Career Pathways Tool (BETA)

About the tool

The Career Pathways Tool (BETA) is an interactive data tool that shows how students have moved through the education and training system and into the workforce. This tool is a part of the Pathways for the Future Program. This tool builds upon the findings of the Pathways Pilot Project Summary report released in 2021, which outlined key themes from the data.

The tool contains data from NSW students aged 15-24 between 1996-2016. Future versions of the tool will include expanded datasets and up-to-date data from cohorts post-2010.

You can use this tool to explore the pathways other students have taken to reach their occupations – learn about the subjects they studied, the university and TAFE courses they took, and the average salary and timeline for their journey.

The tool is not intended to provide comprehensive or conclusive career guidance or advice, but rather offers information of an exploratory nature.

Career Pathways Tool (BETA)

The Pathways for the Future Program aims to create a comprehensive evidence base for the department to improve the education and training system to better prepare our students as lifelong learners and equip them with the knowledge, skills and attributes for meaningful work and life.

This program builds on the pilot project which was established in 2017 by the NSW Department of Industry. This aimed to better understand young people’s education-to-work pathways, drive improvements to education and work outcomes, and lift overall system performance.

The Career Pathways Tool (BETA) uses the data from the Pathways for the Future Pilot Project which linked demographic, education, and employment data on over 3.5 million NSW young people aged 15 to 24 from 1996 to 2016.

Using this data, we analysed different student and learner groups, mapped their pathways through senior secondary school, tertiary education and into work at age 24, and explored the drivers of positive employment outcomes.

The Pilot data is de-identified and aggregated, and individual students and learners cannot be identified.

The following caveats should be kept in mind when using the tool:

  • The data for each occupation is a snapshot of the education and employment outcomes at age 24. Longer term outcomes may vary, especially for occupations with longer study lengths.
  • The data does not represent all the professionals working in that occupation, but only outcomes for students from the Pathways for the Future Pilot project cohort.
  • The names of high school subjects and tertiary qualifications may have changed since the data was collected. Where possible, these have been mapped to the newer names of these courses.

Further releases of information will include insights from the expanded Program, including up-to-date and a wider breadth of data.

The NSW Department of Education would like to acknowledge the assistance of the following organisations in the supply of data and preparation of this visualisation tool:

  • Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and the Multi-Agency Data Integration Project
  • Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE)
  • Macquarie University Human Research Ethics Committee
  • NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA)
  • NSW Skills Board
  • The Centre for Health Record Linkage (CHeReL), NSW Ministry of Health

We would also like to note the following statement about the Multi-Agency Data Integration Project data:

The results of these studies are based, in part, on tax data supplied by the ATO to the ABS under the Taxation Administration Act 1953, which requires that such data is only used for the purpose of administering the Census and Statistics Act 1905. Any discussion of data limitations or weaknesses is in the context of using the data for statistical purposes, and is not related to the ability of the data to support the ATO's core operational requirements.

Legislative requirements to ensure privacy and secrecy of these data have been followed. For access to MADIP data under Section 16A of the ABS Act 1975 or enabled by section 15 of the Census and Statistics (Information Release and Access) Determination 2018, source data are de-identified and so data about specific individuals has not been viewed in conducting this analysis. In accordance with the Census and Statistics Act 1905, results have been treated where necessary to ensure that they are not likely to enable identification of a particular person or organisation.

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