Career advice

Know your options, give yourself a chance — career advice

Everyone has their own set of skills, their own likes and dislikes and their own personalities. As long as you have the right attitude, there will be an industry and a career for you.

There are jobs and careers that you wouldn’t even know exist, so if you have no idea what it is that you would like to do in the future, don’t fear, with a little bit of help from staff at Eagles or career advisers in your community there is sure to be something that suits you.

The first step, of course, is attaining your Year 10 Record of School Achievement (RoSA), or a Certificate II through a registered training organisation (RTO), which can be an alternative to the RoSA. Once you have that qualification you have a bit more freedom and a little more control over the pathway you choose.

Keep in mind the NSW government has made it mandatory to ‘remain in approved education or training or a combination of education or training and paid work until the age of 17.’ So make sure you comply or you could end up in trouble with fines or in court, not to mention falling behind in the ‘game of life’.

There are options though, and towards the end of Year 10 or the Certificate II, you should be thinking about the next phase of your education and development. Students at Eagles have career advice conversations and sessions which help to make informed decisions. Mainstream schools also have career advice facilities, but young people can also take it upon themselves to research their options.

The Australian government has a web site dedicated to helping people plan for their future It is a great resource to help plan and prepare for your chosen career.

We live in an ‘Age of Certificates’, These days there are qualifications for everything and gone are the days where you were just given a job based on what you said you could do.

The Australian Government Department of Industry administers what is called the ‘Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF)’. Which looks at the ‘level’ of work people are qualified for. To put it simply, the higher the qualification, the greater chance you have of getting a job, the greater the chance of getting a good job and ultimately, the better the opportunity to make good money!!

So talk to someone in the know, talk to someone at Eagles or find a local career adviser, set some goals and get to work. It can be hard for young people to get into the workforce these days with youth unemployment at 12-year highs. So give yourself the best chance, and get above the others by getting educated, getting trained up and achieving your goals.