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3 Steps to Survival in the Future Workforce

You may be feeling that your future is spinning out of control. Breathless reports of the latest discovery that is going to take your job add to the confusion.

The skills you need to survive in the future won’t be too different to ones you needed in the past. 

1. Be Aware

Keep up with changes so that they aren’t overwhelming:

World Economic Forum Newsletter

The World Economic Forum is the leader in thinking about how to cope with the future. They don’t have all the answers but they are the smartest. They meet in Davos each year to talk about issues and they are a conduit to reports and advice.

You can subscribe to their emails here.

Naked Scientist Podcast

I liked the information about emerging jobs in this Naked Scientist podcast on Life in the Year 2100. Go to the 24 minute mark to get to the best bits. Naked scientist

The Third Industrial Revolution Video

For something radical and inspiring go to Jeremy Rivkin’s iconic Third Industrial Revolution.  He paints a bleak picture for a lot of the video but comes up with optimistic positive strategies later.

The New Work Smarts

Any of the reports from the Foundation for Young Australians provide great guidance about where we are heading and what to do. Perhaps the New Work Smarts provides the clearest direction on how to create your work safety net.

2. Build a Strong Network

Your family and friends will be your support framework throughout your life. They will  celebrate your wins and help you when you are down.Bear joke.jpg

A strong network doesn’t just happen. You may be lucky and have a great family. Your school may be a honey pot of fantastic friends. Or you may have to design your own network. Choose carefully.

Don’t waste time on losers. Think about the sorts of friends you want. Don’t suck up to them. Check out who is around.

This Coggle map I named Stand on the Shoulders of Giants. It may give you some ideas on how to consciously and deliberately build a strong network.  Stand on the Shoulders of Giants

3. Be Good at Something

Alan Finkle is Australia’s Chief Scientist. He recommends that you develop “T shaped” skills.

First, be aware that employers look for “T-Shaped” individuals, where the vertical pole of the T represents deep discipline-specific knowledge and the horizontal bar of the T represents 21st Century skills. Restrict your focus to one or the other and you will be limiting your employment options.

Don’t expect to leave school, uni or TAFE and be the expert. Speak to any employers and they will give you examples where the person with the better interpersonal skills got the job over the academic expert. It has never been more important to keep on learning in order to remain the expert.

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So, what next?

I keep researching and networking to keep up to speed with what is happening. It can be overwhelming but careers teachers are keeping their eye on the ball and they are the best ones to go to for information and advice.

Most West Australian high schools subscribe to my newsletter. You can get a complimentary copy to check out.

In Focus Careers Newsletter

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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.

Coggle - Hear Your Dream

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.

TAFEStudy Something Else at TAFE

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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Career Expo in May – Get Ready with your Career Expo Safety Plan

CaptureThere is a media training college in Perth that always looks fantastic at the Career Expo. They have lights and music and glossy brochures and friendly sales staff.

They do great packaging.

Their exhibit is always busy.

I don’t know if they have great tutors or fantastic links with industry, or if their graduates get jobs… but they get a crowd at the Expo. And their courses are expensive.

School students don’t worry about what a course will cost. It is easy to be sucked in by the big, shiny, fun college pitch from professional sales people.

SIGN UP FOR YOUR DEBT HERE!!

Time to wise up….  a HECS debt for a bad course choice is no fun!!

START HERE

Check out who is going to be at the Expo. Scroll to the bottom of THIS PAGE to see who will be there.

THEN

Pick three (3) exhibitors that you should see from the 50+ on this list. Make this decision based on what you are interested in BEFORE you see the great displays and friendly salespeople at the Expo. 

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Also choose an exhibit that could be fun… even though you don’t want to take their course.

You may want to know about being a pilot, or studying in Tasmania… even though you don’t seriously want to follow those paths. TAssie

NEXT

Plan 3 questions that you will ask each exhibitor.

IF YOU ARE GOING TO SPEND $$THOUSANDS$$ ON A COURSE YOU NEED TO CHECK OUT WHAT YOU ARE GETTING FOR YOUR MONEY!!

You can find out the cost of the course, how long it takes and what the entry requirements are online… or you can ask the salesperson.

You could also ask….

  • For contacts with a current students.
  • What they look for when employing staff.
  • If they have links with industry that provides work placement.
  • How long it takes their graduates to get a job in the industry.
  • What sort of work graduates get.

FINAL STEP

Capture 3Go to see your career advisor. They will point you in the right direction.

If you don’t have access to free career advice, pay someone. It could save you a bucket of money.


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Subject Selections for Year 11

Parents and students get REALLY STRESSED about subject selections for Year 11.Cat

Time to RELAX.

Help is at hand.

Before you start, know that only one in four university students get a place through the ATAR pathway.

A report from the Mitchell Institute published on 21st March identified that 26% of university students got their place via an ATAR pathway. Mitchell Report

STEP 1 Get SCASA

The School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCASA) is THE mob that makes up the rules about WACE.  The first place to find information about Year 11 and 12 is in the official Year 10 Information Handbook which SCASA puts out.

Year 10 SCASA

If you can’t find the information you need or if you are unclear on anything contact them at info@scsa.wa.edu.au.

There will be a new edition of this Handbook out in Term 2.

 STEP 2 Hear Your Dream

You need to have some idea about what career direction you would like to take.

