School executive

Careers advisers and transition advisers require specialist training.

Careers advisers

Careers advisers negotiate their role and responsibilities with the principal. As specialist teachers, they work on behalf of the principal to develop, manage and evaluate career education.


Careers advisers are accredited high school teachers. They complete an approved course of study in career education through either undergraduate studies or a combination of undergraduate and postgraduate studies.

Approved teachers are paid to study full-time or part-time through the Sponsored Training Education Program (STEP) – careers adviser.

To learn how to become a careers adviser, visit Teach.NSW – careers advisers.

Transition advisers

Transition advisers are high school teachers who are trained to work with disengaged students.

This position suits a teacher who:

  • makes strong connections with students
  • inspires students to learn and engage with the school
  • collaborates with other staff members
  • can forge links with industry and the community.

The principal identifies and nominates suitable teachers for training.


Before nominating a teacher for transition adviser training, schools should consider:

  • capacity and commitment to allocate adequate time for the role – approximately 0.4 allocation
  • need to establish and maintain a careers and transition team
  • required ongoing evaluation of the role.

Senior pathways facilitates an annual 3-day residential training program, funding the relief, travel, accommodation and training.

Before the training, nominated teachers complete a self-directed action research/environmental scan examining the school, its community and employment, education and training opportunities.

For more information on transition adviser training, contact:

Robert Lawson
Senior Pathways Adviser
02 9244 5425

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