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Year 10 Teachers: Your Magic Happens – 2021 Career Handbook is Out Now

I have had Year 10 teachers ask me for this to be published so that they can use it next term so here it is, ready for Term 4 2020, or you can start to use it for your 2021 planning.

It contains information that directly applies to year 10 students in the Western Australian education system.

There are three sections:

Step 1: Finding Your Purpose

Discover what you want to do

This is short but it is the most vital part of the Handbook. If you are trying to cut down on time, don’t skip this bit.

Step 2: Skills for Success

This is the boring, nuts and bolts skills that are essential to getting a job. It includes doing research, finding your aptitudes, time management,resumes, choosing career paths and the paperwork for work experience.

Your resources can be supplemented with the How to Get Authentic Workskills infographic and Be So Good they Can’t Ignore You infographic.

Step 3: Your Success Strategy

Design your best path forward

This is where you get to use your values and knowledge of how to get a job to design your success strategy. It includes setting SMART goals, doing a SWOT and a USED analysis and creating a project plan.

Magic Happens – Year 10 Careers Handbook.2021

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School Leavers #WorkandWander

The School Leavers#WorkandWander program could be a way forward for school leavers. It provides paid work and a bit of an adventure.

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Work and Wander Horticulture Harvest

This comes from the State government which is trying to attract workers to help harvest crops. Workers are needed for fruit, vegetables and agriculture crops.

The Harvest Trails Facebook page has been advertising lots of openings and has been overwhelmed with applicants.

#WorkandWander

The WA Government ‘Work and Wander out Yonder’ marketing campaign encourages young Western Australians to have a backpacking adventure in WA. As a first step it would be great is students could create worker profile at: https://www.jobsinregionalwa.com.au

On that page the student go to the Looking for a Job Registration page that includes an “Elevator Pitch – Tell us about who you are”.  In that section Students should consider they type of work they are interested in and include terms like ‘looking for summer work in agriculture’ ‘interested in working on a farm’ as well as any past work experience ‘I have driven my uncle’s tractor’ as some examples. Students can also search for jobs on Gumtree and Seek as a useful place to see jobs already on offer and even apply directly.

Harvest Trail Services

There is also a an Federal government funded service that finds workers for fruit/vege growers and vineyards in South West and around Perth’s outer North Eastern area. They are keen to connect with school leavers and have jobs available in coming weeks in Waroona, Margaret River, Lancelin, Gingin, Manjimup, Donnybrook, Bullsbrook as a starting point.  I suggest anyone looking for work follow them on Facebook – Rural Enterprises Harvest Trail Services or email them.

Primary Industries Workers Regional Travel and Accommodation Support Scheme

The WA Government has announced a $3 million in the ‘Primary Industries Workers Regional Travel and Accommodation Support Scheme’.

A daily accommodation rebate of up $40 p/night is paid for each night away from the worker’s usual place of residence, where the worker relocates more than 100km from their home to undertake agriculture, fisheries or food processing work in regional WA. Paid on a rebate system, the rate of a maximum of $40 night ($280 week) is available for up to 12 weeks (capped at $3,360 per person) where they have provided evidence of paying for  accommodation from the 21 September 2020.

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They can claim a relocation allowance if they have relocated more than 100kms from their usual place of residence.  $150 is paid for employment taken up in in Peel, South West, Great Southern, Wheatbelt, Mid-West, Goldfields. $350 in n Gascoyne & Pilbara $350; and $500 for employment in Kimberley. The relocation payment claim be claimed even if they are not claiming the accommodation rebate (if they are getting free accommodation from a friend or relative as an example).

Claims open on 21st October, and they can register online to be advised as soon as claim forms and guidelines are available.

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Work and Wander Horticulture Harvest

To find tips on how to prepare for this work go to Year 12 – Do these things now. 

To build your career portfolio during your experience check out It’s Who You Know that Counts. 

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Are You Nice Enough to Win That Job?

Are you the smartest kid on the block?

It doesn’t matter how smart you are, if you come across as rude, lazy… or just not interested, you will not get the job.

I have employed people because they are “nice” over applicants with higher qualifications who clearly thought they were too good for the job I was offering.

Speak to any employer and they will tell you that they want workers who they can get along with.  They also want them to turn up, on time, today AND tomorrow and be enthusiastic.

