Providing career help for school leavers & graduates is no walk in the park. It is a difficult time with career choices and decisions needing to be made, and a time when young people are faced with “big questions” such as:
- What will my career direction be?
- Do I want to take a year out?
- Will I be able to afford tertiary education?
- Does finding an apprenticeship make sense?
- What am I good at?
- What are the options open to me currently?
- Where do I find more information? …
… and so the list goes on. These questions lead to big decisions being made that will impact young people’s lives significantly, even if only in the short term. Career guidance at school and university is often an add-on minimal service. It is a time when parents want to steer their offspring in the right direction, but are often hampered by limited information and no formal training in career coaching.
But help is at hand! There are a number of places to go that will immediately provide career help for not only school leavers and graduates, but others thinking about their career choices. The trick is to make informed career decisions. Here are some ideas for you:
Career Expos are held annually in the major cities in Australia: Melbourne Career Expo, Engineers Career Expo, CPA Career Expo, The Age VCE & Careers Expo, Reinvent Your Career, and others. A quick Google search will give you details. The next RYC in Melbourne is on 21 & 22 June 2014, and the Melbourne Career Expo is on 15 – 17th August 2014. You can also visit the CDAA stand at many of the career expos for a FREE taster of what career coaching can offer.
Myfuture is a government website that was relaunched at the end of 2013 & is a user-friendly site providing great general help about career planning, tertiary education choices, further training, etc. (www.myfuture.edu.au)
Job Guide helps young people explore career options and make subject choices. It provides information about a wide range of occupations and the education and training pathways that lead to them. It also includes useful information on the job search process, provides details of available government assistance and suggests where to go for further information.
Job Guide is written mainly for Year 10 students. The guide aims to list the most direct education and training pathway to an occupation, which is why combined degrees and postgraduate degrees are not included unless they are specifically required for entry to an occupation. (www.jobguide.deewr.gov.au)
Career Coaching from a professional will take you through a journey of discovery – both of yourself and of your options – and culminate with a clear plan of action. Find a professional by checking out the Career Development Association of Australia‘s website (www.cdaa.org.au). The CDAA is the professional body for career practitioners that ensures excellent standards are maintained by its members. Alternatively visit the CDAA stand at many of the career expos for a FREE taster of what career coaching can offer.
You can also look at…
‘What Color is Your Parachute? Job-Hunter’s Workbook’ by Richard N Bolles
‘Now Discover Your Strengths’ by Marcus Buckingham & Donald Clifton
Myers Briggs Test – free on-line testing (www.personalitypathways.com)
Universal Hierarchy of Motivation – free on-line 3-dimensional personality typology test (www.marktwoconsulting.com)
Career Values Test – free on-line testing (www.123test.com)
If you want advice or help at any stage of your career, call Katie Adler on 0400 076844 – a professional member of the CDAA with a background in executive search and corporate businesses.