CAREERS AND PATHWAYS
At Taylors Lakes Secondary College we recognise the importance of preparing students to transition successfully toward a future career pathway. We provide a range of curriculum opportunities to build students’ general capabilities, support students’ interests and aspirations, and support them to make informed decisions about their subject choices and pathways.
Careers education is embedded throughout the Homegroup class curriculum in Yrs 7 – 12 and supported by extracurricular events such as visiting the Brimbank Careers Expo or accessing on site University workshops.
Pathway opportunities are regularly promoted via Compass posts, including access to a monthly careers newsletter, university open days, key dates.
Year 12 students have scheduled VTAC information and registration classes, including individualised support for Special Entry Access (SEAS) and University Early Access programs. At the end of Year 12 our pathways team contacts all students to offer assistance with Change of Preference where needed and provide advice about accessing University, TAFE or employment opportunities.
We have a dedicated Managed Individual Pathways team to ensure that all students complete a yearly Career Action Plan via the MyCareerPortfolio site. This information allows us to provide targeted support to students in terms of pathway options and opportunities. Students in Years 9 - 12 who may be considering alternative pathways or who need specialist advice are supported by our Student Pathway Advisor. We link in with external agencies on a case by case basis to ensure that all students are able to succeed.
Year 9 students complete the Morrisby Online testing that generates a detailed report about their current interests and skills. A follow up appointment with a trained careers practitioner allows students and their parents to discuss potential pathway directions.
In school course counselling occurs to support Yr 9 – 11 students in selecting pathways appropriate to them, whether that be a VCE, VCAL or VET program in the later years.
Work experience is mandatory at Yr 10 to ensure that students have the opportunity to try workplace learning relevant to their interest areas.
As part of the Brimbank VET Cluster (BVC) the College offers a wider range of VET programs for our students. The Brimbank VET Cluster (BVC) is made up of Government, Non-Government and Catholic Schools.
The BVC arrangement is founded on a spirit of co-operation and with the purpose of providing a wider breadth of learning opportunities for students. The VET programs aim to engage students in their education and provide them with a formal qualification while they are completing their senior school.
Links for information sites
Brimbank Vet Cluster
Australian Apprenticeships https://www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au/apprentices
Youth Central Victoria
VTAC course link
'Helping your teenager with career planning’ https://www.careertools.com.au/resources/career_coaching_parent_guide_aug_18.pdf
Explore and compare institutes and study areas based on real life student experiences https://www.compared.edu.au/
Victorian Skills Gateway https://www.skills.vic.gov.au/victorianskillsgateway/Pages/home.aspx
How to manage money as a student https://moneysmart.gov.au/student-life-and-money