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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, Artificial Intelligence

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 Capacity, 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

How to Make Career Decisions at the End of Secondary School

Posted by Gordon Doyle on September 24, 2018 at 5:11 PM

Gordon Doyle

Many senior secondary students around Australia are under considerable duress at this time of year. The Trials for the HSC, VCE and other State based credentials are over and students have received their results. 

It is often the case that results are not as good as the students hope.   

As a result, they sometimes feel dejected.  It can be difficult to get motivated in these circumstances, but they have little or no choice.  There is nothing they can do to change the past. 

Pressures ......

There are other pressures.  Schools, parents, peers, siblings, the media all bang on endlessly about “what course (and that invariably means what university course) are you going to do after you finish school?” 

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Topics: Careers

Career Planning in Secondary School: Start Early & Keep Options Open

Posted by Gordon Doyle on June 2, 2018 at 10:52 AM

Gordon Doyle

The 1st June tells me that not only is it the first day of winter, but that the year is flying by.  I avoid the temptation to look back at the things I haven’t done – and wish I had.  Or to dwell too much on the things I could have done better – if only there had been more .... time, perhaps?  Instead, I choose to look forward – and I want to encourage you to do the same thing.

Looking forward

Its a clichéd phrase I know, but apart from death and taxes there are no certainties in this life. If you’re a Year 10 student or a senior secondary student, you’re unlikely to be thinking too much about either of these, but almost certainly, the prospect of what you are going to do with your life after leaving school is likely to have already dawned. 

Looking forward, perhaps you can see the many opportunities that stretch out before you.  Perhaps you ask yourself the question:  What do I need to do to keep these opportunities open?  To ensure that I have choice? 

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Topics: Careers

Why Work Experience is Too Valuable to Miss Out on Doing

Posted by Gordon Doyle on May 1, 2018 at 7:22 PM

Gordon Doyle

The opportunity to undertake Work Experience as part of the normal course of events in Year 10, is positive for students for many reasons. But I shall limit my discussion to two important ones, particularly for students in Year 10. 

First of all, school based Work Experience should always, in my opinion, provide an opportunity for a young person to test a career area of genuine, possible career interest to them

It is not about doing just anything for the sake of filling in a week.  Nor is it, if the young person has a part time job already, doing more of the same.  Neither is about working in a family business.  They can get that experience any time.  It is, as I have indicated above, about testing a career area of genuine, future career interest.

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Topics: Careers

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