Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Careers NSW will be trialling the following services from 8 August to 30 September 2022. 

  • Student career consultation appointments (face-to-face) during Weeks 4-7 of Term 3 on school grounds
  • Student career consultation follow-up appointments (face-to-face) during weeks 8-10 of Term 3 on school grounds
  • Student career consultation appointments (virtual) will be available for the duration of the trial, online or over the phone
  • Student career consultation follow-up appointments (virtual) will be available for the duration of the trial, online or over the phone
  • Parent/guardian information sessions will be available for the duration of the trial, online or over the phone
  • Group career exploration sessions will be available as an opt-in service for year 7-8 students in face-to-face schools
  • Access to  Industry Expert volunteers through the Regional Educational Partnerships (RIEP) team events and activities. Local RIEP officers can facilitate connections with industry experts to help inform student’s career decisions. For more information about the RIEP program, visit the RIEP website

 

Professor Peter Shergold AC and Mr David Gonski identified through their review the need for a careers service that is complementary to existing careers advice provided by schools. They also recommended that complementary services be provided to ensure access to equitable and accessible careers guidance for high school students and their parents and guardians.  

The schools trial has been informed by community consultations and feedback gathered through Town Halls, ‘Have Your Say’ surveys and school stakeholder discussions. Based on these consultations, Careers NSW has developed a trial of complementary career services for schools and their stakeholders to be provided at a small number of NSW schools in Term 3. The trial is an important step in shaping the full service and Careers NSW want to ensure many voices contribute to its development.

The Career Development Practitioners that are part of the Careers NSW school trial can help your child to start thinking about where they are at in their career development journey, whether that is:

  • exploring what their interests, skills and values are
  • helping identify job opportunities and industries
  • linking to courses, education, and career pathways
  • helping them with career decision making and setting career goals
  • transitioning beyond school into work, including preparing job application documents, applying for jobs, and being prepared for job interviews.

Students can book their career consultation appointments online, or by callling Service NSW on 13 77 88 or visiting a Service NSW centre. 

Only students 16 years and over are able to book appointments for themselves.

Students under the age of 16 will need a parent or guardian to book the appointment which. 

Parents/guardians can book the Careers Consultation on behalf of their child online through Service NSW

A parent or guardian must be present with the student during the appointment. 

Parents and guardians can book services for both themselves and their child/children. 

Parent/guardian information sessions can be booked online through Service NSW.

Career consultations for their child/children can be booked online through Service NSW.

Please note a separate booking should be completed for each child. 

A parent or guardian must be present with the student at their appointment.

No, it’s important for your child to speak to their school Careers Adviser and continue accessing the current services available at your school. The services included in the Careers NSW School Trial will complement the support your school Careers Adviser provides. Your child may wish to speak to their school Careers Adviser and let them know what assistance or support they received or any activities they did as a result of speaking with a Careers NSW Career Development Practitioner.

Your child may wish to speak to their high school Careers Adviser if they want more information related to traineeships and apprenticeships available in your area, assistance with choosing subjects and elective options, work experience or job shadowing, assistance with post-school transition options or to be linked into locally run programs available through the Regional Industry Education Partnerships (RIEP) program.

Eligible schools receiving face-to-face services are invited to register for group career exploration sessions for students in years 7 and 8.

Lifelong learning starts early. Group career exploration will enhance students’ self-awareness and confidence around job and career related information. These sessions will encourage students to recognise their own skills, values and interests, and provide a safe space to have discussions around career myths and career and job-related challenges. It is hoped that students that participate in these sessions begin to focus on the career journey not just the destination. 

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