In Focus Careers

Be a Hero in the Classroom


1 Comment

It takes a Village to Raise a Student

Western Australia’s capacity to educate students to succeed in a 21st Century Global Village is being crippled by insurance companies regimes. Duty of care has become the overarching education framework that determines students stay on school grounds and risks are averted.

Slide

Teachers’ capacity to engage with any village to enhance the education of students is stifled by a mountain of risk management paperwork.

Duty of care

Schools are becoming islands in a global environment.

Castle

Framework Required

Education providers need to create a framework that enable students to engage in entreprise and work integrated learning activities.

Framework 2

There are just 5 elements to the framework. Once it has been developed it can be used as a template for any collaborative arrangement between schools and the world outside school.

Governance 

Clarify who is responsible for what and to what standard?

Legal

There will be rules that govern the way any collaboration will operate? Duty of care, privacy, equal opportunity and ownership of intellectual property are just some.

Once you have identified a list that your school must comply with you can use it for all projects.

Finance

You need a dedicated budget. Serious efforts to collaborate should not attempt to squeeze more into existing tight budgets.

Business Rules

A good project plan should underpin the project. Project planning templates for all occasions can be found HERE. The project plan will lead to a sound MoU that can act as a template for further collaborations.

IT

Your school will have IT protocols, security frameworks and applications that apply to all IT activity. These issues need to be reconciled with partnering organisations to ensure seamless interoperability.

NSIF Meta Framework

The National Service Improvement Framework is a framework to use to design frameworks.

NSIF

It is a top down model which starts with organisations agreeing on what they want to do and what benefits they are trying to achieve.

VET in Schools Example

The regime that enables VET in schools has been created to support collaboration between education and training providers.

That framework can provide an example of what to do, and also what NOT to do.

For More Information

For a free consultation about how to develop a framework for collaboration for your organisation contact me at Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au

The In Focus Careers Newsletter is a monthly conduit of career information for West Australian teachers and families. If you would like to know what is going on in a world of career opportunities ask for a complementary copy.

 

 


Leave a comment

How to Cash In on the Oil and Gas Jobs Boom

If  Western Australia becomes a global hub for the oil and gas industry, WA school leavers will be set for long term job growth.

Oil and Gas paperThe front page news on the West Australian about the Jobs Bonanza is no surprise to our universities and TAFE colleges that have been gearing up to support our oil and gas industries for years.

The courses are not just for those with engineering degrees. South Metro TAFE has a Diploma on Engineering at its Munster Campus

Diploma in Engineering Oil and Gas

There will be jobs for lawyers negotiating contracts and trying to negotiate the best deal for government or companies.  Murdoch has a course in Oil and Gas Law and UWA has a Mining, Energy and Natural Gas Law Centre. There will be more and new courses launched as the industry grows.

Because these jobs require high level expertise the number of scholarships will increase.

There will also be jobs in service industries like health and education, police and local government to support industry growth.

The downside is the risk to the environment that will increase as the oil and gas industry becomes more powerful. Our need for environmental scientists and carbon sequestering technologies may also be a feature of the boom.

If you would like me to follow up on emerging opportunities in the oil and gas industries contact me at Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au

 

 

 


Leave a comment

Want the Key to Career Success? Deep Learning

Problem solving skills, creativity, collaboration. For the past 5 years we have been told about the importance of these skills. The tide has turned. There is now a growing emphasis on the need for expertise.

IMG_4187

Soft Skills Alone Won’t Get You a Job

Michelle Hoad, Managing Director of North Metropolitan TAFE, told the VET Careers Forum that soft skills alone are not going to get you a job. She went on to talk about employers clamouring graduates with deep technical skills.

Developing “T” Shaped Citizens

Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel told a recent Maths Association conference that there is a need to develop “T” shaped individuals. The vertical pole is the deep and narrow skills that make you an expert. The horizontal part of the T is the 21st century soft skills like communication and collaboration skills. You need the deep skills, and you need to practice and apply them so that you have something of value to communicate.

The need for rigorous academic study BEFORE you go to university is being pushed aside by alternative pathways to university and the removal of pre-requisite requirements for many courses.

Finkel calls for the reinstatement of pre-requisites by universities to signal they want deep knowledge as well as inquisitive thinkers. He quotes Jeff Bezos who calls for experts with a beginner’s mind. You can hear the Saturday Extra Podcast HERE.

