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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 

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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.

M: 0434 056 412

Email: Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au


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3 Steps to Survival in the Future Workforce

You may be feeling that your future is spinning out of control. Breathless reports of the latest discovery that is going to take your job add to the confusion.

The skills you need to survive in the future won’t be too different to ones you needed in the past. 

1. Be Aware

Keep up with changes so that they aren’t overwhelming:

World Economic Forum Newsletter

The World Economic Forum is the leader in thinking about how to cope with the future. They don’t have all the answers but they are the smartest. They meet in Davos each year to talk about issues and they are a conduit to reports and advice.

You can subscribe to their emails here.

Naked Scientist Podcast

I liked the information about emerging jobs in this Naked Scientist podcast on Life in the Year 2100. Go to the 24 minute mark to get to the best bits. Naked scientist

The Third Industrial Revolution Video

For something radical and inspiring go to Jeremy Rivkin’s iconic Third Industrial Revolution.  He paints a bleak picture for a lot of the video but comes up with optimistic positive strategies later.

The New Work Smarts

Any of the reports from the Foundation for Young Australians provide great guidance about where we are heading and what to do. Perhaps the New Work Smarts provides the clearest direction on how to create your work safety net.

2. Build a Strong Network

Your family and friends will be your support framework throughout your life. They will  celebrate your wins and help you when you are down.Bear joke.jpg

A strong network doesn’t just happen. You may be lucky and have a great family. Your school may be a honey pot of fantastic friends. Or you may have to design your own network. Choose carefully.

Don’t waste time on losers. Think about the sorts of friends you want. Don’t suck up to them. Check out who is around.

This Coggle map I named Stand on the Shoulders of Giants. It may give you some ideas on how to consciously and deliberately build a strong network.  Stand on the Shoulders of Giants

3. Be Good at Something

Alan Finkle is Australia’s Chief Scientist. He recommends that you develop “T shaped” skills.

First, be aware that employers look for “T-Shaped” individuals, where the vertical pole of the T represents deep discipline-specific knowledge and the horizontal bar of the T represents 21st Century skills. Restrict your focus to one or the other and you will be limiting your employment options.

Don’t expect to leave school, uni or TAFE and be the expert. Speak to any employers and they will give you examples where the person with the better interpersonal skills got the job over the academic expert. It has never been more important to keep on learning in order to remain the expert.

Skills WEF

So, what next?

I keep researching and networking to keep up to speed with what is happening. It can be overwhelming but careers teachers are keeping their eye on the ball and they are the best ones to go to for information and advice.

Most West Australian high schools subscribe to my newsletter. You can get a complimentary copy to check out.

In Focus Careers Newsletter

Get career information from a network of insanely great West Australian career professionals:

Testimonial:

I loved this month’s newsletter! There were so many useful links that I’m going to use like the Logistics Training Council publications and the Future skills Framework infographic on our demographic (Durack). So much handy information – I even signed up for the Public Sector commissions job search so that I can pass onto students (past/present) when opportunities come up for traineeships. (Northern regional 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.
  • Connect you with insanely great careers teachers across the In Focus Careers network.
  • Listen to and support West Australian careers teachers

M: 0434 056 412

Email: Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au