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Published on Friday, December 14, 2012 @ 9:13 AM by iccdppadm
14196 Views :: 57 Comments :: :: Career Development, Guidance in Tertiary Education, Assessing Effectiveness, Asia Pacific, New Zealand, Co-ordination and Leadership

This recent publication by Careers New Zealand provides a set of quality benchmarks for career development programmes and services in tertiary/post-secondary further and higher education and training in New Zealand. It outlines a clear and consistent framework to enable tertiary organisations and external bodies to review the effectiveness of their career development programmes and services. The benchmarks focus on the career management competencies/needs of students.

The benchmarks are presented in three categories:

-Student engagement

-Employer and industry engagement

-Tertiary organisation engagement.

A four point descriptive scale is used for each benchmark:



-Consolidating effectiveness

-Highly effective.

A very useful Glossary is provided.

This publication is highly recommended for tertiary education and training organisations.

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Published on Monday, September 24, 2012 @ 9:00 PM by iccdppadm
11459 Views :: 7 Comments :: :: Career Development, Public Policy, Assessing Effectiveness, Asia Pacific, Australia, Co-ordination and Leadership
This report, prepared in 2011 by Deloitte Access Economics for the Australian government, examines the options presented in the report prepared by NOUS (see previous publication on this site) for a National Career Development Strategy for Australia. In its introduction the report cautions that it is impossible to conduct a fully-fledged cost benefit analysis because of the granularity of the available data on the benefits of career development services due to the incomplete nature of the current evidence base. Among its conclusions are the need for investment in strengthening the evidence base, especially on the benefits generated by career development services provision.
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Published on Monday, September 24, 2012 @ 8:44 PM by iccdppadm
11766 Views :: 11 Comments :: :: Career Development, Public Policy, Asia Pacific, Australia, Co-ordination and Leadership
This paper, prepared by the NOUS Group, was commissioned by the Australian government to help it to develop its national career development strategy. Published in 2011, it describes the components of such a strategy and suggests options for its implementation. The components of the strategy are as follows:
  • vision
  • goals
  • leadership
  • governance
  • services - ICT
  • services - face to face
  • services - curriculum
  • quality standards
  • evidence
  • communications and marketing.
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Published on Monday, September 24, 2012 @ 8:22 PM by iccdppadm
9260 Views :: 7 Comments :: :: Career Development, Assessing Effectiveness, Asia Pacific, Australia, Expanding Access to Guidance, Co-ordination and Leadership
This recently published research report was compiled by Miles Morgan for the Australian government in order to inform future government strategy on policies for career development. It consists of a review of national and international career development research as well as consultations with experts and with States and Territories personnel. The review aimed to identify the evidence base for:
  • best practice career development models
  • the impacts and benefits of career development interventions on youth transitions
  • the skills young people need to enable them to manage their learning and work lifepaths
  • ways to address the needs of specific target groups.

Criteria for effective career development practice were distilled from the literature review. These included characteristics of

  • effective career development systems
  • effective delivery mechanisms
  • effective content.

These criteria were in turn applied to what happens in Australia at the moment and significant gaps were identified and recommendations made. This document is a very useful synthesis and starting point for countries who wish to develop or to improve career guidance provision for its citizens.

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Published on Thursday, September 20, 2012 @ 8:39 PM by iccdppadm
13216 Views :: 8 Comments :: :: Career Development, Public Policy, Improving Career Information, Training and Qualifications, Co-ordination and Leadership, Asia Pacific, Australia, Expanding Access to Guidance, Co-ordination and Leadership

This Green Paper published by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations in June 2012 proposes a way forward for a National Career Development Strategy for Australia. The Green Paper has been informed by extensive discussions with key stakeholders and by a number of national research projects.

