Understanding Professions 

You can help your Year 7 to 9 student learn more about professions, careers and higher education.

Career conversations - how you can help

You can use these questions as conversation starters to talk to you child as they begin to think about their future:

  • What is your favourite school subject?
  • What are your talents and skills?
  • If you could do any job in the world, what you choose?
  • What do you imagine university to be like?
  • What do you think will change about jobs and working by the time you’re 25?
  • How many jobs can you think of in the area of (Business, Design, Engineering, Health, ICT, Law or Science)?
  • What jobs do you think the subjects you study at school now would be useful for?
  • What jobs do we have in Australia that other countries might not have (or vice versa)?
  • How many different jobs did you see people working in today?
  • What are you learning at school about careers? 

Profession Infographics - facts and figures

Each of our profession infographics isfilled with facts and figures. You can use these to open up conversations with your child about:

  • Which profession(s) might they be interested in, but want to know more about?
  • What does the infographic tell them about future opportunities in the profession?
  • What are the similarities or differences between the various roles and incomes?
  • Are there any surprises, things they didn't know about the profession?
  • Why are there some people working in profession areas who don't have university qualifications? 
  • Why is it important to explore different careers and professions?
  • Where else can they go to find out more about the profession?

  1. Download infographic
  2. Save to your computer desktop - do not print from browser.
  3. Print at A3 or A4 (colour or b/w)

Business professions facts and figures

Business Infographic 2017 resource (PDF 821 kb)



Design professions facts and figures

Design Infographic 2017 resource (PDF 715 kb)



Engineering professions facts and figures

Engineering Infographic 2017 resource (PDF 780 kb)



Health professions facts and figures

Health Infographic 2017 resource (PDF 814 kb)



ICT professions facts and figures

ICT Infographic resource (PDF 1.3MB)

Law professions facts and figures

Law Infographic 2017 resource (PDF 728 Kb)



Science professions facts and figures

Sciences Infographic 2017 resource (PDF 723 kb)

On the LEAP website

  • Read about possibilities for careers in different professions on the Getting started and Find out more pages in each profession section.
  •  With your child, watch the videos of students currently studying at university  and then discuss what you’ve learned.
  • Search some university websites  to see what choices there are for study in the careers that interest them.

Using this website at home

  • Explore professions that may be new or unknown
  • Learn about university life and the challenge and rewards of study through the Student stories and Professional profiles and videos in each Profession section
  • Visit the university websites to find information about courses, entry pathways, scholarships & financial assistance, student support services and more...

Supporting career planning

You can support your child's career planning by:

  • Attending career sessions and information nights held at your child's school
  • Making school, subjects and careers a regular topic of conversation with your child
  • Discussing their subject selections when they have to choose electives at school.

Career Action Plan

At school your child will probably be working on their own Career Action Plan to help them make choices about their future. You can help with this, if you:

  • Ask them to explain how their Career Action Plan works 
  • Ask them to bring it home to share what's new when they review or update it 
  • Encourage them to think about their plan during everyday activities that they enjoy - these activities can guide them to a rewarding future
  • Try to help them link their learning at school to possible career paths. Discuss topics and skills they learn at school and how these might be useful in the workplace, and
  • Encourage them to make notes about your discussions of work, professions and career options, in their Career Action Plan.

Get in touch

To enquire about LEAP activities for your school
please contact one of LEAP's participating Universities