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A life well lived after school

 

The National Youth Commission  is aiming to make leaving school LESS like jumping off a cliff  

Jump off a cliffSEE: Survival Tips for School Leavers

It held its West Australian hearings last week and a number of In Focus Careers subscribers gave presentations.

I sang my song about schools needing to adopt a collaboration framework that smooths transition out of school.  

I was on after Ross Wortham from the Youth Affairs Council who was passionate, articulare and smart as.

Ross Wortham

He spends his days advocating for the removal of barriers that stop youth having a life well lived.

If you are leaving school, it may be worth checking out the YACWA services HERE.

If you provide services to kids transitioning from school and you are NOT collaborating with YACWA it may be worth checking out how you can work together. 1+1=3

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5 Survival Tips for School Leavers

When you leave school you become the novice. These tips will help you to be safe and find your way into your brave new world.

1. Money

RobberScammers and rip off merchants can spot you coming. They don’t come with a crowbar and mask. They are more likely to smile and try to become your friend.

These three sites help you to make sure you are not being ripped off.

MONEYSMART

This is a government site. It is NOT trying to sell you anything. It has a section about Studying that includes where to get financial help and how to plan a budget.  It also provides advice on Moving Out of Home. 

FAIR WORK OMBUDSMAN

Fair Work OmbudsmanWage theft has become too common, particularly in the hospitality industry where many school leavers find part time and casual work. The Fair Work Ombudsman is another government service set up to help you to protect yourself.

TENANCY ADVICE

The Youth Central site provides information on how to prepare and what to look out for when you are leaving home.

Before you sign a lease you can check what you are signing up for HERE.

2. Apply 

You have to do SOMETHING when you leave school. Go to one of the Jobs and Skills Centres to get advice and support to find your best career path.

UNIVERSITY

Even if you plan to take a Gap Year put in a TISC application for the university and course of your choice and defer once you get an offer. All states and territories have uni application systems. In Western Australia we have TISC.

TISCTISC Undergraduate

TISC applications for university in 2020 are open. Applications close on 30 September, but you can still apply after that by paying a late fee.

Notre Dame University in Fremantle has its own application process and you need to apply to the university directly.

TAFE

There are lots of vocational education providers, not just TAFE, and there are a lot of job opportunities for graduates with industry focused skills. The long term earnings of Certificate IV and Diploma graduates is equal to those of people who have degrees. If you do a course where there is high demand for workers, the course fees will be much lower than if you do a course like art. Check out the Priority Courses  at the bottom of this link to see what courses have lower fees.

Find more information about TAFE courses HERE.

3. Don’t Try to be Cool

You might try to hide not knowing what to do now, but if you don’t ask for help you will feel worse next year when you still don’t know. Amazed

  • If you are going to uni go to the orientation week. There will be students there who are looking for new students to help so that they can get leadership skills. Get one of them as a mentor.
  • If you are going to TAFE your chosen industry might have a mentor program. Check on Google to see who is around to help. People love to have their expertise recognised so don’t worry about asking for help.
  • Check your local council to see if there are youth support groups in your area.
  • See if you can volunteer or join a club. You need to meet people to find your way in your new world.

4. Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Apprenticeships are traditional trades like plumbing. Traineeships are newer and there is more variety in them. They can be in anything… like farming, mining, IT.

LogoIf you don’t feel confident going for an apprenticeship or traineeship by yourself, go to a Jobs and Skills Centre. They will give you help to find which industry you want to work in, they will help you with your resume and job interview skills. They also have a jobs board where they will point out jobs that you can apply for.

Ask about Group Training Organisations at the Jobs and Skills Centre.

5. Scholarships and Grants

Finding a scholarship can take up less time than working in a coffee shop or pub and there may be less competition. Lots of scholarships have NO APPLICANTS!!

There are scholarships for students at TAFE and university. They mainly fall into two groups:

  1. Academic scholarships for bright students. Your special skill could be in jewellery design or leadership or farming.
  2. Equity scholarships if you can prove you are disadvantaged. These are pretty broad and there are lots of choices. You are considered disadvantaged for example, if you need to relocate from the country to go to university or TAFE and you can probably find a scholarship or grant.
  • In addition there is financial support for those in building trades.
  • If you can show you are a woman in a non traditional trade or occupation including IT, you can probably find a scholarship or grant.
  • If you are a migrant or Aboriginal you will probably find a scholarship.