ESSENTIAL EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS to WIN THAT JOB

  • Interpersonal and people skills (being nice)
  • Communication and teamwork skills (getting along with the team)
  • Adaptability and resilience (willing to help out and change direction when things are tough)

Digital literacy, critical thinking and problem solving are way down on the list behind these attributes of a great employee.

In her Building Back Better interview on the ABC program, The Money Lisa Fowkes says employers want employees who know how to work. They don’t want kids who have a Certificate II in employability skills.

There is no substitute for the authentic experience of going to work, learning to work with other people, learning to work towards a concrete outcome.

Ivan Neville, from the Department of Labour Market Statistics and Analysis also made this point in his How Young People Can Prepare for the Future of Work

PART TIME WORK GIVES AUTHENTIC EXPERIENCE 

If you are 18 you are probably out of luck at McDonalds as they like to employ younger workers and train them up so that they are ready to take on management responsibilities at 18.

 

Big retail outlets like Bunnings and jbhifi are booming during COVID so you may have more luck there.

Look on the usual job sites like Seek and Indeed, and also look on Facebook pages like Perth Jobs. These Facebook pages are free to advertise on so many employers are going there with their job ads.

Many outlets, like your local IGA, will ask you to fill out a standard form.

Make sure:

  • They can read your writing.
  • Your phone number is clear.
  • Your email is NOT CutiefromCottesloe@gmail.com or LazyGuyinBroome@hotmail.com

Many employers will Google you before they offer you a job so clean up your digital profile.

Your Resume is Your Pitch, You Don’t Tell Your Life Story to Win a Job

If you have never written a job application or covering letter go to Youth Central for advice.

WORK EXPERIENCE IS BRIEF, BUT AUTHENTIC

Students usually have the opportunity to do work experience in Year 10, and later if they choose the right courses.

Try to impress

If you get a good employer and if luck is on your side, your work experience could lead to a part time job. You should at least be able to get a reference or have them say they are willing to give you a phone reference if you are going for a job.

The State Government has developed a Work Placement Register of government departments willing to take on students from government schools.

Tip

The trick with work experience is that school insurance doesn’t cover you if the experience is not part of a school program. If you get an opportunity to do work experience outside of a school program, go to see your careers advisor or year coordinator to see if they can organise insurance for you.

MENTORS, SPONSORS AND COACHES (Stand on the Shoulders of Giants)

PLEASE see your career advisor or year coordinator and ask if they can help you to get a mentor.

Mentors are priceless. They often work with you for about 3 months. If you are nice (see Interpersonal and People Skills above) they may continue to help you after the formal mentoring has ended.

Mentors can help you to develop employability skills.

There are mentoring programs like those run by the Beacon Foundation  and the Australian Business and Community Network. Sometimes a school alumni will run a program for the school. Organisations like Rotary and local business networks may be willing to run them.

If you can’t find a mentor and you live in WA, email me. I will find one for you. Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au 

SPORTS, CLUBS, RELIGIOUS & CULTURAL GROUPS

Coach a junior sport team, lead a youth group, help to organise Chinese New Year celebrations. All of these experiences add credibility to your resume. They also help you to build your network. The benefit here is that people in your clubs and community groups have probably known you for years and they know your family. They will be happy to give you a reference and may even have a job opportunity for you.

 

Check It’s Who you Know that Counts  to discover how to make the most of your networks.

VOLUNTEERING

The great thing about volunteering is that you can try lots of different jobs. Three months of volunteering should be enough to make a good impression and learn if you are interested in that industry.

You can find volunteering suggestions HERE  or email me for a copy so that you get the live links Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au .  You can find volunteer opportunities on the Seek site, just look for the Volunteering tap at the top. A Google search for volunteer opportunities in your suburb or area will also give you suggestions.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Running your own business will give you heaps of work skills.

It doesn’t have to be a million dollar business. I know young people who run a babysitting club. A friend’s daughter set up an office cleaning business while at uni. My garden needs weeding and I can’t find anyone to do it.

Don’t muck around with this. Remember that your goal is to learn, not just to make some small change.

Go to the Small Business Development Corporation site. It gives heaps of free advice on how to start your business. You can go in and get advice in a face to face meeting.

Once you have left school you can enrol in the NEIS Scheme program that will assist you to set up your business.

Contact me if you would like a complimentary 15 minute career discussion Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au 

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Do you know who to call? Career Websites

The number of useful websites keeps growing, so I have updated this Coggle Map. It is useful for career advisors, school leavers and job seekers.

