The Career Maze – Guiding your children towards a successful future

“Our job as parents and career practitioners is to help young people come to know their unique and individual selves well enough to choose the right paths to move forward into becoming competent adults they desire to be” (p13, The Career Maze.).

This book is a guide for parents to help their children build the foundations for early career choices, and lifelong career progress, giving practical ways to

  • grow aspirations, and self-belief – essential pre requisites for career confidence
  • help your child grow in self-knowledge- the key to choosing the career paths that create motivation, achievement and satisfaction
  • use simple exercises and strategies with your children to create real and helpful career conversations
  • learn how to lay the groundwork for future employability and resilience….


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Your 21st Century Career

This book will help you get into work that suits you, and offer ways to keep yourself current, resilient, in touch with your career progress, as well as connected to your values and the way you want to live your life.

This is the career of the 21st century, and no matter your age and stage of life, there are learnings that can help you develop a happier and more satisfying career; simple understandings and strategies that allow you to find the path you want and work in a way that better suits you.

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Career Management Guide
The Career Management Guide – Taking Charge

Many young people fail to understand that employment involves a contract for behaviours as well as performance.

Use this resource to help them realise there is a Professional YOU and a Casual You, a productive you and a social you. They don’t both come to work.

The Career Management GuideTaking Charge provides strategies for developing the key skills of employability and self-management..

  • Self-Management – helps young people succeed in the transition to higher study and the workplace, with ways to self-manage study and monitor their progress.
  • Project Manage Your Study introduces the workplace concept and skills of  Project Management as a means of encouraging students to organise themselves and their study in a new and relevant framework, with the motivating factor of learning a future skill.
  • Understand Employability is a section that encourages self-assessment of baseline workplace starter skills as well as more complex employability skills.
  • Knowledge of the Professional YOU is required across all age groups as employers make it clear that they want young people to know what workplace behaviour to a high standard means.
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I Can Cards

These I Can cards are designed to strengthen career identity in young people who do not think they have any skills. They encourage skills conversations with students at risk – often young men – who are least likely to be able to talk about their dreams or name their skills. If they can’t name their skills they don’t think they have any!

These starter I Can cards describe the skills of a particular activity, and match associated qualities and learning skills required by the activity.

Use for one-to-one conversations, or group work around skills; to reinforce and validate existing skill development, what they already know how to do.

Use as posters, and encourage students/ groups to make their own around the activities they love.

This set is for the activities of Skateboarding, Surfing, Music and Mechanics.



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Hands On and highly skilled
Hands On (and Highly Skilled)

Use this attractive and visual program to help your students or your children to decide which trade or hands on occupation may suit them.

A visually engaging tool, it is both educative and reflective. It provides a framework against which young people can easily assess their interests and motivations.

With this tool students will be able to;

  • Differentiate between trades or job areas;
  • Produce a personal interest report with links to further information on ITO websites and careers services.
  • Relate their choices to vocational pathways.
  • Assess themselves against descriptions related to each job/trade.
Hands On can be a companion tool to Choices.  Designed to engage and educate the user on a range of technical and trades work so that decision-making is easier, and likely to be a better ‘fit’.
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A visually engaging computer program, it is proving useful and effective with people from a wide range of ages and cultures. The program takes 10-20 minutes to complete. Instructions for use are provided.

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Choices Match Compass Tool

PARENTS / CAREERS Practitioners
Here is a short self-assessment tool specifically designed for age 15+ secondary students to learn to
-self assess for directions that suit their learning, interests and future skills training
-recognise that skills are transferable to multiple industries
-explore areas to begin their career search – and contribute to subject choices decisions

Free Resource – No payment necessary – just register or login to download.

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Becoming a Competent Learner and Career Manager
Student Self-Management Sheets
For success in post school opportunities, students need to lift their competencies and skills – they are making the transition to become adult self directed learners, and they need help to know what is expected of them. This resource is designed to:
  • assist your senior students to develop the skills for their next learning step, and provide an ongoing reminder of what they must master
  • educate them about career management skills and strategies for 21st century work
  • record their progress on key decision-making area

These summary sheets are most suitable for those students who are in their final years of secondary school, and who are going on to tertiary education and training. Their next step is to become adult self directed learners, and the skills – and language – of the document prepares them for this.

This is a 4 page, A3 sized resource in full colour, which is visually attractive and engaging.  Why pen and paper? For easy access, for you, other teachers, and the student.

  • page 1 provides self rating columns for self-managed study and career decision-making skills (promoting skills of monitoring progress);
  • page 2 provides a reflective exercise on Self, Skills and Possibilities (promoting skills of analysing and reflecting);
  • page 3 provides a record of progress in career decision-making areas (promoting skills of exploring and researching);
  • page 4 gives information on building assets for a 21st century career (promoting skills of managing and strategising).
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