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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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No ATAR? Go to Uni THIS Way

You can quickly develop skills to succeed at uni via a university preparation course. These are short courses, run by universities, to help those who didn’t get the ATAR score needed to get an offer.

They are generally a semester long which means you could do the preparation course and start your university degree in semester 2.

Apply Early

These courses are free. There are limits on numbers but applying early should easily secure you a free place.

What Do I Get?

These courses can lead to an offer of a place in a range of degree courses.

You will gain an understanding of university life and you will learn more about the range of degree opportunities that are available to you.  This often leads to students changing their minds about what degree course they want to enrol in.

By doing this free course students can save themselves the money it would cost them if they enrolled in the wrong course straight out of school.

Although each course is different there are usually 4 subject like….

  • Academic Writing
  • Communication Skills
  • Essential Maths
  • Research Skills and Information Literacy

Adjustment Bonus Points

If you did not achieve the required ATAR cut off point you can check to see if you can boost your score via Adjustment (Bonus) Points.

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  • If you didn’t like studying at school… that is probably not going to change if you go to university.
  • If you don’t have good English and communication skills you are going to have trouble writing assignments and exams.
  • University courses are expensive and they don’t necessarily lead to better pay and conditions. Check these facts HERE.

Go to a career advisor at school, at a Jobs and Skills Centre or email me to explore your non university options.

Notre Dame

logo-notre-dameThe Tertiary Pathway Program at Notre Dame is for people who did  NOT do ATAR, or who didn’t get the required cut off score.

It is a 13-week program which you apply for directly to Notre Dame by 28 September.

Applicants need to be able to demonstrate good English language skills to be offered a place.

Thanks Hannah Murray |  Prospective Student Advisor

ECU

ECUUniPrep & UniPrep (Education Assistant Program is a 6 month full time course or 12 months part time.

School leavers must be able to demonstrate that they have achieved their WACE and meet ECU’s English Competency Requirements.

School leavers who wait until semester 2 to apply will be classified as Non School Leavers and will need to demonstrate how they meet ECU’s English Competency Requirements.

Edith Cowan College offers courses that can result in entry to second year of ECU’s Bachelor Degree program

Thanks Lauren Tyler Events Coordinator, Student Recruitment and Erin Nichols Student Recruitment Coordinator

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The Curtin UniReady program is now the most open offering in WA. Year 12s apply through TISC and they don’t need ATAR, or English or WACE to apply.

Curtin has capped numbers so applicants are ranked according to equity conditions that contributed to educational disadvantage. Applicants are then ranked according to when they applied.

In 2018 Curtin sent out offers to 400 ‘equity’ offers to students and to about 400 who applied early.  You can read more HERE.

Enabling Course in Science, Engineering and Health  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.

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

Thanks for the update from: Christine Lim Future Student Advisor | Curtin University and Kathy Lawson UniReady Program Manager

Murdoch University

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

On Track Sprint  is 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.

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. For Portfolio entry try the Domestic Admissions Team on 9360 7458 or send an email by following this link

Email info@murdochinstitute.wa.edu.au for information.

University of Western Australia

UWAUWAY – This is an alternative entry pathway and comprehensive support program for students completing Year 12 under challenging circumstances.

The program provides academic, financial and personal support, and it is responsive to individual student needs, throughout their final year of secondary school and during their university studies. You can apply for alternative entry to an undergraduate degree course through UWay if your academic achievements have been adversely affected by certain disadvantages.

Thanks Philip Sharpe, Future Students Centre, University of Western Australia

Central Queensland University

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STEPS (Skills for Tertiary Education Preparatory Studies)

This program is tailored to help you meet entry requirements or boost your confidence.

It usually takes between 1 and 2 terms to complete (4 to 8 months). It can be completed online or on-campus.

Thanks to Sandra Emanuel CQU Marketing Coordinator for the update. 

 

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If you would like expert assistance in finding alternative pathways contact me at Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au 


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Get Out of School Early Guide

Leaving school early IS AN OPTION. It does NOT mean you will never get a job, or that you will live on the streets for the rest of your life.

School isn’t for everyone. It makes some people’s lives a total misery.

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In Western Australia the government requires students to get special permission to leave school early by applying for a Notice of Arrangement. You can find details of that HERE.

Don’t Jump Too Soon

Once you have made up your mind to leave it is difficult to change your mind. As soon as you start thinking of leaving talk to a career advisor. There may be alternatives that they can offer through the school or they may be able to organise a smooth transition from school for you. Jump off a cliff

Once you leave school people who can help you get limited funding so their capacity to help is limited.  Stick with your school and get as much FREE help as possible before you leave.

Getting help with your resume is a good start.

Decide What You Are Going to Do When You Leave

If you haven’t got a job lined up or a course to go into you may need help to get that sorted.

Many schools have the Career Voyage program that will help you to nail down a career direction for the near future. If you don’t have access to Career Voyage at school you can do the quiz at one of the Careers Centres in Perth or regional centres or contact them online.

I have done this Coggle brainstorm of a bunch of places you can check out to narrow down what you like.

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Email me Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au if you would like access to the Coggle map so that you can just click on the links.

Study Year 12 at an Alternative College

Look at the available options for completing Year 12 in another setting like Cyril Jackson, Canning, North Lake, Seven Oaks and Tuart Colleges. There are adult students at these colleges and you may find that suits your style.

