Reimagining Careers Education

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Our professional development and networking series is free and packed with interesting guests, news, ideas, and debate. Tap into these discussions with leaders working to make careers education as inspiring and powerful as it should be. 

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2023 Session 1: MARCH
Change & challenge in elite sport
RC_2023 session 1 Justine Whipper

In our discussion with Justine Whipper, General Manager of player development and wellbeing at the Australian Cricketers' Association we explored career challenges in elite sport, some of the conflicting priorities for athletes, and changes in the field.

2023 SPECIAL Session


The Transformative Impact of Careers Education in Year 6.

At this event we heard from several inspiring educators about how they used BECOME in the year 6 (or 5/6) classroom. This extract (14 min) covers one school's experience and the benefits they saw in student engagement, curiosity and optimism.

2022 Session 1: MAY

In our first session for 2022 we welcome Matt Dolan, Futures Educator at Lindfield Learning Village. With Matt's insight, innovation is on the table, specifically how we innovate in careers education in the midst of a pandemic.

2022 Session 2: JUNE

Jim Bright, co-author of the Chaos Theory of Careers, discusses the role of ambiguity and uncertainty in careers education and career planning. If the last two years have taught us anything, it is that change is constant. We discuss what this means for students and careers educators.

2022 session 3: JULY

Peter Hutton, CoFounder and Director of Future Schools, joins us for a provocative chat about the role that student futures plays in a great school, and why student futures is relevant to all educators.

2022 Session 4: OCTOBER


Overwhelmingly, student aspirations come from a very short list of career ideas. Recent data analysis by BECOME provides a real-life look at how student aspirations are shaped by their context. Discuss the data with us, and why we ought to do something about it.


Jo Gleeson is co-author of a Monash University discussion paper that has been  making waves: Young women choosing careers: Who decides? Jo and her colleagues found that young women aren't exercising full agency over their own career direction and ideas. We discussed how much of your aspirations should be shaped by your context, and why it's worrying when that causes career stress.


2021 Session 1:
The Burning Issues Facing
Careers Leaders in 2021

As a careers educator, what keeps you up at night? We revisit our first session topic from 2020 to talk about how far things have moved on and what challenges lie ahead.

The discussion ranges from the reading, reports and events that are informing our professional practice now, to how careers guidance is seen as crucially important in a time of change and uncertainty.

2021 Session 2:
Teenage Career Preparation:
What Really Works?

Special guest, Dr Anthony Mann of the OECD presents on the latest results from the OECD Career Readiness project. Using data from over 70 countries including Australia, the project identified important new teenage indicators of better outcomes in adult employment. These include how teenagers think about their futures in work and what they do to explore these ideas.

2020 Session 1:
What keeps you
up at night?

As we waited for news about COVID restrictions here in Australia, we devoted our first session to discussing the implications of the pandemic for careers education. What are the biggest challenges for young people that we'll need to address?

What opportunities and ideas have come up as a result of the COVID pandemic?

2020 Session 2:
From Work Experience
to Work Experiments

Our second session focused on reimagining work experience from 2020 onwards. We are joined by Matt Dolan, Futures Educator, as we discuss the question: What are the elements of work experience that we need to retain, and can the current challenges provide a catalyst for an even more valuable approach to emerge?

2020 Session 3:
The mismatch between
aspiration and opportunity

During National Careers Week 2020, we looked at the global PISA data on aspirations of 15 year olds and our own local data.

Are we doing enough to bring young people's career aspirations closer to the opportunities of today and tomorrow?

2020 Session 4:
'Life Design' as a Core Subject

Our fourth session welcomes Greg Miller, Principal Leader of St Luke's Catholic College. Greg discusses designing a whole school approach to student futures, and what this can achieve.

2020 Session 5:
Do We Have  Brand Problem?

The topic for this session was chosen by the community. We dive into the question of careers education and its 'brand image' in a workshop discussion format. Are some of the biggest challenges we face down to an image problem? If so, what do we do to start addressing the issue?

2020 session 6:
Making the Value Visible

It's time to explore some of the issues in the way careers education and its outcomes are perceived. The data show valuable interventions do occur, but how do we make this more visible to others? We share success stories and practical ways participants have made student outcomes more visible.

2020 Session 7:
University Tuition
Fee ChaNges

In Australia, the fees for university courses have been dramatically changed. This session discusses the implications of these wide-scale University tuition fee changes. What do these changes mean for students and for those helping them make choices about courses?

2020 Session 8:
Parents as Informed and
Valuable Collaborators

Young people's aspirations and career decisions are heavily influenced by their parents. Parents are also powerful forces for change within a school context. This session focuses on how to engage parents as informed and valuable collaborators, and their role in guiding young people and supporting an increasing focus on student futures in schools.

2020 session 9:
Virtual Initiatives in
Remote Learning

As lockdowns returned and remote learning became the norm again, it was time to share the virtual learning initiatives that worked well. Melanie Timmerman, Leader of Community Partnerships & Pathways for the Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay discusses their learnings and the effect of their virtual talks series -- a stand-out initiative for collaboration and sharing value beyond your remit.

2020 Session 10:
Year 12 STUDENTS of
2020 need to know...

This week we're joined by Careers Advisors from across states and sectors to talk about the conversations and concerns of the 2020 Year 12s (and Year 13s). We talked about the big things worrying students and shared ideas for supporting them both practical and psychological.

2020 Session 11:
a whole school approach
to careers education

This session dives into how we plan for a whole-school approach to careers education, including the benefits and the barriers. We welcome our guest speaker, Grace Kinch, Director of Curriculum, Korowa Anglican Girls' School for this week's discussion.

2020 session 12:
excellence in careers
education programs

Tristram Hooley, Professor of Education at the University of Derby and author of The Careers Leader Handbook joins us to chat about delivering excellent careers programmes (even in a pandemic). Tristram is also Professor II at the Inland Norway University of Applied Science and Chief Research Officer for the Institute of Student Employers. His research often focuses on career education and guidance in schools, the transition point to the labour market and the role of new technologies.

2020 Session 13:
Wellbeing and Careers Education

How does wellbeing and career development overlap, and what's the opportunity here for K-12 schools? Our guests Dave E. Redekopp and Michael Huston are leaders in this field and authors of 'Strengthening Mental Health Through Effective Career Development: A Practitioner's Guide', available through or for a free pdf download, from