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Get Out of School Early Guide

Leaving school early IS AN OPTION. It does NOT mean you will never get a job, or that you will live on the streets for the rest of your life.

School isn’t for everyone. It makes some people’s lives a total misery.

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In Western Australia the government requires students to get special permission to leave school early by applying for a Notice of Arrangement. You can find details of that HERE.

Don’t Jump Too Soon

Once you have made up your mind to leave it is difficult to change your mind. As soon as you start thinking of leaving talk to a career advisor. There may be alternatives that they can offer through the school or they may be able to organise a smooth transition from school for you. Jump off a cliff

Once you leave school people who can help you get limited funding so their capacity to help is limited.  Stick with your school and get as much FREE help as possible before you leave.

Getting help with your resume is a good start.

Decide What You Are Going to Do When You Leave

If you haven’t got a job lined up or a course to go into you may need help to get that sorted.

Many schools have the Career Voyage program that will help you to nail down a career direction for the near future. If you don’t have access to Career Voyage at school you can do the quiz at one of the Careers Centres in Perth or regional centres or contact them online.

I have done this Coggle brainstorm of a bunch of places you can check out to narrow down what you like.

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Email me Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au if you would like access to the Coggle map so that you can just click on the links.

Study Year 12 at an Alternative College

Look at the available options for completing Year 12 in another setting like Cyril Jackson, Canning, North Lake, Seven Oaks and Tuart Colleges. There are adult students at these colleges and you may find that suits your style.

You can also study your WACE through the School of Isolated and Distance Education. 

You can get free information and advice from each of these schools.

Jobs and Skills Centres

You can get free career advice at the new Jobs and Skills Centres which have been set up in TAFE colleges in the metro area. You can find regional centres HERE. There are Aboriginal Workforce Development Centres HERE

Study the Certificate of General Education for Adults

The Certificate of General Education for Adults is a good non-WACE starting point for people who don’t want to finish school.

There are three levels, certificates I – III. Choose the one that suits your needs.

This certificate often has literacy and numeracy support which can kick start your study in another area. Different colleges will allow you to explore different subject opportunities as part of your study.

TAFE colleges give you access to ongoing support from careers advisors.

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You can build your employability skills and explore career options through Foundation Skills Course. Check out the list of Foundation Skills courses HERE. 

Equity Course

There are equity courses that support people with disability and people seeking courses that are aligned with their culture; for example, a qualification specialising in Indigenous Australian tourism. Check the list of courses HERE and ask about opportunities at one of the Jobs and Skills Centres – scroll down this page to find the one nearest to you.

Apprenticeships and Traineeships

If you can find someone who is willing to take you on as an apprentice or trainee, you are on a great path.

You can find apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities through Seek and Indeed. Getting an apprenticeship or traineeship is just like looking for any other job. You need to find the opportunity first, then convince the employer that you would be a great employee. You will need a good resume as a starting point.

Youth Central gives good advice to school leavers on how to write a resume.

When you do an apprenticeship or traineeship qualification you need to sign up so that your training is recognised. You sign up at an Australian Apprentice Support provider. You can find one HERE.

The help that they give will not be as good as the help you can get at school so it is best to try to find an apprenticeship and to contact a provider through your careers advisor.

Government Support

You may be eligible for Youth Allowance. This is hard to get but it is worth checking to see if you qualify HERE.

If you qualify for income support you can also get help from JobActive.  You find an Employment Service Provider near you and they will do what they can to help you to find a job.

Employment Service Providers are not well funded and their capacity to give you help is limited. You will probably get more help from school.

Online Course Information

The My Skills website is a directory of vocational education and training (VET) organisations and courses.

Job Jumpstart has an I’m At School section to help students prepare to leave school.

Going to Uni without an ATAR

If you want to leave school and still want to go to uni you can find Alternative Pathways to Uni HERE. 

Get a Safety Plan

Leaving school early IS AN OPTION. Leaving school is however risky, and there is a chance you could fall into a hole without a safety net.

The suggestions to help you to leave school early are easier to do with the help of a careers advisor.

If you can’t get help at school, go to one of the alternative schools or TAFE colleges or even a uni, to get free advice or pay a professional career advisor to help to set you onto the right path.  That help could put you onto the perfect path to your school free future.


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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!!!

REALLY!!??

