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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.

Annual Report

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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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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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. 

Bust Small 72dpiIf you would like to reach thousands of Western Australian school students with information about careers in your industry, let me know. 

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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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!!!


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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21st Century Trends for Career Advisors

We need to become Super Heroes… It’s the only answer.

If Careers Advisors are to have any credibility as economic, social and work systems revolutionise….. we need to become Super Heroes.

The World Economic Forum engages the best brains in the world to shape our future. Its predictions about issues impacting the lives of career counsellors can be seen in this short video. Slide 220 years ago the life of a Careers Counsellor was easy. Girls became nurses and teachers and boys built things. Once they got their jobs they stayed in them for a long time. Slide 4There was enough change going on for the life of a Careers Counsellor to be interesting. We knew enough about TAFE and uni and the world of work to give useful advice that matched clients’ abilities and aptitudes.


Our work was satisfying.Slide 5It was easy to be amazing.

Slide 6

Then things changed….

Just as we were getting a handle on IT and its impact on our lives along came a tsunami of  innovation that is blurring the lines between the physical and the digital.

Slide 7

Sorting out authentic research from headline grabbing predictions of doom leaves the 2018 Careers Counsellor in an uncertain world.

Providing the right information at the right time so that people can think critically and make wise career choices about their future path is increasingly difficult.

Slide 9

Three Perspectives 

The following three perspectives are designed to provide a framework for evolving and providing leadership as Career Advisors.  Slide y

Perspective #1 – Change is Manageable

Maile Carnegie is simply awesome. She used to be head of Google in Australia and has recently moved to the ANZ Bank. She soothes that while there is a lot of change happening… it is manageable.

She reinforces the Foundation for Young Australian’s line that building skills is a constant endeavour. If we focus on building our skills through our jobs that will give us a path to follow.

She also points out that while there is going to be 10% of jobs disappear in the foreseeable future, we are also going to lose 6% of the workforce through a retirement boom.

4% change is disruptive… but not unmanageable

Slide 11Perspective #2 – Education Archetypes

Perspective #2 is something that a bunch of us came up with at a workshop at enkel... which is a group of change makers in Perth.

Through a pretty impressive workshop process, futurist Adam Jorlen had us come up with 4 different archetypes for the Future of Education.

The more I work with these archetypes the more useful I find them.

Slide 12Expert – Self

The Expert – Self quadrant describes a traditional education model. This is what we all used to. The expert has mastery of the information and the learner accepts it.

Slide 13Expert – Society

In the second quadrant we still have the expert leader but the focus of the education is to create a better world.

We have always had religious leaders in this sphere and more recently Mandela and Germaine Greer have led us out of the wilderness. More recent leaders are Jeremy Corbyn and  Bernie Sanders.

Finding meaning and doing valuable work is a strong trend with millennials who are looking for leaders to learn from. Slide 14Self – Network

The third quadrant that we identified was the individual using their network to learn. This isn’t new. We have always learned from those around us.

The change is that people are using technology to hack their way into information and skills and manage their own learning.Slide 15Society – Network

We thought the final quadrant was the fastest growing trend. This one is about tapping into and collaborating across our networks to become activists and make the world a better place. Career Advisors can no longer be the Expert. Change is happening too fast.

The challenge for Careers Advisors it to learn how to transition from their Expert role into other useful and important roles.

Slide 17

The final perspective is on different roles that you can take as change is happening around us.


The Protectors are those who safeguard the status quo. They are those who have the most to lose from any change.

Hospice Workers

Hospice workers support the dying system even though they recognise what is going on.


Trailblazers are those who try to do new stuff.


Illuminators are those who tell everyone about the new stuff.

Slide 18

This model can help Career Advisors to clarify for themselves where they want to focus their efforts. Slide 20

So there you have it, three different perspectives that may help you to evolve and lead as Career Advisors.

Slide y

If we are going to ride this wave of change we need to consciously and deliberately seek opportunities to be heroes together.

There are organisations that we can support each other through or start your own. Slide 21I found this really cool quote though enkel. It resonated as a perfect description for what I am trying to do as a careers practitioner. Slide 22For Careers Practitioners to evolve as leaders in career development we are going to have to become Super Synthesizers. 


Slide 23

Presentation to the 2018 West Australian Careers Conference – Notre Dame University 13th February