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Students – Avoid Wage Theft

I am shattered. I have been telling students to get their part time job with a big company for the right pay and entitlements.

Yea, you might get superannuation but Nah, check your wage slip!

Woolworths, Bunnings, 7Eleven. All of these huge companies have been caught underpaying staff.

Apparently this sort of “mistake” wasn’t made when unions could check records.  Now it’s your job to know what your Award is and check your pay slip against the Award and challenge your employer if they are doing the wrong thing.

Good luck with that.

The Fair Work Ombudsman will tell you what you SHOULD be paid.

I found this video on the Fair Work Ombudsman site which gives you tips of what to look for.

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You need to take action yourself, but at least you know what they SHOULD be doing.

The Award that you are working under will be on the site. You can ring them for help.

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I write a newsletter, create learning resources and connect professionals to a network of insanely great careers experts.

Get a complimentary copy of the In Focus Careers newsletter to see the sort of information your school is missing out on.

I am an evangelist for insanely great career education. Tap into the In Focus Careers community to unearth your career hero powers. 

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An apple tree produces apples

Time to chill about career decisions with this quick hack to your future.

Skip Black Swans and Purple Elephants

If you have never had anything to do with black swans or purple elephants you are unlikely to give them much consideration in your future.

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If you have never had anything to do with farming or the army you are unlikely to give them much consideration as a career choice.

Skip careers that you haven’t had anything to do with.

An apple tree produces apples

applesPeople you like most, or who are closest to you, will have the most influence on your future. 

  • If your mum is a doctor you are likely to end up somewhere in the health industry. Particularly if you are a girl.
  • If your dad is a builder you are likely to end up in building trades, or maybe architecture or engineering. Particularly if you are a boy.

Check out 20 people you know who have jobs.  What are those jobs?

Break down gender stereotypes. Check out the jobs of everyone in your circle.

Go broad. “Health” could include be selling pharmaceuticals or doing medical research.

Which ones COULD you consider?

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Don’t expect the answer to shout at you. Your future will arrive in a whisper.

Take the Power

By knowing that apples produce apples you will have the power to take into your heart those careers that you know from your home and close environment. This new awareness will help you to make decisions about where to start your career.

This simple hack will rule out 90% of careers and will make your choices much more manageable.

(Your decision will be easier if you know if you like science or humanities. You can start by building on those natural abilities to narrow down your choices even more and kick start your career in your chosen industry. )

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Get this and other insanely great careers information by subscribing to the In Focus Careers newsletter.

Relax…

  1. Your first copy will be with you soon.
  2. I will ask you to send through the list of staff you would like me to add to your school email group. Most schools have 6 – 10 staff on their list. A few just have one. You can add more people at any time.
  3. I will send them all their copy and tell them that they are welcome to re-issue the information however they wish within your school community.
  4. Each month you will get your new monthly issue with:
    • Information to share with students and families;
    • A section of events, resources and research for education professionals; and
    • A calendar of events months into the future.
  5. I will send you any new career teaching resources that I develop
  6. You can relax,  knowing you have a conduit to all the information you need to help your students to unearth their best path to their future.

I am an evangelist for insanely great career education. Tap into the In Focus Careers community to unearth the power to be a career hero to your students. 

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So You Want to be a Doctor – 2 Events in Perth

1. Discover the Perkins 

2. Future Health Professionals Scitech Workshop

Two events are coming up that will be of interest to those who are considering high end health careers.

Discover the Perkins

Saturday 16 November 10am – 3.30pm Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, Nedlands

You are invited to Discover the Perkins, Western Australia’s medical research facility!

The Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research is Western Australia’s landmark research institute dedicated to finding answers to the deadly diseases affecting our loved ones. This is your chance to see the Perkins first-hand, explore the labs, become a scientist for a day and hear from the experts.

You can discover details and enrol in different workshops HERE.

SciTEch Future Health Professionals

5 Day summer holiday career exploration for senior school students.

Applications close on November 18 for this fantastic Scitech program. It is done in partnership with medical experts and there are great opportunities for hands-on experiences.

I spoke at the workshop last year and was blown away by the intelligence, enthusiasm and joy being expressed by the lucky 30 students who had been selected for the program.

If you are thinking about a career in medicine this workshop is highly recommended.

Applications for the 2020 Future Health Professionals program are open to Western Australian students entering Year 11 or Year 12 in 2020. Applications for the program opened on October 28th and will close on November 18th. To register, please submit an application

The Future Health Professionals program for 2020 will take place from January 20-24.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Erin Kelly, Scitech STEM Careers Coordinator at erin.kelly@scitech.org.au.

My Commitment to West Australian Careers Education

You can contact me at Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au or M: 0434056412

To help West Australians to become insanely great careers educators I….

