The Careers Program at Sefton High School assists students to develop skills, attributes and plans for their future that will enable them to successfully manage their transition through and beyond school.
The school supports students in developing and self-managing plans for their transition from school to work by:
assisting them in acquiring the skills necessary for wise decision-making.
assisting them find their own customised pathway.
This is done through:
ATAR estimates for Year 12
Career withdrawal lessons in Years 7, 9 and 10
Developing career portfolios
Group and individual career testing and assessment
Facilitating access to specific vocational training courses
Individual Careers interviews for all of Year 12
Individual release work experience
Preparation of resumes
Providing current course and industry information
Regular referral to Employment Related Skills Poster in each classroom
Supporting students with applications for jobs, cadetships and scholarships
Visits to careers expos and information days
Years 9, 10, 11 and 12 maintaining a School to Work folder
School to work program
The Careers Program forms an essential part of the School to Work Program. By providing students with the opportunity to participate in a variety of cocurricular activities through collaborative staff practices and the assistance of outside agencies, Sefton High School is able to support students with their School to Work Planning. This means the choice of appropriate curriculum and increased opportunities to learn vocational skills, which further enhance their options for post-school employment, education and training pathways.
Vocational Skills – Learning by Doing
Vocational skills are an important addition to any resume and along with academic performance, are the key things that employers, TAFE, universities and private colleges are looking for in applications.
Students are given the opportunity to demonstrate employment related skills in any activity completed
in the community
Employers consider that employment related skills are just as important as job-specific or technical skills. Students gain a variety of employment related skills in every subject they study at school as well as during the activities they participate in outside the classroom. All students in Year 9 are issued with a School To Work folder where they are able to keep a record of all the skills they have developed, so that they can then organise their resume and be better prepared to select courses and careers in the future. Cadetships, academic scholarships, high demand TAFE courses, co-operative scholarship programs and casual and full-time employment applications all seek applicants who can demonstrate that they have a range of skills.
Students who have participated in work experience, voluntary work, casual work, co-curricular programs or extra-curricular activities have an advantage over other students who have minimal or limited vocational experience. By participating in such activities, students are able to demonstrate a wide range of employment-related skills and to thus have the edge when it comes to active career plans.