The Learning and Career Pathways office at Nagle College is a busy and vibrant space. It is in this area that information regarding all tertiary courses for TAFE, university and private colleges is collected. Students are encouraged to come in to browse and ask questions about future options.
On a more organised level, students are prepared for their life beyond Nagle. In Year 9 all students complete one term of 'Pathways' studies where they are encouraged to reflect on their strengths and interests and to align these with possible future careers. They learn about expectations and responsibilities in the workplace, interview preparation and letters of application. Issues such as workplace harassment are also addressed as part of this program.
In Year 10 each student is tested using the Occupation Search Inventory Test. This is followed up with individual interviews of each student.
Work Experience is a vital part of the careers program. All Year 10 students are encouraged to take part in at least one week of work experience. VP and VCAL students undertake four weeks of work experience each year. This is a great way for prospective employers to assess our students and many of our students have secured employment through this process.
Many of our students begin their working life while still enrolled at Nagle College. School-based Apprenticeships and traineeships are becoming more common, and the Learning and Career Pathways office can help facilitate these options with students, parents and workplacements.
One of the most important decisions that students make is with regard to their subjects. Students in Years 9 to 12 are provided with many options, but so often students take this process too casually. Many are not happy with their choices and come to us asking for a change. Often this is not possible as classes may be full or new choices may clash with other subjects. A new approach to subject selection will occur in July this year, so keep watching for more details.
The fortnightly Careers Newsletter is emailed to all students in Years 10, 11 and 12, and is also posted on this site, so take the time to read this for further information.
Parents and students are always welcome to contact the Learning and Career Pathways office at any time.