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Don’t Wait to Finish School to get Experience

You don’t need to sit around and wait until you’ve finished school to start getting experience, building skills, and making connections for your future. There are lots of things you can do alongside your schoolwork. Let’s take a look at some of your options. Part-time work  This is something a lot of students already do. …

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Difference between reference and referee

What’s the Difference Between a Reference and a Referee?

If you’re hunting for work, you’ve probably put together a resume to hand out to potential employers. One of the most important parts of the hiring process is the employer looking for information about you from other people. This is usually done through references and referees. But what are references and referees, and what’s the …

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Arrive & Thrive Career Resources

Arrive & Thrive have developed a heap of free guides and online resources to help young people learn how to apply for jobs and find a career they’ll love. The resources include PDF guides and online modules, spanning topics such as resume and interview preparation, career design principles, tools for parents, and more. Access and …

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Getting your first job

Getting your first job

Ready to enter the world of work   Are you ready to start working? If you’re keen to pick up your first job, we’ve got some tips and advice you might find handy.   Where to find work   Gone are the days of having to look through the newspaper – now there are tons …

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PreVET is a resource developed by the Department of Education NT for remote indigenous students. It has been designed to show students how the world of work links to the wider community and to themselves, and supports Aboriginal ways of learning. Each module explores a different job within the community in an interactive magazine format, …

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Summer Jobs Prep Time

The start of Term 4 means it’s not long until the summer break. Are you thinking about getting a summer job? If you are, now is the perfect time to start getting organised.   Ways to prepare   You could: Create or update your resume Work out how much time you’ll have available to work …

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NCI School Leavers Support

The National Careers Institute has put together their School Leavers Information Kit, packed with information you need on your options after school. Whether you’re thinking of studying, working, or doing something else, they can provide you with support and help you pick the best option for you. There’s also a series of recorded webinars and …

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Job Search Basics Workbook

The Job Search Basics workbook is an interactive digital resource from Job Jumpstart providing a range of activities and information to help students with their job search. The workbook aims to: help applicants to understand their work preferences and skills and what they have to offer employers provide practical information to help research employers applicants …

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In-school Workshops for Students and Teachers

If you’re looking to boost your students’ engagement and knowledge, there are a whole host of companies that offer workshops and presentations that can be delivered directly in your classroom. From STEM to entrepreneurship, careers, leadership skills and future building, there are lots of options out there, many of which can be tailored to your …

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How Careers Advisors can help students prepare for Job Interviews with Virtual Reality

Careers Advisors have historically had a hard time helping students prepare for the job-jitters, relying on mock interviews as the primary and only avenue for practice. But things are changing with Australia’s first Virtual Reality Job Interview Simulator by Work Window. Here’s how Careers Advisors can engage students with Virtual Reality to practice their interview skills and build …

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Decision Making Upskilling Program

Being able to make well-informed choices will differentiate you from others, win you friends and show your leadership potential at work. Grandshake’s new 40-minute microprogram, How to Make Great Decisions, will teach you how to make the right choices, process hard decisions, act autonomously and work as a team. Find out more:

Skillsroad Teacher and Careers Advisor Toolkit

Skillsroad are excited to announce the launch of their comprehensive Teacher and Careers Advisor Toolkit – a jam-packed resource to support educators with career planning. What you get: A series of lesson plans designed to help students in planning for their career journey. Advice on organising a careers day at your school and work experience …

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Apprenticeship pathways for students with a disability

Australian Apprenticeships & Traineeships Information Service (AATIS) in proud partnership with Melbourne Apprenticeship Disability Network (MADN) bring you a series of blog posts and resources to support those living with a disability, to understand Australian Apprenticeships and how they can be a viable pathway for all Australians. This blog will help you to understand your …

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Know Your Rights at Work

Keen to start your first job? Before you dive right in, there are some important things you should know first. The ACTU’s Worksite is packed with information about your rights at work, including wages, leave, safety, bullying and more. They have worksheets, videos, quizzes, articles and more for you to access. Take a look here: …

