Introduction for teachers and careers advisors

Considering their wide-ranging options for the future can be exciting for students. But it can also be stressful because they are making decisions that can have a big impact on their lives.

For teachers, careers advisors and support staff, there is a lot to consider when helping students make decisions about their education and future, especially during the last two years of school. Education professionals have an important role to play in facilitating access to information and decision-making around further study and careers.

If you are working with young people in this context, then this section of the Make Your Mark website provides the information and resources you need to support young people make the further education choices that are right for them.

About the project

Make Your Mark is one activity within a wider initiative, called Bridges to Higher Education, undertaken by five Sydney universities – the University of Western Sydney, University of Sydney, University of Technology Sydney, Australian Catholic University and Macquarie University – which are working collaboratively towards the common goal of widening participation in higher education.

Bridges to Higher Education is funded under the Commonwealth Government’s Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program. Bridges is implementing between 40 and 50 projects that are aimed at people from communities of low socioeconomic standing and those typically under-represented in tertiary study, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, those with disabilities and students from rural and regional areas.

The rationale for Make your Mark

This website aligns closely with the sixth reform area highlighted by the New South Wales Government in its June 2012 report Review of Tertiary Pathways (Section 3.5 ‘Better Communication and Information for Students and Parents’). One of the recommendations of that report was for a ‘one-stop shop’ for New South Wales tertiary education information.

Development of the Make Your Mark website commenced in September 2012 with extensive research and consultation to establish the best ways to meet the tertiary education information needs of the target communities. The project, which has been developed with advice from students, teachers, lecturers and support staff from a range of institutions, is designed to:

  • Give users a choice of entry points that will address their needs
  • Bring the experience of higher education alive with short topical video clips telling the stories of four people and how they got into and through higher education
  • Motivate and build aspiration by exploring why higher education might be a good option and showing where it could lead 
  • Give an overview of the different types of higher education options and guidance on how to decide between them
  • Provide basic information, answer common questions and dispel myths about higher education
  • Target information to specific groups, and also the people who influence them, as an alternative way to disseminate information
  • Provide links and referrals to good quality further sources of information