Considerable work has been undertaken on career development and the role that it plays in the modern working life. This paper for the Career Industry Council of Australia seeks to build upon the work already done and to provide a clear model of guidelines for career development services in the Australian vocational education and training sector.
The term 'career development services' is used to refer to a wide range of programs and services whose main purpose is to help individuals to gain the knowledge, skills and attitudes to develop life skills and to manage their learning, work and careers. This paper focuses on VET and the role that career development services have in assisting people to make transitions, including from school to further training (including VET and higher education), and into the workplace. The aim of these guidelines is to inform the establishment and/or enhancement of a system which gives all VET students, as well as parents, schools and employers, access to expert, inclusive, relevant, fruitful and informed careers advice.