Preparing for the best and worst of timesCore Skills

The message that students need to develop deep understanding also appeared in the recently published and wonderfully named Preparing for the Best and Worst of Times.

This report recommends deep learning and recommends that VET programs focus more on developing underpinning knowledge as a long-term solution to maintaining employment as technologies change.

You can listen to a short podcast about the report HERE but the podcast doesn’t capture the profound recommendations of the full report.

Yanis Varoufakis

Strategic Education and Training Needed

Yanis Varoufakis talks about the dumbing down of education and, at around the 27 minute mark, he proposes changes to education and training policy making in this thought provoking presentation.

Training for the 4th Industrial Revolution

In the face of all this urging for deep skills NCVER published Training for the 4th Industrial Revolution which recommends soft skills!!

So what do you do!!??

I tend to agree with Alan Finkel when he says…. something like….

 …you need to have some knowledge that makes you worth communicating with!!

It seems like the combination mentioned in the conclusion of Skills for a Global Future provide a balanced summary:

The focus of VET must be beyond skilling for a job (and its technical competencies) to one that encompasses ‘soft skills’ and imparts continuous learning and adapting mind sets across a lifetime career that will involve change.

Keep up to date with career developments Western Australia. Subscribe to the In Focus Careers Newsletter at Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au

Cover

 

 

 

 

 


Leave a comment

Innovation and Entrepreneurship are a Con

rubbishIf you don’t have a job or are paid low wages clearly you aren’t being innovative and entrepreneurial enough!!!

REALLY!!??

While young people have enthusiasm and ideas being innovative and entrepreneurial also requires:

  • KNOWING how to do that.
  • Leadership.
  • Support.
  • Resources…. money, infrastructure, networks, systems.

(See Harvard Business Review for some thoughts on this.)

Key complaints from young Australians about unemployment are…

 

Complaints V Reasons

          Young Australians                                                     Explanation

1. Young Australians complain that they can’t get a job……..

 

Youth unemployment has rarely been higher
2. Young Australians complain about low wages….

 

Contract work like Deliveroo and Air Tasker…. deliver 3rd World salaries and conditions in Australia.
3. Young Australians complain that they don’t have the experience required for get paid work ……..

 

No other group volunteers as much as millennials.
4. Young Australians complain about unpaid internships that go on for months… Interns often do work that could be done by a paid employee.

Young Australians are at the pointy end of the fourth industrial revolution. You can:

  • Create paid opportunities to learn on the job… like apprenticeships??
  • Replace unpaid internships with a fair wage.
  • Value their unique enthusiasm and ideas.
  • Not expect them to be able to earn you money on DAY 1.

THAT is a better solution that takes the onus off the kids to be like Steve Jobs and become a billionaire from their garage.

Refocus on giving kids a fair go. Employability skills don’t trickle down. New employees don’t magically know how to add value to your business.

Be there for them. It’s your turn to give back.


2 Comments

21st Century Careers

The clue to having a successful career in the 21st century workplace is to see opportunities and solutions in today’s challenges and then use your creativity, intelligence and enthusiasm to create brighter futures.

Being Human

DeathtoStock_Simplify10 (2016_10_04 06_39_07 UTC)When robots and computers can do so much, being human will be your winning edge.

I love it when people value me and make me feel as if I belong.  Not just family.  I love it when the local barista asks about my holiday. I love it when my boss remembers my birthday. I love it when the occupational therapist listens to my Mum’s stories.

Ability to listen deeply and respond with humanity will become more important to the success of humans in the 21st century workplace.

Clean Air, Clean Water, Clean Land Death_to_stock_photography_bonus_floral_8

We are making such a mess of the planet that there will be a MULTITUDE of jobs needed to address the wreckage we are creating.

Start now. Invent a way of growing and certifying clean food. Set up a remakery. Design open source circular economy products.

Watch out for emerging trends to be ahead of the game.

Security 

DeathtoStock_IntotheLight-10.jpgThe media makes the world seem like such a dangerous place.

The media itself is a dangerous place. Are people really watching us through our phones?

Whether it is the fight against hackers or terrorists there is money to be made in protecting people and big business from unwanted intrusion.

It’s time to invent a new security door or become an ICT security ninja.

 Getting Connected

whiteboard-one-plus-one

When the high speed internet eventually arrives across Australia there will be lots of jobs connecting some things to other things to make new things.

