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October Issue Out Now

October BannerPeople are losing faith in the ability of traditional leaders and institution to address problems of today and tomorrow.   No single organisation, discipline or philosophy has the answers to tackle the challenges thrown up by our volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world.

There is an explosion of activism as young people seek answers by connecting with like-minded people to create new approaches to problems.

A new generation of changemakers is striving to create a better future.

Career information can be the lynchpin that gives school students courage and connections with opportunities to create new ways of being in the world.

The October In Focus Careers Newsletter talks about new tools and strategies that can link your NOW to your best possible FUTURE.

Contact me for a complimentary copy of this insanely great newsletter:

 

 


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How school students will keep winning the 21st century career race

Students are already ahead of the pack when it comes to winning in the 21st century workforce.

School leavers aren’t looking for leaders to follow, they are looking for teams to join.

Forbes Magazine predicted 5 Important Ways Jobs Will Change. 

1. Fluid Gigs

WHY STUDENTS ARE WINNING

Over 60% of senior school students have part time jobs as well as their full time study.

  • They have at least one part time job.
  • They are flexible, often having different jobs or they do more work over holidays.
  • They aren’t fussy about how they earn money – they freelance doing gardening, washing cars, walking dogs, baby sitting.
  • They tap into their network of family and friends to build their network of clients.
  • They have a team of friends who are also flexible and able to work together on a project.

TIPS

  • Grow your skills by organising your friends into teams of babysitters, office cleaners, gardeners or whatever opportunity you can see.
  • Make as many contacts as you can at school. Make contacts with other students, work experience providers, sport coaches.

2. Decentralized  Workforce

WHY STUDENTS ARE WINNING

Sophisticated social media skills and knowledge of project planning software helps students to market their need for work, schedule tasks and communicate with clients or with other team members.

By being their own boss students learn:

  • time management – including juggling peak demands times at school and peak times with other gigs.
  • how to cost jobs
  • resource management – scheduling time for tasks
  • quality control

By working as a decentralized team students learn:

  • communication and trust
  • quality control
  • manage fair money sharing

TIPS

Set up your LinkedIn profile:

  • Capture your skills
  • Ask friends to endorse you
  • Build your network

3. Motivation to Work

WHY STUDENTS ARE WINNING

Students can tap into massive opportunities to support causes while they are at school.

These opportunities frequently hit a chord with students who go on to save orangutans, coach kids with disabilities, become environmentalists.

Believing in what they are doing is a greater motivator for young people than money. They don’t want to be ripped off, but they have a sense of urgency and want to be creating the world as a better place.

TIPS

  • Try for lots of experiences while you are at school.
  • Search Google for volunteer opportunities that you might like.
  • Get on a mission to find what you like.
  • Don’t expect your career to come to you in a blinding flash. It will grow on you.

4. Lifelong Learning

WHY STUDENTS ARE WINNING

School students KNOW about lifelong learning. An accelerating rate of change is one of the few constants in their lives. They expect to learn new ways of doing things all of the time.

TIPS

  • Try MOOCS and other online learning platforms.
  • Follow your work interests online.

5. Technology Augmenting Jobs

WHY STUDENTS ARE WINNING

Students already know that technology can make their lives easier. They know how to use their phones to communicate, research, record and collate and hack information to create new solutions.

Expanding their skills to find new ways to use technology will be natural to them.

TIPS

  • Research where IT is being applied to different jobs you are interested in.

In Focus Careers Newsletter 

My passion is making transition from school easier. Each month I write an insanely great newsletter that makes sure you know about opportunities as they emerge.

Stay ahead of the pack. Subscribe to the In Focus Careers Newsletter.

My Commitment to West Australian Careers Education

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Insanely great career advice from Bev

So that students can find the easiest and best path from school I undertake to:

  • Write 10 insanely great issues of In Focus Careers newsletter each year for students and careers teachers.
  • Search for local, national and international information that could impact on the careers of West Australian students.
  • Connect you with insanely great careers teachers and industry experts across the In Focus Careers network.
  • Listen to and support West Australian careers teachers.

M: 0434 056 412

Email: Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au


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Calling Education Trail Blazers and Changemakers

Collaboration is Tricky

There is no question…. it is easier to go it alone than to try collaborating. Things get out of control. Things go wrong. 

