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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


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Year 12 – WHAT NEXT?

If you are avoiding making a decision about what to do in 2018 it is probably time to take a look at your options.

This simple summary of the main choices available to West Australian school leavers can help you to clarify your decision.

I have the information summarized in a chart which I am happy to send to you if you message me.

Year 12 What Next?Career Advice

You can ignore making a decision about what to do in 2018 but next year will not stop coming just because you ignore it.

ACTION

If you are not clear about what to do in 2018 get help.

  • See your school career counsellor.
  • Get free advice from the Careers Centre in Forrest Place Perth or in regional centres.
  • Each Western Australian university and TAFE College has free career counselling. You are under no obligation to enrol at the place where you get your counselling.
  • Consult a private career planner.

Youth Allowance and Scholarships

Your decision to study may depend on finances. If you are 18 – 24 and you have supported yourself for 18 months you MAY qualify for Youth Allowance.

ACTION

Check the Youth Allowance site to see if there are any benefits that you are eligible for. There is an Ask for Help button which could save you hours trying to get through on the phone. If you need to leave home to study don’t forget to ask about travel allowance.

Also check for financial assistance on the Good Universities Guide site HERE.

There are scholarships for so many purposes, not just academic excellence and they are often only available when you start university or TAFE. Search online for scholarships in your field.  The Good Universities Guide tries to capture most scholarships on its site.

Ask your career advisor for help searching for scholarships.

Spot the Difference

If you want to study in 2018 deciding on uni or TAFE will be a good start. Guess which fashion course is at Curtin University and which is at South Metropolitan TAFE.

In this (course) you will focus on the relationship between garment and body, using a theoretical and contextual framework for understanding national and international trends and the cultural significance and practice of fashion design. In our course you’ll learn how to produce a unique range of garments and accessories for the marketplace. You’ll gain fashion illustration and drawing skills and learn about digital design, pattern making and garment construction.

If you thought the first one was Curtin you are right. University has a more theoretical approach to learning while TAFE has a more practical focus. Pick the learning style that suits you best for 2018.

Uni Pathway

Very few people have a clear idea of what they want to do at university. If you want to start university in 2018 but are not exactly sure what course or subjects to take, apply the same thinking you used in Year 10 when choosing WACE subjects to keep your opportunities open.

ACTION

  • Talk to your school career counsellor about what course to apply for and subjects to take.
  • Go to see a career planner at one or two universities to clarify what course and subjects you wish to take.
  • Decide on your top choices.
  • Apply to your chosen university either via TISC or via Notre Dame or your chosen university.

Unsure about Uni for 2018

If you MIGHT want to go to uni in 2018 APPLY through TISC. If you get offered a place you can accept and DEFER for a year.

ACTION

  • Read Is the Uni Bus Right for You?
  • See a career planner.
  • Apply for a course at your chosen university via the normal TISC or direct application process
  • When you get an offer contact your university to hold your offer and defer it to 2019.

Alternative Pathway to Uni

If you want to go to uni in 2018 but don’t get the required ATAR score there are many alternative pathways you can take.

Some universities will consider your current scores if you have a year between leaving school and starting university. They consider that the break can result in you gaining maturity that will help you to succeed at university.

ACTION

  • Contact me and I will send the latest WA information on alternative pathways at all WA universities including TAFE colleges.
  • See a career planner at the university or training college of your choice.
  • Decide on your best option.
  • Apply for the alternative pathway of your choice.

TAFE Course

If you are clear about what TAFE course you want to take in 2018 contact your chosen college to enrol. Full time TAFE enrolments open on 1st September.

ACTION

  • Talk to your school career counsellor about what course to apply for and subjects to take.
  • Check out North Metro TAFE courses HERE and South Metro TAFE courses HERE
  • 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.

Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Getting an apprenticeship or traineeship is like getting a job.

ACTION

  • 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.
  • 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

The Victorian Government provides free unbiased advice about taking a Gap Year HERE.

Finally

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Year 12

Year 12 is the last chapter in your school career. These posts are designed to help you to make the transition to your post school world. 21

Succeeding in 2017

How to Blitz Year 12

Study Skills and Learning Styles

Exam Day Tips

Watch for Smoke and Mirrors at the Careers Expo

Planning for 2018

Year 12 WHAT NEXT?

Alternate Pathways to Uni

Is the Uni Bus Right for You?

Cracking the Uni Word Code

Cracking the TAFE Word Code

Campus Quest for School Students 

Gap Year Ideas

21st Century Careers

Getting into Medicine in WA

If you want to keep up with emerging career opportunities when you leave school, subscribe to the In Focus Careers Newsletter. Contact me at Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au or on M:0434056412 for a free issue.


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Gap Year Ideas

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If you don’t want to start uni or TAFE in 2018 why not really use your gap year to explore your world.

Most sites are trying to sell you something.

For unbiased government information check Youth Central in Victoria .

 Lattitude Global volunteering

Offers work placements in schools, outdoor centres and on environmental projects, throughout the world. Go HERE for more information.

AFS Australia

Offers school exchanges from 4 weeks to one year, all around the world and, in some cases with generous scholarships. It’s a very long process. Go HERE for more

Cultural Care Au Pair

Offers work placements as au pairs/nannies in the US. Find out more HERE information.

Projects Abroad Australia

Offers volunteer work in a variety of countries. It prides itself that its volunteer’s learn from their chosen projects and the people they meet — and vice versa. Mutual learning and respect is what cultural exchange is all about. For more information go HERE.

Flying Fish

Provide training and jobs in watersports and mountain sports. This is an excellent way to develop new skills and qualifications whilst having a gap year break. For more information go HERE.

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If you wish to explore more gap year opportunities contact me at Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au