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Create an Insanely Great School Leavers’ Safety Net

Leaving home to study at university or TAFE is a giant leap. Especially for RRR students.

Notre Dame University has a RRR Student Support Program which is like their support for international students. No other Western Australian university or TAFE has anything special in place.

Students flounder. Parents panic.

Stressed parents can help their school leavers to make the giant leap seem more like a hop by doing these things.  Tell them to….

1.   Get a Mentor

People love it when you value their knowledge and expertise so getting a mentor isn’t rocket science. Just be nice and value what the mentor tells you. Find someone whose subject knowledge you value and start to ask them for advice and support.

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Vocational colleges like TAFE do not have formal mentor programs.

Students will need to put in some effort to find a good mentor. They may choose to build a mentor relationship with a lecturer, with one of the many technical experts that work in colleges or with an older student.

This will be their “go to” person when they are wondering what is coming next or how to do something.

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Universities have formal mentor programs.

The mentors are older students who are building their resumes by demonstrating leadership through mentoring.

New students are often allocated a mentor during orientation. If you didn’t get one, or if you didn’t get along with your mentor, go to the guild, or student services office, and ask for a mentor in your faculty.

Getting a mentor means you are consciously and deliberately working towards a successful career. That can’t be a bad thing.

2.   Find and Use Support Services

Support services are numerous and varied, and they are usually free.  You really are not alone but unearthing the support service you need may take some digging.

  • Career Counsellors. Most tertiary education institutions have career counsellors. These can be your lifeline when you start to doubt your subject or course choices. Don’t just drop out. Go to one of the counsellors to see what you can do.

 

  • Specialist Support. There will be support for students with identifiable different needs, like Aboriginal students, people with a disability or people from non English-speaking backgrounds. If you are eligible for these services, take advantage of them.

 

  • Classes in Study Skills. There may be classes on study skills, or how to write an essay. They will be designed to address a problem like not knowing how to study most efficiently, or how to write an essay with correct referencing. These skills can save you hours throughout your student career.

 

  • Industry Group Services. Some industry groups, like the building and construction industry, provide mentors, scholarships, mental health programs and industrial relations support through the union. Google your industry to find what support services they offer.

 

  • Specialist Industry Support. Specialist support groups, like Women in Science and Technology and associations like the Marketing Association, the Accountants Association or the Australian Computer Society can help you while you are studying, give you a network for applying for jobs and they will be able to tell you about scholarships, internships and financial support.

3.   Stick with Family and Family Friends

Leap and the Net will appear PNGHaving the freedom to do what you like away from home is exciting. Taking risks is part of the excitement.

New students are a target for crooks and scammers. The crooks and scammers don’t come with it written on their foreheads. They are usually nice, friendly, helpful people who know how to win the trust of a new student.

Believing the old Zen saying, Leap and the net will appear and keep you safe whenever you take a risk, could result in you getting a criminal record or being physically assaulted.

Make a formal plan to stay connected with family and old family friends. If you are unsure about someone, invite them to come with you when you visit your family.

If you don’t feel comfortable inviting them to meet your family or family friends, check your own feelings. Your innate wisdom may be telling your something.

If you invite your new acquaintance and they choose not to come a few times, you will start to question their friendship.

If they do come, and your family does not feel comfortable about this new person, listen to your family. They are the ones who will provide a safety net that protects you as you leap into your new life.

4.   Say “YES, and …”

If you just learn from class when you go to uni or TAFE, you are missing out.

post-it-notes-There is so much more to enjoy. There are so many opportunities to engage with your industry, enter competitions, take on projects, join clubs, go for scholarships.

Don’t just wait for an opportunity to fall into your lap. Look for things that might interest you on campus noticeboards and join online groups to find out what is going on.

When you hear about an opportunity on campus say “Yes, and where do I apply, what else can I do, when can I start?”

Growth opportunities are generally set up by your campus to help you to have a better student experience.

Just by applying you are creating your own opportunities. You might find out where you are going by setting out in a different direction.

5.   Create a Small Group

If you have friends from school studying at your campus they are your obvious first point of contact. You will soon be overwhelmed with new people who are vying for your attention and you will be trying to connect with new people who you meet.

Trying to be friends with everyone will exhaust you. Focus on a small group and establish friendships with them.  You can make friends with other people later.

HINT: Be nice to everyone. There is a good chance you will be in the same workplace as them at some stage in your career. It is important that they remember how great you are.

Find out what careers information came out this month. Get a free copy of the latest In Focus Careers Newsletter.

 


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Help YOUR family to get ahead in their career

The new academic year is starting and companies are already planning their apprentice and trainee needs for next year.

Make sure your family or students have an equal chance to succeed beyond 2019.

This month’s In Focus Careers Newsletter has information about:

  • uni courses school students can take this year,
  • scholarships for 2020 which close soon,
  • a comparison of how universities in WA did last year, and
  • 30 pages of information that impact on careers in Western Australia.

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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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Free help for school leavers

Not belonging anywhere is devastating. When you leave school you lose your routine, your purpose, your place within your group. You may even lose your group. You can feel as if you don’t belong anywhere.

