Discover My Future

Garry Hargreaves

TAFE Queensland

Phase II of the highly successful #DiscoverMyFuture program has been developed in response to recognition in high schools and universities that there is not enough information and advice for students (prior to Year 11) to make informed decisions about their future education investment and career pathways.

This phase includes a highly engaging Interactive Careers Platform that takes Year 9 students on a journey of discovery about possible career options. Students are encouraged to be open to new ideas, compare career pathways, income potential and lifestyle benefits. It is a powerful tool that evokes rich classroom conversations leading to answers to the dreaded question - “What will I do when I grow up?”

The Interactive Careers Platform takes the #DiscoverMyFuture program to the next level of engagement. It aligns to the Australian Curriculum and includes a one hour face to face workshop delivered by TAFE Queensland educators, a Professional Development workshop for Year 9 teachers and supplementary learning resources for three lessons facilitated by high school teachers.

The pilot #DiscoverMyFuture program was launched in April 2016. TAFE Queensland has worked with 10 schools and engaged with some 1,500 students with:

  • Over 90% stating the program helped them to identify interests and explore career options.

  • Over 88% stating the program helped them to understand pathways to get their dream job.

The Interactive Careers Platform has also been piloted at TAFE in 2016 with very positive feedback.

The Interactive Careers Platform is a non-linear technology based learning platform. An innovative feature of the platform is that it demystifies a range of careers within 19 key industries and associated occupations. This is achieved by using a suite of interactive onscreen assets inside the latest transparent ‘drag and drop’ interface. It allows students to visualise a variety of career choices in coastal, rural and urban settings and seamlessly access information as required.

Familiar screen-time based videos, past student testimonials, animation and 2/3D technology is fully exploited to drive discussion and engage students in meaningful conversations about careers they may not have fully considered or even been aware of. A range of visual cues have been carefully selected to deliberately engage this student cohort and allow them to quickly process information.

The Interactive Careers Platform is an outstanding example of best practice. It will now support TAFE Queensland’s #DiscoverMyFuture program that has been successfully trialled in South West and East Coast regions of Queensland in 2016.