Year 12 is done – so what now?!!

Many Year 12 students and parents are probably asking this questions right now. Unemployment statistics for the West of Melbourne are the highest in the state at 9% according to the Department of Employment, September 2017 more details

It is reasonable to be concerned about the future of those just trying to enter the workforce. What we do know is that those with Year 12 or higher are in a better position to gain employment. So having completed year 12 is a tick!

But now you have an ATAR what are the options for a University course? It might be sobering to know that GOING to university does not necessarily guarantee you a job, and some of Australia’s best universities have the worst employment outcomes for graduates. New data released by the Good Universities Guide reveals about 30 per cent of undergraduates left university without any job prospects and were struggling to make inroads into the competitive job market.

Some key questions are an important part of your research before choosing a course. What are the employment prospects? What programs/ opportunities are there during the course to be exposed to the workforce and network with future employers?

Consider that some industries are declining in employment growth and others are likely to show strong growth. ‘Health Care and Social Assistance is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth (increasing by 250,500), followed by Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (126,400), Construction (120,700) and Education and Training (116,200). Together, these four industries are projected to provide 61.5 per cent of total employment growth over the five years to May 2022.’ according to government statistics Sept 2017.

Think carefully before embarking on an expensive degree program, a shorter course at TAFE (Diploma or Certificate) to give you an insight into an industry can be a great pathway. If you are not passionate about a career area or course consider taking a Gap Year and try to get some real work- paid or volunteer to clarify your interests. Consider a trade qualification, a growing number of government infrastructure projects like the Rail Link are employing. more information

Talk to a school, university or private careers adviser to assist with what is best for you. It may well save you expense and disappointments in the future.

Enid Stein, Private Careers Practitioner


Following on from my most recent blog, Youth Unemployment, I was interested to read an article written by Amanda Woodward on HRM, the Human Resource Management site. Titled  ‘Most jobs will be soft skills intensive by 2030’ she writes of a change that is occurring in large corporations –

‘Penguin Random House and major consulting firms Ernst & Young (EY) and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) are just three big companies to have stated openly that they no longer require university degrees in their search for good candidates. Instead, they want to recruit newcomers who have a broad range of life and education skills and experiences.’

The diminishing importance of academic results and the search for good candidates with great soft skills gained through well rounded life experience, possibly a ‘gap year’ and part time jobs cannot be ignored by parents and young people hoping to break into the work force in the coming years!

‘So what are those ‘in-demand’ soft skills?

  1. Communication
  2. Friendly/Approachable
  3. Self-motivated/Ambitious
  4. Driven by outcomes
  5. Positive and enthusiastic

Catherine Friday, education leader of EY Oceania’


Youth Unemployment

Employment statistics that came out this week say that 5 young people are now competing for every entry level job advertised across Australia.

So how do we future proof our kids (or yourself, if you are in the 18-25 age group)? Here are 6 suggestions.

  1. Get a part time job while at school – work experience of any kind assists when trying to get a job later on. It has been shown that part time work up to 10 hrs a week actually has a positive impact on school results as it develops organisational skills, so parents don’t worry about having less study time.
  2. Take every opportunity you can in school, in a sports club, charity organisation, workplace to develop soft skills – leadership, communication, initiative, flexibility, planning and organisation, It is these skills that will set you apart from the crowd when applying for jobs.
  3. Turn off social media from time to time just to focus on your own ideas and thoughts – creativity is born out of boredom!
  4. Turn off social media from time to time just to talk to people to improve your verbal communication skills including your ability to express ideas clearly and convincingly.
  5. Choose training and academic courses that lead to a job outcome. Check out Australian jobs government publication to see current and future job growth predictions in all industries.
  6. Choose training and academic courses that lead to a job outcome. Many courses include a work placement/experience or at the very least industry based projects as part of the required learning and assessment.

More on VCE exams

More talk today about exams. 3AW had Michael Carr-Gregg,  Psychologist, talking about how to assist with studying and exam stress.

A couple of interesting tips to do while studying to aid concentration and retention

  1. Chew gum!
  2. Take your shoes off!
  3. Listen to white noise (maybe rain falling sounds) or classical music (Mozart)
  4. Use Mind Maps to summarise your work. I think this one is good if you think in pictures – that is you have a strength in perceptual skills, however if your strength is verbal then rewriting notes and speaking out loud as if you are giving a lecture may be better. If you are stronger in numerical thinking try putting the information into a logical table or chart.

If you do not know what is your stronger skill, your aptitude type, you may like to try the Morrisby Vocational testing process. It will also help greatly with future career choice if you know your strengths. Happy to facilitate this testing for anyone interested.

Exam cram!

So the time as come for Year 12 students to prepare for exams. However it is too easy to be distracted by Year 12 formal dresses, graduation after parties, muck up days, plans for schoolies, Christmas holidays etc – so what do you do!? How do you cope at this time of year? First be smart! Focus on whatever you are doing – if you are studying – STUDY, if you are partying- PARTY. Just make sure you are 100% in the moment. Everything is important and worth doing but give enough time to each thing. Be realistic about how much time you have left to get the study part done and plan accordingly. Focus on your English subject as that is always going to impact on your ATAR score, also focus on any subject that requires a set mark to get into your favoured course.

A few tips to make the study time work

  • Divide up your planned study sessions to allow enough hours to revise each subject according to the importance of the subject.
  • Always start with something you quite like then work up to the tough stuff.
  • Get a study buddy to keep you on track and help them keep on track.
  • Ignore all social media and calls while you are studying – remember 100% in the moment, then you can go 100% on all the other stuff you want to do when your study session is over.

Some good focus now will pay dividends in a few weeks when you really can party feeling good that you have given your year 12 your best shot!