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Job Interview Questions Template

Interviews are a key part of the hiring process, but it can be difficult to know what questions to ask. Business Victoria have developed a job interview template that provides some general interview questions. This can be a great starting point to show students what to expect in a job interview, or even to use …

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Our Top 5 Interview Tips

Are you ready for your next Big Interview?   You’ll probably have loads of interviews throughout your life; for jobs, internships, scholarships, placements in programs, the list is pretty much endless. Sometimes those interviews will mean everything to you (or at least it will feel that way), other times you could know you’ve already just …

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The Power of Planning and Organisation with Grandshake

Grandshake has released a brand new microprogram, designed specially for young people. This time they’re showing you how you can become a master of planning and organisation. In this 40-minute Power of Planning and Organisation microprogram, you’ll cover planning and organisation essentials including time management, task prioritisation, and project management. Pick up practical techniques that …

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Industry growth

Industry growth and how it affects your plans

We have a range of different industries in Australia, and they’re all different – while some industries focus on caring for our health, for example, others construct our homes, or keep us entertained. Each industry employees a different number of people; the largest industry, Health Care and Social Assistance employs almost 1.9 million people, which …

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Changing work

The changing world of work

The world of work is changing. Not that long ago you could have expected to walk away from school into a job in a factory or office and stay there for 45 years. Between the end of WWII and the mid 1970’s, so for about 35 years between 1940 and 1974, the average unemployment rate …

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Teamwork and Collaboration

Teamwork and Collaboration

What does it mean?   Teamwork and Collaboration are soft skills that are highly sought after by employers. No matter which industry you work in or what your job title is, teamwork skills are essential to your success. They’ll help you to work well with clients, colleagues, managers and other people at your workplace. While …

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Aviation Australia | Cabin Crew – Recruitment Day Preparation Course

Domestic travel is in high demand, resulting in many of the airlines commencing recruitment for hundreds of roles to allow them to increase their services. In such a competitive industry, gaining the knowledge and skills will improve your chances of securing employment as a Flight Attendant. The Recruitment Day Preparation course was designed to enhance …

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Problem Solving Boot Camp by Grandshake

Grandshake has just released a brand-new microprogram for young people aged 14-24 – the Problem Solving Bootcamp. This short online course is designed to equip you with essential problem solving skills, boosting your knowledge and employability. It will help you identify, analyse and resolve problems in the most productive and effective ways possible. Best of …

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Get That Job! RSA Certificate

Looking for hospitality work? To work in a licenced venue you will need a RSA Certificate. The Responsible Service of Alcohol course teaches you about all the rules you need to know when serving alcohol. FREE! Lunch provided. Limited spots available, registration required. For ages 15-25. As this training is accredited you will be required …

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Get That Job! Barista Basics

Have fun learning how to make a great coffee! Participants will leave with basic but useful barista skills which can be added to their resume. This is a non-accredited course. The workshop will be held at International College of Advanced Education in Rapid Creek. Ages 15-25. There are two session to choose from: Wednesday 30 …

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TAFE NSW Schools Launchpad

TAFE NSW Schools Launchpad is a different way to think about school and TAFE-delivered Vocational Education and Training (TVET). TAFE NSW are offering 20 virtual courses that combine teacher-led virtual classrooms with workshops and work placements across a range of exciting career areas within growth industries. These new virtual teacher-led courses help build practical job …

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National Careers Week 2021

National Careers Week is an initiative of the Career Industry Council of Australia and aims to celebrate careers, career development, career development services, and career development practitioners. It also promotes the economic, social and personal benefits of career development for all Australians

National Careers Week Information Sheets

National Careers Week have developed some great resources you can provide to students. They have created a variety of information sheets on different sections of careers development, including resume writing, interviews, networking, skills, self-awareness, and much more. The sheets can be downloaded for free from the National Careers Week website here: The 2021 National …

