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Your Personal Record as you Start High School.

Writing Your Personal Record as you start High School comes from an idea given by HASS teacher Rebecca de Beer at John Forrest SHS. 

I thought filling out their Personal Record might help Year 7s to get grounded and become more conscious of who they are as they start on so much change.  

If you plan to read or store their Personal Records, you will need to tell them that before they write down their personal information.

 

 

 

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Baby Steps to Career Excellence

See how much Infocus Careers can help you to deliver the best careers education in the world.

Get a complimentary copy of the Infocus Careers newsletter to discover ideas that matter to West Australians.

 

 

I can talk about career education under water, so if you would like to chat about how I can help you to improve your career services, give me a ring on 0434056412 or email me at Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au


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Great Place for Career Ideas

If you want great ideas about the future of careers, job design, the future economy and the way we work, come to this New Economy – Work in Progress event at the Naval Store in Fremantle.

I have just booked to go to the New Economy 2020 conference  which will be live streamed on Saturday 21 November at the Naval Store in Fremantle

Naval Store Fremantle

People who are running new economy projects in WA will be at the Naval Store from 10am – 4pm. I know of no other event in WA where you can meet so many passionate, smart people who are trying to make the world a better place.

The event will take place in The Naval Store in Fremantle and offer presentations, exhibitors, display stands and demonstrations by people and organisations working to build a new economy, focused on ecological health & social and economic justice.

There will also be food trucks and drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic)

AND... The 2020 New Economy Network Australia Annual Conference“New Economy—Work in Progress” held online on the same weekend, will be LIVE streamed into the un-convention during the day, and we will be LIVE streamed back to say hello from WA.

Exhibitor and presenter topics

  • Arts and Culture
  • Circular Economy
  • Cities and Urban Communities
  • Community Wealth Building
  • Cooperatives
  • Democracy and Governance
  • Doughnut Economics
  • Education
  • Energy
  • First Nations Economics
  • Food
  • Health
  • Housing
  • Inner Dimensions and Healthy Cultures
  • Just Transitions
  • Law Reform and Legal Services
  • Localisation
  • Money and Local Currencies
  • Rural and Regional Economies

General Admission

For the cost of $10 the general public gets entrance for the day including all presentations and demonstrations. Get your ticket here.

Exhibitor Package

For the cost of $80 exhibitors get:

  • Free entry to the un-convention for 3 co-workers from their organisation
  • One 3m x 3m exhibition space (powered) incl a small table
  • A 15 min slot to present during the day.
  • Logo exposure on promotional material.

In un-conventional style, we will allocate 50% of speaker spots beforehand and 50% at at the venue at opening time, so if you are late, the good ones may all be gone! Get an exhibitor’s ticket here.

About the New Economy Network Australia Annual Conference

The theme of NENA’s 2020 Conference is “New Economy—Work in Progress” and the intention is to share the amazing work being done by individuals and organisations across Australia, to build a new economy, focused on ecological health & social and economic justice.

This year’s conference will bring together people from around Australia, to discuss topics as diverse as food, energy, housing, health, sustainability, local economies, commons, local currencies, cooperatives, social enterprises, universal basic income, creating systems change, degrowth and the steady state economy, participatory democracy, Modern Monetary Theory, alternatives to GDP and much more.

NENA’s Annual Conferences offer a space for NENA members and the wider community to meet up, share experiences, ideas, research and project updates, spark connections and collaborations and work together to progress our network and shared vision for a new economy.
 

About Global Entrepreneurship Week

Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare.

During one week each November, GEW inspires people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators. These activities, from large-scale competitions and events to intimate networking gatherings, connect participants to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors—introducing them to new possibilities and exciting opportunities.

The initiative launched in 2008 and has since grown to 125 countries—with 24,008 partner organizations planning 33,846 activities that directly engage millions of participants every year.
 

Venue Address and Parking

The Naval Store, Corner of Canning Highway and Queen Victoria Street, Fremantle.