Look for scholarships and grants on Google.

This is just a starting point. There is lots of help available to you when you leave school, you just need to discover it.

 

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Pre-apprenticeships


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Entry to pre-apprenticeship at 15

If you look up pre apprenticeships you will find a truckload being advertised for Semester 2.

All of the TAFE colleges and lots of other colleges seem to be advertising them so the level of competition for each place may be down.

Most of the pre-apprenticeship programs offered are Certificate II’s.

Students can meet entry with OLNA, NAPLAN, or by completing a Certificate I or II program at school.  They can also complete a Certificate I or II in General Education or a similar bridging program at a number of TAFE campuses.

TAFE colleges generally require that students are at least 15 years old. It is an adult learning environment and they will be mixing with adults.

(Thanks for South Metro TAFE for providing this information.)

The enrolment process usually involves:

  • Finding some courses online.
  • Apply by providing a resume with school results and references.
  • Go to an interview where you do your best to impress. See the Skillsroad video and the Youth Central site for tips.

If you get a place you need to work like crazy to impress through any contact with either lecturers or potential employers. There aren’t many apprenticeships going so you need to make a good impression while you have the chance. pre apprenticeship

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Apprenticeships


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How to Blitz You Apprenticeship Interview

How good is your handshake?

You’ve gotta hate wimpy or bone crusher handshakes. How hard is it to give a decent handshake?

Companies are preparing their 2020 apprenticeship vacancy ads. It will be hard to get to the interview stage. If you DO get there, don’t blow it with a pathetic handshake!

Give the employer the right gut feeling

Employers often employ apprentices on “Gut Feeling”.

The gut feeling started with a good written application. School leavers can get tips on how to write a good resume and cover letter HERE at Youth Central.

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Check this video.  It gives tips on how to create a good gut feeling.

Apart from having a decent handshake that says “Hi. Happy to meet you.” you can give a good impression if you dress neatly, smile and show that you have done some research on the company.

  • You can find apprenticeships on sites like Seek.com.au or through a career advisor, a Jobs and Skills Centre or via a pre-apprenticeship.
  • Getting a job as a trades assistant can help you to get a foot in the door.  This gives  industry-ready skills and shows you are interested in the work.
  • Employers like applicants who have done volunteer or part time work as it showed their enthusiasm and meant they would have some work ready skills.
  • Work experience in the field looks good on a resume.
  • Good school results, particularly in metals, maths and engineering are indicators that you might be a good apprentice in a building trade. Taking a folio of photos of projects you have worked on is a good idea.
  • Start working towards your driver’s license as soon as you turn 16.

At the end of the interview say you really want this apprenticeship.

(Know what to say if they ask why!)

Women and girls interested in trades may find the Programmed National Energy Technician Training Scheme worth applying through. Last year they had 38% females in their trades program. Programmed smaller

Australian Apprenticeship Pathways has a range of information on how to get an apprenticeship.

Steps to apprenticeship

For advice and coaching on how to get an apprenticeship or traineeship contact me, Bev Johnson at Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au

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I have found your material invaluable.  The information you have put together is thorough – a one-stop-shop in a sea of information that is out there.  I have utilised this information on a regular basis with others throughout the school.

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My Commitment to West Australian Careers Education

For In Focus Careers to be the conduit to Insanely Great Careers Information for West Australian careers teachers and students I undertake to:

  • Write 10 insanely great issues of In Focus Careers newsletter each year that focus on the needs of West Australian students and careers teachers.
  • Search for local, national and international information that could impact on the careers of West Australian students.
  • Connect you with insanely great careers teachers across the In Focus Careers network.
  • Listen to and support West Australian careers teachers

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Open Day Worksheets for Years 10, 11 and 12

Three worksheets to guide years 10, 11 or 12s through uni open days. 

Open days start in July. Students who want to go to uni really need to start going to open days in year 10.

