Stages of Career Development

Career development starts in the early years of schooling and allows young people to discover their potential, explore their career interests and link their learning to future success in life.

The goals of the Victorian Careers Curriculum Framework are to assist young people to:

  • Understand and manage influences relating to career planning and lifelong learning;
  • Develop skills, knowledge and capabilities to make career decisions;
  • Apply their learning to achieve educational and career aspirations; and
  • Build resilience in their capacity to manage change throughout their lives.

These goals are organised into three Stages of Career Development:

  • Self Development: young people understand themselves and the influences on them, build their experiences and achievements and develop their capabilities.
  • Career Exploration: young people locate, investigate and consider opportunities in learning and future work options.
  • Career Management: young people make and adjust Career Action Plans and manage their life choices, changes and transitions.

These stages are reflected through six steps in a young person's acquisition of skills for career development, and form the structure of the Framework. Young people complete all six steps at each year level. Through planned career development learning, young people discover their strengths and talents, explore the world of work and their place in it, focus on their values and interests, use decision-making skills to plan their learning and career programs, decide on their best options and opportunities, and apply their skills and knowledge to their learning and career planning. These steps provide the skills and knowledge for lifelong career self-management.

Stages of career development