Many of the government sites are duplicate services. You do NOT need to go to each of these sites.  You MAY choose to get frustrated that government departments don’t collaborate!!

You can find the Coggle Map of Useful Sites HERE. I have put links to each of the sites so that you don’t have to look up each one.

If you can’t get in,  email me and I will send you the link: Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au

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I just wanted to pass on my appreciation and admiration for the work that you do with this newsletter and your website. Every month, there is something in there that resonates with me on the ‘why’ of our job.

 

 


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University Entry Pathways for 2021 – Western Australia

Over the last couple of weeks the news has been reporting on all of the jobs being lost at universities in WA due to COVID 19 impacts. The unis are all working like crazy trying to attract local students and they are making it easier and easier to get in next year.

Preparation Courses

You can get into uni in Western Australia by doing a university preparation course. Most universities have at least one of these on offer.

After doing the course you may be offered a place at uni, which you don’t have to accept. 

  • They are generally free.
  • You may be able to complete one before the start of the 2021 academic year.
  • You find out about a range of different courses that may interest you.
  • They are generally a semester long so you can start your degree in Semester 2.
  • You learn about university life without having the pressure of a full degree program.

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

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

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ATAR-based entry 

Normal ATAR entry through TISC applications will be the standard entry pathway for 2021. Find details HERE. 

UWAY

UWAY – 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.

 Fairway

Fairway UWA is an admission 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.

Find details HERE. 

Broadway

The Broadway scheme allows eligible students from a Broadway-identified Western Australian school to receive an automated ATAR adjustment if the school at which they completed their final WACE examinations:

Find details HERE. 

Predicted ATAR entry

UWA will provide an offer based on a student’s predicted ATAR from the end of Year 11. We may require a diagnostic interview to identify any additional support that may be required, including bridging units, once they arrive at UWA.  At this stage Year 12 students must still sit their Year 12 exams and, when results are released, if their ATAR is higher than their predicted ATAR, they can update their application if they’d like to change their course. Find details HERE. 

First in Family

If you have received an ATAR of 75-79.95 and will be the first in your family to attend university, you may still be eligible for a place at UWA. If you have a sibling at uni you are still eligible for First in Family consideration.

Find details HERE

Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

In recognition of the unique set of challenges Year 12 students are facing this year, 18 and 19-year-old students who are taking insufficient ATAR-based subjects or are not taking ATAR, will be eligible to sit the STAT test and a diagnostic interview as above.

The Predicted ATAR entry pathway is not applicable for Direct Pathways to Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Podiatry.  The STAT test pathway is not available for any Direct Pathways or the Bachelor of Philosophy. The application process for these courses will be communicated shortly.

Find details HERE.

Diploma Entry

Applicants who have a VET Diploma can apply for entry to an undergraduate course. Find details HERE. 

Indigenous Study Pathways

Did you know Indigenous students can gain entry to UWA without an ATAR? There are various pathways for gaining entry to UWA, and once you’re here, there is great support to help you settle in. Learn more about the Aboriginal Orientation Course and the Provisional Entry Scheme. Find details HERE. 

UWA Foundation Program for International Students

The UWA Foundation Program is the most effective path to a place at UWA for international students. Successful completion of the program guarantees entry to an undergraduate degree, subject to any quotas or prerequisites.

Find details HERE

Auditions for Conservatorium

You can apply for the conservatorium through an audition. Find details HERE. 

Notre Dame

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

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This year, high-achieving non-ATAR students will be able to apply for the Tertiary Pathway Program.

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

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

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

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Normal ATAR Entry

If you apply to TISC before 1 October with Curtin as your first preference, and you receive and accept an offer from us, we’ll refund your application fee of $55.

To find more information go HERE

STAT Test

The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) provides an admission pathway to university if you don’t hold other qualifications that are acceptable for entry. It’s a test designed to assess aptitude for learning at tertiary level.

For more information go HERE.

UniReady

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.

You can check out Curtin pathways HERE. 

Curtin College

Curtin College is a bit like a TAFE. It is on the Curtin campus in Bentley and offers a range of courses that either prepare you for uni or give you credits towards a degree.

You can find out more HERE. 

Science, Engineering and Health Enabling

Enabling Course in Science, Engineering and Health  Completion of this program will meet relatively higher entry requirements and subject prerequisites too.

