Career Coaching in Year 12 – When to start and what needs to be done.
It is important for year 12s to obtain professional career coaching, and ideally they need to begin this process early in the academic year. This is particularly the case if they have not received any career coaching in years 9, 10 or 11. So when should your year 12 child start their career coaching and what needs to be done?
I’ll outline how I work with my year 12 students so that you can gain an understanding of how they benefit from independent and impartial professional career development coaching. If you’re reading this in term 3 or even term 4, please don’t panic as it is never too late to start. This is simply my recommendation for the ideal career coaching timetable for a year 12 student.
- identify what, where and when are the key careers activities/events that will be useful in 2020.
- understand what training or study options are available after completion of year 12 and which might suit best.
- find out about further and higher education courses using the websites/platforms relevant to their preferences.
- navigate the essential career websites and use their embedded resources with confidence.
- identify the steps in successfully gaining employment.
- understand the course application processes for VTAC or other tertiary admissions centres, understand what SEAs and Scholarships are relevant/available and diarise the key dates for 2021 course applications.
- complete the application process(es) required for the courses of interest. It is essential that this is a process that the year 12 student is confident to carry out independently, as their log in information is confidential and they are responsible for their decision-making.
Please be advised that it is not the parent(s) who complete further education or tertiary course applications. Nor is it possible for parents to talk to institutions or with the admissions centres on their child’s behalf. They will only communicate with the student and this is why I carry out career coaching with them one-on-one so that they gain the career management skills themselves.
Term 4 is so short, and is for most students all about exams, such that I usually let my year 12 clients focus on their studies during late September to November. I will then see them again once they have finished the school year. This is the point at which I will check with them that they know what to do once they receive their exam results, if applicable, and their first course offer.
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