Career sustainability for NSWDET secondary careers advisers is, for the purpose of this paper, defined as "...the maintenance of a stable or upward employment trajectory in the longer term" (Kellard, Walker, Ashworth, Howard & Liu, 2001, p.
Can you please provide a list and brief description of career management practices currently provided by the NSWDET for secondary careers advisers in NSWDET schools?
Types of career management interventions provided by the NSWDET
46) as a guide, the major career management interventions provided for secondary careers advisers were, according to these stakeholders: electronic job listings accessed through the NSWDET web-based portal (this site was also used to provide information for Regional Vocational Education Consultants (RVECs) to pass on to careers advisers); formal preparation for merit selection to other positions; careers adviser training via the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology Graduate Certificate in Career Education and Development; support from RVECs who also had the role of facilitating regional careers adviser networks; resources available through the NSWDET School to Work Program that could be used by careers advisers to "organise and manage their work" and the Program itself which gives "...
Pam noted that the NSWDET also provided an eight day session in Sydney, with a four day induction course that covers various aspects of the School to Work Program, work experience, and legalities (which were a part of the Graduate Certificate in Career Education and Development).
The NSWDET also had active links with the CAANSW, provided presenters for its professional development activities, and actively encouraged careers advisers to attend the CAANSW's professional development opportunities.
Effectiveness of such career management interventions in assisting NSWDET secondary careers advisers to achieve their professional and organisational objectives
The views on current career provisions provided by NSWDET given by the participants were mixed.
She noted that although there was indirect career management by the NSWDET through the fostering of careers adviser networking and industry contacts, she believed that this was not an active intervention.
Similarly, Ali could not see any effective provision of practices by the NSWDET for its careers advisers.
Ali believes that career management practices provided by the NSWDET '...
Nadine also commented favourably on the effectiveness of management practices provided for careers advisers by the NSWDET such as the RMIT Graduate Certificate course (teach.NSW, 2008c), industry presentations, and university information days.