In the meantime, the current NBN seems to be taking forever so there could be a long term job working on that.

When it is finished the Australian internet speed will be slower than the speed South Korea has already left behind, so you could continue upgrading and improving on the internet speed throughout your career.

Whether you are digging an NBN trench or creating a smart fridge that connects to a smart cow, there will be a lot of connecting going on.

Go crazy. Think of what could be connected? Connecting things is already big business.

Past enkel - Google Chrome 23042017 30954 PM.bmp

Our world is changing faster than at any time in history. We need new approaches and many people to address the problems of today and tomorrow.

 


Leave a comment

The Future of Education is Here

The future of education is here, it is just unevenly distributed.

Sugata Mitra and Charles Leadbeater are international leaders providing glimpses of the future of education. Through their excellent work they create and report on prototypes of learning that are preparing students for the 21st century.

While most of us are stuck in traditional 20th century systems we are conscious that they cannot deliver citizens who are prepared for the 21st century.

Fullscreen capture 9042017 73028 PM.bmp

  1. Most of us are not aware of how fast the world is changing outside the school gates.
  2. Leading educators are conscious of how incompetent we are in trying to prepare kids for 21st century careers.
  3. Sugata Mitra and Charles Leadbeater are competent and conscious of the pockets of knowledge that they are sharing.
  4. If you ever hear of anyone who thinks they are unconsciously competent they are probably just not aware of what is going on.

There are pockets of innovation and experimentation happening across Western Australia.

We need to start sharing our ideas so that we can stand on the shoulders of the giants amongst us.

Our first task is to start talking to each other.

 


Leave a comment

Changmaking is Booming in WA

Dr FrothIt has never been easier to make ideas happen.

Western Australians are getting together to become changemakers. They use technology to connect with other left handed hamburger eaters/ cane toad hunters/ bubble artists around the world but the human element of collaboration is critical to the booming movement.

Changemakers are having fun as they learn, share ideas and create with other changemakers.

There are Changemaker Meetup Groups. enkel operates in Vic Park where it has workshops, guest speakers, group meetings and social events. Robotics class

It is starting a new venture in the Fremantle Naval Store and there are other initiatives in the Eastern Suburbs.

There are more Coderdojos in WA than anywhere else.

WA hosted the only Open Source Circular Economy celebration in Australia last year.

Space Cubed has expanded and expanded as it supports innovators and entrepreneurs.  The high office vacancy in Perth is dovetailing with the changemaker movement as even banks are setting aside space to support innovation by creating collaboration spaces.

Barriers between work and play are breaking down as people discover new ways of learning and earning. Young Australians have been disenchanted with traditional ways of working for a long time so they are working together, building traction for their ideas and figuring out how to commercialize them.

Schools struggling to make change within the traditional education system can contact these changemakers and start collaborating today.

If you don’t know how to connect let me know and I will arrange a meeting.

If you know of a changemaker initiative in WA could you let me know and I will start up a data base.

 


2 Comments

Surfing a Tsunami of Change

Do you have the mindset of a shipwreck survivor or the mindset of a surfer?

Fullscreen capture 17032017 23630 PM.bmpCyriel Kortleven  is in Perth giving lessons on how to surf a tsunami of change.

He it teaching strategies for creative problem solving that help individuals and organisations to creatively boost their performance through this VUCAVolatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous world.

He gave a lot of simple strategies that take brainstorming to a whole new level.

We were given the question “How can I create change in my organisation?”. Everyone wrote 8 concrete ideas on postit notes. We passed our ideas to the next person in the group who added their ideas to the original ones using a “YES, and….” strategy.

IMG_7242

Cyriel is Belgian so thought he should put his tips on a beer coaster!

One idea was to have a guest speaker come to the workplace to talk on innovation. The “YES, and….” strategy idea was to create a calendar of innovation presentations that would run throughout the year.

These two ideas were then passed on to a third person.

You get the pattern.

The practical strategies that Cyriel gave were a good lesson on how to keep surfing as the size and speed of the tsunami builds.

IMG_7241

 

Next year when he comes back he is going to build our strategies for learning from Nearlings, those actions we take that don’t quite achieve our goals.

He posts quite a bit of information on his site and he is going to forward worksheets and notes from the workshop which I will post here when they come through.