From the Careers Desk

8 June 2017

Career dogs

ACK Career Expo – thank you to all involved

This year’s annual career expo was bigger than ever with over 40 exhibitors from tertiary institutions, various trades, the emergency services and employment and voluntary organisations. Over 1100 students from ACK, St. Mary’s Seymour, Wallan Secondary College and The Kilmore International School attended the expo.

 I was pleased  to hear that exhibitors were impressed by students' questions which showed that  some had been thinking  about what they'd like to do after secondary school. Equally, I have been happy with the number of students who have made appointments with either Ms Frost or me to discuss information that they gleaned from the expo – which is what the expo is all about. The Australian Veterinarian Association probably had one of the most popular display due to their two dogs that were part of their display (see above and click on other photos below).

Thank you to the exhibitors and to our VET events students who helped me stage the expo, especially Ebony Green, Jade Schultz, Ned Lanyon, Hailey Wynd, Olivia Ierardo, Jacob Kirkpatrick, Ella Beveridge and Sarah Hadeed.

ADF Long Tan Youth Leadership & Teamwork Awards

The Battle of Long Tan holds a special place in the hearts and minds of Australians. In recognition of one of the defining moments in Australian military history, in August 2006 the then prime minister announced that it would be fitting to name the awards the ADF Long Tan Youth Leadership & Teamwork Awards. These awards recognise students from years 10 and 12 who demonstrate leadership and teamwork within the school and the broader community, and who display strong values, such as doing one’s best, respect for others and mateship - values considered integral to the ADF and Australian society.

To apply for these awards students must write a letter outlining how they have met the ADF criteria and give it to me in a sealed envelope by Monday, July  31. The criteria have been emailed to students.

Future jobs

In Australian there are more than 3.7 million school students around 1.5 million university students with another 1.2 million tertiary students in the vocational education sector. This means that more than 1 in 4 Australians are students and so an understanding of the future of work is important.

 How will employment and careers look for current students?

Firstly, they will live longer than previous generations, work a lot later as well – into their late 60s, they will move jobs more frequently, staying about three years  per job, which means they will have 17 separate jobs in their life time and work in an estimated five careers. They will be a generation of lifelong learners having to plug back into education to upskill and retrain throughout their lives.

In this era of online services like Uber, Airtasker and delivery services, we have seen the rise of the “gig-economy” and more of this generation will end up being freelancers, contractors or contingent workers than ever before. Recent research shows that a third of the national workforce currently participates in contingent work, and more than three in four employers believe that it will be the norm for people to pick up extra work through job-related websites or apps.

What are some jobs of the future?

According to the 2017 edition of The Good Careers Guide, the top jobs of the future will be fundamentally shaped by the continued advancement of technology – eradicating some jobs while creating others.

In the next five years more than 30,000 jobs will be added to the top five predicted for growth, and almost 17,000 wiped from the bottom five. We don't yet know what most of these jobs will be. 

The Good Careers Guide 2017, however, shows that the top five jobs predicted to have sustained growth in the future all have a common theme. Early education teachers, occupational therapists, social workers, special education teachers, speech professionals and audiologists all use technology and devices, in conjunction with the human element. Other jobs in demand will be those for nurses, construction workers (especially electricians) and baristas.

Good Education Group Chief Data Analyst Ross White said: “Where human interaction is at the core of an occupation, these roles are virtually impossible to automate and leave to computers and machines alone. But what we do know is that technology like robotics and automation will become an integral part of the way many jobs are delivered and enhanced.”

The 2017 Guide’s data emphasises the positive impact technology is having on the workforce. As new technology evolves and new devices and processes are developed, a wide range of jobs will be created transforming existing roles. Before smartphones, jobs like app designers, social media managers, Uber drivers, Airbnb hosts didn’t exist. The Guide estimates almost 70 per cent of children that entered primary school in 2016 will be employed in jobs that haven’t yet been created.

What does this mean for students choosing subjects and courses for 2018?

Students should consider their strengths and interests when choosing subjects or courses for 2018. It is ok if your child still doesn’t know what they want to do after Assumption College but when choosing subjects they should take a variety of subjects that will give them the best possible options.

  • There is no point in picking subjects that they are not interested in or incapable of doing as they will not be engaged and their results may affect their options that are available after Assumption College. According to the current VTAC Guide over 1000 courses only require English as a prerequisite including such courses as accountancy, dietetics and architecture so you will be able to get into many courses no matter what your subjects are.

  • Students should consider how they learn best. For example, do they like reading and writing essays or would they prefer to be creative or do they need concrete examples.

  • If they are capable, students should at least take a maths course to year 11, especially if they might like to become teachers.

  • Students should consider the many VET courses available, although they are not necessarily suited to all students. But they will offer additional experience and qualifications to a VCE/VCAL program and may help to obtain part-time work.

Finally, subject and tertiary selections will take place in term 3 and more information will be supplied before then. If students and/or parents would like to make appointments with Mrs Tonya Frost or me use the online booking link on SIMON.

Full-time apprenticeships

Two local plumbing companies recently contacted me looking for students interested in apprenticeships. These are both full-time plumbing apprenticeships but one criteria is that those who are interested must have or be about to get a driver’s licence. Current or former students who are interested can contact me for further information.

If any other employers are interested in offering apprenticeships, school-based apprenticeships or work experience or placement I would love to hear from you. Please phone or email me. 

Jenny Pendlebury - Careers and VCAL Coordinator