Portfolio Entry

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

Indigenous Enabling Course

If you’re of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent and you haven’t met the requirements for an undergraduate (degree) course, we offer a range of enabling courses. These short programs can help you meet the requirements for your chosen course, as well as equip you with the skills, knowledge and confidence to succeed at university.

Find more information HERE. 

StepUp to Curtin

Not everyone has the same opportunities to achieve their true academic potential. You may have the ability to succeed at university but not had the educational, financial or social opportunities to focus on your studies and achieve a high enough Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) for entry.

Find more information HERE. 

TAFE (VET) Entry

Graduating from TAFE can qualify you for entry to Curtin, so many students who didn’t successfully complete year 12 use it as a stepping stone to university.

Some courses also provide credits at university.

Find more information HERE. 

 

 Murdoch University

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HorizonPlus

If you are finishing Year 12 in 2020 and aiming to start university in 2021, then HorizonsPlus could be for you. This program provides an entry pathway into Murdoch.

On Track Sprint

On Track Sprint  is a 4 week course run over the Christmas holidays. It is going to be a TISC option for 2021 selections. The course prepares you for entry to a course with a minimum ATAR requirement of 70.

On Track

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

FlexiTrack

FlexiTrack– can be done over 1 semester, accelerated 10 weeks, or 2 semesters at part time and this is entirely online.

Law Start

Law Start is an admission pathway for academically capable students who wish to study Law at Murdoch University. To be eligible to apply you must have completed one or more ATAR subjects with a strong focus on communication and essay writing skills. Acceptable subjects will include but not limited to English, English Literature, Modern History, Politics and Legal Studies.

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TLC10 – prepares students to apply for Murdoch through a 1 day per week course that runs all year in Mandurah and Rockingham.

Portfolio

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. You also need a letter of endorsement from a teacher and a 500 word application – which a school based career advisor can help you to write.

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

KTrack

KTrack – is offered through our Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre and is open to students who identify with the ATSI community.

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

And if anyone has any questions, the best contact for them to reach out to now is study@murdoch.edu.au or 1300 687 3624

Enabling pathway Fee-free On campus Online Flexible study English competency required WACE/ ATAR required
OnTrack Yes Yes No No No
FlexiTrack Yes No Yes Yes Yes No
FlexiTrack High No No Yes No Yes No
OnTrack Sprint Yes Yes No No Yes Yes
TLC110 – Learning for tomorrow Yes Yes No Yes Yes
K-Track Yes Yes No No No No
Waardong Yes Yes No No No No
Pre-Law No Yes No No Yes Yes
Media Portfolio No No No No Yes
Murdoch University Preparation Course No Yes No No Yes No
MIT Foundation Studies Course No Yes No No Yes

In addition to the table that Murdoch has put up that collates their alternative entry programs they also said:

  • Certificate IV + demonstration of English competency is emerging as a popular alternative pathway to ATAR entry.

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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.

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Leaving Year 12 – Do these things now

You have to leave school at the end of year 12. Hanging around would be creepy.

Create an Interview Folio

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Put COPIES of your stuff in your folio and put the original in a safe place.

You folio can have:

  • Your resume/CV Youth Central provides tips for school students. Remember, your resume is not your life story, it is your pitch to a potential employer.
  • Your application for the job/scholarship/course you are going for. You can get help from a Jobs and Skills Centre to do this.
  • References from teachers, coaches, mentors
  • Photos of prizes you have won
  • Reports
  • Certificates
  • Creative work (photos of you working on a car, building something, doing community service, art, cooking)
  • Anything else you can think of that will show you in a good light.

Get Interview Skills

Go to a Jobs and Skills Centre free Interview Skills course.

Driver’s Licence

To get many jobs in Western Australia you need a driver’s licence. If you haven’t started to get one, start now. Go to this site to get started.

Tax File Number

If you want to get paid employment you will need a Tax File Number. You can apply HERE.

Bank Account

If you haven’t got a bank account, you will need one. Go to the MoneySmart site to get financial advice on how to manage money now that it is largely invisible. That site also has a budget planner.

Barefoot investor

The Barefoot Investor guy says NEVER get a credit card.

Build your online profile

If you are not visible you will not be noticed. You need to be connected, visible and credible. See It’s Who You Know That Counts. 

Join online groups. Work your LinkedIn profile.

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Which University Accommodation is Best for You?

If you are going to uni for the first time next year, it is time to start researching and booking your accommodation.

By living in uni accommodation you will get to know your uni, find opportunities and make friends faster.  

