Celebrating National Careers Week: career practitioners share top career tips!

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Lois Keay-Smith, Director of Career Wisdom and a qualified career practitioner shares what advice she gives her clients on changing their career path.

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To help celebrate National Careers Week, a number of career development practitioners are sharing their top career tips through a series of videos.

Career development practitioners provide important services that help people manage their careers, through assisting them to make occupational and study decisions, plan career transitions, and find career information. They work across a range of settings including schools, TAFEs, universities,  jobactive employment services providers, business organisations, government and in some community agencies and private practice.

The Department of Education, Skills and Employment spoke to seven career practitioners and asked them to share their top career tips to celebrate National Careers Week.

Gina Chinnery is a career practitioner with Orygen, a youth mental health organisation in Melbourne and her top career tip is to, “…become a life-long learner and take an active role in your own career development”.

Matthew Crosby, Head of Department, Student Pathways Redlynch State College said that, “…it is never too late to change your career direction”, and Rosie Nelson, a careers practitioner with Chisolm Institute, gave her best piece of advice that, “There is no one route to a destination but many paths”.

National Careers Week, is an initiative of the Career Industry Council of Australia and is an annual week of activities putting the spotlight on how a career is more than just a job.

This national week is a way for all Australians to celebrate careers, career development and career development practitioners, while also promoting the economic, social and personal benefits of career development.

The National Careers Institute, a part of the Department of Education, Skills and Employment, was established to ensure Australians have access to high quality career information and support regardless of their age and stage.

This year, the Department is marking the occasion of National Careers Week by sharing the success stories of the Australian VET Alumni and the National Careers Ambassador. The National Careers Institute has partnered with Year13 to deliver their inaugural Digital Career Expo, which aims to help students reach the end of their school studies while also thinking about their next steps. It also reflects on the need to reskill and upskill in areas of employer demand, at all stages of your career through pathways such as vocational education and training.

Find out more about National Careers Week at careersweek.com.au


  • Watch all seven Career Practitioner videos on Youtube

More Information

  • National Careers Week runs from 18–24 May and the many online events, from local, targeted education and employment opportunities, to national webinars can be found at: careersweek.com.au/events-page/

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