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How Parents Can Help Year 12s

Teaching your teenager to drive is EASY compared to helping them with their career choice!!

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Your school leaver will probably NOT be one of the few who knows what they want to do next year. Your teenager WILL probably be one of those who is stressed and worried about 2018.

These ideas will guide you to help your teenager to start their next chapter with as little stress as possible.

1. Slow Down

Your teenager is not unusual. School leavers can take years to decide what they want to do. They narrow down their choices as they get experience. This can be costly if they get experience through education and training with fees being so high so check Is the Uni Bus Right for You?  to find information about some of the options.

2. Get Career  Information and Advice

The hardest part is deciding what direction to take.

  • There are Careers Centres in Forrest Place Perth and in the regions. You can do the JigCal aptitude test to identify some career pathways to suit and get free advice about what direction to take based on the test results.
  • Try these online career quizzes Student Edge Career Matcher, UWA Career Quiz, SkillsRoad Career Quiz. They are fun and may give a clue about possible career directions.
  • Consult a private career planner who knows how to identify appropriate career paths and opportunities to match who people are and their abilities.

If your son or daughter is thinking of going to university or TAFE they both provide free career counselling. You are under no obligation to enrol at the place where you get your counselling.

Online Information

There is enough online information to drown you. Check what these sites have to offer.

  • Career Bullseye posters are useful tools to narrow down the types of work that students find interesting.
  • The Job Guide provide an in-depth look at a range of occupations and education and training pathways to support people to make informed career decisions.
  • The My Skills website connects individuals and employers looking to undertake training with training organisations that best suit their needs.
  • The MyUniversity website provides students with access to clear, meaningful and transparent information about Australia’s higher education providers.
  • The Job Outlook website is a careers and labour market research information site to help individuals decide on their future career.
  • The Good Universities Guide is worth checking out. It has information about TAFE and university courses. It ranks the different organisations based on student feedback and they provide information about scholarships and funding for study.

Go to Year 12  to find links that are helpful.

3. Take Action

This is the easy part. When a decision has been made to go to uni, do an apprenticeship, get a job for a year it is time to take action.

Going to Uni

Make sure the uni application is in by the end of September. You can always change your choices.

  • If you want to defer for a year, put in your application first. When you get offered a place, then you defer for a year. Contact your university for more information.
  • If you want to go but didn’t get offered a place

Didn’t get offered a place??? Check Alternative Pathways to University.

Going to TAFE

  • Go to see a career counsellor at TAFE to clarify what course and subjects you wish to take. Ask the counsellor to advise you about courses that are subsidised by government because of skills shortages. These courses are on the State Priority Occupation List (SPOL) and are cheaper than many other courses.
  • Decide which course to enrol in.
  • Apply for a place in your chosen course. Check the college website for online applications.

Applying for an Apprenticeship/Traineeship?

  • Get the apprentice job search app here. That will help you to find your local Group Training Provider in WA.
  • Get help from your school career advisor to prepare your CV ready for job applications. Seek.com has great tips for a good CV.
  • Check Youth Central for advice on how school leavers can write a good job application.
  • Get references from school before you leave and get copies of them. Get the correct title and contact details of those at school who give you a reference.
  • Ask your family and friends if they know of any apprentice opportunities.
  • Search for apprenticeship opportunities on sites like Indeed, Jora and Seek.
  • There is a list of apprenticeship mentor services that can lead to you getting an apprenticeship. Contact me for the latest list.
  • Ask your local TAFE if they have any pre apprenticeship programs. They can be tricky to get into as demand is always high. Employers often contact their local TAFE to find a good employee to take on as an apprentice.

Gap Year

If your son or daughter doesn’t know what to do, take a break.

  • Check out Gap Year opportunities and travel.
  • Take some part time courses.
  • Try getting a job in a field you are interested in.
  • Check the Seek.com Volunteer button for volunteer opportunities in fields that interest you.

If you are overwhelmed or sick of trying to make your way through the maze alone contact me at Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au or on M:0434056412


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Year 12 – WHAT NEXT?

If you are avoiding making a decision about what to do in 2018 it is probably time to take a look at your options.

This simple summary of the main choices available to West Australian school leavers can help you to clarify your decision.

I have the information summarized in a chart which I am happy to send to you if you message me.

Year 12 What Next?Career Advice

You can ignore making a decision about what to do in 2018 but next year will not stop coming just because you ignore it.

ACTION

If you are not clear about what to do in 2018 get help.

  • See your school career counsellor.
  • Get free advice from the Careers Centre in Forrest Place Perth or in regional centres.
  • Each Western Australian university and TAFE College has free career counselling. You are under no obligation to enrol at the place where you get your counselling.
  • Consult a private career planner.

