Research Developments


An ACER study of young Australians’ perceptions of the career advice received in secondary school has found that almost all students accessed career advice between Years 10 and 12 and believed the information provided met their individual needs. Previous research in the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY) has stressed the importance of providing students with quality careers advice during their secondary school years to help ensure that they make informed decisions about course choices and the impact poor choices can sometimes have on future career prospects. This latest LSAY study, published in October 2008, found that the vast majority of young people had participated in some type of careers advice program in school and they had been generally satisfied that the advice had met their individual needs. It also concluded that a school’s career advice program needs to encompass as many career advice activities as possible.