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Career Professionals Site Map

February 2019

This mind map is of the main Australian careers sites. 

Useful Sites

Coggle Map of Useful Careers Websites

A number of people requested a copy of this Coggle Map that I put together last year. I have updated it and I am happy to send you a link to it. I contacted Coggle and they don’t have the capacity to put links into a Word document or a WordPress site yet but if you email me I will send you a link to this map.


Email me and I will give you access to the map. Contact me to subscribe to the In Focus Careers Newsletter.

 


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How to set up a successful school industry partnership

If you have ever tried to take a class on an excursion you know how hard it is. The maths staff complain that they need the students to do a test on that day. The front office staff complain that you haven’t finished the paper work. The students don’t bring in their money.

It doesn’t seem worth the effort.

School systems aren’t set up to support learning out of school grounds. 

As the boundaries between schools, universities and registered training organisations (RTOs) become more porous there is a need for schools to become more agile in their approach to learning.

Unis and RTOs have these 5 systems in place that support flexible learning.

1. Governance

They specify what they are aiming to achieve and who is responsible within each organisation. They also have a time and reporting stipulations and they have identified standards that support strategic goals.

2. Management

Universities and VET training providers have management systems in place to guide off campus learning. The management process includes how the project fits into strategic targets and learning outcomes.

3. Legal

There are generic equal opportunity, privacy, duty of care and occupational health and safety laws designed to protect students, workers and volunteers. Once these standards are in place they provide the framework for all excursions.

4. Financial

Universities and RTOs organise their finances so that there are staff who take responsibility for  flexible learning arrangements. This is not the task of the academic staff. Financial management will be determined by school funding models and may include costs associated with the off campus activities.

5. Technical

Universities and RTOs have IT systems that capture and share information without the need for duplication.

Want to know more?

Email me for a copy of the How to set up a school – industry partnership framework.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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In Focus Careers Newsletter October issue out early

NewsletterTerm 3 ends next week and there are so many career events during the holidays that I  put out the October newsletter early. There are also lots of news items and tips for Year 12s who are finishing up at the end of Term 3.

If you would like a complimentary copy of the October issue please let me know and I will send one to you. Email me at Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au 

You can subscribe to my monthly newsletter and get news of Western Australian career events and opportunities as they come up. To subscribe, email me at Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au 

 

 

 


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It Takes a Village to Raise a Student

I am not a huge fan of Ken Robinson.

In about 2007 I was excited by his Do Schools Kill Creativity? TED Talk which echoed the “Good radical stuff” espoused by Ivan Illich in the 1970’s.

Deschooling Society

In 2018 Ken is now Sir Ken, and his message sounds like populist haranguing of teachers.

Does he think teachers don’t KNOW that they need to foster creativity in every student?

Does he think his badgering is helping them to grapple with a class full of demanding students, parents’ expectations,  a rigorous curriculum and a school registrar who loses sleep over permission forms?

Schools don’t need Sir Ken Robinson.

It takes a whole village

Schools need a framework that facilitates engagement  and collaboration between them,  industry and community.

The Connecting the Worlds of Learning and Work report identified:

If school-industry partnerships are to be a priority in all schools – then industry engagement needs to first be prioritised at the system level. Rather than adding on more requirements for schools to deliver, this would mean education systems recognising the broader outcomes that industry partnerships contribute to, such as lifting career aspirations and increasing engagement in learning. (p19)

Connecting the World of School and workThis is the sort of advice that will help schools to engage with the wider community.

There are 5 aspects to the enabling framework that schools need:

  1. A Governance Framework showing who is responsible for what and to what standard.
  2. A Management Framework that directs different aspects of the school environment.
  3. A Legal Framework that includes OH&S, child protection and industrial issues.
  4. A Financial Framework, and
  5. An ICT framework that facilitates data management and sharing.

It is in “2” the Management Framework, that we are seeing most change.

The West Australian State Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCASA) is  responsible for managing the academic framework for schools. It is demonstrating its awareness of the need for change and there is an increasing number of SCASA endorsed opportunities for students to undertake to meet the requirements of their WA Certificate of Education (WACE).

