Last week we had many university bound Year 12 students attend the CQU Uni Experience Day. Thanks to Ms Melissa Headridge for supervising on the day. The students enjoyed seeing what CQU had to offer. We also had a number of Year 11 students attending the BLA JCU Health Breakfast - it was a packed breakfast, taking students through a range of Health professions and course offerings over the morning. Thanks to Ms Nicole Michael for taking students to this event. We also had a number of students attend the Defence Force Information Evening held in town a couple of weeks ago – many students and family members attended an informative night. There have also been students and family members attending the Police Recruiting information sessions. Keep a look out for these opportunities advertised in the notices, through email and local papers.
Year 12 Pathway interviews have been progressing well and students are encouraged to make follow up appointments as required. All Year 10 Work Experience interviews are now complete and in May students will find out where they have been placed. I know a number of students and families have been trying to find their own placements – if an application is successful please let me know ASAP and I will pass the information to VPG.
The best way to explore a job you are interested in is to try it. This sounds obvious, doesn’t it? However, it is often the last thing people think of when exploring jobs and making career decisions. The following are ways you can try a job.
The benefits of trying a job are:
Our Year 10 students will be undertaking Work Experience next term in Week 8 – other students can come and see me regarding work experience in their holidays etc. Read ‘Tips for finding work experience’ on the myfuture website for other ways of finding work experience.
AusAPP Pathways: Free app for apprenticeships and traineeships
AusAppPathways is a free app that helps students and jobseekers explore Australian Apprenticeships career pathway ideas on their smartphone or tablet. Users can access:
AusAppPathways is available for both Apple and Android devices. A ‘Guide to Using AusAppPathways’ can be found on the Australian Apprenticeships Pathways website.
Australian Apprenticeships and Traineeships Information Service has a webpage for Industry Information and quizzes in a range of careers. Each industry area has an overview, industry information, employment/wage data, key occupations and career pathways. The quizzes give you an idea about the aptitudes needed for the jobs in the industries listed including automotive and boating; building and construction; sport, recreation, hair, beauty and services; metal and engineering; hospitality; logistics…
The Australian Apprenticeships and Traineeships Information Service's webpage contains information regarding Job Pathways Charts which show the potential training pathways within specific industries which start with an apprenticeship or traineeship. Click here for a full list.
The Queensland Government has recently made changes to the online White Card training option. As from 1st February 2019 The Queensland White Card:
Click here for more information about these changes and how to get a White Card.
The Australian Air Force Cadets (AAFC) is a youth oriented organisation that is administered and actively supported by the Royal Australian Air Force. Any young Australian who is between the ages of 13 and 18 years and is physically fit enough to participate in the activities is welcome to join the AAFC. Through this organisation you will gain important life skills in leadership, self-reliance, self-confidence, self-discipline, self-respect, good communication, teamwork and citizenship. Some activities undertaken by the AAFC include flying, fieldcraft, adventure training, firearms safety training, drill and ceremonial, service knowledge, aeromodelling, navigation and gliding. You will also have an opportunity to experience life in the Air Force. For more information, visit the AAFC website where you can access information regarding who they are, what they do, how to join (there is a Cairns Unit).
If you are in Year 11 and considering applying for a place at ADFA, you are encouraged to commence your application when you are 16 years of age. To start your application, call 13 19 01 or apply online on the Defence Jobs website (click ‘Apply now’ on the top right-hand corner of the home page). It is not too late for Year 12 students to apply but you need to start your application as soon as possible.
The CareersWithSTEM website is one of Australia’s free student STEM Career Guides for students, parents and teachers. According to the About section on the CareersWithSTEM website 75% of future jobs will require STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) skills. Yet just 16% of high-school graduates are enrolling in STEM degrees in Australia. In 10 years’ time, how will rapid technological change affect our future career choices? To help discover the answer to this question, access the CareersWithSTEM website which provides access to a range of information regarding:
You can also stay connected by signing up to the STEM Newsletter, to get instant information on future careers, resources, stories and events straight to your email inbox.
