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Get a support team – Don’t leave year 12 without it

Don’t dance in the dark alone

If you want to collect butterflies or fly to the moon, there are people who are already doing it…… and sharing their ideas online. They would love to hear from you.

Look online for magazines, Facebook pages, LinkedIn…. any groups that you might be interested in AND MAKE CONTACT. 

For career advice you can go to these sites 

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Jobs and Skills Centres are Your New Best Friend

The new Jobs and Skills Centres based in West Australian TAFE Colleges are there to guide you into TAFE, employment or university. A new one has just opened in Kalgoorlie.

If you just want to talk call Lifeline

Leaving school is one of the most stressful times of your life. EVERYONE struggles with such a massive change. If you just want to talk with someone call Lifeline.

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Call the Expert

If you would like professional career counselling from me email Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au. You can check out testimonials on my home page.

 


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They are Taking Secondary Teachers’ Jobs

I did the BBC quiz to find out Will a Robot Take Your Job? It was good to see that teaching won’t be coded out of existence any time soon.

That was reassuring given the competition already there from non teachers who are moving into senior school education.

  • I went to the Central Queensland University Career Advisors Day where we were told about the Start Uni Now program that allows students in years 10 – 12 to undertake a bachelor degree subject.
  • This week I discovered that Edith Cowan University is offering Short Courses for Credit in some bachelor degrees.
  • 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.
  • The Preparing Young People for the Future of Work report criticises VETiS heralding changes to that system as we know it.
  • 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.


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How to Blitz Year 12

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.

Year 12

  • 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.
  • Explore scholarships by subscribing to the scholarships news at the Good Universities Guide and Curtin University.
  • Check out scholarships and awards in whatever field you are thinking of. There are so many possibilities and at times NO ONE applies for the scholarship!
  • Keep an eye on this newsletter for key dates and deadlines for UMAT, TISC preferences, scholarships, and TAFE courses and other opportunities to unearth your unique talents.
  • Check the School Curriculum and Standards Authority Year 12 Information book.


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Year 11 Be All You Can Be

Year 11 students will learn to aspire to be all they can be through this one day workshop.

In Year 11 the world changes. Being smart isn’t enough.

Students need a Gigadream to carry them forward. They need a goal that helps them to make decisions consciously and deliberately.

Students learn how to:

  • Focus on what they Value
  • Take Learning Shortcuts
  • Make the most of their Study Time
  • Build a Support Network
  • Engage with People You Look Up To
  • Start Building their LinkedIn Profile
  • Kick Start their Career
  • Be All You Can Be

To discuss your needs and design the bespoke workshop please contact Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au or ring M0434056412.

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How to Blitz Year 10

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.

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In Year 10….

Try new stuff. Say YES. Try stuff that might not work. Make mistakes.Robot

Make connections. 85% of jobs are filled through networking.

Explore opportunities like the Rotary Youth Exchange Scholarship rotary

Explore your hobbies. Interested in robots? Join a Coderdojo. Interested in media? Start your own blog, YouTube channel, or podcast.

If you are interested in something and don’t know how to follow it up ask your careers teacher, or email me and I will follow it up.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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Bev Johnson

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.