It has been my pleasure over the past two weeks to commence what I call “career chats” with our current Year 12 girls. It is valuable time as it gives me a chance to check in on their progress and have a conversation about what next year might look like. The year is passing very quickly with applications for tertiary study needing to be made before the end of September. Career discussions also enable me to talk with the girls of what their pathway may look like and, for those who are still a little uncertain, hopefully give them some guidance so they can further research what that pathway could look like.
In these times of rapid change and uncertainty, some students are unsure of what their future might look like. I try to reassure the girls it is ok not to know what you want to be, but try to consider what area of study might be of interest. It is often not until they undertake that further study, begin that traineeship or take a step into the world of employment that they find that direction.
Research undertaken by the Foundation for Young Australians, entitled “The New Work Mindset” suggests that there is an urgent need to shift mindsets in our approach to jobs, careers and work. Their data analysis provided insights into the patterns of skills young people will require to navigate complex and uncertain working lives. This report indicates that young people will need a set of transferrable enterprise skills in their future careers.
They identified seven new job clusters: the generators, the artisans, the carers, the informers, the coordinators, the designers and the technologists. A young person could choose a job cluster based on their interest and strengths rather than focus on one dream job. For those who aren’t sure of their pathway yet, this concept helps to provide direction to a pathway of study. The report also indicated that jobs are much more related than we think and when a person trains or works in one job, they acquire skills for 13 other jobs. If you are interested in reading the full report, it is available here.
The universities and other institutions are now beginning their information sessions for the Class of 2020 and, with the new normal of limited gatherings, are looking at other methods of communicating with students. I am sending our students regular emails about information videos, webinars and virtual meetings. I encourage the students to engage with these from universities or courses that interest them, so ask them to keep an eye on their email inbox.
Next term, the major three universities and TAFE SA will visit the College to discuss pathway options and what they can offer our students. While more information will be provided at the start of next term, I highly encourage the girls to attend these information sessions.
Acting Deputy Principal