A recent report anticipates that Australian workforce dynamics will change significantly over the next 20 years. The report predicts changes in traditional employment models, greater entrepreneurial activity, and diversification into new industries across the country.

Hobsons conducted a survey of school counsellors and other educators to determine how students are being prepared for the changing economy. The results give a picture of tertiary and career preparation for students across Australia.

1. Tertiary and career education planning should begin earlier.

The survey found that the majority of tertiary and career education planning begins in Year 10. This may be too late as Australia’s Gallup Student Poll revealed that student engagement is highest in earlier years. Helping students identify postsecondary goals will help them see why school is relevant to their future.

2. Tertiary and career planning activities are often not aligned to readiness standards.

While 83 percent of students have at least one educator assigned to tertiary and career planning, classroom activities are often not aligned to tertiary and career readiness standards. Half of the educators surveyed indicated that teacher lessons are not aligned to readiness standards, indicating a disconnect between planning and classroom preparation.

3. More teacher professional development is needed.

The majority of teacher professional development is not aligned to tertiary and career preparation standards, and 53 percent of respondents stated that teachers do not know what skills are required of their students upon graduation.

For a complete look at the survey findings, download the report here.

Schools must continue to adapt to prepare all students to succeed in the new economy. Broad awareness of education and career options, and how those options align to strengths and interests will be critical, as will strong social and emotional skills including decision-making and adaptability. Contact us today to see how Hobsons can help.

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