Youth Allowance and Scholarships

Your decision to study may depend on finances. If you are 18 – 24 and you have supported yourself for 18 months you MAY qualify for Youth Allowance.

ACTION

Check the Youth Allowance site to see if there are any benefits that you are eligible for. There is an Ask for Help button which could save you hours trying to get through on the phone. If you need to leave home to study don’t forget to ask about travel allowance.

Also check for financial assistance on the Good Universities Guide site HERE.

There are scholarships for so many purposes, not just academic excellence and they are often only available when you start university or TAFE. Search online for scholarships in your field.  The Good Universities Guide tries to capture most scholarships on its site.

Ask your career advisor for help searching for scholarships.

Spot the Difference

If you want to study in 2018 deciding on uni or TAFE will be a good start. Guess which fashion course is at Curtin University and which is at South Metropolitan TAFE.

In this (course) you will focus on the relationship between garment and body, using a theoretical and contextual framework for understanding national and international trends and the cultural significance and practice of fashion design. In our course you’ll learn how to produce a unique range of garments and accessories for the marketplace. You’ll gain fashion illustration and drawing skills and learn about digital design, pattern making and garment construction.

If you thought the first one was Curtin you are right. University has a more theoretical approach to learning while TAFE has a more practical focus. Pick the learning style that suits you best for 2018.

Uni Pathway

Very few people have a clear idea of what they want to do at university. If you want to start university in 2018 but are not exactly sure what course or subjects to take, apply the same thinking you used in Year 10 when choosing WACE subjects to keep your opportunities open.

ACTION

  • Talk to your school career counsellor about what course to apply for and subjects to take.
  • Go to see a career planner at one or two universities to clarify what course and subjects you wish to take.
  • Decide on your top choices.
  • Apply to your chosen university either via TISC or via Notre Dame or your chosen university.

Unsure about Uni for 2018

If you MIGHT want to go to uni in 2018 APPLY through TISC. If you get offered a place you can accept and DEFER for a year.

ACTION

  • Read Is the Uni Bus Right for You?
  • See a career planner.
  • Apply for a course at your chosen university via the normal TISC or direct application process
  • When you get an offer contact your university to hold your offer and defer it to 2019.

Alternative Pathway to Uni

If you want to go to uni in 2018 but don’t get the required ATAR score there are many alternative pathways you can take.

Some universities will consider your current scores if you have a year between leaving school and starting university. They consider that the break can result in you gaining maturity that will help you to succeed at university.

ACTION

  • Contact me and I will send the latest WA information on alternative pathways at all WA universities including TAFE colleges.
  • See a career planner at the university or training college of your choice.
  • Decide on your best option.
  • Apply for the alternative pathway of your choice.

TAFE Course

If you are clear about what TAFE course you want to take in 2018 contact your chosen college to enrol. Full time TAFE enrolments open on 1st September.

ACTION

  • Talk to your school career counsellor about what course to apply for and subjects to take.
  • Check out North Metro TAFE courses HERE and South Metro TAFE courses HERE
  • Go to see a career counsellor at TAFE to clarify what course and subjects you wish to take. Ask the counsellor to advise you about courses that are subsidised by government because of skills shortages. These courses are on the State Priority Occupation List (SPOL) and are cheaper than many other courses.
  • Decide which course to enrol in.
  • Apply for a place in your chosen course. Check the college website for online applications.

Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Getting an apprenticeship or traineeship is like getting a job.

ACTION

  • Get the apprentice job search app here. That will help you to find your local Group Training Provider in WA.
  • Get help from your school career advisor to prepare your CV ready for job applications.
  • Get references from school before you leave and get copies of them. Get the correct title and contact details of those at school who give you a reference.
  • Ask your family and friends if they know of any apprentice opportunities.
  • Search for apprenticeship opportunities on sites like Indeed, Jora and Seek.
  • There is a list of apprenticeship mentor services that can lead to you getting an apprenticeship. Contact me for the latest list.
  • Ask your local TAFE if they have any pre apprenticeship programs. They can be tricky to get into as demand is always high. Employers often contact their local TAFE to find a good employee to take on as an apprentice.

Gap Year

The Victorian Government provides free unbiased advice about taking a Gap Year HERE.

Finally

If you are sick of trying to find your way through the maze of options call me to discuss a career counselling session. Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au of M: 0434056412


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Alternate Pathways to University

giphy.gif 2The pathway programs are free at all universities although quotas have been introduced so numbers are restricted.

