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Do you know who to call? Career Websites

The number of useful websites keeps growing, so I have updated this Coggle Map. It is useful for career advisors, school leavers and job seekers.

Many of the government sites are duplicate services. You do NOT need to go to each of these sites.  You MAY choose to get frustrated that government departments don’t collaborate!!

Useful Career Websites

Useful Career Websites

You can find the Coggle Map of Useful Sites HERE. I have put links to each of the sites so that you don’t have to look up each one.

If you can’t get in,  email me and I will send you the link: Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au

Subscribe to the In Focus Careers Newsletter

You can save time and improve the quality of career advice you give. Subscribe to the In Focus Careers newsletter that is supported and shared by 100s of West Australians.

Email me for a complimentary copy: Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au

I just wanted to pass on my appreciation and admiration for the work that you do with this newsletter and your website. Every month, there is something in there that resonates with me on the ‘why’ of our job.

 

 

 

 

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WA Career Teachers are the Best Informed Career Teachers in the World

West Australian career teachers are the BEST INFORMED careers teachers in the world.

I haven’t fact checked this but…..

…where else would you find nearly 1000 educators, employment service providers, unis, RTOs, and a bunch of industry people who are so parochial, and so concerned for career education that they freely share information for the common good?

The contributions of West Australians, and a few other minor players like the Commonwealth government, has resulted in the August issue having 50+ pages of stories on:

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Thanks to everyone who helps us to keep up to date in this bugger of a year. 

(I did a Fact Check and found we are not only the best informed career teachers in the world, we are also the best looking, most intelligent, most professional and most generous!!)

Bev.J@Infocus-careers.com.au 

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The In Focus Careers Newsletter Rocks

If you subscribe to the In Focus Careers Newsletter you know how much work I put into it. I am sometimes surprised when I meet someone at a workshop or conference who mentions something I have written.

I feel like I am working away in my cave and no one is listening.

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Rebecca Herbertson, WA President of the CDAA wanted me to go for one of the National Careers Partnership Grants to have my newsletter developed for each State/Territory collating information just for that jurisdiction.

You need to be a little obsessed, a lot passionate and a tad parochial if you want to do what I do, so I don’t think it is a goer nationally.

Rebecca wrote this testimonial in support of her idea … and I am so glad she did.

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The In Focus Monthly Careers Newsletter is a curated collection of current scholarships, career programs, important dates, Career Expos and events, career research and resources.

While aimed at the secondary school practitioner in WA, I find it incredibly valuable as a Careers Educator in the VET sector.

Having a trusted source of timely information means that parents, students, job seekers and career development practitioners have an up to date reliable resource telling what is out there, all in the one place. Prior to subscribing to the In Focus Careers Newsletter I would only discover resources or opportunities by accident, or through time consuming research.

Having this resource at a National level could address one of the biggest issues we have in Careers in Australia; recreating the wheel over and over because we don’t know about something that already exists.

There is currently no universally recognised system for distributing careers information or for advertising programs and events, which reaches everyone who would be genuinely interested and find it helpful.

The reinvention of the wheel can be seen in the plethora of websites which contain the same or similar information all funded by Governments, such as Jobs and Skills WA, MyFuture, Job Outlook and Job Jumpstart.

A National Resource, with a similar format of the In Focus Careers Newsletter, which was published monthly, and distributed through all schools, job actives, DES providers, TAFEs and organisations like The Smith Family across the nation, would be amazing.

Of course such a resource would need a team headed by someone like Bev Johnson, curator of the In Focus Career Resources Hub, who has the careers expertise, knowledge and energy required to put together such a well-researched publication. Without Bev’s passion, networking, and career expertise, such a resource would be likely to miss the mark.

Rebecca Herbertson,

WA Divisional President – Career Development Association of Australia

Director of Training and Compliance for the Betterlink Group – a private RTO specialising in Careers and Employment Training to the sector.

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The Ultimate Career Beginner Guide

I have transposed Derick David’s The Ultimate Startup Beginner Guide  into a careers context. I have never seen careers guidance use the strategies of Uber, Tesla and Airbnb to achieve success. It is worth thinking about.  

