Job Outlook is a careers and labour market research information site to help students investigate possible future careers. There is a wealth of information covering hundreds of individual occupations. http://joboutlook.gov.au/
In this website, students can target careers they are already interested in as well as seeing dozens they may never have considered. Having a list from A-Z helps students who have little idea of where to start. The list includes some fascinating careers and the information provided about each is practical and up to date. Here is a quick introduction to the website so that you can share this with your teenager…
CAREERS are listed alphabetically. See the tab ‘A-Z’ at the top of the page…
Students can find interesting and valuable information on each career. If we look at ARCHITECTS, here is what can be found…
*OVERVIEW (A concise snapshot of the career.)
‘Architects plan and design buildings, provide concepts, plans, specifications and detailed drawings, negotiate with builders and advise on the procurement of buildings.’
*TASKS (Gives students a good summary of main activities.)
- Obtains advice from clients and management to determine type, style and size of planned buildings and alterations to existing buildings.
- Provides information regarding designs, materials and estimated building times.
- Prepares project documentation, including sketches and scale drawings, and integrates structural, mechanical and aesthetic elements in final designs.
- Writes specifications and contract documents for use by builders and calls tenders on behalf of clients.
- Inspects construction work in progress to ensure compliance with plans, specifications and quality standards.
*PROSPECTS (Useful information about the demand for this career, average age, gender etc.)
*PATHWAYS (Useful links and resources as well as providing a link to Course Seeker which is another fantastic website. In Course Seeker, students can locate tertiary courses in any state in Australia. www.courseseeker.edu.au
*SKILLS and KNOWLEDGE (This highlights the exact skills and knowledge needed in this career as well as the main types of activities covered in the day to day work.)
*WORK ENVIRONMENT (This covers typical demands of the job, work values and interests that are key to being successful in this career.)
After looking at all of the information on a career, young people should ask themselves these questions…
- Do I currently have the skills required in this career or could I develop them?
- Am I interested in the tasks and work environment? Can I imagine working in this career and being happy?