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She’s Still World Class but her workshop has been postponed

I am so disappointed about this being postponed.

Since her workshop was announced I have been reading her stuff (see below) and have discovered Ronald Saltana and Tristram Hooley

I had visions of  her workshop kick starting a revolution in career development in WA.crying baby

THIS is what I had written to let you know about her….. I guess the revolution will continue to move at glacial speed!!

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As the power of career guidance races at glacial speed into the consciousness of school leavers, the Career Development Association of Australia (CDAA) is working to put a spotlight on the value of career guidance by bringing Dr Deirdre Hughes to Australia.

She is one of the growing band of social justice warriors who is fighting to break down barriers to career opportunities.

They are shifting the focus FROM the individual who needs to improve their interview skills, be more resilient and entrepreneurial TO building collaborative transitional frameworks that support people to transition to roles where they can engage their full potential.

The issues she talks about are similar to ours. She was involved with developing a commitment to providing a career pathway for every young Londoner. That commitment is outlined in the London Ambitions Report which you can check out HERE. 

London Ambitions Report

I got in touch with her through LinkedIn and asked how we can lift the profile and resources of career development in Western Australia. She sent me a link to work she has just had published which Champions Careers in Derby in the UK.

Championing Careers

It provides a vision and strategy that includes mapping the local Derby careers ecosystem. It is a strategy that we could use as a template in WA.

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Year 11s who want to go to uni – study tips and success strategies

Universities in Western Australia have started to make early offers to students. In the middle of Year 12 students can apply to go to university based on their estimated ATAR from Year 11 through to the end of semester 1 in Year 12. 

Teachers must estimate your ATAR score based on what you have done to the middle of Year 12 and their estimate is forwarded to universities BEFORE you undertake your final exams.

Year 11s no longer have time to settle in, fail their first exams, get a shock and up their game. These tips can help you to improve your game before your exams.

Study Tip 1 Prepare

Go through your diary and mark out:

  • Holidays
  • Birthdays
  • Important dates in sport
  • Exam times
  • School holidays
  • Other important dates in your year

Go through your diary and mark out your week

  • Mark in study planning every Sunday night for 10 minutes
  • Family time
  • Church time
  • Sport training
  • Music lessons and practice
  • Your part time job
  • Volunteer work
  • Hobbies and mucking around with friends

Where Does Your Time Go?

Discover where your time goes. Virginia Tech, in the United States, has created this study skills quick quiz to help students to become aware of how they use their time.

  • Do the quiz.
  • How many hours do you have to left study?
  • If you need more time to study modify your time usage to suit your needs.
  • Mark your diary with the study time blocks.
  • Mark your sleep time in your diary.
    • Schedule half an hour phone-free-zone before bed.
    • Create a pre-bed “sleep set-up” routine for that half hour.

Study Tip 2 Pinpoint Your (SMART) Goals

(Specific, Measurable, Action Oriented, Realistic and Timebound Goals)

My Goals

  • List each of your subjects
  • Set your specific, measurable goal for each subject e.g. English 75, Geography 64
  • Ask your teacher if this is realistic.
  • Ask you teachers to specify what you need to work on in their subject in order to achieve your goal.
  • Write down what they say.
  • This becomes your TO DO LIST

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Study Tip 3 Prepare to be a Superstar

Plan Your Study

When you first sit down to study, make a list of the things you need to do.

Go through comments and suggestions made by your teachers. See if there is anything you can do to take their advice.

If you haven’t got anything to do, go to your “To Do List” that you created from the information your teachers gave you.

Start to work on items on your list.

Secret Sunday Superstar Strategy

You need to learn how to critically reflect on how you have done and what you can do to improve.

Each Sunday evening take 10 minutes to:

  • Plan what to work on in each study time block.
  • Plan your study time to complete assignments.
  • Focus on your weaknesses.

Reflect on how well you studied last week…

  • Does your study timetable need adjusting?
  • How accurate you were at guessing how long each assignment was going to take?
  • Can you do anything more to pay  attention to your weaknesses?
  • Could you have asked your teachers for feedback or help on anything?
  • If you managed your phone.
  • What score out of 10 would you give yourself as a professional student?

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You KNOW that you need to manage your phone. You can waste hours half studying and half messing around on it.

  • Complete calls and text messages BEFORE you go to your study area then remove your  mobile phone from your study zone.
  • After an hour, take a break and check your phone messages, have a drink, talk to your family for 10 minutes.
  • Go back to your study zone and recommence the work you were doing.

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We used to be called the farmer’s WIFE – Information about women farmers

We used to be called the farmer’s WIFE.

At least we have moved on from that! But sadly, not far.

While women make up half the rural workforce and generate half the income, they are still almost invisible when it comes to leadership and power in the rural economy.

INvisible farmer cattle

As with women in trades and in science and computing jobs, women in agriculture are ignored, overlooked and explained away when it comes to opportunities to participate in decision-making. 

Women do not have adequate representation on rural decision-making bodies:

  • Agricultural commodity councils: 91% male, 9% female
  • Rural representative bodies: 87% male, 13% female
  • Publicly listed agricultural companies: 93% male, 7% female
  • Only 2.3% of CEOs in Australian agribusinesses are female, compared with an average of 17% across other industries.

Source: Visible Farmer Campaign

 

There is clear evidence of a shortage of workers in agriculture, the world is craving fresh, clean food and the industry is demanding higher level skills to address issues of climate change.

INvisible farmer organic farming

Despite all this and despite more women than men graduating from uni, women are still not being seen or heard in primary industries.

 

The Visible Farmer is a media campaign to increase the visibility of rural women.

