisby as well as watching the webinar explaining how to interpret the results and access the many resources provided in the coming weeks. Our Careers Advisor, Michelle Cooper, is also available to answer any questions students and parents may have about these results and resources.

We have found that open discussions about aspirations, strengths and realistic expectations can lead to better decision-making and set our students on a path to success in their senior studies and beyond.

We ask our Year 10 parents and students to note the key dates below:

Year 11 2025 Course Preference Selection Process

27 May                Careers Testing

28 May               Careers Testing results and Morrisby information webinar available, 6 pm

25 June               Student/Parent Webinar on Brigidine Course Preference process. View here.

26 July                Heads of Department and teachers talk to Year 10

26 July                Online preference form available for students

30 July                Online form submissions closed. Creation of Elective Lines commenced.

9 August            Confirmation of Course Preferences to students

14 August          Student/Parent Interviews – Final Elective Line choices submitted


Leone Smyth
Deputy Principal Teaching and Learning

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