1. Imagine your future while staying in the moment

Business guru, Tom Peters created the concept Brand You. Now every person has phenomenal power to create their own Brand by going online.  Future

Your current moment is reflected in your Brand. The seeds of your future are embedded in your Brand.

If you are not conscious of a vision for your future, find someone who does have a vision for their future and try working with them as your personal awareness grows.

Do what you like.

You can start to unearth your where you are now and what you like try by following the steps recommended HERE. 

2. Find What’s Missing in the World

Look around you. What do you think the world needs?Giraffe best one

Is it better educators? Become a teacher.

Is it beautiful gardens? Study horticulture.

Is it better alternative energy? Become an electronics engineer.

3. Play with different ideas

Imagine and write down ideas about your future.

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When an idea pops up in your mind, write it down.

Compare your ideas. Check to see which ones you care about.

4. Think the guiding questions

Would this be a valuable way to spend your life? Are you going to be satisfied being a …hairdresser….builder…. accountant? Are you making a difference?

Having the answers to these questions puts you ahead of the game.

5. Create a Prototype

When you have an idea check it out. Do work experience. Volunteer. Check videos of people doing the job. Meet people who do that work.

Don’t jump directly into a career. You can waste time and money going down the wrong path.

6. Show it to 100 people

Talk to everyone about your idea. Explain it in detail. It doesn’t have to be EXACTLY 100 people but the more people you talk to about it the more you will learn about your subject. They may even offer to help you.

Collect Feedback

Be prepared to accept suggestions

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Keep talking and discussing and work on keeping an open mind as you do your research.

7. Iterate Fast. 

Chunk the ideas into groups:

  • Those that will help you to have a remarkable future/Those that will not.
  • Those that make sense/Those that do not.
  • Those in the bin/Those to follow up

If you get stuck, ask from help, either from a friend or from an expert.

You will probably change your path a million times through your life. Your values will anchor you to your best path. 

8. Find Co-founders

When you decide on a career path, find 3-4 people going in the same direction. If you are lucky, you can work as a team to inspire, support and motivate each other.

If you are SUPER lucky you will find a mentor to guide you.

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9. Seek Funding

You can work as you study or you can get a scholarship or a grant or government support.

Money The earlier you explore funding options the better.

Many scholarships don’t go to the brightest student on the block. Some industries, like agriculture, give significant industry support to those who choose to go into it.

Exploring funding opportunities needs to be part of your research.

10. Launch the product (You)

You have been launching your product your whole life. Sometimes Brand You goes into a new phase. Have a great launch.

Get the best possible referees through volunteering or work experience or even by doing assignments that solve a problem for a company. They will help you with your launch.

Go for scholarships and grants as you study. Mention them on your CV.

Go for awards. Even ones that don’t relate to your Brand.

If you get the opportunity to study overseas, take it. There are scholarships that will help you to study overseas.

Find out about cadetships in your industry.

All this will help you to create a great launch into your next phase.

11. Be Patient

Love the process. Love what you are doing as you create your ideal future.

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Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.

12. Check if your “customers” come back

You are your #1 customer. Spoil yourself. Spend time to reflect how happy you are with your product.

Are things turning out as expected? Are you still following what you value?

You will probably adjust your course often. Your Ideal Future may change as you learn more and discover new opportunities.

Keep growing. Your next move will bring you even closer to what you value.

Conclusion

From Bev…

Doing this transposition from business startup to career development has been fun. I have written a million business plans in my life and followed various business development systems but I have never thought of applying any of those systems to careers.

Now that I have done it I don’t know why I didn’t see how we can learn from Uber, Airbnb and Tesla as we design careers.

What we usually lack is a mental framework like this that helps us to stay on track. Most career failures come from the inside. This framework will help you to build your amazing life.

I wish to acknowledge the source of the original document again:

On the 5 June Medium published a great article called The Ultimate Startup Beginner Guide by Derick David (@zealous) which he draws from 5 years researching Tesla, Uber, Airbnb and distilling a 12 step process that can be replicated.

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Year 12 – What to do Next Year

Parents are worried

Their kids are in year 12. They haven’t decided what to do next year.

Parents don’t want their kids to leave school and fall into a hole. The kids don’t want to talk about it.