Please park on Beach Street on the river bank below the venue. (Google Maps: N Worrall Park, Fremantle).

The Gateway to New Economy Network Australia (NENA) is conducted in conjunction with KommunitiEnkel Collective and Galactic Cooperative.

COVID-19 and Ticket Refunds

In case stricter covid restrictions will be put in place by the WA government all ticket sales will be refunded to ticket holders and exhibitors.

Tickets
Can be purchased on our Humanitix event page.

See you at the un-convention!!

In Focus Careers Resources Hub

Bev Johnson

In Focus Careers is your one stop shop for careers information in WA.

I provide :

  • A monthly In Focus Careers E-Zine which delivers information on:
    • Training
    • University
    • Scholarships
    • Apprenticeships
    • Events
    • A whole section for career professionals with events, research and resources.
  • Teaching resources like the Magic Happens Handbook for Year 10s.
  • Membership of a fantastic network of dedicated West Australian career professionals

Email Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au for a complimentary copy of the latest In Focus Careers E-Zine.


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How to Blitz Your Apprenticeship Interview

This could be your big chance to blitz an apprenticeship interview.

  • Skilled migration has stopped,
  • Apprenticeship subsidies are high,
  • Building grants are generous, causing a building boom
  • Employers are looking for enthusiastic people to take up their jobs.

Therefore, your chances of winning a job are high.

Make sure you don’t miss this window by blowing your interview.

Do you shake hands now?

WA has so little spread of COVID that you can shake hands if you get to the interview stage. However, carry hand sanitizer and use it straight after the interview. Also, make sure you don’t have a pathetic handshake! A wimpy handshake is pathetic but a bone crusher is weird.

Have a firm handshake. Apart from having a decent handshake look at the person, say “Hi. Good to meet you” and smile.

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Give the employer the right gut feeling

Check this video.

It gives tips on how to give your potential employers a good gut feeling.

If you have a good written application the employer will start off with the feeling that you are going to be good. School leavers can get tips on how to write a good resume and cover letter HERE at Youth Central.

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Dress like the employer

Neat casual will probably suit most apprenticeships. Don’t wear a suit. Your employer won’t be wearing a suit.

More Tips

Finding an apprenticeship

  • An apprenticeship is a job. You can find apprenticeships through family and friends, on sites like Seek.com.au, through a career advisor, a Jobs and Skills Centre or via a pre-apprenticeship.
  • Check the Australian Apprenticeship and Traineeship Pathways site.
  • Getting a job as a trades assistant can help you to get a foot in the door.

Making a good impression

  • Employers like applicants who have done volunteer or part time work as it showed their enthusiasm and meant they would have some work ready skills.
  • Work experience in the field looks good on a resume.
  • Good school results, particularly in metals, maths and engineering are indicators that you might be a good apprentice in a building trade. Taking a folio of photos of projects you have worked on is a good idea.

Get your driver’s license

  • A driver’s license is important for most apprenticeships. Start working towards your driver’s license as soon as you turn 16.

At the end of the interview say you really want this apprenticeship.

(Know what to say if they ask why!)

Women in Trades

Only 1-3% of tradespeople are women. Opportunities to earn the big money during mining and building booms are largely given to men while women are directed into low paid caring jobs in the aged, child and disability sectors.

Women and girls interested in trades may find the Programmed National Energy Technician Training Scheme worth applying through. In 2019 they had 38% females in their trades program. Programmed smaller

Here are some companies that are looking for apprentices.

Check the Jobs and Skills Centre Job Board. 

Check out this story from the ABC to get some background to supporting women in trades.

Australian Apprenticeship Pathways has a range of information on how to get an apprenticeship.

See the National Association of Women in Construction

Steps to apprenticeship

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If you go to a school in Western Australia it probably subscribes to the In Focus Careers Newsletter. You can check, and get a complimentary copy here.

