A new report emphasises that as the working lives of young people become more casualised and insecure, they will need career development services to help them navigate these difficult work transitions, and need them for longer.
The report, Career development
supporting young Australians: A literature review, has been published jointly
by the Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) and the National Centre for Vocational
Education Research (NCVER), and commissioned by Youth Connect. It outlines the
existing careers programs and resources available to young Australians.
The main findings are that:
Young people need early intervention
to ‘strengthen and inform social networks and raise aspirations’.
Careers advice and education should be integrated into the school
More interaction with role models, mentors, employers and the workplace
Tailored approaches to meet the specific needs of young people,
particularly disadvantaged youth, are needed.
Parents, educators, social services, community and employers need to be
engaged with young people.
Students from low socioeconomic backgrounds and those in regional, rural
and remote locations are particularly vulnerable and may have much more limited
exposure to various career possibilities than those from urban areas. And today
it is not just young people without qualifications who are finding it tough: ‘ “difficult
transitions” are now being experienced by a greater proportion of young people,
even those with tertiary qualifications, and not just by those historically
labelled as disadvantaged’.
The authors emphasise that trained careers practitioners and teachers
are vital, and that parents need to play a role too. Employers can help in
boosting the confidence of young jobseekers by providing careers talks or work
experience; UK research shows that these experiences have a direct and
measurable effect on the ability of young people to find work.