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Every student deserves a great careers teacher

The future success of students as they leap into the turbulent world beyond school can depend entirely on the care, wisdom and knowledge of their careers teacher.

When you leave school there is no bridge to your next chapter. There is no magical path into your ideal future.Math teacher smiling

When you leave school your English (maths, history) teacher has finished their job.  They helped you to get the best education in their field. That’s it. Their work is done.

There is no one on the other side of the school gate to make sure you succeed.

Career Advisors Have Done it All Before

teacher female close upIf you had a good careers teacher you will know what waits for you on the other side of the school gate and you will have a plan.

It is the career advisors job to know what is possible. They have guided hundreds of students to discover what is possible and plan how to get there. They love helping students to unearth their dreams.

Go to see your school career advisor. Tap into their wisdom and knowledge.

Their secret power is that they care about your future.

If you don’t have a career advisor to help you, go to a Jobs and Skills Centre and ask for help. It’s free.

Don’t leave school without a plan

coggle-map-3You may be okay while you are still in a supportive, familiar school environment, but leaving school is risky. Australia is experiencing an epidemic of mental health issues in our young adult population. 

Tap into all of the free support and advice that your school has to offer so that you have a plan with you when you leave school.

Tap into support from your career advisor, pastoral care officer, year coordinator… whoever you get along with. Ask them for help to develop a plan. Keep going until you are happy with your plan.

Getting on the Uni Bus

Many school leavers go to uni because they don’t know what else to do.

Uni career advisors come to school. They tell you how wonderful their uni is. They hold out their hand and say,  “Come with me”.

The TISC application arrives.

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So you all get on the uni bus.

You can check how much that ride will cost you HERE.

Do your research and work with an expert career advisor before you lock yourself in.

Some go to TAFE

needle-in-a-haystack-1752846_1920There are so many VET courses and variations on courses that finding the ideal one for you is like finding a needle in a haystack.

The new Jobs and Skills Centres aren’t just for VET courses. They deliver a guiding light to students who don’t know what to do when they leave school.

Having a Gap Year

The fear of the unknown often stops students choosing a gap year. Those who do make this choice often choose an organised program that supports them into their future.

Find information on taking a gap year HERE.

Ask your career advisor what gap year program will suit your personality and future plans.

Getting a Job

Statistics 1The only problem with getting a job without planning to do any further study is that you are locking yourself into the lowest paid sector or the workforce.

Get a job, sure but do a Certificate III part time after school to set yourself up for a bigger income and more career choices.

Ask your career advisor what part time courses you can take to improve your future career.

In Focus Careers Newsletter

Discover your world of possibilities with a monthly dose of insanely great career news and information:

Testimonial

I have found your material invaluable.  The information you have put together is thorough – a one-stop-shop in a sea of information that is out there.  I have utilised this information on a regular basis with others throughout the school.

(South Metropolitan Government High 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.
  • Consult across the In Focus Careers network gathering information and advice to share.
  • Listen to and support West Australian careers teachers
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Bev Johnson

M: 0434 056 412

Email: Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Tips on How to Get the Most out of the Careers Expo

Don’t sign ANYTHING.

The Careers Expo is great fun. There are happy, smiling people. There are glossy brochures and beautiful displays. People on the stands are friendly and helpful.

Of course they are! They are professionals. You aren’t going to buy something from someone who isn’t nice.

The Expos are a prime marketing place for all education and training organisation. They spend a lot of money on their displays and get their best, nicest, most professional sales people to tell you about their courses.Expo 1 2019

Many visitors sign up for thousands of dollars worth of training based on a noisy 5 minute discussion in the crowded Convention Centre.

STEP 1:

Don’t sign ANYTHING.

STEP 2:

Know that the biggest displays, those closest to the entry doors, and the most professional looking displays have spent the most money on trying to sell to you.

STEP 3:

Do your research.

Check out the list of Exhibitors. 

If you are interested in having a Gap Year check out which exhibitors will have information that will interest you. If you are interested in Trades, check out the ones that you must visit.

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Make the decision about which ones to visit before you get sucked in by the bright lights and music!

STEP 4:

Figure out three questions to ask exhibitor one before you meet with them. Make sure one of your questions is about price if they are selling courses.

Don’t be surprised if they don’t want to answer you about. You may get answers like “It depends on…… ” and “We have a great loan to cover your costs”.

Some exhibitors like Defence Force Recruiting and the Construction Training Fund aren’t actually selling courses.

You could also ask….

