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Getting together with employers – the Prenup

Your students need to get out more.

Your local council (bakery/architect/hospital) is willing to take on kids for work experience (mentoring/project collaboration).

You are about to form a partnership to give kids this great opportunity.

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STOP!! 

Before you walk into the sunset together…. What about a prenup?

It is best to talk about your prenup with your future partner while things are good.

Things WILL go wrong. The kids will play up or break things. The employer will be away. Duty of care won’t be taken care of.

A prenup on the back of an envelop is better than nothing.

Your prenup should consider:

  • Who is responsible for what and at what quality.
  • How the partnership is to be managed.
  • If there are any legal issues, like duty of care.
  • If there are any costs and who should pay for them.
  • What IT platforms are you going to use to share information.

If you would like to discuss how to write your prenup email me: Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au

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Step 1 – Creating Your Village to Raise Your Students

No school can educate a child for the 21st Century by acting as an island. It must build bridges that support engagement with the community and industry.

By establishing a framework you will be able to gradually grow the school as a hub of the community, engaging an eclectic range of stakeholders, all supporting the education of your students.

There are just 5 pillars required to build a framework that supports engagement and collaboration between school and the wider community.

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Once this framework has been created it can be used often to build your school as a hub of community engagement.

Make Your School the Hub of Your VillageThe first thing to do when you start working with a potential partner is to determine the fundamental values that will underpin your work together.

This will seem strange but you need to establish your relationship with your potential partner and a slow engagement, achieved by discussing these values will help you to get to know each other, and it is a lot better than the “test and fail till you get it right” method.

Think of it as a prenuptial agreement!!

You don’t HAVE to agree on each of these principles. Pick the ones that suit your project. For small projects you may not need #5 but your school will gradually build a bank of standards that will underpin each following project.

These principles are suggested for consideration by schools and their partners when deciding how you are going to work together:

  1. The school and partners will share a common vision of the project and understanding of the scope.
  2. The project strategy will be customer centric, with the views of customers being represented in the project design.
  3. Participants will demonstrate through action, a willingness to make the project succeed.
  4. The project must be flexible enough to enable participation of all parties, regardless of power and status.
  5. Where standards are available they will guide the operation of the project.
  6. An analysis of all costs and benefits must underpin the project plan and sustain the ongoing case to work in partnership.
  7. Governance arrangements will explicitly identify who is available for what aspect of the project and to what standard.
  8. Security and privacy issues will underpin management.
  9. An express agreement between parties will support the project.

If you would like to discuss how to establish your school framework for engaging a village to raise your students email me: Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au

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Careers in Grain Expo Offer to Schools

Western Australia probably grows more grain than… practically anyone….. and there are jobs in everything from international marketing to scientific research to fencing.

Western Australia is a world leader in grain agriculture. There are scholarships and many training pathways into the industry. 

The Careers in Grain people sent through this message:

Last year, we attended 30 different school and university events and look forward to building on the momentum and meeting even more students and job seekers. Be sure to let us know if you hear of any events that you’d love to see us at!

Contact Kayla Evans  to invite her to your school career expo. 

Bust Small 72dpiIf you would like to reach thousands of Western Australian school students with information about careers in your industry, let me know. 

I will share your information in the monthly In Focus Careers Newsletter that goes out to over 100 West Australian high schools. 

If you would like to see a complimentary copy of the newsletter please let me know. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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It takes a Village to Raise a Student

Western Australia’s capacity to educate students to succeed in a 21st Century Global Village is being crippled by insurance companies regimes. Duty of care has become the overarching education framework that determines students stay on school grounds and risks are averted.

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Teachers’ capacity to engage with any village to enhance the education of students is stifled by a mountain of risk management paperwork.

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Schools are becoming islands in a global environment.

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Framework Required

Education providers need to create a framework that enable students to engage in entreprise and work integrated learning activities.

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There are just 5 elements to the framework. Once it has been developed it can be used as a template for any collaborative arrangement between schools and the world outside school.

Governance 

Clarify who is responsible for what and to what standard?

Legal

There will be rules that govern the way any collaboration will operate? Duty of care, privacy, equal opportunity and ownership of intellectual property are just some.

Once you have identified a list that your school must comply with you can use it for all projects.

Finance

You need a dedicated budget. Serious efforts to collaborate should not attempt to squeeze more into existing tight budgets.

Business Rules

A good project plan should underpin the project. Project planning templates for all occasions can be found HERE. The project plan will lead to a sound MoU that can act as a template for further collaborations.

IT

Your school will have IT protocols, security frameworks and applications that apply to all IT activity. These issues need to be reconciled with partnering organisations to ensure seamless interoperability.

NSIF Meta Framework

The National Service Improvement Framework is a framework to use to design frameworks.

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It is a top down model which starts with organisations agreeing on what they want to do and what benefits they are trying to achieve.

VET in Schools Example

The regime that enables VET in schools has been created to support collaboration between education and training providers.

That framework can provide an example of what to do, and also what NOT to do.

For More Information

For a free consultation about how to develop a framework for collaboration for your organisation contact me at Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au

The In Focus Careers Newsletter is a monthly conduit of career information for West Australian teachers and families. If you would like to know what is going on in a world of career opportunities ask for a complementary copy.

