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Young people need to be able to investigate opportunities in learning and work, and relate them to themselves.

Schools assist students to:

  • participate in lifelong learning to support life and work goals
  • locate information and use it effectively
  • understand the relationship between work, society, and the economy.

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Outcomes for students

Students need to understand the possibilities that may exist for them, now and in the future, that are relevant to their individual strengths, interests, and aspirations. They need to understand the role of learning and qualifications in developing careers.

It is important that students become aware of how their careers and lives will be influenced by shifts in national and global economies. They need to develop resilience and the capacity to adapt as their life and work environments change.

Career education and guidance needs to support students to explore a wide range of opportunities. Students need help to think about how these opportunities can help them to realise their full potential and enable them to participate and contribute to their community and to society.

“I felt like a grown-up a bit.”

Evaluation comment from a student at Kirkwood Intermediate after the Moving On days. On these days, year 8 students meet staff from the secondary schools they will be moving on to as well as people from the local community in a range of occupations. Secondary schools send as many staff as possible, including principals, year 9 deans, careers staff and subject teachers.

What these competencies are about:

Participate in lifelong learning to support life and work goals

This career competency is mainly about:

  • understanding the role of learning in our careers and lives
  • understanding how our interests, knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values can be transferable to various work roles
  • understanding the realities and requires of various education, training, and work settings
  • knowing about learning opportunities and how these will change over time.

Locate information and use it effectively

This career competency is mainly about:

  • knowing where and how to access and use reliable career information
  • knowing how to use school and community resources to learn about work roles
  • knowing how to interpret and use labour market information.

Understand the relationship between work, society, and the economy

This career competency is mainly about:

  • understanding how work contributes to our community and society
  • understanding the effect of work on people's lifestyles
  • determining the value and importance of work for ourselves
  • understanding how society's needs and functions affect the supply of goods and services
  • understanding the concept of the global economy and its impact on individuals and society.

Published on: 04 Aug 2009