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Employers Check Your Social Media

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Students don’t realise that employers check their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts as part of their recruitment process.

If you have ever said or posted something online that you would rather a potential employer didn’t see then you need to it clean up BEFORE you send in a job application or start up a LinkedIn account.


Google your name to find any references to yourself on the Internet.


Delete any embarrassing photos and unflattering posts that might make an employer choose someone else for the job.


Lock down your privacy settings on all social media accounts that you only want friends to see.

Facebook: Keep a default picture and your name. Only make public posts that show you in a good light.

Instagram: Use the Archive feature to pull out unflattering posts without losing the post, comments or likes.

Twitter: If you share controversial tweets go private. Go through your old posts and delete tweets that an employer might not be happy to see.  

Pinterest: You can make your boards private.

Snapchat: People can screenshot and save your photos without you knowing.


Let potential employers see photos and posts that show you in a positive light. Playing sport, getting awards, family events, hobbies and volunteer work all make you look like a good future employee.

Your connections on LinkedIn will show who you know in an industry and that could lead to you getting the job.

Artificial Intelligence

Your digital image is getting stronger as artificial intelligence is scraping your digital footprint. download

My friend recently bought some Antique White paint at Bunnings and paid with her credit card. The next time she logged into Facebook Antique White and Bunnings were advertising on her page.

Every site you visit, every location you visit with your mobile phone, everything you buy with a credit card can be traced. Mobile apps are collecting your information without your permission.

You can find out more about how to protect your digital footprint at the Internet Society.

If you want to know how to use the Internet to apply for work contact me,   M: 0434056412

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How Parents Can Help Year 12s

Teaching your teenager to drive is EASY compared to helping them with their career choice!!

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Your school leaver will probably NOT be one of the few who knows what they want to do next year. Your teenager WILL probably be one of those who is stressed and worried about 2018.

These ideas will guide you to help your teenager to start their next chapter with as little stress as possible.

1. Slow Down

Your teenager is not unusual. School leavers can take years to decide what they want to do. They narrow down their choices as they get experience. This can be costly if they get experience through education and training with fees being so high so check Is the Uni Bus Right for You?  to find information about some of the options.

2. Get Career  Information and Advice

The hardest part is deciding what direction to take.

  • There are Careers Centres in Forrest Place Perth and in the regions. You can do the JigCal aptitude test to identify some career pathways to suit and get free advice about what direction to take based on the test results.
  • Try these online career quizzes Student Edge Career Matcher, UWA Career Quiz, SkillsRoad Career Quiz. They are fun and may give a clue about possible career directions.
  • Consult a private career planner who knows how to identify appropriate career paths and opportunities to match who people are and their abilities.

If your son or daughter is thinking of going to university or TAFE they both provide free career counselling. You are under no obligation to enrol at the place where you get your counselling.

Online Information

There is enough online information to drown you. Check what these sites have to offer.

  • Career Bullseye posters are useful tools to narrow down the types of work that students find interesting.
  • The Job Guide provide an in-depth look at a range of occupations and education and training pathways to support people to make informed career decisions.
  • The My Skills website connects individuals and employers looking to undertake training with training organisations that best suit their needs.
  • The MyUniversity website provides students with access to clear, meaningful and transparent information about Australia’s higher education providers.
  • The Job Outlook website is a careers and labour market research information site to help individuals decide on their future career.
  • The Good Universities Guide is worth checking out. It has information about TAFE and university courses. It ranks the different organisations based on student feedback and they provide information about scholarships and funding for study.

Go to Year 12  to find links that are helpful.

3. Take Action

This is the easy part. When a decision has been made to go to uni, do an apprenticeship, get a job for a year it is time to take action.

Going to Uni

Make sure the uni application is in by the end of September. You can always change your choices.

  • If you want to defer for a year, put in your application first. When you get offered a place, then you defer for a year. Contact your university for more information.
  • If you want to go but didn’t get offered a place

Didn’t get offered a place??? Check Alternative Pathways to University.

Going to TAFE

  • Go to see a career counsellor at TAFE to clarify what course and subjects you wish to take. Ask the counsellor to advise you about courses that are subsidised by government because of skills shortages. These courses are on the State Priority Occupation List (SPOL) and are cheaper than many other courses.
  • Decide which course to enrol in.
  • Apply for a place in your chosen course. Check the college website for online applications.

Applying for an Apprenticeship/Traineeship?