Portfolio Entry 

This pathway is available at a number of WA universities. Demonstrated proof of your abilities via a portfolio of evidence of your academic achievements and abilities, or demonstrated proof of your ability. Portfolio entry is not just restricted to the creative arts.

Course Provider

Pathways

 Curtin Step UP – You may be eligible for Step Up if you meet socio-economic or educational disadvantage criteria. If you are eligible got an ATAR Score between 60 and 69.95 Curtin will automatically bumped up to 70 which is Curtin’s minimum ATAR requirement.

StepUp Bonus – this also depends on the applicant’s eligibility, however this gives them an extra 5 bonus points if their ATAR is above 70.

Portfolio Entry  – is not only for the creative courses; it is applicable to courses like Education, Science, Commerce and Health.

Uni Ready Enabling Program – this program is designed to help you gain entry into a range of Health Sciences, Humanities or Curtin Business School undergraduate courses. In terms of the age limit, applicants must be past the compulsory school age (generally that’s about 17 years old).

Enabling Course in Science, Engineering and Health – this course also has the same age limit as UniReady. Depending on their course weighted average, completion of this program will meet relatively higher entry requirements and subject prerequisites, too.

Curtin College offers courses that can result in entry to second year of Curtin’s Bachelor degree program.

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Christine Lim Future Student Advisor | Curtin 

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On Track – a 14 week course that prepares students for entry to a course with a minimum ATAR requirement of 70.

On Track Sprint – a 4 week course run over the Christmas holidays that may prepare you for entry to a course with a minimum ATAR requirement of 70 or less.

TLC10 – prepares students to apply for Murdoch through a 1 day per week course that runs all year in Mandurah and Rockingham.

Portfolio Entry – you can gain entry to courses that rely on creative talent in media, games art and design and creative writing, photography and web communication via a portfolio demonstrating your work + a number of hoops like WACE and English competence.

Murdoch University Preparation Course – year 11 and 12 courses are combined in this course.

 ECU Uniprep

This is a 6 month full time course or 12 months part time.

Portfolio Entry – ECU offers the largest choice of course entry via portfolio.  You need to provide an introductory letter, resume, academic records and references.

 UWA UWAY – You can apply for alternative entry to an undergraduate degree course through UWay if your academic achievements have been adversely affected by certain disadvantages.
 

 

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Foundation Year – this is a year-long program designed to prepare you for university study.

Tertiary Pathway Program – 13 weeks for people who have not met entry requirements. This is available in Fremantle and Broome.

See details about Student Enabling Programs at the Notre Dame site.

 Aboriginal Flag All Western Australian universities and TAFE colleges have Indigenous Entry Programs and specialised support to help students to succeed in their studies.

 

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Central Queensland University is making its presence felt in WA. It has some exciting alternative pathways that are new to WA and they may be a pathway for you into university. 

TAFEStart your degree at TAFE and finish at university. TAFE courses often provide credit points towards degrees. Check your local college for specific courses details.
North Metro TAFE Higher level TAFE courses provide credit points for university.

TAFE is more like school than university so your transition from school to further study will be easier.

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North Regional TAFE
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Central Regional TAFE

If you are overwhelmed or sick of trying to make your way through the maze alone contact me at Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au or on M:0434056412


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Year 12

Year 12 is the last chapter in your school career. These posts are designed to help you to make the transition to your post school world. 21

Succeeding in 2017

How to Blitz Year 12

Study Skills and Learning Styles

Exam Day Tips

Watch for Smoke and Mirrors at the Careers Expo

Planning for 2018

Year 12 WHAT NEXT?

Is the Uni Bus Right for You?

Cracking the Uni Word Code

Cracking the TAFE Word Code

Getting into Medicine in WA

Campus Quest for School Students 

Gap Year Ideas

21st Century Careers

 

If you are overwhelmed or sick of trying to make your way through the maze alone contact me at Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au or on M:0434056412


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Gap Year Ideas

Shoes

If you don’t want to start uni or TAFE in 2018 why not really use your gap year to explore your world.

Most sites are trying to sell you something.

For unbiased government information check Youth Central in Victoria .

 Lattitude Global volunteering

Offers work placements in schools, outdoor centres and on environmental projects, throughout the world. Go HERE for more information.

AFS Australia

Offers school exchanges from 4 weeks to one year, all around the world and, in some cases with generous scholarships. It’s a very long process. Go HERE for more

Cultural Care Au Pair

Offers work placements as au pairs/nannies in the US. Find out more HERE information.

Projects Abroad Australia

Offers volunteer work in a variety of countries. It prides itself that its volunteer’s learn from their chosen projects and the people they meet — and vice versa. Mutual learning and respect is what cultural exchange is all about. For more information go HERE.

