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.
A range of career planning and development services are available under Jobs and Skills WA, to 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.
With so many choices, it can be challenging to know what direction you should take.
How we can help
Jobs and Skills Centres provide career planning advice and assistance to individuals. They can help, if you're:
- still at school and considering your options;
- needing some advice about industry and business in WA, and what type of jobs are out there;
- looking for training to get into work;
- putting together a CV or resume, or writing job applications;
- wondering what kind of occupation or career would suit you;
- putting together a career plan or establishing career goals;
- seeking recognition for skills and experience you already have; or
- considering an apprenticeship or traineeship.
For employers and business
Jobs and Skills Centres provide advice and assistance regarding career development options for your workforce, and information about occupation profiles for WA industry. They can help, if you're:
- looking to up-skill or re-skill your workforce;
- wanting to employ an apprentice or trainee;
- seeking ways to build a culturally aware and inclusive workplace for Aboriginal people;
- wanting to employ an apprentice or trainee;
- looking at career development options for your workforce;
- needing training in new technologies or processes for your business.
Services for regional areas
The white sands of Cable Beach, Broome WA
Jobs and Skills Centres will be opening progressively in regional areas of Western Australia through 2018–19.
Specialist career, training and jobseeker support will continue to be available in the meantime through the regional Career Centres.
The view from Marlston Hill Lookout, Bunbury WA
Information and resources
This website has a comprehensive range of information, resources and tools available to help with your career planning. You can browse the full website or follow the quick links below, to look at some key areas.
If you’re not sure where to begin, you can go to Where do I start to get an idea of what stage of career planning you’re at, or try these online tools and resources.
- Find out more about career planning.
- Use some interactive tools to find out what factors influence your work and learning choices.
- Read the story of Anita, a young Aboriginal woman, and how she skilled up through training.
- Take a look at employment trends – find out how the workforce is changing and what's forecast for the future.
- Look at how education and training can support your career plan.
- Use our fact sheets to help with your career planning.
Options and choices
If you want something, plan for it! Working out what you want, setting goals and taking action are all important parts of a career plan.
- Use our Career Choices tool to find out and rank your preferences in areas of work.
- The Career possibility generator will help you to identify occupations that use your knowledge, skills and attributes.
- Explore hundreds of occupations, in our A–Z Occupation Explorer.
- Check out our collection of videos you can watch, showcasing different occupations and a 'day in the life' of a range of jobs.
- Interested in hands on, practical or technical work? Try out the Hands On interactive tool to explore job options in trades and technical industry areas.
- Put together your own action plan, to start working towards your goals!
- Read stories of Aboriginal jobseekers and how they chose their path.
Finding a job
We have a range of resources and information to help you find a job, including a free job search guide.
- Take a look at the Jobs and Skills WA jobs board to see what's there for you.
- Need help with your CV/resumé? Use our free resumé builder.
- Applying for work has tips for finding job opportunities, responding to advertised positions and writing competitive applications.
- Take a look at tips for surviving and succeeding in the job interview.
- Look through our free Job search guide, for tips and information to make your job search easier.
- Meet three Aboriginal jobseekers and check out how they went about finding and applying for a job.
Resources and support for Aboriginal jobseekers
If you're an Aboriginal person looking to get into training, find employment or further your career – Jobs and Skills Centres offer a range of culturally sensitive training, employment and career support services. You might need an up to date resumé, and there will be job applications to write. You may also discover that you need to upskill by undertaking some study or a qualification.
This website has a range of resources to help you choose a path and get your CV or resumé together so that you're ready for the job hunt. There’s also lots of useful information including stories of other people’s career and jobseeking journeys. There's also have a free online jobs board that you can browse to find employment opportunities all over Western Australia.
People from a culturally and linguistically diverse background
Specialist services and activities designed to assist people from a culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) background to make educational, training and work choices are available. As well as providing information on training and opportunities to use existing skills or learn new or additional skills, we can work with you to overcome barriers to employment, education and training.
We can help with information on training options, and developing a career action plan including work experience, voluntary work and other opportunities that can provide you with job-ready skills and experience, to improve your job prospects.
We also offer computer assisted career guidance and workshops on career options and employability skills including basic occupational safety and health.
Services are available from 9.00 am to 4.30 pm 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 services are delivered by Mercycare through a program funded by the Department of Training and Workforce Development.
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. Outcare is supporting the Jobs and Skills Centres with specialist services to help get you into work or training. They also offer program for Aboriginal ex-offenders to support effective transition from prison to reconnect with community and culture.
Outcare can help with information on training or education options and advice on choosing a career path, a computer, printer and internet access to help with writing your resumé and job applications, and preparing for job interviews.
They also offer a one-day career development course, delivered in prison, which covers aspects such as interview techniques, self-image, disclosing convictions and how to access employment services within the community to prepare people for release.
Outcare's services are available from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm Monday to Friday, at 27 Moore St, East Perth or phone 08 6263 8622.