Careers & Pathways

At David Scott School, we have a dedicated and highly experienced Careers and Pathways team. This team supports our students in navigating their transition from education to employment and/or further education. This team works collaboratively with the Teaching and Learning team to provide our students with specialist in-class support and career-related guidance as well as the Wellbeing and Engagement team to ensure that goals and aspirations are in line with student needs, strengths and interest areas.

The Careers and Pathways team believes in a holistic approach to career development and offers various services, including organising career-related events, work experience opportunities and targeted training. Students have opportunities to complete Certificate II level courses onsite as well as short courses such as the White card, food handlers, and responsible service of alcohol and barista courses. Through these experiences, DSS students gain ‘real’ experience and insight into the world of work as well as transferable certifications.

The Careers and Pathways team ensures that all students have a Career Action Plan (CAP) and are supported in employment preparation with resume writing, job searching and interview skills. This team provides a variety of career-related initiatives including the facilitation of on site Vocational Education and Training (VET) programs. Currently, these programs include Hospitality, Public Safety, Developing Independence and Community Services, and in appropriate circumstances, DSS can provide fully funded access to external VET programs to facilitate our students’ learning opportunities and aspirations.

In addition to our core services, our team also runs an alumni program that supports DSS students’ after leaving school to ensure our students stay connected and supported as they enter the workforce or further education.

The Careers and Pathways team at David Scott School is dedicated to empowering students to explore their interests, build their skills, and work towards success in their chosen career pathways. This team is ready to help our students wherever they are on their careers and pathways journey both at school and beyond.

The Career Action Plan

The Career Action Plan (CAP) is an integral part of the support offered by the Careers and Pathways team at the David Scott School. The CAP is designed to help students identify their career goals and develop a plan to achieve those goals.

The CAP begins with a meeting between the student and a Careers and Pathways team member, who will discuss the student’s interests, skills, and aspirations. Together, they will identify potential career paths and explore the various education and training options available to achieve those career goals. The CAP is student-centred, meaning that the student is in control of their career plan, with the support, encouragement and guidance of the Careers and Pathways team. Once a career goal has been identified, the student and the Careers and Pathways team will work together to develop an action plan. This may include specific courses, work experience, or additional support to help students build the skills and expertise needed for their chosen careers.

The CAP is ongoing and flexible, allowing for adjustments and revisions as students’ progress through their schooling and their career plans evolve. The Careers and Pathways team works closely with teaching staff to ensure that the CAP process is integrated into the school’s curriculum and that students have access to the resources and support they need to achieve their career goals.

Contacting the Careers Team:

The Careers and Pathways team at David Scott School is a group of dedicated professionals passionate about supporting students in their transition to the world of work and/or further education. With a range of expertise, including vocational education, youth development and community engagement, they work collaboratively to provide opportunities for students to explore their career options and pathways.

To get in touch with the team, interested students and parents can contact the school at (03) 8781 5907 or via email at or speak with their teachers for more information. The team is available to answer questions, provide advice and support, and help students navigate their post-school options.