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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Year 10 – GO HARD

Year 10 can be an amazing experience… or you can be bored silly.

In a few weeks you will be asked to make your subject choices for Year 11. It is hard to make those decisions based on limited experiences. Year 10 is a time GO HARD, to unearth your uniqueness.

If you are:

  • going to school,
  • hanging around with friends, and
  • playing a bit of sport….

YOU COULD STILL BE IN YEAR 1… NOT YEAR 10

You need to do more than that in Year 10.

Research your space? Who is in it? What do you like about them? That’s the place for you to start exploring from.

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You can map your current world on a free Coggle mindmap.

Once you have mapped your patch use each branch on your map to dream up ideas to play with.

Pick the best of those ideas to make a list of things that will make Year 10 amazing.

Get your diary and plan WHEN you are going to do your top 10 ideas.

This is your plan for making Year 10 AMAZING. Ask for help so that you give yourself every chance to have an amazing year. Email me if you can’t find someone to help you to make your plan.

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Don’t Get on the Uni Bus

If you don’t know what to do at uni DON’T GO THERE. The uni bus isn’t the only ride out of school…. And the uni bus fare is a high price to pay when you don’t know where you want to go. Fullscreen capture 28082017 70902 PM.bmp

Two reports out today show that students are DROPPING OUT OF UNI in record numbers and that graduates are TAKING LONGER TO FIND JOBS in their chosen fields.

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  ABC news has a great report here. 

Vocational graduates earn about as much over a lifetime. Fullscreen capture 12092017 83705 AM.bmpAnd get good starting salaries. Fullscreen capture 12092017 83610 AM.bmp

If you don’t know what to do in 2018 go to the Careers Centre in Perth or in regional centres and find out about your options. If you decide to do a VET course ask about government priority courses (courses on the State Priority Occupation List  – SPOL). They could save you a fortune.


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CRUISE INTO YOUR FUTURE

Do you need to reduce the disruption of leaving Year 12? Here are some tips on how to cruise out of school so you can be excited and relaxed about your journey.

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Build in Fun

Going on a cruise is fun. Having fun is the WHOLE POINT of the cruise. Structure some fun into your cruise from school.

  • Set aside time to plan a big holiday. Even if you are locked into study next year. You can plan some fun time.
  • Make planning part of your routine.  Build in other fun bits to your routine… plan going to the beach, camping, playing sport. A framework for your life will help you to keep moving and motivated.
  • You don’t go on a cruise alone. Build keeping in touch with your school friends into your routine.

New Experiences

You visit places you love AND places that are new when you are on a cruise.

  • Plan to do more of the things you love. You might need to think about this a bit.
  • If you are hitting barriers as you try to find new things for your dream list, see a career advisor.

REMEMBER YOU ARE CRUISING, not going to a long term destination. Take time to enjoy the journey.

You Will Need Some Money

Check what help is available to get some money.

Try a Side Hustle. Mow lawns in your neighbourhood. Sell something at markets. Babysit. Busk. Sell your school books and uniform. Have a garage sale. Advertise your business on your community Facebook page.

Plan What to do After Your Cruise

Set a time to START LOOKING for a mini destination. You can start doing this at any time. Take baby steps. Do some career quizzes.

See a career advisor to settle on…

  • What interests you at the moment.
  • What is POSSIBLE.
  • What help is available.
  • What you WANT to do about finding a mini destination.
  • Create a SMART plan.

I like the idea of cruising out of school because leaving school is a big trip. The cruising life has a purpose… to have fun. You can get totally engaged and you can while you are relaxed you may become inspired. If not…. you have had a great time so your time wasn’t wasted.

If you need help check out a qualified career advisor to help you to plan your journey.


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Clean Up Your Social Media

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Employers check your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts as part of their recruitment process. Google is your CV and needs to be an advertisement for you as a brand.

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.

SEARCH

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

Destroy

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

Hide

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

Make sure your friends do the same. It is easy to find you via your friends posts.

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.

Show

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 keep up with the latest information on how the internet is changing your work opportunities, subscribe to the Infocus Careers Newsletter. Contact me, Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au   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. Seek.com 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 Seek.com Volunteer button for volunteer opportunities in fields that interest you.

If you want to keep up with the emerging opportunities available for your family in Western Australia, subscribe to the In Focus Careers Newsletter. Contact me at Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au or on M:0434056412