 

 


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Create an Insanely Great School Leavers’ Safety Net

Leaving home to study at university or TAFE is a giant leap. Especially for RRR students.

Notre Dame University has a RRR Student Support Program which is like their support for international students. No other Western Australian university or TAFE has anything special in place.

Students flounder. Parents panic.

Stressed parents can help their school leavers to make the giant leap seem more like a hop by doing these things.  Tell them to….

1.   Get a Mentor

People love it when you value their knowledge and expertise so getting a mentor isn’t rocket science. Just be nice and value what the mentor tells you. Find someone whose subject knowledge you value and start to ask them for advice and support.

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Vocational colleges like TAFE do not have formal mentor programs.

Students will need to put in some effort to find a good mentor. They may choose to build a mentor relationship with a lecturer, with one of the many technical experts that work in colleges or with an older student.

This will be their “go to” person when they are wondering what is coming next or how to do something.

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Universities have formal mentor programs.

The mentors are older students who are building their resumes by demonstrating leadership through mentoring.

New students are often allocated a mentor during orientation. If you didn’t get one, or if you didn’t get along with your mentor, go to the guild, or student services office, and ask for a mentor in your faculty.

Getting a mentor means you are consciously and deliberately working towards a successful career. That can’t be a bad thing.

2.   Find and Use Support Services

Support services are numerous and varied, and they are usually free.  You really are not alone but unearthing the support service you need may take some digging.

  • Career Counsellors. Most tertiary education institutions have career counsellors. These can be your lifeline when you start to doubt your subject or course choices. Don’t just drop out. Go to one of the counsellors to see what you can do.

 

  • Specialist Support. There will be support for students with identifiable different needs, like Aboriginal students, people with a disability or people from non English-speaking backgrounds. If you are eligible for these services, take advantage of them.

 

  • Classes in Study Skills. There may be classes on study skills, or how to write an essay. They will be designed to address a problem like not knowing how to study most efficiently, or how to write an essay with correct referencing. These skills can save you hours throughout your student career.

 

  • Industry Group Services. Some industry groups, like the building and construction industry, provide mentors, scholarships, mental health programs and industrial relations support through the union. Google your industry to find what support services they offer.

 

  • Specialist Industry Support. Specialist support groups, like Women in Science and Technology and associations like the Marketing Association, the Accountants Association or the Australian Computer Society can help you while you are studying, give you a network for applying for jobs and they will be able to tell you about scholarships, internships and financial support.

3.   Stick with Family and Family Friends

Leap and the Net will appear PNGHaving the freedom to do what you like away from home is exciting. Taking risks is part of the excitement.

New students are a target for crooks and scammers. The crooks and scammers don’t come with it written on their foreheads. They are usually nice, friendly, helpful people who know how to win the trust of a new student.

Believing the old Zen saying, Leap and the net will appear and keep you safe whenever you take a risk, could result in you getting a criminal record or being physically assaulted.

Make a formal plan to stay connected with family and old family friends. If you are unsure about someone, invite them to come with you when you visit your family.

If you don’t feel comfortable inviting them to meet your family or family friends, check your own feelings. Your innate wisdom may be telling your something.

If you invite your new acquaintance and they choose not to come a few times, you will start to question their friendship.

If they do come, and your family does not feel comfortable about this new person, listen to your family. They are the ones who will provide a safety net that protects you as you leap into your new life.

4.   Say “YES, and …”

If you just learn from class when you go to uni or TAFE, you are missing out.

post-it-notes-There is so much more to enjoy. There are so many opportunities to engage with your industry, enter competitions, take on projects, join clubs, go for scholarships.

Don’t just wait for an opportunity to fall into your lap. Look for things that might interest you on campus noticeboards and join online groups to find out what is going on.

When you hear about an opportunity on campus say “Yes, and where do I apply, what else can I do, when can I start?”

Growth opportunities are generally set up by your campus to help you to have a better student experience.

Just by applying you are creating your own opportunities. You might find out where you are going by setting out in a different direction.

5.   Create a Small Group

If you have friends from school studying at your campus they are your obvious first point of contact. You will soon be overwhelmed with new people who are vying for your attention and you will be trying to connect with new people who you meet.

Trying to be friends with everyone will exhaust you. Focus on a small group and establish friendships with them.  You can make friends with other people later.

HINT: Be nice to everyone. There is a good chance you will be in the same workplace as them at some stage in your career. It is important that they remember how great you are.

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Help YOUR family to get ahead in their career

The new academic year is starting and companies are already planning their apprentice and trainee needs for next year.

Make sure your family or students have an equal chance to succeed beyond 2019.

This month’s In Focus Careers Newsletter has information about:

  • uni courses school students can take this year,
  • scholarships for 2020 which close soon,
  • a comparison of how universities in WA did last year, and
  • 30 pages of information that impact on careers in Western Australia.

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Career Professionals Site Map

February 2019

This mind map is of the main Australian careers sites. 

Useful Sites

Coggle Map of Useful Careers Websites

A number of people requested a copy of this Coggle Map that I put together last year. I have updated it and I am happy to send you a link to it. I contacted Coggle and they don’t have the capacity to put links into a Word document or a WordPress site yet but if you email me I will send you a link to this map.


Email me and I will give you access to the map. Contact me to subscribe to the In Focus Careers Newsletter.