  • Write 10 insanely great issues of In Focus Careers newsletter each year.
  • Create resources that make teachers into Super Heroes as they inspire students.
  • Deliver the best possible information via presentations.
  • Create an insanely great network of teachers, industry experts and parents who are supporting insanely great careers education for all West Australian students.

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November Issue Out Now

The November In Focus Careers Newsletter is out now.Banner

Vital Information

You need to know about:

  • the private school scholarships for primary and high school
  • the gifted and talented program applications for high school for 2021
  • Murdoch Horizon’s Summer school
  • how to tap into the new science and technology community projects
  • the reduced fees on 34 TAFE courses
  • the Employment Bootcamp at Muresk for school leavers.

There are 35 pages of news and advice that will power your career choices. 

For a complimentary copy of the November issue email:

My Commitment to West Australian Careers Education

I am an evangelist for insanely great careers education. I:

Bev.Johnson

  • Write 10 insanely great issues of In Focus Careers Newsletter per year.
  • Create resources that give you the power to deliver insanely great careers education.
  • Connect you with insanely great careers experts across the In Focus Careers community.

M: 0434 056 412

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Year 10 Magic Happens Handbook and Hacks for Career Teachers

The Year 10 Magic Happens Careers Handbook is getting great reviews! Such a relief.

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It is available to West Australian schools that subscribe to the In Focus Careers Newsletter.

It’s called Magic Happens because Year 10s change like magic throughout the year. This Handbook helps you to guide the magic.

Career Teacher Hacks

It comes with a Handbook of ideas and support for careers teachers. It’s the one with the Super Hero on the cover.

Magic Happens The Magic Happens career resources are available to schools that subscribe to the In Focus Careers Newsletter.

 

As a member of the In Focus Careers Community you will:

  • Receive 10 copies of the newsletter that has a section for Students and Families, one for practitioners and a calendar.
  • Be able to tap into the expertise of the community, and contribute to it.
  • Receive copies of new and updated career resources.

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My Commitment to West Australian Careers Education

I am an evangelist for insanely great careers education. I:

  • Write 10 insanely great issues of In Focus Careers Newsletter per year.
  • Create resources that give you the power to deliver insanely great careers education.
  • Connect you with insanely great careers experts across the In Focus Careers community.

M: 0434 056 412

Email: Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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What does an ideal gig economy look like for workers?

Ideas needed

On Wednesday night Anthony Albanese said we need to make sure gig workers get the right pay and conditions.

Question

I am going to put ideas together in a proposal to the WA government.

It maybe just a list of idea headings with some background under each.

I would love your ideas and thoughts on this.

Can you put the word out to your Australian and international networks asking for ideas? Surely there are some countries doing better than us.

Thanks. You can email me at Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au

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Publishing is like putting your baby out into the world

If I hadn’t put so much work into this Handbook I wouldn’t be so worried.

I keep delaying putting out my Magic Happens – Year 10 Careers Handbook as I am not sure how she will cope out in the world.

If you subscribe to my INSANELY GREAT In Focus Careers Newsletter, you will automatically get a copy of the Handbook, and the Teachers’ Guide.

Give me a couple of days to go over it ONE MORE TIME, then I will send it out.

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If you would like to subscribe to my insanely great careers newsletter for 2020, and get your complimentary copy of the Magic Happens Handbook let me know.

My Commitment to West Australian Careers Education

I want In Focus Careers to be the conduit to Insanely Great Careers Information for all West Australian students.

I undertake to:

  • Write 10 insanely great issues of In Focus Careers newsletter each year that focus on the needs of West Australian students and careers teachers.
  • Search for local, national and international information that could impact on the careers of West Australian students.
  • Connect you with insanely great careers teachers and industry experts across the In Focus Careers network.
  • Create resources that will empower you to make conscious and deliberate decisions for a great 21st century future.

M: 0434 056 412

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October Issue Out Now

October BannerPeople are losing faith in the ability of traditional leaders and institution to address problems of today and tomorrow.   No single organisation, discipline or philosophy has the answers to tackle the challenges thrown up by our volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world.

There is an explosion of activism as young people seek answers by connecting with like-minded people to create new approaches to problems.

A new generation of changemakers is striving to create a better future.

Career information can be the lynchpin that gives school students courage and connections with opportunities to create new ways of being in the world.

The October In Focus Careers Newsletter talks about new tools and strategies that can link your NOW to your best possible FUTURE.

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How school students will keep winning the 21st century career race

Students are already ahead of the pack when it comes to winning in the 21st century workforce.

School leavers aren’t looking for leaders to follow, they are looking for teams to join.

Forbes Magazine predicted 5 Important Ways Jobs Will Change. 

1. Fluid Gigs

WHY STUDENTS ARE WINNING

Over 60% of senior school students have part time jobs as well as their full time study.

