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Ready To Succeed Toolkit for High Schools




For Career Advisors and Transition to Work Coordinators

Focused on youth employment, the Ready to Succeed toolkit was developed through our most recent Community Collaboration with high schools, industry/government departments and community service providers. Designed to support Career Advisors and Transition to Work Coordinators, this toolkit can assist high school students in their career planning towards a successful transition to meaningful work and/or further training and education.

Getting started…

How do I pick which activities to give to students? Within each School Year Module in this toolkit, activities are listed starting from No. 1 onwards. It is recommended the activities be completed in the order in which they are numbered. Otherwise review the activity you select and make sure it doesn’t coincide with another from that year.

How can I use this toolkit with our existing careers program? These activities can be used in addition to existing careers work being taught. This toolkit is designed to enhance your current program. Based on this toolkit alone, a suggested annual plan could look like this Toolkit Activity Plan. This plan can be altered to your discretion and include existing work you are currently delivering.

Can a student start this toolkit work from any school year? Yes. If students start using the toolkit for example in Year 10, it is recommended to give students activities from the previous years, Year 7, 8 and 9 marked with an asterisk (*) indicated on the Toolkit Activity Plan. These activities with an asterisk (*) are suggested pre-requisites to do because they introduce students to important career concepts as they develop and explore their careers. It is to the teacher’s discretion if they choose additional subjects from another year in the toolkit to give to students in later years.

Why are some activities repeated in other years in this toolkit? Some activities are repeated across a number of years, for example the ‘Researching Careers Project’ activity and the eight ‘Employability Log Worksheets’. As students gain more insight into themselves each year, their perspective on things change, and their need to explore their interests and skills develops. Hence revisiting this work is an important process in discovering areas to work on and carefully match a student’s skill set and interests according to their career journey, creating a realistic career plan.

What will happen when students start using this toolkit and what will they do with the work once completed? The activities in this toolkit have been designed to encourage student conversations with careers staff, parents, class mates, community (prospective employers). Please be prepared and have a clear process for students to follow to access and discuss their career needs and plans with school staff. It is also important to have a process that enables students to revisit their career development work from this toolkit and review their progress, hence establishing a Student Career Portfolio folder online is recommended for all students to have. It is also a place where teachers or parents can go and review the career planning progress of the student.


Before you start using this toolkit, it is recommended Career Advisors and Transition to Work Coordinators familiarise themselves first with the following:

Get to know the RESOURCES in Section 2: The School Section. These are current and standard resources you should already be using. You may need to revisit these websites occasionally and be aware of any regular updates.

Visit the Department of Education Intranet as well as their Website. Support for all Career Advisers in NSW click here. Resources and reference to this website are mentioned in this toolkit.







For further information on this program, please email info@unitedway.com.au or call 1300 780 345.


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United Way Australia acknowledges the content developer Helen Drousas from Careermangoe.
View all acknowledgements.All website URL links are correct at time of publishing [July 2016]. Please contact United Way if a link no longer functions.This material was created with funding by Genworth Australia.




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