MY CAREER PASSPORT
Don't let a lack of experience stop you
You are more than your paid work experience.
You have gained loads of experience, in school, at home, playing sport, volunteering, with music, helping people with projects, gardening, speaking, art and when you committed to a cause.
Learn to tell your stories and share your experiences with My Career Passport.
Meet Cherie and Crystal:
A few years ago, we were asked to undertake mock interviews for a high school career program. The students were clearly nervous and while some students could tell their life stories, many found it difficult to give more than one sentence answers. Interesting… here we had brilliant young people with potential to change the world and they couldn’t articulate one thing they were good at.
Identifying an opportunity to empower our youth, the team set out to create a tool that would help all young people to understand, develop and articulate the foundation skills that employers are looking for. My Career Passport is an innovative resource used in schools, universities, employment agencies, community organisations and homes, supporting young people in opening the door to employment.
Understand the twelve skills that every employer wants, what they want to know and how they're going to ask.
How to improve your answers with tips on gaining experience, what to say and examples on how to say it.
Document your stories and experiences using our STAR technique - Situation, Task, Action, Result.
Practice telling your stories and share your experiences
with confidence, ready for your next interview.
Kinta used her My Career Passport resource to document and articulate the skills she gained at school, her experience in the youth entrepreneur program and her passion for sport and the outdoors. In the photo Kinta is undertaking a mock interview with a local businesswoman. A few weeks after this photo, Kinta was interviewed for a cashier position at K-Mart. She got the job!
My Career Passport is being used in schools and youth programs. Students as young as 15 are starting to document their stories and where they can't find a story opportunities are found to build the skill and gain experience.
When these students arrive at their first interview, they will have over 40 interesting stories to tell the prospective employer.
Larissa wanted a job where she could use her creative talents. She was very quietly spoken around adults and felt like she didn't have much to offer employers. Larissa was surprised to hear that employers wanted to know that she was a big sister that organised her siblings, that she was a great problem solver and has examples of when she showed initiative.
After writing down her stories and practising with mock interviews, Larissa went to her first job interview. She was so happy to have stepped outside of her comfort zone. She didn't get that job, but within two weeks she scored a job as an apprentice pastry chef - a dream job for Larissa.
Declan moved to the Mid North Coast looking for work. Within a week, he had applied for a handful of jobs.
Declan sat down with My Career Passport to get an understanding of what employers wanted to know. He wrote down stories for each of the foundation skills in the resource. Confident he could talk about himself, Declan interviewed and scored an apprenticeship that day. The employer was impressed by how well he communicated his skills.