Making decisions about career transition can be a confusing time for students and parents. For any individual, finding the right career is a process of trial and error that starts with an idea and requires lots of exploration along the way. Research shows that the majority of young people entering the workforce now will change careers/jobs an average of five times in their working life. The school will assist students to learn how to plan. The following information might help in making decision about your future plans and the subjects that will support your plan.
A career pathway is the route by which a person reaches their chosen career goals. Any career destination can be reached by many different pathways; every person chooses a unique career pathway.
The different steps along a career pathway may involve training, volunteering, doing entry-level work, undertaking further study, job transition, job advancement and so on.
When you research your own career, speak to people who are working in the area in which you’d like to work. Ask them how they reached the point they’re at today. Speak to as many different people as you can; you’ll discover the broad variety of career pathways within a single occupation.
To plan a personal pathway, you need to know:
- What you like
- What’s important to you
- What you’re good at
- Who the people in your personal network are.
You need to consider your past decisions and experiences, your existing skills, your ambitions for the future and any information or advice you’ve discovered about your desired career. Source myfuture www.myfuture.edu.au
Pathway Plans at Elisabeth Murdoch College
A pathway plan is a student set of goals, which identifies plans and activities for achieving them. At Elisabeth Murdoch College student plans are discussed and recorded in year 10 and revisited in year 11 and year 12. Parents can help their son/daughter by talking about their plan at regular intervals.
The assumption is sometimes made that specific skills are more important than employability skills. However, in a world where knowledge (discipline specific) rapidly becomes obsolete the ability to identify, access, network and communicate new information (employability) is vital for career success .The Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST), the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) and the Business Council of Australia (BCA) have developed the following list of employability skills sometimes referred to as 'soft skills': Students can develop these skills not only through class work but also through extra curriculum activities and community involvement.
Employability skills identified:
- Team Work
- Problem Solving
- Initiative and Enterprise
- Planning and Organisation
- Self Management
- Researching Career Information