The decisions that young people make at school have a big impact on their lives – affecting not just their further education, training or employment, but also their social lives and finances. Students are more engaged in education and highly motivated about their future when they have a clear understanding of themselves and how they might live and work when they leave school.
Careers are now increasingly seen not as being ‘chosen’ but as being constructed through the series of choices about learning that students make throughout their lives. Career education in this sense need not be confined to the few, and must, be made accessible to all.
The two key components of career education and career guidance are:
- career education – developing knowledge, skills and attitudes through a planned
program of learning experiences in education which will assist students to make
informed decisions about their study or work options
- career guidance – assisting individuals to make educational, training and
occupational choices and to manage their careers and move from a general
understanding of life and work to a specific understanding of the realistic learning
and work options that are open to them.
Supporting students in making well informed choices about subjects can lead them to have a more optimistic outlook on life, sense of purpose and greater level of contribution that they make to their families and society. Thus, its imperative students engage in career ready programs early on in their school years.
Career Ready Program in Malaysia
The Future Leaders Internship Program (FLIP) offers a ‘Be Career Ready Program’ which aims to help students in making decisions at key transition points and supports their successful transition from school to further education and universities. At the completion of the program, students will be able to identify short term personal, educational, and career goals as well as develop these essential 21 st century skill sets.
The program incorporates design thinking sessions, sessions with industry partners, mentorship and culminates with hands on work experience through an industry placement. At FLIP, we encourage our students to develop an online portfolio which captures and documents the students journey. By doing so, students will be able to develop and maintain a career portfolio documenting skills and competencies leading to tertiary education and a successful careers.