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Finding Your Path

The Year 10 Careers Program is in full swing this term. The students completed the Harrison Career Inventory which provided them with three reports; Career Development, Greatest Strengths and Career Options. The purpose of the inventory was to assist students with ideas and starting conversations about pathways.

These reports will be referred to over their Senior Schooling starting with upcoming SET Plans. Students can categorise their career options into Degrees, Diploma or Certificate Courses, Apprenticeships/Traineeships and Employment. Even though a student’s career options may not resonate with them, the report invites students to think outside the box and if not a particular job, then other jobs within the field or industry. The reports are generated based on how the students chose to respond to the questions. Students are also encouraged to use the Greatest Strengths report when applying for jobs.

Another focus is Work Experience with 40 students completing a placement in the upcoming holidays. Work Experience offers students a number of benefits including; a better understanding of the work environment and what employers expect of their workers, an opportunity to explore possible career options and increased self-understanding, maturity, independence and self-confidence. Popular fields are IT, Architecture and Sciences. To ensure students are prepared, several inductions are being run which cover topics such as Workplace Health and Safety and Workplace Rights and Responsibilities.

On Thursday 15 June, all Year 10 students will be participating in the Experience Day either by going to QUT and USQ or completing the Construction White Card Course through Hutchinson Builders at their Yatala training facility. A further Experience Day is planned for Tuesday 15 August where Year 10 students will go to either UQ or TAFE Skills Tech Brisbane and TAFE Brisbane Southbank for a full day of experiential workshops in a range of fields.

With Year 11 Subject Selection occurring early next term, we have had several students meet with us regarding pathways. Students on a Vocational pathway can start a School-Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship or complete one of the many courses for school students offered through external RTOs. The College has invited several tertiary and RTOs to attend the Subject Selection Evening on Thursday 27 August and the VET Parent Information Evening on Tuesday 1 August to further assist your sons with their decisions.

Year 9 start their Career Program this term with the first of their Discover my Future lessons in the last week of term. Further lessons will be conducted in their Formation classes during Term 3. Please remember to keep an eye out for the fortnightly ATCareers Bulletin which provides current information on a range of topics. A copy of the latest edition is available to download via the link below.

If you have any questions or would like to meet with us regarding pathways, please contact us.

Melissa Peacock
careerpathways@atc.qld.edu.au

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