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Inspiring Children to Develop an Interest in Investment

Posted by Jane Shearer on March 9, 2021 at 3:41 PM

Financial literacy is a skill that is vital for us all to learn, particularly considering the fact that many young adults seek their first loans soon after leaving school or when they are at university.

Recent research by the University of Western Australia has found, however, that around 45% of adults in Australia lack financial literacy. When it comes to investment, budgeting, and other financial matters, it is never too early.

To ensure children feel confident about making money and managing it well, teaching them vital skills in investment may be the first, crucial step towards financial literacy and expertise.

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Topics: Careers

Tips for Kickstarting Your Child's Career In Social Media

Posted by Jane Shearer on February 15, 2021 at 11:41 AM

More than 3.8 billion people use social media, making it a powerful tool for businesses to market themselves and for anyone to reach a large audience. For those looking into a career in the field, such as a position in social media marketing or management, knowing where to start your education journey can be daunting.

However, by taking a few courses and simply gaining your own first hand experience, you can effectively learn the basics of using social platforms, all the while gaining valuable skills that can kickstart your dream social media career.

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Topics: Careers

How to Teach Children the Main Pillars of Design

Posted by Jane Shearer on January 19, 2021 at 10:00 AM

Artificial intelligence and other machine learning principles may be taking over a plethora of industries, but there will always be room for design. Within this industry, there are a few future creative roles, including those of augmented reality designer, fusionist, and intelligent system designer. 

Creativity, originality, and vision are three elements that are usually present in youngsters with a flair for arts-related topics but when it comes to design, there are key principles children can learn so they can aim to create quality work with a real value from the time they are very young.

After all, ‘design for life’ - lasting design that has value in the real world - is considered a universal aim for designers from a wide array of industries.

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Topics: Careers, Teaching

How to  Teach Children About Entrepreneurship

Posted by Jane Shearer on September 28, 2020 at 2:01 PM

Today’s entrepreneurs are starting businesses at a young age, and some have managed to establish their own companies while they’re still in primary school.

There’s Maya Penn, who successfully launched a sustainable jewellery business called Maya’s Ideas when she was just eight years old.

Then there’s seven-year-old Ryan, who reportedly made $31 million online due to the success of his YouTube channel RyanToys Review. These kids prove that age doesn’t equal success as they were able to turn their ideas into thriving businesses.

If your child is thinking about launching their own business venture, you’ll need to teach them how to properly plan and manage it so their efforts will be rewarded in the future.

Moreover, they’ll need to develop certain skills in order to make it in the competitive business world. Here’s a guide to teach children about entrepreneurship.

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Topics: Careers

Helping Your Kids Make Education Choices to Maximise Career Chances

Posted by Jane Shearer on April 14, 2020 at 10:14 AM

When it comes to success markers, 91 per cent of millennials say career progression is their number one priority, according to a recent survey by recruitment specialist, Robert Walters. Workers are no longer looking for jobs, but are seeking careers and professional development instead.

Approximately 58 per cent of them would change jobs if it meant more learning and career development opportunities. As those seeking learning opportunities increase, parents need to adapt their children’s learning techniques as they prepare them to enter the world of work.

Helping children prepare for their careers no longer just refers to helping them succeed in their science lessons or maths homework. Rather, it now includes helping your child maximise their chances in their chosen career from the very start.

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Topics: Careers

Teaching STEAM, “soft” Skills, Minecraft and Lego Robots: John Burfoot

Posted by Peter Barnes on June 5, 2019 at 1:14 PM

Peter Barnes

What is STEM and why did it become STEAM?  

I asked John Burfoot, a STEAM teacher in a New South Wales Primary school to explain and we recorded our chat as an episode of The Learning Capacity Podcast.         

John also told me about how STEAM lessons enable students to learn valuable 'soft' life skills, as well as technical and technological skills.

His journey from a student who failed all his final high school exams to a degree qualified teacher is inspirational, and can serve as a reminder to students that their lives are not defined by what marks they achieve in school exams.

He worked as an electronics apprentice, a job in avionics, and making explosives for special effects in films before realising his passion is teaching.

Listen to the interview  

 

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Topics: Learning, Podcasts, Careers, Teaching

What to Wear to Get the Job You Want -  Bernadette Payne

Posted by Peter Barnes on January 28, 2019 at 1:03 PM

Peter Barnes

How should you dress to get the job you want?  Does it even matter much what you wear for a job interview? 

This is an important question for young people making the transition from school or tertiary studies to the workforce. And perhaps going to their first ever job interview.

To get some answers to these questions I spoke with award-winning stylist, Bernadette Payne. 

Bernadette focuses on educating men and women about how their choice of clothes and personal styling can make important contributions to their success.

Her advice may be helpful if your child is attending interviews for jobs or even volunteer positions.

Listen to  our discussion on the Learning Capacity Podcast

 

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Topics: Confidence & Resilience, Podcasts, Careers

How to Navigate the Transition from School Year 12 to Tertiary Study

Posted by Gordon Doyle on December 9, 2018 at 12:37 PM

Gordon Doyle

Are you a recent school leaver?  Waiting for your results? Are you hoping for a university offer?

In my last article, How to Make Career Decisions at the End of Secondary School, I discussed a number of things Year 12 students needed to consider relating to their future.  By their “future”, I’m not talking about the rest of their lives,but I certainly am talking about the next stage of their lives – that is, the next study stage, and the working stage to which that naturally leads. 

So I’m looking at a period of time up to ten years out. 

After the HSC exams and registering preferences with your tertiary admissions centre (UAC, VTAC, QTAC etc), it’s time to take a break.  Hopefully, you have done, or are doing that. 

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Topics: Careers

What Does Pinocchio & Facial Profiling have to do with Career Choices?

Posted by Peter Barnes on December 8, 2018 at 8:40 AM

Peter Barnes

How do young people, school leavers, and those who have completed post-secondary school education figure out what they want to do as a career? How do they succeed in the interviews for the job they want?  And how can they learn some of the people skills to help them succeed in their workplace?

There is an interesting skill that may help. Internationally recognized facial profiling authority, Alan Stevens spoke to the Learning Capacity Podcast and discussed the course he has developed for school leavers transitioning to work. And he explains why the Pinocchio nose story may not be totally fictitious.

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Topics: Podcasts, Careers

A Free-Range Global Career: Jess Leondiou Explains How & Why

Posted by Peter Barnes on November 30, 2018 at 1:17 PM

Peter Barnes

For nine years, Jess Leondiou has been doing what many people aspire to do: living the dream and working her passion.

Jess has a free-range global career, living and working in multiple countries in Australia, Europe, and Asia.

She is the driving force behind The Butter Collective - leading a dynamic team of independent creative designers around the world. 

Jess shared insights into her career, which is becoming a more available option for people in our digitally connected world, in an episode on The Learning Capacity Podcast.

She describes the freedom it provides her, and also the challenges, including how to find a WIFI signal on Mt Annapurna in the Himalayas.

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Topics: Podcasts, Careers

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