In an effort to return full time jobs to the bush, the Department of Main Roads is bringing road construction and maintenance back into the government. This will create over 600 jobs and 400 of those will be in the bush.
Leaving School Early?
Going to TAFE might be an option for those who want to leave school early. Applications for Term 3 TAFE courses open in May.
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We know how important our work is as ride the tsunami of emerging pathways from school.
We are the trailblazers.
As with all trailblazers, we have work to do until people see our role as illuminators for the future. We need to work to be the light on the hill, to quote one of Australia’s greatest Prime Ministers, Ben Chifley.
We have a great objective – the light on the hill – which we aim to reach by working the betterment of mankind not only here but anywhere we may give a helping hand. If it were not for that, the Labor movementwould not be worth fighting for.
Another example that has stepped outside the existing system to forge a new way of operating is The Studio School which opened this year under the umbrella of All Saint’s College. All Saint’s already had a substantial enrichment programme.
The Studio School is creating a learning ecosystem that extends beyond traditional school parameters.
In March, UWA, Curtin and Murdoch universtities told career educators about their new courses and priorities for 2022 and beyond.
You can find highlights of those presentations in the April issue of In Focus Careers.
The big trend this year is towards more student centric services. All universities highlighted the new facilities and services that are available to future students.
All universities agreed to wait until 4 April to open their doors to early offers in 2023 but, in March, only Curtin had clarified that they will be directing applicants straight to TISC.
Middle School Programs
Universities are providing more opportunities for middle school students to explore a wide range of career opportunities through a range of emerging programs. I will continue to report on the new programs as they are announced.
Open Day Changes
COVID has impacted on the open day schedules at each university. I have put a table of the changes into the April issue.
Career Conversation Schedule
The WA Education Department has launched a comprehensive schedule of career conversations designed to help families to understand the career options for WA school students. You can find links to these presentations in the April issue.
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The content was just what our Year 12’s needed, and the timing is perfect.
This 30-minute Pathways from High Schoolpresentation with video is a great alternative to the face-to-face presentations as it can be shown to students and families, at any time.
Students can even take a copy home and watch it with their parents!!
It shows 3 different case studies.
Pathway 1: Judy the academic superstar
Judy is an academic superstar who checks out the Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours) at Curtin, medicine everywhere, and Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) at UWA.
Pathway 2: Flynn General ATAR, Alternative Pathway
Flynn is looking for alternative pathways for non-ATAR school leavers. He checks out all of the unis, looks at university preparation courses and seeks advice from career counsellors and Centrelink.
Pathway 3: Angie VET and Gap Year
For those wanting a Gap Year, who never to return to full-time study again. Angie looks at the Defence Gap Year program and at Harvest Trail as well as at some on the job training she can do at McDonald’s and online courses.
I recommend that all students seek professional advice that narrows down to their personal choices, once they have a general idea of which direction they want to take.
Curtin, UWA and Notre Dame universities all offer a medical degree course and UWA also offers dentistry. None of these universities has planned a 2022 information session.
Curtin accepts students straight from high school.
UWA wants you to have a degree first but you can be assured a place directly from school. Successful applicants who gain an Assured Pathway place will commence UWA undergraduate studies and progress to their postgraduate degree without the need to sit a graduate admissions test or undergo further interviews.
Notre Dame requires students to do a degree, and get great results first, before applying.
ATAR: 95 (there are conditions around this that need to be explored HERE.)
Essential WACE courses
Essential: Chemistry ATAR, or equivalent. (Contact the Course Coordinator to find out what to do if you don’t have chemistry.)
Applicants are required to successfully complete a First Aid Certificate (including CPR) or equivalent by the completion of the first semester of the course. Students are also required to obtain criminal record history clearance, Working with Children Check as well as relevant immunisations and health screening.
Desirable WACE courses
Mathematics Methods ATAR, Mathematics Specialist ATAR or Mathematics Applications ATAR
Desirable: Study in one of the following Mathematics ATAR courses is desirable:
Mathematics Applications, Mathematics Methods, Mathematics Specialist, or equivalent.
Non-school leavers (notional ATAR from previous tertiary studies and UCAT)
Curtin course switchers (Course Weighted Average from current studies and UCAT).
Top ranked applicants will be invited to attend a Multiple Mini Interview (MMI). The interview process provides an opportunity for shortlisted applicants to demonstrate how they communicate, critically appraise information, and think about issues important to the medical profession. Applicants will be ranked and selected for offer based on their ATAR or equivalent, the UCAT score and the MMI score. Final selection will be made by this composite score. Applicants for this course should refer to the Curtin website for more information on specific admission requirements for Medicine. http://courses.curtin.edu.au/course_overview/admission-requirements/medicine.cfm
Multiple Mini Interview Those students who score highest on their ATAR and UCAT will be given an interview. See notes below on Multiple Mini Interviews.
It is possible to gain a Assured Pathway (guaranteed place) into medicine or dentistry if you have an ATAR of 99. (You still need to complete your first degree prior to starting medicine or dentistry.)
