Micro credentials are a way of packaging slices of knowledge. A quick Canva course is not a micro credential. You learn skills but you don’t get a recognised credential.
If you need to have proof that you have learned to the required standard, your proof will need to be recognised by people.
The easiest way to do this is to learn through a big organisation like a university, TAFE college or Registered Training Organisation, an organisation like Microsoft.
I need to be sure of what I am buying before I pay for a micro credential from someone I don’t know.
I lose stuff.
We need the provider of the micro credential to keep a record of our learning so that we can get it from them if we need it.
Your motivation to do a micro credential may be an employer requiring you to learn a new system or it may be a requirement of a job you want to move into. Many people aren’t motivated enough to finish their micro credentials because the motivation isn’t great enough.
Maybe they want skills or fun, not a qualification.
If your employer will benefit from you learning a new skill, you may be able to do part or all of the course in work time. The cost of doing the course could also be negotiated with your employer.
Micro credentials aren’t new, although the name may not be familiar. For years, people have learned how to become a barista, get a Responsible Service of Alcohol certificate or learn work’s new document management system.
The number and variety of courses becoming available is growing.
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.
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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.
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?
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.
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.
Be prepared to accept suggestions
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.
9. Seek Funding
You can work as you study or you can get a scholarship or a grant or government support.
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.
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.
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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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.
If you haven’t bitten off more than you can chew, revise your goals.
It’s time to be awesome
Year 12 is a magical year. You are at the pinnacle of your school career. So many opportunities are open and your teachers are there to support you every step of the way. You will never again have such a dedicated group of experts focused on YOUR success. It’s time to be awesome. It’s time to create your vision.
Use your teachers’ expertise and generosity to make Year 12 all it can be.
Revise your study skills and get your study plan into place ASAP. There is no time to waste in Year 12.
If you still haven’t discovered what you love, time to get stuck in to making a decision OR start looking at opportunities to expand your knowledge and experience through a Gap Year. Some of the most interesting adults still haven’t decided what they want to do, they just keep doing stuff that they love.
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.