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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.
In Year 10, students undertake a work placement through the Structured Workplace Learning program which contributes to the completion of their VCE Studies course. Students are able to access a database of over 700 employers to help them secure a placement.
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.
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 student’s 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.
At Kingswood College we have our own careers website for use by the College 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, and links to a wide range of excellent career resources. There is a section specifically for parents that contains lots of useful information and links to career resources.
Students can also use the website to create their own CVs 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 weekly 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 week for any items of interest or relevance.