Engaging Parents in Career
Conversations
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Acknowledgements and research
The following have contributed to the
development of this resource:
• Gray Poehnell
• Canadian Career Development
Foundation
• Career Education Association of
Victoria
Source Materials
• “Guiding Circles” - R. McCormick, N.
Amundson, & G. Poehnell
• “Hope-Filled Engagement” - G.
Poehnell & N. E. Amundson
• “Lasting Gifts” - Canadian Career
Development Foundation and Career
Education Association Victoria
• www.myfuture.edu.au
• www.education.gov.au
• www.employment.gov.au
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The following research was
used when developing this
resource:
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CICA
Face to Face
On Track
Lost Talent
Have a conversation
Step in Step Out:
• Select one person who stepped in with you and have a
conversation about:
• the experience you have in common
• what interested you about attending this workshop
Workshop Aims
Today we will talk about
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What a career is
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How you can help your child to think about their
future
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How people in Australia develop their careers
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How you can find information about careers
The Changing World-of-Work
What was work like for you
growing up?
What will work be like for
young people in Australia
today?
• Could you expect to stay in
the one job?
• Were you able to choose
the job you did?
• Were you able to change
jobs easily
• Were you able to ask for
help and advice?
• Did you have to study, and
keep learning?
• Minimum of 7 careers in a
lifetime
• Follow your heart
Source: “Lasting Gifts”
Canadian Career Development Foundation
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• Focus on the journey
• Use your networks
• Lifelong learning
Worries About the Future
What worries does
your teenager have
about their future?
What worries do you
have about your
teenager’s future?
www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2ZPjBRUrCA&lr=1
Source: National Career Development Week
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Your Future: How many of you…
… knew what you wanted to do when you were 16 years
old?
… are doing that now?
Sometimes we have to change our plans
Sometimes we are able to change our minds or need to
change our minds
Source: “Lasting Gifts”
Canadian Career Development
Foundation
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Preferred Future
Source: “Lasting Gifts”
Canadian Career Development
Foundation
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Attributes that young people need…
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Persistence
Keep going
Resilience
Feeling Strong
Enterprise
Showing initiative
Motivation
I want to do this
What is a career?
A career is all of the paid and unpaid work,
learning and life roles you do throughout
your life.
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How do students learn about careers?
• Self Development
– Understand yourself: your interests, skills and values
• Career Exploration
– Find out about different types of work and learning
– Experience different types of work
• Career Management
– Learn how to make a Career Action Plan and work towards it
www.education.vic.gov.au/careersframework
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5 Career Development Messages
1. Change is Constant
2. Learning is Ongoing
3. Focus on the Journey
4. Follow your Heart
5. Use your networks
* Developed in 1995 by Canadian
career development leaders
Source: Career Industry Council of Australia
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Change is Constant
Did You Know…?
www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmwwrGV_aiE
Source: Karl Fisch
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Change is Constant
Labour Market Information on Job Outlook
• www.joboutlook.gov.au
Source: Job Outlook
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Change is constant
– The pace of change is getting faster
– The nature of work is changing
– Be open to change and remain alert to new
opportunities
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Learning is Ongoing
• Where do you learn?
– Home? School? Play? Events? Other?
• How do you learn?
– By: Doing? Reading? Hearing? Singing? Watching?
• What about informal learning?
• What is lifelong learning?
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Learning is Ongoing
Source: VCAA
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Learning is Ongoing
• VCAL – The hands
on option
• Information in a
range of languages
http://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/Pages/vcal/Publications/Publications/vcalinfobooklet.aspx
Learning is Ongoing
• Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS)
– More opportunities and pathways in senior secondary
– Work focus
– Contributes towards completion of VCE/VCAL
www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/Pages/vet/index.aspx
Source: VCAA
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Learning is Ongoing
• School-based Apprenticeships and Traineeships
– Vocational training that is part of a senior secondary
qualification
– Involves work, vocational training and school studies
http://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/Pages/vet/programs/sbat.aspx
Source: VCAA
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Learning is OngoingWORKSHOP 1: The
Australian education system
Age 17+ — Career pathway
TAFE
University
TALK’S IN © VFST
www.foundationhouse.org.au
Employment
SLIDE PROVIDED BY WIN MADIGAN
Learning is Ongoing
There is more than one way to achieve your goal
e.g.
