I thought filling out their Personal Record might help Year 7s to get grounded and become more conscious of who they are as they start on so much change.
If you plan to read or store their Personal Records, you will need to tell them that before they write down their personal information.
Baby Steps to Career Excellence
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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!!
In most cases the links are through to the information provided by the Good Universities Guide Career Ladders. Where information wasn’t available on the Careers Ladders I have added a link to the most useful information I could find.
MyFuture has videos and great information about careers. It may be worth subscribing as all States and Territories contribute to that central store of information. It costs about $15 a year to subscribe.
In Focus Careers
I wrote a post recently with updated links to all of the key careers sites.
There is a lot of duplication in these sites, particularly in the government ones, so find which ones work best for you.
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Forget resilience. Forget the struggle. Forget pleasing others. Everyone deserves a great life without all that.
Once you know what your great life would look like, you can forget the ongoing internal battle about what is right for you and set off in the right direction.
When you find your purpose you gain a new confidence in your decisions. Your decisions feed your confidence. You come to please yourself rather than trying to please others. That is when you create your best possible life.
Your best possible life emerges in a spiral that nourishes itself.
The Bright New Shiny Thing
When you feel stuck, you want magic to deliver you to your new future.
You want a flash of light. You want to head off towards a bright new shiny thing NOW.
You are Worth Listening To
Finding your best life will come in a whisper. It is worth taking the time to listen.
Start to Play
These aptitude tests are a great start. There are lots of them.
Once you have done two or three of them, common themes will start to emerge. You will start to see what you are naturally good at.
(You may have to download the free Coggle Map app for the links to work.)
I am an expert in guiding people as they find the best way to connect with their purpose.
Stage 1 User Centric Research
If you have started doing some aptitude tests, you have already started on Stage 1.You have started to gain insights about yourself.
I will take you further into this journey of self discovery.
This is fun. It is all about you. Who you are. What you love. What you do.
Stage 2 Insights Based on the Research
What is guiding your decisions? We analyse the information that you unearth in Stage 1 and clarify your needs and values.
We will refine what drives you and what you want in life.
We have moved from the General Problem to the Specific Problem
What direction will connect you to your purpose?
Stage 3 Ideation
We go broad again. This is where my knowledge of opportunities in Western Australia shines. I know about international economic trends and the future of work. I know about potential pathways.
In Stage 3 I will make lots of suggestions. We will brainstorm lots of ideas for you to consider.
Stage 4 Prototypes
We start to narrow down the options guided by the information we identified about what you love, your needs and values. We will create potential models for you and narrow down the choices to follow until you are clear about which direction to take.
When the Specific Solutions have been identified I will provide you with a Personal Development Plan which is your roadmap for going towards your Best Possible Life.
This is where you want to be.
Your Personal Development Plan will give you a clear direction. It will include actions for you to take.
You are now on the road to YOUR BEST POSSIBLE LIFE.
Free Initial Consultation
I am Chief Evangelist for Insanely Great Career Services in Western Australia.
I can help you to save time, money and frustration.
I have an innate ability to see in others what they haven’t seen in themselves and to guide them to a path to their best possible future.
I am truly dismayed when I see amazing, wonderful people living a half life as they leave their potential on the table.
You owe more to the world. Your owe more to yourself.
When you are ready to unearth your potential and set off to create your best possible future contact me at: Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au or M: 0434056412
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.
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
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.
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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There is so much to discover and experience at university open days that students need to start going to them in Year 10. Those students who are most familiar with their university have the best chance of success.
The smart trend is to do your research on social media then go to the coolest exhibitions for the experience and for your selfie.
The Year 10 Open Day Worksheet is short and simple. It will help you to get the most out of your day and help you to find careers to investigate over the next year.
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(South Metropolitan Government High School.)
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You probably started your working life in McDonalds, or Bunnings or the local newsagent.
You stood on your feet all day, rushed to keep up with your workload, frequently dealt with rude customers, made sure every tiny detail was taken care of……and SMILED.
The move to online shopping makes the long term prospects of face to face selling seem bleak.
Just as banks have pushed their customers out the door to serve themselves, big retailers like Coles are upgrading their infrastructure so that they can do the same.
The new infrastructure will support trends in the Internet of Things automatically shopping for you, and smart shopping trolleys. Retailers are working hard to ship faster so that customers don’t have to wait for their stuff, or go to a bricks and mortar shop.
The Coles Graduate Programs attracts the smartest graduates to power more efficiencies and higher profits. Post graduate studies focusing on retail psychology can make you competitive for one of these positions, although successful candidates reflect the emerging skills that retail managers predict they will need.
These high pressure graduate programs include keeping up with ambitious key performance indicators, dealing with rude customers, making sure every tiny detail is taken care of …..and SMILING.
And if you succeed you will be generously rewarded. Senior retail managers earn good money and bonuses for exceeding goals.
The retail world is exciting, tough and changing. Senior managers go through serious ongoing training to keep them ahead of trends. They know what culture changes are buzzing around them and use that to inform their decisions.
Year 10 is an amazing transition year. As you start Year 10 you Could still be acting like a kid. By the end of the year you will start to realise that no one else is in charge of your career. No one else is going to do it for you.
In Year 10….
Try new stuff. Say YES. Try stuff that might not work. Make mistakes.
Make connections. 85% of jobs are filled through networking.
Get a part time job. Try to get one at a big company where you get training, like McDonalds or one of the big supermarkets.
You meet people, you get to try different things that you are interested in, and you don’t have to stay if you don’t like it. Search online for “volunteer jobs” and name your suburb or create a Seek.com account and check out the “Volunteers” tab.
Interested in sport? Coach a junior team. Volunteer to umpire. Help to organise.
Go to university open days and the two career expos in the middle of the year.
Year 10 is the BEST year at school … well, it is for lots of students.
In order to get the most out of it you need to set up a bond with your teachers so that you are the one they think of when opportunities come up. Become the best friend of the year coordinator, the careers teacher… the music/art/physics teacher….
Success in Year 10 will come to those who turn up and say teach me.
If you want help to grow into your potential call me on 0434056412 or email me at Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au. We will see what we can do to find your best possible future.