Career development

Career planning and development

Career development is the continual process of managing your learning, leisure and work to progress through your life. It includes gaining and using the skills and knowledge you need to plan and make informed decisions about education, training and work. With so many choices, it can be challenging to know what direction you should take.

The Department provides a range of career planning and development services that can help you reach your goals, whether you’re thinking about taking your first steps into the world of work, looking for a career change or striving for bigger and better things in your current occupation.


Career Centres

Career Centres provide free and independent training information and career guidance. They can assist you with information on education and training courses, career pathway options and the career planning process. 

Career Centres can help you with:

  • discovering your career interests and focusing your career choices;
  • career planning tools and resources;
  • education and training options;
  • career pathway information;
  • making choices and action planning; and
  • your job search.

Our Career Centres are an all ages, all stages service. You can access our services online or on the phone, or visit one of our 12 centres located in Perth and regional areas. You can also visit our website for career development information, resources and tools.



Specialist services from Career Centres

Some people within our community may require specialist services to assist them in making career choices and overcoming barriers to employment, education and training. Our specialist Career Centre services can help. 


People from a culturally and linguistically diverse background

We offer services and activities designed to assist people from a culturally and linguistically diverse background at any point throughout their life to make educational, training and work choices.

As well as providing information on training and opportunities to use existing skills or learn new or additional skills, we also work with you to overcome barriers to employment, education and training. We can help with:

  • a screening process to establish your needs;
  • information on training options and the labour market;
  • developing realistic, achievable career action plans including work experience, voluntary work and other opportunities;
  • computer assisted career guidance, including tools to improve labour market research skills; and
  • workshops on career options and employability skills, including basic occupational safety and health.

Services are available from 9.00 am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday, at:

  • 4 Brewer Place, Mirrabooka
    Phone: 08 9344 2468; or
  • Unit 13, 64-66 Kent Street Cannington
    Phone: 08 9258 5188

Appointments via phone or Skype can be arranged for eligible clients across WA.

These Career Centre services are delivered by Mercycare through a program funded by the Department.



When you’re released from prison, finding a steady job or getting your career back on track can make a big difference in getting your life moving in a positive direction. While in prison, we offer a one-day career development course which covers aspects such as:

  • employability skills;
  • interview techniques;
  • self-image,
  • coping with unemployment,
  • disclosing convictions; and
  • how to access employment services within the community.

We also offer services that provide practical support to ex-offenders throughout their job search journey. We can help with:

  • advice on choosing a career path;
  • information on training or education options;
  • a resource room with a computer, printer and internet that you can use; and
  • writing your resumé and job application and preparing for job interviews.

There is also a specialist program for Aboriginal ex-offenders to support effective transition from prison to reconnection with their community and culture.

Services are available from 9.30 am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday, at 27 Moore St, East Perth or phone 08 6263 8622.

These Career Centre services are delivered by Outcare through a program funded by the Department.


Migration Services

Migration Services provides a range of services and information to help you make the move to Western Australia.

In particular we can support you by:

  • providing an information and referral service to help skilled migrants settle in Western Australia; and
  • carrying out comparative assessments of your overseas tertiary qualifications.

For more information please visit the Migration portal.

Aboriginal Workforce Development Centres

Our AWDCs assist Aboriginal people in Western Australia to get into training or a job. We work closely with employers to create job opportunities for Aboriginal people, including school leavers. AWDCs can provide:

  • information on choosing the best training option;
  • access to job opportunities through the AWDC jobs board;
  • help with resumés and job applications; and
  • referral to other services, depending on your needs.

If you'd like to find out more about AWDCs and how we can help you, or any of our services including the free online jobs board, our centres are open from Monday to Friday during business hours. Call 1800 441 043 to find your nearest AWDC, or take a look at our website for the location of AWDCs all across Western Australia.



Aboriginal youth transitions program for school students

In 2016 AWDCs started the Aboriginal youth transitions program to help young Aboriginal people transition to further education, training or jobs after leaving school.

The program seeks to:

  • raise the ambitions of Aboriginal school students in years 10 to 12;
  • ensure that students have a career transition plan completed before leaving school;
  • provide access to advice on careers and training options; and
  • offer work experience where available.

