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Helpful websites for Career Advisers and Parents

The internet has become such a huge part of our lives, we now turn to the net for information on any and every subject. Careers information is no different. There are hundreds of websites with information about everything, from education and employment pathways to careers advice, and detailing personal experiences.

Amongst this maze of information it can be difficult to sift out the good quality information needed to inform career decisions. We are here to help! Below we have compiled some of the best websites for careers information, with a description of how you can use the information on them.

It is important to remember that even the best careers information can't replace careers advice. Young people need help understanding information, their strengths and weaknesses, and the range of options available to them.

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General career websites to use with young people

There are many general careers websites that can be used by students and job seekers, their advisers and parents. Use general careers website to find a broad range of information about the options available for education, employment, and career development.

Parents and career advisers can use these websites to understand options they can present to students and job seekers. You can use the information to suggest possible alternatives or other activities the young person may want to consider. The General Careers Websites listed below are also all appropriate for students and job seekers to use themselves.

Further education options

There are a large and confusing number of education pathways available to school leavers and adult students. It is important to consider all the possible pathways through education. This includes Australian Apprenticeships, vocational education and training, university. It is also important to think about government financial assistance. Future students can use these websites to find information on their options. Parents and career advisers can use them to gain insight into all further education pathways.

The Further education websites below are each focused on one main type of pathway. They also have information and resources relevant to future students regardless of which path they take.

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Labour market and job search information

Understanding the labour market is important when making decisions about future occupations. Australia has many industries that are growing, some that are stable, and others that are decreasing. Unemployment varies across regions, so knowing how industries are trending in different areas can inform choices about what local jobs might be.

Job search sites will often include information about the labour market and job opportunities, as well as careers advice. Seek, Career One and Indeed are more than just job listing sites. Take a look at the range of information and resources available on these sites.

The Labour market information and Job search sites provide valuable information on growth industries and occupations.

Using social media

Social media sites have lots of information about a range of topics, and this includes careers information! There is information for people at any stage of their career, and for career advisers and parents. Like or follow companies that provide careers information to stay updated about trends in their areas, and share information with students or job seekers. Make the most of #hashtags to search for specific information, such as #apprenticeships or #careers.

It is also important to remember that a social media presence is also your brand. If you don't want teachers and trainers, or potential employers to see something, make sure it is private. Even better, promote yourself and your career by creating a LinkedIn profile, and documenting your successes on Instagram and Facebook.

The Social media sites below can be used to follow careers information providers.

General career websites

myfuture

Australia’s National Online Career Information Service for career planning, pathway searching and work transitions. Some areas of myfuture require a login. Key areas of the site include:

  • Build your career profile: Answer quizzes and discover your interests for skills, education and training, work conditions and more.
  • Browse: Search for occupations, industries, courses and institutions.
  • Explore options: Use the Bullseye charts to explore pathways in learning areas, and read articles for tips by careers experts.
Job Jumpstart

Find new ways to explore careers and prepare for work by reading articles and using the tools provided. This Australian Government website has information about looking for a job, building a career, and at work.

  • Choose where you are at: Are you at school, on a gap year, in training or graduated, looking for a job or already working? Get collated information based on what you are doing.
  • Browse by activity: Information, articles and resources if you are looking for a job, building a career, or wanting to succeed at work.
Year13

Year13 is an online resource for post school options. They have information about a range of study and work options, gap years, and important issues for young people. Also take a look at their job boards.

SkillsRoad

Students and job seekers, parents and teachers are all covered by information and resources on this website. Get career advice, information about diverse training options, job hunting, and life hacks.

Further education websites

AAPathways

The Australian Apprenticeships Pathways website is a hub of apprenticeship and traineeship information. Use the personas to find information collated for students, job seekers and industry insiders. There are pages for family and friends, and career advisers.

  • Work type and Career interest explorer: Take a quiz to find out which types of work suit you best, then explore Australian Apprenticeship occupations related to those work types.
  • Bag of tricks: Here are a range of resources designed for career advisers and parent to use with students and job seekers.

MySkills

This Australian Government website is the national directory of vocational education and training organisations and courses. Browse training courses, compare providers, and find careers information for people starting, changing, or advancing their careers, and for career advisers.

  • Search courses: Get a list of courses related to the course or occupation and location you specify. Compare student outcomes and costs, then find training providers offering those courses.
  • News and events: Keep up-to-date with everything going on in the vocational education and training sector.

The Good Universities Guide

If you are looking for university information, this is the place to start. Similar to MySkills, you can browse training courses, compare providers, and find careers information for students, parents and career advisers.

  • Search courses: Look for courses by keyword, location and level of qualification, or mix up your search by looking for institutes, careers, ratings and scholarships.
  • Career ladders: These printable resources group related occupations into industries, and show progression through education levels. Great for parents and career advisers, or future students looking at related jobs.

Study Assist

This Australian Government website has information on study assistance available for people undertaking further education in Australia.

  • News and important information: Career advisers and parents can keep up-to-date with important information about reform packages, changes and updates to available study assistance.
  • What am I eligible for? Use this search feature to understand what financial assistance you or your future student might be able to access for their further education.

Labour market information

Job Outlook

This Australian Government website can help you make decisions about study and training, your first job, or the next step in your career. They have important information about employment trends across industries and occupations, including future job growth, wages information, and the typical skill level of people in that type of job.

  • Career quiz: Use the career quiz to find out what types of work you like doing, and what types of jobs relate to these work types.
  • Job profiles: Go into the job profiles to find out more about the types of work, job prospects, pathways, skills and knowledge needed in those roles.
The Labour Market Information Portal

The Labour Market Information Portal brings together data from a range of official sources to help you understand your local labour market. Explore regional data for unemployment and youth unemployment figures, and view the charts and maps for a visual representation of this data. You can also view the charts and maps for specific industries, to gain an understanding of how industries are trending in your region.

Job search sites

Seek

Create a profile on Seek to find out about the latest market information, get contacted by employers looking for people with your skills, and control who can see your information. Check out the latest career advice for tips on job searching and advancing your career.

Career One

The free resume evaluation provides you with specific ways to improve your resume by an expert. Their careers advice covers job hunting, career development, and information for in the workplace.

Indeed

Upload a resume to assist in your job search, and take a look at the top companies to work for. You can also search for salaries information for different jobs, and find out what companies are offering for new recruits.

Take a look at other job search sites here.

Social media sites

Facebook

Like and follow organisations on Facebook to get regular tips and updates about careers, education and employment. You can also search for hashtags, and look for companies advertising jobs. Share or tag your friends in posts they might find useful.

Twitter

Use Twitter to hear all the news in the careers sector. Recieve instant updates from governments and careers organisations, and interact by asking questions and retweeting information.

LinkedIn

The LinkedIn news feed is a great way to hear about what organisations are doing, and find out about events that are coming up in your area. Don't forget to make the most of your profile as a job search and career development tool.

YouTube

If you want to find out more about what is involved in a job, take a look on YouTube. Across a range of occupations there are videos showing what that job and industry are really like, and showcasing the personal experience of being in that role.

There are a huge number of websites with careers information and advice. Many sites are useful for students and job seekers, but also have important information for parents and career advisers.

General careers websites are a great first step to look at the range of options available and to get a background about careers. Further education sites will help school leavers and adults decide what type of education is for them. Labour market and job information is vital to understand what jobs exist and where the growth industries are.

Social media is a great way to keep updated with changes in the career landscape. You can share information with students and job seekers, friends and colleagues.