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We all want to belong – deciding where to belong next is the trick

If you are in Year 12, you need to decide where you want to belong when you leave school. 

Most of us don’t remember our dreams. Your dreams, or even your vague ideas will come in a whisper, not in a shout. Here are some tips on how to listen to your heart.

Tip 1:

Take the best stuff from your life now into your new life when you leave school.

Career ideas don’t come fully formed. This simple trick will help you to see some possibilities. 

Make a list of the things you do in a day. This list provides you with the raw material that you need to decide where you want to belong.

  • Get up
  • Have breakfast
  • Bus to school.
  • Maths
  • English
  • etc

Expand your list by adding what you do on a weekend or on holidays or things you liked when you were younger.

  • Play basketball
  • Go to the beach
  • Customer service at Brumby’s

When you have finished your list, highlight the things you like doing most. Check out those things and use them to guide your decisions about where you want to belong next. 

Ideas are most at risk when they are vague and new. 

Ideas need pampering or they will fade away.

Talk to your career advisor to get ideas about how you can do more of what you like doing most. 

You can also check out how to do more of what you like through a free appointment with a careers counsellor at a Jobs and Skills Centre. 

For more information go to Get on track to uni in WA 2023 or .Year 10 Magic Happens: Careers Handbook

Tip 2:

It is tricky to be clear about what is important to you 

For Donald Trump money and power are important.

For the Wiggles it is entertaining little kids.

You can figure out what is important to you through this game:

  • Write a list of 8 people who you like. They don’t even have to be real people. Your dog could be on the list.
  • Once you have finished your list write three things that you like about each person.

If you included your dog you might have:

MIssy – Friendly, fun, understanding.

You will have 24 different things that you like.

Group together similar things. The things that appear most are those things that are most important to you. 

Let those things guide your decisions about where you want to go next.

If making money and having power is important to you, you won’t want to go to care for orphans in Cambodia.

If entertaining little kids is important to you, you might check out early childhood education. That is where the original Wiggles started. 

For more information go to Get on track to uni in WA 2023 or .Year 10 Magic Happens: Careers Handbook

In Summary

From little things big things grow. 

Start by listening to what you like now. From those ideas you can grow your future.

Check to see if those thing sounds true to your values. 

Stand on the shoulders of giants. Ask older people for information. Ask what they did. We all want you to succeed. 

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Pathways from High School – Video presentation for West Australian Senior Students

The content was just what our Year 12’s needed, and the timing is perfect.
This 30-minute Pathways from High School presentation with video is a great alternative to the face-to-face presentations as it can be shown to students and families, at any time.

Students can even take a copy home and watch it with their parents!!

Don’t be ridiculous!!

3 Pathways

It shows 3 different case studies. 

Pathway 1: Judy the academic superstar

Judy is an academic superstar who checks out the Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours) at Curtin, medicine everywhere, and Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) at UWA. 

Pathway 2: Flynn General ATAR, Alternative Pathway

 Flynn is looking for alternative pathways for non-ATAR school leavers. He checks out all of the unis, looks at university preparation courses and seeks advice from career counsellors and Centrelink.

Pathway 3: Angie VET and Gap Year

For those wanting a Gap Year, who never to return to full-time study again. Angie looks at the Defence Gap Year program and at Harvest Trail as well as at some on the job training she can do at McDonald’s and online courses. 
I recommend that all students seek professional advice that narrows down to their personal choices, once they have a general idea of which direction they want to take.
Find this presentation HERE.
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Year 12: How to approach university open days in 2022

Don’t rush

Take your time at the open day. Spend 3-4 hours to get the feel of the campus.

Make a big day of it

Your career decision will be influenced most by your family and friends. If you can go to the open day with both family and friends, do that!  

If you haven’t ever been to an Open Day Check Year 11: How to approach university open days.

Preparation 

Success occurs when opportunity meets preparation.

Zig Ziglar                    

Research

  • If you haven’t decided which university to go to check Which University is Best for You?
  • Check the First in Family site for a rich pool of information about going to uni.
  • If you know what uni but don’t know which course, talk to a career advisor before you go to the open day.
  • Identify second and third options.

Pick the Best Bits Before You Get There

  • As the day draws closer, each university will finalise its schedule of events, campus tour, displays and classes. 
  • Check the Open Day Program and plan your day.