As the WACE becomes more flexible, its viability as a management framework for education is becoming less critical. In the past, academic results, as measured by the ATAR, have been a shortcut for universities wanting to assess students’ capacity to undertake the rigours of university study.

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Now only 26% of university students gain a place via their ATAR score. Universities are giving credit for university units to students while they are still in school and providing alternative pathways into university.

Students applying for vocational education places have always had a broader spectrum of application requirements….

Want to be a veterinary nurse?? What experience have you had with animals??

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Apart from ad hoc efforts that are addressing the Management Framework I am not aware of moves to design comprehensive infrastructure that facilitates each aspect of collaboration.

The Fogarty EdFutures Foundation and Curtin’s Learning Futures Network  are enthusiastically working to introduce strategies that will change the school environment but without fundamental enabling infrastructure that addresses each of the 5 Frameworks, they will be forced to tinker at the edges.

I have significant anecdotal evidence that enthusiasm to help schools from industry and the community is being left on the table for want of enabling infrastructure.

Invitation to Collaborate

If anyone has the capacity to kick start a project to develop and pilot infrastructure that engages all available resources to help our students to succeed, I would welcome the opportunity to become involved.

 

 

 

 


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Want the Key to Career Success? Deep Learning

Problem solving skills, creativity, collaboration. For the past 5 years we have been told about the importance of these skills. The tide has turned. There is now a growing emphasis on the need for expertise.

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Soft Skills Alone Won’t Get You a Job

Michelle Hoad, Managing Director of North Metropolitan TAFE, told the VET Careers Forum that soft skills alone are not going to get you a job. She went on to talk about employers clamouring graduates with deep technical skills.

Developing “T” Shaped Citizens

Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel told a recent Maths Association conference that there is a need to develop “T” shaped individuals. The vertical pole is the deep and narrow skills that make you an expert. The horizontal part of the T is the 21st century soft skills like communication and collaboration skills. You need the deep skills, and you need to practice and apply them so that you have something of value to communicate.

The need for rigorous academic study BEFORE you go to university is being pushed aside by alternative pathways to university and the removal of pre-requisite requirements for many courses.

Finkel calls for the reinstatement of pre-requisites by universities to signal they want deep knowledge as well as inquisitive thinkers. He quotes Jeff Bezos who calls for experts with a beginner’s mind. You can hear the Saturday Extra Podcast HERE.

Preparing for the best and worst of timesCore Skills

The message that students need to develop deep understanding also appeared in the recently published and wonderfully named Preparing for the Best and Worst of Times.

This report recommends deep learning and recommends that VET programs focus more on developing underpinning knowledge as a long-term solution to maintaining employment as technologies change.

You can listen to a short podcast about the report HERE but the podcast doesn’t capture the profound recommendations of the full report.

Yanis Varoufakis

Strategic Education and Training Needed

Yanis Varoufakis talks about the dumbing down of education and, at around the 27 minute mark, he proposes changes to education and training policy making in this thought provoking presentation.

Training for the 4th Industrial Revolution

In the face of all this urging for deep skills NCVER published Training for the 4th Industrial Revolution which recommends soft skills!!

So what do you do!!??

I tend to agree with Alan Finkel when he says…. something like….

 …you need to have some knowledge that makes you worth communicating with!!

It seems like the combination mentioned in the conclusion of Skills for a Global Future provide a balanced summary:

The focus of VET must be beyond skilling for a job (and its technical competencies) to one that encompasses ‘soft skills’ and imparts continuous learning and adapting mind sets across a lifetime career that will involve change.

Keep up to date with career developments Western Australia. Subscribe to the In Focus Careers Newsletter at Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au

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August Careers Newsletter

CoverAugust is the busiest careers month of the year. All of the unis have their open days and they pile on the information evenings prior to students filling out their TISC applications by 28 September.

On top of that there is a deluge of information about scholarships to apply for AND the SkillsWest Expo is on.

The August Careers Newsletter is the longest one so far this year. For a complimentary copy email me at Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au