Student Futures & Pathways

Preparing students for their future pathways

To prepare students for a world where multiple career changes are the norm, Lauriston’s Student Futures and Pathways Program enables them to explore the range of career options available and access timely careers counselling and subject selection guidance.

The journey begins in earnest in Year 7, when our Year Level Coordinators and Academic Advisors help students develop their first Career Action Plan. In Year 10, Lauriston’s dedicated Careers Co-ordinator introduces girls to the Careers’ Readiness Program, where they learn job seeking skills, have access to lectures by guest speakers from major Universities and attend the annual Futures and Pathways Expo, which features keynotes and panel sessions made up of alumnae, who discuss their experiences of transitioning out of school and into careers in a wide range of fields. Student futures support continues throughout Year 11 and 12. 

The future of work

Forces such as automation, Artificial Intelligence, robotics, globalization, technological change and climate change is rapidly transforming work from being predictable, linear and siloed, to being networked, collaborative, cross-functional and continuously changing. In the new work paradigm, the career ladder is no longer the norm and there will be greater demand for more flexible and gig work. The continued learning cycle within the workplace will have the important role of creating value through the development of new knowledge and innovation.

Indeed, multiple career changes, globalisation and increasing collaboration, demand for innovation and automation will mean that students today will need to identify their strengths and passions, manage lifelong ‘on the job’ learning, make good study and career choices.

Our ebook provides insights into the new world of work and how we at Lauriston prepare our students to thrive in their future workplaces.

Find Your Possibilities | Webinars with Old Lauristonians

Our senior students were fortunate enough to speak to a range of Old Lauristonians about their careers – unpacking the key skills they took with them from Lauriston into their first steps in their professions, and taking home some practical advice for the next phase in their own journeys.

“In a post-pandemic world, young Australians are facing the most significant disruption in the world of work since the industrial revolution – flexible work represents a number of opportunities and risks.”

― The New Work Standard, the Foundation for Young Australians

Creating the value creators of the future

Whichever stage a student is at, our curriculum and co-curricular program is embedded with opportunities to build the skills that students will need in their future careers as value creators. Not only do we nurture a student’s academic endeavours, we build and reinforce the skills which ensure girls learn how to think, thrive in challenging situations, develop a positive mindset and collaborate with respect and kindness.

As an all-girls school, we continuously affirm that our students’ career options and potential are limitless. We aim to motivate our girls to be courageous, resilient, lifelong learners with the ability to put themselves forward and to develop the skills and adaptive capacities which will enable them to be future prepared. We believe that by combining academic achievement and cognitive, social and emotional skills, we will develop this holistic set of skills for success both at school and beyond.

“We often speak with our students about the ‘squiggly line’ that their future career pathways may take and let them know that this is not something to be fearful about but to embrace. There are many career opportunities to consider which may enable individuals to find fulfilment in their careers and given them a sense of making a positive contribution to their communities.”

― Susan Just, Principal