Notre Dame Open Day information page Notre Dame information page

On the Day

 Don’t rush. Plan to spend a 3 – 4 hours at the Open Day.

  • Book in for a campus tour.
  • If there are overarching welcome events, make sure you go to those. 
  • Go to course information sessions.
  • Go to subject taster sessions

 Pick Me! Faculty Stands

Every faculty wants you to enrol in one of their courses.

ASK:

University lecturers are the experts at the faculty stands who you need to approach with questions like:

  • Why do you love working in this field?
  • What are the career opportunities in this field?
  • What are the entry requirements and pathways available?
  • How long will it take to get the degree as a full time student?
  • What subjects can you choose from?
  • What support is available to students.
  • If you qualify within any support group ask about financial and other support that the university provides.
      • There may be help available to you if you are you First in Family, Aboriginal, RRR, migrant, Disability, woman in non-traditional occupation, if you have a disability, if you are from a defence family.  
  • What opportunities are there for face to face learning?
  • What support is available to students learning online?
  • What opportunities does the course provide for students to engage with industry through the degree?
  • What types of careers do graduates go into?

If you do not have course prerequisites or think you may not achieve the required ATAR, ask about alternative pathways.

Find Current Students at the Stands

There will be current students at most stands. Ask them what course they are doing and what they love and hate about it.

Optometry pathway for WA students - Optometry Australia
Curtin University Optometry Pathway

Ask a student ambassador if they are willing to have a coffee with you.

  • Ask why they are doing the course and if they are going to achieve the outcome they hoped for.
  • Find what extracurricular activities there are. Are there any clubs or teams that you can join now?
  • What can the union offer to students?
  • Find out what they have done about fees, financial support and scholarships.

Early Offers

You may be invited to enrol on the spot. Don’t do this.

Don’t make your career decision based on a brochure and 30 second discussion. If there is a crowd at the stand when you visit, ask for an appointment.

Don’t sign up at an Open Day. 

Accommodation

If you plan to stay in university accommodation:

Register 

In 2022 some universities are asking you to register prior to the event and to do all you can to prevent spreading COVID 19. 

Book an appointment with a career counsellor

Even if you are one of the few who knows exactly what course you want to take, book a free appointment with a career counsellor. They may know of:

  • different subjects that you might love
  • support services that you can tap into
  • sports and clubs you can join now
  • financial systems that are available. 

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Gap Year Ideas for 2022

West Australians school leavers are checking out their options before they make long term plans. You may have read the Year 12 Gap Year Ideas and Tips for 2022.

Omio has sent me a link to their Gap Year Guides which delivers great resources to prepare for a Gap Year

The guide contains detailed information on:

  • The benefits of taking a gap year
  • How to organize a gap year step by step (e.g., accommodation, transportation, entry requirements & travel restrictions)
  • Itinerary suggestions and tips for traveling in Europe on a budget
  • Volunteering in Europe (10 suggestions)
  • How to successfully find and apply for an internship in Europe

You can find all the articles here: https://www.omio.com/travel/gap-year

Good luck with your plans for 2022.

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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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Employers want to know what certificates students have

Do you have any certificates?

This article by Kareena Waters from Industry OneCARD explains her solution to a problem students are experiencing when they apply for jobs.

Students often don’t understand the difference between a VET Delivered in Schools course, and their non VET school curriculum. When potential employers ask them if they have any certificates, the reply is often “No” or “I don’t know”.

Case Study

A construction/mining employer recently decided to engage a couple of school graduates for a Traineeship in Administration.

After screening resumes and interviews, they finally choose a couple of very suitable candidates, only to find that when the  Australian Apprentice Support Network (AASN) signed up the candidate into a traineeship, one already had a Cert III Business Admin, and the other had completed most of the core units.

There was no record of these achievements on their resumes, or any reference to the training during the interview or understand the significance and the value of ‘That training we did at school’.

The Gap

There is a gap between what students do, and their understanding of how their work contributes to their resume.

Employer’s ability to engage a student on a traineeship is impacted by what VET in Schools certificates a student has commenced or obtained.

Many students have been issued a Unique Student Identifier (USI) but have no idea what it is, or how to access their portal. 