There are 24 places Assured Pathway places available in Dentistry and 65 placed available in Medicine.
Year 12s should apply for a Assured Pathway place via the normal TISC process in August-September.
You will require a:
Minimum ATAR of 99 or equivalent (Applicants are also required to submit the Predicted ATAR form.)
Competitive UCAT score.
The UCAT testing will be open from 1 July to 12 August.
A personal folio that demonstrates your suitability for medicine at Notre Dame.
Grade Point Average
Notre Dame says that successful applicants will already have a degree with a minimum Grade Point Average of 5. This score may be misleading as students usually have a Grade Point Average higher than 6.
Notre Dame also requires a Student of Medicine Application Folio which demonstrates more about the student’s personal attributes and suitability for acceptance.
Notre Dame usually wants to know WHY you want to study at Notre Dame and WHY you want to study the course you have chosen for any course so you would need to be clear on that.
This pathway also provides students with a mentor from the ND School of Medicine.
Completion of this Certificate will guarantee an INTERVIEW as part of the medical course application process if your GPA and GAMSAT reach the minimal score. It does not guarantee a place within the program.
Multiple Mini Interviews
The interview process is made up of 8 Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs). You move from each interview into 8 different rooms. You are given a question and have 3 minutes to prepare your answer, then you go into the room and give your response for 8 minutes. There are two rest breaks.
The MMI’s take 88 minutes.
I have heard this process described as an endurance test.
Interviews are done by trained MMI interviewers who are trying to determine your suitability for the medical profession.
YouTube videos and sites likeMedStudents Online and Whirlpool will give you some ideas about what to expect BUT your experienced interviewers are not looking for rehearsed answers, they want to know about you and your suitability for the profession.
Curtin and UWA Assured Pathways Entry require a UCAT score as part of their application process.
This test may be taken from 1 July – 12 August.
There are thorough instructions, trial tests and videos available on the UCAT site.
I like asking questions on Whirlpool.net.au. It might not be any more reliable than Facebook but you get to ask people who are in the field for their thoughts. You can even ask what students at different unis think about their medical courses.
Medstudentsonline is similar to Whirlpool. You can join in discussion threads about the application process.
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Career education isn’t social work and it isn’t psychology. If you are not an expert in the world of career practice, it could be more damaging than fortune telling.
Predicting the future
There is a world of specialist career practitioner theory and skills that underpin successful career practice. As you work your way towards becoming a Career Professional via an academic pathway, these tips will help you to lead students to their best career.
Don’t do computer programming. Computers are a passing fad.
1990’s Phys Ed Teacher/Career Advisor to high school student in Geraldton
You can’t wing it as a career advisor. People believe you are the expert. People believe what you say. A flippant comment or ill informed advice from you can change lives. This student did not follow his dream into a career in computer programming.
You have a personal responsibility to be the expert, to KNOW where to look for the right information.
Empower yourself through professional learning
As you do your academic studies you will learn skills and theories that frame your professional work. In the meantime, the world of work in 2022 is very different to that in 2019.
Go to conferences and professional learning opportunities.
Join a professional organisation like Career Educators WA or the Career Development Association of Australia.
Keep up with Labour Market Information figures.
We keep being told that we will have lots of jobs and several different industries but the research DOES NOT support this.
We are clinging to what we know and people are NOT changing jobs at a faster rate than we have ever known.
Nor are they trapped in casual jobs, (although that figure may be distorted by labour hire agencies that have workers on their books and outsource them to workplaces, and “self employed” casuals, like Uber drivers).
Network like a Pro
You cannot possibly be an expert in all industries and across all regions.
Identify your specialisation and tell others… “I’m an expert in sport careers. If you want to know something ask me”.
Tap into the expertise of others so that you can call on them.
Join the CDAA WA Facebook page.
Come to CDAA WA breakfasts each month. You don’t need to be a CDAA member to attend.
Join the CDAA online chat each month. Again, you don’t need to be a member. You can find details on the CDAA Events calendar.
Find experts in your region. They may be in the local Chamber of Commerce and Industry or business group.
Listening through the Shock
If you are over 25 you must become conscious of how different your lived experience is to that of young people.
We don’t know how young people are coping with shocks like COVID, war and global warming.
You must develop a deep appreciation of how much things have changed, you must listen, empathise and question until you understand.
Everyone, from the OECD andWorld Economic Forum, is trying to help people to make rational, data driven career decisions.
There is so much change flickering into view. Career advisors must be able to discriminate between the latest bright, new, shiny thing, and a substantial initiative that could deliver a lifetime of career satisfaction.
Actively study the research. Join mailing lists so that you get regular research updates.
Keep up to speed with what is happening in the world of careers in WA.
Infocus Careers is an independent organisation which is solely supported by insanely great subscribers who share information with me, support each other and help me to pay my bills.
