In the Senior years (Year 11, 12 and 13) students develop clear ideas of their career goals along with the skills to make realistic career decisions and plans. Senior School students are encouraged and assisted to research widely and to take steps to further their decision making e.g. information days for example University Entrance Seminars, work experience and attending career evenings.
Year 13 students begin the year with the Leadership Programme, which has a strong career education and planning focus. Students are interviewed on an on going basis with deliberate consideration of the transition from school to tertiary education, work, apprenticeships or Gap year options. Year 12 and 13 students also have the option of applying for the Gateway programme, which enables structured workplace learning and strengthens pathways from school to work.
Year 12 students are guided through the subject and option selection process, which occurs in August. Year 12 students are encouraged to attend the annual Careers Roadshow and have opportunities to attend visiting seminars from different career pathway such as Armed forces, health careers, engineers, Trade representatives, tertiary providers etc..
Year 11 students are guided through the subject and option selection process, which occurs in August. Parents of Year 11 students are encouraged to attend the annual Careers Roadshow and have opportunities to attend visiting seminars from different career pathway such as Armed forces, health careers, engineers, Trade representatives, tertiary providers etc.
In the junior school, students are encouraged to get to know themselves – their unique strengths, values, passions and interests. As students move through the school years, the careers programme focuses on getting to know more about the world of work and the vast options available as students transition from College life.
Years 7-8 students gain awareness of themselves and their futures, understand pathways to work, and prepare for the move to secondary school. Year 9 Students all complete a ‘Know your skills’ unit in their Health subject. Students identify their individual skills based on their interests and look at careers they have identified that might match these skills. Students can then identify further skills they need to develop while at Nelson College that may pathway into careers of interest.
Year 10 students complete ‘The Real Game’ during their Social Studies classes, developing an understanding of options and opportunities and the implications of their choices. It is an important step towards individual learning and career planning, including subject selection. There is a student driven, work-watch day in Year 10 and a focus on subject planning for year 11 and beyond.
The ultimate aim of career education and guidance is to equip students to develop their career pathways throughout their lifetime.