Benefits

There are gold plated and budget versions of accommodation to choose from.

At the top of the range you get:

  • A room with three meals a day 
  • Weekly cleaning
  • Academic support with tutorials and one on one support
  • Mentor support
  • Live-in potential friends
  • Social clubs and entertainment
  • Opportunities to follow music, theatre, sport, leadership or academic pursuits.

University accommodation

By checking what is available you can choose the style that suits you.

Scholarships

Presume there is a scholarship to help you to cover costs of many aspects of going to uni. Your challenge is to find them!!

Many of the residential colleges provide scholarships to help cover the costs accommodation. There are scholarships for:

  • Regional Students
  • Academic excellence
  • Leadership, sport & art
  • Financial hardship
  • Indigenous access

There are also accommodation scholarships available through local shire councils, business grants, and government grants.  

Watch the Good Universities Guide scholarship page for accommodation scholarship opportunities.

What are Your Choices?

Each of the unis has a page where all of their accommodation options are listed:

Curtin

Curtin accommodation is on the West and South side within easy walking distance to the campus.  

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ECU

ECU has accommodation at Mt Lawley, Joondalup and Bunbury. They call the accommodation ECU “villages” which isn’t quite accurate as they don’t look like villages, although the social life may make up for that. 

ECU Joondalup

Murdoch

The Murdoch University Village is more like an accommodation block than a “village”. It is right on campus set among the bushland surroundings. 

Murdoch Uni Accommodation

Notre Dame

Notre Dame Fremantle has accommodation in old buildings near the university. It has the funkiest accommodation to be found at any WA university. 

Notre Dame Accommodation

UWA

UWA student accommodation is across the road from the campus. I always thought it would be exotic to stay in the St George’s castle, although the rooms were cold and musty when I was at UWA. 

More information about university in 2021

Check Which University is Best for You

 

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It’s Who You Know that Counts. These tips help you to network like a pro.

If there is a job going in our business, we will give it to a family member first.

Grandfather and granddaughterIf no one in our family wants it, we will check our friends or our friends’ kids.

We give jobs to people we know. It’s always been like that.

Most jobs don’t get advertised. We give jobs to family and friends, or friends of friends. If we can’t find someone through our network and have to advertise, we will try to find someone who is like us.

Five tips that will help you to network your way into a job. 

1. Don’t be phony

Australians hate crawlers. We hate people who try to be your friend just for what they can get from you.

Stick to your values and be true to yourself first.  If people don’t like the real you, it isn’t worth trying to be someone you are not.

Check Are You Living Your Best Possible Life to make sure you are on the right track.

2. Be Nice

Sir Richard Branson is one of the richest guys in the world and everyone loves him.

He is always smiling.

I bet he isn’t always happy, or nice, but most of us don’t see that. Everyone wants him on their team. He is fun. I want to know him.

Be nice, smile.

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3. Be Seen

If people haven’t seen you for ages they are not going to think of you when a job comes up.

Sitting at home in your pyjamas, waiting for an opportunity to knock, is not going to help.

Random visits to friends, footy games, family picnics are a good step. Always let people know that you are looking for work and what sort of work you are looking for.

You can also become more targeted with your desire to be seen and noticed.

Check The Ultimate Career Beginners Guide to make sure you are following a plan.

I went to school with Greg Yurisich who became a world famous opera singer.  Placido Domingo said Greg was his favourite baritone.

Greg left school and went to work in a clerical job for the ABC in Perth. It didn’t take long for him to get to know people in the orchestra, and to meetin singers visiting from all parts of the world.

Greg was seen in the ABC in Perth long before he performed in all the major opera houses and concert halls of the world. Having a magnificent voice was a good start, but there is nothing more common than wasted talent. Part of Greg’s success strategy was making sure people knew he existed.

4. Do stuff

Join a club, do volunteer work, play sport. You can’t change the world sitting at home in your pyjamas.

The more people you know, the more likely you are to find job leads. Your perfect employer isn’t going to come knocking at your door.

Get to know people

Find Guy Kawasaki’s tips on how to get people to like you HERE.

5. Unearth Your Own Network

Even a hermit on a deserted island probably has a friend who misses him.

Hermit on Island

It can be hard to see what is right in front of you.

Try creating a mind map of all the people who could possibly help you.

For each person put one thing that they could do to help you.

