New Resources for Career Development Facilitators and Teachers

The end of the academic year is often a useful time to run career development programmes and activities for all students, but perhaps especially for students who are seeking part-time or casual employment over the holiday period.


The end of the academic year is often a useful time to run career development programmes and activities for all students, but perhaps especially for students who are seeking part-time or casual employment over the holiday period. In Term 4 teachers who will be teaching work-related subjects such as Australian Curriculum: Work Studies, Years 9-10 next year plan their units and lessons for the new school year. Similarly, career practitioners plan and organise next year’s school career development programme. The purpose of this blog is to provide career practitioners and teachers with materials to support career lessons and career development programmes.

By clicking on the PDF link here you can access 11 activities intended for students in the upper middle years (i.e., Years 7 and 8). The activities guide students through using the Students > Middle Years section of the Grow Careers website. Topics covered in the 11 activities include:

  1. The importance of planning for one’s learning and vocational future.
  2. Decisions that students make at school that can influence their post-school options.
  3. The benefits of getting involved in co-curricular or extra-curricular activities from a career development perspective.
  4. Tips for planning elective school subjects.
  5. Advantages and disadvantages of part-time or casual employment while at school and tips for managing school, family, co-curricular and extra-curricular commitments while holding a part-time or casual job.
  6. Getting a Tax File Number.
  7. Work search tools to assist with getting a part-time/casual job.
  8. Skills that employers look for when recruiting young people for part-time/casual jobs.
  9. Exploring career options.
The set of activities has been aligned to Australian Blueprint for Career Development career management competencies. Although mainly intended for middle school students, these activities may also be useful for Year 9 Australian Curriculum: Work Studies. The relevant Australian Curriculum: Work Studies Year 9 content descriptions, general capabilities and achievement standards are identified in a summary of a possible unit of work.

Next year one or more members of staff in some schools may be allocated a career adviser role for the first time. Ideally all new career advisers or career practitioners will have career development qualifications. However, in reality this is not always the case. Similarly, some teachers who are given responsibility for delivering Australian Curriculum: Work Studies, Years 9-10 or a similar work-related learning curriculum may not be up-to-date with contemporary career development practice and its integration with theory and research. This may be of concern to some teachers of Australian Curriculum: Work Studies, Years 9-10, given that Career and Life Design is one of the two strands of this curriculum.

To support careers practice in schools and its integration with career development theory and research I have published Careers Work in Schools: A Primer for Career Development Facilitators . This is a peer-reviewed, brief yet comprehensive guide for those who design and deliver career development services for students from the upper middle/junior high years through to the end of school education. The five short chapters provide school staff new to the field of career development, experienced career development facilitators, teachers of career education or work-related courses and other school personnel with a role in supporting student career development with an understanding of contemporary career development perspectives and their application in school contexts.

Commencing with typical career questions of students and typical concerns of career development facilitators, readers are introduced to theories of career choice and development that are useful for careers work in schools. The selected career theories address student career questions and career development facilitator concerns, guide the development and delivery of career services and facilitate development of students’ capacity to manage learning and work transitions throughout life. Examples of tools and techniques that career development facilitators can use to support student career development growth are explained. Additional topics discussed include creating or maintaining a school career library and evaluating career services and interventions. The comprehensive list of references link readers to resources and materials to extend their knowledge of career development and its application in schools.

To download twenty percent of this ebook free of charge or to purchase Careers Work in Schools: A Primer for Career Development Facilitators for $9.95 USD, refer to my Smashwords home page .


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