Leading Education and Career Planning Tool Expands into Australia

Students in Australia can now access the Naviance platform to identify tertiary and career opportunities at home and abroad

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – 30 May 2016 – Hobsons, the leading provider of tertiary education and career readiness, admissions and enrolment management, and student success and advising solutions, today announced at the EduTECH International Congress & Expo the expansion of its popular digital platform, Naviance, into the Australian market. The new solution will enable local students in Australia to explore tertiary education, training pathway and career options in Australia and abroad.

Naviance helps increase student engagement in school by aligning strengths and interests to long-term academic and career goals. This enables counsellors and school administrators to track progress towards those goals and advise on the best academic or training pathway at the school level for each student.

Worldwide, more than 10,000 schools in more than 100 countries already use Naviance to help students explore and apply to colleges, vocational bodies and universities. As part of the Australian expansion, Naviance will now incorporate Australian higher education institutions, TAFEs and private training providers to aid local K-12 students in selecting the best post-secondary outcome for their unique needs.

A recent Gallup Student Poll found that student engagement in Australia declines significantly over time, dropping from 75 percent of students who report that they are engaged in their studies in Year 5 to just 51 percent in Year 12. As a result, educators across Australia are looking for new ways to help students make the connection between academics and their lifelong goals. 

“We needed a solution that helps our students, who are often from families with no history of higher education participation, understand themselves and then apply that knowledge to set goals for opportunities they would not have otherwise considered.” said Margie Lee from Northern Adelaide Senior College. “Naviance helps our school to engage students by demonstrating how their educational success and choices today affect their long-term goals, opening a world of possibilities.”

The Naviance platform includes tools that enable students to explore their strengths and connect their interests to academic and career paths. Counsellors and educators also use Naviance to deliver individualised guidance and instruction to each student, helping to tailor their search for post-secondary education, identify the best-fit academic or vocational training path for them, and track their progress along the way. 

 “We are thrilled to provide local students in Australia with the tools to contextualise their education and plan for their future,” said Stephen M. Smith, president of advising and admissions solutions at Hobsons. “Students will be able to explore how their interests match to tertiary courses, vocational training and careers and to identify education options that will be a good fit. Our expansion into the Australian market reflects our mission to ensure that all students have the support and resources they need to succeed academically and in life.”  

The platform will be available for the first time to secondary schools in Australia and will expand its reach to schools in South East Asia giving students in the region access to better information about higher education options in the United States, UK, India and Australia, with many more countries to follow. For more information about Naviance, visit the website here.


About Hobsons
Hobsons helps students identify their strengths, explore careers, create academic plans, match to best-fit educational opportunities, and reach their education and life goals. Through our solutions, we enable thousands of educational institutions to improve college and career planning, admissions and enrollment management, and student success and advising for millions of students around the globe. Hobsons works with more than 12,000 schools, colleges, and universities and serves more than 13 million students.

Media Contact:  Sarah Herring, +1 202-479-7149, sarah@whiteboardadvisors.com


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