Resources for career education
The following resources are listed under the headings of Career information resources and Career education resources.
Career information resources
The Commonwealth Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) distributes a Jobguide booklet to each Year 10 student in Australia during semester one each year. Sections on 'Choosing a career' and 'Looking and applying for a job' can be used for career education activities.
Year 12 - What next?
The Year 12 - What next? Resource has been developed by DEEWR and consists of a website and a booklet which provide Year 12 students with information on post school options. The booklet is distributed to every Year 12 student in Australia.
myfuture is Australia's career information service. It includes a career exploration instrument, career information, and advice for those supporting others making career decisions. The career information provided on this site includes occupations, education and training options, industries, regional labour market and income data, employment conditions, scholarships, and financial support.
The Australian Careers website is a portal for a range of websites and databases, including Job Search, Job Outlook, Job Explorer, Wage Net. myfuture has links to this site.
The Australian Government - Youth website has been developed for young people who have already left school. It provides tips for finding a job.
National Training Information Service
The National Training Information Service (NTIS) website provides information on courses and qualifications, registered training organisations, group training organisations, training packages, training package developers and career information.
Department of Education and Training (DET)
The Department of Education and Training (DET) website provides information on apprenticeships and traineeships, jobs and careers, and courses. It also has a link to the National Training Information Service (NTIS).
'Bullseye' or 'Do you enjoy or are you good at ?' posters
'Bullseye' posters identify occupations that are linked with subjects studied at school. The posters can be downloaded from the DEEWR website or purchased from DEEWR.
Provides information on courses provided by public and private universities, TAFE institutes and private training providers that students apply for through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC). The QTAC Guide is distributed to every Year 12 student in Queensland in June of each year. Information in the QTAC Guide is also available on the QTAC website.
TAFE Queensland Guide
This is an easy reference to discover what TAFE Queensland has on offer, whether in relation to your career, your business or your life. TAFE Queensland has an extensive range of education and training programs available to just about every walk of life...all ages, backgrounds and vocations. Includes information on TAFE Queensland's over 800 programs in more than 90 subject areas, institute locations, contact details, career outcomes, learning pathways and more. For a copy of the guide, visit the TAFE Queensland website.
This is both a web resource and a hardcopy resource developed by the Commonwealth Department of Employment and Workplace Relations. The resource contains information on employment trends, national and state skill shortages, job prospects, etc. A recent addition to this resource is the Job Outlook - Youth edition. This can be downloaded from the Job Outlook website.
Industry/occupation specific information
Brochures, posters, videos, CD-ROMS sent to schools from industry bodies.
See the Useful Internet sites for career planning handout for websites that provide information on specific occupations.
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Career education resources
The Real Game Series
- This is a six game series of paper based resource packages for career/life skills development programs for students from Year 3 to adulthood. The Series is from Canada. Five of the games have been piloted in Australia and Australian adaptations produced. These games are:
- The Play Real Game (Years 3-4)
- The Make It Real Game (Years 5-6)
- The Real Game (Years 7-8)
- The Be Real Game (Years 9-10)
- The Get Real Game (Years 11-12).
- The games have clearly identified student outcomes in the areas of self knowledge/awareness, educational and occupational exploration, and life/career planning. Information and order forms can be obtained at the Real Game Series website.
DEEWR career education materials
- School subjects you like and jobs they can lead to : is an A4 booklet containing 30 bullseye charts for 30 school subject areas linking school subjecs with possible jobs and the level of education and training required.
- Parents Talking Career Choices : is a brochure that offers strategies for parents and carers to discuss the options available for further study and employment after school with their teenage children.
- Steve Waugh presents "Chase Your Dreams" : is an innovative teaching resource which includes an interactive DVD, video, lesson plans and activities, designed for students between the ages of 10 and 15 years of age, using contemporary role models to help them explore their options and their dreams for the future.
- ReCaP: Resource for Career Practitioners : developed for career practitioners who provide career development information, guidance, support and advice to students and other clients.
- Certificate I in Work Education, Certificate I in Work Readiness and Certificate II in Workplace Practices contain career education modules. Information about these certificates can be found on the School to Work website.
Career development programs: Preparation for lifelong career decision making
- This book, edited by Wendy Patton and Mary McMahon (ACER Press, 2001), provides a series of articles that look at theory, policy and best practice in career development/guidance programs. Several chapters deal with special populations, e.g. athletes, dancers, the unemployed, people with disabilities. One chapter looks specifically at P - 12 career development programs.
The guide to career education: For careers personnel working in Australian schools and colleges
- This book by Col McCowan and Malcolm McKenzie (New Hobsons Press, 1997) provides a framework, delivery strategies and resources for school personnel setting up a career education program.
Ideas for career practitioners: Celebrating excellence in Australian career practice
- This book edited by Mary McMahon and Wendy Patton (Australian Academic Press, 2003) contains 48 interesting and practical ideas, guidelines, workshops, and exercises that can be used in career development/guidance programs. The resources (e.g. handouts, card sorts, questionnaires) required for each activity are included in the book. The book can be purchased from Australian Academic Press at 32 Jeays Street, Bowen Hills Q 4006; tel: 07 3257 1176; fax: 07 3257 5908; email: email@example.com. The book costs $44 plus $10 for postage and handling.
- Guidance tutoring is a set of resource booklets that provide a framework and lesson plans for career/life skills programs. Printing of this publication has been discontinued. However, copies may still be available in schools.
Working the Web: Career planning via the Internet
- This small booklet, written by Col McCowan, and Malcolm McKenzie in 2000, was published by the Graduate Careers Council of Australia (GCCA). It provides examples of how the Internet can be used for career planning.
P-12 Career and work preparation outcomes framework
- This document is an amended and abridged version of the P-12 career education curriculum framework produced by the Australian Education Council in 1992. This is a framework based on student outcomes in the following four areas:
Learning about self in relation to life/career roles
Learning about career pathways and the world of work
Learning to make life/career plans and decisions
Implementing life/career decisions and managing transitions.
- This document can be downloaded from P-12 Career and Work Preparation Outcomes Framework (new window) 163k .
Australian Blueprint for Career Development - Draft prototype
- The Blueprint has been developed to provide a competency framework for career development across the lifespan. The revised version can be downloaded from the Australian Blueprint for Career Development website. This framework looks at 11 competencies across three areas (Personal management, Learning and work exploration, and Career building) and four developmental phases. Each competency, at each developmental phase is further broken down into performance indicators that follow a four stage learning taxonomy (acquisition, application, personalisation, actualisation). The Blueprint also provides information on implementation; how to market the program; career portfolios, passports and plans; and suggestions for P-12 career development programs.
Student personal career development planner booklet
People and place resources
- People are a rich source of career information. Students can be encouraged to identify their personal/social/community network (do a mind map) and to access career information from this network. They can then be encouraged to develop broader networks in the industries/occupations in which they are interested.
- The inclusion of guest speakers (parents, employers, etc.) adds relevance and variety to a career education program.
- Using community and industry mentors is another way for helping students explore their options.
- Career information centres in Brisbane (340 Adelaide Street) and Mermaid Beach (Pacific Square Shopping Centre) are career libraries with print, audiovisual and computer databases on career and training options.
- Work sites - work experience, work shadowing, part-time paid work, structured workplace learning.
- Open days, expos, careers markets, etc.
- Visits to universities, TAFE institutes and other education/training providers.
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