But schools need to collaborate outside the school to give students the best knowledge, skills and networks to survive in the 21st century.

Trail blazers and changemakers now have a toolkit that will help them to create a collaborative education ecosystem. 

Collaboration Toolkit

The Foundation for Young Australians (FYA), together with the Department of Education and Training and the Innovation Unit, has just launched School-Industry Partnerships: A toolkit to support collaboration for career education.

The Toolkit is BRILLIANT. 

The toolkit comes in three parts, one each for :

  • Educators;
  • Industry; and
  • Parents and Families

It embeds collaboration theory into practical templates, to do lists and checklists. It isn’t quite “follow the bouncing ball” but if you follow the instructions and don’t skip steps or take shortcuts, you will be guided to success.

It has the order of collaboration preparation just right and it respects all parties to a collaborative agreement.

If you thought the FYA New Work Order series was brilliant, step inside this new environment to find something just as good.

The link to these toolkits is here.

Collaboration Requires New Educator Skills

Collaborative education takes you out of the centre of the picture. You become the facilitator of the negotiated educational experience that has agreement from the school, industry partner, student and family.

Managing a collaborative educational environment requires business management skills.

You need to learn how to:

  • Create project plans,
  • Talk with industry partners and negotiate agreements,
  • Manage resources including budgets, and
  • Ensure things don’t go wrong as you head towards learning outcomes.

It is a different way of educating. It requires different skills. There will be support.

To find out more go here: 

https://www.fya.org.au/programs/career-education/

 

 

 


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Magic Happens – Year 10 Careers Handbook for 2020

Thanks to those who have given feedback. I am putting that in now.

If you subscribe to the In Focus Careers Newsletter in 2019 you will automatically get access to the 2020 Handbook.

If you don’t subscribe you can either subscribe or buy the handbook WITHOUT subscribing to the most amazing careers newsletter you could possibly find.

The Handbook is bringing together key information I have researched for my In Focus Careers Newsletter.

Three Sections

There are three sections:

  1. Finding Your Purpose: (there is no point starting off if you have no idea where you are going).
  2. Skills for Success which include:
    1. Time Management
    2. Aptitude quizzes and research into possible careers
    3. WACE subject selection
    4. Employability skills and work experience
    5. Job Applications and interview skills
    6. Legal aspects of employment
  3. Achieving Success includes:
    1. SMART goal setting
    2. SWOT and USED Analysis
    3. Making Ideas Happen – Project Planning

 

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August Issue Out Now

The August Issue of my insanely great careers newsletter is out now.

For a complimentary copy please email me:

 

Fullscreen capture 210719 110238 AM.bmp-001My Commitment to West Australian Careers Education

To help West Australians to discover what is possible and achieve their dreams I will:

  • Write 10 insanely great issues of In Focus Careers newsletter each year.
  • Provide insanely great personal career counselling.
  • Deliver the best possible information via presentations to schools.
  • Build and support an insanely great network of teachers, industry experts and parents who help to deliver dazzling career information for all West Australians.

 

 

 


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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

Get career information from a network of insanely great West Australian career professionals:

Testimonial:

I loved this month’s newsletter! There were so many useful links that I’m going to use like the Logistics Training Council publications and the Future skills Framework infographic on our demographic (Durack). So much handy information – I even signed up for the Public Sector commissions job search so that I can pass onto students (past/present) when opportunities come up for traineeships. (Northern regional Catholic Education School)

My Commitment to West Australian Careers Education

For In Focus Careers to be the conduit to Insanely Great Careers Information for West Australian students I undertake to:

  • Write 10 insanely great issues of In Focus Careers newsletter each year that focus on the needs of West Australian students and careers teachers.
  • Search for local, national and international information that could impact on the careers of West Australian students.
  • Connect you with insanely great careers teachers across the In Focus Careers network.
  • Listen to and support West Australian careers teachers

M: 0434 056 412

Email: Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au

 

 


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Careers in Grain Expo Offer to Schools

Western Australia probably grows more grain than… practically anyone….. and there are jobs in everything from international marketing to scientific research to fencing.

Western Australia is a world leader in grain agriculture. There are scholarships and many training pathways into the industry. 

