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3 Tips for Making 2018 YOUR BEST YEAR EVER

I hope 2018 is your best year EVER.

If you have plans… I hope they work out for you.

If you don’t have plans, I hope brilliant things just fall into your lap!

Planning is like dreaming for me. It can take me years to tick a dream off my list… and sometimes I am transported to my dream in no time at all.

These are three of my best tricks to for dreaming YOUR BEST 2018

Tip 1 – Live Your Best Life

My wise daughter said……

“Mum, DON’T try to…

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Just try to…

Live Your Best 2018

It is more fun and easier to do.”

AND IT IS!!!

That little re-frame took the pressure off.

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I saw myself as an art deco expert, decorating my home.

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Making the garage into an office/studio….

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being fit

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visiting friends in Southern France and Italy

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being an advisor to career and HR consultants

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running my business as a nomad exploring the outback….

The list went on.

I didn’t imagine me flying my private jet to meet Hugh Jackman… that is someone else’s best life… not mine.hughjackman

Give it a go.

Imagining your best life is fun.

Tip 2

To make 2018 your best year it MUST reflect your values.  I have a tried and true method for sorting out what is important to you.

I don’t believe our values change much during our lives. Donald Trump isn’t going to become like the Dali Lama without a seismic shift to the very core of his being.

You are not going to suddenly become someone totally different, so it is worth taking some time to figure out your values NOW so that they become the wind in your sails, probably for the rest of your life.

Step 1: Make a list of 8 people you like

Mum

Dad

Alan

Daughter 1

Daughter 2

Daughter 3

Dali Lama

William Shakespeare

Step 2: Next to each person’s name write three things you like about them.

Mum – clear, smart, family

Dad – funny, kind, wise

Alan – calm, adventurous, does stuff

Daughter 1 – family, determined, smart

Daughter 2 – fun, kind, determined

Daughter 3- fun, determined, clear, doer

Dali Lama – wise, clear, communicator

William Shakespeare – genius, clear, communicator

Step 3: Check over your list. Can you group any that are similar?

In my example, having fun, doing stuff and having adventures can be grouped together in my mind.

Mum – clear, smart, family

Dad – fun, kind, wise

Alan – calm, adventurous, does stuff

Daughter 1 – family, determined, smart

Daughter 2 – fun, kind, determined

Daughter 3- fun, determined, clear, doer

Dali Lama – wise, clear, communicator

William Shakespeare – genius, clear, communicator

Make up your own groups. Clump together things that seem similar to you. These groups reflect your core values.

Step 4: Check out your groups

It is a gift knowing what is important to you. It helps you to be calm and confident about the decisions you make.  Check out and group your values so that you can consciously and deliberately make decisions that are grounded in your core values.

EXAMPLE: My best life will be underpinned by these values….

  • having fun doing lots of stuff. (I love being busy and doing stuff with energetic people.)
  • being a clear, smart, communicator. (As I am a writer who collates and communicates information I am on track with this.)
  • being kind to my family. (They are my reason for living so of course this will be easy.)

I have two other great games that will help you to clarify how to plan your life around your values.  If you would like to see those let me know and I will post them for you.

Tip 3

I don’t think we should work too hard at this time of year. Holidays are a time for fun and playing games. I promised you only 3 Tips so here is the third.

Download Coggle. It is free, easy to use and fun.

Name your first mind map 2018 Plan. Then click and play. Check out your answers to Tip 1 and Tip 2 and create as many arms to the map as you like.

I will make one arm for each family member and one for work, home, dreams and health. I will create as many action branches as I like on each.

The mind map becomes your high level plan for Your Best Life for 2018.

I love doing this sot of planning. I check mine every few weeks. I just checked my 2017 plans for last year. I got about half of them done.

If you want to see my personal map for 2018 you can contact me and I will share it with you.

HAVE FUN DESIGNING YOUR BEST 2018. 

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Bev Johnson

 

I provide career news and information to career advisors, school students and families.

For a complimentary issue contact me.

 

 


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What’s Your Learning Style?

Why do you love learning sometimes but can’t remember a thing at others?  Why do some people annoy the hell out of you while you love working with others?

