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Every student deserves a great careers teacher

The future success of students as they leap into the turbulent world beyond school can depend entirely on the care, wisdom and knowledge of their careers teacher.

When you leave school there is no bridge to your next chapter. There is no magical path into your ideal future.Math teacher smiling

When you leave school your English (maths, history) teacher has finished their job.  They helped you to get the best education in their field. That’s it. Their work is done.

There is no one on the other side of the school gate to make sure you succeed.

Career Advisors Have Done it All Before

teacher female close upIf you had a good careers teacher you will know what waits for you on the other side of the school gate and you will have a plan.

It is the career advisors job to know what is possible. They have guided hundreds of students to discover what is possible and plan how to get there. They love helping students to unearth their dreams.

Go to see your school career advisor. Tap into their wisdom and knowledge.

Their secret power is that they care about your future.

If you don’t have a career advisor to help you, go to a Jobs and Skills Centre and ask for help. It’s free.

Don’t leave school without a plan

coggle-map-3You may be okay while you are still in a supportive, familiar school environment, but leaving school is risky. Australia is experiencing an epidemic of mental health issues in our young adult population. 

Tap into all of the free support and advice that your school has to offer so that you have a plan with you when you leave school.

Tap into support from your career advisor, pastoral care officer, year coordinator… whoever you get along with. Ask them for help to develop a plan. Keep going until you are happy with your plan.

Getting on the Uni Bus

Many school leavers go to uni because they don’t know what else to do.

Uni career advisors come to school. They tell you how wonderful their uni is. They hold out their hand and say,  “Come with me”.

The TISC application arrives.

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So you all get on the uni bus.

You can check how much that ride will cost you HERE.

Do your research and work with an expert career advisor before you lock yourself in.

Some go to TAFE

needle-in-a-haystack-1752846_1920There are so many VET courses and variations on courses that finding the ideal one for you is like finding a needle in a haystack.

The new Jobs and Skills Centres aren’t just for VET courses. They deliver a guiding light to students who don’t know what to do when they leave school.

Having a Gap Year

The fear of the unknown often stops students choosing a gap year. Those who do make this choice often choose an organised program that supports them into their future.

Find information on taking a gap year HERE.

Ask your career advisor what gap year program will suit your personality and future plans.

Getting a Job

Statistics 1The only problem with getting a job without planning to do any further study is that you are locking yourself into the lowest paid sector or the workforce.

Get a job, sure but do a Certificate III part time after school to set yourself up for a bigger income and more career choices.

Ask your career advisor what part time courses you can take to improve your future career.

In Focus Careers Newsletter

Discover your world of possibilities with a monthly dose of insanely great career news and information:

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I have found your material invaluable.  The information you have put together is thorough – a one-stop-shop in a sea of information that is out there.  I have utilised this information on a regular basis with others throughout the school.

(South Metropolitan Government High School.)

My Commitment to West Australian Careers Education

For In Focus Careers to be the conduit to Insanely Great Careers Information for West Australian students I undertake to:

  • Write 10 insanely great issues of In Focus Careers newsletter each year that focus on the needs of West Australian students and careers teachers.
  • Search for local, national and international information that could impact on the careers of West Australian students.
  • Consult across the In Focus Careers network gathering information and advice to share.
  • Listen to and support West Australian careers teachers
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Bev Johnson

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Email: Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Anything BUT Teaching

This “Anything BUT….” story is inspired by my own family.

We have teachers all through our family. I was determined to be different but after getting a degree and mucking around for a while I went back to uni and did my Dip Ed and started teaching at Tuart Hill High School.

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The first year was a dreadful shock

It should be illegal to give a first year out teacher a class of 28 tough year 10 boys!!! Each one was a challenge and as a pack they were a nightmare.

I worked so hard. The only time I would have off was Friday night. I would go out with teachers after school and we would talk about work and the wise, experienced teachers would give me advice. I’d do preparation and marking all day Saturday and Sunday and on every other night of the week. I walked, talked, and dreamed about teaching…. and I cried a lot.

I taught for 5 years around Western Australia before going on maternity leave. I can remember the first morning I woke up NOT having dreamed and worried about lessons or some kid.

After having my daughters I moved from teaching to TAFE and to the public service generally and none of those jobs were as tough as teaching.

The memory softened. I eventually went back to teaching in the Northern Territory and there it was again. Hours of worrying, preparation and marking.

The stress was way more than any other job I have ever done.

My kids grew up with me saying “Anything BUT teaching” and all three of them are teachers!

And they LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it.

They love the kids, they love the subjects they teach, they love making a difference and feeling as if the work they do is worthwhile.

A friend I did the Dip Ed with recently said to me that she was so happy she chose teaching. She feels as if her whole career has been worthwhile.

So there you go. I think teaching is a tough gig but it is important work, you can make a difference and great teachers change lives.

If you would like a complimentary copy of my Insanely Great In Focus Careers Newsletter please let me know:

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I have to say Bev your emails, newsletters, website and Facebook are wonderful! Such a valuable resource you offer. Being in this new role it is wonderful having everything so organised and easily accessed… thanks for a great publication/service!

(VERY remote West Australian school)

 

 

 

 

 


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Looking for Information from VETiS Teachers

Teachers have lots of sites where they share teaching questions. There is also an Education Department (and Catholic and Independent School) focus on quality of teaching. Is there anything similar for VET?

The closure of VET in Schools Consulting Services has shone a light on how tough life is for VETiS teachers and ALL VET teachers.

I rarely hear VET professionals discusing pedagogy (andragogy, heutagogy). All discussion seems to focus on just surviving under the enormous work pressure, that is at least partially due to the significant compliance demands.

