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5 Steps to being a leading career educator

Career education isn’t social work and it isn’t psychology, although it could be a bit like fortune telling if you don’t keep up with the changes to career development.

Predicting the future

These 5 clear steps will help you to build your capacity to confidently lead students to their best career.

Be an expert

You can’t wing it as a career advisor. People believe you are the expert. People believe what you say. A flippant comment or ill informed advice from you can change the direction of their lives.

Don’t do computer programming. Computers are a passing fad.

1990’s Phys Ed Teacher/Career Advisor to high school student in Geraldton

You have a personal responsibility to be the expert, to KNOW where to look for the right information.

Empower yourself with knowledge

STEP 1: Get a qualification. Join professional organisations. Make sure your skills are current.

Listening

Moore’s Law says the capacity of computers doubles every two years. I think the pace of change is doubling every two years. I look back on 2019 and it seems like ancient history.

You can’t keep up with the changes that every student is experiencing. What they bring to the table in 2021 is going to be vastly different to what you would have expected from a similar student in 2019.

Students even look different

If you bring a deep appreciation of how much things have changed to the table, you will be more able to listen, empathise and question until you understand.

STEP 2: Appreciate the world view of your student.

Research

Everyone, from the OECD and World Economic Forum to teachers writing to parents, is trying to help people to make rational, data driven career decisions.

There is so much change flickering into view. Career advisors must be able to discriminate between the latest bright, new, shiny thing, and a substantial initiative that could deliver a lifetime of career satisfaction.

Actively study the research

STEP 3: Do the hard yards. Study the research. Go to conferences. Keep up with professional developments.

Tech Tools

I love tech. The latest gadget, app, block chain initiative sends me down rabbit holes for hours.

If you don’t love tech, you need to figure out how to keep up.

Know your digital world

STEP 4: Find out about digital career tools at meetings, conferences and workshops.

Collaboration

When I worked in Arnhem Land the whole community worked to support students to find their best career.

We had NorForce (Defence) taking on cadets, unionists working as Master (Electrician) Mentors to would-be apprentices, the principal’s sister in Cairns providing accommodation to an interior design work experience student. Every business in town was willing to take people for work experience. Ex students and community members were mentoring students.

Throughout Western Australia, there is significant goodwill on the table waiting to engage with and support students who want to explore career opportunities and develop knowledge and skills.

Work with others

STEP 5: Reach out and collaborate with your community, with industry or with the In Focus Careers network to expand the opportunities available to your students.

Deliver Insanely Great Career Education

Keep up to date with the latest career news in Western Australia. Subscribe to the Infocus Careers Newsletter as your first step towards linking to a world of insanely great career ideas.

Infocus Careers is an independent organisation which is solely supported by insanely great subscribers who share information with me, support each other and help me to pay my bills.

I can talk about careers under water so if you would like to chat about how I can help you to improve your career or the services you deliver, give me a ring on 0434056412 or email me at Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au

Become part of the network of West Australian professionals who are working to deliver the best career support in the world. 

I come across careers information for adults every month as I am putting together the In Focus Careers News for schools. I have collated it in this monthly supplement because so many people have no idea what is available or where to start looking.

I hope it helps you to create a better life for yourself.

Infocus Careers is an independent organisation which is solely supported by insanely great subscribers who share information with me, support each other and help me to pay my bills.

I can talk about careers under water so if you would like to chat about how I can help you to improve your career or the services you deliver, give me a ring on 0434056412 or email me at Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au

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What’s the best way to record your micro credentials?

You probably need to capture what you are learning through short courses. Your record just needs to reflect what you want it to do. For example…..

My needs are simple

I don’t want to track every 2 hour Canva course that I do but I would like to keep a track of career webinars and conferences that I attend.

I would like to be able to record:

  • The name of each event
  • Key learning from each one
  • Who delivered the information
  • Date, time and a URL.

It would be good to be able to colour code different categories of learning so that I can easily see emerging trends.

Capturing Career Development Learning

Craig Hillman, from Helena College, recommends that teachers record reading the Infocus Careers Newsletter as PD on the WA Teacher Registration Board. 

His system has been adopted by a lot of teachers to demonstrate their commitment to becoming experts in their field, without a qualification.

The trick to finding the best system is to understand how you would use it

I would:

  • See what is trending from speakers in Australia and around the world.
  • Attach a copy of the data to job applications if it was able to be seen as a snapshot
  • Go back and check on notes for speeches and articles.

Figure out what functions you want your system to deliver as a first step, then start searching for options that deliver them and compare to see which one is the best fit. Be wary of the biggest and best available as it may do a lot of things that you don’t need.

After doing my simple analysis of what functions I need, I think a simple Excel spreadsheet will do the job.

Start by figuring out what you need

A quick analysis of how you would use your records will deliver the solution that you need, at least for the near future. A digital record can always be attached to a job application, and a potential employer can ask you about the courses you have done, even if they aren’t accredited courses.

Become part of the Network of West Australian professionals who are working to deliver the best career guidance in the world. 

Subscribe to the Infocus Careers Newsletter as your first step towards linking to a world of insanely great career ideas.

EMAIL: Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au 

Bev Johnson

Infocus Careers is an independent organisation which is solely supported by insanely great subscribers who share information with me, support each other and help me to pay my bills.

I can talk about careers under water so if you would like to chat about how I can help you to improve your career or the services you deliver, give me a ring on 0434056412 or email me at Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au

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In Focus Careers Teachers’ Guide

This 2021 Teachers’ Guide provides updated links to WA policies, guidelines and services that are identified in the Year 10 Magic Happens Handbook.

They are the shortcuts professionals need to support lessons. There are additional links to lesson ideas that don’t appear in the Handbook. 

It is automatically sent to schools and organisations that subscribe to the In Focus Careers Newsletter. 

I have updated the information from 2020. Sorry, I haven’t managed to make it funny or even faintly amusing in the latest issue!! You will just have to keep reading my newsletter for examples of my sparkling wit!!

If you would like a Word version just email me at Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au

I want West Australians to get the best career services in the world.

Check the In Focus Career services here.

If you would like to join the West Australian In Focus Careers network you can register here:

 

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Year 10 Magic Happens Infographic

The Year 10 Magic Happens Handbook and Teachers’ Guide are available to organisations that subscribe to the In Focus Careers newsletter.

You can register to join the In Focus Career Network HERE

The Magic Happens Infographic gives a quick guide to visualise the steps in the Year 10 Magic Happens Handbook.

To subscribe to the In Focus Careers newsletter go HERE.