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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.

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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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Year 12 – What to do Next Year

Parents are worried

Their kids are in year 12. They haven’t decided what to do next year.

Parents don’t want their kids to leave school and fall into a hole. The kids don’t want to talk about it.

Parents can suggest these steps as a path forward

STEP 1: Explore

Check out some aptitude tests to see what tends to come up. Find a range of different tests HERE. 

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  • Get a piece of paper or a notebook.
  • Pick 4 different tests to do.
  • After each one write down three most important things the test indicated. For example….
    • I want to work outdoors
    • I am creative
    • I am a natural leader
  • When you have done a few tests you should start to see some common themes. These will help you as you explore your career options.
  • Some of the tests, like Job Outlook suggest career matches to match your aptitudes.

Step 2: The Shoulders of Giants

Sometimes it’s hard to see what’s around you

I once counselled a student whose mum and dad, brother and uncle were mechanics yet she hadn’t thought of being a mechanic. She ended up doing a Defence Force Gap Year where she started a mechanic apprenticeship.

It is easiest to build from what you know, yet we are often not aware of what we know. 

If you are an Eskimo you might think building igloos is for you. If everyone in your  family plays an instrument, being a musician could be for you.

What careers you know from your life experience? Check out your family, your family friends, school friends’ parents, sport coaches.

What work do they do?

It is easier when you build from what you know. 

Step 3: What is Important?

Whether it’s diamonds, world peace or having fun, your values will remain fairly stable and they will ground you throughout your life.   

This game helps you to clarify your values.

1. In a list, write the names of 8 people you like. 

They can be family or friends, famous people or fictional people like superman.

Don’t go on until you have your list.

2. Now next to each name write three or four things you like about that person.

3. Group similar values with different colour highlighters. You might group together smart, wise, clever, leader. (CLEVER)

Try to group all of the values into three or four groups. Give each group one name.

Now you have key values that are important to you.

These values guide who you are, how you act and what you do.

They anchor your decisions. 

When you are in doubt, make decisions that are consistent with your values. 

Summary

Well, that’s not a bad start. From the work you have done you now know:

1. What natural abilities you have.

2. What natural careers environment you live in.

3. What values drive your decisions.

Awareness of your natural abilities, your natural careers environment and your values can drive your decisions.

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If you are a worried parent who would like career advice for your student contact me at Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au or phone 0434056412.

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Parents as Career Partners 101

YOUR CHILD IS BEING LEFT BEHIND

self orderingOn Monday I saw my first “Automated Ordering Kiosk” at McDonald’s.

Is nothing sacred?!

Even this bastion of part time jobs for school students is being automated!

How are kids supposed to learn to “clean as you go” or about customer service, punctuality and responsibility??

Those young managers at McDonald’s did a brilliant job training school kids for 40 years. Now McDonald’s is reducing the number of staff it employs as it moves to self service.

There goes another job opportunity for millennials.

The message is clear. Kids cannot prepare for a career in the 21st century by expecting to do jobs from the 20th century.

Families need to build their own 21st century support system to prepare their children for future careers.

The Method of the Grandmother 2.0 connects your network of family and friends into the collective task of raising your child. By grounding your child in your family’s values they will have a solid launching pad.

The online world gives your child another edge.

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There are thousands of career sites. These government sites provide current, unbiased and professional information.

The WA Careers Centre

The WA Careers Centre  is in Forrest Place. It provides free information and counselling and you can find a lot of their resources, including occupation videos online.

Commonwealth Education Department

The Commonwealth government Education Department provides a number of resources including the  Careers Bullseye Posters.  These can be a bit of fun. You only have to choose 3 posters and pick a few jobs in each one to be able to see a trend towards potential careers. Once you have picked out some jobs check them out on the WA Careers Centre site.

Youth Central 

Youth Central is a Victorian Government site that I love. It gives information not found on the other sites… from study skills, how to write a CV when you have never had a job and how to make the most of a gap year. Today they have a story up about binge drinking. Fullscreen capture 14042017 24604 PM.bmp

MyFuture

MyFuture is the national careers site supported by all governments (except WA and NSW!).  If your child has a WA Education Department email address you will be able to use that to access the site. If your child goes to a non government school their school may have subscribed which means their school email address will get you access. It is simply the best careers site so worth some effort to log in.

These sites provide a solid foundation of careers information and advice and they can send you off in a thousand directions when you find things you are interested in.

Design the Future

Life after schoolNo other generation of parents has had to cope with so much change. It has never been harder to design a future where kids can be great.

The information on these sites, teamed with your network of family, friends, teachers, career advisors and other professionals, will help you to grow your child into a future ready citizen.