These three worksheets build students’ capacity to find the right university path from school.

Year 10 Open Day Worksheet

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. 

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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.

Year 11 Open Day Worksheet

If you went to some open days last year you will know what to expect and can plan your visit to get more out of it.

It is best to go with a family member as they care for you and may find out stuff that you miss.

The Year 11 Open Day Worksheet gives some shortcuts to planning your day so that you have the best time possible as you narrow down your choices for post school university courses.

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Year 12 Open Day Worksheet

The journey from school is a long one. Finding the right path to take is a good start. 

Discovering your right career won’t come to you in a blinding flash of light. It will come in a whisper. You need to take time to listen. 

The Year 12 Open Day Worksheet will guide those who are thinking of going to uni and who have an idea of what they want to do. 

If you still have no idea what to do when you leave school PLEASE seek advice from a school or Jobs and Skills Centre career advisor or BOTH!! They will help you to clarify what you want to do. Shoes

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Every student deserves a great careers teacher

The future success of students as they leap into the turbulent world beyond school can depend entirely on the care, wisdom and knowledge of their careers teacher.

When you leave school there is no bridge to your next chapter. There is no magical path into your ideal future.Math teacher smiling

When you leave school your English (maths, history) teacher has finished their job.  They helped you to get the best education in their field. That’s it. Their work is done.

There is no one on the other side of the school gate to make sure you succeed.

Career Advisors Have Done it All Before

teacher female close upIf you had a good careers teacher you will know what waits for you on the other side of the school gate and you will have a plan.

It is the career advisors job to know what is possible. They have guided hundreds of students to discover what is possible and plan how to get there. They love helping students to unearth their dreams.

Go to see your school career advisor. Tap into their wisdom and knowledge.

Their secret power is that they care about your future.

If you don’t have a career advisor to help you, go to a Jobs and Skills Centre and ask for help. It’s free.

Don’t leave school without a plan

coggle-map-3You may be okay while you are still in a supportive, familiar school environment, but leaving school is risky. Australia is experiencing an epidemic of mental health issues in our young adult population. 

Tap into all of the free support and advice that your school has to offer so that you have a plan with you when you leave school.

Tap into support from your career advisor, pastoral care officer, year coordinator… whoever you get along with. Ask them for help to develop a plan. Keep going until you are happy with your plan.

Getting on the Uni Bus

Many school leavers go to uni because they don’t know what else to do.

Uni career advisors come to school. They tell you how wonderful their uni is. They hold out their hand and say,  “Come with me”.

The TISC application arrives.

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So you all get on the uni bus.

You can check how much that ride will cost you HERE.

Do your research and work with an expert career advisor before you lock yourself in.

Some go to TAFE

needle-in-a-haystack-1752846_1920There are so many VET courses and variations on courses that finding the ideal one for you is like finding a needle in a haystack.

The new Jobs and Skills Centres aren’t just for VET courses. They deliver a guiding light to students who don’t know what to do when they leave school.

Having a Gap Year

The fear of the unknown often stops students choosing a gap year. Those who do make this choice often choose an organised program that supports them into their future.

Find information on taking a gap year HERE.

Ask your career advisor what gap year program will suit your personality and future plans.

Getting a Job

Statistics 1The only problem with getting a job without planning to do any further study is that you are locking yourself into the lowest paid sector or the workforce.

Get a job, sure but do a Certificate III part time after school to set yourself up for a bigger income and more career choices.

Ask your career advisor what part time courses you can take to improve your future career.

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Discover your world of possibilities with a monthly dose of insanely great career news and information:

 

Testimonial

I have found your material invaluable.  The information you have put together is thorough – a one-stop-shop in a sea of information that is out there.  I have utilised this information on a regular basis with others throughout the school.

(South Metropolitan Government High School.)

My Commitment to West Australian Careers Education

For In Focus Careers to be the conduit to Insanely Great Careers Information for West Australian careers teachers and students I undertake to:

  • Write 10 insanely great issues of In Focus Careers newsletter each year that focus on the needs of West Australian students and careers teachers.
  • Search for local, national and international information that could impact on the careers of West Australian students.
  • Connect you with insanely great careers teachers across the In Focus Careers network.
  • Listen to and support West Australian careers teachers
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Five Career Things for Year 12s to Do in April

You have fewer than 20 contact teaching weeks to go before the ATAR. The April holidays are going to be your last chance to sit back and get organised.

