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BIA's Career Pathways program on track to assess more than 900 students during coming year

Demand for the BIA Career Pathways program is increasing, with the service now on track to provide assistance to more than 900 high school students across the Greater Brisbane area. In a structured post-assessment survey, 98% of students at one school reported that the Program assisted them to understand their interests, capabilities and values, and was beneficial in making informed career and subject choices.

Specialising in a streamlined approach which allows assessment of an entire Year 10 cohort, the BIA Career Pathways program adds value to and supports the school's Guidance Counsellor and SET planning process.  Dean of Teaching and Learning at St Patrick's College at Shorncliffe, Christopher Campbell states, "The Career Pathways program has reduced the time for the teacher, parent and student SET planning meeting."

The unique program utilises a team of highly trained consultants to engage with students in a structured one-on-one interview.  During the 1.5 hour long discussion, the student's abilities, values and personality are explored before navigating through an interactive process designed to explore and generate preferred career path options.

This allows students to make informed decisions about subjects, course selections, occupations and their future.

Mrs Louise Olley, Head of Campus at St Eugene College at Burpengary observed, "The teaching and administration staff at our school take the careers and futures of our students very seriously and feel that it is our duty to give our students the best opportunity to succeed.  That is why, when we became aware of the BIA Career Pathways program, we felt that it was worth pursuing to help our career advisers and students with some of the critical decisions they were facing."

As well as assisting students in their choices, other schools have reported:

  • 40% reduction in the number of students who need to be advised to reconsider their subject choices for an OP grade.
  • Reduction in the number of students changing subjects in the early part of Year 11.
  • Benefits to the school in terms of helping with curriculum development.
  • School budget resources able to be directed more suitably.
  • Generation of year-on-year quantitative data allows monitoring of occupational trends.