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Choosing a career path and deciding what subjects to study can be very difficult for students, especially if they are unsure about what they want to do. Planning for a career is an ongoing process, requiring individuals of all ages to develop career management skills. Craigieburn Secondary College is committed to providing students with a comprehensive career development program to assist students with career planning.

  • The Pathways Team (located in the Senior Study Centre) has a wide variety of resources that students can use to help identify interest areas and potential careers.
  • Information on career planning, specific occupations, pathways into careers, specific industries, preparing resumes and cover letters and preparing for interviews etc, can be accessed via school website.
  • Students and parents are encouraged to check the school newsletter regularly to keep up to date with what’s happening at school, and also with events outside the school that may be of interest. For senior students a career newsletter, published fortnightly, contains vital information regarding tertiary institutions, opening days and new courses.
  • Students and parents are able to make individual appointments at any time of the year.

Careers' Planning has three stages:

Self Development: young people understand themselves and the influences on them, build their experiences and achievements and develop their capabilities.

Career Exploration: young people locate, investigate and consider opportunities in learning and future work options.

Career Management: young people make and adjust Career Action Plans and manage their life choices, changes and transitions.

Each year level has a theme through which these elements are explored:

(The above steps can be followed at other times through your career planning journey)

In the Junior School Years (The Discovering & Exploring Stages) students are encouraged to begin exploring possible career and pathways during Personal Learning lessons, and their various subject. By completing a range of activities, so they can notice and explore work options, and begin to use work related vocabulary.  All students will begin Career Action Plans (CAP), which helps to identify relevant skills and expertise required for possible pathways options.

In the Middle School Years (The Focusing & Planning Stages) students begin to focus on careers that they may have an interest in and start planning how they can achieve a job in these fields.  This is done during Personal Learning lessons, specific subject areas and active participation through the City Search and Work Experience Programs. Both the City Search and Work Experience programs provide for some hands on real life learning. All students will continue refining their CAP information and this plan can, and will, be adjusted and revised many times, based on students knowledge and skills developing.  Many students will have the opportunity to participate in tertiary workshops to help students learn more about their career options in selected professions, and the role of university study in attaining their career goals.

In the Senior School Years (The Deciding & Applying Stages) students make informed decisions about possible future transitions. This is done through Course Counseling, Subject Selection sessions and Tertiary/Employer Forums. Students know of the requirements for their chosen further education, training or employment choice & they are aware of alternative pathways in order to achieve their preferred future choice. Students CAPs are fine-tuned and decisions made regarding options available beyond year 12.

Craigieburn Secondary College provides many opportunities for students to gain real experiences of pathway options, and with many of these opportunities, parents are also actively encouraged to participate in. Some examples:

  • Personal Learning (PL) - career learning goals & profiles developed
  • Resume Writing, Job Applications & Mock Interviews
  • City Experience
  • Work Experience
  • VET in School Programs
  • Industry Forums - we have had representatives from a-Plus, apprenticeship board, the Defence Forces, and local businesses conduct information sessions for interested students
  • Tertiary Forums – Students attend a TIS (tertiary Information Session) event where representatives from all the major universities, TAFE institutes and private providers present information on courses available and what student life is like at these institutes.
  • Individual student pathway interviews held at various year levels, for advice with subject selection, university prerequisite subjects, other pathway options
  • Student and Parent Information Sessions - Year 10 Students, VCAL & VCE students, VTAC applications,
  • Open Days at Universities & TAFE institutes
  • LEAP (Learn, Experience, Access Program) workshops have taken place at Quantum Victoria, Austin Hospital, Melbourne Museum, Law Courts and National Gallery of Victoria.
  • Careers Expos
  • Hume City Council – Making choices breakfast

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102 Hothlyn Drive Craigieburn Vic 3064
Phone: 93081144 Fax: 9308 1279