Background to Grow Careers

The Grow Careers website has been written by Dr Catherine Hughes. The structure and content of the website are based on career development theory and research and Catherine's practical experience in designing, delivering and evaluating career services in schools. A two-part article on the theoretical underpinning and structure of the Grow Careers website has been published in the Career Development Association of Australia’s magazine, Australian Career Practitioner. Read Part 1 published in the Winter 2016 edition of Australian Career Practitioner, and Part 2 published in the Spring 2016 edition.

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Dr Catherine Hughes

Catherine Hughes, the founder of Grow Careers has worked in career development for more than 25 years in a diverse range of contexts, including over 20 years experience in helping adolescents explore, plan and implement transitions from school to further education, training, employment or other post-school destinations. Catherine holds a doctorate in vocational psychology, which involved a cross-cultural study of adolescent career development as well as two other post-graduate qualifications in career development. Catherine was the recipient of the Career Development Association of Australia 2013 Researcher of the Year Award. Her research and her careers work in schools have been published in academic journals and career practitioner publications and presented at national and international conferences. Catherine has been contracted to undertake national projects, including membership of the national writing team for Australian Curriculum: Work Studies, Years 9-10 and the support document for teachers. She was a contracted 'Where the Jobs Are' workshop facilitator in 2013-2014 for the Career Development Association of Australia and the Australian Government Department of Education.

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