Sue Monahu, Careers Practitioner, at Bairnsdale Secondary College spoke about the school’s success in driving the adoption of My Career Portfolio.
Reviewing the introduction of Morrisby yielded valuable insights
At the end of 2019, we sat down and reviewed the introduction of the My Career Insights (Morrisby Career Profile). This enabled us to:
- gain a better understanding and knowledge of the DET/CEAV resources available
- understand what if any resources we needed to develop
- recognise the best time frame that allowed students to gain the maximum benefit from completing their Morrisby profiles and MCP.
- gauge the support we needed on board to successfully implement the programs, and how to manage them within the curriculum
- undertake a student survey seeking general feedback.
We also saw we would need a team.
Creating a team made the difference
“This team approach has enabled us to deliver the My Career Portfolio and My Career Insights programs.”
We created a three-person team consisting of a Careers Practitioner (Sue Monahu), Pastoral Co-ordinator/English & Humanities Teacher (Sarah Lamble) and ICT Team Manager (Zoe Cooper) was formed to implement the programs in 2020.
Working in conjunction with members of our Whole School Organisation group (Eileen Loft and Matt Kell) this team approach has enabled us to effectively deliver the My Career Portfolio and My Career Insights programs.
Developing the rollout plan
“We developed a plan … which aimed to embed the two programs in the year 9 and 10 course and subject selection timeframe.”
Based on the student feedback it was evident the maximum benefit from the Morrisby Profile and My Career Portfolio occurred when incorporated into their course and subject selection.
We developed a plan for the 2020 roll-out of My Career Portfolio and Morrisby which aimed to embed the two programs in the year 9 and 10 courses and subject selection timeframe.
At the same time, we were transitioning to a new timetabling/blocking system. This allowed us to redesign the documents used in the course and subject selection.
The subject selection booklet
Eileen Loft (Whole School Organisation) had the idea of a Subject Selection booklet covering years 9-12 which includes pages requiring students to information based on their Morrisby Profile and Career Action Plan before their counselling interviews
This resulted in several positives:
- highlighted to students the strength and importance we place on the Morrisby profile and My Career Portfolio
allowed senior hub team members to familiarise themselves with the two programs during the course and subject counselling/interviews
- offered important "holistic" information about students to counselling team members
- provided a hard copy record and overview of the student's subject selections and attributes/aptitudes.
The importance of the IT team
“Our IT Team was important …”
Our IT Team was important. They checked the online links, created clear and concise instructions on using eduPass, updated user guides for staff, monitored the online platforms, checked in with classes assisting students to log on and re-set passwords and provided live feedback and support to students and staff.
When we did it
Year 9 completed their Morrisby Profile in June then progressed onto competing their CAP before the end of term two.
This provided students with considerable feedback, knowledge and insight into their strengths, aptitudes and abilities when researching future study pathways and selecting subjects in term three.
Year 10 students commenced their Later Years Course and subject selection process in mid-June.
In addition to a range of career development activities and presentations students were asked to review their 2019 Morrisby Profile, complete their Career Action Plan and include a summary in their Subject Selection booklet before their course and subject selection interviews.
Overlaying both Year 9 and 10 programs created a busy term two, however, the benefit was evident in the understanding and self-knowledge students displayed when choosing their future subjects and pathways.
Our focus now turns to Year 7 and 8 with the plan to complete Career Action Plans by the end of term, delivered again via English classes.
How we overcame one major challenge
“.. we had to develop curriculum, lesson plans and resources to enable our English teachers to deliver the programs”
A major challenge for us in 2020 was the cessation of our Pastoral program.
It meant we had to develop curriculum, lesson plans and provide resources to enable our Year 9 and 10 English teachers to confidently deliver the programs within their classes.
Our team member, Sarah Lamble, did this. As a Pastoral leader and an English teacher, she was able to liaise with colleagues, develop lesson plans and 'push' tasks via the curriculum and Compass.
The lesson plans Sarah developed in addition to those provided by DET/CAEV were well structured, explicit, provided a "script" for teachers to use and were designed for remote delivery.
The impact of COVID and remote learning worked in our favour as the lesson plans/delivery/Morrisby and MCP were all online.
The student feedback
“One surprising outcome … has been the increase in parental interest.”
Overall the student feedback has been extremely positive.
For some students the experience of completing Morrisby/My Career Portfolio while remote learning has been problematic particularly about internet outages. However, the majority felt more at ease completing the Profile/My Career Portfolio remotely without the peer pressure of being in a classroom.
One surprising outcome of completing it while remote learning has been the increase in parental interest.