Changing nature of school to work transitions

Twenty years ago the transition from school to work was a relatively straightforward one. The majority of students left school before completing Year 12 to take on full time employment.

The school to work transition has changed dramatically in the past two decades. The majority of students now stay to complete Year 12 with over 40% combining full time school study with part time work. The number of students combining school with work has doubled in the last decade alone.

There has been a steady reduction in full time job opportunities for young people. Jobs that are available are generally casual or part time. Satisfactory completion of Year 12 is increasingly a requirement for many jobs and even apprenticeships.

Early school leavers therefore face increasing disadvantage as the completion of Year 12 becomes not only the norm, but essential to securing employment and further education and training opportunities.

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Where the jobs are

When considering the best job for you it is worth thinking about which industries are likely to have good employment prospects in the future, and what kinds of skills will be in demand.

Think about the location you want to work. Explore what opportunities are available in your local area or the geographical area you want to work in.

Melbourne City is the centre of state government, commercial and administrative activity in Victoria. The local hospitals employ midwifery and nursing professionals. The tertiary education industry employs tertiary education teachers. Other large industries include depository financial intermediation, legal and accounting services, and computer system design and related services. Many people also work as sales assistants and salespersons, and general clerks.

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