You can find a sample mind map HERE. Create_Your_Network

Get help

Ask a friend or family member to figure how each part of your network could possibly help you to find work.

Add social media connections to your mind map

Get a LinkedIn account, clean up your social media, join groups that represent your interests and start connecting.

Prioritise

Put your ideas into a list, figure out where to start and work through your list.

Good luck building your network

Get your personal online career coaching 

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If you are stuck, getting started is the hardest thing. I can help you to get unstuck.

I have helped hundreds of people to start on their path to freedom.

You are free when you are being your authentic self, living the life you want to live. I can help you to do that.

 

 

 

 


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The In Focus Careers Newsletter Rocks

If you subscribe to the In Focus Careers Newsletter you know how much work I put into it. I am sometimes surprised when I meet someone at a workshop or conference who mentions something I have written.

I feel like I am working away in my cave and no one is listening.

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Rebecca Herbertson, WA President of the CDAA wanted me to go for one of the National Careers Partnership Grants to have my newsletter developed for each State/Territory collating information just for that jurisdiction.

You need to be a little obsessed, a lot passionate and a tad parochial if you want to do what I do, so I don’t think it is a goer nationally.

Rebecca wrote this testimonial in support of her idea … and I am so glad she did.

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The In Focus Monthly Careers Newsletter is a curated collection of current scholarships, career programs, important dates, Career Expos and events, career research and resources.

While aimed at the secondary school practitioner in WA, I find it incredibly valuable as a Careers Educator in the VET sector.

Having a trusted source of timely information means that parents, students, job seekers and career development practitioners have an up to date reliable resource telling what is out there, all in the one place. Prior to subscribing to the In Focus Careers Newsletter I would only discover resources or opportunities by accident, or through time consuming research.

Having this resource at a National level could address one of the biggest issues we have in Careers in Australia; recreating the wheel over and over because we don’t know about something that already exists.

There is currently no universally recognised system for distributing careers information or for advertising programs and events, which reaches everyone who would be genuinely interested and find it helpful.

The reinvention of the wheel can be seen in the plethora of websites which contain the same or similar information all funded by Governments, such as Jobs and Skills WA, MyFuture, Job Outlook and Job Jumpstart.

A National Resource, with a similar format of the In Focus Careers Newsletter, which was published monthly, and distributed through all schools, job actives, DES providers, TAFEs and organisations like The Smith Family across the nation, would be amazing.

Of course such a resource would need a team headed by someone like Bev Johnson, curator of the In Focus Career Resources Hub, who has the careers expertise, knowledge and energy required to put together such a well-researched publication. Without Bev’s passion, networking, and career expertise, such a resource would be likely to miss the mark.

Rebecca Herbertson,

WA Divisional President – Career Development Association of Australia

Director of Training and Compliance for the Betterlink Group – a private RTO specialising in Careers and Employment Training to the sector.

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Which Uni is Best for YOU?

Everything is different this year. TISC applications have been open since May.

Students have already received unconditional offers already.

Universities are competing for students.

You Got Lucky

If your ATAR is not strong and you got an offer because 2020 is different, you need to look for a university that has great student support services.

ECU and Notre Dame are Australian leaders on the QILT ranks for supporting students. They are the ones who offer the best student support in WA.

You may also like to check out the great information and support available at the First in Family to Go to Uni

Super Stars

If you have outstanding results you can try the UWA Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) or try the Curtin science double degree programs for outstanding science students.

The Rest of Us

Most people choose unis because:

  • their parents went there,
  • their best friend is going there,
  • someone they know said it was good
  •  it has a great social life,
  • it is close to home.

Occasionally people may consider issues like, how many people go there or what sort of people go there, what scholarships are there or what industry links are on offer.

Notre Dame 

91.1% of Notre Dame undergraduate students were satisfied with the overall quality of their learning experience according to the Quality Indicators of Learning and Teaching (QILT).

EVERY UNIVERSITY WISHES THEY GOT THAT!!

Notre Dame

Notre Dame is a Catholic University but you don’t need to be Catholic or Christian or even religious to go there, and the fees are comparable with other universities.

The point of difference is that Notre Dame does have a spiritual, values driven, caring approach to teaching and learning which underpins their interactions and decision making.  That’s why they are topping the QILT ratings.

It is quite a small university with 10,000 students and the vast majority of them are domestic students.

The university is in beautiful renovated old buildings around Fremantle.

