At St Andrew’s Cathedral School, further education and career development provides students with a context for their school learning and the skills, knowledge and attitudes to consider their future study/ training pathways as well as to consider their various career options. It is intentional, developmental, comprehensive and available to all students.
The Further Education & Career Development program is designed to:
- show students the real life relevance of their school experience;
- engage students in learning through relevant, interesting and interactive activities;
- develop meaningful partnerships with further study and training providers, corporate/ industrial/ professional organisations as well as the local community (both school and home);
- help students acquire the skills, knowledge and attitudes they will need through age-appropriate Further Education & Career Development programs in order to develop personally meaningful, achievable and worthwhile goals and strategies to better prepare them for making wise decisions for a constantly changing world.
What do we want our students to learn from our Further Education and Career Development program?
Through our Further Education & Career Development program we encourage our students to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes they will need to make personally relevant and appropriate career decisions in the future.
The knowledge, skills and attitudes required include:
- acquiring knowledge and understanding of self e.g. achievements, strengths, weaknesses, interests, values and learning styles;
- developing an ethical life and work framework within a Christian context;
- cultivating positive attitudes to change and lifelong learning;
- developing skills to access and apply information about occupations and education/training pathways;
- expanding career decision-making, planning and management skills.
Principles and Components of the Further Education & Career Development Program
- is student focused
- is mainstream
- uses up-to-date information
- uses a variety of curriculum resources
- uses appropriately trained personnel
- is coordinated, monitored and evaluated
A student focused Further Education & Career Development program:
- is based on identified student needs
- is developmentally appropriate
- actively involves students
- caters for a variety of learning styles and ability levels
- provides programs for students with special needs.
A Further Education & Career Development program that is mainstream is seen by the school community as:
- an integral rather than an extraneous part of the school's curriculum
- a shared process - a whole school responsibility
- not an add-on activity.
The Further Education & Career Development program that actively involves all stakeholders in the school community, is understood and promoted by the community. Stakeholders include students, parents, teachers, industry, employers, support services, mentors, former students, community organisations, and education/training providers.
Best practice Further Education & Career Development program incorporates up-to-date, accurate and user-friendly further education and career development information. It uses a range of information access points, for example:
- a vibrant and accessible Careers Reference Centre
- personal consultations for students with the Careers Counsellor
- a career assessment program
- an annual Career Convention
- tertiary, corporate and other excursions
- school visits and guest speakers
- voluntary work experience
- computer/Internet access
- school website/newsletter
- school email network for students and parents
The Career Counsellor accesses a variety of curriculum resources to meet the different learning and developmental needs of students. These resources are credible, current, and user-friendly.
Further education and career development is complex and the pathways available to students are multiple. Consequently, school personnel involved in the delivery of career education programs are appropriately trained. The Career Counsellor in the school has formal qualifications in career development and career counselling according to accreditation and registration requirements.
The components of the Further Education & Career Development Program
Self awareness activities typically involve students in:
- identifying their own personal attributes e.g. physical, intellectual, emotional characteristics, skills, interests and values
- exploring the relationship between their personal attributes and the skills required to be effective in different life/work situations
- evaluating strategies and conditions that affect their learning in different life and work situations.
Opportunity awareness activities involve students in investigating, exploring and experiencing the world of work and the various pathways within it. Activities might include:
- experiencing and researching different work environments
- investigating a range of occupations and educational and training opportunities
- analysing historical and projected changes in the world of work.
Decision learning is concerned with learning how to make decisions. Relevant activities involve students in:
- exploring how other people make decisions and understanding the influences on a person's decision-making
- identifying appropriate decision making styles and strategies
- generating a range of career related options for themselves.
Transition learning relates to the awareness and skills students need to cope with new situations, both desired and undesired. Typical activities include:
- identifying the range of planned and unplanned life/work transitions they may encounter during their lifetime
- exploring how people respond to transitions
- developing the skills to effectively manage a range of planned and unplanned transitions e.g. problem solving, identifying and using support networks.