These career clusters give you a head start on your future.
Okay team, we need a chat. The days of that dreaded family question over an awkward holiday lunch, "What do you want to be once you finish school?" is in the past. The world is changing and more fluid and that is good news for the way you will work now and in the future.
That is where career clusters come in, groups of jobs that share the same skills and common features. Once you build skills in one job in a particular cluster, you’ll also have the skills for 13 other jobs on average.
Let's take a look. According to Foundation of Youth Australia (FYA) the clusters comprise of:
>> The Generators Comprised of jobs that require a high-level of personal interaction such as retail salesperson, hotel managers and entertainers. The skills that define this cluster include communication, customer service and business development.
>> The Artisans Comprised of jobs that require the ability to do manual tasks such as construction, maintenance and farming. The skills that define this cluster include planning, problem solving and tool operation.
>> The Carers Comprised of jobs that seek to improve mental or physical well-being of others such as nursing, social workers and fitness instructors. The skills that define this cluster include team work, teaching and case management.
>>The Coordinators Comprised of jobs that involve repetitive administrative and process tasks such as bookkeepers, receptionists and bar attendant. The skills that define this cluster include time-management, detail-orientation and invoicing.
>>The Designers Comprised of jobs that involve deploying skills and knowledge of science, mathematics and design such as architect, civil engineer and metallurgist. The skills that define this cluster include planning, digital literacy and project management.
>> The Informers
Comprised of jobs that involve professionals providing information, education or business services such as school teachers, policy analysts and event organiser. The skills that define this cluster include research, data analysis and policy development.
>> The Technologists Comprised of jobs that require skilled understanding of digital technology such as software engineers, web administrator and ICT business analysts. The skills that define this cluster include quality assurance, detail orientation and coding.
These clusters are ideal because they help us navigate employment for the future. If we shift our mindset towards gaining a package of skills from school and work experience rather than focus on that one 'dream job', it can open up professional opportunities that you may have never considered.