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Bullies 0 v Wheatbelt 10: What workers value in the new world

Bullying at Work

If you are being bullied, overlooked or discounted at work in Western Australia, you are probably looking for a new job where you will be valued.

Employers who treat their workers poorly, are losing them to better employers. In the USA it has been called The Great Resignation, and it’s happening in Western Australia.

The Value of Being Valued

Western Australian grains industry | Agriculture and Food
West Australian Wheatbelt

As worker shortages in WA are at critical levels, wheatbelt employers hope they have an edge by showing how much they value their workers.

Wheatbelt employers are part of the community. If they treated workers badly, the word would spread like wildfire.

Hutton and Northey Story

Hutton and Northey is an Agricultural Machinery Dealership with outlets across the wheatbelt which employ 65 staff.

Their critical edge in attracting workers is that they value their employees.

  • It employs apprentices and trainees and provides continuous training to employees so that they maintain their expertise.
  • They have been operating for 45 years and have one employee who has been employed for 33 years and another for 28 years, many have been there for 15 years.  
Hutton and Northey Agriculture Machinery

Workers stay because:

  • they are being treated as humans, not just workers
  • they are keen to engage with industry innovation and technological development
  • they can participate in agricultural research projects
  • they deliver expert advice and
  • they take part in and coach sports teams and engage with the whole community.

It isn’t just about money

Hutton and Northey is one of the many businesses trying to attract new workers against a background of the mining industry attracting workers by offering big dollars.

By valuing workers Hutton and Northey is attracting and retaining workers who don’t want to leave home for a tough FIFO life in mining camps.

Check out jobs in the wheatbelt

Being treated badly in the workplace, and not having anyone listen to you, is driving workers to jobs where they are a valued part of the community.

If you are looking for a lifestyle and workplace where you are treated like a human, not just a worker, contact Hutton and Northey for information about their career opportunities.

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Careers WA – Essential Career Information for West Australians: May 2021 Issue

Careers WA delivers the latest career information for West Australian adults.

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Career Opportunities for Adults

Discover career opportunities that are available to adults in Western Australia and where to find help with your new career.

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First Edition of Career Opportunities for Adults April 2021

In Focus Careers News has been a trusted source of career information for West Australian school students for years. As I do research for In Focus News I discover information that would help kids who have already left school, and adults who are looking for jobs and career opportunities.

Career Opportunities for Adults collates all of that information so that adults can make informed decisions.

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It’s Career Expo Time Again – Get tips on how to get the most from your visit

Tip 1: 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.

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

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.

Tip 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:

Check out the list of Exhibitors. 

Some are pure information, like the WA Police Force, Construction Training Fund, WA Department of Education – Teaching and Defence Force Recruiting. Others have courses they would like you to know about.

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.

https://www.careers-expo.com.au/visitors/exhibitor-list-floor-plan

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”.

You could also ask….

  • How much will it cost?
  • 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.

Go back to the places you are interested in. You will end up paying a lot for your course. This is probably the first BIG thing you have ever bought. Make sure you are buying something that is perfect for you.

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Thanks for the latest newsletter 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. 

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Email: Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au

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How to build your career online in 2021

Millennials and Gen Z’s need to learn how to build their career online. The move to working from home will be the biggest long term career impact of COVID. If your work can be done on a computer, you need to know how to build your career remotely.

The future of working from home can be seen in Google which has no plans to go back into the office before mid 2021, and Twitter which has told its staff that they can work from home forever.

Companies have found that worker outputs improved, costs of running an office have shifted and the workforce has become more flexible by moving to remote working. Working from home is here to stay.

“[We have] changed the ways we work. This is supported through the greater use of digital and technological solutions and adopting a more flexible and trusting mentality.”
— Engineering & construction CEO, UK

Here are some baby steps to start building your career in a remote world.

Tip 1: Get a decent camera and sound system. Turn on your camera

Get a good camera and sound system
  • Men tend to leave their cameras on, women turn them off. Leaving your camera on makes it easier for your audience to connect with you.
  • If your voice is echoing, put a towel on the desk in front of you to stop the sound bouncing.
  • Close your curtains and get a softer light. There is a reason television studios have lighting specialists. Bad lighting can make you look like a stunned rabbit.
  • Check out some videos on how to look good on camera. People may have moved online but they still want human contact and you need to know how to make the best impression.
  • You need a good reception. This is a big disadvantage for rural, regional and remote people and there are still black spots in the metro area. My daughter has broadband to the home. I go to her place to do webinars.

Tip 2: Show your workspace on the screen

Background gives context
  • Lose the generic background provided by Zoom.
  • Check what is behind you that will show up on the screen. Make sure you like it.
  • Showing your workspace provides warm data about the context you are working in. People will understand your context and trust you faster.

