Career exploration

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

For individuals

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.

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.

Getting started

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.

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.

Finding a job

We have a range of resources and information to help you find a job, including a free job search guide.


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.


Specialist services

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, Mercy Care is supporting Jobs and Skills Centres with specialist services and can work with you to overcome barriers to employment, education and training.

Mercy Care 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.

They 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 6298 9888; or Unit 1, 6 Cecil Avenue Cannington phone: 08 6298 9888.

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


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.