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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.

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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

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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.


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Making the Change

downloadThinking of changing schools? Thinking of changing your hair colour?

If you think you are having a hard time changing, try being transgender!

Barriers to being transgender are changing but it is still a very difficult path to go down.

If you are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex or queer and would like to talk to someone the Freedom Centre in Northbridge would be a good place to start. Many people have already been through the transition from a straight life and have brought together the lessons they have learned so that others don’t have to do it alone.

Schools can join the Safe Schools program which has a truck load of resources and advice to get them onto the right track.

Want to know how to run an inclusive school ball? Check the advice on the Safe Schools site.

Want to know more? The Aids Council runs Safe Schools Workshops in the city and in regions.

And if you are struggling to succeed with your study or career try the Pinnacle Foundation scholarships.

The Pinnacle Foundation has been established to provide scholarships to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex and Queer students who are marginalised or disadvantaged. We exist to give young LGBTIQ students the chance to achieve their full potential, to light the spark within them. For those who want to complete high school, or are ready to start TAFE or university we can help.

Making the change is difficult. Connecting with these organisations can make the journey less onerous.


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First in Family to go to Uni

 

Working Class Disrupters

This year 51% of university enrolments were students who are the first in their family to go to university. These are mainly working class kids who are taking advantage of opportunities.

The attrition rate is high. Recent research has shown that nearly 50% of first year students consider dropping out and 18% do.

As a working class kid who was the first in my family to go to university I had no idea. Eight hours of lectures and a few tutorials?? Piece. Of. Cake.

It wasn’t.

My parents were proud of me but didn’t know what to ask. I was out of my depth and didn’t know what to tell them.

I pretended and tried and failed. And eventually succeeded.

If you are the first in your family to go to university you WILL have more to learn than students whose families have been to university. It WILL be harder for you.

Universities are trying to help First in Family students to settle in and focus on academic studies, but First in Family students find it difficult to know what to do or what to ask without feeling stupid.Sarah O'Shea

There is a First In Families  website based on research done by Sarah O’Shea. Her research findings have been turned into tips for success and ideas that you can follow up with lecturers, counsellors and student services… without feeling stupid.

Do This:

  • Go to the The First in Families site for some good tips.
  • Pick a university that focuses providing excellent support to students. In WA those are Notre Dame University and Edith Cowan.
  • When you get there contact lecturers and student services staff. It is their job to help you to succeed.
  • Find a mentor. It might be a second year student, or a family friend or a member of your uni’s alumni. They will help you to cope and succeed.

If you are the first in your family to go to uni you will find it academically challenging, a social minefield and expensive.

It can also be an awakening to new worlds of opportunity. Maybe it’s time to bite off more than you can chew.

There is more to discover than you can imagine.

 


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Surfing a Tsunami of Change

Do you have the mindset of a shipwreck survivor or the mindset of a surfer?

Fullscreen capture 17032017 23630 PM.bmpCyriel Kortleven  is in Perth giving lessons on how to surf a tsunami of change.

He it teaching strategies for creative problem solving that help individuals and organisations to creatively boost their performance through this VUCAVolatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous world.

He gave a lot of simple strategies that take brainstorming to a whole new level.

We were given the question “How can I create change in my organisation?”. Everyone wrote 8 concrete ideas on postit notes. We passed our ideas to the next person in the group who added their ideas to the original ones using a “YES, and….” strategy.

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Cyriel is Belgian so thought he should put his tips on a beer coaster!

One idea was to have a guest speaker come to the workplace to talk on innovation. The “YES, and….” strategy idea was to create a calendar of innovation presentations that would run throughout the year.

These two ideas were then passed on to a third person.

You get the pattern.

The practical strategies that Cyriel gave were a good lesson on how to keep surfing as the size and speed of the tsunami builds.

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Next year when he comes back he is going to build our strategies for learning from Nearlings, those actions we take that don’t quite achieve our goals.

He posts quite a bit of information on his site and he is going to forward worksheets and notes from the workshop which I will post here when they come through.


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Getting into Medicine in WA

There are three universities that offer medicine in WA.

Curtin University

CurtinThis is a 5 year degree. It is the only medicine degree in Western Australia that takes student directly from school.

Students must be Australian or New Zealand citizens or permanent residents.

An ATAR minimum of 95 is required. Students must undertake the UMAT examination and an interview.

The course is for school leavers with special consideration being given to rural and remote students and to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

 

 

 

 Notre Dame University

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This is a 4 year degree.

Successful applicants will already have a degree with a minimum Grade Point Average of 5.

Applicants must undertake the Graduate Medical School Admission Test (GAMSAT). Applicants are also required to undertake an interview and Notre Dame also requires a Student of Medicine Application Folio which demonstrates more about the students personal attributes and suitability for acceptance.

International students are not currently eligible to apply.

UWA

 

UWA – This is a 4 year degree.

Only UWA provides dentistry in Western Australia.

Successful applicants for either course will already have a degree in another field and a minimum Grade Point Average of 5.5.

Applicants must undertake the GAMSAT. International applicants may undertake the Medical College Admissions Test. (MCAT)

Students must also undertake an interview.

ASSURED PATHWAY Outstanding WACE students with an ATAR of 99 can apply for an Assured Pathway. Applicants will have the confidence that they have a place within the medicine or dentistry program as long as they achieve a 5.5 Grade Point Average.

