Beginning in 2017, Sirius College will be commencing a transformation of the Careers department across all secondary campuses. Re-established as ‘Career Development’, Sirius College will be placing a greater focus on the importance of career development for students across Years 7-12. With an emphasis on developing ‘employability skills’ throughout academic studies, and supporting both students and parents in critical decision points through and beyond secondary schooling, the trained Career Development counsellors will be supporting the constructive choices of students of the college, in facilitating successful choices for their future endeavours.
Amongst the initiatives that the college will be developing from 2017 and beyond will include the following:
- A dedicated Career Development website, to act as the central hub of all career development-related information (including individual login access for all students as well as parents). Web site to be launched in early 2017.
- Regular Career Development newsletter, available to all members of the wider Sirius College community.
- Career Development expo to be hosted on-campus, with various tertiary/vocational education providers, local employers and industry representatives.
- 1-on-1 counselling opportunities for all students from Year 7 onwards, with a particular focus on Year 10 subject selection and Year 12 VTAC selections.
- Development of employability skills through all aspects of school life, including all students from Year 7 onwards having access to Career Action Plans.
- Building connections with tertiary/vocational educational institutions, local industries, and work experience providers.
- Career development-related incursion and excursion opportunities for all students, as well as opportunities for those interested in specific labour market industries.
- Parent information seminars for subject selection, VTAC preference applications, and supporting their child/children with their career development.
- Career Development counsellors working in collaboration with college academic staff to further embed career development thinking into the academic curriculum, including the opportunity for high-achieving students to commence first-year university studies in Year 12.
- Greater exposure for students to career development opportunities through dedicated career development centres.
- Career testing opportunities, to help inform students and parents/guardians of potential career pathways for beyond school.
The college is proud to offer these services and more in years to come, as another way to serve the community.
“Don’t ask kids what they want to be when they grow up but what problems they want to solve. This changes the conversation from who do I want to work for, to what do I need to learn to be able to do that.” – Jamie Casap, Google Global Educational Evangelist.
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