Information for schools


The Department of Education and Training Victoria is delivering a suite of free professional learning events for Victorian schools, focused on a strength-based approach to career education. 


Many students from disadvantaged families are less likely to have the social networks and support to actively engage in their life/career journey.  The strength-based approach provides an alternative way to engage with students who find it difficult to relate to traditional approaches to career education. It stimulates hope by facilitating self-discovery through a wide range of activities and enables them to write their own meaningful career journey. 

The Department of Education and Training Victoria has invited Gray Poehnell, an experienced career consultant from Canada who specialises in the strength-based approach to career education, to deliver the following:

  • the keynote and endnote presentation at a one-day conference on 4 March 2019 at the MCG
  • 10 x two-day workshops across Victoria.

Career practitioners from all Victorian schools, government, Catholic and independent are invited to attend the conference and/or one of the two-day workshops.

Participants will gain enhanced awareness of the career development needs of young people with multi-barriers to education and training, including the importance of parental and community engagement and support.  The intensive workshop will build the capacity of careers practitioners and relevant staff and equip them with concepts, processes, tools, and skills to work with vulnerable students and enable them to be more actively and positively involved in their own life/career development.