It was interesting to see that most teachers in the data (primary or secondary) seem to see Years 7 and 8 as the 'sweet spot' for beginning career education.
I think the most important thing we can do in primary schools is to expose students to a wide-range of people and jobs that exist in the community and to celebrate all areas in which people work. This might be through guest speakers, 'when I grow up days,' excursions etc.
In terms of exposure, I can't help but think that at this point our scientists and researchers are back in the spotlight as incredibly valuable members of the community as the world looks to expert opinions and advice. Students are also probably more aware of our frontline workers who are being publicly celebrated. Many other professions and organisations have had to abruptly change the way they work including schools and the students themselves.
COVID-19 has made us all stop and reflect on the importance of flexibility. As our current learners move into an ever-changing world, it is important to reflect with them that aspirations can change, adapt and develop as can the pathways towards them.