Career planning at school

From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and Catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. Curriculum related information is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.

For more information on the curriculum, see:
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 - VCAA

While you are at secondary school, you will start planning for your future. Your school will offer different programs to help you with your career planning.

Who you can talk to at school

People who can help you with career pathway planning at school include:

  • the school's careers adviser
  • the Managed Individual Pathways coordinator
  • the year level coordinator
  • the student wellbeing coordinator
  • other teachers in your school

Managed Individual Pathways

If you are 15 years or older, the Managed Individual Pathways (MIPs) program can help you through the final years of your schooling and into further education, training or employment. Each school has a MIPs coordinator who can help you develop an individual pathway plan and achieve your goals.

MIPs aim to help you to:

  • develop your knowledge and understanding of education, training and employment options
  • develop skills to effectively manage your career throughout your life

The program also includes a follow-up with you if you choose to leave school early, both at the time of leaving and then within six months.

If you are aged 15 to 19 years old, have not yet completed Year 12 and are enrolled at a TAFE or Learn Local adult community education organisation, you can take part in a MIPs program.

For more information, see: Managed Individual Pathways

Senior secondary certificates

There are three senior secondary certificates accredited by the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) that can help you prepare for further study, training and entry to the workforce.

Vocational Education and Training (VET) programs

You can choose from Vocational Education and Training (VET) programs as part of your VCE or VCAL. These VET programs include VET in Schools, School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships and pre-apprenticeships. They are designed to:

  • offer a vocational qualification as well as a senior secondary certificate
  • offer courses that are motivating and engaging
  • expand opportunities and pathways for senior secondary students
  • link schools to industry and training providers
  • help meet the needs of industry
  • prepare young people for the workplace

VET in Schools

VET in Schools is a vocationally oriented program of studies leading to a VCE or VCAL certificate. It also offers credit towards a nationally recognised VET certificate.

For more information, see: VET in Schools 

Pre-apprenticeship programs

Pre-apprenticeship programs give you a pathway to full- time apprenticeships in selected industries.

For more information, see: Pre-apprenticeships

School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships

School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships are distinct pathways within VET in Schools and combine part-time employment, school and training.

For more information, see: School Based Apprenticeships

Workplace learning programs

You can access a range of workplace learning activities while you are still at school. These programs help you develop a realistic understanding of the working world, including learning about employer expectations, developing employability skills, exploring career options and taking part in activities to increase your self-understanding, maturity, independence and confidence. You can take part in this workplace learning through work experience and structured work place learning.

Work experience

Work experience is a short term placement with a host employer that will give you an insight into the industry and the work. You are placed with employers primarily to observe and learn – not to take part in activities which require extensive training or experience.

Structured workplace learning

In structured workplace learning, you will take part in structured on-the-job training and you are expected to learn certain skills related to the VET courses you are doing.

For more information, see: Work Experience and Structured Workplace Learning