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Tips on How to Get the Most out of the Careers Expo

Don’t sign ANYTHING.

The Careers Expo is great fun. There are happy, smiling people. There are glossy brochures and beautiful displays. People on the stands are friendly and helpful.

Of course they are! They are professionals. You aren’t going to buy something from someone who isn’t nice.

The Expos are a prime marketing place for all education and training organisation. They spend a lot of money on their displays and get their best, nicest, most professional sales people to tell you about their courses.Expo 1 2019

Many visitors sign up for thousands of dollars worth of training based on a noisy 5 minute discussion in the crowded Convention Centre.

STEP 1:

Don’t sign ANYTHING.

STEP 2:

Know that the biggest displays, those closest to the entry doors, and the most professional looking displays have spent the most money on trying to sell to you.

STEP 3:

Do your research.

Check out the list of Exhibitors. 

If you are interested in having a Gap Year check out which exhibitors will have information that will interest you. If you are interested in Trades, check out the ones that you must visit.

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Make the decision about which ones to visit before you get sucked in by the bright lights and music!

STEP 4:

Figure out three questions to ask exhibitor one before you meet with them. Make sure one of your questions is about price if they are selling courses.

Don’t be surprised if they don’t want to answer you about. You may get answers like “It depends on…… ” and “We have a great loan to cover your costs”.

Some exhibitors like Defence Force Recruiting and the Construction Training Fund aren’t actually selling courses.

You could also ask….

  • How long the course will take.
  • What are the entry requirements.
  • For contacts with current students.
  • What successful students are like.
  • Do they have a mid year intake.
  • If they have links with industry that provides work placement.
  • How long it takes their graduates to get a job in the industry.
  • What sort of work graduates get.

STEP 5 – FINAL STEP

Go to see your career advisor to discuss what you have discovered.

If you don’t know a career advisor go to a Jobs and Skills Centre and talk with them. Its FREE. The Jobs and Skills Centres are based in TAFE colleges but they also have information about unis.

Come to see me. I work for myself so will charge for my insanely great careers advice!

If you would like to unearth a world of possibilities send for a complementary copy of my insanely great careers newsletter:

Testimonial:

Thanks for the latest e-mail Bev, and for all the information and inspiring ideas over the year. Since I have become a part of  the (In Focus Careers) network I have grown in knowledge and motivation to really make a difference for our young people. 

(South West Regional Government High School.)

My Commitment to West Australian Careers Education

For In Focus Careers to be the conduit to Insanely Great Careers Information for West Australian students I undertake to:

  • Write 10 insanely great issues of In Focus Careers newsletter each year that focus on the needs of West Australian students and careers teachers.
  • Search for local, national and international information that could impact on the careers of West Australian students.
  • Connect you with insanely great careers teachers across the In Focus Careers network.
  • Listen to and support West Australian careers teachers
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Bev Johnson

M: 0434 056 412

Email: Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au

 


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Watch Out at the Careers Expo

All that Glitters Is NOT Gold

Knowing which organisations are worth your time and money is tricky. Organisations with the glossy brochures, smart staff and great looking Expo display may be all smoke and mirrors.

If you don’t know about careers opportunities the Careers Expo can be a minefield. Yet, you go to the Expo BECAUSE YOU DON’T KNOW ABOUT CAREERS!! So beware as you the sophisticated sales people tell you how great they are. Consult careers advisors before you sign away your future.

At least Careers Australia wasn’t there this year. They went broke last week after paying their shareholders $40m!!! Thousands of students  turned up to classes last week to be told, by a now unemployed teacher, that Careers Australia had closed down. Students have been left out of pocket and without a qualification.

McDonald’s

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McDonald’s has always delivered world class training.

Given cutbacks on government funding for retail training McDonald’s is a lighthouse for people who understand the excitement and satisfaction that comes from offering excellent sales service.

Students get paid as they learn by taking on a McDonald’s School Based Traineeship in Certificate II in Retail Services or Certificate III in Retail.  For more information go to McDonald’s Regional Training Organisation.

IMG_8046WA Aviation College

The women at the WA Aviation College told me that their Open Day on 10 June is going to be “Quite a day”.

There will be aircraft displays, discounted trial flights, industry pilots and Learn to Fly seminars.

Find out more at the Royal Aero Club Open Day.

Careers In Construction

IMG_8039There was lots of interest in construction careers. The construction industry trainers offer pre apprenticeship courses, scholarships and try a trade days to help school students to get into a construction trade.

Students can participate in try a trade days from Year 9. You can book in HERE

IMG_8044Australian Maritime College

The Australian Maritime College (AMC) has linked up with ECU so that you can start your maritime studies in WA before going to Tassie to use their high tech equipment.

A Time for Fun

The Careers Expo is always fun. Apart from the free showbags and pens there are friendly people to talk to. Gather information at the Expo… then ask a career advisor to guide you in your decision making. If you don’t have a career advisor you can get FREE support from the WA Careers Centre