Career learning

Career learning occurs throughout school life.

Primary teachers introduce students to the idea of work and careers. They challenge students’ ideas about gendered work. In NSW, ‘work and enterprise’ is covered in each syllabus, Kindergarten to Year 10.

Building career understanding

Schools in NSW provide a range of activities to build an understanding of the world of work and potential career options for all students from Kindergarten to Year 12.

Career foundations (Kindergarten to Year 4)

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 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.

Developing ideas about careers (Years 5 to 8)

Students in Years 5 to 8 experience different career learning opportunities to test ideas about work and careers, including gender stereotypes. Students learn to self-manage by planning, prioritising and making decisions.

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.

Career planning (Years 9 to 12)

In Years 9 to 12, students develop career and transition plans for life after school.

Career education is ‘the development of knowledge, skills and attitudes through a planned program of learning experiences in education and training settings which will assist students to make informed decisions about their study and/or work options and enable effective participation in working life. (Preparing Secondary Students for Work)

The Australian Blueprint for Career Development outlines the competencies students should get from a complete career education program in primary and secondary school.

Visit high school careers learning to learn more about how careers and transition advisers help high school students develop employment-related skills and transition to employment and further training pathways after school.

Visit Workplace learning to learn about opportunities for students to participate in work experience and work placement.

Instructional leadership

Developmental career learning enables students to gain relevant skills to find possible careers in an evolving environment of change and new opportunities. When principals take the lead, quality career learning happens.

A school's executive team use national benchmarks to identify career learning priorities. These priorities inform the development of the School career education plan by the school’s careers and transition team.

Some schools work together in networks or communities of schools to delivery career learning.

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