Tip 3: Be like Bunnings

  • People on the Bunnings ads are just like the lovely helpful people in the store. They are Bunnings employees.
    • Look like a person in your industry. Don’t surprise your audience.
  • Bunnings always have a special to talk about and they want us to spend our money with them.
    • Be clear about what you have to offer and why you are connecting.
  • Bunnings ad staff know their stuff. Be authentic when you talk about your stuff.
    • A scientist I work with recently came into a webinar late and frazzled after dealing with her 2 year old. She had us all laughing before she started talking about her stuff.
  • Bunnings staff smile.
    • Everyone loves Richard Branson. No one likes Rupert Murdoch. Richard Smiles. Rupert scowls.

Summary

  1. Get good worktools and learn how to use them.
  2. Show your context to quickly make connections
  3. Build a friendly presentation strategy.

Learn more about 21st century careers at:

Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au

Infocus Careers is an independent organisation which is solely supported by insanely great subscribers who share information with me, support each other and help me to pay my bills.

I can talk about careers under water so if you would like to chat about how I can help you to improve your career or the services you deliver, give me a ring on 0434056412 or email me at Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au

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EVERYONE is looking for apprentices

Apprenticeships

The big story for tradies for 2021 is that everyone is looking for apprentices. There is a construction bubble happening.

Tips for Girls 

If you want to go into a building trade the job prospects are great, the pay is a whole lot better than aged or child care and you have opportunities to go into design, running your own business or project management.

If you would like working in building trades start looking at the big companies first. They are the ones with systems in place that reduce sexism and they try to make workplaces fair.

The National Association of Women in Construction provides support to women employees and to employers who take on a woman.

Check out the companies on their site, that are working with them and create a shortlist of which companies would be best to work for.

Help to find a job in construction for women.

If you Hate School

Students who hate school might want to try their luck at getting an apprenticeship while the employer subsidies are available and the building industry is booming.

You are allowed to leave school early if you go into a job or into training. An apprenticeship is a job WITH training.

Become part of the Network of West Australian professionals who are working to deliver the best career guidance in the world. 

Subscribe to the Infocus Careers Newsletter as your first step towards linking to a world of insanely great career ideas.

EMAIL: Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au 

Bev Johnson

Infocus Careers is an independent organisation which is solely supported by insanely great subscribers who share information with me, support each other and help me to pay my bills.

I can talk about careers under water so if you would like to chat about how I can help you to improve your career or the services you deliver, give me a ring on 0434056412 or email me at Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au

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School Leavers #WorkandWander

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The School Leavers#WorkandWander program could be a way forward for school leavers. It provides paid work and a bit of an adventure.

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Work and Wander Horticulture Harvest

This is a State government program which is trying to attract workers to help harvest crops. Workers are needed for fruit, vegetables and agriculture crops.

I just got this email through from Brook Lodge Backpackers who asked me to spread the word about picking jobs in Donnybrook:

Brook Lodge backpackers

WE NEED YOUR HELP!

We are looking for workers to pick fruit from November onwards.

If you are looking for extra cash in the holidays, please get in touch with us.

  • If you relocate more than 100kms from your home (Donnybrook is 198kms from Perth City), the Government will pay you up to $40 per day towards your accommodation costs.
  • They may also pay you a one-off travel allowance of $150 to come and work in Donnybrook.

(Allowances are for Australian Residents and Citizens only)

If you don’t have a car, we can provide transport to and from the farms

Our accommodation per person per week:

Twin/double = $170           4-bed dorm = $155            6-bed-dorm = $150

Tel: (08) 9731 1520 or 0448 600 703

Email: info@brooklodge.com.au    http://www.brooklodge.com.au

This is not the only place to find work. You can also try:

#WorkandWander

The WA Government ‘Work and Wander out Yonder’ marketing campaign encourages young Western Australians to have a backpacking adventure in WA. As a first step it would be great is students could create worker profile at: https://www.jobsinregionalwa.com.au

On that page the student go to the Looking for a Job Registration page that includes an “Elevator Pitch – Tell us about who you are”.  In that section Students should consider they type of work they are interested in and include terms like ‘looking for summer work in agriculture’ ‘interested in working on a farm’ as well as any past work experience ‘I have driven my uncle’s tractor’ as some examples. Students can also search for jobs on Gumtree and Seek as a useful place to see jobs already on offer and even apply directly.

Harvest Trail Services

The Harvest Trails Facebook page has been advertising lots of openings

This is a Federal government  service that finds workers for fruit/vege growers and vineyards in South West and around Perth’s outer North Eastern area. They are keen to connect with school leavers and have jobs available in coming weeks in Waroona, Margaret River, Lancelin, Gingin, Manjimup, Donnybrook, Bullsbrook as a starting point.  I suggest anyone looking for work follow them on Facebook – Rural Enterprises Harvest Trail Services or email them.

Primary Industries Workers Regional Travel and Accommodation Support Scheme

The WA Government has announced a $3 million in the ‘Primary Industries Workers Regional Travel and Accommodation Support Scheme’.

A daily accommodation rebate of up $40 p/night is paid for each night away from the worker’s usual place of residence, where the worker relocates more than 100km from their home to undertake agriculture, fisheries or food processing work in regional WA. Paid on a rebate system, the rate of a maximum of $40 night ($280 week) is available for up to 12 weeks (capped at $3,360 per person) where they have provided evidence of paying for  accommodation from the 21 September 2020.