The Australian Government recognises the need to support individuals, throughout their lives, to make appropriate choices about education, training and work, and to manage their careers successfully. A National Career Development Strategy will help to achieve this. The Green Paper:

·       outlines why career development is important for Australia’s future

·       indicates why Australia needs a National Career Development Strategy

·       suggests some initial priorities for a National Career Development Strategy; and

seeks feedback on these priorities.

This Green Paper provides very useful references to the research undertaken to inform the strategy and to good examples of practice as they exist at national, state and territory levels, and to international sources and approaches to career development and public policy.
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Career Education Benchmarks for Secondary Schools (New Zealand)
Published on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 @ 5:31 PM by iccdppadm
9025 Views :: 10 Comments :: :: Guidance in Schools and Training, Assessing Effectiveness, Asia Pacific, New Zealand, Co-ordination and Leadership, Career Management Skills
These benchmarks developed by Careers NZ through an iterative process are designed to help schools to evaluate their success in implementing careers education programmes and to improve their quality. They are presented as a self-review tool and consist of four sections:
  • Student learning outcomes: career management skills, the competencies that students should develop by the time they leave compulsory education. These learning outcomes are presented at two levels: competent student; highly competent student.
  • Inputs: school leadership, management and governance, creating a positive climate for career education. It includes providing sufficient resourcing and support, and ensuring that there are clear strategies and plans to enable a whole-school approach.
  • Inputs: school's approach for planning, implementing, evaluating and improving career development programmes and services to ensure that the needs of all students are met
  • Inputs: information systems - systems and processes for accessing, managing and evaluating information and resources.
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A Comparison of Career Guidance Information in the US and Japan
Published on Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 3:05 AM by iccdppadm
17162 Views :: 14 Comments :: :: Guidance for Unemployed Adults, Guidance for Employed Adults, Guidance for Older Adults, Improving Career Information, Asia Pacific, USA, Japan
While not an expert paper on career guidance information, this is an interesting informational article (2008) that compares the US and Japan in terms of challenges facing the economy and the workforce, challenges for particular work groups in certain economic sectors, and job seeking support systems including careers information.
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Pathway Planning; Informing learning, building connections, strengthening transitions
Published on Wednesday, April 13, 2011 @ 5:31 PM by iccdppadm
9391 Views :: 28 Comments :: :: Guidance in Schools and Training, Asia Pacific, Australia
Written in 2007 by Peter Tatham and Joyce Johnston, this report commissioned by the Tasmanian Department of Education, reviews the implementation of a pathways planning support programme for young Tasmanians in their post-school/compulsory education transitions. The aim of this support was to help young people plan, prepare, and make informed choices about post-school destinations within the overall Department policy of improving educational outcomes and retention and participation rates in education and training for young people aged 15 to 19 years. The review looks at the engagement of all stakeholders with the programme. Elements of the programme included work exploration, skills/attributes identification, and making future plans, delivered through class teaching and individual interview work.

The report illustrates the challenges encountered by school management, teachers, parents and young people when new components are added on to the formal curriculum of the school.
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The Economic Benefits of Career Development Services by CICA
Published on Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 7:00 PM by jmcadmin
13097 Views :: 16 Comments :: :: Funding Career Guidance, Assessing Effectiveness, Asia Pacific, Australia
This report was commissioned by the Careers Industry Council of Australia in 2006. It looked at possible areas of research on the economic benefits derived from the provision of career development services. The key benefit identified was better informed career decision-making that leads to improved labour market outcomes. The conclusions outline potential avenues to help inform future research into the economic benefits of career development services.
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Published on Wednesday, December 30, 2009 @ 3:48 AM by iccdppadm
13059 Views :: 5 Comments :: :: Career Development, Public Policy, Asia Pacific, New Zealand, Australia, Co-ordination and Leadership, Pacific Islands
This Communique is an output of the Pacific Careers Network (PCN) which was established at the International Symposium for Career Development and Public Policy held in Wellington, New Zealand, in November 2009. It outlines the background and aims of the Symposium, a vision for PCN and definition of career, how the network will function, whom its partners will be, and the next steps for action.
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