This quiz will help you to find the answers to these questions so that you can adjust your learning strategies AND start to show love and understanding for the idiots who don’t do it your way!!!

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(I haven’t adjusted this quiz for a phone. Sorry! You need to use a tablet or computer.)

Activity 1: Introvert or Extrovert

Tick 0 for Never, 1 for Sometimes or 2 for Always to indicate your preferences.  0 1 2
1 I easily make new friends.
2 At parties or gatherings, I feel energised and have fun.
3 I like groups of people.
4 It is easy for me to talk to strangers.
5 In social groups, I easily keep up with news or gossip about other people.
6 I am rather shy and quiet most of the time.
7 I like to have friendships with just a few people.
8 It is hard for most people to get to know me.
9 People view me as quiet more than sociable.
10 In a large group, I listen rather than speak unless I know the people well.

The first 5 Questions highlight your Extroversion Score___________

If you have a high extroversion score you probably enjoy talking about your thoughts and ideas.

The second 5 Questions highlight your Introversion Score____________

If you have a high introvert score you might like to study independently. Debating your ideas in a group is NOT your ideal way of learning.

A balanced score shows that you are capable of working in both ways depending on your situation.

 Activity 2: Your Sensory Preferences

  Tick 0 for Never, 1 for Sometimes or 2 for Always to indicate your preferences.  0 1 2
1 I remember things better if I write them down.
2 I take lots of notes.
3 I can visualise pictures, numbers, words, or pages in my head.
4 I get distracted by background noise.
5 I have to look at someone to focus on what they are saying.
6 I remember things better if I discuss them with someone.
7 I prefer listening to a lecture rather to reading a textbook.
8 I can easily follow a speaker even if I don’t see him or her.
9 I remember better what people say than what they look like.
10 I remember jokes that I hear.
11 I don’t like to listen to or read directions; I’d rather just start doing things.
12 I like building or making things.
13 I like frequent breaks.
14 I think better when I can move around and when I don’t have to sit at a desk.
15 I use my fingers to count and/or move my lips when I read.

You will have some strength in each area. This quiz may help you to understand whether you prefer watching, listening or doing.

1st 5 Questions = Visual learner Score________                                                                    

2nd 5 Questions= Auditory learner Score _________

3rd 5 Questions = Kinaesthetic Learner Hands On Score____________

 Activity 3: Your Relations with Ideas

  Tick 0 for Never, 1 for Sometimes or 2 for Always to indicate your preferences.  0 1 2
 1 I have a good imagination.
 2 I like to come up with new ideas or options.
3 Step-by-step learning often bores me.
4 I like to work out the major principles that might not be clear at first, rather than being told.
 5 I consider myself original and creative.
6 I am a practical, realistic person.
7 I am attracted to sensible people.
8 I like things presented in a step by step way.
9 I like concrete facts, not speculation or hidden meanings.
10 I prefer to avoid too many options from which to choose.

1st 5 = Intuitive Score________

You enjoy playing with ideas and enjoy theoretical thinking.

Intuitive learners can be random in their approach to learning and will flick from one website, conversation or information source to another, picking up snippets from each rather than following step by step instructions.  

2nd 5 = Concrete/sequential Score_______

Sequential learners are likely to prefer step-by-step logical activities. You prefer to take a course to learn rather than guessing and learning in a random way. Casual skipping across topics frustrates you.

Choose your style and use it to make your learning faster and more fun.

 Activity 4: Your Orientation to Learning Tasks 

Tick 0 for Never, 1 for Sometimes or 2 for Always to indicate your preferences.  0 1 2
 1 I reach decisions quickly.
 2 I am an organised and punctual person.
 3 I make lists of things that I need to do, and I generally follow through.
 4 If I’m going somewhere, I like to plan in advance what I will be doing and approximately when.
 5 I start early so that I can finish before the deadline.
6 I put off making decisions as long as I reasonably can.
7 I am a spontaneous person and do not like to plan ahead too much.
8 Lists of tasks and deadlines depress me.
9 I keep an open mind about things.
 10 I like to just let things happen.