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Career Poster Pack | Study Work Grow

Study Work Grow Career Poster Pack

Motivate your students and colour in your notice board with these three (3) engaging career posters. This pack includes three premium A3 posters, shipped to your school or address anywhere in Australia. The three posters include: Interview Tips – Simple ideas to help your students ace their interviews. Gap Years – This poster gives them …

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Career Classroom Activities

Career Worksheet – World of Work Activities

These worksheets could help your students think about all of the different types of places that people work. They’ll need to think about the range of workplaces they have seen and experienced, and then be encouraged to place themselves into possible future workplaces. These activities could be used in class, incorporated into career counselling preparation, …

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Zoom Interview Tips

Zoom Interview Tips

Although video and phone interviews have both been around for a long time, in the post-2020/COVID era, Zoom and the like have never been more popular. In some instances, this method of interviewing may have replaced physical interviews because it’s just easier all around. We’ve put together a few of the top Zoom interview tips …

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Becoming Independent

Your journey through high school is just the beginning of your independence. You might be looking forward to moving out, being able to stay up as late as you want, and all of the other benefits that being independent can bring. But, unfortunately, it comes with a lot of work as well. There’s so much …

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Transition to Work

The Transition to Work employment service helps young people aged 15-24 into work (including apprenticeships and training) or education. Transition to Work participants receive intensive, pre-employment support to develop practical skills to get a job, connect with education or training, find local job opportunities and connect with relevant local community services. To participate in Transition …

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FYA Worlds of Work

FYA’s Worlds of Work (WOW) is a free ​national initiative that equips young people with the enterprise skills and careers management skills to be prepared for the future of work. Tailored for students in Years 8-10, WOW activities facilitate meaningful career-linked experiences that aim to answer the question ‘What does it take to succeed in …

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Virtual Work Experience

Why it’s vital to make work experience succeed online

2020 saw many work experience opportunities for students become unavailable as face-to-face contact became nearly impossible at times. For students, this means there were less chances out there for them to experience the world of work and dive into what could be their future career. It also means they may have missed out on gaining …

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Career Teaching Resources

Career Worksheet – A Work Day

This worksheet is designed to get your students thinking about what a real workday is like. They’ll draw on their own experiences of watching people close to them work to figure out what types of things people do during a work day. This activity could be used in conjunction with group discussions, and could be …

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Writing Activities Study Work Grow

Career Lesson Writing Activities

We’ve put together a range of writing prompt worksheets for you to use with students in class. Use them to start a discussion amongst students, or insert them into your career lessons. Each activity is structured to get students thinking about one of the key Careers and Work Studies topics. Students are prompted to think …

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Introducing My Growth Hub

My Growth Hub has been developed by Online Courses Australia with support from the Queensland Government to deliver free online training and learning opportunities for COVID-19 impacted small business owners and Queenslanders. With hundreds of short courses across more than 20 industries including aged care, animal health, business, education and childcare, travel and tourism and …

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11 Places to Search for Jobs

Searching for jobs might seem like a bit of a challenge. But there are heaps of places and services out there where you can find a job. From the more traditional ways like in the newspaper or networking, to newer ways such as through a job or company website, myfuture has found 11 places you …

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Looking for an Apprenticeship or Traineeship?

Are you looking to start your career with an apprenticeship or traineeship? Maybe you’ve been thinking about doing a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship? Apprenticeship Central is a great website where you can search for current vacancies across the country. They have roles available in a huge variety of areas, including automotive, business, health, construction, IT, …

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MyFuture – Resources for Teachers

MyFuture is a national career information service that helps guide young people towards their path to the future. They have a huge variety of resources available for teachers and careers advisers to support their students. Here are some of their useful resources: Explore the future of work School to work pathways infographics Teaching resources Discover …

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Get That Job! Barista Basics

Have fun learning how to make a great coffee! Participants will leave with basic but useful barista skills which can be added to their resume. This is a non-accredited course. The workshop will be held at International College of Advanced Education in Rapid Creek. There are two free sessions to choose from for young people …

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Get That Job! Resume Revamp

Never created a resume, or want to sharpen up an existing one? Find out how to create a resume that helps you stand out from the crowd with the expert help of National Joblink Darwin. BYO laptop/tablet or borrow one of ours. This workshop is completely free for young people aged 15-25.

