Time and money deplored

Mary Fogarty
Research Officer

Private providers offering qualifications that can be achieved in unrealistic time frames at enormous cost to students were deplored at the recent Careers Advisers Special Interest Group (SIG) meeting.

Careers advisers liaise with private providers as well as universities and TAFE as part of their role.

The meeting heard that, increasingly, careers advisers have to justify their positions in light of the Local Schools, Local Decisions policy.

Staffing Services does not have definitive written position criteria for careers advisers. The final role statement for the careers adviser in each school should be developed in consultation with the principal.

Careers advisers play a key role in providing high school students with access to a range of career development services as well as assisting students in developing personal career plans. They work closely with students, parents, teachers, employers and community agencies.

The services provided by the careers adviser will differ between schools but are likely to include:

  • career counselling/guidance to support students to clarify their ideas about career choices and directions
  • designing and developing a career education program
  • assisting students to identify their abilities, skills, and interests through a range of career resources
  • providing workplace learning opportunities
  • providing and clarifying information for students and their parents regarding the school curriculum, the HSC, further education and training as well as employment
  • providing a wide range of opportunities for students to increase their knowledge about careers and career pathways, working conditions, areas of skill shortages, work/life roles and the world of work in general
  • supporting parents and carers with information, tools and strategies that guide students’ search for a satisfying career path.

Careers advisers undertake professional development and maintain awareness regarding all aspects of the current labour market and human resource issues.

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