 1st 5 = Closure Score___________

This indicates how quickly you need to reach decisions and finish tasks.

If you have a high closure score you focus on tasks, meet deadlines, plan ahead for assignments, want explicit instructions, and ask for clear direction.

 2nd 5 = Openness Score______________

A high Openness score indicates how much you need to delay reaching decisions and finishing tasks. You enjoy “discovery learning” in which you pick up information on your own, and you prefer to relax and play with ideas without much concern for deadlines or planning ahead.

If you are too closed you may make decisions too quickly and find later that it was the wrong decision. If you are too open you may never finish anything or get work done on time.

Activity 5: Your Overall Orientation

  Tick 0 for Never, 1 for Sometimes or 2 for Always to indicate your preferences.  0 1 2
1 Essays and tests are easier for me than multiple-choice.
 2 When I am studying, I look for similarities rather than differences.
 3 I like getting the big picture before getting the details.
4 I enjoy summarising and synthesising.
5 Too many details tend to confuse me.
6 I like to see details before seeing the whole thing.
7 I like to break things down into pieces so I can understand them.
8 In taking on anything new, I look for differences rather than similarities.
9 Summarizing bores me.
10 I use logical thinking to solve problems.

1st 5 = Global SCORE__________

If you are more global, you enjoy getting the main idea of a subject. You like to know where a lesson or idea is heading before you fill in the details. If you are not told where the lesson is going you will guess what the point is, then check your assumption throughout the lesson.

2nd 5 = Analytic SCORE___________

If you are more analytic, you might feel less comfortable with big picture techniques and want the team or author to get on with it rather than generally exploring a subject.

A balance between these indicates you have the capacity to see the big picture AND to analyse details in a manner that identifies details.

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MY LEARNING STYLE: I am an extrovert who loves learning by talking. Learning in a group is great for me. I am intuitive so love throwing around ideas before settling on an answer. I am happy to leave a decision open so can end up being rushed if I don’t give myself plenty of time. Overall I like to get a global idea of a problem so need to work with people who will pull me back to analysing details.

ADJUST YOUR LEARNING STRATEGIES TO MATCH YOUR STYLE


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Don’t Get on the Uni Bus

If you don’t know what to do at uni DON’T GO THERE. The uni bus isn’t the only ride out of school…. And the uni bus fare is a high price to pay when you don’t know where you want to go. Fullscreen capture 28082017 70902 PM.bmp

Two reports out today show that students are DROPPING OUT OF UNI in record numbers and that graduates are TAKING LONGER TO FIND JOBS in their chosen fields.

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  ABC news has a great report here. 

Vocational graduates earn about as much over a lifetime. Fullscreen capture 12092017 83705 AM.bmpAnd get good starting salaries. Fullscreen capture 12092017 83610 AM.bmp

If you don’t know what to do in 2018 go to the Careers Centre in Perth or in regional centres and find out about your options. If you decide to do a VET course ask about government priority courses (courses on the State Priority Occupation List  – SPOL). They could save you a fortune.


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CRUISE INTO YOUR FUTURE

Do you need to reduce the disruption of leaving Year 12? Here are some tips on how to cruise out of school so you can be excited and relaxed about your journey.

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Build in Fun

Going on a cruise is fun. Having fun is the WHOLE POINT of the cruise. Structure some fun into your cruise from school.

  • Set aside time to plan a big holiday. Even if you are locked into study next year. You can plan some fun time.
  • Make planning part of your routine.  Build in other fun bits to your routine… plan going to the beach, camping, playing sport. A framework for your life will help you to keep moving and motivated.
  • You don’t go on a cruise alone. Build keeping in touch with your school friends into your routine.

New Experiences

You visit places you love AND places that are new when you are on a cruise.

  • Plan to do more of the things you love. You might need to think about this a bit.
  • If you are hitting barriers as you try to find new things for your dream list, see a career advisor.

REMEMBER YOU ARE CRUISING, not going to a long term destination. Take time to enjoy the journey.

You Will Need Some Money

Check what help is available to get some money.

