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 is the founder of the Grow Careers website for Australian school communities and author of books on careers work in schools. She has 30 years experience in designing and delivering school career services and continues to provide school career counselling and guidance services.

Recent projects have included content writing and structural design of career information websites, writing online career development course content, member of the national writing team for Australian Curriculum: Work Studies, writing learning materials for a statewide career and life planning course, delivering professional development workshops to teachers of career education courses, and delivering workshops on locating, interpreting and effectively using Australian labour market information in career service delivery.

Catherine’s educational background includes a doctorate in vocational psychology, involving a cross-cultural study of adolescent career development, as well as two other post-graduate qualifications in career development. Her careers work in schools and her research have been published in academic journals and career practitioner publications and presented at national and international conferences.

Catherine’s pro bono work and volunteer roles include providing technical support to CareerMe in Sri Lanka, delivering professional development workshops for career practitioners and teachers, writing articles for the myfuture careers website. contributing to Rotary International projects, initiating Rotary Employment Day to connect high school seniors and jobseekers looking for employment with local employers with job vacancies and writing and updating this website.

In recognition of her work, Catherine has been selected as a Finalist in the 2018 Heather and Christopher Chong Outstanding Achiever Award for the Tasmanian Community Achievement Awards, her careers work in schools books have been selected as finalists in the 2018 inaugural Australian Careers Book Awards and she has been acknowledge by Rotary as a Paul Harris Fellow.

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