  • How long the course will take.
  • What are the entry requirements.
  • For contacts with current students.
  • What successful students are like.
  • Do they have a mid year intake.
  • 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.

STEP 5 – FINAL STEP

Go to see your career advisor to discuss what you have discovered.

If you don’t know a career advisor go to a Jobs and Skills Centre and talk with them. Its FREE. The Jobs and Skills Centres are based in TAFE colleges but they also have information about unis.

Come to see me. I work for myself so will charge for my insanely great careers advice!

If you would like to unearth a world of possibilities send for a complementary copy of my insanely great careers newsletter:

Testimonial:

Thanks for the latest e-mail Bev, and for all the information and inspiring ideas over the year. Since I have become a part of  the (In Focus Careers) network I have grown in knowledge and motivation to really make a difference for our young people. 

(South West Regional Government High 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.
  • Consult across the In Focus Careers network gathering information and advice to share.
  • Listen to and support West Australian careers teachers
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Bev Johnson

M: 0434 056 412

Email: Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Five Career Things for Year 12s to Do in April

You have fewer than 20 contact teaching weeks to go before the ATAR. The April holidays are going to be your last chance to sit back and get organised.

Tip 1 Relax

April is the last relax time you are going to have until your final exams are over.

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  • Plan your time through until the ATAR exams, including relaxation time.
  • Take that time off…. Guilt free. Total relaxation.

Tip 2 Humanities or Science? Uni or TAFE?

  • Humanities or science? Which way do you want to go? If you can’t decide go to these sites for help. (If you contact me I will email you a link to this Coggle map so that you can get the links without looking them up.)

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Tip 3 Check out the Year 12 Handbook

In Year 12 it is time to check important dates, exam information, double check WACE requirement to make sure you comply. They are all in the Year 12 Information Handbook.Year 12 handbook

Tip 4  Enrol in ATAR Revision Courses for Mid Year Holidays

Most successful students get at least some revision support from one of the companies that provides mid year ATAR revision programs. 

Tip 5 Set SMART Goals and Ask for Help

  • List your subjects
  • Set a SMART goal for each subject
  • Check with each teacher to see what you need to do to achieve your goal
  • Ask them for help to achieve that goal.

If you have any great tips for Year 12 survival please send them through.

The monthly In focus Careers Newsletter helps you to see what is possible. Contact me for a complimentary copy.

Testimonial:

Thank you for such wonderful work throughout the year. (XXXX) SHS has found your newsletters to be so very, very helpful. We are so appreciative of your efforts and look forward to the 2019 issues.

(Top Ranking Metropolitan Government 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.
  • Consult across the In Focus Careers network gathering information and advice to share.
  • Listen to and support West Australian careers teachers
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Bev Johnson

M: 0434 056 412

Email: Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Register Now for Clinical Aptitude Test – Concessions and Access Applications Close 10 May

Applications close for Concession and Access consideration for the UCAT on 10 May.

Those considering applying for either Concession or Access consideration should Register Now

UMATConcessions

There are concessions for people who hold or are dependent on a person with a Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card.

Applications close on 10 May.

Go HERE for information.

Access

Candidates with special educational needs, disabilities or temporary injuries may be entitled to extra time or accommodations when sitting the test, however applications for these arrangements must be accompanied by suitable official documentation and be approved in advance by the UCAT ANZ office.

Applications for Access considerations close on 10 May

Go HERE for information.

More Choice

You have a choice of times and locations when you book your test.

In the past regional and remote students were disadvantaged as the old test was always held after the mid year holidays. The timing is now more suited to the needs of applicants.

Practice Tests and Resources

The best change is the number of practice tests and resources for candidates. There are videos and practice tests on the UCAT site.

UCAT recommends that you do NOT go to private companies to learn how to do well on this test as this is the first time it has been run in Australia and they have little idea of what to expect.

UCAT have put up a lot of information and they have done everything they can to ensure candidates have the best opportunity to demonstrate their strengths.

Good Luck with your application.

If you have applied for a Concession or for Access consideration can you let us know if the process worked for you?

In Focus Careers Newsletter

If you would like to check out my insanely great newsletter let me know:

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Thank you for all your hard work with the newsletters this year, they have been a Godsend. 

(Eastern Suburbs 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.
  • Consult across the In Focus Careers network gathering information and advice to share.
  • Listen to and support West Australian careers teachers
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Bev Johnson

M: 0434 056 412

Email: Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Looking for Information from VETiS Teachers

Teachers have lots of sites where they share teaching questions. There is also an Education Department (and Catholic and Independent School) focus on quality of teaching. Is there anything similar for VET?

