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Explore and Compare - Year 9 and Year 10 Careers

Explore and Compare is the second section of the Career Kete. 
It supports students in years 9-10 to make subject choices through a process of learning and career planning.  
The content is organised into the five areas:    
  • Look ahead           
  • Know myself          
  • Explore future options        
  • Plan my learning pathway         
  • Set goals to get there 
·          "Students build their understanding of their strengths, interests and values and start to consider how these might influence their life, learning and work choices" (Career Education and Guidance in New Zealand Schools, Ministry of Education, 2009, p15).
They are developing their confidence as learners, and articulate aspirations and dreams about their future. They understand how they relate to others and the impact their personal decisions have on their lives. They learn about senior school courses and how they relate to qualifications. They explore possible career directions without needing to make career-defining decisions. They enhance their research skills and increase their awareness of a range of future pathways.  
Here at Marist College, because we are developing a school wide approach to careers, we are integrating the following processes:

To support a school-wide approach:
  • strong vision and support from the board, principal and senior management
  • an across-school career team to set up systems and evaluate career development
  • career activities planned in advance for career-related events in students' lives
  • ongoing promotion and communication around careers and sharing of information
  • planned and sustainable development of career development programmes across curriculum areas and pastoral networks
  • professional development and support for teachers.

Skills for your future career

Hi from the
Careers Team!

Remember that you can look at the Careers 'Scholarship' page as well. You can start planning your future now. Start a conversation about the kinds of careers people in your household have. Start thinking about the things that like to do and how they would relate to a future career.

"A mind that is stretched by new experiences can never go back to its old dimensions".
Everyone is talking about 'SKILLS', but what does this mean in terms of finding the path you want to take in life? Do you want to play to your strengths and shape your worklife for success?

You need certain skills for achieving success in your career, some important career building skills are:
  1. Read about the business or industry that you are interested in. Visit their websites and even call in to see people face-to-face.
  2. Communicate effectively. This covers verbal and written communication as well as listening. It is about learning to be clear, concise and focussed.
  3. Teamwork. You will most likely need to be able to be a team player, but also have the ability to manage and delegate to others as well as take on responsibility. Build positive working relationships.
  4. Negotiation. Think about what you want to achieve, but also be prepared to allow for the interests of all parties concerned.
  5. Problem solving. Can you be logical and analytical when solving problems and resolving issues?
  6. Leadership. Do you have the potential to motivate others and can you lead by example?
  7. Organisation. Show that you can prioritise, work efficiently and productively, and manage your time well.
  8. Perseverance and Motivation. Have you got that get-up-and-go attitude?
  9. Ability to work under pressure.
  10. Confidence. Have confidence in yourself and confidence in your friends.

Start thinking about where you might see yourself in 5 years from now!