Applicants for an Assured Pathway must undertake the UMAT and international students can apply via the International Student Application Test.

Applicants for an Assured Pathway place must also undertake an interview.

Curtin University Undergraduate Degree 5 Years
Notre Dame Graduate Degree 4 Years
UWA Graduate Degree 4 Years

UMAT

Applicants for Curtin, for the UWA Assured Pathway offers or for places at undergraduate programs in other states will need to apply for the UMAT selection process.

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Registrations Close on 2 June and the test is conducted on 26 July.

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Register for UMAT online.

The test takes 3 hours.

It is possible to enrol in UMAT training programs. The Australian Council for Education Research (ACER) recommends that applicants to NOT bother to do these courses.

ACER provides sample tests, tutorials and extensive information to prepare applicants for the test.

 

 

 

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ADMISSION TEST

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International students wishing to apply for the UWA Assured Pathway should undertake the ISAT test.

GRADUATE ENTRY

Applications for graduate entry are made in the final year of the first degree.

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International students should a undertake the Medical College Admissions Test

 

 

 

 

GRADE POINT AVERAGE

The average grade result over three years is taken into account for graduate entry scores. Universities give these scores different weightings for different years.

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INTERVIEWS

All admission processes include interviews. These are structured as multiple mini interviews.

There are 7 x 6 minute interviews.

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WHERE YOU CAN STUDY MEDICINE IN AUSTRALIA

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WHIRLPOOL

Social media provides chat on different medical courses. You can join the chat at Whirlpool.

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In Focus Careers delivers Getting Into Medicine presentations at high schools in Western Australia.


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Career Advice “As Usual” is a Con

 We cannot continue to educate students for jobs that don’t exist.

 Satyajit Das, financier and best selling author.

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I heard that Naplan tests that are marked by computers yield more accurate results than tests marked by humans. That wasn’t a big surprise, until I was told the computers were able to recognise HUMOUR!! I KNOW!!

Artificial intelligence is doing the work of surgeons, lawyers, engineers, journalists and accountants.

Robots are taking on tasks of car builders, bricklayers, mechanics and plumbers.

The rate of workplace change is snowballing as our schools educate in a microcosm closed off from the outside world by curriculum demands, Naplan tests, risk management strategies and insurance companies.

Education is largely taking place in a 20th century bubble, not a 21st century ecosystem.

Time to bite off more than you can chew

School based career advisors are acutely aware of the need for change. They know how many jobs are going to disappear and they know that there is nothing on the horizon to take their place.

They can become a powerful force for change by:

1. Establishing a Powerful Careers Reference Group for the School

Within Western Australia there is serious potential to tap into the latent goodwill, of community, government and industry.

  • I am continually amazed by the generosity of huge companies like Hoffman Engineering and successful entrepreneurs like John Hughes and Stan Perron who have never knocked back my requests for students to tap into their knowledge and experience.
  • Government resources like the Aboriginal Workforce Development Centre and ProjectAble are beating their heads against the wall trying to make connections with schools. A seat on a Career Reference Group would provide the framework for their engagement.
  • Universities and RTOs are all competing for senior students and would welcome a seat on such a group.
  • I know of alumni groups who are almost begging students to tap into their knowledge and experience.
  • Make sure your students have a seat at the table and not just those who are most likely to succeed in the new work order.

By tapping into these resources career advisors can build a framework that connects the creativity, enthusiasm and ideas of students with the knowledge, networks and resources of the wider community.

Getting the imprimatur of the established school order may be your greatest challenge.

2. Creating an AMBITIOUS 21st Century Strategic Careers Plan

If you get the right Careers Reference Group it will be the driver of your goals and strategies.Elaine workshop

Remember you are trying to create a plan for empowering future ready citizens so the “same ol same ol” strategic planning process is unlikely to generate a plan for the future.

Try something like a Future Visioning Workshop to
get group members thinking creatively for the future. I am a member of enkel  changemakers group and some of the members are currently running Creative Visioning Workshops which are throwing up fantastic ideas for local governments.

3. Creating Systems that Remove Barriers to engaging with Outsiders. 

Helicopter parents, insurance companies and increased risk awareness have put education into a straightjacket and students into cotton wool.

AND WITH GOOD REASON

No one wants to go back to the bad old days where kids were at risk, accidents were frequent and insurance pay outs were… .well, probably as rare as they are now!

Scandinavian schools are developing risk management systems that facilitate engagement outside of the school bubble. I don’t think Scandinavian citizens are any more trustworthy than Australians. If they can do it so can we.

Do some research and adopt systems which ensure the safety of students AND facilitate engagement with the outside world.

4. Seeking Funding 

This is not the time to stretch existing resources further. That approach will end up with a job half done.

As part of your strategic plan identify what resources you will need to make the ideas happen, who is going to apply for them and how.

We currently have the STEM hammer which is meant to nail the needs of future citizens. Resources are being made available through STEM and innovation grants, through government and through industry.

As the urgency and importance of career education becomes apparent in your school it will gain a higher priority for school based funding and resource allocation.

Create a Climate of Possibility

Providing the same career advice that we did in the 20th Century is no longer ethical. It’s time for us to create a climate of possibility where students are ready and supported to succeed as they transition from school.

Contact me if you would like to connect and collaborate with like minded educators and career advisors to transform career education in Western Australia.