iTrack

Some young people have unrealistic career aspirations and limited knowledge about how to plan for the transition to work.

Without support, students from disadvantaged backgrounds may not understand the education pathway they need to pursue their career aspirations. Recent research exploring the notion of lost talent among students found that "above-average students who give up on their goals are more likely to be from educationally and economically disadvantaged backgrounds"1.

Students from disadvantaged backgrounds often have limited access to role models or mentors beyond their parents or teachers. Often with lower levels of education or limited work histories themselves, many of these parents or carers can find it difficult to talk about the range of opportunities available for the future.

Andreas and Wael working on the computer

What is itrack?

Wal and Tri working on the computer

iTrack is an online mentoring program for high school students in Years 9 to 11. Students are matched with a supportive adult (other than a teacher or parent) who volunteers as a mentor and provides the student with advice and guidance about workplace, study and career opportunities. 

Volunteer mentors are drawn from our network of corporate and community partners. All mentors are screened, inducted and then carefully matched with a student according to the student’s career aspirations and interests. 

The students and mentors communicate over an 18 week period, or approximately two school terms. Depending on the location, some pairs also have three face-to-face meetings during the program.  

iTrack is currently operating in NSW, ACT, VIC, QLD, SA, WA and TAS. 

how does itrack help?

The purpose of the relationship established through iTrack is to offer encouragement, and for mentors to share the benefit of their own study and workplace experience.

Last year, 93% of the students who participated in iTrack said that their mentor had given them more ideas about possible plans for what to do after finishing school. 

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What iTrack students and mentors said

Students

“It was really fun, and helpful. The more I talked to my mentor the more I was able to build my confidence in what I wanted to do for my career.” 

“I enjoyed learning new things my mentor told me. She taught me things that I didn’t know (which was really useful), she encouraged me to be more confident, and she's one of the best mentors ever.” 

Mentors

“My student was lacking in overall confidence and was quite introverted in his discussions. I felt he gained a fair bit from the experience, more so in being able to speak to somebody outside his family situation.” 

“I really enjoy the interaction of chatting online and the vibrancy of my mentees. I get a great deal of satisfaction in participating in iTrack. I feel that I am doing something useful.” 

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Sikora, J., & Saha, L. J. (2011). Lost talent? The occupational ambitions and attainments of young Australians. Retrieved 5 June, 2013, from http://www.ncver.edu.au/publications/2313.html