Career and Enterprise (General)

Course Code: GECAE/GTCAE
Domain: Humanities and Social Science (HASS)
Timetable: Semester 1 and 2
Length of Course: 2 Years

Unit Information

The Career and Enterprise (General) course engages students in learning about developing their career in a
constantly changing digital and globalised world. Careers are now considered to be about work, learning and
life. Individuals need to be proactive, enterprising career managers who engage in lifelong learning.

The Career and Enterprise (General) course aims to provide students with the knowledge, skills and
understanding to enable them to be enterprising and to proactively manage their own careers.

The course reflects the importance of career development knowledge, understanding and skills in securing,
creating and sustaining work. Work, including unpaid voluntary work, is fundamentally important in defining
the way we live, relate to others and in determining the opportunities we have throughout life. The world of
work is complex and constantly changing. The course recognises that work both reflects and shapes the
culture and values of our society.

Workplaces have different structures which impact on their practices and processes and how they operate.
Each workplace is unique and its organisation governs workplace settings and patterns of work.

The Career and Enterprise (General) course has been constructed using, and is strongly aligned to, the
knowledge, skills and understandings from the Core Skills for Work Development Framework (2013) and the
Australian Blueprint for Career Development (the Blueprint).

Unit One

The focus of this unit is exploring work and networks. Students develop an understanding of aspects of work,
such as part-time, full-time, flexi hours, volunteer work and unemployment. They learn that positive selfesteem and self-management are required to access work opportunities and acquire skills to build careers.
Students learn the basic organisation and roles associated with different workplace structures, and develop
awareness that employment is connected with responsibility for themself and others.

Students understand that transitions can be facilitated by resources made available through the family,
school, workplace and community, and that these groups assist young people to learn what is expected of
them as workers.

It enables students to increase their knowledge of work and career choices and to identify a network of
people and organisations that can help with their school-to-work transition.

Unit Two

The focus of this unit is entry-level work readiness. Students explore the attributes and skills necessary for
employment, and identify their personal strengths and interests, and the impact these have on career
development opportunities and decisions.

Students examine the organisation of workplaces within a chosen industry area and learn about the rights
and responsibilities of employees and employers in entry-level jobs.

An audit is conducted of career competencies, knowledge, behaviours, values and attitudes, and an
autobiographical profile is developed. This profile is used, together with simple work search tools and
techniques, to commence planning career development options. A record of work, training and learning
experiences is required for inclusion in a career portfolio.

The work search tools and techniques and career competencies used in the process of career management
are investigated. An exploration is made of workplaces, organisation and systems, and also employment as a
contractual agreement. The roles, rights and responsibilities of individuals are defined and assessed
according to legal, ethical and financial considerations. The unit investigates how influences and trends
impact on personal career development opportunities.

Unit Three

This unit focuses on adopting a proactive approach to securing and maintaining work. It involves
self-management, using work search tools and techniques, developing career competencies, and accessing
learning opportunities which are essential for career building. An assessment is made of the
multidimensional operation and organisation of workplaces. The legal, ethical and financial considerations
underpinning corporate and individual rights and responsibilities and the resolution of conflict are examined.
An exploration is made of the implications of organisational reviews due to influences and trends, and how
they impact on individual opportunities to secure and maintain work.

Opportunities are provided for students to further develop the repertoire of career competencies and work
search techniques that are directly applicable to securing and maintaining work. Career portfolios are
presented in a professional manner and reflect organisation of detailed records of work, training and
learning experiences, especially those related to securing and maintaining work.

Unit Four

This unit explores issues associated with career management, workplaces and influences and trends in times
of change. Change can be analysed and the information used to inform strategies associated with
self-management, career building and personal and professional learning experiences. This unit investigates
the dynamic nature of the interrelationships between these strategies. An examination of the complexity of
workplace operations and management of resources is used to understand productivity, achievement of
industry standards and compliance with legal, ethical and financial considerations.

Exposure to changing scenarios for career development provides opportunities to further develop career
competencies and work search techniques, in particular those associated with planning and organisation,
making decisions, identifying and solving problems and creativity and innovation.

Work, training and learning experiences provide opportunities to extend students’ knowledge and skills in
anticipation of responding to change and maintaining an edge. These experiences are documented in career
portfolios, using an increasing range of information technology skills.

Pathway Information



Students undertaking this course may wish to consider tertiary studies in:

  • Business
  • This course would be of benefit going into any pathway

This course suits direct workforce entry into the following:

  • This course would be of benefit going into any pathway

Additional Information

Estimated Charges: $65 per year