Our distant cousins in Australia have thought long and hard about the career management life skills that young people need to develop with the help of their parents,  teachers and local communities.

The result is a list of eleven “competencies” (just a fancy word for skills) which strike me as hitting the nail pretty square on the head.

“To do well in today’s work environment, people need to be self-reliant managers of their own careers. As well as having the technical skills and abilities needed to work in a particular role, people also need the skills, knowledge and attitudes to make good career moves. The skills, knowledge, and attitudes people need to manage their own careers can be understood as a set of competencies that can be developed and strengthened over time.

In an environment where people move frequently between jobs, and between learning and work roles, they need knowledge about themselves, and the capacity to connect with others. They need to learn and experience the benefits of:

  • Building and maintaining a positive self concept
  • Interacting positively and effectively with others, and
  • Changing and growing throughout life.

To take advantage of possible options, people need the knowledge and skills to:

  • Participate in life-long learning that is supportive of their career goals
  • Locate and effectively use career information, and
  • Understand the relationship between work, society and the economy.

With interest and support from family members, friends, teachers, and career development practitioners, people can learn how best to:

  • Secure/create and maintain work
  • Make career enhancing decisions
  • Maintain balanced life and work roles, and
  • Understand the changing nature of life and work roles.

The career management skills, or competencies, are becoming increasingly important for success in any type of work environment. They can be learnt through formal career development programs in schools, or developed in a range of family, community and workplace environment.  Developing the eleven career management competencies of the Blueprint will:

  • Help young people to transition successfully to post secondary education and training or a job after high school
  • Encourage all students to value learning by linking it to their hopes and dreams for the future, and
  • Help adults to transition successfully between learning and work roles that support their family and community responsibilities.” *


* from the Australian Blueprint for Career Development