Get That Job! Trades Tasters

This three part series of Trades Tasters is presented by Eyedeal Constructions’ Choose A Path program. Participants will get hands on experience using basic hand tools as well as an introduction to the construction industry. You can choose to do one or all three of the tasters. Concreting and Foundations – Monday 4 January Basic …

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TAFE WA | Employability Workshop, Thornlie

Looking for work and living in the Thornlie area? Let us help you create a winning structure for your resume as your best first impression with employers. Then, let us help you win the interview! We can assist you to prepare, develop your job interview techniques and evaluate your performance.

TAFE WA | Employability Workshop, Mandurah

Looking for work and living in the Mandurah area? Let us help you create a winning structure for your resume as your best first impression with employers. Then, let us help you win the interview! We can assist you to prepare, develop your job interview techniques and evaluate your performance.

Career Advice from 4 Australian Fashion Creatives

Do you want to make it big one day in the fashion industry? It certainly won’t be a walk in the park – but four of Australia’s top fashion designers have provided some words of encouragement for anyone thinking of breaking into the industry. You can read their advice here:

Why we work

Why we work

The main reason most people get up and go to work every day is to earn money. We call this an income. In today’s world, we need money for: Paying for the home we live in How we move around, which means fuel for the car, bus passes, and train trips Buying food, clothes, books, …

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Pathways15 Online

The Australian Tertiary Education Network on Disability (ATEND) have partnered with the Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training (ADCET) to deliver the 2020 Pathways15 Online Conference. The Pathways Online Committee recognise the important contribution of industry, government and communities in creating an inclusive society for people with disability. Pathways15 Online: Advancing Inclusion in 2020 …

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Are you ready to leave school?

Are you ready to leave school?

Finalise your 2021 study or work plans   Now’s the time (if you haven’t already) to finalise what you’ll be doing next year.   Planning a gap year?   You’re perfectly entitled to take a break and have some fun. Even if international travel isn’t on the cards just yet, there is plenty that you …

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UOW | STEM Career Panel

Are you a school leaver, job seeker, or thinking of a career pivot? Come hear how STEM can give you a toolkit for any career path. The University of Wollongong has asked some of our most interesting alumni to share their career journeys and industry insights into how a STEM career can lead you to …

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NTCA Industry Development Pre-Employment Program

The NTCA Industry Development Pre-Employment Program is a program aimed at young people in the Northern Territory who are looking to upskill for work in the pastoral and cattle industry. Although COVID-19 has had a big impact on the job market in Australia, jobs in agriculture are still in high demand. This program is an …

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Here’s how to write a resume

Here’s how to write a resume

Why you should bother to write a resume   Your resume is an introduction to potential employers and a record of your achievements, we’ve put together some tips on writing yours. Once it’s written, it could not only help you land a job, but it could help to save time and brain power when you’re …

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ICAE | Barista Training

Learn how to become a skilled barista at ICAE’s Barista Course, for those people who want to learn to make serious coffee. You will learn how to: organise a coffee workstation select and grind coffee beans advise customers on espresso coffee beverages extract and monitor quality of coffee espresso texture milk serve espresso coffee beverages …

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The Girls in STEM Toolkit for Schools

Girls in STEM (GiST) is filled with resources to help schools encourage and inspire female students to consider a future career in STEM. They have a huge amount of free resources available for schools, including lesson plans, tips on gender-inclusive teaching, ideas on supporting girls in STEM, resources for careers advisers, and more. Take a …

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GOTAFE | Nail your Job Interview!

