Home' Schools Directory : 2016 Contents Choosing a career is one of
the biggest decisions your
students will ever make.
Career exploration activities help
students learn more about themselves –
their interests and their academic, social
and physical strengths and weaknesses.
In turn, this gives students a clearer view
of who they are, and helps them narrow
down potential career choices.
Career planning excursions are a vital
part of the career exploration jigsaw.
They allow students to see and interact
first-hand with professionals in a wide
range of career fields, ask questions
and observe. They also provide an
opportunity to introduce students to
unfamiliar occupations and get a taste of
valuable hands-on experience.
Importantly, career excursions can
also help your students face and find
solutions to educational and career
According to the myfuture career
information and exploration service
www.myfuture.edu.au, a joint initiative
of the Australian and state and territory
governments, your local community
is an ideal base for career exploration.
They offer the following excursion
Local council or shire office
Councils employ people in a wide range
of occupations. Areas of employment
include sports and recreation, arts and
culture, community services, outreach
and care, parks and gardens, animal
management, business development,
urban planning, roads and traffic, law,
tourism, finance and other special
Council jobs range from highly
specialised roles requiring specific
qualifications such as urban planner
and social worker, to more generalist
positions such as project officer and
Councils usually have several worksites.
You can make contact with your local
council and find out what opportunities
exist for visiting them.
Local shopping strip
Local shopping strips and areas usually
include services as well as retail outlets.
Common services include chemists,
accountants, alternative health providers,
medical clinics, physiotherapists, fitness
studios or gyms, and beauty therapy.
Common retailing includes groceries,
butchery, fruit and vegetables,
delicatessens, bakers, clothing and
footwear, cafes and restaurants,
agricultural and animal supplies, and
People who work locally do so in a
wide range of occupations. These jobs
range from professional roles requiring
university qualifications, such as
physiotherapist and chemist, to skilled
occupations including butcher and florist,
which require TAFE qualifications and
sometimes licencing, to more generalist
positions such as newsagency owner/
operator and retail assistant. In many
shopping strip areas, there are also
organisations with volunteer workers
with wide-ranging experience and lots of
reasons for choosing to volunteer.
You can make contact with your local
traders’ association or chamber of
commerce to find out what opportunities
exist for interviewing employees on the
shopping strip. Your local council may be
able to assist with making arrangements.
If you choose to visit a shopping centre,
you will need to make contact with
centre management beforehand.
An in-house excursion – the
panel of experts
School communities are a rich source
of career resources. Parents, volunteers,
staff and teachers have already taken
on many different occupations in their
working lives. Depending on the nature
of your community, it may also be
possible to include people not directly
associated with the school, such as
former students, local trades people,
members of parliament, etc.
• Plan for a panel that includes five or
six people who you know have diverse
experiences and are passionate about
the positive contribution they make to
their community. You should ensure
that each panellist will address a
• Brief each panel member – they are
allowed a two-minute introduction,
perhaps using audiovisual materials,
but no more. They will then answer
questions from the host and students.
• In teams, students complete
background research on the nominated
five or six jobs that will be showcased
at the panel.
• The host – perhaps you as teacher –
engages panellists in discussion about
the highlights of their particular job.
Why would they recommend this
area of work to young people?
What personal values are common in
people who do this job?
What were they like as school
What did parents or others think
about their choice of job?
FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT
Australian Directory of School Activities, Excursions and Accommodation 2016 ➔ www.schoolactivities.com.au
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