The closure of VET in Schools Consulting Services has shone a light on how tough life is for VETiS teachers and ALL VET teachers.

I rarely hear VET professionals discusing pedagogy (andragogy, heutagogy). All discussion seems to focus on just surviving under the enormous work pressure, that is at least partially due to the significant compliance demands.

By looking at the Department of Training and Workforce Development latest annual report it looks like there is no teaching or learning expertise in the senior management. You can see that the Executive Director has a significant background in Consumer Protection which sounds like a compliance role. There is financial management and financial compliance expertise and expertise in developing strategic policy and in accounting. Nothing there about teaching or learning.

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Even DTWD advisory partners aren’t education experts. The Training Accreditation Council is concerned with compliance and the State Training Board is concerned that the Department is focused on industry needs.

No education best practice gets a look in.

I write a careers newsletter for schools and hear the grievances and barriers faced by VET teachers at the coalface.

I would love to hear from anyone who knows of infrastructure, or sites or even tips that would help those involved in VET delivery to focus more on teaching and less on compliance demands.

Contact me to get a complimentary copy of the In Focus Careers Newsletter:

 

 

 


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Anything BUT Plumbing

In  2017 I paid $120 to a plumber to replace a washer on the garden tap. (The tap was stuck. I was going to break the pipe. Stay with me on this!!)

It took him less than a minute and that included going to his van and getting the washer. Then he charged me $120!

So plumbers had the expectation of getting paid about the same rate as a surgeon.

Due to the exorbitant rates charged by plumbers during the boom there was a rush of young guys taking on plumbing apprenticeships. Everyone with capacity to train plumbers took on the apprentices and pumped them out. lauging emojiNow there are unemployed qualified plumbers working as trades assistants and doing cash jobs for family and friends.

The Department of Jobs and Small Business published its latest employment stats today and there is no shortage of plumbers for every job.

stats(Sept 2018 Employment Stats)

Employers were able to attract job qualified plumbers with a minimum of four years post-apprenticeship experience.

What Employers Ask For

Most vacancies required applicants with some specialist experience, such as roof plumbing, undertaking drainage works, fit outs or renovations. Employers often sought applicants with additional accreditation in backflow prevention and a gas-fitting licence.

Employers also required applicants to be solutions focused, demonstrate a high standard of workmanship, resourcefulness, the ability to work well with colleagues and engage professionally with clients.

st-francis-1758485_1920Sense of humor and sainthood preferred!!

It was standard for applicants to have a drivers licence and their own transport, a police clearance, a White Card and pass a drug and alcohol test.

Applicants were most often deemed unsuitable due to a lack of overall experience in the trade, or a lack of experience in a sub-specialty or particular environment (e.g. mining sector experience).

Applicants whose resumes were poorly presented (for example, not tailored to the job requirements or that failed to demonstrate good literacy skills) were deemed unsuitable, as were those with uneven work histories and poor references.

Applicants who were unwilling to relocate were deemed unsuitable for regional vacancies.

You can read details of the Report HERE.

You can find building trades career advice at the Building and Construction Training Fund  

To keep up with all of the latest West Australian career information subscribe to the In Focus Careers Newsletter. Contact me to get your complimentary copy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Anything BUT Medicine

“Anything BUT medicine,” a year 12 student with an ATAR of 99 told me in 2017.

“Mum and Dad are both doctors. I don’t want that for my life. I see the how hard they work, the worry and the stress.  I would like to do physics at uni. I am thinking of going into teaching.”

Every second outstanding student in Western Australia seems to be looking to medicine as their preferred career.  It’s not difficult to see why they want to become doctors.

Everyday doctors strive to make people’s lives better.

It is a high prestige, well paid job.

To earn these rewards you need to take on momentous responsibility, work long hours and be more resilient than almost any other profession.

Patients are very demanding, they are sick, and all too often you cannot cure them. That is hard to work with.

Beyond Blue reportAustralian doctors report psychological stress, depression and suicidal thoughts at rates twice as high as the general population.

Physicians are twice as likely to commit suicide than the rest of the population, with rates even higher for female doctors.

You can find out more at:

Being A Doctor Should Not Have To Come With A Health Warning  and you can find the National Mental Health Survey of Doctors and Medical Students HERE.

There are alternative careers for high performing students that will challenge your intelligence, creativity and problem-solving abilities as they deliver rich and exciting careers.

If you are not sure how to find alternative careers for high achieving students email Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au