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Jan Owen is the Rock Star of Careers

People Power. Future of Degrees. Flexibility .

Jan Owen blasts out a tune that is urgent and passionate and inspirational. 

Jan Owen with Keren Capel

She heads up the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) which she has spent the past 8 years driving to the forefront to influence government policy, drive world class careers research and become a conduit for 21st century success strategies.

I heard Jan speak at SpaceCubed on Tuesday night.

The main messages that I took away were:

1. People Power

Young people want ethical work where they are making a difference. Saving the planet is their number one concern and they are becoming more focused in doing work that will make the world a better place.

To emphasize her point Jan had with her two young West Australian social entrepreneurs who are making a difference:

Nat Foo

Nat Foo from threeonesix  who identified a link between poverty and exploitation of tea farmers and now manages an ethical tea retail business… a giant leap for an occupational therapist.threeonesix tea

 

Darren Looman

Darren is developing Greenbatch which is partnering with schools to collect plastic waste and turn it into filament for 3D printing. Find out how you can get involved HERE.

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Tips:

  • Both said that you need to pick a problem – research a solution – get people involved.
  • Start small to learn how to work on a project.
  • Neither could have done it without support from others. Both were, for example,  participants in the Young Social Pioneers Program run by FYA.
  • Resilience comes from knowing its the right thing to do.
  • Don’t do you degree at one university. Do units at universities around the world.
  • Both quickly and consciously used their degrees as a springboard to challenging lived experiences and to formal study which overcame barriers to them undertaking their projects.

2. The Future of Degrees

  • Degrees have a two-year shelf life. You can no longer get a degree and know that you have the in depth knowledge you need to succeed for a lifetime.
  • Employers are recruiting workers who have a lifelong learning mindset, then investing in them through ongoing training.

3. Flexibility is Key

While people still choose to gather in workplaces to engage in joined up problem solving, the nature of the workplace is changing.

  • Health professionals call in a range of experts to work together to develop a collaborative solution to a problem. This model is being adopted across all industries.
  • Lindfield Leaning Village and The New Work Mindset in Action are examples of collaborative problem solving ecosystems.
  • Building the personal capacity, physical infrastructure and communication networks to operate in an ecosystem of agile experts, is the key to successful 21st century problem solving.
  • Bosses now manage staff who are also working on their own gigs. It used to be that workers went home to family responsibilities. Now they go home to Uber driving, AirBnB businesses and AirTasker jobs.
  • The next FYA research report is being done on the Flexible Economy.

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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.


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21st Century Careers

The clue to having a successful career in the 21st century workplace is to see opportunities and solutions in today’s challenges and then use your creativity, intelligence and enthusiasm to create brighter futures.

Being Human

DeathtoStock_Simplify10 (2016_10_04 06_39_07 UTC)When robots and computers can do so much, being human will be your winning edge.

I love it when people value me and make me feel as if I belong.  Not just family.  I love it when the local barista asks about my holiday. I love it when my boss remembers my birthday. I love it when the occupational therapist listens to my Mum’s stories.

Ability to listen deeply and respond with humanity will become more important to the success of humans in the 21st century workplace.

Clean Air, Clean Water, Clean Land Death_to_stock_photography_bonus_floral_8

We are making such a mess of the planet that there will be a MULTITUDE of jobs needed to address the wreckage we are creating.

Start now. Invent a way of growing and certifying clean food. Set up a remakery. Design open source circular economy products.

Watch out for emerging trends to be ahead of the game.

Security 

DeathtoStock_IntotheLight-10.jpgThe media makes the world seem like such a dangerous place.

The media itself is a dangerous place. Are people really watching us through our phones?

Whether it is the fight against hackers or terrorists there is money to be made in protecting people and big business from unwanted intrusion.

It’s time to invent a new security door or become an ICT security ninja.

 Getting Connected

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When the high speed internet eventually arrives across Australia there will be lots of jobs connecting some things to other things to make new things.

In the meantime, the current NBN seems to be taking forever so there could be a long term job working on that.

When it is finished the Australian internet speed will be slower than the speed South Korea has already left behind, so you could continue upgrading and improving on the internet speed throughout your career.

Whether you are digging an NBN trench or creating a smart fridge that connects to a smart cow, there will be a lot of connecting going on.

Go crazy. Think of what could be connected? Connecting things is already big business.

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Our world is changing faster than at any time in history. We need new approaches and many people to address the problems of today and tomorrow.

 


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Parents as Career Partners 101

YOUR CHILD IS BEING LEFT BEHIND

self orderingOn Monday I saw my first “Automated Ordering Kiosk” at McDonald’s.

Is nothing sacred?!

Even this bastion of part time jobs for school students is being automated!

How are kids supposed to learn to “clean as you go” or about customer service, punctuality and responsibility??

Those young managers at McDonald’s did a brilliant job training school kids for 40 years. Now McDonald’s is reducing the number of staff it employs as it moves to self service.

There goes another job opportunity for millennials.

The message is clear. Kids cannot prepare for a career in the 21st century by expecting to do jobs from the 20th century.

Families need to build their own 21st century support system to prepare their children for future careers.

The Method of the Grandmother 2.0 connects your network of family and friends into the collective task of raising your child. By grounding your child in your family’s values they will have a solid launching pad.

The online world gives your child another edge.

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There are thousands of career sites. These government sites provide current, unbiased and professional information.

The WA Careers Centre

The WA Careers Centre  is in Forrest Place. It provides free information and counselling and you can find a lot of their resources, including occupation videos online.

Commonwealth Education Department

The Commonwealth government Education Department provides a number of resources including the  Careers Bullseye Posters.  These can be a bit of fun. You only have to choose 3 posters and pick a few jobs in each one to be able to see a trend towards potential careers. Once you have picked out some jobs check them out on the WA Careers Centre site.

Youth Central 

Youth Central is a Victorian Government site that I love. It gives information not found on the other sites… from study skills, how to write a CV when you have never had a job and how to make the most of a gap year. Today they have a story up about binge drinking. Fullscreen capture 14042017 24604 PM.bmp

MyFuture

MyFuture is the national careers site supported by all governments (except WA and NSW!).  If your child has a WA Education Department email address you will be able to use that to access the site. If your child goes to a non government school their school may have subscribed which means their school email address will get you access. It is simply the best careers site so worth some effort to log in.

These sites provide a solid foundation of careers information and advice and they can send you off in a thousand directions when you find things you are interested in.

Design the Future

Life after schoolNo other generation of parents has had to cope with so much change. It has never been harder to design a future where kids can be great.

The information on these sites, teamed with your network of family, friends, teachers, career advisors and other professionals, will help you to grow your child into a future ready citizen.


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The Future of Education is Here

The future of education is here, it is just unevenly distributed.

Sugata Mitra and Charles Leadbeater are international leaders providing glimpses of the future of education. Through their excellent work they create and report on prototypes of learning that are preparing students for the 21st century.

While most of us are stuck in traditional 20th century systems we are conscious that they cannot deliver citizens who are prepared for the 21st century.

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  1. Most of us are not aware of how fast the world is changing outside the school gates.
  2. Leading educators are conscious of how incompetent we are in trying to prepare kids for 21st century careers.
  3. Sugata Mitra and Charles Leadbeater are competent and conscious of the pockets of knowledge that they are sharing.
  4. If you ever hear of anyone who thinks they are unconsciously competent they are probably just not aware of what is going on.

There are pockets of innovation and experimentation happening across Western Australia.

We need to start sharing our ideas so that we can stand on the shoulders of the giants amongst us.

Our first task is to start talking to each other.