Student Career Education
Career Education at Mount Lilydale Mercy College begins at Year 7. In Years 7, 8 and 9 we focus on self-awareness. In Years 10, 11 and 12, our students focus on occupational awareness and decision-making, in preparation for employment and further education. To support our intensive careers programs at the College, we also run a Senior Careers Expo for all our Years 10 to 12 students (NB: other students are welcome to attend during recess).
Our Year 7 students begin by exploring themselves, their interests and their strengths. We profile our students to discover their 'Learning Style' and their 'Thinking Style'. This information is then available to students, parents and teachers, to ensure that we can provide the most supportive educational environment possible.
In Year 8, our students build on this to discover their education super power, by undertaking the 'Multiple Intelligence' test, followed up by a learning choices and future pathways booklet.
In Year 9, we start to prepare students for Work Experience. They investigate areas of interest and prepare resumes and cover letters in order to apply for positions within our community and beyond. Their work investigation is also made easier through interview coaching.
In Year 10 students secure work experience positions and make preparations for a safe work transition. They also explore their career directions by undertaking a career test and follow-up counselling sessions. They undertake their VCE subject selection with the support of one of our career counsellors.
In Year 11 our students have started their VCE and future career journey. They are supported along the way with one-on-one or group counselling sessions on an 'as needs' basis. They are also supported and encouraged through the process of Year 12 subject selection.
In Year 12, our students visit the Careers Resource Centre frequently. They spend time investigating courses and future employment options. They have one-on-one career counselling and return to discuss options as many times as they need. The careers counsellors facilitate career coaching to encourage students to maximise their personal and professional potential. Students in Year 12 also undertake course application and tertiary transition/information sessions during pastoral care time.