About ACE E-Course

Adolescent Career Education (ACE) e-course is comprised of a series of six online modules designed for the Senior School classroom setting that systematically increase students’ awareness of skills that will help them make sound career-related choices.

Originally known as the Career Choice Cycle Course, ACE was formulated by author, educator, psychologist, and student and career counsellor Dr. Lee-Ann Prideaux.


ACE  e-course aims to:

  • prepare Senior School students for SET Planning and subject selection,
  • increase students’ awareness of skills that will help them create a fulfilling lifestyle within a constantly changing work environment,
  • empower students to be more adaptable, persistent and resilient to career setbacks, and
  • foster a sense of purpose and commitment toward one’s own career development.


The two major objectives of ACE e-course:

1. Enhance self-awareness:

  • highlight the fundamental and recursive relationship between students’ thoughts, their environment and overt behaviour,
  • broaden students’ understanding of the contextual influences affecting development,
  • teach students to recognise and change maladaptive thinking patterns,
  • help students to develop a cognitive structure of themselves in relation to the world of work, and
  • promote realistic self-assessment of aptitudes in relation to formulating suitable SET Plans.

2. Enhance career decision-making ability:

  • encourage the re-evaluation of foreclosed career options,
  • provide opportunities to experience success in a variety of career-related endeavours,
  • help students manage the stress associated with indecision and uncertainty,
  • develop goal setting and planning skills,
  • equip students with sound decision-making strategies, and
  • emphasize personal responsibility for creating SET Plans.

Theoretical Basis: Social Cognitive Career Theory (SCCT) provides the theoretical framework for the ACE e-course. SCCT is a contemporary theory of career development formulated to integrate well established concepts and processes from the field of career research. SCCT examines career-related behaviour (e.g., interest development, career choice & job performance) using factors they believe operate as co-determinants of such behaviour. It is predicated upon the following assumptions:

  • people construct their own career outcomes,
  • belief systems play a major role in career development,
  • individuals are not merely products of their circumstances, and
  • human behaviour is flexible and receptive to change.


Course Outline and Materials

The ACE e-course involves 6 modules of work (below) based on the Career Choice Cycle (Prideaux, 2003).  Although designed to take up one lesson per week for a school term, the modular design of the course allows schools to tailor the course to suit their individual needs.

Adolescent Career Education modules career influences confidence career interests goals decisions review


    1. Influencesidentify the careers currently under consideration and discover the personal qualities, social and societal factors that influence career aspirations.
    2. Confidence:  examine confidence and its effect on goals, effort, persistence, and coping and learn how to develop a positive approach to career exploration.
    3. Interestsinvestigate career-related interests, abilities and talents, reassess and broaden occupations under consideration using the Job Guide.
    4. Goalsdiscover characteristics of effective goal setting, introduce satellite careers, discover the advantages of having multiple pathways to one’s ultimate career goals, and develop efficient goal-setting and planning skills in preparation for SET Plans.
    5. Decisions: gain an awareness of different decision-making styles and assess their strengths and weaknesses, apply a structured decision-making strategy to an actual career-related decision involving subject selection.
    6. Review: prepare students for the possibility of barriers and setbacks during their careers and review the skills they have learnt and how these will help them to keep cycling through the process of career development.
  • Facilitator Guide is included for staff conducting the e-course and the guide contains information sheets, materials required, aims and evaluative strategies.
  • Detailed Lesson Plans are also included in the facilitator’s guide.
  • Students individually login and engage in specially formulated in-class activities in their e-workbook, as well as complete homework assignments.
  • At the completion of the ACE e-course students can generate an individual report summarising key aspects of the course.
  • ACE e-course school facilitators also have the option to generate an aggregated report incorporating all students registered for the ACE e-course, as well as individual student reports, to assist with SET planning, subject selection and other administrative functions.


Career influences module homework assignment example

For further information please peruse the web pages ‘ACE Benefits for Schools and Students‘, ‘FAQs‘ [includes information re cost]) and/or send us a message via the ‘Contact Us‘ page.

To purchase the ACE e-course for your school, please go to the ‘Order ACE‘ web page.