Try a Side Hustle. Mow lawns in your neighbourhood. Sell something at markets. Babysit. Busk. Sell your school books and uniform. Have a garage sale. Advertise your business on your community Facebook page.

Plan What to do After Your Cruise

Set a time to START LOOKING for a mini destination. You can start doing this at any time. Take baby steps. Do some career quizzes.

See a career advisor to settle on…

  • What interests you at the moment.
  • What is POSSIBLE.
  • What help is available.
  • What you WANT to do about finding a mini destination.
  • Create a SMART plan.

I like the idea of cruising out of school because leaving school is a big trip. The cruising life has a purpose… to have fun. You can get totally engaged and you can while you are relaxed you may become inspired. If not…. you have had a great time so your time wasn’t wasted.

If you need help check out a qualified career advisor to help you to plan your journey.


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2018 SCHOLARSHIP TIME

If you haven’t ever applied for a scholarship you probably don’t think you are smart enough.

DON’T BE RIDICULOUS!!!

There are more scholarship than you can imagine.

First in Family Many students win scholarships when they barely meet the selection criteria because…..

NO ONE ELSE BOTHERED TO APPLY

The Country Education Foundation has developed the 2018 SCHOLARSHIPS GUIDE A ONE-STOP-RESOURCE FOR SCHOOL LEAVERS

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It also provides a list of some of the scholarships available although many relate to east coast opportunities.

WHERE TO FIND SCHOLARSHIPS

Two good lists of scholarships are:

  • Curtin University Scholarships This service collates information about scholarships from many sources. You can tap in what you are looking for and get emails sent to you as new scholarships are announced.
  • The other great database is the Good Universities Guide Scholarships Again, enter your search criteria and they will send notifications to you.

There are scholarships for so many purposes that you may need to go to Google to find one that suits your needs.

CREATING WINNING SCHOLARSHIPS

The Good Universities Guide provides 5 Simple Steps to Apply to a Scholarship.

The Aspiration Initiative has Hints and Tips for Writing Good Scholarship Applications.

BEST TIP

The best tip on how to win a scholarship is to apply!! Apply often!! There is no limit to the number of scholarships you can win.


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Quick Guide to TAFE

Understanding the Training maze can be confusing. The October Careers Newsletter has a 10 page feature demystifying Vocational Education and Training for teachers, students and their families.

Training isn’t a vanilla option. There are different levels starting from entry or re-entry level through to specialist short upskilling courses and university pathway programs.

Course Level 

School Leaver

AQF (including VET qualifications gained at school)

Sort of like…..

Cert I No requirements No requirements Middle School
Cert II OLNA or NAPLAN Band 8 Certificate I or Certificate II Senior School
Cert III OLNA or NAPLAN Band 8 Certificate I or Certificate II Senior School
Cert IV C Grades in Year 11 WACE General and OLNA or NAPLAN Band 8. Certificate II or Certificate III School Graduate
Diploma or Advanced Diploma Completion of WACE (General or ATAR) Certificate III School Graduate

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Find out about different types of training, entry requirements, how to save money with your course choice and how to get an apprenticeship or traineeship.

For a FREE sample of the October Careers Newsletter contact Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au.

 

 

 

 


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October Careers Newsletter

The October CAREERS NEWSLETTER  is out with an 8 page feature demystifying Vocational Education and Training. It explains the different types of training, entry requirements, how to save money with your course choice and how to get an apprenticeship or traineeship.

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Career Events

The Career Events Section is calming down in October with only 10 pages of events, opportunities and deadlines this month.

Improving Job Prospects for Young Job Seekers

The Ivan Neville webinar on Improving Job Prospects for Young Job Seekers has a lot of information about what an attractive option TAFE is over uni when you look at the length of time it takes to get a job after graduation and your earning capacity. I summarise his presentation picking out what I found to be the key points.

Teaching Resources

There are pages of teaching resources including two sites that are homes to banks of careers videos and there is information about the new Australian Apprenticeship site with its page for careers teachers.

University News

The University News this month features a new course at Curtin for gifted science students starting in 2018 and a number of new courses that have been released by CQU.

For a FREE sample of the October Careers Newsletter contact Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au.