Knowing who you are and what you are good at are important in career exploration and decision making. The information can help you identify potential jobs and career pathways. SkillsRoad Career Quiz, helps you choose a job that’s right for you as it connects WHO you are with WHAT you are naturally good at. The quiz will help you to uncover your strengths and talents, so you can make more informed choices. The quiz takes approximately five minutes and will help you to understand:
Want a creative career and not sure where to start? Sick of all the doubters shooting your ideas down? Then these tips are for you. They come from a Career Insights article on the myfuture website. The following is a summary of the tips.
If you found these tips helpful, read the advice given by JMC Academy lecturer, Nigel Tucker, in How to break into the arts and entertainment industries.
If you are interested in a science career, consider applying for a work experience placement with the CSIRO. CSIRO offers students in Years 10 to 12 the chance to gain first-hand experience of research in a scientific environment. To apply contact CSIRO and see if they are able to host you. In 2019, CSIRO have a pilot project that is ‘virtual’ work experience for regional and remote students. This program will provide an opportunity for students to undertake collaborative, group (STEM) projects without having to leave their towns or communities. Visit the CSIRO Work Experience website for more information regarding:
A career path you may not know about: Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians
Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians assist electrical engineering research, design, manufacture, assembly, construction, operation and maintenance of equipment, facilities and distribution systems. Visit myfuture and click on occupations for more information about jobs.
Using data and industry experts' input, Seek has identified their five booming industry areas across Australia over the past twelve months that will shape 2019. These identified industry areas are:
Click here for more information about average advertised salaries, new roles advertised, individual State figures and growth by role.
The relationship between employers and employees is fundamentally changing. Employees are expecting more from their employers - more transparency, more accountability and more trust. Employers need more from their employees - technical skills, creative thinking, effective collaboration and ability to quickly adapt. Linkedin's annual Global Talent Trends 2019 report explores the four big trends which are fueling this transformation and how they will impact the workplace. These trends are:
Click here to read more about these trends and their impact on the workplace.
The Careers FAQs team analysed reports from internationally known experts to come up with 12 industries they believe are going to be the next ‘big thing’. They list and back up their selection in Jobs of the Future: The 12 Industries to Watch.
With these emerging technologies and industries, how can we plan for future jobs? Read The 10 Skills You’ll Need by 2020 (and beyond).
The Future Leaders Awards recognise young Australians who have shown strong achievement, leadership and potential. The award categories are:
The due date for all categories is 31st May 2019. See the Future Leaders website for details.
Concentration is the ability to focus and control your attention. Some people seem to be born with it, the rest of us have to learn how to do it. The good news is that anyone can improve his/her ability to concentrate. The following are strategies to help you get there.
The first step in anyone’s leadership journey is self-leadership. We must be able to lead ourselves before we can lead anyone else. In fact, the effects of leaders who don’t have strong character, core values, mental toughness, or integrity can be devastating. Whether in communities, families, churches, or schools, leaders lacking these characteristics can have a negative influence on those around them. The Art of Self-Leadership, Dr. Tim Elmore seeks to equip today’s students to graduate with strong character, a healthy personal identity, and self-discipline. Through thirteen memorable images — each with a series of engaging stories, self-assessment questions, and thought-provoking discussion topics — students learn and internalize important principles of good character that will help guide them as they step into college or their careers. Watch a YouTube video with the Author of The Art of Self Leadership, Dr Tim Elmore discussing Growing Leaders in Today’s Society and what we need to do today to grow leaders for tomorrow.
Generation Next has an article on How parents can help students in the senior years of school written by Andrew Fuller. The article states that parents have a vital role in helping students to:
This sounds like a big ask! However, the body of the article does suggest strategies to help parents achieve their role. Topics include:
Finally, the article makes the point that Year 12 results aren’t the end of the world. They don’t determine a student’s future success in life.
Parents with a student in Year 11 or 12 may find this article of interest.