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SA unveils new online careers portal for students

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

A new $2 million one-stop-shop resource to help students find emerging career options has been unveiled at a maritime high school in Adelaide’s west.

MyCareerPortal, accessed via the SA Student Pathways website, will help students to explore career options and make informed choices about their learning and post-school pathways.

The South Australian Government says it is committed to giving students better careers education and information about growth industries so they can understand and pursue opportunities available here in South Australia, including defence and advanced manufacturing.

The new careers portal provides:

  • Information about key industries, including required VET and higher education pathways and average salaries. This includes a new virtual job experience hub to better understand different industries.
  • Easier access to employers to take on work experience opportunities.
  • A diagnostic tool to assess personality and learning styles to key careers.
  • A new career planning tool to better help students into their desired pathway.

The Government says the tool will have a focus on promoting careers in defence such as engineers, coders and cybersecurity or in advanced manufacturing such as electricians, boilermakers and gas fitters, as well as in demand fields such as early childcare, construction or education.

The career portal was launched at Le Fevre High School which has the state’s Maritime STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) specialisation – with Year 10, 11 and 12 courses for students in maritime operations, naval architecture and engineering.

“The MyCareerPortal will be a valuable resource for students to explore a range of career options and enables them to be involved in virtual work experience activities, making it accessible for everyone”, said LeFevre High School Principal, Kirri Minnican.

“Virtual and interactive career education is both exciting and worthwhile for students when making decisions for their future”.

MyCareerPortal is also available for students outside of school so that they can share their career exploration, discovery and planning activities with their parents and carers.

The portal has been developed for South Australian government schools by online company Year13.

Year13 Co-founder and Co-CEO, Saxon Phipps said they are very proud to be working with the South Australian Government on this initiative.

“We know that online career focused resources can make a big difference to the planning and preparation of young people for their life after school.”

“We are excited to have worked with the Department for Education to adapt our Career Tools platform in line with Student Pathways initiative to launch the MyCareerPortal.”

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