I can talk about careers under water so if you would like to chat about how I can help you to improve your career or the services you deliver, give me a ring on 0434056412 or email me at Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au
There is so much to see and do that they can be a bit overwhelming. You can do some preparation before you go by doing some career quizzes. Your results may help you to narrow down where you go and what you want to see at the Open Day.
First in Family to Go to Uni
Even if your whole family has been to university, you will find information, tips and ideas on the First in Family site that will help you to come to understand the world of universities.
Planning Your Open Day
Make it a big outing.
Go with a friend. Your family and friends are the greatest influence on your career choice. If you can get both to go with you to an Open Day, you will have your power group around you.
Check out public transport and parking restrictions on the campus.
Where is the main admin building and where are the toilets?
Download a campus map.
Check the Open Day program and choose what you want to explore.
Plan your route and schedule any special events you want to see.
Get an Open Day map and program.
Find a coffee shop or nice place to retreat to and check the layout of the campus and events.
Plan your route and schedule, including university accommodation tours.
Find the coffee shops, library, student services, guild, clubs and sports teams you can join now.
Talk to staff and students in different faculties and check out their buildings.
Each faculty has lots of different courses. For example, the Education Faculty will have Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary school qualifications.
Uni Opportunities from School
Find out about opportunities that are offered to school students by the university.
Do they have programs for school students like UniReady or Aspire or student mentor outreach programs that you can engage with at school?
You may be able to join sports clubs, computer clubs, acting classes.
If you get interested in data analytics, you will find that you need Specialist Maths.
Some health courses require chemistry or physics. You can check course prerequisites for 2024 HERE.
The sites where the university is located.
The academic staff who work in a division or school at a university, or even the school itself, like the Education Faculty.
A degree is the standard university qualification and is recognised worldwide. Most degrees take three to four years to complete.
The first degree you study at university is called an undergraduate degree, e.g. Bachelor of Arts.
A person who has not yet completed their first degree.
Level 1 = your first yearLevel 2 = your second yearLevel 3 = your third year
A 3 year Bachelor degree course has 24 units:
· 12 Level 1 units @ 6 subjects/semester
· 8 Level 2 units @ 4 subjects/semester
· 4 Level 3 units @ 2 per semester
You can mix this up, but you can’t do more than 12 first year units and you need to do at least 4 third year units.
A major is your chosen area to study. You will do a sequence of units in that field right through your degree.
In 2022 some universities are asking you to register prior to the event and to do all you can to prevent spreading COVID 19.
In Focus Careers News gathers and synthesizes the information you need to be the career educator students need.
At a time when we are drowning in information, Bev Johnson gathers and synthesises career information at the right time, thinks critically about what we need and makes wise choices about what goes into her monthly In Focus Careers magazine for West Australian schools.
I am passionate about helping our West Australian kids to win. That is the “why” of what I do.
I call on the goodwill of people I know in education, training, industry and through university studies, for information that helps school leavers to find where they want to belong.
Anyone working in career education appreciates the tsunami of career information that floods in every week. As a former career teacher Bev knows how easy it is to be misled by the smoke of mirrors of big business advertising machines.
She focused on clarifying information and delivering career information that schools can trust.
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I had only been teaching for a couple of years when an ECU academic presenting a PL and told us:
All classes are too big, and EVERY teacher can tell you which kid needs to go.
As a newly minted teacher I could think of several students who I would be happy to see the back of.
I lapped up the tips, strategies and recommendations that he went on to give us on how to engage those kids.
Then Came 2020!
Over the past couple of years, things have become even tougher for new teachers as the level of anxiety has risen, and mental health issues have permeated every learning environment.
All teachers are hunting for strategies to cope with the new world of education.
Jenny Gleeson – Thought Leader and Trail Blazer
Many West Australian educators know educator and career practitioner Jenny Gleeson.
For more than two decades Jenny has been researching, writing about and winning awards for her work on tools for improving educational engagement, mainly with a focus on career guidance. Through her research, Jenny has unearthed Personality Dimensions @ Schoolthat she believes is better than any other tool for quickly establishing rapport and solid communications between students and teachers.
Personality Dimensions @ School
Personality Dimensions @ School is a Canadian personality profiling tool. Unlike many that Jenny has tested, this one is based on solid research. The activities used to identify critical aspects of students’ personalities, are visual, hands-on, interactive and fun and through the process:
Teachers gain the power to quickly identify and manage triggers that may upset students.
All students get to identify and celebrate their unique talents, skills and strengths.
Students gain coping strategies
Both teachers and students come to understand and appreciate each other’s communication styles
Students identify their passion which they will carry through to life after school.
Would you like to pilot Personality Dimensions in WA?
Jenny is seeking to kickstart the adoption of Personality Dimensions in West Australian schools. It’s a comprehensive framework that helps you to cope with and educate all students, including those you wish you could see the back of.
If you are an innovative educator seeking new approaches to the educational challenges of today and tomorrow, please contact Jenny or Abbey to find out more about how you can become involved in pioneering this method in West Australian schools.