Check out the series of 15 short videos here. Tell your friends. Show them to your classes.

Join the RRR Women’s Network to see what other women are doing to try to get a fair go for RRR women in WA.

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Today is the 200th Birthday of John Tenniel who drew the Cheshire Cat

The Cheshire Cat is the one who said:

If you don’t know where you are going it doesn’t know what road you take.

According to Google this is the 200th birthday of John Tenniel who drew the Cheshire Cat for Alice in Wonderland.

Thanks John. That spooky drawing has come to mind every time I have quoted Lewis Carroll to a student!

 


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March Issue Out Now

If you have West Australian career information for the April issue of In Focus Careers please let me know by 23 March.

I have just put out the latest issue. I have new stuff on:

  • the lack of STEM jobs,
  • uni and TAFE courses,
  • links to new publications, reports and stats
  • offers to my presentations on Getting Info Medicine,
  • a link to Expo research resources made available from Mt Barker.

Lots of people are still asking for the 2020 Magic Happens Career Handbook and Teacher’s Guide.

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Your pathway to medicine in WA

Getting into medicine is a job. The competition is fierce and the pathway is rigorous. Many potential doctors fall by the wayside due to the strain of the application process.

This presentation was given to potential applicants for medicine courses in WA. Scitech Pathways to Medicine 2020

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During the summer holidays 30 students who were going into year 11 and 12 this year did a week long, hands on and theory course at the Harry Perkins Centre. The program is run by Scitech to help students to find out more about health careers in WA.

You can find a cut down version of the presentation HERE. Scitech Pathways to Medicine 2020

If you would like to develop your personal plan for getting into medicine, or an alternate health career, please contact me. 


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Your first full time job – Getting and apprenticeship. Case Study

Oscar Winter chose to go to Morley SHS where they run a specialist multimedia and broadcasting program. He loved it. By the end of the course in year 10 he had started up his own website building business.

His mates at Morley were doing the special aviation program. It sounded brilliant so in year 11 & 12 Oscar joined his friends in the course.

Oscar was good at maths and loves thinking through things logically. The course included mapping, planning, problem solving, meteorology and physics. It was perfect for him.

His interest in aviation became a passion. He really wanted to work in aircraft maintenance.Oscar Winter

Next Steps

In year 12 Oscar:

  • got help to put together his resume and a cover letter. It identifies a host of short courses, leadership roles, extra-curricular activities, and his work history. This really is a resume to be proud of.
  • sent his resume and covering letter out across the network he had built up while at school.
  • searched online for companies in WA that would possibly employ him as an apprentice and sent his resume to them.
  • got his family to contact people in their network to see if there were any leads for potential jobs.

Oscar got an offer of work experience at one of the companies he had contacted, and he is following up with the other companies he had written to.

He is now:

Find your path to your best future. Contact me for insanely great career advice. Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au

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Career Advice Sets Up Social Justice

People roll their eyes and think about their sex life/cat/lunch, if I tell them I “democratise career opportunities”.

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No more!! I have finally found my tribe! I have found others who think like me. 

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One of them is Ronald Sultana.

The Careers Industry Council is putting on a webinar with Ronald Sultana called What would socially just career advice look like?

He argues that, in an increasingly unequal world, we need to take a clear stance in regard to the injustices and widening gap between the “haves” and “have nots” around us.

The webinar is on 18th February. You can register HERE.

Tristram Hooley

I also found this recent presentation on Why Politicians should care about career development by Professor Tristram Hooley.

Some of his slides are so inspirational that I have printed them off and stuck them up in my office. Tim Hooley Take Back Control

Yes. I am *#% crazy about career development.

I will keep you posted as I get inspired by others.

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Go to TAFE NOW! 15 – 17 year olds

15 – 17 year old students can go to TAFE full time. The State government guarantee 12 years of education for West Australian students. You can go to TAFE or school until the end of the year in which you turn 17.

School aged students get significantly cheaper course fees:

TAFE Fees 2020

The capped fees are available across Western Australia.

Contact your local TAFE college or Jobs and Skills Centre to find what courses are available.

See How to Leave School Early Guide

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In Focus Careers Network  supports members as we create a rich  resource of careers information and advice for West Australian school students.

Subscribe to the In Focus Careers Network to:

  • Get the latest news careers news for students, families and teachers.
  • Get resources designed for West Australians.
  • Become careers experts with links to the latest research, new teaching resources and PD opportunities, and
  • Plan the school career calendar using the Monthly Calendar of Events.


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Your Insanely Great Careers News in February

The First In Focus Careers Newsletter for WA High Schools in 2020 will be out on 29th January.

See:

  • Emerging Australian industries and where the jobs are coming from.
  • Scholarship information
  • Pre apprenticeship opportunities for February
  • A comparison of West Australian university rankings
  • Unusual ATAR cut off scores for 2020
  • A special careers feature for geography teachers.

There are 45 pages of information to help high school teachers to provide insanely great careers information to their students.

Magic Happens Careers Handbook

If your school subscribes and you haven’t received your copy of the Magic Happens Careers Handbook and Teachers’ Guide yet, email me at bev.j@infocus-careers.com.au and I will send it out.

Magic Happens

Join the In Focus Careers Network

In Focus Careers Network  supports members as we create a rich  resource of careers information and advice for West Australian school students. 

Subscribe to the In Focus Careers Network to:

  • Get the latest news careers news for students, families and teachers.
  • Get teaching resources designed for West Australians.
  • Become careers experts with links to the latest research, new teaching resources and PD opportunities, and
  • Plan the school career calendar using the Monthly Calendar of Events.