Do your children know what they want to do when they leave school? If not, they’re not alone. It’s a big decision and they need some time to explore their options. The wide variety of careers available can be confusing or even simply bewildering especially when they have to start making decisions in Year 9 and 10.
Recent research has revealed that 82% of young Australians have “no idea” what they want to do with their careers.* So it’s time to get aLife.
aLife is a new interactive DVD and website (www.aLife.net.au) that helps young people to explore different career options and gives them lots of information on each career choice to help them make the right decision. Disks will be delivered free to every Secondary School, University and TAFE across Australia.
Created with the assistance of industry associations and featuring real people working in real careers, they will get to hear it from the horse’s mouth – no fluffy bits, just relevant up to date information on real jobs.
But it doesn’t end there. aLife is also perfect for mums looking to return to work. aLife have discovered:
64% of return to work mums (out of the work force for more than 10 years) feel out of touch with today’s jobs and technology**
48% of return to work mums (out of the work force for more than 15 years) feel inferior to the modern workforce regarding technology and opportunities**
This DVD will help mums discover where their talents are best used and what careers are available for them now.
To address the skills shortage currently facing Australia, more than twenty of Australia’s biggest industry groups – from the Chartered Accountants to the Motor Trades Association – and organisations such as Mission Australia, have banded together to combine their efforts and tackle the problem across Australia.
aLife takes the format of “a day in the life of a …” and uses real life examples to give an inside view of a variety of different career options available today from accountants to boat builders and pharmacists to bus drivers.
The DVD and aLife.net.au contains interviews with people who will let you in on what their career is really like. You get to learn the good bits, why they chose their career, the opportunities available and their advice to anyone starting out.
Jason Hodges (Better Homes & Gardens) and Ada Nicodemou (Home & Away) have been through the dilemma of choosing a career and know how hard it is. “I didn’t know what I wanted to do when I left school,” said Hodges, “I wish I had something like aLife to help me when I was trying to decide what to do.”
“There are so many choices and so much to think about, aLife makes it easier to sort through the options and find real information from real people,” said Nicodemou.
From aLife.net.au you can receive a mobile download on any career you are interested in and the site will be updated as more interviews on more careers are made. You can fill in a questionnaire to learn more about specific careers, based on your interests and likes, or hit the random button if you are feeling lucky and see what career turns up.
Order your free copy of the DVD from www.aLife.net.au now and start a conversation with your children; they will be glad you did. And if you are looking to return to work, don’t forget to watch it with them.
* Research conducted by aLife in 2005.
** aLife careers information survey 2007 (SA, VIC, QLD)