Learn about preparation, dos and don’ts, questions you might be asked, what the interviewer wants to hear to ensure you are the right fit for them, and how to create a great impression whether online, face to face or over the telephone.

Future Employment Outlook to 2024

In January 2020, the Australian Government released a report with their findings on the future of employment up to the year 2024. This is an ideal resource to see where there will be growth in the future, and potentially help your students decide what they might like to do in the future. Please note this …

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Vogue Codes Summit

The annual Vogue Codes Summit has gone virtual for 2020 and will take place over two half-days – November 10 and 11. Technology touches more roles and careers than ever before and continues to open up new areas of opportunity. The 2020 Vogue Codes Summit will explore technology as a force for good, how to …

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Checklists for Students in 2020

Checklists for Students in 2020

Term 4 is traditionally hectic with so much being crammed into the last term of the year. In 2020 it might seem even crazier than usual. We’ve created some simple checklists that are designed to help students hopefully stress less and keep their focus on exams.  Enabling them to stay on track and easing their …

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AATIS Online Information Sessions

The Australian Apprenticeships and Traineeships Information Service (AATIS) have launched their nationwide digital information session. There are two sessions available – “What employers want to know about Australian Apprenticeships” and “An overview of AATIS resources”. These interactive workshops will be held for each state, as well as two nation-wide events. Limited spots are available, so …

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Boost your employability post high school

Boost your employability post high school

If you’re still at high school and already looking for ways to give your employment prospects a boost once you graduate, there’s a few things that you can do: Actively engage in career education – ask questions, search for information, read resources, send an email to if there’s any specific careers you’d like to …

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ADF Defence Careers Virtual Information Session

Consider a career like no other and represent Australia with pride in the Navy, Army or Air Force. Tune in for a virtual information session to speak with current serving members and ask your questions – is a career in the Australian Defence Force for you?

ADF Indigenous Careers Virtual Information Session

Join us for a virtual info session to learn about Indigenous opportunities in the Navy, Army and Air Force. Join the thousands of Defence members who enjoy financial security, rewarding work and personal development in jobs that proudly represent their communities.

Skillsroad Career Lesson Plans

Skillsroad has a variety of lesson plan resources available for Careers Advisors to help their students plan future career pathways. They have lesson plans on work styles, resilience and motivation, interviewing, and more. Lessons contain a content mix of theory, stories, videos and activities aimed at engaging students and encouraging active participation and introspection. Find …

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Health Heroes Teacher Resources

If you’re looking for resources to help inspire your students thinking about a career in Indigenous health, Health Heroes has videos, lesson plans, posters and brochures available. You can find out more and order a kit for your school here:

Indigenous Health Heroes

Have you ever wondered where a career in health could take you? Check out Health Heroes, a resource packed with information and videos about Indigenous people currently working in health. From doctors and nurses, to occupational therapists, social workers and students, you can hear all about what life is like as a health worker. Here’s …

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Whitehouse Institute of Design | Foundation Portfolio Workshop

This online workshop is for aspiring designers and recommended as a starting point for those wishing to develop their illustration skills and create a portfolio. In this 2-hour workshop, you will gain an understanding of how to illustrate with Marker and Paper, experiment with different multi-media materials and learn techniques for presenting your creative ideas.

AFTRS | Intro to Directing

’What does a director do?’ This introductory course delivered completely online will focus on the responsibilities and workflow of the film and television director, from pre-production through to post-production. Taught by highly experienced Industry practitioners you’ll get an insight into this key role, and what makes a great director. This is an introductory course. No …

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AFTRS | Intro to Screenwriting

Get a detailed introduction to the craft of screenwriting in this 100% online course with award winning writer/director Jonathan Ogilvie. You will learn hands-on methods for building the foundations of character, story and structure used by professional screenwriters, illustrated with key moments from a wide range of films. This is an introductory course. No previous …

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