  • Get the apprentice job search app here. That will help you to find your local Group Training Provider in WA.
  • Get help from your school career advisor to prepare your CV ready for job applications. has great tips for a good CV.
  • Check Youth Central for advice on how school leavers can write a good job application.
  • Get references from school before you leave and get copies of them. Get the correct title and contact details of those at school who give you a reference.
  • Ask your family and friends if they know of any apprentice opportunities.
  • Search for apprenticeship opportunities on sites like Indeed, Jora and Seek.
  • There is a list of apprenticeship mentor services that can lead to you getting an apprenticeship. Contact me for the latest list.
  • Ask your local TAFE if they have any pre apprenticeship programs. They can be tricky to get into as demand is always high. Employers often contact their local TAFE to find a good employee to take on as an apprentice.

Gap Year

If your son or daughter doesn’t know what to do, take a break.

  • Check out Gap Year opportunities and travel.
  • Take some part time courses.
  • Try getting a job in a field you are interested in.
  • Check the Volunteer button for volunteer opportunities in fields that interest you.

If you are overwhelmed or sick of trying to make your way through the maze alone contact me at or on M:0434056412

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Parents as Career Partners 101


self orderingOn Monday I saw my first “Automated Ordering Kiosk” at McDonald’s.

Is nothing sacred?!

Even this bastion of part time jobs for school students is being automated!

How are kids supposed to learn to “clean as you go” or about customer service, punctuality and responsibility??

Those young managers at McDonald’s did a brilliant job training school kids for 40 years. Now McDonald’s is reducing the number of staff it employs as it moves to self service.

There goes another job opportunity for millennials.

The message is clear. Kids cannot prepare for a career in the 21st century by expecting to do jobs from the 20th century.

Families need to build their own 21st century support system to prepare their children for future careers.

The Method of the Grandmother 2.0 connects your network of family and friends into the collective task of raising your child. By grounding your child in your family’s values they will have a solid launching pad.

The online world gives your child another edge.

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There are thousands of career sites. These government sites provide current, unbiased and professional information.

The WA Careers Centre

The WA Careers Centre  is in Forrest Place. It provides free information and counselling and you can find a lot of their resources, including occupation videos online.

Commonwealth Education Department

The Commonwealth government Education Department provides a number of resources including the  Careers Bullseye Posters.  These can be a bit of fun. You only have to choose 3 posters and pick a few jobs in each one to be able to see a trend towards potential careers. Once you have picked out some jobs check them out on the WA Careers Centre site.

Youth Central 

Youth Central is a Victorian Government site that I love. It gives information not found on the other sites… from study skills, how to write a CV when you have never had a job and how to make the most of a gap year. Today they have a story up about binge drinking. Fullscreen capture 14042017 24604 PM.bmp


MyFuture is the national careers site supported by all governments (except WA and NSW!).  If your child has a WA Education Department email address you will be able to use that to access the site. If your child goes to a non government school their school may have subscribed which means their school email address will get you access. It is simply the best careers site so worth some effort to log in.

These sites provide a solid foundation of careers information and advice and they can send you off in a thousand directions when you find things you are interested in.

Design the Future

Life after schoolNo other generation of parents has had to cope with so much change. It has never been harder to design a future where kids can be great.

The information on these sites, teamed with your network of family, friends, teachers, career advisors and other professionals, will help you to grow your child into a future ready citizen.

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Parents as Career Partners

Bursting the Homework Bubble

Andrew Sutter – Bubbleosophy

Helping my kids with homework was agonizing. #Parentfail.

I know….

Research indicates that ongoing parental involvement in children’s learning reaps benefits in many ways, including shaping positive attitudes to learning and supporting student achievement. (Education Services Australia)


Sugata Mitra recommends that we use “The method of the grandmother”.

Wow, that is wonderful!

How did you do that?!


Enter The Method of the Grandmothers 2.0

Grandmothers and all your other family and close friends are the most powerful role models for your child. They will be trying to be like these powerful examples of what is important in your family.

You can support your child’s education by immersing them in a rich experience of what you and your family and friends do.

Take your kids to work. Get your family and friends to take your kids to their work. Ask them to talk to your kids about their work.

(Now THAT has to be more fun than spelling homework!! #Badparent – you MUST help with the spelling homework!)

Being conscious of the work world around your family and the values of powerful role models will help your child to make a education and career choices.

Try This

To become more aware of what is important to your family do this….

Make a list of 8 adults in your family or among friends who your child knows and likes.

Note what each person does for a job and 3 attributes that you like about each person.

ValuesIt is likely that your child will choose a career in an industry that is prominent in your family circle. If you are a builder your child may choose to go into the building trades. This could be engineering, trades, urban planning…

It is even more important to know what attributes are important in your circle. If caring and being kind are highly valued choose a job that allows those natural assets to shine.

As robots make jobs redundant and the rate of change increases it has never been more important to be conscious about what is important to us.

Helping your child to be aware and grounded in who they are is the best education and career support you can provide.

The World Economic Forum identified these emerging skills which you can be embedded in the fun stuff you do as you learn together.