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Kurnai's Career & Pathways team work closely together to deliver career and transition programs for students in Yr 9 – Yr 12, with the sole aim of fostering a culture which values all occupations, pathways, and aspirations of all our students.

The Career & Pathways team provides guidance, relevant and up-to-date information, and a large range of activities that assists individuals make informed decisions about career options, pathways, and school subjects.


  • Tertiary courses, University and TAFE courses
  • Employment opportunities, including new apprenticeships, traineeships, and jobs pathways
  • Individual careers counselling
  • Information seminars from industry and employers



Student's at Kurnai College are serviced by two career advisers located on the senior campus at the GEP, and a number of Year level team leaders on the junior campuses at both Churchill and Morwell.

  • Assistance with all VCE programs,
  • Post VCE study at all universities, TAFEs and private college's Australia wide
  • VTAC Applications
  • SEAS Special Entry Access Schemes
  • DOTS – Diploma of tertiary studies
  • Accommodation post-VCE
  • Scholarships
  • Study options overseas
  • Subject choices
  • Job applications / Resumes


Career Team Contacts:

GEP Campus: Kylie O'Donnell, Cherie Vajler

Ph: 51323831

Churchill Campus: Sandra Flake

Ph: 51323700

Morwell Campus: Karen Anders

Ph: 51650600


What is a career?

A career includes all the roles you undertake throughout your life - education, training, paid and unpaid work, family, volunteer work, leisure activities and more.

"Career" was traditionally associated with paid employment and referred to a single occupation. In today's world, the term career is seen as a continuous process of learning and development. Activities that contribute to a career can include:

  • training
  • education
  • employment
  • work experience
  • community activities
  • enterprise activities
  • employment
  • different life roles
  • volunteer work
  • leisure activities

Career choices

Making the best career choices involves:

  • knowing yourself - what you like (your interests), what you are good at (your skills and abilities), what is important to you (values)
  • getting to understand the world of work - what's out there
  • learning how to make informed decisions
  • finding out how to achieve objectives.

My Future

myfuture is a national, online career exploration and information system. Log on to www.myfuture.com to create your own personal profile that can help you to identify a range of career options.

You can go to My Guide to:

  • Find out more about yourself, your skills, interests, values, and aspirations
  • Discover what occupations suit you
  • Learn about the world of work
  • Explore your creativity and enterprise skills
  • Plan your career pathway and set goals

You can go to The Facts to find out about:

  • Occupations
  • Where to get funding, grants and scholarships
  • Support agencies
  • Australian Apprenticeships
  • Post-school education and training
  • Education and training providers
  • Employment conditions, employment trends and where the jobs are

What is a pathway?

Pathway is a word we use to describe our choice in education, training and employment – the steps we take to achieve our goals.

Finding my path

The choices we make during our lives are the decisions that shape our future and will determine the type of lifestyle we will have.  Setting goals along your life journey is one way of achieving your dreams. While you are at school you have the opportunity to explore the numerous choices available to you in relation to your future.

Investigating your pathways can help you to keep track of what is available to you in relation to your education and training, personal aspirations and social goals – without locking into a particular pathway.

The pathway you choose will probably differ from those of your friends, and most likely will be quite different from the pathway your parents have chosen.

Your pathways journey can be interesting and challenging, and whatever pathway you choose, you need to spend time investigating what each pathway has to offer before deciding to take it.

Developing a pathways plan

Our career advisers work closely with you from Yr 9 until you leave school to help you develop a pathways plan.  A pathway plan is essential to getting your future career plans on track, and discovering what is available to you in your local community.

By developing a pathways plan, you can prepare yourself for change by building up contacts, finding information and making concrete decisions to help you meet the new challenges in your life.

A pathway plan can empower you by giving you the knowledge you need to feel confident about pursuing your goals and dreams after you leave school.

Future pathways

There are many pathways from school that can lead to a rewarding career. After school you can:

  • do an apprenticeship
  • continue with further education and training either through vocational and technical education or university
  • find work
  • take a gap year and do community work and/or travel

There are so many options that it can sometimes be overwhelming, but remember that people can move between pathways and are not restricted to one occupation or education level.

  • Vocational Education & Training (VET)
  • University
  • Employment
  • Apprenticeships / Traineeships


Vocational Education and Training is directly job-related and competency based. These courses are good for students who like study that is practical and hands on.

Provides hands-on opportunities for young people while they are still at school. Programs provide opportunities and pathways for senior secondary students (Years 10 to 12).

For further information, see VET in Schools.


SBAs allow students to combine study and employment and begin their apprenticeship while they are still at school, and they earn a wage as they work and study. Students can do their Victorian Certificate of Education or the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning while undertaking their School Based Apprenticeship. This means they spend some time at school and some in the workplace.

For more information on VET in Schools or School Based Apprenticeships you can talk to the career advisers or VET coordinator at your school, or visit the website listed below:

Australian Apprenticeships and Traineeships


About 30 percent of students go directly to university from school. There are however alternative pathways by transferring from recognised VET studies or undertaking bridging or foundation programs to help prepare students for university courses.

In considering university it is important to explore the university and course requirements including prerequisite Year 11 and 12 subjects. Students need to consider the costs of university study and the costs of living, possibly away from home. They should also explore the opportunities for work after graduation.

For more information about studying at university check out the following websites:




A paid job brings an income, freedom and the chance to learn and do new things. Getting a first job is not always easy, and people often have to apply for a number of jobs before they are successful.

  • Remember that about 80 percent of jobs are never formally advertised. It is important to ‘access your allies' and use any networks (family and friends) you may have to find out about work opportunities.
  • Get someone else to check your job applications and resumes.
  • Practice interview techniques.
  • You may not succeed initially, but try to remain positive.


It is increasingly important to continue with education and training. Twenty years ago, about 40% of all students went on to further study.  Now 60% of school students go on to further study.

Today, people without post-school qualifications are less likely to gain long-term full employment.

Therefore it is really important to keep learning and developing your skills and abilities throughout your life. Most Year 12 school leavers will go on to do tertiary education, whether that be at TAFE, university, or a private training organisation.

The website below is a portal for Year 12 students who are thinking about their post-school options. The portal has tips and ideas on the wide range of options available after Year 12 including:

  • Future work opportunities
  • Post-school education and training
  • Working while you learn
  • The benefits of education and training



Year 9

Year 10

Feb Life Skill Coaching (1/2 day)

March Work Experience Prep Program (3 -4 days)



June 13 1st STEP (1day)

July 14 – 18 Career Pathway Sessions (Monash/Federation faculty visits)

July 24 Parent Info Night

July 27 Herald Sun Careers Expo

August 15 – 23 2nd STEP (1 hour)




Year 11

Feb - May Career Voyage Program (40 minute session all students)

April AGE Careers Expo

April Uni student for a day

June - Aug Industry Visits & Guest speakers


Year 12

Feb - Aug Career Counselling Interviews (30 - 40 minutes)


June Melbourne University Trip (2 day)

August Monash/Federation Faculty Visits

August VTAC INFO Sessions

Sept VTAC Applications