Rowena Archer, Careers and VET Coordinator of Braybrook College spoke about the school's success in driving the adoption of My Career Portfolio among year 7-12 students.
We decided to roll out My Career Portfolio one year level at a time.
We started with all year 9 as we were able to link it to them doing their Morrisby and with undertaking the safe@work training in preparation for work experience.
We encouraged them to start their Career Action Plan. We advised it would help with their subject and course counselling, and that we would follow up to check how they were going.
We also publicly praised the groups who completed their Career Action Plans.
When did you do it?
At first, some students used it in their home group, but that wasn't always effective. If there were technology issues, often the home group teacher didn't necessarily have the skill (or ownership of the issue) to try to solve it.
We found it was better to email the eduPass passwords to students and have them get started on their own. We worked with our IT Technicians to do this.
Other strategies we used
We linked the use of My Career Portfolio to other activities the students were doing.
For example, when year 9 did their Morrisby interviews, we reminded them to store their Morrisby profiles in My Career Portfolio. I also wrote up notes for our Morrisby consultant to remind students at their interview about uploading their profile to My Career Portfolio.
For senior students, we talked about My Career Portfolio in the context of the open day/s at tertiary institutions. We reminded them that My Career Portfolio had lots of helpful links about future study.
For students doing special consideration applications via VTAC's Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS), we reminded them they would need a place to record what they've been doing. My Career Portfolio is a great place to store these items.
We also used My Career Portfolio as a place to store documents such as the safe@work certificates when the students did them prior to work experience.
Following up students
We had an education support staff member send a note to students who had not yet started their Career Action Plan. This also helped identify the ones who needed IT help, for example, with logging in.
What would you say to another school planning to adopt My Career Portfolio?
A bit like doing Morrisby, in the first instance it took a lot of wearing out of shoe leather.
Once students have used My Career Portfolio, the process becomes "something we do", and staff and students just say "okay, yep the time of year to do that".