The purpose of the Careers Program is to provide career and pathway guidance, information and support to help students make a successful transition from school to further education, training or employment. It also aims to give students the skills to manage their own careers throughout their lives. The Careers Counsellor helps students to identify their interests and values, think about their strengths, what they’re good at and what they enjoy doing. Students receive assistance to explore subject, course and career options which match their skills and interests. Students are also provided with support in choosing school subjects that are prerequisites for tertiary courses they are considering and which align with their interests and career goals.
In Year 9, students start to develop a digital portfolio in the Student Secure Area on the Kingswood College Careers website to assist them with subject selection, work experience, tertiary course research and selection and career planning. The Careers Counsellor interviews students throughout the year to assist them to make appropriate choices and to keep them informed about relevant tertiary courses, career options and the tertiary application process.
Students are encouraged to investigate any courses of interest using the internet, in particular the Job Guide and MyFuture websites, and the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) website. Handbooks and course guides from the various tertiary institutions are also available in the Careers room and the Senior School lounge. Students should always refer to the Victorian Tertiary Entry Requirements (VICTER) when checking prerequisites for higher education courses for the year in which they will be commencing tertiary study. The VICTER is available on the VTAC website under ‘Publications’. All VCE students are encouraged to attend University and TAFE Open Days and will be informed of dates during the year. The majority of open days are held on weekends throughout August.
Morrisby Career Profile
All Year 10 students complete the Morrisby Career testing on the final day of exam week in Term 2. The test is designed to identify students' unique strengths and abilities in a range of different areas, including verbal, numerical and perceptual. The students also complete the Morrisby Interests Questionnaire which explores the types of work and work settings that students prefer. The results of the two tests are then analysed, and a comprehensive Morrisby Profile report is generated. The report summarises the students abilities and strengths and identifies a number of possible careers that match these. The report also generates a list of recommended VCE subjects based on the career suggestions. A Morrisby parent information evening is held in Term 2 during which the students' reports are distributed to families and the results explained in detail.
All Year 9 students attend a career planning interview in Term 4. All Year 10 students attend individual interviews in Term 2 following the Morrisby career testing, during which they receive feedback on their Morrisby test results and initial guidance on VCE subject selection.
All Year 12 students attend two careers interviews with the Careers Counsellor - in Term 1, and again in Term 3 to assist them with their applications for tertiary courses.
Students and parents are also welcome to make an appointment to discuss careers related issues at any time throughout the year.
Kingswood College Careers website
At Kingswood College we have our own careers website for use by the school community. The website is a 'One Stop Shop' for all careers related information, including VCE, subject selection, work experience, post-school options, course and career information, links to a wide range of excellent career resources and much more. There is also a section specifically for parents which contains lots of useful information and links to career resources. Students can also use the website to create their own resumes and cover letters and complete a range of career exploration activities. Students and parents are encouraged to explore the website and also to keep an eye on the message board on the homepage for important careers information.
A fortnightly careers newsletter is published and available to view on the careers website. A link to the newsletter is provided in the school newsletter. The newsletter contains a wealth of important and interesting careers related information. Parents and students are strongly encouraged to scan the contents of the newsletter each fortnight for any items of interest or relevance.