Careers and Pathways

Youth Pathways and Transitions at HPSC is delivered by a team of highly skilled and registered professional Careers Practitioners.

HPSC has a focus on personalising learning for students. Our pathway team embraces this approach in our practices. We aim to prepare students, who are mature and resilient, to know how to access relevant career information and how to manage their career plans so that they are independent learners.

Our core focus is to assist all students to learn about themselves to identify their strengths, their academic and social skills and their interests and abilities. These are then linked to the world of work.

We aim to provide the best possible support and guidance to the students for their future education, training and work aspirations. Once equipped with self-awareness and knowledge students can then make informed decisions and be adaptable throughout their career journey. With many different nationalities within our student body, we try to work in a culturally sensitive and inclusive manner.

Hampton Park Secondary College’s Career Education Program is based on the following aims:

  • To develop students’ knowledge and understanding of the world of work knowledge of self (skills and abilities that relate to work)
  • To develop students’ ability to plan career decisions
  • To develop students’ ability to implement career decisions and manage work transitions

All students complete VCE Industry and Enterprise Unit 1 in Year 10 to ensure they have undertaken studies to meet these aims by the time they reach school leaving age. Within this unit of study, students do the following:

  • Career inventory to assess their skills, interests and abilities and how these relate to certain career areas
  • Research one or more career areas highlighted in the career inventory results
  • Write a curriculum vitae, letter of application, and collate a portfolio of achievements
  • Prepare for and sit a mock job interview with a local employer, group training company or Job Network member
  • Locate, apply for, and complete a week’s work experience in an area of interest
  • Complete a MIPS (Managed Individual Pathways) plan, outlining the steps needed to be taken to achieve their career goal
  • Attend guest speakers and career events to inform them of opportunities in the world of work e.g., Australian Defence Forces Lecture Team, Centrelink and the Job Network
  • Complete applications for tax file numbers


Year 10 Work Experience

All Year 10 students are encouraged to participate in work experience for one week in term two. This is an excellent opportunity to develop life and work place skills in career areas that students are interested in.

Career Events Available to Students

  • New Apprenticeships Expo
  • Exhibits from over 20 local employers and group training companies showcasing apprenticeships and traineeships


Industry Excursions

  • Real@Jobz VCAL excursion to Edwards Dunlop Paper P/L
  • Be a Vet for Day at Healesville Sanctuary


Tertiary Excursions and Programs

  • Year 12 Tertiary Information Service
  • Year 11 Be a Uni Student for a Day
  • Year 11 & 12 at Monash Seminar Series
  • Year 10 & 11 Experience Monash
  • Year 10 – 12 Chemical Engineering Experience, Monash University
  • Year 11 Uni Experience
  • Year 11 Uni Summit
  • Year 11 & 12 Experience Dookie Campus, University of Melbourne
  • Year 11 Experience La Trobe University
  • Year 11 & 12 Folio Preparation Seminar, RMIT
  • New Apprenticeships applications with Apprenticeships Victoria


The Careers Centre also has an extensive library of books, brochures, computer programs and videos, which are regularly updated to ensure students have access to current information on careers, and pathways to these careers, through courses at TAFE institutes, universities, private colleges, and through apprenticeships and traineeships. Students can access the Careers Centre at lunchtime, after school or by appointment in class time.

Managed Individual Pathways (M.I.P.S)

The goal of the MIPS program is to assist all students from Year 9 through to Year 12 to construct, continually review and further develop an individual career pathway plan. This will assist them with their planning to move effectively from Secondary School to employment or TAFE/ University.

MIPS planning involves:

developing skills and knowledge about education training and employment
completing activities that will assist the student to identify both personal & career interest areas
guidance and advice on options for study and future careers.
From Year 10 through to Year 12, students have a Managed Individual Pathways (MIPS) mentor who provides intense and personalised support for the student.

In year 10, students participate in MIPS mentor sessions. These sessions enable students to identify individual career goals, explore employability skills, investigate post-secondary options and realise pre requisite needs. They also gain assistance with course selection for their senior years.

In addition to their mentor sessions the Year 10 students participate in pathways days. These include

Mock Interview Day. The outcomes for our students are significant given that they get to meet outstanding community leaders and they learn how to present and prepare for an interview.
University and TAFE excursion. Students have the opportunity to spend a day at selected Universities and TAFE education settings, exploring the study options available to them for when they leave HPSC.