Career VoyageMany 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 brain storm of a bunch of places you can check out to narrow down what you like.

Coggle - Hear Your Dream

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.

STEP 3 Do You Want to do ATAR??Lockers

For years ATAR results were the short cut that universities used to choose their students. Things are changing. Competition between universities has heated up and they are looking at many alternative pathways that:

  • enable more students to go to university
  • ensure students don’t fail when they get there.

Universities are looking for alternative pathways more than schools and parents. READ ABOUT THE ALTERNATIVE PATHWAYS IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA HERE.

TAFE has always been more flexible with its pathways to learning than universities and there is a huge range of possible pathways offered. 

These new Jobs and Skills Centres are to open on 16th April in the Metro area and regional TAFE colleges also provide career advice.

  • Joondalup campus – North Metropolitan TAFE
  • Balga campus – North Metropolitan TAFE
  • Northbridge campus – North Metropolitan TAFE
  • Rockingham campus – South Metropolitan TAFE
  • Thornlie campus – South Metropolitan TAFE

Job Prospects for Young Job Seekers

Last year the Career Development Association put on a webinar delivered by Ivan Neville, from the Commonwealth Department of Employment. He said….

You really need to get a year 12 qualification, or equivalent, to get a job…..

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But there isn’t much difference in employment outcomes between a degree (3.6%) and a Cert III (4.1%).

The opening of university entry to a wider audience had resulted in a shift towards degrees and away from vocational education since 2008.

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There are now stronger job outcomes for apprentices and trainees than people with degrees.

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Step 4 Check Course PRE-REQUISITES

There are lots of courses that have RECOMMENDED subjects, but not so many have definite PRE-REQUISITES that MUST be done as a WACE subject in order to get into a course. Pre Requisites

There are lots of pathways into further study and your WACE pathway is just one of them.

Even the Medicine Faculty at Curtin, which has one of the hardest courses to get into, has suggested that you contact them if you haven’t done WACE chemistry and still want to apply.

The most direct pathway is however, to take subjects that the universities are looking for. So, once you have narrowed down a career direction to take, check out the TISC University Admissions Handbook. It identifies what WACE subjects you should take to keep your options open.

OLNA

The Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (OLNA) is the minimum WACE requirement reading, writing and numeracy. It is usually done in 10 but there are more opportunities to sit the Assessment in Year 11 and 12 and even AFTER Year 12.

Prospective TAFE students who do not meet these standards can:

  1. sit a TAFE Admissions literacy and/or numeracy test administered by Training Sector Services;
  2. be referred to a TAFE college for a Learning Area Assessment; or
  3. enrol in a course that does not have literacy or numeracy requirements, including foundation skills, equity courses and Certificate I

 

Step 5 Contact Your Career Advisor

If I have seen further than others it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.

Isaac Newton

Stand on the shoulders of your career advisors.

Build from their knowledge to design your ideal career pathway.

If you don’t have access to a specialist career advisor at your school, go to a TAFE college or private careers consultant to be sure your next step is the right one.

 

 

 


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Year 11 – The Brink of a Great Adventure

If you are starting Year 11 you are on the brink of a great adventure.

Year 11 is when you start to consciously unearth your uniqueness and explore how you are going to make your contribution to the world.

Last year you watched your friends in Year 11 as they discovered that being smart wasn’t enough and that they needed to study.shutterstock_73010161 (2)

Last year you watched some Year 11s get engaged with opportunities and they became remarkable.

Now it’s your turn to have a go. Be remarkable!!

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Great Adventures Require Great Planning

As this is your first time in Year 11. You will not know what to do. You don’t want to look too keen, too dumb or too different. Death_to_stock_communicate_hands_2 (2017_12_27 02_56_53 UTC).jpgBe smart. Don’t do it all by yourself.

You can stand on the shoulders of giants.

Who do you look up to? Who has some interesting ideas that you can tap into?

Do some research. Start developing relationships. You just need a couple of ideas to follow up on. Your adventure will start to build.

Year 11 CoggleGreat Adventures are Hard Work

The Darwin Awards tell the sad stories of idiots who tried to have an adventure without the right skills and knowledge. IdiotSurviving your great adventure will require a special set of skills, designed for your particular environment.

  • Revise your study skills.
  • Figure out your learning style – knowing that will help you to take shortcuts and study more effectively.
  • Get a job or volunteer. It will help you to learn more than you can imagine. You can find how to do that on Seek.com.
  • Form alliances with teachers….. who will be pathetically grateful if you seek and value their expertise.

Year 11 Your Time is NOW

  • Get a coach or mentor. These are easier to find than you think. There are mentors at universities, professional organisations, unions, local clubs and associations. You can tap into the vast resources of your school alumni or pay a coach to guide you.

If you are having trouble figuring out how to get one contact me, Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au and I will help you to find one.

Eddie PerfectComedian Eddie Perfect said something like….

 When you are going through the jungle you can’t see anything… you just go…okay…. I’ll try this.

When you come out the other side you look back and go…

OH WOW LOOK…. THERE’S A PATH!

It seems obvious.

But it’s not.

Your unique path through your adventure isn’t obvious. No one knows what your adventure will be.

Your dreams will come to you in a whisper, not a shout. Listen for one tiny idea to guide your way…. and that will be enough.

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