Parents can suggest these steps as a path forward

STEP 1: Explore

Check out some aptitude tests to see what tends to come up. Find a range of different tests HERE. 

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  • Get a piece of paper or a notebook.
  • Pick 4 different tests to do.
  • After each one write down three most important things the test indicated. For example….
    • I want to work outdoors
    • I am creative
    • I am a natural leader
  • When you have done a few tests you should start to see some common themes. These will help you as you explore your career options.
  • Some of the tests, like Job Outlook suggest career matches to match your aptitudes.

Step 2: The Shoulders of Giants

Sometimes it’s hard to see what’s around you

I once counselled a student whose mum and dad, brother and uncle were mechanics yet she hadn’t thought of being a mechanic. She ended up doing a Defence Force Gap Year where she started a mechanic apprenticeship.

It is easiest to build from what you know, yet we are often not aware of what we know. 

If you are an Eskimo you might think building igloos is for you. If everyone in your  family plays an instrument, being a musician could be for you.

What careers you know from your life experience? Check out your family, your family friends, school friends’ parents, sport coaches.

What work do they do?

It is easier when you build from what you know. 

Step 3: What is Important?

Whether it’s diamonds, world peace or having fun, your values will remain fairly stable and they will ground you throughout your life.   

This game helps you to clarify your values.

1. In a list, write the names of 8 people you like. 

They can be family or friends, famous people or fictional people like superman.

Don’t go on until you have your list.

2. Now next to each name write three or four things you like about that person.

3. Group similar values with different colour highlighters. You might group together smart, wise, clever, leader. (CLEVER)

Try to group all of the values into three or four groups. Give each group one name.

Now you have key values that are important to you.

These values guide who you are, how you act and what you do.

They anchor your decisions. 

When you are in doubt, make decisions that are consistent with your values. 

Summary

Well, that’s not a bad start. From the work you have done you now know:

1. What natural abilities you have.

2. What natural careers environment you live in.

3. What values drive your decisions.

Awareness of your natural abilities, your natural careers environment and your values can drive your decisions.

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If you are a worried parent who would like career advice for your student contact me at Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au or phone 0434056412.

In Focus Careers Newsletter

If you are associated with a high school in Western Australia it probably subscribes to my In Focus Careers Newsletter. Career information you receive about new courses, career events and scholarships are delivered to the school each month through the newsletter.

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Covid-19 Career News Update WA

Year 12 Career Warriors Survival Guide

The Year 12 Career Warriors Covid-19 Survival Guide is is available via Google Docs. Just click and a request comes to me to give you permission to access it.

The huge number of requests for it must reflect the amount of anxiety Year 12’s are feeling. Stay cool. If you have any questions just email me. Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au

Senior School Career Warriors Presentation

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I put together this presentation for one school. It is pretty self explanatory.

I did it in Canva and it only downloads as a PDF.  Click on Senior School Career Warriors to ask for access to it and I will give you permission as soon as I get to your email.

I could share it from my Canva account too which would make it easier to use if you are a Canva user.

Feel free to use it with your senior school students.

Best Online Courses

The Good Universities Guide has put up this list of websites for online courses.

They say:

1. edX

2. Udemy

3. Coursera

4. LinkedIn Learning

This is not my field of expertise so I can’t recommend one over the other. For information go hereIf you have difficulty finding what you want, let me know and I will put out a request for information across the network.

Workplace Learning Alternatives

Sorry, I can’t shed any light on how to meet your workplace learning obligations under certificate courses.

I wrote to all of the Industry Training Councils on Saturday asking for information and advice and alternatives to WPL.

Norma, who leads the Retail and Personal Services Industry Training Council, is devastated at the hit her retail industry is taking.

The Logistics Industry Training Council said:

Unfortunately at this point in time, it is rather difficult to predict where things are headed… The aviation sector is taking a hit from the tourism side and border closures whereas other supply chain sectors (i.e. distribution centres and road freight) are frantically working around the clock to ensure supplies are prioritized to restock shelves and allow essential medicines and equipment to get into the country.

