Careers and Employment
Career development is the ongoing process of managing your life, learning and work. It involves developing the skills and knowledge that enable you to plan and make informed decisions about your education, training and career choices. The Australian and Victorian Governments have a range of initiatives to help all Australians, particularly young people with the support of their families and communities, have access to services through and beyond school which assist them to:
- make informed choices when selecting schools, courses and post-school opportunities
- connect education and training pathways with career choices and employment prospects
- access the broad range of community services and specialist supports available to them.
The Australian Government Department of Education is responsible for national policies and programmes that help Australians access quality and affordable childcare; early childhood education, school education, post-school, higher education, international education and academic research.
The Australian Government Department of Employment is responsible for national policies and programmes that help Australians find and keep employment and work in safe, fair and productive workplaces.
Get Ready Workbook Series
The NDCO program has developed a series of workbooks for young people with disability, a chronic medical condition or a mental health condition to help plan life after school. These workbooks are based on the top ten tips for moving into post school education, training and employment pathways. They contain practical activities, facts on rights and responsibilities, useful links and more! The workbooks are FREE to download and can be progressively completed electronically and saved to a computer. There is also a plain text version for users of assistive technology and an Easy English version of the Student and ATSI workbook for people with low literacy or language skills.
There are three workbooks:
Get Ready – Top Tips for Students with Disability
Get Ready – Top Tips for ATSI Students with Disability
Get Ready – A Guide for Parents
You can download all versions at www.westernsydney.edu.au/ndco/
Careers and Employment-related websites
www.JobSearch.gov.au (for all job seekers)
www.myfuture.edu.au (for youth)
JobAccess (for people with disability)
Australian Government Career Information (for careers information)
For information on Internships and the “Stepping Into” Programme, contact the Australian Employers Network on Disability 1300 363 645 or visit www.aend.org.au
Improve school completion rates information on effective strategies produced by the Department of Education and Early Childhood development (DEECD
Careers and Transition Resource Kit produced by the Department of Education and Early Childhood development (DEECD) this is a comprensive resource with lesson plans designed to assist career educators to deliver quality programs for students for young people developing an understanding about careers.
Some guidelines and information are provided for using the resources with:
Koorie young people
English as a Second Language (ESL) and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) young people
Young people with disabilities
Young people not in employment, education or training
Rural and remote young people
Worksheets for students are provided in word format so that they can be downloaded and adapted to suit the needs of particular groups.
Careertips.net.au has been developed specifically as an information guide, resource kit and referral source for people with disabilities who are in their final years of school, who are about to commence or are undertaking vocational education and training (VET) studies, or university studies, or have recently graduated from one of these pathways.
Return to work
Beyondblue and the Population Mental Health Group at the Uni of Melbourne have recently launched “returntowork.net.au” designed to help anyone involved in the process of returning to work after absence due to depression, an anxiety disorder or a related mental health problem.
It focuses on actions that employers, employees, colleagues and family and friends can take to ensure that return to work is successful and that the risk of relapse is lower”.