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Career Industry Council of Australia Parent checklist

Work and learning choices are becoming more complex for everyone. All schools must increase their attention to develop the career management skills of students to assist them to manage their future work and learning opportunities. In Australia today, many schools are making a choice to provide limited services in this critical area of a child’s education.  As parents we need to ask why in a world of demanding complexity such little focus is given to the career development of our youth.  As parents we need to question the intent of our schools in the career development of our children.
The Career Industry Council of Australia (CICA) provides you with the top 20 questions that we should ask our schools in regards to the delivery of a quality career education program for all young people.   CICA acknowledges that along with the core competencies of literacy and numeracy, career literacy should be highest on the skill list for all school programs.  We hope that our list provides you with the questions that may help you to make an informed choice regarding your child’s secondary education.

  1. How much does your school spend on career education?
  2. Does your school provide a qualified professional career development practitioner for every 400 students? (Note this is the international benchmark for best practice in schools.)
  3. Does your school provide career education classes at all year levels, developed, delivered or coordinated by qualified professional career practitioners?
  4. Is your school is committed to developing effective career management skills to support your child’s decision making in relation to managing future life, work and learning choices? For example, how are things of self-awareness, resilience, financial literacy, opportunity awareness and decision-making being developed?
  5. What kind of School business partnerships have been developed at your school?
  6. How often do employers visit your school to update students on changes in the world of work and  in a variety of areas?
  7. Is there a suitable individual dedicated space for career information and services including access to counselling offices?
  8. How much time allowance is available per student per year with a qualified professional career development practitioner for exploration of future learning and work opportunities?
  9. What programs are in place at your school to support students at key transition points including subject selection into senior certificates, further study, training and work opportunities?
  10. Does your school provide the opportunity for students to understand their rights and responsibilities in relation to part-time and casual employment (e.g. maximum of 12 hours per week)?
  11. Is there structured workplace learning and work experience available throughout the year at your school?
  12. What kind of vocational education and training courses are offered at your school?
  13. Does your school encourage students to consider a variety of post school vocational and tertiary learning opportunities to inform their future learning choices?
  14. Is there a bias at your school for university only pathways? What kind of career planning support is provided to students interested in a vocational pathway?
  15. How students are accommodated who are interested in a mix of trade related and academic study?
  16. What kind of social inclusion processes and programs  are in place to accommodate students career planning choices for those with a range of backgrounds and/or with a disability?
  17. As a parent, are your expectations of your child realistic? What career development services are available to assist you with your discussions and to support your son/daughters exploration of their future work and learning options?
  18. Is your school principal committed to the career development of your child, and is the career development of your child core business in your school?
  19. What evidence is collected to support the effectiveness of your school’s career development programs?
  20. What career development resources are available and are they current, and targeted to your child’s career needs??

CICA would appreciate your follow up with providing us to improve career development services in all Australian schools. You can fill in your findings using the survey on the CICA website at www.cica.org.au. Completing this survey will assist us to develop strong and flexible education systems that better meet the career needs of all young people.