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1 NSW Department of Education & Training NSW Public Schools – Leading the Way CAREERS EDUCATION IN PRIMARY SCHOOL? Presentation for parents

2 NSW Department of Education & Training NSW Public Schools – Leading the Way Challenging outmoded career strategies Developing a strong career development culture in schools we need to consider the following ideas TraditionalContemporary  Just-in-time career information  Acquisition of skills that support lifelong learning and continuous career development supported through a range of school programs  Career decisions made at crunch points  Experiential activity, personal career planning and skills development nurtured throughout the schooling process  Career knowledge is provided explicitly towards the end of the secondary school experience  Career development is a process that is life-long and is explicit throughout schooling. Emphasis is on planning, possibility thinking, transforming information, focussing on the journey yet keeping options open.  Career outcomes are exhibited in a successful transition from school to further education, training or work.  Career outcomes are explicit and articulated throughout students experience at school, building their resilience and aspirations that endure after exiting school to a successful life/work choice

3 NSW Department of Education & Training NSW Public Schools – Leading the Way 5 year olds can talk about the job they want when they grow up year olds have already begun to narrow down the number of occupations they are prepared to consider in the future. Did you know?

4 NSW Department of Education & Training NSW Public Schools – Leading the Way Students from preschool to Year 12 have the capacity to understand career development? (Miles Morgan Australia (2003). Australian Blueprint for Career Development: Draft prototype, P. 87.) These research findings suggest we are missing a valuable opportunity to influence and enhance the career development of our students if we do not begin career education early. Did you know?

5 NSW Department of Education & Training NSW Public Schools – Leading the Way Why is it important to start early? Children may engage more deeply in learning if they … 1.can see how education is connected to a successful future 2.connect what they are learning in school to real- world situations 3.discover the variety of jobs available to him or her and are able to imagine themselves in an occupation 4.develop work-readiness skills

6 NSW Department of Education & Training NSW Public Schools – Leading the Way SCHOOL TO WORK: LOOKING FORWARD A Developmental Model

7 NSW Department of Education & Training NSW Public Schools – Leading the Way BUILDING CAREER FOUNDATIONS … In the Early Years by encouraging the use of age-appropriate activities and play to explore the structure and function of the working world.

8 NSW Department of Education & Training NSW Public Schools – Leading the Way DEVELOPING CAREER PERCEPTIONS … in the Middle Years by building solid foundations for good career decision making by… –Exploring the range of opportunities in the world of work – online and face to face! –Engaging in authentic learning eg Enterprise learning, Real Game simulations –Reflecting on personal interests, attributes, values and abilities to develop personal learning goals and aspirations

9 NSW Department of Education & Training NSW Public Schools – Leading the Way EMPLOYMENT RELATED SKILLS IN THE CLASSROOM Self-management Ability to take the responsibility for setting and achieving personal goals Initiative and enterprise Ability to seek/take advantage of opportunities Learning Ability to achieve new skills and/or knowledge Communication Ability to express and understand information Team work Ability to work effectively with others to get things done Planning and organising Ability to coordinate and prioritise tasks and resources Problem solving Ability to identify problems and develop solutions Technology Ability to use appropriate technologies to complete tasks Cross-cultural understanding Ability to respect diversity and act without discrimination

10 NSW Department of Education & Training NSW Public Schools – Leading the Way Personal Attributes – Attitude! Loyalty Commitment Honesty and integrity Empathy Assertiveness Trust Enthusiasm Reliability Personal presentation Common sense Positive self-esteem A sense of humour A balanced attitude to work and home life An ability to deal with pressure Motivation Adaptability Flexibility Resilience Determination Self-reliance Flexibility Engagement Connectedness

11 NSW Department of Education & Training NSW Public Schools – Leading the Way Career Education K-12 continuum What Kurri Kurri Learning Community has to offer : Student Wellbeing Values Education – Respect, Responsibility, Care, Honesty, Fairness, Doing Your Best Cooling Conflicts and Word of the Week The Keys to Success and the You Can Do It program

12 NSW Department of Education & Training NSW Public Schools – Leading the Way Curriculum Initiatives The Real Game Series for Stages 3 and 4 Career Perspectives written into COGs units to support sustainability and consistency Goal setting for all students K-6 followed by 3-way conferences to support learning discussions, Authentic Assessment in Stage 5 Thinking Careers 5 – 8 a reflective journal

13 NSW Department of Education & Training NSW Public Schools – Leading the Way Excursions TAFE Worldskills excursion for Stage 3 University orientation and information day for Year 6 Careers Quest for Year 9, Careers Fun Day K-6 Stage 2 Community Walk ….and many more

14 NSW Department of Education & Training NSW Public Schools – Leading the Way The Keys You Can Do ItThrough our You Can Do It program which is run K-12, we teach the children the 5 Keys to Success. This program gives students the tools to help them to manage and excel in all aspects of life.

15 NSW Department of Education & Training NSW Public Schools – Leading the Way The Real Game Play is the operative word for this program. The Play Real Game is activity- orientated, experiential, exploratory and just plain fun. To gain a realistic understanding of adult life, education and work, students embark on a journey into the adult world. In simulation, participants take on adult work roles, earn and spend money, choose a home and create a town - all right in the classroom! Parents, families and communities play a central part in the program.  Supporting students to develop confidence in self- managing their career and transition planning  Assisting students to process information about work, education and training options  Supporting teachers to make explicit links to vocational learning across a range of curriculum areas

16 NSW Department of Education & Training NSW Public Schools – Leading the Way The High Five Principles … from the Real Game Series CHANGE IS CONSTANT LEARNING IS ONGOING FOCUS ON THE JOURNEY FOLLOW YOUR HEART HELPING HANDS

17 NSW Department of Education & Training NSW Public Schools – Leading the Way Career Discovery Explore Learn Experience Achieve Succeed It is suggested that the new careers will require you to be "learning a living" rather than simply earning a living. Mary McMahon

18 NSW Department of Education & Training NSW Public Schools – Leading the Way Reality Check! School and Work How similar are they? SchoolWork I have to wear a uniform. I am expected to be punctual. I am expected to have a positive attitude. I am expected to treat my supervisor with respect at all times. I am expected to follow instructions. I have set tasks I am expected to complete. I have deadlines to meet. I am expected to treat my co-workers with respect. I have set times for lunch breaks. I am expected to attend each day for a set time.

19 NSW Department of Education & Training NSW Public Schools – Leading the Way To think about……… Today, employers expect young people to have a positive attitude and to be “work ready”. This means they want young people to have learnt specific skills (eg. being on time, following instructions, showing respect etc) before they come to work for them.

20 NSW Department of Education & Training NSW Public Schools – Leading the Way How can you help? Listen to your children about what interests them and where they see themselves in the future Discuss your work experiences with them Explore all the opportunities for future learning. ie. Year 12, University, TAFE, apprentice positions etc Ask them about what they are doing in their classroom and include a link to a career question Be open minded Remember the High Five Principles Provide opportunities to develop responsibility Refer to KEEP THE DISCUSSION GOING!

21 NSW Department of Education & Training NSW Public Schools – Leading the Way Encourage your children to dream and believe in themselves


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