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My Commitment to West Australian Careers Education

For In Focus Careers to be the conduit to Insanely Great Careers Information for West Australian careers teachers and 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 across the In Focus Careers network.
  • Listen to and support West Australian careers teachers

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EVERYONE is looking for apprentices

The big story from this year’s Career Expo is that everyone is looking for apprentices.

Tips for Girls 

If you want to go into a building trade the job prospects are great, the pay is a whole lot better than aged or child care and you have opportunities to go into design, running your own business or project management.

If you would like working in building trades start looking at the big companies first. They are the ones with systems in place that reduce sexism and they try to make workplaces fair.

The National Association of Women in Construction provides support to women employees and to employers who take on a woman.

Check out the companies on their site, that are working with them and create a shortlist of which companies would be best to work for.

If you Hate School

Students who hate school might want to try their luck at getting an apprenticeship while the employer subsidies are available and the building industry is booming.

You are allowed to leave school early if you go into a job or into training. An apprenticeship is a job WITH training.

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In Focus Careers Teachers’ Guide

This 2021 Teachers’ Guide provides updated links to WA policies, guidelines and services that are identified in the Year 10 Magic Happens Handbook.

They are the shortcuts professionals need to support lessons. There are additional links to lesson ideas that don’t appear in the Handbook. 

It is automatically sent to schools and organisations that subscribe to the In Focus Careers Newsletter. 

I have updated the information from 2020. Sorry, I haven’t managed to make it funny or even faintly amusing in the latest issue!! You will just have to keep reading my newsletter for examples of my sparkling wit!!

If you would like a Word version just email me at Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au

I want West Australians to get the best career services in the world.

Check the In Focus Career services here.

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Year 10 Magic Happens Infographic

The Year 10 Magic Happens Handbook and Teachers’ Guide are available to organisations that subscribe to the In Focus Careers newsletter.

It gives a quick guide for teachers, students and their families to visualise steps in the Year 10 Magic Happens Handbook.

You can register to join the In Focus Career Network HERE

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Year 10 Teachers: Your Magic Happens – 2021 Career Handbook is Out Now

The Year 10 Magic Happens Handbook is out for 2021.

It contains information that directly applies to year 10 students in the Western Australian education system.

If you subscribe to the In Focus Careers Newsletter you will automatically receive your copy so that you can start to plan for 2021. Or you can subscribe now by going HERE.

There are three sections:

Step 1: Finding Your Purpose

Discover what you want to do

This is short but it is the most vital part of the Handbook. If you are trying to cut down on time, don’t skip this bit.

Step 2: Skills for Success

This is the boring, nuts and bolts skills that are essential to getting a job. It includes doing research, finding your aptitudes, time management,resumes, choosing career paths and the paperwork for work experience.

Your resources can be supplemented with the How to Get Authentic Workskills infographic and Be So Good they Can’t Ignore You infographic.

Step 3: Your Success Strategy

Design your best path forward

This is where you get to use your values and knowledge of how to get a job to design your success strategy. It includes setting SMART goals, doing a SWOT and a USED analysis and creating a project plan.

Magic Happens – Year 10 Careers Handbook 2021

 

 

Subscribe to the In Focus Careers Newsletter to get your complimentary copy of this great teaching and personal development resource.

The 2021 Magic Happens Teachers’ Guide is also available to subscribers.

The Magic Happens TO DO List infographic is also available to subscribers.

To keep up to date with West Australian career news and ideas subscribe to my insanely great monthly In Focus Careers Newsletter. Email me at Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Be So Good They Can’t Ignore You – Infographic

Career ideas for West Australians.

This infographic supports Step 2 of the Year 10 Magic Happens Handbook.

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School Leavers #WorkandWander

The School Leavers#WorkandWander program could be a way forward for school leavers. It provides paid work and a bit of an adventure.

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Work and Wander Horticulture Harvest

This is a State government program which is trying to attract workers to help harvest crops. Workers are needed for fruit, vegetables and agriculture crops.

