Career Pathways

Berwick College Careers Centre is equipped with loads of resources and careers staff to help students throughout the day.

For more career information, resources and links, please visit our detailed careers and pathways website: Berwick College Careers

At Berwick College, we understand that students have a variety of learning styles, dreams and ambitions. We have many study options via our ‘Managed Individual Pathways’ (MIPS) program and are committed to providing all students with the necessary support, guidance and resources for the development of their chosen career pathway.

Using the most up-to-date tools available, our aim is to assist students with their:

  • Career choice
  • Course selection
  • Subject selection (including course prerequisites)
  • Work experience and structured workplace learning (SWL) options and placement
  • Employment/traineeships, apprenticeships
  • Casual and volunteer work
  • Application for courses post-secondary school

 Years 7 – 9: During these years, students are supported with the development of their vocational awareness and identifying their strengths, weaknesses and interests.

Year 7: ‘I Discover’ – Students discover their strengths and talents.

Year 8: ‘I Explore’ – Students explore the world of work and their place in it.

Year 9: ‘I Focus’ – Students focus on their values and interests.

Years 10 – 12: As our students approach the senior stage of their secondary schooling, they are encouraged to refine the key areas where their interests lie and begin developing their career plan.

Year 10: ‘I Plan’ – Students use decision-making skills to plan their learning and career programs. They also have the opportunity to complete one week of work experience as part of their compulsory subject, Game of Life.

Year 11: ‘I Decide’ – Students decide on their best options and opportunities.

Year 12: ‘I Apply’ – Students apply their skills and knowledge to their learning and career planning.

Study Options
At Berwick College, there are various study options for students to consider:

VCE – Victorian Certificate of Education
VCE is the traditional pathway for students in years 11 and 12. Upon completion, graduates receive an ATAR score to gain entry into a tertiary course at university or TAFE. For more detailed information visit: VTAC

VET – Vocational Education & Training
Vocational Education and Training (VET) enables students to gain a nationally recognised VET qualification while they are at school completing VCE or VCAL. Undertaken at a Registered Training Organisation such as TAFE, VET can offer unique opportunities to improve a student’s skills, knowledge, employment opportunities, education pathway and financial outcomes.  For additional information please refer to: GET VET

VCAL – Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning
Students who wish to go to TAFE, get an apprenticeship or take on-the-job training when they leave school should consider completing a Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL). VCAL is a hands-on option for students in years 11 and 12 and provides practical work-related experience, literacy and numeracy skills and the opportunity to build personal skills that are important for life and work. Like the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), VCAL is an accredited secondary certificate. To read more visit: VCAL Info

SBAT – School-based Apprenticeships and Training
A school-based apprenticeship or traineeship (SBAT) is an apprenticeship or traineeship undertaken by a student enrolled in a senior secondary program (VCE or VCAL). It combines paid part time work, practical experience and training in the workplace, and is usually timetabled 1-2 days per week. For more information visit: SBAT Info

Contact Us
Berwick College Careers Centre is located in the Senior School building and is open at recess, lunchtime and after school by appointment. Email:

  • Mrs Karen Crawley – Careers & VET Education Leader
  • Ms Jody Yandle – HeadStart Industry Coordinator
  • Ms Carly Lentowicz – Careers Counsellor and VET Teacher
  • Mrs Corinne Duhau – Careers/Business Partnerships
  • Ms Amanda Komen – VASS & VET Coordinator
  • Ms Amy Crawley – VET Administration & Arts Teacher
  • Madeleine McKeon – Careers Counsellor and Work Experience Coordinator