Even though Nationally Accredited Units will be recorded on the student’s USI most employers:

  • want to view and save the certificates, not the USI transcript, and
  • want to know about any inductions, safety and other inhouse training from students work placement, and or part times jobs, which won’t appear on a USI.
Industry OneCARD

How Industry OneCARD Helps

The OneCARD ™ provides a platform to help employers manage the administrative nightmare of employees’ training and licence records.

Kareena Waters Founder of Industry OneCARD ™ and her team want to provide students, trainees and apprentices a complimentary Industry OneCARD™, to help keep all their certificates, induction records and achievements in one place, and to support the cultivation of good habits around the management of their valuable achievements both accredited and non-accredited.

We have built some great features into Industry OneCARD™  that help when someone is applying for positions, that ensure all records are presented to a recruiter, in a high professional standard.

For more information please contact:

Admin@industryonecard.com or Phone 0417760224

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Year 12 What Next? GAP Year Ideas and Tips for 2022

Taking the Other Way

When you leave Year 12 there are 3 main paths that you can take:

  1. University
  2. TAFE
  3. Other

The Other Way

Taking The Other Way from school takes courage. Your friends will try to get you to follow them. They want you with them. By taking another way you may be challenging them to think twice about the path they are taking.

You parents will worry about you. It’s good to be able to tell them that you have a plan.

Finding what you are interested in is driving your plan. Taking a gap year provides opportunities to meet people, explore who you are, do different things and find what works for you.

A Gap Year is a Year of Discovery

Gap Year in Defence

The Defence Gap Year has a whole lot of advantages.

You get paid. You can save for a car, or travel. You can afford to go out and to buy cool clothes. You may learn about how to manage money. You will learn and about award rates of pay, overtime, sick leave and holiday pay.

You meet lots of new people from different places and find out about their lives. You will probably make friends for life with people you meet at this time.

You get to leave home without having to pay for rent, electricity and food.

You learn new skills. Trying lots of different roles and learning new skills will help you to decide what you like and don’t like, without spending time and money at uni or TAFE.

You find out about life in the army, navy or air force.

You can check out Defence Force Gap Years HERE.

Travel

LetzLive has opened up its Gap Year opportunities as a gap year assistant working in a boarding school in New Zealand.

Check out the programs provided by LetzLive.

Harvest Trail

The horticulture industry has relied on people from overseas to pick their fruit and vegies. It turns out the pay and conditions were shocking and Australians initially refused to take up the jobs. Things are getting better so check out the opportunities to travel Australia and become harvest trail nomads.

You can find Harvest Trail jobs HERE.

You can apply for Relocation Assistance HERE. Be careful, I heard it takes ages to come through.

Hospitality and Tourism

The boom in tourism within Australia is being slowed by the shortage of workers in resorts, coffee shops, motels, road houses and caravan parks.

Sandfire Roadhouse

Look for these jobs on sites like Seek or phone/email the local tourist bureau and ask where to find a job in the area.

If you are 18 you can earn more money serving alcohol than cleaning. You will need your Responsible Service of Alcohol certificate to be able to work serving alcohol.

If you can find a job in a resort or motel chain, take that, it is more likely to pay sick leave, holiday pay and superannuation. Wherever you get a job, make sure your pay and conditions are legit. Ring or email the Fair Work Ombudsman if you need to check.

Work on a Station

Can’t ride a motor bike or muster cattle?

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Michael Clinch cattleman and conservationist

Ellenbrae Station, halfway between Derby and Kununurra, sells thousands of scones to tourists who travel up the Gibb River Road every year.

Ellenbrae Station Scones

All of the stations supplement their incomes through tourism.

If you can clean you can probably find a job supporting the station tourism industry. Look for jobs on sites like Seek.

Need Experience?

Once you leave school it is tricky getting work experience as employers aren’t insured to cover unpaid volunteers.

In Western Australia you can apply for volunteer work through Volunteering WA. People put in requests for volunteers to them and they place people and cover them through the Volunteering WA insurance.

The Volunteering WA people said that when you first start with them they are careful of the sort of work they let you do until you have proven yourself.

Free Tips

Check out Youth Central. It’s a Victorian Government site that has some good tips on taking a gap year.