You can also study your WACE through the School of Isolated and Distance Education. 

You can get free information and advice from each of these schools.

Jobs and Skills Centres

You can get free career advice at the new Jobs and Skills Centres which have been set up in TAFE colleges in the metro area. You can find regional centres HERE. There are Aboriginal Workforce Development Centres HERE

Study the Certificate of General Education for Adults

The Certificate of General Education for Adults is a good non-WACE starting point for people who don’t want to finish school.

There are three levels, certificates I – III. Choose the one that suits your needs.

This certificate often has literacy and numeracy support which can kick start your study in another area. Different colleges will allow you to explore different subject opportunities as part of your study.

TAFE colleges give you access to ongoing support from careers advisors.

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You can build your employability skills and explore career options through Foundation Skills Course. Check out the list of Foundation Skills courses HERE. 

Equity Course

There are equity courses that support people with disability and people seeking courses that are aligned with their culture; for example, a qualification specialising in Indigenous Australian tourism. Check the list of courses HERE and ask about opportunities at one of the Jobs and Skills Centres – scroll down this page to find the one nearest to you.

Apprenticeships and Traineeships

If you can find someone who is willing to take you on as an apprentice or trainee, you are on a great path.

You can find apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities through Seek and Indeed. Getting an apprenticeship or traineeship is just like looking for any other job. You need to find the opportunity first, then convince the employer that you would be a great employee. You will need a good resume as a starting point.

Youth Central gives good advice to school leavers on how to write a resume.

When you do an apprenticeship or traineeship qualification you need to sign up so that your training is recognised. You sign up at an Australian Apprentice Support provider. You can find one HERE.

The help that they give will not be as good as the help you can get at school so it is best to try to find an apprenticeship and to contact a provider through your careers advisor.

Government Support

You may be eligible for Youth Allowance. This is hard to get but it is worth checking to see if you qualify HERE.

If you qualify for income support you can also get help from JobActive.  You find an Employment Service Provider near you and they will do what they can to help you to find a job.

Employment Service Providers are not well funded and their capacity to give you help is limited. You will probably get more help from school.

Online Course Information

The My Skills website is a directory of vocational education and training (VET) organisations and courses.

Job Jumpstart has an I’m At School section to help students prepare to leave school.

Going to Uni without an ATAR

If you want to leave school and still want to go to uni you can find Alternative Pathways to Uni HERE. 

Get a Safety Plan

Leaving school early IS AN OPTION. Leaving school is however risky, and there is a chance you could fall into a hole without a safety net.

The suggestions to help you to leave school early are easier to do with the help of a careers advisor.

If you can’t get help at school, go to one of the alternative schools or TAFE colleges or even a uni, to get free advice or pay a professional career advisor to help to set you onto the right path.  That help could put you onto the perfect path to your school free future.

 

 

 


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Innovation and Entrepreneurship are a Con

rubbishIf you don’t have a job or are paid low wages clearly you aren’t being innovative and entrepreneurial enough!!!

REALLY!!??

While young people have enthusiasm and ideas being innovative and entrepreneurial also requires:

  • KNOWING how to do that.
  • Leadership.
  • Support.
  • Resources…. money, infrastructure, networks, systems.

(See Harvard Business Review for some thoughts on this.)

Key complaints from young Australians about unemployment are…

 

Complaints V Reasons

          Young Australians                                                     Explanation

1. Young Australians complain that they can’t get a job……..

 

Youth unemployment has rarely been higher
2. Young Australians complain about low wages….

 

Contract work like Deliveroo and Air Tasker…. deliver 3rd World salaries and conditions in Australia.
3. Young Australians complain that they don’t have the experience required for get paid work ……..

 

No other group volunteers as much as millennials.
4. Young Australians complain about unpaid internships that go on for months… Interns often do work that could be done by a paid employee.

Young Australians are at the pointy end of the fourth industrial revolution. You can:

  • Create paid opportunities to learn on the job… like apprenticeships??
  • Replace unpaid internships with a fair wage.
  • Value their unique enthusiasm and ideas.
  • Not expect them to be able to earn you money on DAY 1.

THAT is a better solution that takes the onus off the kids to be like Steve Jobs and become a billionaire from their garage.

Refocus on giving kids a fair go. Employability skills don’t trickle down. New employees don’t magically know how to add value to your business.

Be there for them. It’s your turn to give back.


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Year 10 – GO HARD

Year 10 can be an amazing experience… or you can be bored silly.

In a few weeks you will be asked to make your subject choices for Year 11. It is hard to make those decisions based on limited experiences. Year 10 is a time GO HARD, to unearth your uniqueness.

If you are:

  • going to school,
  • hanging around with friends, and
  • playing a bit of sport….

YOU COULD STILL BE IN YEAR 1… NOT YEAR 10

You need to do more than that in Year 10.

Research your space? Who is in it? What do you like about them? That’s the place for you to start exploring from.

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You can map your current world on a free Coggle mindmap.

Once you have mapped your patch use each branch on your map to dream up ideas to play with.

Pick the best of those ideas to make a list of things that will make Year 10 amazing.

Get your diary and plan WHEN you are going to do your top 10 ideas.

This is your plan for making Year 10 AMAZING. Ask for help so that you give yourself every chance to have an amazing year. Email me if you can’t find someone to help you to make your plan.

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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.