Western Australia probably grows more grain than… practically anyone….. and there are jobs in everything from international marketing to scientific research to fencing.
Western Australia is a world leader in grain agriculture. There are scholarships and many training pathways into the industry.
The Careers in Grain people sent through this message:
Last year, we attended 30 different school and university events and look forward to building on the momentum and meeting even more students and job seekers. Be sure to let us know if you hear of any events that you’d love to see us at!
Contact Kayla Evans to invite her to your school career expo.
If you would like to reach thousands of Western Australian school students with information about careers in your industry, let me know.
I will share your information in the monthly In Focus Careers Newsletter that goes out to over 100 West Australian high schools.
If you would like to see a complimentary copy of the newsletter please let me know.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Problem solving skills, creativity, collaboration. For the past 5 years we have been told about the importance of these skills. The tide has turned. There is now a growing emphasis on the need for expertise.
Soft Skills Alone Won’t Get You a Job
Michelle Hoad, Managing Director of North Metropolitan TAFE, told the VET Careers Forum that soft skills alone are not going to get you a job. She went on to talk about employers clamouring graduates with deep technical skills.
Developing “T” Shaped Citizens
Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel told a recent Maths Association conference that there is a need to develop “T” shaped individuals. The vertical pole is the deep and narrow skills that make you an expert. The horizontal part of the T is the 21st century soft skills like communication and collaboration skills. You need the deep skills, and you need to practice and apply them so that you have something of value to communicate.
The need for rigorous academic study BEFORE you go to university is being pushed aside by alternative pathways to university and the removal of pre-requisite requirements for many courses.
Finkel calls for the reinstatement of pre-requisites by universities to signal they want deep knowledge as well as inquisitive thinkers. He quotes Jeff Bezos who calls for experts with a beginner’s mind. You can hear the Saturday Extra Podcast HERE.
The focus of VET must be beyond skilling for a job (and its technical competencies) to one that encompasses ‘soft skills’ and imparts continuous learning and adapting mind sets across a lifetime career that will involve change.
A surprising number of teachers have launched into photography and are becoming really good at it. Indulging their creativity and improving their skills has become their purpose.
Whether it is becoming an expert photographer, renovating houses or working with orphans in Cambodia finding a purpose may be your biggest struggle after leaving teaching.
Stay In Touch
Don’t lose your friendships. You can maintain your friendships by continuing to work part time or do relief teaching at your school.
Become a Facebook demon and send photos of your trip, your renovation and your new business to your friends.
It is no accident that Baby Boomers are the biggest users of Facebook. We have a rich history of friends to keep in touch with and lots of memories to share.
If you are tired of trying to think about what you are going to do next and feeling overwhelmed by stepping into the world beyond school it may be time to think about hiring a qualified career advisor to guide you towards your next chapter.
When I was at the recent Murdoch University Career Advisors day there were 400 senior school students doing a WACE economics enhancement program. They were participating in the Murdoch Student Workshop program for secondary school students, starting at Year 8.
MOOCs are everywhere. They are now being made for primary school students. Adelaide University is delivering MOOCs for Foundation – Year 6 in Digital Technologies WITH teaching resources. With all of the inherent systemic barriers to change, including existing expectations, it is difficult for teachers to accommodate these resources into their pedagogy.
I have started an Opportunities to Grow section in my monthly careers newsletter for WA high schools in an attempt to help teachers, students and their families to keep up with all of the emerging opportunities. Many of these opportunities required teachers to coordinate, administer and manage OH&S, not teach.
It doesn’t take Sherlock Holmes to see the problem. Teachers need to adapt to the world that is barging into their patch.
Traditional expectations, traditional systems and OH&S rules that ensure students are safe are are endangering the careers of teachers as they struggle to maintain relevance into the future.