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Australia Career advice should begin at age eight, Victorian inquiry told

12:57  20 february  2018
12:57  20 february  2018 Source:   brisbanetimes.com.au

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Children as young as eight would start receiving career advice under a plan proposed to a Victorian parliamentary inquiry . “It is important to recognise that career decisions and judgements are not made in the final years of schooling but are made as early as year 3,” it told the inquiry into career

Grade three children would start receiving career advice under a plan proposed to a Victorian parliamentary inquiry .

Lauren (left) in grade four, wants to be a teacher and grade 3 student Hannah wants to be a beautician.© Justin McManus Lauren (left) in grade four, wants to be a teacher and grade 3 student Hannah wants to be a beautician. Children as young as eight would start receiving career advice under a plan proposed to a Victorian parliamentary inquiry.

The Career Education Association of Victoria has called on the state government to introduce laws to force schools to offer careers education for year 3 to 12 students.

“It is important to recognise that career decisions and judgements are not made in the final years of schooling but are made as early as year 3,” it told the inquiry into career advice at Victorian schools.

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Career advice should begin at age eight , Victorian inquiry told . Grade three children would start receiving career advice under a plan proposed to a Victorian parliamentary inquiry .

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There was a common theme in many of the submissions to the inquiry – when it comes to careers advice, many schools are providing too little, too late.

Primary school students should be discussing different jobs, how industry impacts their lives and what they might like to do when they grow up, according to the association’s chief executive Bernadette Gigliotti.

“I'm not saying they need to be picking their jobs, but they need to be able to be immersed in the world of work, they need to understand the roles and responsibilities and start thinking about careers,” she told The Age.

Last year, Victorian Education Minister James Merlino commissioned a review of careers education in state schools.

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He said this review would look at introducing careers education to children earlier.

“There is a great variance in the quality of careers education in our schools, from excellent engagement with students to careers advice that is no different to when I was a student in the 1980's - we can do better,” Mr Merlino said.

Lauren and Hannah Linton from Melbourne's west, like to talk about what they want to be when they grow up.© Justin McManus Lauren and Hannah Linton from Melbourne's west, like to talk about what they want to be when they grow up. The Mitchell Institute also called for careers education to start earlier than senior school, saying  many students were narrowing their aspirations based on their academic results.

Extending the guidance to primary and early secondary school students would "help to lift aspirations and extend the range of career possibilities, particularly for students at risk of disengagement."

It's also believed that providing careers education to young children helps combat stereotypes about “boys” and “girls” jobs.

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Career advice should begin at age eight , Victorian inquiry told . Grade three children would start receiving career advice under a plan proposed to a Victorian parliamentary inquiry .

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But Dr Charlotte Keating, a Melbourne-based psychologist and neuroscientist, warned that a premature discussion of careers could exacerbate anxiety.

“Kids spend enough time in their VCE years worrying about career and the reality is, until you get out there and experience what life has to offer, you won’t really know if it’s for you,” she said.

Grade 3 student Hannah Linton wants to be a beautician when she grows up, while her older sister Lauren, who is in grade 4, wants to be a teacher.

The siblings have not received any formal careers advice at their Catholic primary school in Melbourne's west, but think it could be useful.

"I think it would be good," said Hannah. "Students can get to know what they want to be really well."

Lauren knows that she will have to go to university "for quite a few years" to make her dream job a reality. "I want to be able to teach children and help them with their learning," she said.

Making important career decisions, with little preparation, in the final months of Year 12 leads to high drop-out rates in university, at apprenticeships and at traineeships.

The Victorian Local Learning and Employment Networks said careers advice was often delegated to classroom teachers who had an inadequate understanding of the modern workplace.

It referred to research that found  half of all school careers advisors worked part-time and had less than $3 to spend on each student.

"Many students go through school without ever speaking to someone about careers, let alone experiencing a work placement or part-time job," it said.

Career coaching firm TwoPointZero said 70 per cent of Victorians have found it difficult to find a job in line with the career they had in mind at school.

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