Career learning

Career learning describes the ongoing lifelong process of managing learning, work and life. It requires the skills and knowledge to plan and make informed decisions about education, training and career choices. The NSW Department of Education is committed to preparing young people for rewarding lives as engaged citizens and a dynamic society.

K-12 Career Learning Framework

The K-12 Career Learning Framework supports students with access to quality career related learning. These experiences build aspiration about future learning and life choices, and the capacity to identify, explore and manage career and life decisions.

This framework is for:

  • senior leaders in schools responsible for the overall strategy for career learning
  • curriculum leaders responsible for planning, reviewing and developing a continuum of career learning programs and strategies
  • careers advisers, transition advisers and classroom teachers, to enrich their existing teaching and learning programs to facilitate effective career learning
  • local employers, businesses and industry and other individuals working with schools to contribute to career experiences, pathways, employability and enterprise education.

Resources supporting schools in implementing the framework to embed career learning activities across the stages of schooling can be accessed through each stage's navigation tiles.

K-12 Career Learning Framework

Career learning poster 1

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During the early years, students explore the world of work through structured, age-appropriate activity and play. Primary school students gain ideas about the world of work through curiosity, play and storytelling.

Very young children can talk about the jobs they want when they grow up and be encouraged to explore a wide-range of occupations. They can explore their community and the broader world of work.

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Students in Years 5-8 experience different career learning opportunities to test ideas about work and careers including work stereotypes. They locate and use career information and explore education and training requirements for various work roles.

Students' engagement in career learning grows throughout their schooling. They gain a sense of who they are, what matters to them and how they might contribute to society, as well as engage in life, learning and work.

Stage 4 resources aligned to syllabus outcomes have been developed for curriculum areas to enrich teaching through career learning activities.

The following career learning resources are aligned to syllabus outcomes and can be embedded into existing teaching programs to enrich the learning through career related terminology, exploration and experiences.






Visual Arts

In Years 9 -12 students develop skills, attitudes and knowledge to make sound choices and to effectively manage their careers. Career education programs include work education, work studies, authentic interaction with local industry and businesses and workplace learning programs.

This leads to developing informed career and transition plans and taking purposeful action towards a successful post school transition.

Transition to employment and/or further education and training and working towards ongoing career self-management.


Your Career

NSW Skills

NSW JobTrainer

Post-school options

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