Significant technical and content enhancements have recently been made to Land Your Career, a comprehensive portal providing information about land management careers across a broad range of themes that include water, fire, natural environments, restoring landscapes, forestry, conservation, cultural heritage, biodiversity, sustainability, parks/reserves and landscape/building design.
The principle goal of Land Your Career is to provide school students and school leavers, careers advisors, teachers and mature age students with accurate information about pathways and qualifications required for specific land management careers. The portal was originally developed in 2016 by CeRDI together with FedUni’s Faculty of Science and Technology, a consortium partner on the project.
Land Your Career is part of a larger project – the Integrated Land Management Curriculum for Victoria (ILMCV*) – which involves a unique teaching and training partnership between six tertiary education providers across 18 locations in Victoria’s west. The project aims to significantly enhance opportunities for regional, rural and remote students to participate in higher education through increased collaboration and co-operation between institutes in the regionally vital discipline of land management.
The latest Land Your Career developments now include an innovative and informative analytics tool using natural resource management (NRM) job data supplied by NRMJobs and the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS). Available information about the geographical location of particular NRM jobs together with estimated remuneration, over time. This data is available for searching and is presented spatially. This enables visitors to explore the location of jobs, the salary associated with these jobs and how this has changed over time (2010–2015).
CeRDI’s Scott Limmer has been integral to developing and integrating the latest technical developments for Land Your Career. These have also been supported by the lead organisation, the University of Melbourne, together with project partners Bendigo TAFE, FedUni’s Faculty of Science and Technology, South West TAFE, Sunraysia Institute of Technical and Further Education, and Timber Training Creswick.
The latest updates to Land Your Career offer further opportunities to educate and inspire prospective students on the careers and roles that exist within the land management sector. The latest mapping feature is particularly informative for secondary students and teachers enabling prospective NRM students with a comprehensive understanding about how to become qualified and what they can expect in their future career with regards the location of their work and the salary levels.
Land Your Career: www.landyourcareer.edu.au
*The establishment of the ILMCV was funded by the Department of Education and Training through the Regional Partnership Facilitation Fund.