Flying Fish

Provide training and jobs in watersports and mountain sports. This is an excellent way to develop new skills and qualifications whilst having a gap year break. For more information go HERE.

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If you wish to explore more gap year opportunities contact me at Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au 

 


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Watch Out at the Careers Expo

All that Glitters Is NOT Gold

Knowing which organisations are worth your time and money is tricky. Organisations with the glossy brochures, smart staff and great looking Expo display may be all smoke and mirrors.

If you don’t know about careers opportunities the Careers Expo can be a minefield. Yet, you go to the Expo BECAUSE YOU DON’T KNOW ABOUT CAREERS!! So beware as you the sophisticated sales people tell you how great they are. Consult careers advisors before you sign away your future.

At least Careers Australia wasn’t there this year. They went broke last week after paying their shareholders $40m!!! Thousands of students  turned up to classes last week to be told, by a now unemployed teacher, that Careers Australia had closed down. Students have been left out of pocket and without a qualification.

McDonald’s

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McDonald’s has always delivered world class training.

Given cutbacks on government funding for retail training McDonald’s is a lighthouse for people who understand the excitement and satisfaction that comes from offering excellent sales service.

Students get paid as they learn by taking on a McDonald’s School Based Traineeship in Certificate II in Retail Services or Certificate III in Retail.  For more information go to McDonald’s Regional Training Organisation.

IMG_8046WA Aviation College

The women at the WA Aviation College told me that their Open Day on 10 June is going to be “Quite a day”.

There will be aircraft displays, discounted trial flights, industry pilots and Learn to Fly seminars.

Find out more at the Royal Aero Club Open Day.

Careers In Construction

IMG_8039There was lots of interest in construction careers. The construction industry trainers offer pre apprenticeship courses, scholarships and try a trade days to help school students to get into a construction trade.

Students can participate in try a trade days from Year 9. You can book in HERE

IMG_8044Australian Maritime College

The Australian Maritime College (AMC) has linked up with ECU so that you can start your maritime studies in WA before going to Tassie to use their high tech equipment.

A Time for Fun

The Careers Expo is always fun. Apart from the free showbags and pens there are friendly people to talk to. Gather information at the Expo… then ask a career advisor to guide you in your decision making. If you don’t have a career advisor you can get FREE support from the WA Careers Centre


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Parents as Career Partners 101

YOUR CHILD IS BEING LEFT BEHIND

self orderingOn Monday I saw my first “Automated Ordering Kiosk” at McDonald’s.

Is nothing sacred?!

Even this bastion of part time jobs for school students is being automated!

How are kids supposed to learn to “clean as you go” or about customer service, punctuality and responsibility??

Those young managers at McDonald’s did a brilliant job training school kids for 40 years. Now McDonald’s is reducing the number of staff it employs as it moves to self service.

There goes another job opportunity for millennials.

The message is clear. Kids cannot prepare for a career in the 21st century by expecting to do jobs from the 20th century.

Families need to build their own 21st century support system to prepare their children for future careers.

The Method of the Grandmother 2.0 connects your network of family and friends into the collective task of raising your child. By grounding your child in your family’s values they will have a solid launching pad.

The online world gives your child another edge.

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There are thousands of career sites. These government sites provide current, unbiased and professional information.

The WA Careers Centre

The WA Careers Centre  is in Forrest Place. It provides free information and counselling and you can find a lot of their resources, including occupation videos online.

Commonwealth Education Department

The Commonwealth government Education Department provides a number of resources including the  Careers Bullseye Posters.  These can be a bit of fun. You only have to choose 3 posters and pick a few jobs in each one to be able to see a trend towards potential careers. Once you have picked out some jobs check them out on the WA Careers Centre site.

Youth Central 

Youth Central is a Victorian Government site that I love. It gives information not found on the other sites… from study skills, how to write a CV when you have never had a job and how to make the most of a gap year. Today they have a story up about binge drinking. Fullscreen capture 14042017 24604 PM.bmp

MyFuture

MyFuture is the national careers site supported by all governments (except WA and NSW!).  If your child has a WA Education Department email address you will be able to use that to access the site. If your child goes to a non government school their school may have subscribed which means their school email address will get you access. It is simply the best careers site so worth some effort to log in.

These sites provide a solid foundation of careers information and advice and they can send you off in a thousand directions when you find things you are interested in.

Design the Future

Life after schoolNo other generation of parents has had to cope with so much change. It has never been harder to design a future where kids can be great.

The information on these sites, teamed with your network of family, friends, teachers, career advisors and other professionals, will help you to grow your child into a future ready citizen.