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NCSEHE: National Careers Week webinar

Event details

As part of National Careers Week, the NCSEHE will host a virtual event on Friday 21 May 2021 (national times listed below), showcasing major NCSEHE-commissioned research on key influencers and careers advice for equity students.

In 2019, the NCSEHE commissioned four large-scale projects to improve access to information about higher education study options, pathways, and careers for disadvantaged students and those who influence them.

With a particular focus on low socioeconomic status (SES), regional and remote, and Indigenous students, the year-long research projects were conducted under the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment National Priorities Pool (NPP) program.

In this Careers Week event, the research teams will present key findings, outcomes and recommendations from the year-long projects, followed by audience Q and A.

Event program

The impacts of socio-economic status on access to quality study pathways and career advice

Presented by Dr Jane Coffey (Curtin University), Professor Dawn Bennett (Bond University) and Dr Ian Li (The University of Western Australia)

This study examined the access of students from low SES groups to information about higher education study options, pathways and careers, including the efficacy of available information. Data collection and analysis involved the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY) survey alongside surveys, student self-assessments and focus group discussions with school careers advisors and influencers and with students in secondary school and university. Study findings reveal a marked socioeconomic divide in the type and quality of career information available to students with career and study guidance dependent on students’ unequal access to qualified career practitioners or teachers with career guidance duties. There was also significant evidence of inequitable provision of careers and study information from the early years of secondary school.

Jobs of the future and the journey of toast

Presented by Professor Sue Kilpatrick (University of Tasmania)

You have taken the plunge and enrolled in an enabling program at university. Uni might suit you, or it might not. What will you do after this course? A degree? Go to TAFE? Get a job? What career paths are there that might suit you? Where will the jobs be in five years’ time? This presentation showcases an online careers advice intervention developed for UTAS enabling program students to help answer these questions, and the lessons learnt from the program trial. And you will discover just how many jobs there are in a piece of toast!
Best practice principles for Career Development Learning for diverse student groups
Presented by Kylie Austin (University of Wollongong) and Dr Olivia Groves (NCSEHE)

This presentation will showcase a national research project that identified and applied a suite of best practice principles for Career Development Learning (CDL) to enable diverse groups of students to explore their future aspirations. The best practice principles will be presented along with examples of how the principles can be applied in primary and secondary school settings. The presentation will refer to practical case studies which might support career practitioners in tailoring CDL activities to the diverse needs of students.

Harnessing participatory design towards context-specific careers resources

Presented by Dr Mollie Dollinger (La Trobe University)

Despite ongoing research and analysis of good practice in careers education, there remains a gap between what experts know and how to create meaningful change in the wider community. In this presentation, we will discuss a recent project that explored how participatory design could be used to co-create careers resources with students (Years 7 & 8), school staff, and carers (i.e., parents, guardians). Through our project, we visited four outer-regional schools in Victoria to conduct co-design workshops that brought to light the needs and expectations of participants and subsequently informed context-specific, fit-for-purposes resources that serve the needs of its intended audience.

For further information and registration details go to the NCSEHE website



Dates and times

21 May 2021 9:30 am – 11:45 am AWST