I just got this email through from Brook Lodge Backpackers who asked me to spread the word about picking jobs in Donnybrook:

Brook Lodge backpackers

WE NEED YOUR HELP!

We are looking for workers to pick fruit from November onwards.

If you are looking for extra cash in the holidays, please get in touch with us.

  • If you relocate more than 100kms from your home (Donnybrook is 198kms from Perth City), the Government will pay you up to $40 per day towards your accommodation costs.
  • They may also pay you a one-off travel allowance of $150 to come and work in Donnybrook.

(Allowances are for Australian Residents and Citizens only)

If you don’t have a car, we can provide transport to and from the farms

Our accommodation per person per week:

Twin/double = $170           4-bed dorm = $155            6-bed-dorm = $150

Tel: (08) 9731 1520 or 0448 600 703

Email: info@brooklodge.com.au    http://www.brooklodge.com.au

This is not the only place to find work. You can also try:

#WorkandWander

The WA Government ‘Work and Wander out Yonder’ marketing campaign encourages young Western Australians to have a backpacking adventure in WA. As a first step it would be great is students could create worker profile at: https://www.jobsinregionalwa.com.au

On that page the student go to the Looking for a Job Registration page that includes an “Elevator Pitch – Tell us about who you are”.  In that section Students should consider they type of work they are interested in and include terms like ‘looking for summer work in agriculture’ ‘interested in working on a farm’ as well as any past work experience ‘I have driven my uncle’s tractor’ as some examples. Students can also search for jobs on Gumtree and Seek as a useful place to see jobs already on offer and even apply directly.

Harvest Trail Services

The Harvest Trails Facebook page has been advertising lots of openings

This is a Federal government  service that finds workers for fruit/vege growers and vineyards in South West and around Perth’s outer North Eastern area. They are keen to connect with school leavers and have jobs available in coming weeks in Waroona, Margaret River, Lancelin, Gingin, Manjimup, Donnybrook, Bullsbrook as a starting point.  I suggest anyone looking for work follow them on Facebook – Rural Enterprises Harvest Trail Services or email them.

Primary Industries Workers Regional Travel and Accommodation Support Scheme

The WA Government has announced a $3 million in the ‘Primary Industries Workers Regional Travel and Accommodation Support Scheme’.

A daily accommodation rebate of up $40 p/night is paid for each night away from the worker’s usual place of residence, where the worker relocates more than 100km from their home to undertake agriculture, fisheries or food processing work in regional WA. Paid on a rebate system, the rate of a maximum of $40 night ($280 week) is available for up to 12 weeks (capped at $3,360 per person) where they have provided evidence of paying for  accommodation from the 21 September 2020.

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They can claim a relocation allowance if they have relocated more than 100kms from their usual place of residence.  $150 is paid for employment taken up in in Peel, South West, Great Southern, Wheatbelt, Mid-West, Goldfields. $350 in n Gascoyne & Pilbara $350; and $500 for employment in Kimberley. The relocation payment claim be claimed even if they are not claiming the accommodation rebate (if they are getting free accommodation from a friend or relative as an example).

Claims open on 21st October, and they can register online to be advised as soon as claim forms and guidelines are available.

Work and Wander Horticulture Harvest

Work and Wander Horticulture Harvest

To find tips on how to prepare for this work go to Year 12 – Do these things now. 

To build your career portfolio during your experience check out It’s Who You Know that Counts. 

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How to Get Employability Skills – Infographic

You can’t get experience if you don’t have a job. You can’t get a job if you don’t have experience.

Employers constantly complain that young workers do not have any idea about how to work. They complain that doing employability skills in a classroom setting does not prepare them for the workplace.

The How to Get Authentic Workskills infographic suggests 5 ways that Year 10 – 12 students can develop employability skills through authentic workplace learning.

Read Are You Nice Enough to Win That Job for more information and tips on how to develop workskills.

Subscribe to the In Focus Careers Newsletter for monthly updates on what is happening in Western Australia. 

 

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