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They can claim a relocation allowance if they have relocated more than 100kms from their usual place of residence.  $150 is paid for employment taken up in in Peel, South West, Great Southern, Wheatbelt, Mid-West, Goldfields. $350 in n Gascoyne & Pilbara $350; and $500 for employment in Kimberley. The relocation payment claim be claimed even if they are not claiming the accommodation rebate (if they are getting free accommodation from a friend or relative as an example).

Claims open on 21st October, and they can register online to be advised as soon as claim forms and guidelines are available.

Work and Wander Horticulture Harvest
Work and Wander Horticulture Harvest

To find tips on how to prepare for this work go to Year 12 – Do these things now. 

To build your career portfolio during your experience check out It’s Who You Know that Counts. 

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Do you know who to call? Career Websites

The number of useful websites keeps growing, so I have updated this Coggle Map. It is useful for career advisors, school leavers and job seekers.

Many of the government sites are duplicate services. You do NOT need to go to each of these sites.  You MAY choose to get frustrated that government departments don’t collaborate!!

Useful Career Websites
Useful Career Websites

You can find the Coggle Map of Useful Sites HERE. I have put links to each of the sites so that you don’t have to look up each one.

If you can’t get in,  email me and I will send you the link: Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au

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The Ultimate Career Beginner Guide

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.  Future

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?Giraffe best one

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.

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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.

Collect Feedback

Be prepared to accept suggestions

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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.

Mentor

9. Seek Funding

You can work as you study or you can get a scholarship or a grant or government support.

Money 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.

John Lennon

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.

Conclusion

From Bev…

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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A Robot Will NOT Take Your Job

No no and no.

  • Robots are NOT taking your jobs.
  • You will NOT spend your life scrambling for 17 jobs in 5 careers.
  • Millenials are NOT more focused on meaningful work than baby boomers.

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The Career Development Association of Australia (CDAA) is keen to reduce anxiety by debunking these myths.

On their Making Sense of Career Research webinar they debunked three myths.

Robots are NOT Taking Your Jobs

Bad news travels fast and there is reason to be fearful. There are not many chimney sweeps around… even chimneys are disappearing!!Chimney Sweep canva (2017_09_18 00_22_14 UTC)

But jobs are NOT disappearing. Since the introduction of IT across industries, the amount of work has actually increased.

Machines haven’t REDUCED housework

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Our behaviour will change because of the machines. Before we had washing machines doing washing was hard, and time consuming. Not it is easy, but still time consuming because we wash our clothes more often.

Houses are cleaner, food is more interesting, we stay awake longer.

Machines have changed the way we live, and there are lots of jobs in our new way of living.

Artificial Intelligence Won’t Replace ALL Workers

If a some sauce is spilt on the floor at McDonalds, it takes a person a second to wipe it up. That task would take very sophisticated AI and it would be slower and more expensive than a human.

The same with self driving vehicles. It takes a lot of AI to account for every possible accident. It is more likely that technology will make us better drivers by helping us to park without crashing, showing us which route to take, or warning us when we are about to run out of fuel.

Where will the jobs be?

  • The Naked Scientist podcast Life in the Year 2100 talks about all the jobs required to create sustainable futures and build smart cities with intelligent buildings. They claim gardeners will be more important as green space makes people physically and mentally healthier.

Future of Work

  • The Future is Human is an optimistic report with lots of practical recommendations for future success. You can see a Press Club presentation on the report by Deloitte economics Chris Richardson, HERE.

You will NOT have 17 jobs in 5 careers

Since 2000 Australian’s have stayed in jobs longer.  We used to stay in jobs for 3 years and now we stay for 4.

It is likely that you will stay in a job for a shorter time at the start of your career, as you work at McDonalds or travel overseas, then stay longer as you go through your career.

On the Making Sense of Research CDAA webinar Jason Brown gave this explanation of how absurd it would be to try to totally change careers and start learning from scratch again.

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You can relax. In 2000 we stayed in jobs for about 3 years, now we stay in jobs for about 4 years.

Millenials are NOT more focused on meaningful work than baby boomers

I was pleased to hear this. I have always sought meaningful work and I’m a baby boomer. Claims that young people are more focused on finding meaningful work than me, seemed to be dismissing my life’s work.

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In COVID-19 and careers: On the futility of generational explanations, Cort W. Rudolph, and Hannes Zacher say:

It is common to broadly group people of different ages into “generations” and to speak of distinctions between such groups in terms of “generational differences.” The problem with this practice, is that there exists no credible scientific evidence that (a) generations exist, (b) that people can be reliably classified into generational groups, and (c) that there are demonstrable differences between such groups.

We have already noted an emerging generationalized rhetoric that has characterized how people of different ages have been affected by and reacted to the COVID-19 pandemic. …..We urge researchers to eschew the notion of generations and generational differences and consider alternative lifespan development theoretical frameworks that better capture age-graded processes.

Thanks to career professionals 

It is great to have professionals from the CDAA debunking myths that make us feel bad.

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