School
School
University
4 years
TAFE
2 years
University
2 ½ years
Learning is Ongoing
http://education.gov.au/career-bullseye-posters
http://www.myfuture.edu.au/Assist%20Others/Activities/Bullseye%20posters.aspx
Source: Department of Education
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Learning is Ongoing
• Courses and institutions
• How to apply
– What subjects are
needed
– Are extra tests needed?
– Are there extra
requirements? E.g.
Audition or folio
• Scholarships
• Special consideration
including for non English
speaking background
• Important dates
www.vtac.edu.au
Source: VTAC
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Learning is Ongoing
• Victorian Skills Gateway:
– Information about Certificate
and Diploma courses
– Explains terms about careers
and courses
– Fees and financial support
– Occupation search
– Answers to questions
http://www.education.vic.gov.au/victoria
nskillsgateway/Pages/home.aspx
Focus on the Journey
Skills and industries
Source: “Hope-Filled Engagement”
Poehnell & Amundson
Focus on the Journey
• Don’t focus on one destination only
• Know what you want, but don’t be too sure
• Be open to changing your mind
• Recognise that your career journey will be throughout
your lifetime
• Appreciate and value each experience along the way
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Follow your Heart
Ring 1:What are
three things you
like to do
Ring 2: How long
is it since you did
each thing
Ring 3: Does it
cost ($) or is it
free(F)
Ring 4: Is it
planned (P) or
spontaneous
(S)
Ring 5: Do you
do it alone (A)
or with
someone else
(SE)
Ring 6: Does it
involve your
mind (M), body
(B), spirit (S)
or emotions
(E) or a
combination
Adapted from “Guiding Circles”,
McCormick, Amundson & Poehnell
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Use your networks
Who can help you and your
teenager?
Adapted from “Lasting Gifts”
Canadian Career Development Foundation
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How do you see what interests your
child?
By noticing:
• what they enjoy doing
• what can’t they stop doing
• what they are complimented on
• where they are engaged
• what motivates them
• their favourite things
What excites them?
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Talking about work and career paths
Encourage:
• open-mindedness
• and discuss their passions and where they could
lead
• learning, we are always learning
• the possibilities and be positive
• flexibility
• exploring (research information)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9KawhtfORI
Source: School A to Z
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What is your teenager thinking about their
career?
Does know, but
Won’t commit
Don’t know
needs a lot of
pathways planning
Does know, but I
don’t think it is
possible!
Won’t talk
about it
Is…………..
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Being a Good Listener
• Give your full attention
– Stop what you are doing
• Don’t interrupt
– Let your teenager speak
• Stay as calm as you can
– If you’re shocked by what they are
saying, breathe deeply
• Listen for emotions
– Hear what they are saying beneath the
words
• Give it time
– Don’t rush in with your response
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Helping to Set Goals and Plans
Career Action Plans:
• use the three stages of
career development:
– self-development;
– career exploration; and
– career management.
• help young people to:
– set their goals;
– clarify the actions needed to
achieve these goals; and
– commit to participating in the
planned activities.
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myfuture
My Guide
• Build your career profile
• Explore career ideas
• Consider career options
• Develop your career plan
myQuiz
• 5 activities
The Facts
• Careers
• Work and Employment
• Education and Training
• Funding
• Contacts
• Skills
www.myfuture.edu.au
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myfuture Mini Career Explorer
http://myfuture.edu.au/MiniCareerExplorer/index.html
Source: myfuture
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Other Important Information
Special Entrance Access Scheme (SEAS) can people who
have had educational difficulty
Categories:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Personal information and location
Non-English speaking background
Difficult circumstances
Disadvantaged financial background
Disability of medical condition
SALT, REEP and PPP
You can apply for more than one category
www.vtac.edu.au/applying/seas.html
Source: VTAC
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Key Workshop Messages
• The crucial role of parents and others play in the career
development of young people
• That career development is a lifelong journey
• The value of career conversations
• Engage young people where they are at in life
• Information and resources are available
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Next Steps
Talk to your teenager
• Help them find out who
they are, what motivates
them, what interests
them.
• Help them to explore
their “preferred future”
and how they may work
towards it.
• Help them talk about how
they want to contribute to
their world.
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Discuss change
• Discuss the changes that
are happening in the
community and in their
world.
• What opportunities does
change present?
Next Steps
Network
• Use your networks to give your child opportunities to
experience and explore different things.
Use labour market information
• Know what is happening with jobs, and what that might
mean for the future
Be an helper
• Support your teenager on their journey and remind
them, and yourself, that is it okay to be uncertain.
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Published by
Higher Education and Skills Group
Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
East Melbourne
January 2014
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