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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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The Ultimate Career Beginner Guide

I have transposed Derick David’s The Ultimate Startup Beginner Guide  into a careers context. I have never seen careers guidance use the strategies of Uber, Tesla and Airbnb to achieve success. It is worth thinking about.  

1. Imagine your future while staying in the moment

Business guru, Tom Peters created the concept Brand You. Now every person has phenomenal power to create their own Brand by going online.  Future

Your current moment is reflected in your Brand. The seeds of your future are embedded in your Brand.

If you are not conscious of a vision for your future, find someone who does have a vision for their future and try working with them as your personal awareness grows.

Do what you like.

You can start to unearth your where you are now and what you like try by following the steps recommended HERE. 

2. Find What’s Missing in the World

Look around you. What do you think the world needs?Giraffe best one

Is it better educators? Become a teacher.

Is it beautiful gardens? Study horticulture.

Is it better alternative energy? Become an electronics engineer.

3. Play with different ideas

Imagine and write down ideas about your future.

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When an idea pops up in your mind, write it down.

Compare your ideas. Check to see which ones you care about.

4. Think the guiding questions

Would this be a valuable way to spend your life? Are you going to be satisfied being a …hairdresser….builder…. accountant? Are you making a difference?

Having the answers to these questions puts you ahead of the game.

5. Create a Prototype

When you have an idea check it out. Do work experience. Volunteer. Check videos of people doing the job. Meet people who do that work.

Don’t jump directly into a career. You can waste time and money going down the wrong path.

6. Show it to 100 people

Talk to everyone about your idea. Explain it in detail. It doesn’t have to be EXACTLY 100 people but the more people you talk to about it the more you will learn about your subject. They may even offer to help you.

Collect Feedback

Be prepared to accept suggestions

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Keep talking and discussing and work on keeping an open mind as you do your research.

7. Iterate Fast. 

Chunk the ideas into groups:

  • Those that will help you to have a remarkable future/Those that will not.
  • Those that make sense/Those that do not.
  • Those in the bin/Those to follow up

If you get stuck, ask from help, either from a friend or from an expert.

You will probably change your path a million times through your life. Your values will anchor you to your best path. 

8. Find Co-founders

When you decide on a career path, find 3-4 people going in the same direction. If you are lucky, you can work as a team to inspire, support and motivate each other.

If you are SUPER lucky you will find a mentor to guide you.

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9. Seek Funding

You can work as you study or you can get a scholarship or a grant or government support.

Money The earlier you explore funding options the better.

Many scholarships don’t go to the brightest student on the block. Some industries, like agriculture, give significant industry support to those who choose to go into it.

Exploring funding opportunities needs to be part of your research.

10. Launch the product (You)

You have been launching your product your whole life. Sometimes Brand You goes into a new phase. Have a great launch.

Get the best possible referees through volunteering or work experience or even by doing assignments that solve a problem for a company. They will help you with your launch.

Go for scholarships and grants as you study. Mention them on your CV.

Go for awards. Even ones that don’t relate to your Brand.

If you get the opportunity to study overseas, take it. There are scholarships that will help you to study overseas.

Find out about cadetships in your industry.

All this will help you to create a great launch into your next phase.

11. Be Patient

Love the process. Love what you are doing as you create your ideal future.

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Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.

12. Check if your “customers” come back

You are your #1 customer. Spoil yourself. Spend time to reflect how happy you are with your product.

Are things turning out as expected? Are you still following what you value?

You will probably adjust your course often. Your Ideal Future may change as you learn more and discover new opportunities.

Keep growing. Your next move will bring you even closer to what you value.

Conclusion

From Bev…

Doing this transposition from business startup to career development has been fun. I have written a million business plans in my life and followed various business development systems but I have never thought of applying any of those systems to careers.

Now that I have done it I don’t know why I didn’t see how we can learn from Uber, Airbnb and Tesla as we design careers.

What we usually lack is a mental framework like this that helps us to stay on track. Most career failures come from the inside. This framework will help you to build your amazing life.

I wish to acknowledge the source of the original document again:

On the 5 June Medium published a great article called The Ultimate Startup Beginner Guide by Derick David (@zealous) which he draws from 5 years researching Tesla, Uber, Airbnb and distilling a 12 step process that can be replicated.

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Year 9? Break Free! Create Your Magic

If you say “Yes” to just one of these opportunities you may find a pot of gold at the end of that rainbow. You can create your own magic by saying “Yes”.

These opportunities are designed for middle school students.

People WANT you to join them. If you say “Yes” to any of these opportunities people will welcome you.

Duke of Edinburgh

Duke of Edinburgh

Discover Your Potential

Age: 14 – 24 There are 4 sections:

1.      Adventurous Journey

2.      Physical Recreation

3.       SkillsVoluntary Service

4.       Gold Residential Project

CoderDojo

CoderDojo

Coding for Fun

Ages 7 – 17

Run by volunteers in libraries, unis and community centres. Young people and volunteers get together to learn to play with coding.

WAAPA

WAAPA Short Courses

Age 6 – 18

Acting, music and dance short courses are run on weekends and holidays.  There are classes for young kids through to those who already have some experience.

Youth Mentoring

Australian Youth Mentoring Network

Get a mentor. Their support can change your life. There are often more mentors offering services than students wanting to engage.

Government Youth Programs

Local Government Youth Programs

Every local government council has youth programs. Check out your local government to see what it has on offer.

University Open Days

 

University Open Days

Year 10 is when you start checking out university open days and TAFE events. The University Open Days are like a big party. The TAFE events are more like “getting into computing” or “try a trade”. As these events are announced they will be announced in this newsletter.

RoboCup

RoboCup

Age: 12 – 19

Fun with Robots

Teams make and program robots and compete in different challenges. This is big in WA and the kids seem to have a great time.

HackEd

HackED

Age 12-18

Students hack together geodata information to create some brilliant problem-solving ideas.

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ConocoPhillips Science Experience

Age: 13 – 15

The ConocoPhillips Science Experience is a fun 3 or 4 days of science activities for Year 9 and 10 students.

Campus Quest

Campus Quest

In Campus Quest you’ll play as a university student and experience all the pitfalls and successes of campus life. This is just for students, not for teachers.

Real Lives Game

Real Lives Game

Something for gamers. Create your world and solve problems.

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