  • They have at least one part time job.
  • They are flexible, often having different jobs or they do more work over holidays.
  • They aren’t fussy about how they earn money – they freelance doing gardening, washing cars, walking dogs, baby sitting.
  • They tap into their network of family and friends to build their network of clients.
  • They have a team of friends who are also flexible and able to work together on a project.

TIPS

  • Grow your skills by organising your friends into teams of babysitters, office cleaners, gardeners or whatever opportunity you can see.
  • Make as many contacts as you can at school. Make contacts with other students, work experience providers, sport coaches.

2. Decentralized  Workforce

WHY STUDENTS ARE WINNING

Sophisticated social media skills and knowledge of project planning software helps students to market their need for work, schedule tasks and communicate with clients or with other team members.

By being their own boss students learn:

  • time management – including juggling peak demands times at school and peak times with other gigs.
  • how to cost jobs
  • resource management – scheduling time for tasks
  • quality control

By working as a decentralized team students learn:

  • communication and trust
  • quality control
  • manage fair money sharing

TIPS

Set up your LinkedIn profile:

  • Capture your skills
  • Ask friends to endorse you
  • Build your network

3. Motivation to Work

WHY STUDENTS ARE WINNING

Students can tap into massive opportunities to support causes while they are at school.

These opportunities frequently hit a chord with students who go on to save orangutans, coach kids with disabilities, become environmentalists.

Believing in what they are doing is a greater motivator for young people than money. They don’t want to be ripped off, but they have a sense of urgency and want to be creating the world as a better place.

TIPS

  • Try for lots of experiences while you are at school.
  • Search Google for volunteer opportunities that you might like.
  • Get on a mission to find what you like.
  • Don’t expect your career to come to you in a blinding flash. It will grow on you.

4. Lifelong Learning

WHY STUDENTS ARE WINNING

School students KNOW about lifelong learning. An accelerating rate of change is one of the few constants in their lives. They expect to learn new ways of doing things all of the time.

TIPS

  • Try MOOCS and other online learning platforms.
  • Follow your work interests online.

5. Technology Augmenting Jobs

WHY STUDENTS ARE WINNING

Students already know that technology can make their lives easier. They know how to use their phones to communicate, research, record and collate and hack information to create new solutions.

Expanding their skills to find new ways to use technology will be natural to them.

TIPS

  • Research where IT is being applied to different jobs you are interested in.

In Focus Careers Newsletter 

My passion is making transition from school easier. Each month I write an insanely great newsletter that makes sure you know about opportunities as they emerge.

Stay ahead of the pack. Subscribe to the In Focus Careers Newsletter.

My Commitment to West Australian Careers Education

Bev.Johnson

Insanely great career advice from Bev

So that students can find the easiest and best path from school I undertake to:

  • Write 10 insanely great issues of In Focus Careers newsletter each year for students and careers teachers.
  • Search for local, national and international information that could impact on the careers of West Australian students.
  • Connect you with insanely great careers teachers and industry experts across the In Focus Careers network.
  • Listen to and support West Australian careers teachers.

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Calling Education Trail Blazers and Changemakers

Collaboration is Tricky

There is no question…. it is easier to go it alone than to try collaborating. Things get out of control. Things go wrong. 

But schools need to collaborate outside the school to give students the best knowledge, skills and networks to survive in the 21st century.

Trail blazers and changemakers now have a toolkit that will help them to create a collaborative education ecosystem. 

Collaboration Toolkit

The Foundation for Young Australians (FYA), together with the Department of Education and Training and the Innovation Unit, has just launched School-Industry Partnerships: A toolkit to support collaboration for career education.

The Toolkit is BRILLIANT. 

The toolkit comes in three parts, one each for :

  • Educators;
  • Industry; and
  • Parents and Families

It embeds collaboration theory into practical templates, to do lists and checklists. It isn’t quite “follow the bouncing ball” but if you follow the instructions and don’t skip steps or take shortcuts, you will be guided to success.

It has the order of collaboration preparation just right and it respects all parties to a collaborative agreement.

If you thought the FYA New Work Order series was brilliant, step inside this new environment to find something just as good.

The link to these toolkits is here.

Collaboration Requires New Educator Skills

Collaborative education takes you out of the centre of the picture. You become the facilitator of the negotiated educational experience that has agreement from the school, industry partner, student and family.

Managing a collaborative educational environment requires business management skills.

You need to learn how to:

  • Create project plans,
  • Talk with industry partners and negotiate agreements,
  • Manage resources including budgets, and
  • Ensure things don’t go wrong as you head towards learning outcomes.

It is a different way of educating. It requires different skills. There will be support.

To find out more go here: 

https://www.fya.org.au/programs/career-education/