You Can’t Be What You Can’t See: Careers Education in Secondary Schools
Careers education should be a student-focused and comprehensive program that enables young people to make informed decisions about their desired career aspirations.
The National Youth Commission Australia (NYCA) has heard from young people who have had little careers education experience. It is not considered a core aspect of the curriculum, and the careers advisor role is seen as not sought after in schools.
Careers education in schools needs to be improved for the benefit of students as you can’t be what you can’t see.
The NYCA has 4 major recommendations for the career education programs in schools:
1) State, territory and non-government education systems need to ensure that all secondary schools within their systems implement a comprehensive careers education program.
2) State, territory and non-government education systems should ensure secondary schools start a careers education program for all students at the commencement of secondary school.
3) State, territory and non-government education systems should facilitate improvements to school-industry links and support these links with appropriate funding.
4) State, territory and non-government education systems should ensure that careers education is properly funded and that schools are held accountable for careers education by developing appropriate performance measures.
Read the full report today, and join our call to improve careers education in Australian secondary schools.