General capabilities and career education


Career education is the development of knowledge, skills and attitudes through a planned program of learning experiences in education and training settings to assist students to make informed decisions about their study and/or work options and enable effective participation in working life (Future Ready: A student focused National Career Education Strategy, 2019). 

To prepare students for their future careers, Future Ready: A student focused National Career Education Strategy focuses on the importance of building the skills and general capabilities they will need in the workplace; strengthening school and employer collaboration; and developing students' career management and navigation skills. 

The Australian Curriculum provides opportunities for teachers to develop school-based approaches to career education. Through the effective use of the three dimensions of the curriculum – learning areas, general capabilities and cross-curriculum priorities – teachers can plan innovative and context-specific career education programs to suit the needs of their students and the community.   

The illustrations of practice showcased in this resource demonstrate how a range of schools across Australia have incorporated the key objectives of the Future Ready: A student focused National Career Education Strategy in different approaches to career education.

View matrix of illustrations of practice here