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As a parent or guardian you will play a pivotal role in helping your child make career decisions.

Career development is a life-long process and research shows that many of our views and values relating to occupations and the world of work are formed when we are still children. The conversations you have with your teenager about their career choices and their options for study towards their employment after school are very valuable.

Helping your teenager to identify their strengths and hopes, their dreams, abilities and interests and talking with them about their favourite school subjects and your own study, work and life experiences are all important.

Encourage them to speak with their school Career Advisor who will assist them with subject selection for VCE or VCAL. Their teacher will also assist them with applications to VET providers and HE options. This usually involves submitting their course applications to VTAC and your school will inform you of the dates for change of preferences. When ATAR results are released to students, their school Career Advisor will assist them further.

It is possible to move between pathways in our occupations and educational levels. Students can move between TAFE and University, from Traineeships to Apprenticeships onto professional careers and throughout their lives from one occupation to another.

There are costs associated with further education and your school Career Advisor will also provide information about types of scholarships, SEAS categories available and the evidence they will need to support their applications. If your teenager is considering moving away from home to study they will need to consider how they will pay for their living costs. They may be eligible for Government or Trust financial support.

Many students seek casual work but gaining a first job can be a hurdle. Employers are interested in ‘employability skills’ – these are not the technical skills required in the job role but are the personal attributes needed to be considered ‘employable’.

You may wish to consider where there is employment growth and to research the skills shortages and job prospects when advising your teenager about their career options.

There is so much information available on all these topics!

  • To assist you we list some of the better sites on our Resources page.

We are available to help you both with any of the areas listed above and to

support your adolescent or young adult with their entry into life after Secondary School.