Careers & Pathways

Careers & Pathways2018-05-10T06:22:17+00:00

The future world of work that our students will be entering will be a dynamic environment where technology and globalisation will require new skills. Research suggests that young people will have “17 jobs over five careers throughout their lifetime” (Foundation for Young Australians). It is therefore essential that we are equipping students with the skills and capabilities to navigate their way into the changing labour market. As such, Career Development Programs have been strategically integrated into the Doncaster Secondary College curriculum.

The Careers Centre

The DSC Careers Centre is a dedicated space in the Senior Centre where career and course information is displayed and accessible. The Career Development Coordinator and Career Counsellor are both readily available to students for questions, information and advice. Students are welcome to visit the Careers Centre during recess, lunchtime, after school and during study periods and parents are welcome to make appointments if required.

The Careers Website

The Doncaster Careers Website is the prime source of all DSC Career information including links to University and TAFE Institutions, a Calendar of Events and Open Days, details and documents for Work Experience, explanations of the VCE and VCAL Senior Secondary programs and more.
Please take a moment to browse this website.


Additional Careers resources and information is readily available to students and parents via:

  • Career News, published weekly, providing details of events, courses and career information for students and parents.
  • Dedicated Careers Noticeboards in the Senior Centre
  • Compass News Feed and DiSCovery Classes.

Career Action Plans (CAPs)

Completed by each student, CAPs create a working document for students to develop as a personal resource for recording activities, experiences and skill development as well as encouraging self-exploration of personal qualities, goals and interests.

Senior Years Career Expo Day

Early in Term 3, the Senior Years Career Expo Day is held for Senior Students. Numerous events during the day provide students with the opportunity to hear from guest speakers who have been invited to come and share their own career journey, offer information in specific career areas and answer questions.

The Subject Expo forms part of the day where Year 10 students can ask questions of VCE and VCAL staff as they commence their Course Selection process.

After lunch, the Tertiary Expo provides opportunity for all Senior Students and (and parents after 3.15pm) to speak with representatives of most of the major tertiary institutions.


  • Career Action Plans
  • The DiSCovery Program and classroom activities allow students to explore core values, beliefs and self-understanding, as they develop a greater sense of identity.
  • Career Action Plans
  • The MySelf Program is a cluster of authentic and integrated learning units that Year 9 students complete as part of their curriculum program. MyFuture is a career-focused unit that all students participate in. Students go through a process of investigating a career, applying for a job, developing a resume, attending a job interview and gaining feedback.
  • Career Action Plans
  • Careers Excursion to two city Universities
  • Managed Individual Pathways (MIPs) interviews with each Year 10 student – an opportunity to discuss and provide information at a personal level regarding senior school (VCE or VCAL) and post schooling options.
  • At the end of Term 2, Careers Experience is an introduction to the world of work with an opportunity for students to undertake a work placement in a potential future career interest, gain new experiences and develop personal Employability Skills.
  • Subject selection and course counselling
  • Senior Years Career Expo Day
  • Career Action Plans
  • Course and pathway counselling
  • Careers Excursion to a University for presentations, workshops and Campus tour
  • Senior Years Career Expo Day
  • Career Action Plans
  • Senior Years Career Expo Day
  • Instructions for students and parents regarding the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) tertiary application process.
  • Counselling for course selection, change of preference, SEAS and Scholarship applications.
  • Career Action Plans
  • Work placement and pathway planning support in conjunction with AtEast