I saw the movie They shall not grow old  during the holidays and in it, one of the former soldiers said:

I liked being in the army. I liked being told what to do.

He would rather the threat of being killed or maimed every minute than be on his own making his own decisions. 

Big changes bring big fears.

School leavers are vulnerable when they leave school and there are dream sellers out there trying to find you, sell you a magical future and take your money. 

If you don’t know what to do email me, Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au and I will direct you towards the best low cost or free option for finding your place in the future.

Leaving school is one of the most stressful time in your life. There is help available. If you want help email me and  I will see what I can do to point you in the right direction. 

Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au

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Millennials need Meaning

Millennials are passionate about finding “value” in their lives and work. They have seen employers use and abuse their families and are saying “No” to that. Great stuff.

Mariana Mazzucato writes about  The Value of Everything: making and taking in the global economy (2018) where she identifies issues for 21st century economies.

You can hear Mariana Mazzucato’s ideas on reframing value on Saturday Extra here.

I am unearthing new ideas about the future of work every day. Subscribe to my In Focus Careers Newsletter to keep up to date with changes as they evolve.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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How to set up a successful school industry partnership

If you have ever tried to take a class on an excursion you know how hard it is. The maths staff complain that they need the students to do a test on that day. The front office staff complain that you haven’t finished the paper work. The students don’t bring in their money.

It doesn’t seem worth the effort.

School systems aren’t set up to support learning out of school grounds. 

As the boundaries between schools, universities and registered training organisations (RTOs) become more porous there is a need for schools to become more agile in their approach to learning.

Unis and RTOs have these 5 systems in place that support flexible learning.

1. Governance

They specify what they are aiming to achieve and who is responsible within each organisation. They also have a time and reporting stipulations and they have identified standards that support strategic goals.

2. Management

Universities and VET training providers have management systems in place to guide off campus learning. The management process includes how the project fits into strategic targets and learning outcomes.

3. Legal

There are generic equal opportunity, privacy, duty of care and occupational health and safety laws designed to protect students, workers and volunteers. Once these standards are in place they provide the framework for all excursions.

4. Financial

Universities and RTOs organise their finances so that there are staff who take responsibility for  flexible learning arrangements. This is not the task of the academic staff. Financial management will be determined by school funding models and may include costs associated with the off campus activities.

5. Technical

Universities and RTOs have IT systems that capture and share information without the need for duplication.

Want to know more?

Email me for a copy of the How to set up a school – industry partnership framework.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Late News from Curtin

CurtinThis was sent to schools today from Curtin Connect. Teachers may not have had time to forward it to Year 12s before they leave.

 

Dear Bev,

We want to reassure you that Curtin is here to help with any enquiries you may have from your year 12 students who are considering university study.

Key dates

This year, the processing dates for TISC university applications has changed significantly.

Friday 16 November 2018 Last exam.
Thursday 29 November 2018, 4.30pm Applications close for special consideration into Curtin for this December (main) offer round.
Monday 3 December 2018 Applications close for portfolio entry into Curtin for the December offer round.
Monday 17 December 2018 WACE results and Universities Admission Advice Letters posted online to TISC.
Tuesday 18 December 2018, 11pm Deadline for year 12s to add or change their preferences for this December (main) offer round.
Friday 21 December 2018 December (main) round offers available.Successful students will be able to accept or defer their offer, or change their preferences in time for the January (second) offer round.

Students who do not receive an offer will be reconsidered for the January round.

Monday 7 January 2019 Applications close for portfolio entry into Curtin for the January (second) offer round.
Thursday 10 January 2019, 4.30pm Applications close for special consideration into Curtin for the January offer round.
Tuesday 15 January 2019, 11pm Deadline to re-arrange or add preferences for the January round of offers. TISC Applications won’t be accepted after this date.Final closing date for you to submit documents/transcripts of results to TISC for the January round of offers.
Tuesday 22 January 2019 January (second) round offers available.Students must accept and enrol, or defer by the deadline in their offer email.

Pathways

If your students don’t qualify for entry into their preferred course at Curtin, tell them not to worry – there are plenty of other options to help them gain admission.

Discover admission pathways

Scholarships

Your students may be able to apply for a Curtin scholarship to gain financial, academic and career support.

Year 12 students who have made Curtin their first preference for the December offer round and achieve an ATAR of 96 and meet other eligibility criteria or above will automatically receive a Curtin Excellence Scholarship.

Search for a scholarship

Need more information?

Do your students have any concerns or questions you’re unable to answer?

They can get in touch with Curtin.

Address: Building 102, Curtin University, Kent Street, Bentley Campus
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday 8.30am – 4.30pm and Friday from 10am – 4.30pm (excluding public holidays)
Phone: 1300 222 888

Other Universities in WA

If you want to know about the alternative pathways at all WA universities go HERE.

Snapshot of WA Universities

If you want a quick look at the WA universities look HERE.

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If you would like expert assistance in making your your transition from school contact me at Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au