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Anything BUT Retail

You probably started your working life in McDonalds, or Bunnings or the local newsagent.

You stood on your feet all day, rushed to keep up with your workload, frequently dealt with rude customers, made sure every tiny detail was taken care of……and SMILED.

The move to online shopping makes the long term prospects of face to face selling seem bleak.Online shopping

Just as banks have pushed their customers out the door to serve themselves, big retailers like Coles are upgrading their infrastructure so that they can do the same.

The new infrastructure will support trends in the Internet of Things automatically shopping for you, and smart shopping trolleys. Retailers are working hard to ship faster so that customers don’t have to wait for their stuff, or go to a bricks and mortar shop.

ColesThe Coles Graduate Programs attracts the smartest graduates to power more efficiencies and higher profits. Post graduate studies focusing on retail psychology can make you competitive for one of these positions, although successful candidates reflect the emerging skills that retail managers predict they will need.

These high pressure graduate programs include keeping up with ambitious key performance indicators, dealing with rude customers, making sure every tiny detail is taken care of …..and SMILING.

And if you succeed you will be generously rewarded. Senior retail managers earn good money and bonuses for exceeding goals.

The retail world is exciting, tough and changing. Senior managers go through serious ongoing training to keep them ahead of trends. They know what culture changes are buzzing around them and use that to inform their decisions.

Creative event managers are designing experiential shopping  events.

Techies will love coming up with ideas to enhance the e-commerce customer experience.

Those who are most successful in retail know how to anticipate and please the customer of tomorrow. I would love that.

John Hughes

John Hughes, Western Australia’s most successful car salesman says…

“There is nothing that pleases me more than exceeding a customers expectations.”

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I love exceeding customer expectations and I have the unfair advantage of caring more about Western Australian school kids.

If you would like a complimentary copy of my Insanely Great Newsletter contact me here:

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Thank you for all your hard work with the newsletters this year, they have been a Godsend. 

(Eastern Suburbs Catholic Education School.)

My Commitment to West Australian Careers Education

For In Focus Careers to be the conduit to Insanely Great Careers Information for 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.
  • Consult across the In Focus Careers network gathering information and advice to share.
  • Listen to and support West Australian careers teachers
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Bev Johnson

M: 0434 056 412

Email: Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au


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Anything BUT Teaching

This “Anything BUT….” story is inspired by my own family.

We have teachers all through our family. I was determined to be different but after getting a degree and mucking around for a while I went back to uni and did my Dip Ed and started teaching at Tuart Hill High School.

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The first year was a dreadful shock

It should be illegal to give a first year out teacher a class of 28 tough year 10 boys!!! Each one was a challenge and as a pack they were a nightmare.

I worked so hard. The only time I would have off was Friday night. I would go out with teachers after school and we would talk about work and the wise, experienced teachers would give me advice. I’d do preparation and marking all day Saturday and Sunday and on every other night of the week. I walked, talked, and dreamed about teaching…. and I cried a lot.

I taught for 5 years around Western Australia before going on maternity leave. I can remember the first morning I woke up NOT having dreamed and worried about lessons or some kid.

After having my daughters I moved from teaching to TAFE and to the public service generally and none of those jobs were as tough as teaching.

The memory softened. I eventually went back to teaching in the Northern Territory and there it was again. Hours of worrying, preparation and marking.

The stress was way more than any other job I have ever done.

My kids grew up with me saying “Anything BUT teaching” and all three of them are teachers!

And they LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it.

They love the kids, they love the subjects they teach, they love making a difference and feeling as if the work they do is worthwhile.

A friend I did the Dip Ed with recently said to me that she was so happy she chose teaching. She feels as if her whole career has been worthwhile.

So there you go. I think teaching is a tough gig but it is important work, you can make a difference and great teachers change lives.

If you would like a complimentary copy of my Insanely Great In Focus Careers Newsletter please let me know:

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I have to say Bev your emails, newsletters, website and Facebook are wonderful! Such a valuable resource you offer. Being in this new role it is wonderful having everything so organised and easily accessed… thanks for a great publication/service!

(VERY remote West Australian school)

My Commitment to West Australian Careers Education

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

Bev Johnson

M: 0434 056 412

Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au

 


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Looking for Information from VETiS Teachers

Teachers have lots of sites where they share teaching questions. There is also an Education Department (and Catholic and Independent School) focus on quality of teaching. Is there anything similar for VET?

The closure of VET in Schools Consulting Services has shone a light on how tough life is for VETiS teachers and ALL VET teachers.

I rarely hear VET professionals discusing pedagogy (andragogy, heutagogy). All discussion seems to focus on just surviving under the enormous work pressure, that is at least partially due to the significant compliance demands.

By looking at the Department of Training and Workforce Development latest annual report it looks like there is no teaching or learning expertise in the senior management. You can see that the Executive Director has a significant background in Consumer Protection which sounds like a compliance role. There is financial management and financial compliance expertise and expertise in developing strategic policy and in accounting. Nothing there about teaching or learning.

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Even DTWD advisory partners aren’t education experts. The Training Accreditation Council is concerned with compliance and the State Training Board is concerned that the Department is focused on industry needs.

No education best practice gets a look in.

I write a careers newsletter for schools and hear the grievances and barriers faced by VET teachers at the coalface.

I would love to hear from anyone who knows of infrastructure, or sites or even tips that would help those involved in VET delivery to focus more on teaching and less on compliance demands.