In the meantime, in case you had not come across this…it a link to a virtual enterprise that may be of assistance for students:

https://www.edenexchange.com/c/virtual-enterprise-australia-213

Scitech has Closed

Those who are not taking this seriously may have thought a day at Scitech could be a good idea. Nup:

Scitech Closed

So is the zoo and practically everywhere except schools.

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One Wit suggested that weddings could be conducted at schools as you are allowed to have as many as you like there!!

Stay safe.

 

 

 

 

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An apple tree produces apples

Time to chill about career decisions with this quick hack to your future.

Skip Black Swans and Purple Elephants

If you have never had anything to do with black swans or purple elephants you are unlikely to give them much consideration in your future.

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If you have never had anything to do with farming or the army you are unlikely to give them much consideration as a career choice.

Skip careers that you haven’t had anything to do with.

An apple tree produces apples

applesPeople you like most, or who are closest to you, will have the most influence on your future. 

  • If your mum is a doctor you are likely to end up somewhere in the health industry. Particularly if you are a girl.
  • If your dad is a builder you are likely to end up in building trades, or maybe architecture or engineering. Particularly if you are a boy.

Check out 20 people you know who have jobs.  What are those jobs?

Break down gender stereotypes. Check out the jobs of everyone in your circle.

Go broad. “Health” could include be selling pharmaceuticals or doing medical research.

Which ones COULD you consider?

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Don’t expect the answer to shout at you. Your future will arrive in a whisper.

Take the Power

By knowing that apples produce apples you will have the power to take into your heart those careers that you know from your home and close environment. This new awareness will help you to make decisions about where to start your career.

This simple hack will rule out 90% of careers and will make your choices much more manageable.

(Your decision will be easier if you know if you like science or humanities. You can start by building on those natural abilities to narrow down your choices even more and kick start your career in your chosen industry. )

Discover insanely great careers information

Get this and other insanely great careers information by subscribing to the In Focus Careers newsletter.

Relax…

  1. Your first copy will be with you soon.
  2. I will ask you to send through the list of staff you would like me to add to your school email group. Most schools have 6 – 10 staff on their list. A few just have one. You can add more people at any time.
  3. I will send them all their copy and tell them that they are welcome to re-issue the information however they wish within your school community.
  4. Each month you will get your new monthly issue with:
    • Information to share with students and families;
    • A section of events, resources and research for education professionals; and
    • A calendar of events months into the future.
  5. I will send you any new career teaching resources that I develop
  6. You can relax,  knowing you have a conduit to all the information you need to help your students to unearth their best path to their future.

I am an evangelist for insanely great career education. Tap into the In Focus Careers community to unearth the power to be a career hero to your students. 

Contact me at Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au or on 0434056412

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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WA Career Events – Week of July 24

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⇒ August Issue – Tertiary Reminders Careers Newsletter

I will send out the August newsletter this week (24th July) with news of career events happening in WA through August and September. As requested, I have included lots of information about:

  • Scholarships
  • Vocational education opportunities.

If you know of any events that I have missed please let me know and I will share that information here.

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⇒ STEM Incursion for Year 10 Students

Schools can enlist the help of Scitech to encourage year 10 students to choose STEM subjects by booking a school incursion.

⇒ Redesigning Futures Workshop Series Starts– Kent Street SHS

Workshops to empower senior students to become Changemakers for the Future start at Kent St Senior High on 28th July.

⇒ University Open Days

Green screen movie studios, wetland safaris and seeing how you use bubbles to float metal are on my “To See” list at the Murdoch Open DayOPen day⇒ 27th July UMATUmat

Good luck to everyone doing the Undergraduate Medical Admissions Test on 27th.

To read discussions between last year’s applicants search “UMAT 2015” on whirlpool.net.au forums.

⇒ 27 – 28 July West Kimberly Youth Services Forum

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Kimberley Youth Services are running workshops at Goolari to provide information on:

  • Employment and Careers
  • Money management
  • Emotional well-being

Ph: 9192 2228 Email: wkys.conference@gmail.com

⇒ 29th July Notre Dame Early Offers Close 

logo-notre-dameIf you are in Year 12, you can apply directly to Notre Dame and potentially receive an offer prior to doing your end of year exams.

 

If you want the know-how to connect to your ideal future career contact:

Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au M: 04340564121