Free workshops to help parents give careers advice

April 22, 2015

Murdoch University Peel CampusWorkshops to help parents provide their children with the best possible careers support and advice will be run in a number of Mandurah and Rockingham schools in the next few months.

The free two hour sessions, known as Parents as Career Transition Support (PACTS), will provide attendees with information on the options available and the skills to support their children find their career direction.

The workshops are run as part of Murdoch University’s enabling program MAP4U (Murdoch’s Aspiration and Pathways for University) which works with high schools to help students realise their aspirations for further study.

Murdoch’s Parental Engagement project officer Sharon Woodfield, who runs the sessions, said making decisions about career transitions could be a confusing time for both parents and young people.

“Research in both Australia and overseas has found that parents are one of the most commonly consulted and influential sources of career information and advice for young people,” she said.

“Research from Australian organisation Brotherhood of St Laurence found that 80 per cent of young people said they would seek help from parents in making decisions but only 20 per cent of parents feel they have sufficient knowledge of employment and training options to help their children decide what they can do after leaving school.

“We are hoping to bridge that knowledge gap for parents with these workshops which cover how to have a career conversation with your child, provide information as to what career services are available at schools and in the community and what the alternative pathways to university are.”

The workshops run with only 18 parents in each group and in a discussion format. A resource handbook is also handed to participants. Ms Woodfield said the workshops were aimed at parents with children in year eight or nine but are open to all. Parents with children at different schools to the one hosting the workshop are welcome to attend but bookings are essential.

The first PACTS workshop will take place at Coodanup Community College in Mandurah on Wednesday, April 29, from 3pm.

Further workshops are scheduled at the following schools although all these dates are still to be confirmed:

John Tonkin College – May 6, 6.30pm
Mandurah Catholic College – May 20, 6.30pm
Mandurah Baptist College – May 27 and June 3, 6.30pm

There are also PACTS workshops due to take place at Baldivis Secondary College and Rockingham Montessori School in May but dates are yet to be confirmed.

If there is enough interest, Ms Woodfield said she would try to arrange community based PACTS, which could take place in local libraries.

For more information and to book your place onto a workshop please email Ms Woodfield on

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