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Leaving Year 12 with advice from Eddie Perfect and Tim Minchin

……(your career is like) hacking through virgin rain forest – a completely blind journey where you never know where you’re going to end up. It’s only by looking back at the forest that it seemed to be some sort of logical progression. (Eddie Perfect)

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Image by Julian Kingma.

….how does one even define ‘success’?

 This answer will (and should be) different for every person. So it’s good to take a minute and think about how you personally define success, and what kind of person you’d like to be if and when it happens.

 Otherwise, how will you know when you arrive?

Read his advice on career success at the Aussie Theatre website.

Tim Minchin and Eddie Perfect seem like the same sort of guy. Tim gave a “9 Rules to Live By” address at  UWA which has become famous.

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I never remember advice that people give me but these two say things in an entertaining way.

If you need help to find the best path towards your career journey, contact me at Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au  or ring me on 0434056412. I will do my best to be wise and entertaining!!

 


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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

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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.

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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.

 


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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.

 


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How to Blitz Year 10

Year 10 is an amazing transition year. As you start Year 10 you Could still be acting like a kid.  By the end of the year you will start to realise that no one else is in charge of your career. No one else is going to do it for you.

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In Year 10….

Try new stuff. Say YES. Try stuff that might not work. Make mistakes.Robot

Make connections. 85% of jobs are filled through networking.

Explore opportunities like the Rotary Youth Exchange Scholarship rotary

Explore your hobbies. Interested in robots? Join a Coderdojo. Interested in media? Start your own blog, YouTube channel, or podcast.

If you are interested in something and don’t know how to follow it up ask your careers teacher, or email me and I will follow it up.

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  • Get a part time job. Try to get one at a big company where you get training, like McDonalds or one of the big supermarkets.
  • You meet people, you get to try different things that you are interested in, and you don’t have to stay if you don’t like it. Search online for “volunteer jobs” and name your suburb or create a Seek.com account and check out the “Volunteers” tab.

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  • Interested in sport? Coach a junior team. Volunteer to umpire. Help to organise.
  • Go to university open days and the two career expos in the middle of the year.

Year 10 is the BEST year at school … well, it is for lots of students.

In order to get the most out of it you need to set up a bond with your teachers so that you are the one they think of when opportunities come up. Become the best friend of the year coordinator, the careers teacher… the music/art/physics teacher….

Success in Year 10 will come to those who turn up and say teach me.

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Bev Johnson

If you want help to grow into your potential call me on 0434056412 or email me at Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au. We will see what we can do to find your best possible future.