Karen Lomas
July 6, 2017

Career coaching in schools. What can parents expect?

Career coaching in schools. What can parents expect?

A report released by researchers, McCrindle, on behalf of the Career Industry Council of Australia (CICA), provides useful information for parents about the career coaching within schools, the hours that coaches are employed and what else is offered by their career department.

The report also indicates:

  • the number of students set to graduate from years 10 to 12 in the next 3 years is 794,068, and that
  • 33% of students do not complete their higher education courses in 6 years after enrolling.

It might be argued that university isn’t for everyone. Also, a drop in completion rates may mean that students are enrolling in the wrong courses.

As a careers coach, I see many young adults who are studying courses that they do not enjoy. Typically:

  • they do not last beyond the first semester, and
  • the study that they did complete is not relevant (and therefore cannot be credited to) a different course.

This can prove distressing to many students , who are lost and not even occupied in paid employment.

What is disappointing is that schools are reducing the working days/hours offered to careers coaches. This is happening as a cost cutting measure. Also, many school-based career coaches are reporting that when they look at job vacancies, they are finding an increasing number of these roles are poorly paid.

Parents can expect to find that senior schools do offer career coaching and that the work carried out with students will involve individual career counselling and support with pathway planning from year 10. However, it is concerning that many careers coaches are very time poor and therefore cannot get to know the students as well as they might.

Career coaching in many schools is excellent. But the McCrindle report is worrying because many parents do not know what the school their children attend is offering until quite late on in the senior years. Parents don’t know what careers coaching to expect.

The recommendation from this report into career coaching in schools, is that; “students need to be better informed when making decisions about training or further study” (McCrindle, 2017). Talk to me by calling 0419 390 994 for a no obligation discussion about what to expect of career coaching.





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