Career Education Programs + Communication Tools

Deliver the Career Education your students need with Essentials

Get access to engaging career readiness content aligned to the world's best teaching frameworks

Be an innovative career counsellor at school

Be an innovative career counsellor at school

As a school careers practitioner, pathways coordinator or guidance counsellor, you’re shaping the future every day. But encouraging every young dream (and preparing the teaching content to inspire them) is a lot to achieve on your own. 

That’s where our ready-to-go career education programs can help. Everything is provided for you and easy for you and your fellow teaching staff to use, and so engaging your students will look forward to your lessons (seriously – our schools tell us this all the time). 

Whatever you want to teach, you’ll find a Study Work Grow program to suit, plus, everything is easy to adjust and localise so you can make it just the way you want without needing to reinvent the wheel. 

Build Career Readiness

Ready to Work gives students the skills they need to find, secure, and start their first job. 

Develop Career Management Skills

The Ponder Program builds robust career management skills, in line with international frameworks.

Start Career Conversations

The Career Clusters help students think differently about the work they could do through powerful career conversations. 

"Where has this program been all my life?? This is fantastic!!! All schools need to include this in their Strategic Improvement Planning."

The Ponder Program - 2024 Edition

Easily transform your Careers Program

The Ponder Program is designed to seamlessly fit in with your curriculum, timetable, and resourcing – no matter how you like to do things. 

There are 40 weeks of flexible lessons that help students build core career management competencies, like how to make decisions, where to look for allies, and how to understand Labour Market Information. 

Each lesson can be delivered in just 5 to 10 mins by a non-careers teacher, or extended out to a full 40 to 60 minute Careers Lesson with your expertise. All you need to do is open the PowerPoint slides, play the short animated video, and follow our teacher notes. 

It’s so easy that it’s a wonder no one has done it before.  

Career Education Resources with Ponder
Career Education Resources with Ponder

NEW for 2024: Ready to Work Program

Give your students everything they need for that first day at work

Career Counsellors often have to teach students the skills they need to Find, Secure, and Maintain their first part-time job, cadetship/traineeship, or work placement.

So we created Ready to Work – a brand new program that’s free for Essentials Members. In the Teaching Guide and Student Workbook, you’ll have everything you need to teach students how to: 

  • Find a job (or similar work-related role)
  • Communicate effectively with employers
  • Write a resume/CV and apply for a job
  • Attend and complete an interview
  • Get started at their chosen work

It’s hours and hours of hard work, compiled for you into one step-by-step teaching framework with everything you need to get them job-ready. 

The Career Clusters

Help students understand their Vocational Identity

Research shows that there are common traits, tasks, and ways of working that go beyond industries or jobs.

When we shift our focus away from “which job” or “which industry”, career conversations instantly become more approachable and exciting for students. And that’s exactly what the Career Clusters Student Quiz and Resources can help you do.

This program includes a Teaching Guide with flexible lesson options, a Student Workbook, the online Career Cluster Quiz and results profiles, plus the Pathways Explorer and other educational tools to help you change the way you talk about careers. 

Plus, you'll also get access to our Communication Tools

Our wildly popular career education resources from our Lite Memberships is included too, with things like time-saving researched Weekly Newsletters, Student Pathways Guides to help with big decisions, Job Spotlights that profile different careers, and a free Careers Website for your school. 

You can spend less time creating content, and more time doing what you do best. 

Job Spotlights
Careers Website
Student Guides
Weekly News

Most importantly, it's Industry Commended

The Ponder Program was one of the first Career Education frameworks & materials in Australia to be independently review and awarded the prestigious ‘Commended Program’ status by the Career Development Association of Australia (CDAA).

The assessment criteria of Content, Credibility, Originality, Usefulness, Currency, Value, and Accessibility that Ponder met or exceeded means that you can purchase the Ponder Program with confidence. 

Ponder has also been featured in the OECD’s Observatory on Digital Technologies in Career Guidance for Youth (ODICY) repository of global best practice resources – recognised for it’s high quality and level of innovation. 

Can these programs work in my educational setting?

(The short answer is YES

Our educational programs are used in hundreds of secondary schools, universities, and youth-focused organisations across the world with great success. 

Our programs are used everywhere from major metropolitan universities through to tiny regional schools with just a handful of students.

They work in schools with multiple Career Practitioners and budgets most of us can only dream of, just as well as they do in schools with no qualified full-time Career Practitioner on staff. 

We know that you are the expert in your own context, so everything is designed to be customisable by you for your specific situation (without a huge amount of work on your part).

Only teach careers in one year ? Or Seniors? Or all grades?
That’s totally ok – select the resources which will be of most value for your learners for each unit.

Missed a week?
No problem, just skip it or pick up where you left off – many of our schools ‘cherry-pick’ from the units. 

Want to pick and choose lessons?
Totally fine, you know your cohort and needs better than we do.

All of the hard work is done for you, so you can just pick it up and start teaching. How will you use it at your school?

(Everyone loves receiving goodies)

Subscribe today and get a Career Kit too

To get your new membership off to a great start, you’ll also receive a big pack of print materials and goodies in the mail to your school. We put together new packs all the time, but they all contain:

  • Engaging Posters for your walls
  • Career Cluster Posters to keep the conversation going
  • Job Spotlight Booklets for your office or library
  • And a Lanyard, Pin, and a Tim Tam

We know that Careers & Pathways are often ‘hidden’ at school, so these materials will help you and your new Careers Programs become more visible. 


Make a big impact with our programs

"I get 5 mins a week for Ponder – a great way for students to start the week in 2023. I just love the video and the one question for discussion – just brilliant."

"I have really loved this approach to ponder. We haven’t gotten through much because we are having very deep class discussions which has been really enjoyable for myself and the students."

Start your Essentials Membership at school today

You’ll LOVE having Essentials. Here’s a quick recap of what’s included: 

Career Education Programs + Communication Tools

Full access to our quality, evidence-based career education programs co-designed with schools, including:

  • The Ponder Program for teaching career management competencies
  • Ready-to-Work prepares students for their first job
  • The Career Clusters (full access) gives students a great place to start conversations from

Plus, you’ll get everything in our Lite Membership:

  • Custom School Careers Website
  • 15+ Student Guides
  • 200+ Job Spotlights
  • Researched Weekly News

Essentials is our #1 most popular program with everything you need for 12 months.  Get started today >>

Simply tell us about your school and we’ll get you set up with online access today. No payment or card needed.

You’ll also receive a Career Kit in the mail. 

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Already a Lite/Standard/Ponder Pathways Member? We’ll apply your remaining credit towards your new membership, PLUS $100 off your first year, making it even cheaper again. Let’s get you upgraded today.   

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