The Australian Blueprint for Career Development outlines the importance of being able to find, understand and apply career information as part of the process of finding a career.
Which isn’t as easy as it sounds.
We know that students need to be able to access this information and then use it, but with multiple sources, sometimes conflicting information, and a multitude of anecdotal information it’s easy to become confused.
We’ve put together some easy to find and use resources your students can refer to as reliable and consistent sources of career information – use them in class or to form the basis of your own reference kit.
Signing up for newsletters is a great hack for Careers Advisors (and students). Let them send you the latest information directly, and save yourself time spent searching the internet.
The sign up process is usually quick and easy, and they’re often free. It could also be worth contemplating adding in one or two paid options, the content could be more diverse (less gimmicky or advertorial), addressing more of your requirements.
Search for educational institutions, industry news providers, bespoke careers services, and hand over your email address. If you find that you’re getting spammed by too many newsletters, or you later find that the content isn’t suitable for what you need it’s easy to unsubscribe.
Note: Remember to check your junk mail regularly or you might miss out on the latest news.
- Using Events Calendars
There are literally thousands of events being created Australia-wide that could help your students to develop their knowledge and skills. Plenty are career or education specific, and lots of them are free.
Your students will most likely change careers multiple times throughout their life, so it’s important that they know how to find out about their options as they move through their career.
Which means they need to know how to search for career-related events, not just for high school but for later on as well. And the best way to help students understand the range of available career events is with a calendar.
You could create your own events calendar, or save time and use one (just like ours) that already exists.
Eventbrite, Trybooking, Humanitix, and Facebook are a few examples of platforms that could provide you with lots of upcoming events to share with students (or where they could search themselves).
Show them what’s out there and they’ll know where to look down the track.
- Exploring Careers
Students need to learn a little bit about a lot of careers.
So how do you explore many careers in class given the short timeframe available?
- You could cover one job in more detail each week with students – our Job Spotlights are a good example of the format you could use if you want to choose your own.
All our Job Spotlights are free and available for any teacher to use, so you could save yourself even more time by sharing them with students and presenting them in class. We publish a new spotlight each week.
- Another way is to differentiate between industries, and then provide an overview of careers within those industries, so students can choose to further their exploration if they’re interested (or move on if they’re not).
For example, IBISWorld report categories provide an excellent breakdown of industries and includes revenue, growth, number of businesses, employment figures, sub categories of services, and more. The Fair Work Commission also provides an extensive list of Australian industries.
- Using a Careers Bullseye could help students identify occupations linked to subjects they’re studying (or intend to study) at high school. They’re really handy visual aids, making them easy to understand.
Another bonus is that they immediately make connections to other occupations which students may not have previously associated as an option with that subject.
- Supplying students with links to existing careers databases gives your students access to lots of information and resources, with minimal effort required. Checking out jobs available in classifieds or through online recruitment agencies provides real world information about the expectations and requirements of existing careers.
- Labour Market Information (LMI)
Labour market information tells students about the current work and job environments in Australia (and the world). It includes information about specific companies, industries and occupations. Detailing salaries, employment rates, anticipated growth, training programs (and subsidies that might apply), and current job openings.
Locating and studying up to date labour market information could help direct some students if they’re not sure what path to take. It could also be useful for those trying to decide between multiple potential careers.
Here’s a few good resources that we like to use for reference:
- Labour Market Information Portal
- Australian Bureau of Statistics
- Job Outlook
- National Centre for Vocational Education Research
- Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC)
- Graduate Careers
- My Future
- Work Experience
One of the best ways for high schoolers to find out what careers are really like, is through work experience.
Whether it’s through school programs, voluntary work, or paid part-time, casual or holiday jobs, work experience gives students a taste of the real-world, and can help them confirm or reject potential careers.
Students can either find work experience openings or create their own opportunities:
- Check out this database of current Work Experience opportunities your students can browse for inspiration
- Encourage them to check with businesses and organisations about their work experience programs
- Students can also get in touch with local businesses who could offer work experience
If they can’t find a week-long position, encourage them to ask for tours of a work place, or invite employers to speak with your students
Here’s a few other places to search:
- Volunteering Australia
- Palms Australia
- Seek Internships
- Seek Work Experience
- Graduate Opportunities
- Australian Government website