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Millennials need Meaning

Millennials are passionate about finding “value” in their lives and work. They have seen employers use and abuse their families and are saying “No” to that. Great stuff.

Mariana Mazzucato writes about  The Value of Everything: making and taking in the global economy (2018) where she identifies issues for 21st century economies.

You can hear Mariana Mazzucato’s ideas on reframing value on Saturday Extra here.

I am unearthing new ideas about the future of work every day. Subscribe to my In Focus Careers Newsletter to keep up to date with changes as they evolve.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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How to set up a successful school industry partnership

If you have ever tried to take a class on an excursion you know how hard it is. The maths staff complain that they need the students to do a test on that day. The front office staff complain that you haven’t finished the paper work. The students don’t bring in their money.

It doesn’t seem worth the effort.

School systems aren’t set up to support learning out of school grounds. 

As the boundaries between schools, universities and registered training organisations (RTOs) become more porous there is a need for schools to become more agile in their approach to learning.

Unis and RTOs have these 5 systems in place that support flexible learning.

1. Governance

They specify what they are aiming to achieve and who is responsible within each organisation. They also have a time and reporting stipulations and they have identified standards that support strategic goals.

2. Management

Universities and VET training providers have management systems in place to guide off campus learning. The management process includes how the project fits into strategic targets and learning outcomes.

3. Legal

There are generic equal opportunity, privacy, duty of care and occupational health and safety laws designed to protect students, workers and volunteers. Once these standards are in place they provide the framework for all excursions.

4. Financial

Universities and RTOs organise their finances so that there are staff who take responsibility for  flexible learning arrangements. This is not the task of the academic staff. Financial management will be determined by school funding models and may include costs associated with the off campus activities.

5. Technical

Universities and RTOs have IT systems that capture and share information without the need for duplication.

Want to know more?

Email me for a copy of the How to set up a school – industry partnership framework.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Get a support team – Don’t leave year 12 without it

Don’t dance in the dark alone

If you want to collect butterflies or fly to the moon, there are people who are already doing it…… and sharing their ideas online. They would love to hear from you.

Look online for magazines, Facebook pages, LinkedIn…. any groups that you might be interested in AND MAKE CONTACT. 

For career advice you can go to these sites 

Useful SitesEmail me if you would like me to email you a copy so that you can get the links live.

Jobs and Skills Centres are Your New Best Friend

The new Jobs and Skills Centres based in West Australian TAFE Colleges are there to guide you into TAFE, employment or university. A new one has just opened in Kalgoorlie.

If you just want to talk call Lifeline

Leaving school is one of the most stressful times of your life. EVERYONE struggles with such a massive change. If you just want to talk with someone call Lifeline.

Lifeline

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If you would like professional career counselling from me email Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au. You can check out testimonials on my home page.

 


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Leaving Year 12 with advice from Eddie Perfect and Tim Minchin

……(your career is like) hacking through virgin rain forest – a completely blind journey where you never know where you’re going to end up. It’s only by looking back at the forest that it seemed to be some sort of logical progression. (Eddie Perfect)

Eddie Perfect

Image by Julian Kingma.

….how does one even define ‘success’?

 This answer will (and should be) different for every person. So it’s good to take a minute and think about how you personally define success, and what kind of person you’d like to be if and when it happens.

 Otherwise, how will you know when you arrive?

Read his advice on career success at the Aussie Theatre website.

Tim Minchin and Eddie Perfect seem like the same sort of guy. Tim gave a “9 Rules to Live By” address at  UWA which has become famous.

Tim Minchin

I never remember advice that people give me but these two say things in an entertaining way.

If you need help to find the best path towards your career journey, contact me at Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au  or ring me on 0434056412. I will do my best to be wise and entertaining!!

 


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Leaving Year 12 Looking Good When You Start Uni

You don’t want to make an idiot of yourself when you first go to uni. Maintain your dignity, make good decisions and look cool. (OK. You may need some more help with that last one!)

These tips will guide you through a smooth transition.

First in Family to Go to Uni 

First in FamilyThis site will help you to have a bit more confidence when you first start uni. There are study hints , pages on “What I wish I’d known“, Survival Hints, a glossary of useful terms. It has information about anything and everything they think could help you.

Special Student Services x 100

If you are disadvantaged IN ANY WAY, universities have special support services designed to help you. Tap into these services even if you are NOT disadvantaged.

There are more expert mentors available than students who choose to use them. People love helping people, particularly if their help is valued.

Go to the website of the university of your choice. If you can’t find the special service you are looking for, contact student services at the university.

Contact the services early. This will give them plenty of time to link you in with support and services before the rush at the start of the academic year.

Choosing the Right Uni

If you want to change your mind about which university you want to go to you can do that for a fee. To be considered for a first round offer you will need to get your preferences in to TISC by mid-December.

Universities

You can check Which University is Best for YOU.

West Australian Universities Rank Highest

Notre Dame is the top ranking private university in Australia and Edith Cowan University is the top ranking government university in Australia.

You can check out the rankings by university and by course at:

I Want to Apply to a University in Another State or Territory

If you want to find out more about applying in other states or territories check HERE.

Ask a Social Network of Students

 I stumbled upon Whilpool.net.au when I was researching views on schools of medicine at different universities.

Students use the discussion forum to ask questions and get information from other students who are already in courses.

I found a lot of candid information about medicine courses at universities around Australia form current and past students.

If you want to know something about a university or course before you fill out your TISC application, you could try asking a question on Whirlpool to see if you can get some good feedback. .