Tip 1 Relax

April is the last relax time you are going to have until your final exams are over.

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  • Plan your time through until the ATAR exams, including relaxation time.
  • Take that time off…. Guilt free. Total relaxation.

Tip 2 Humanities or Science? Uni or TAFE?

  • Humanities or science? Which way do you want to go? If you can’t decide go to these sites for help. (If you contact me I will email you a link to this Coggle map so that you can get the links without looking them up.)

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Tip 3 Check out the Year 12 Handbook

In Year 12 it is time to check important dates, exam information, double check WACE requirement to make sure you comply. They are all in the Year 12 Information Handbook.Year 12 handbook

Tip 4  Enrol in ATAR Revision Courses for Mid Year Holidays

Most successful students get at least some revision support from one of the companies that provides mid year ATAR revision programs. 

Tip 5 Set SMART Goals and Ask for Help

  • List your subjects
  • Set a SMART goal for each subject
  • Check with each teacher to see what you need to do to achieve your goal
  • Ask them for help to achieve that goal.

If you have any great tips for Year 12 survival please send them through.

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For In Focus Careers to be the conduit to Insanely Great Careers Information for West Australian students I undertake to:

  • Write 10 insanely great issues of In Focus Careers newsletter each year that focus on the needs of West Australian students and careers teachers.
  • Search for local, national and international information that could impact on the careers of West Australian students.
  • Connect you with insanely great careers teachers across the In Focus Careers network.
  • Listen to and support West Australian careers teachers
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Free help for school leavers

Not belonging anywhere is devastating. When you leave school you lose your routine, your purpose, your place within your group. You may even lose your group. You can feel as if you don’t belong anywhere.

I saw the movie They shall not grow old  during the holidays and in it, one of the former soldiers said:

I liked being in the army. I liked being told what to do.

He would rather the threat of being killed or maimed every minute than be on his own making his own decisions. 

Big changes bring big fears.

School leavers are vulnerable when they leave school and there are dream sellers out there trying to find you, sell you a magical future and take your money. 

If you don’t know what to do email me, Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au and I will direct you towards the best low cost or free option for finding your place in the future.

Leaving school is one of the most stressful time in your life. There is help available. If you want help email me and  I will see what I can do to point you in the right direction. 

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November Careers Newsletter Out Now

NewsletterAs our Year 12s head into ATAR exam rooms or out into the school free zone I am aware that they are heading into the most risky time of their lives.

The last In Focus Careers Newsletter for the year has just been released with lots of information for school leavers.

Contact me for a complimentary copy.

 

 

 

 


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Leaving Year 12 – Do these things NOW!

You have to leave school at the end of year 12. Hanging around would be creepy.

Create an Interview Folio

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Put COPIES of your stuff in your folio and put the original in a safe place.

You folio can have:

  • Your resume/CV
  • Your application for the job/scholarship/course you are going for. You can get help from a Jobs and Skills Centre to do this.
  • References from teachers, coaches, mentors
  • Photos of prizes you have won
  • Reports
  • Certificates
  • Creative work (photos of you working on a car, building something, doing community service, art, cooking)
  • Anything else you can think of that will show you in a good light.

Get Interview Skills

Go to a Jobs and Skills Centre free Interview Skills course.

Driver’s Licence

To get many jobs in Western Australia you need a driver’s license. If you haven’t started to get one, start now. Go to this site to get started.

Tax File Number

If you want to get paid employment you will need a Tax File Number. You can apply HERE.

Bank Account

If you haven’t got a bank account, you will need one. Go to the MoneySmart site to get financial advice on how to manage money now that it is largely invisible. That site also has a budget planner.

Barefoot investor

The Barefoot Investor guy says NEVER get a credit card.

Clean up your social media

People will check your digital footprint. Make sure your social media is pristine.

Call the expert

If you need help getting your ducks in a row contact me on 0434056412.