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Career Practitioner Job Description


Presented here is a sample position description outlining some of the roles and responsibilities undertaken by qualified professional career development practitioners in secondary schools.

Quality Career Development Services and Programs in Secondary Schools


The CEAV believes the outcomes of a quality career development service and program in schools should ensure that all students: Participate in self awareness activities designed to help them understand their interests, values and aptitude Have the opportunity to research the many educational and training options available to them Identify and develop decision-making skills Have opportunities to examine and explore the world of work through a variety of structured activities and career tools, eg. work experience, guest speakers, visits to worksites, careers expos, Open Days, employer, industry and tertiary information service events Understand their employability and enterprise skills and their application to the workforce Identify their career management skills through building a career development portfolio towards
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successful career management Assess and record their career development through planned curriculum frameworks Career practitioners are the vital link between schools, and the broader community, employment and education providers. Developments to bring education and industry closer, has impacted upon all sectors in the educational arena, and will require schools rethinking of the way in which career development duties are resourced.

Summary of Key Responsibilities in a quality Career Development Program for Schools


1. Understand and provide a career development service according to the Career Industry Council of Australia (CICA) Professional Standards for Australian Career Development Practitioners including basing your career development service on the CEAV Code of Ethics 2. Hold the minimum entry level qualification for Professional Career Development Practitioners as outlined in the (CICA)Professional Standards for Australian Career Development Practitioners 3. Provide a one to one counselling service for students, parents and the wider school community 4. Develop and sustain quality recordkeeping practices 5. Maintain a relevant and current career service room/ library for use by the school community. 6. Provide culturally aware career development programs and services for indigenous and ESL students 7. Acknowledge and provide for the career development needs of students with a disability, engage in a case management approach of career services for these students 8. Provide support to the MIPs (government schools)program using qualified staff in career development to a minimum of Associate entry level under the CICAProfessional Standards for Australian Career Development Practitioners.

Years 7 - 10 Classroom Based


1. Design and deliver career development programs based on The Australian Blueprint for Career Development, commencing at Year 7 2. Provide culturally aware career development programs and services for indigenous and CALD students 3. Acknowledge and provide for the career development needs of students with a disability, engage in a case management approach of career services for these students 4. Conduct career education program in Year 10 in preparation for subject selection and which incorporates safe@work 5. Teach/facilitate Industry and Enterprise, as part of the Year 10 Work Experience program, unless it is offered in Year 11 only.

Year 10 12 Career Development Activities


1. Deliver information on all post compulsory options and VTAC selection system to school community 2. Inform school community of all tertiary education requirements and pre requisites, including UMAT, Open Days in TAFEs and University, Scholarship programs, Fee structures, accommodation etc. 3. Conduct targeted career information sessions for students and parents on relevant work and career areas, especially in relation to post compulsory choices 4. Keep the school management and teachers abreast of developments in VET opportunities to enhance school curriculum, and aid vocational awareness and experience for students 5. Provide a one to one counselling service for students, parents and the wider school community

Year 11 specific
1. Counsel all students re: post compulsory options and career planning 2. Keep students aware of developments in workforce, industry areas and tertiary opportunities in the area/state/country.
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3. Liaise with local VET cluster regarding programs offered at the school, and work placements to be carried out by students as part of their VET programs 4. Continue ongoing consciousness raising re world of work issues such as occupational health and safety in the workforce, employment search issues, unions, etc. 5. Participate in running local careers expo/school information nights 6. Encourage student attendance at expos. 7. If in government school, participate /manage Managed Individual Pathways Program.

Year 12 specific
1. All points as above 2. VTAC and other study options manage information rollout, counselling for selection of courses, and briefing re how tertiary institutions select students, and school information management of student choices, and provide a counselling service at Change of Preference time, for VTAC applications and Special Entry and Access Schemes SEAS 3. Participate in local Tertiary Information Service activity (pre-event preparation, taking to event, postevent debriefing) 4. Help students network, via local Jobs Pathways programs, and other services, to access local employment opportunities 5. Develop students skills in resume and cover letter writing and interview skills. 6. Coordinate and maintain the Destination Survey on exiting students, at this and lower levels. 7. If in government school, participate in /manage Managed Individual Pathways Program.

CEAVRecommendations on Allotments for Career Development services in Victorian Schools


The CEAV recommends one full time qualified Professional career development practitioner with teaching qualifications for every 450 students to develop, deliver and monitor a quality career development program in every Victorian school, and one full time Associate career practitioner for every 450 students. In addition to this schools with cohorts of 450+ should also provide one to two full time dedicated administrative support to the career centre in order for a case management approach to career development be available to the school community. Duties related to VET coordination require additional teaching staff resources as an hourly allotment per week, depending on the size, scope and complexity of the VET program provided by that school. VET programs are part of senior curriculum and should be managed by teaching staff via a department or faculty structure to ensure that the program is compliant with VCAA requirements. Lounge sub-sections: Career Practitioners Lounge Sections: Career Development Theory Professional Practice Career Education Association of Victoria Inc Unit 3 192BBurwood Road Hawthorn 3122 (03) 9810 6400 Fax: (03) 9815 2490 admin@ceav.vic.edu.au www.ceav.vic.edu.au ABN80 549 485 560 2013 CEAV

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