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Anything BUT Plumbing

In  2017 I paid $120 to a plumber to replace a washer on the garden tap. (The tap was stuck. I was going to break the pipe. Stay with me on this!!)

It took him less than a minute and that included going to his van and getting the washer. Then he charged me $120!

So plumbers had the expectation of getting paid about the same rate as a surgeon.

Due to the exorbitant rates charged by plumbers during the boom there was a rush of young guys taking on plumbing apprenticeships. Everyone with capacity to train plumbers took on the apprentices and pumped them out. lauging emojiNow there are unemployed qualified plumbers working as trades assistants and doing cash jobs for family and friends.

The Department of Jobs and Small Business published its latest employment stats today and there is no shortage of plumbers for every job.

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Employers were able to attract job qualified plumbers with a minimum of four years post-apprenticeship experience.

What Employers Ask For

Most vacancies required applicants with some specialist experience, such as roof plumbing, undertaking drainage works, fit outs or renovations. Employers often sought applicants with additional accreditation in backflow prevention and a gas-fitting licence.

Employers also required applicants to be solutions focused, demonstrate a high standard of workmanship, resourcefulness, the ability to work well with colleagues and engage professionally with clients.

st-francis-1758485_1920Sense of humor and sainthood preferred!!

It was standard for applicants to have a drivers licence and their own transport, a police clearance, a White Card and pass a drug and alcohol test.

Applicants were most often deemed unsuitable due to a lack of overall experience in the trade, or a lack of experience in a sub-specialty or particular environment (e.g. mining sector experience).

Applicants whose resumes were poorly presented (for example, not tailored to the job requirements or that failed to demonstrate good literacy skills) were deemed unsuitable, as were those with uneven work histories and poor references.

Applicants who were unwilling to relocate were deemed unsuitable for regional vacancies.

You can read details of the Report HERE.

You can find building trades career advice at the Building and Construction Training Fund  

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Anything BUT Medicine

“Anything BUT medicine,” a year 12 student with an ATAR of 99 told me in 2017.

“Mum and Dad are both doctors. I don’t want that for my life. I see the how hard they work, the worry and the stress.  I would like to do physics at uni. I am thinking of going into teaching.”

Every second outstanding student in Western Australia seems to be looking to medicine as their preferred career.  It’s not difficult to see why they want to become doctors.

Everyday doctors strive to make people’s lives better.

It is a high prestige, well paid job.

To earn these rewards you need to take on momentous responsibility, work long hours and be more resilient than almost any other profession.

Patients are very demanding, they are sick, and all too often you cannot cure them. That is hard to work with.

Beyond Blue reportAustralian doctors report psychological stress, depression and suicidal thoughts at rates twice as high as the general population.

Physicians are twice as likely to commit suicide than the rest of the population, with rates even higher for female doctors.

You can find out more at:

Being A Doctor Should Not Have To Come With A Health Warning  and you can find the National Mental Health Survey of Doctors and Medical Students HERE.

There are alternative careers for high performing students that will challenge your intelligence, creativity and problem-solving abilities as they deliver rich and exciting careers.

If you are not sure how to find alternative careers for high achieving students email Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au 

 

 


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April Issue Out Now

The big news for high schools in West Australia this month is the de-registration of VETiS Consulting Services.

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The demise of VETis Consulting has made me think about how clunky the whole VET in Schools machine is. In the past month I have been chasing up providers and decision makers trying to find tips to fix the mess. I have written about it in my April Newsletter. Image of newsletter

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Getting Into Medicine – UMAT to UCAT

If you want to get into medicine in 2020 registrations for the UCAT are now open. 

Two West Australian universities have switched from the University Medical Admissions Test (UMAT) to the University Clinical Admissions Test (UCAT) for the 2020 intake: 

  • Curtin University is the only one to offer school leavers direct access to medicine as an undergraduate degree. The UCAT is now the external exam that is part of the application process. 
  • UWA – Direct Entry to Medicine and Dentistry. A limited number of students with an ATAR of 99 will be offered direct entry to medicine or dentistry. Those who are confident of an outstanding ATAR score must do the UCAT as part of their application process. Direct Entry students undertake an undergraduate degree before starting medicine. 

The University of Notre Dame is the other West Australian university to offer medicine. Applicants must have successfully completed a degree as part of the application process and they undertake an external test for graduates  (GAMSAT

UMATWhat is the UCAT?

The UCAT seems better than the old UMAT. 

It is a 2 hour, multiple choice, competency based test that seeks to determine your innate suitability to become a doctor. It can be done at any time in July but must be done by the end of the month. 

The test is done in your final year of school and you can only do the test once per year.  The 2019 test is only for entry to medicine in 2020. 

There are 5 elements to the test – Verbal Reasoning, Decision Making, Quantitative Reasoning, Abstract Reasoning and Situational Judgement. There is an abundance of information about the tests on the UCAT site.

Why UCAT is Better

Students from regional and remote schools don’t have to take time off school during term time to do the test. 

There has been a lot of consideration given to applicants who have a medical condition or disability and modified tests are available for those applicants. 

There has been a lot more work done to prepare students for the tests. There are practice tests, videos, tutorials, question banks…. everything they can think of to help you to perform well, has been provided. 

UCAT’s attention to providing  information and coaching on techniques and timing is the best way to prepare for the test. You must do the preparation that is provided on the UCAT site if you hope to be competitive in the test. 

Further Information

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As this is the first time the UCAT has been run in Australia there will be little knowledge to share among applicants but  Whirlpool  and Medstudentsonline are two social media sites where you can chat to other applicants around Australia. 

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