Alternative Pathways to Uni

CaptureThe number of alternative pathways is increasing. Information about alternative pathways to each of the West Australian universities is available HERE.

Complete your Studies with a Salary

Join the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and have your fees paid for via Defence University Sponsorship. You can study a relevant degree at an accredited university of your choice, have your fees paid for and earn a salary, then walk straight into an ADF role following graduation.

For information go HERE

Accommodation at West Australian Unis

Staying at one of the university residential options provides you with:

  • Easy friendships
  • Mentor support
  • Managed living conditions
  • Introduction to university life.

To explore your options and secure a place go to the following sites:

Scholarships for School Leavers

Get your Career Advisor, Year Coordinator, Home Room Teacher or a family friend to help you to find hundreds or even thousands of dollars in scholarships that could help you to pay for your university or TAFE courses.

Make going for scholarships part of your new life. Many students win more than one scholarship.

Information about hundreds of scholarships is available at the Good Universities Guide and Curtin Scholarship mailing list 

The Australian College of Nursing administers nursing scholarships .

You can subscribe to a newsletter about WA university scholarships on scholarshippd.net.

Some scholarships require a personal statement and references which may take some time to compile.

Specific information regarding the scholarships available and the selection criteria used to award the scholarships can be obtained from university websites:

Payments to Students 

Check Centrelink for information about financial support including relocation and rent allowances.

Check the Good Universities Guide for a broad range of information on how to get financial support.

Call the Expert

If you are anxious about your transition from school to university contact me for a free one on one consultation.

 

 

 


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It Takes a Village to Raise a Student

I am not a huge fan of Ken Robinson.

In about 2007 I was excited by his Do Schools Kill Creativity? TED Talk which echoed the “Good radical stuff” espoused by Ivan Illich in the 1970’s.

Deschooling Society

In 2018 Ken is now Sir Ken, and his message sounds like populist haranguing of teachers.

Does he think teachers don’t KNOW that they need to foster creativity in every student?

Does he think his badgering is helping them to grapple with a class full of demanding students, parents’ expectations,  a rigorous curriculum and a school registrar who loses sleep over permission forms?

Schools don’t need Sir Ken Robinson.

It takes a whole village

Schools need a framework that facilitates engagement  and collaboration between them,  industry and community.

The Connecting the Worlds of Learning and Work report identified:

If school-industry partnerships are to be a priority in all schools – then industry engagement needs to first be prioritised at the system level. Rather than adding on more requirements for schools to deliver, this would mean education systems recognising the broader outcomes that industry partnerships contribute to, such as lifting career aspirations and increasing engagement in learning. (p19)

Connecting the World of School and workThis is the sort of advice that will help schools to engage with the wider community.

There are 5 aspects to the enabling framework that schools need:

  1. A Governance Framework showing who is responsible for what and to what standard.
  2. A Management Framework that directs different aspects of the school environment.
  3. A Legal Framework that includes OH&S, child protection and industrial issues.
  4. A Financial Framework, and
  5. An ICT framework that facilitates data management and sharing.

It is in “2” the Management Framework, that we are seeing most change.

The West Australian State Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCASA) is  responsible for managing the academic framework for schools. It is demonstrating its awareness of the need for change and there is an increasing number of SCASA endorsed opportunities for students to undertake to meet the requirements of their WA Certificate of Education (WACE).

As the WACE becomes more flexible, its viability as a management framework for education is becoming less critical. In the past, academic results, as measured by the ATAR, have been a shortcut for universities wanting to assess students’ capacity to undertake the rigours of university study.

Mitchell REport

Now only 26% of university students gain a place via their ATAR score. Universities are giving credit for university units to students while they are still in school and providing alternative pathways into university.

Students applying for vocational education places have always had a broader spectrum of application requirements….

Want to be a veterinary nurse?? What experience have you had with animals??

Doctor

Apart from ad hoc efforts that are addressing the Management Framework I am not aware of moves to design comprehensive infrastructure that facilitates each aspect of collaboration.

The Fogarty EdFutures Foundation and Curtin’s Learning Futures Network  are enthusiastically working to introduce strategies that will change the school environment but without fundamental enabling infrastructure that addresses each of the 5 Frameworks, they will be forced to tinker at the edges.

I have significant anecdotal evidence that enthusiasm to help schools from industry and the community is being left on the table for want of enabling infrastructure.

Invitation to Collaborate

If anyone has the capacity to kick start a project to develop and pilot infrastructure that engages all available resources to help our students to succeed, I would welcome the opportunity to become involved.

 

 

 

 


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How to Cash In on the Oil and Gas Jobs Boom

If  Western Australia becomes a global hub for the oil and gas industry, WA school leavers will be set for long term job growth.

Oil and Gas paperThe front page news on the West Australian about the Jobs Bonanza is no surprise to our universities and TAFE colleges that have been gearing up to support our oil and gas industries for years.

The courses are not just for those with engineering degrees. South Metro TAFE has a Diploma on Engineering at its Munster Campus

Diploma in Engineering Oil and Gas

There will be jobs for lawyers negotiating contracts and trying to negotiate the best deal for government or companies.  Murdoch has a course in Oil and Gas Law and UWA has a Mining, Energy and Natural Gas Law Centre. There will be more and new courses launched as the industry grows.

Because these jobs require high level expertise the number of scholarships will increase.

There will also be jobs in service industries like health and education, police and local government to support industry growth.

The downside is the risk to the environment that will increase as the oil and gas industry becomes more powerful. Our need for environmental scientists and carbon sequestering technologies may also be a feature of the boom.

If you would like me to follow up on emerging opportunities in the oil and gas industries contact me at Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au