The Careers in Grain people sent through this message:

Last year, we attended 30 different school and university events and look forward to building on the momentum and meeting even more students and job seekers. Be sure to let us know if you hear of any events that you’d love to see us at!

Contact Kayla Evans  to invite her to your school career expo. 

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I will share your information in the monthly In Focus Careers Newsletter that goes out to over 100 West Australian high schools. 

If you would like to see a complimentary copy of the newsletter please let me know. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Career Professionals Site Map

February 2019

This mind map is of the main Australian careers sites. 

Useful Sites

Coggle Map of Useful Careers Websites

A number of people requested a copy of this Coggle Map that I put together last year. I have updated it and I am happy to send you a link to it. I contacted Coggle and they don’t have the capacity to put links into a Word document or a WordPress site yet but if you email me I will send you a link to this map.


Email me and I will give you access to the map. Contact me to subscribe to the In Focus Careers Newsletter.

 

 

 

 


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What’s Your Learning Style?

Why do you love learning sometimes but can’t remember a thing at others?  Why do some people annoy the hell out of you while you love working with others?

This quiz will help you to find the answers to these questions so that you can adjust your learning strategies AND start to show love and understanding for the idiots who don’t do it your way!!!

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(I haven’t adjusted this quiz for a phone. Sorry! You need to use a tablet or computer.)

Activity 1: Introvert or Extrovert

Tick 0 for Never, 1 for Sometimes or 2 for Always to indicate your preferences.  0 1 2
1 I easily make new friends.
2 At parties or gatherings, I feel energised and have fun.
3 I like groups of people.
4 It is easy for me to talk to strangers.
5 In social groups, I easily keep up with news or gossip about other people.
6 I am rather shy and quiet most of the time.
7 I like to have friendships with just a few people.
8 It is hard for most people to get to know me.
9 People view me as quiet more than sociable.
10 In a large group, I listen rather than speak unless I know the people well.

The first 5 Questions highlight your Extroversion Score___________

If you have a high extroversion score you probably enjoy talking about your thoughts and ideas.

The second 5 Questions highlight your Introversion Score____________

If you have a high introvert score you might like to study independently. Debating your ideas in a group is NOT your ideal way of learning.

A balanced score shows that you are capable of working in both ways depending on your situation.

 Activity 2: Your Sensory Preferences

  Tick 0 for Never, 1 for Sometimes or 2 for Always to indicate your preferences.  0 1 2
1 I remember things better if I write them down.
2 I take lots of notes.
3 I can visualise pictures, numbers, words, or pages in my head.
4 I get distracted by background noise.
5 I have to look at someone to focus on what they are saying.
6 I remember things better if I discuss them with someone.
7 I prefer listening to a lecture rather to reading a textbook.
8 I can easily follow a speaker even if I don’t see him or her.
9 I remember better what people say than what they look like.
10 I remember jokes that I hear.
11 I don’t like to listen to or read directions; I’d rather just start doing things.
12 I like building or making things.
13 I like frequent breaks.
14 I think better when I can move around and when I don’t have to sit at a desk.
15 I use my fingers to count and/or move my lips when I read.

You will have some strength in each area. This quiz may help you to understand whether you prefer watching, listening or doing.

1st 5 Questions = Visual learner Score________                                                                    

2nd 5 Questions= Auditory learner Score _________

3rd 5 Questions = Kinaesthetic Learner Hands On Score____________

 Activity 3: Your Relations with Ideas

  Tick 0 for Never, 1 for Sometimes or 2 for Always to indicate your preferences.  0 1 2
 1 I have a good imagination.
 2 I like to come up with new ideas or options.
3 Step-by-step learning often bores me.
4 I like to work out the major principles that might not be clear at first, rather than being told.
 5 I consider myself original and creative.
6 I am a practical, realistic person.
7 I am attracted to sensible people.
8 I like things presented in a step by step way.
9 I like concrete facts, not speculation or hidden meanings.
10 I prefer to avoid too many options from which to choose.

1st 5 = Intuitive Score________

You enjoy playing with ideas and enjoy theoretical thinking.

Intuitive learners can be random in their approach to learning and will flick from one website, conversation or information source to another, picking up snippets from each rather than following step by step instructions.  

