Moving from Year 6 to Year 7 is a time of change for you and your child. When you’re deciding on a school for your child, ask about the subjects offered, including senior school options, and about additional activities such as school sport, clubs and volunteering programs.
It’s also good to ask how the school will support your child to discover their interests, skills and values, and how these may shape their career choices. The career development program offered at the school is an important thing to consider.
Some questions you might consider asking when visiting new schools include:
- Are career development programs offered from Year 7 onwards?
- How does the school assist students to identify their aspirations?
- What career planning activities are available to students?
- How does the school help students to identify their own skills, abilities and interests?
- Does the school offer activities that let students learn in a variety of ways? For example, does the school offer vocational education programs such as VET in Schools or School-Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships?
- Does the school offer workplace learning?
- Does the school have a qualified careers practitioner?
- How does the school develop students’ self-awareness, career exploration and career management skills?
- What are the school’s graduates’ study outcomes? For example, how many students go on to apprenticeships, Vocational Education and Training, university, or employment?
- Do students develop Career Action Plans at each year level?
- How does the school assist students and families to make career decisions? For example, is information provided about subject selection, work experience and tertiary entry information sessions?
- Does the school offer a broad range of subjects to cater for your child’s interests and aspirations?
You play an important role in preparing your child for their future career. Our online resource Engaging Parents in Career Conversations (EPiCC) helps school career practitioners encourage and empower you to get your child thinking and talking about subject choices, courses and career opportunities.
EPiCC covers the career development of children from Year 6 through to Year 12. EPiCC also brings together information on a broad range of options available to young people when they leave school.
For more information, see: Engaging Parents in Career Conversations
Taking part in an EPiCC workshop at your child’s school is a great way to learn more about how you can support your child on their career journey. Contact the career practitioner at your child’s school to find out more.
Career Action Plans
The Career Action Plan helps young people to develop their awareness and understanding of education, training and employment options, and to develop the skills, knowledge and capabilities to effectively manage their careers.
The Career Action Plan assists your child to set goals and develop actions to achieve those goals. The plan covers the three stages of career development: self-development, career exploration and career management. The school will provide activities to help students explore these stages.
Your child should be actively involved in developing their Career Action Plan. You can support them by showing interest, asking questions and helping them explore opportunities.
For more information, see: Career Action Plans
The Job Guide is written and produced for secondary school students. This resource includes information on more than 500 occupations, contact details for training providers and job search information and advice. The Job Guide is available online. It’s a great place to learn about the skills and abilities needed for different occupations and the available training.
For more information, see: Job Guide
myfuture is Australia’s comprehensive online resource that you can use to:
- talk to your child about careers
- find how their interests and abilities can lead to a job
- discover what they are really good at and explore their interests, skills and occupations
- help your child choose courses and training options
- help your child explore their options through interactive activities, such as Mini Career Explorer.
For more information, see: myfuture
myfuture has a new Assist Your Child feature for parents that gives you advice on how to:
- talk to them about careers
- help your child with courses and training
- explore interests, skills and occupations
- help with work experience and job applications.
For more information, see: Assist Others
Career Bullseye posters
These posters help young people see how the subjects they study at school link to jobs, and indicate the level of education and training required. Occupation profiles include information such as duties and tasks, related courses, earnings and vacancies.
For more information, see: Career Bullseye posters
Victorian Skills Gateway
The Victorian Skills Gateway is a one-stop shop for Victorian vocational education and training. It includes information about apprenticeships, traineeships and courses at Registered Training Organisations, including TAFE, Learn Local and private training providers. You can search for information about occupations, courses, training providers, video and written case studies.
The Victorian Skills Gateway includes a parents’ toolkit, which gives you information and advice on helping your child choose a career path.
For more information, see: Victorian Skills Gateway parents' toolkit
Youth Central is a Victorian government online initiative for young Victorians, from 12 to 25 years of age, with information and advice about jobs, study, travel, money and events.
For more information, see: Youth Central