By looking at the Department of Training and Workforce Development latest annual report it looks like there is no teaching or learning expertise in the senior management. You can see that the Executive Director has a significant background in Consumer Protection which sounds like a compliance role. There is financial management and financial compliance expertise and expertise in developing strategic policy and in accounting. Nothing there about teaching or learning.

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Even DTWD advisory partners aren’t education experts. The Training Accreditation Council is concerned with compliance and the State Training Board is concerned that the Department is focused on industry needs.

No education best practice gets a look in.

I write a careers newsletter for schools and hear the grievances and barriers faced by VET teachers at the coalface.

I would love to hear from anyone who knows of infrastructure, or sites or even tips that would help those involved in VET delivery to focus more on teaching and less on compliance demands.

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Getting together with employers – the Prenup

Your students need to get out more.

Your local council (bakery/architect/hospital) is willing to take on kids for work experience (mentoring/project collaboration).

You are about to form a partnership to give kids this great opportunity.

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STOP!! 

Before you walk into the sunset together…. What about a prenup?

It is best to talk about your prenup with your future partner while things are good.

Things WILL go wrong. The kids will play up or break things. The employer will be away. Duty of care won’t be taken care of.

A prenup on the back of an envelop is better than nothing.

Your prenup should consider:

  • Who is responsible for what and at what quality.
  • How the partnership is to be managed.
  • If there are any legal issues, like duty of care.
  • If there are any costs and who should pay for them.
  • What IT platforms are you going to use to share information.

If you would like to discuss how to write your prenup email me: Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au

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Step 1 – Creating Your Village to Raise Your Students

No school can educate a child for the 21st Century by acting as an island. It must build bridges that support engagement with the community and industry.

By establishing a framework you will be able to gradually grow the school as a hub of the community, engaging an eclectic range of stakeholders, all supporting the education of your students.

There are just 5 pillars required to build a framework that supports engagement and collaboration between school and the wider community.

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Once this framework has been created it can be used often to build your school as a hub of community engagement.

Make Your School the Hub of Your VillageThe first thing to do when you start working with a potential partner is to determine the fundamental values that will underpin your work together.

This will seem strange but you need to establish your relationship with your potential partner and a slow engagement, achieved by discussing these values will help you to get to know each other, and it is a lot better than the “test and fail till you get it right” method.

Think of it as a prenuptial agreement!!

You don’t HAVE to agree on each of these principles. Pick the ones that suit your project. For small projects you may not need #5 but your school will gradually build a bank of standards that will underpin each following project.

These principles are suggested for consideration by schools and their partners when deciding how you are going to work together:

  1. The school and partners will share a common vision of the project and understanding of the scope.
  2. The project strategy will be customer centric, with the views of customers being represented in the project design.
  3. Participants will demonstrate through action, a willingness to make the project succeed.
  4. The project must be flexible enough to enable participation of all parties, regardless of power and status.
  5. Where standards are available they will guide the operation of the project.
  6. An analysis of all costs and benefits must underpin the project plan and sustain the ongoing case to work in partnership.
  7. Governance arrangements will explicitly identify who is available for what aspect of the project and to what standard.
  8. Security and privacy issues will underpin management.
  9. An express agreement between parties will support the project.

If you would like to discuss how to establish your school framework for engaging a village to raise your students email me: Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au

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Careers in Grain Expo Offer to Schools

Western Australia probably grows more grain than… practically anyone….. and there are jobs in everything from international marketing to scientific research to fencing.

Western Australia is a world leader in grain agriculture. There are scholarships and many training pathways into the industry. 

The Careers in Grain people sent through this message:

Last year, we attended 30 different school and university events and look forward to building on the momentum and meeting even more students and job seekers. Be sure to let us know if you hear of any events that you’d love to see us at!

Contact Kayla Evans  to invite her to your school career expo. 

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I will share your information in the monthly In Focus Careers Newsletter that goes out to over 100 West Australian high schools. 

If you would like to see a complimentary copy of the newsletter please let me know. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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It takes a Village to Raise a Student

Western Australia’s capacity to educate students to succeed in a 21st Century Global Village is being crippled by insurance companies regimes. Duty of care has become the overarching education framework that determines students stay on school grounds and risks are averted.

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Teachers’ capacity to engage with any village to enhance the education of students is stifled by a mountain of risk management paperwork.

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Schools are becoming islands in a global environment.

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Framework Required

Education providers need to create a framework that enable students to engage in entreprise and work integrated learning activities.

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There are just 5 elements to the framework. Once it has been developed it can be used as a template for any collaborative arrangement between schools and the world outside school.

Governance 

Clarify who is responsible for what and to what standard?

Legal

There will be rules that govern the way any collaboration will operate? Duty of care, privacy, equal opportunity and ownership of intellectual property are just some.

Once you have identified a list that your school must comply with you can use it for all projects.

Finance

You need a dedicated budget. Serious efforts to collaborate should not attempt to squeeze more into existing tight budgets.

Business Rules

A good project plan should underpin the project. Project planning templates for all occasions can be found HERE. The project plan will lead to a sound MoU that can act as a template for further collaborations.

IT

Your school will have IT protocols, security frameworks and applications that apply to all IT activity. These issues need to be reconciled with partnering organisations to ensure seamless interoperability.

NSIF Meta Framework

The National Service Improvement Framework is a framework to use to design frameworks.

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It is a top down model which starts with organisations agreeing on what they want to do and what benefits they are trying to achieve.

VET in Schools Example

The regime that enables VET in schools has been created to support collaboration between education and training providers.

That framework can provide an example of what to do, and also what NOT to do.

For More Information

For a free consultation about how to develop a framework for collaboration for your organisation contact me at Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au

The In Focus Careers Newsletter is a monthly conduit of career information for West Australian teachers and families. If you would like to know what is going on in a world of career opportunities ask for a complementary copy.