Community sector workers working with young people have a range of resources at their fingertips to help them support young clients who are planning their careers or making decisions about leaving school. Here’s a rundown on what’s available to help point young people in the right direction as they take their first steps down the employment pathway.

Job and Career Advice

The JobJumpStart website is operated by Jobs and Small Business. It has a range of job and career related advice – it’s a one stop shop!

JobJumpStart has dedicated information for those at school or looking for a job. For those at school planning their career there are a range of resources to assist in the decision making process. There is also information on skill shortage areas.

In addition to the JobJumpStart website operated by Jobs and Small Business, there is also Job Outlook.  Job Outlook helps young people to make decisions about study and training, their first job, or the next step in their career.

Young people can learn about:

  • their future career outlook, pay, main tasks, physical and other demands.
  • skills, knowledge and abilities they may need.
  • ideas for careers you can aim for now or in the future.
  • follow links to job vacancies and related courses.

For those supporting career development, the Australian Government’s Department of Jobs and Small Business website has a wealth of information specifically for young people. It explores the programs, income supports and pathways available to young jobseekers.

Looking For Work

The Government’s Jobsearch website is where young people can go to actively look for work. The website assists both employers and job seekers to place or find a job. Importantly,it provides links to local service providers as well as specific locations of the industry and occupation people are interested in. If job seekers are having trouble finding a job in the local area, comprehensive information is provided for those considering moving outside the local area to increase their chances of finding a job.

The Jobsearch website draws important information from the Departments Labour Market Information portal to provide young people with valuable insight into where the jobs of the future will be, with projections of employment growth over the next five years by region, industry, and occupation

Advice for School Leavers

A website called Year 13 draws on the experiences of young people to actively engage and involve them in its co-design. Developed from the young person’s perspective, Year13 has broken things down and sorted it all out so you can find anything you need to know about jobs, studying, gap years, travelling, apprenticeships, money and discounts.

As the Year 13 website says: “A wise man once said, “any decision is better than no decision,” and finishing school comes with a ship load of decisions! Lucky for you, there are no wrong answers. If the world is your oyster, then Year 13 is the knife that’ll wrench apart that shell to reveal the goodness inside. So, let’s eat!

Information compiled from the North Coast Career Pathways Taskforce.



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