At Emmaus Christian College, we believe each child is uniquely gifted. We aim to provide each Senior student with every opportunity to explore all career pathways while providing support, information and guidance. Career Pathway Planning is an important component of the Senior School curriculum. We have dedicated staff members who specialise in career pathway planning.
The Emmaus Christian College Careers Website provides our students with the latest career pathway planning and information that will help them make decisions about your future career and your life beyond school. It is a repository of important links and information about topics including:
- Post School Study Institutions and options
- University and TAFE
- Workplace learning
- Lodging your first tax return
The Careers, Christianity and Personal Planning (CCAPP) Course combines the traditional elements of the Careers and Bible curriculum and also includes other holistic matters of relevance to students in Senior School. Topics such as mental and physical health, study skills, peer mentoring, matters relating to student safety (eg at home, parties, internet) and many other strands of developmental issues are part of this course.
Overall, this course makes a unique contribution to the development of students and complements the academic and vocationally orientated curriculum by focusing on students’ personal development and on how their schooling, their faith and their extra-curricular activities relate to their future plans and life after school. It aims to provide opportunities for students to maintain, reinforce and develop skills, attitudes and behaviours which will allow them to enhance their personal wellbeing and grow in their faith and knowledge of God’s will and direction in their lives.
Aspects of the CCAPP course that include Career Development include:
- Career awareness
- Career exploration
- Career preparation
- Job search skills
- Transition planning
As a part of the careers curriculum, specifically the PLP (Personal Learning Plan), all Year 10 students are required to undertake a week of work experience with an employer of choice. Students are encouraged to seek a placement that will give them insight into possible career directions. In subsequent years, some students may like the opportunity to do further placements. This can also be organised.
Through work experience students gain an understanding of the nature of work and hopefully, insight into vocations of interest. After work experience, some students are inspired to follow specific career directions and others may have decided on careers they are now not interested in. Either is a good learning experience. Many students also find increased motivation for their academic work when they begin to identify future directions.
The PLP teachers assist students with: organising placements, reflecting on their experience and oversee work experience placements. Students are assessed by their host employer with reference to their attitude, work ethic and application throughout the placement.
Pathway Planning Day
The Pathway Planning Day is dedicated to discuss and review the career pathways of our Senior School students. Held during Term 3 it is a Senior School student free day set aside for one on one meetings between students, parents and teachers. The nature of the discussion varies depending on the student's year level and may include subject selections or post-secondary school options.
Students are not required to be at school other than to attend their scheduled appointment for career and subject counselling with their parent or guardian. Before this day students will bring home to parents, a display folder containing the work they have been doing in CCAPP lessons to try to identify possible career pathways and, where appropriate, a subject choice sheet for the following year.
Vocational Education and Training
Our Vocational Education Training (VET) Program offers senior students the opportunity to study a nationally recognised qualification whilst completing their South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE).
A VET course is a nationally accredited certification that provides students with industry based training and specific employment skills. The qualifications usually range from a Certificate I to Certificate III and attract SACE points (200 points are required for SACE completion). Some Certificate III level courses can contribute towards an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) which is required for entry into University.