2nd 5 = Concrete/sequential Score_______

Sequential learners are likely to prefer step-by-step logical activities. You prefer to take a course to learn rather than guessing and learning in a random way. Casual skipping across topics frustrates you.

Choose your style and use it to make your learning faster and more fun.

 Activity 4: Your Orientation to Learning Tasks 

Tick 0 for Never, 1 for Sometimes or 2 for Always to indicate your preferences.  0 1 2
 1 I reach decisions quickly.
 2 I am an organised and punctual person.
 3 I make lists of things that I need to do, and I generally follow through.
 4 If I’m going somewhere, I like to plan in advance what I will be doing and approximately when.
 5 I start early so that I can finish before the deadline.
6 I put off making decisions as long as I reasonably can.
7 I am a spontaneous person and do not like to plan ahead too much.
8 Lists of tasks and deadlines depress me.
9 I keep an open mind about things.
 10 I like to just let things happen.

 1st 5 = Closure Score___________

This indicates how quickly you need to reach decisions and finish tasks.

If you have a high closure score you focus on tasks, meet deadlines, plan ahead for assignments, want explicit instructions, and ask for clear direction.

 2nd 5 = Openness Score______________

A high Openness score indicates how much you need to delay reaching decisions and finishing tasks. You enjoy “discovery learning” in which you pick up information on your own, and you prefer to relax and play with ideas without much concern for deadlines or planning ahead.

If you are too closed you may make decisions too quickly and find later that it was the wrong decision. If you are too open you may never finish anything or get work done on time.

Activity 5: Your Overall Orientation

  Tick 0 for Never, 1 for Sometimes or 2 for Always to indicate your preferences.  0 1 2
1 Essays and tests are easier for me than multiple-choice.
 2 When I am studying, I look for similarities rather than differences.
 3 I like getting the big picture before getting the details.
4 I enjoy summarising and synthesising.
5 Too many details tend to confuse me.
6 I like to see details before seeing the whole thing.
7 I like to break things down into pieces so I can understand them.
8 In taking on anything new, I look for differences rather than similarities.
9 Summarizing bores me.
10 I use logical thinking to solve problems.

1st 5 = Global SCORE__________

If you are more global, you enjoy getting the main idea of a subject. You like to know where a lesson or idea is heading before you fill in the details. If you are not told where the lesson is going you will guess what the point is, then check your assumption throughout the lesson.

2nd 5 = Analytic SCORE___________

If you are more analytic, you might feel less comfortable with big picture techniques and want the team or author to get on with it rather than generally exploring a subject.

A balance between these indicates you have the capacity to see the big picture AND to analyse details in a manner that identifies details.

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MY LEARNING STYLE: I am an extrovert who loves learning by talking. Learning in a group is great for me. I am intuitive so love throwing around ideas before settling on an answer. I am happy to leave a decision open so can end up being rushed if I don’t give myself plenty of time. Overall I like to get a global idea of a problem so need to work with people who will pull me back to analysing details.

ADJUST YOUR LEARNING STRATEGIES TO MATCH YOUR STYLE

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Bev Johnson

 

For help unearthing your great adventure … or if you need to get your dream happening contact me at Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au or phone me on M:0434056412.


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October Careers Newsletter

The October CAREERS NEWSLETTER  is out with an 8 page feature demystifying Vocational Education and Training. It explains the different types of training, entry requirements, how to save money with your course choice and how to get an apprenticeship or traineeship.

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Career Events

The Career Events Section is calming down in October with only 10 pages of events, opportunities and deadlines this month.

Improving Job Prospects for Young Job Seekers

The Ivan Neville webinar on Improving Job Prospects for Young Job Seekers has a lot of information about what an attractive option TAFE is over uni when you look at the length of time it takes to get a job after graduation and your earning capacity. I summarise his presentation picking out what I found to be the key points.

Teaching Resources

There are pages of teaching resources including two sites that are homes to banks of careers videos and there is information about the new Australian Apprenticeship site with its page for careers teachers.

University News

The University News this month features a new course at Curtin for gifted science students starting in 2018 and a number of new courses that have been released by CQU.

For a FREE sample of the October Careers Newsletter contact Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au.