The AWDCs will continue to offer support and guidance to young people to help fulfil their aspirations after they leave school, via contact at regular intervals and access to specific services if required.

To find out more about the AYT program, please contact your local AWDC.


Planning your career

Change is constant. Broader global, economic and technological change continues to transform the way we work in Western Australia. Career planning can help you manage your life, learning and work so that you can adapt and grow your career at each stage of your life or as changes come your way.

A robust career plan empowers you to make the most of every opportunity and challenge, and to stay focused and moving in the right direction. Whether you’re a dentist, a carpenter, a researcher or a performer, every career path will benefit from career planning.

Sound too hard? There’s lots of information as well as people who can help you at the Career Centre.


Plan for success

  • Where do I start?

    If you’re not sure where to begin, you should try out the Career Centre’s Where do I start to get an idea of what stage of career planning you’re at.

    To keep track of decisions you make as you get started with career planning, you can create a free account on the Career Centre website. With your account, you will be able to view all your ideas and results from working through the career planning tools and resources and you can come back to your plan at any time to update or change it.

    Once you have worked through the tools and resources on the Career Centre website, you might want to explore some of the occupations that interest you to learn more about your training options.

  • What occupations are out there for me?

    Looking for a new job or a change in career? Do you want to know how much you could potentially earn, whether you might need some new skills and whether there are many opportunities in this field/industry? Do you know what direction you want your career to take or are you still figuring it out? Knowing what’s out there and what might suit you can help you focus on what career path you want to follow.

    You might also want to know things like:

    • the employment prospects for a variety of occupations;
    • how much you could get paid in different roles or industries; and
    • what skills or training you might need to get started in a particular occupation.


    If you’d like to learn about the skills and typical qualification pathways for a particular career, the Career Centre website currently has over 560 occupational profiles to browse, and over 100 occupational videos to watch. You can also view all of our occupational tools and resources or find out about employment trends.

    Occupational tools and resources
    Employment trends
    Occupational videos  
    Occupational profiles
  • Education and training options

    As part of your career planning process, you might identify some qualifications that could help you to get into the work area that interests you.

    Sometimes there are multiple education and training pathways into a particular occupation, so you may need to consider different options.

    You could also consider an apprenticeship, traineeship or cadetship as a great way to kick start your career.

    The Career Centre can help you work through the range of options available and find something that matches up with your career goals.


Finding a job

Finding a job can seem intimidating when you think about  all the different stages you need to work through – searching, applying and interviews to name a few.

Don’t be daunted – take it one step at a time. The Career Centre and Aboriginal Workforce Development Centre websites have some resources to assist you.


Job search resources

The following resources from the Career Centre website can help you plan, prepare and get organised for your job search.

Take a look at the Career Centre's Job search guide for lots of useful information and helpful hints, including how to put together a successful resumé and writing job applications.
Job Search Guide

Our 10 step job search plan can help in your search for work. Having a plan helps you to set goals for what you want to achieve, and to be organised and effective in your search for work.
10 step job search plan

Our guide to being prepared and getting organised can help you know what you’re looking for, where to look for it, and how to find it.
Be prepared, get organised guide



Resources and support for Aboriginal jobseekers

Your local AWDC can help you with your job search. You might need an up to date resumé, and there will be job applications to write. You might also discover that you need to upskill by undertaking some study or a qualification. Sounds like a lot of work, right? It can be, but the AWDC can help you every step of the way. Our AWDC team has helped hundreds of Aboriginal jobseekers in Western Australia choose a career path and find employment. We're dedicated to helping you be successful and reach your goals.

Our website has a range of resources to help you choose a career path and get your CV or resumé together. There’s also lots of useful information including stories of other people’s career and jobseeking journeys. Take a look at the jobseekers section of the AWDC website, or get in touch so we can talk about how we can help you.

Support for jobseekers
Get in touch with your local AWDC



The AWDC jobs board

The AWDCs work with employers to find great job opportunities for Aboriginal people and post them on our free online jobs board, ready for you to browse on our website.

If you register with the jobs board we'll send you an email notification whenever a job vacancy comes up that matches what you're looking for – plus you'll get an online space where you can save your CV/resumé, references, job applications or portfolio.

Check out the AWDC jobs board
Page last updated March 08, 2017