Karen Lomas
February 28, 2018

Career Coaching for School Students

In my work in career coaching for school age students I am having to keep well informed about the changes in education and training.

The world of work is very different to when I was a school student. My father worked for two organisations across his work life. Now:

  • our children finish school and have multiple jobs with maybe 10 or more different employers.
  • they have to manage their own careers, as employers are not spending as much time and money on mentoring, training and development.
  • after completing their first higher education course they will most likely go back to further study as an adult.

In an article published in The Age, by Michael Koziol, immigration and legal affairs reporter for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, based in Parliament House, will expand to include more retraining courses for people late in their careers. 

Koziol explains that the speed at which technological change is occurring, thereby changing jobs, requires training providers to allow access of mature students and to update their offerings regularly, even in offering really short courses for rapid re-training purposes.

This is all very confusing for school age students and their parents. It is hard to understand the higher education sector and so the support of a qualified, independent and impartial career coach is really beneficial. Not only that, but as Jim Bright, Professor of Career Education at ACU, argues, “career education has always been too little too late.” What he is arguing is that career coaching should begin in primary school years so that a 9 or 10 year old learns about jobs and skills.

Busy parents may not know how to provide this guidance on their own and schools typically only commence careers coaching in year 9 of secondary schooling. Karen at

Karen Your Career Coach uses role play type games, activity sheets and other resources to support the career education of children as young as 9 years old. In this way children begin to see what is possible for them in terms of earning money and being employable.

Contact Karen at [email protected] for more information on career coaching for school age students.





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