Pastoral care and support developed for international students has been made available to help regional and remote students to settle in. The only shortcoming is the lack of Notre Dame student accommodation but the student support services people will help students to find accommodation to meet their needs.

 

Curtin University

Curtin is by far our biggest university with over 50,000 students. It seems like a city with business centres, shops, gyms, accommodation and bands and food trucks, art galleries and theatres.

Curtin

I think undergraduate students could have a ball at Curtin, but the sheer size of of the place can be daunting. You need to actively work at getting engaged with the Curtin community, both social and academic, to make the most of your Curtin experience.

Curtin knows this and has invested in providing plenty of help for new students and for students with special needs,  but it is up to you to seek it out.

Because of the size of the university there are many opportunities available for students to extend their experience, in Australia and internationally.

Curtin is part of a knowledge precinct in Bently with CSIRO, Tech Park and the Pawsey supercomputer in the area. Staff and students actively seek to engage with industry to get knowledge and experience and do industry based research. It is number 2 in the world for Metals and Mining Engineering programs. This industry focus underpins the feel at Curtin.

Curtin seems exciting, dynamic and very cosmopolitan with lots of international students and with campuses in Malaysia, Singapore and Dubai as well as the one at Bentley and in Kalgoorlie.

ECU – Edith Cowan University

The Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching ranks ECU as the top public university in Australia for undergraduates’ student experience. You can feel the quality of the experience when you contact ECU for information. They get back to you. They try to help.

ECU

ECU started as a college for teacher training and gradually expanded its courses with WAAPA being one of the first ventures into new areas. Now WAAPA has a reputation as one of the BEST performing arts learning academies in the world.

ECU’s more recent expansion has been into engineering with significant investment into new facilities, international learning opportunities and strong demand for graduates.

ECU is pretty big but students are on the Mt Lawley and Joondalup campuses so it doesn’t feel overwhelming.

The buildings are great examples of design with some of the coolest architecture in Western Australia.

ECU is manageable and there is a strong student centric management focus which means students get help to succeed. There are many alternate pathways into ECU including the UniPrep program and experienced based entry.

People who didn’t think they could get into uni and succeed can are supported to thrive at ECU.

Murdoch University

Murdoch has recognised that the world is changing and that there is a disconnect between education and where jobs are emerging. It has introduced “adaptive expertise” as a learning spine being introduced across the university.

Murdoch

 

They are focusing on adapting traditional courses with the application of technologies. So History + STEM could result in machine learning that unearths previously unknown information about cultures. Journalism + STEM, as seen in the use of drones, is revealing what is happening in emergency or war environments.

Murdoch has a strong focus on getting girls into engineering. They have engaged with schools and support in industry to lift the number of girls entering this field which delivers 25% of the world’s CEOs.

Murdoch has the biggest percentage of international students in WA.

They are teaching students to think globally, to seek ways to apply technology to their work and to work collaboratively.

UWA – University of Western Australia

This is our oldest university. Many industry, political and community leaders in Western Australia went to UWA which gives strong links between UWA and leadership across the State.

UWA

The UWA campus is beautiful with Winthrop Hall being the most recognised symbol of “a university” in WA. The gardens, theatres and art gallery and its role as the initiator of the Festival of Perth make UWA a hub of culture.

UWA has positioned itself as the university for high academic performers and many high achieving school leavers identify UWA as their first preference.

It is aware of its low QILT satisfaction results and is supporting strategies like the Fogarty Foundation Edfutures initiative and consulting with experts in an effort to become more student centric in its approach.

CQU – Central Queensland University

This is a new comer to Western Australia and it is working hard to attract students from their traditional university pathways with courses in sonography and echocardiography which are new to WA.

CQU

The main campus is located near the bottom of William Street near Elizabeth Quay and they have set up study hubs in Busselton, Broome, Geraldton and Karratha. These are often on TAFE campuses.

Many of the students are mature aged, external students who make use of online learning, occasional face to face contact and phone calls to fit their learning around their work and other demands.

Although there are 20,000 students at CQU, they are spread across Australia and numbers in WA are still quite small.

Comparison

The comparison of student experience outcomes puts Notre Dame as a clear leader with
ECU also doing well.

QILT comparison

Each university has different features that will impact on your choices.

Still not sure what to do?

If you are uncertain about which university or which pathway to follow contact me for a free 15 minute consultation.  

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Bev Johnson

 

Director of In Focus Careers Careers Resources Hub for West Australians.

Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au M:0434056412