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Advice To My 20 Year-Old Self: Do Everything Wrong

Your twenties isn’t the time to get everything perfect.

September 20, 2016

12 Insanely Cool Jobs You Had No Idea Existed

…and now you’re not going to be able to stop thinking about!

February 22, 2016

9 Signs You Have Complete Career FOMO

Because your job sucks. 

October 27, 2015

How Likely Is My Future Boss To Google Me?

It might be time to put those boozy Facebook photos away…

September 28, 2015

Are You Studying For A Job That Won’t Exist In 20 Years?

A recent report has been published by the non-profit group, Foundation for Young Australians, which reveals sixty per cent of Australian students are training for jobs that will not exist in the future or will be transformed by automation.

  • 44 per cent of jobs will be automated in the next 10 years.
  • 60 per cent of students are studying for careers that won’t exist.
  • Young people will have an average of 17 different jobs.
  • Over 50 per cent of jobs will require significant digital skills and yet our young people are not learning them in schools.

The results show that 40 per cent of jobs have a high probability of being susceptible to computerisation and automation in the next 10 to 15 years. Jobs in administration will be the first to go. If the job requires system and data analysis, as in tax preparer, the job has a high probability of not existing in the future. Bank tellers, legal assistant, loan officer and cashier are all jobs most likely to be automated.  Even market research and sales research are jobs that will be replaced with machine-learning algorithms. With self-driving vehicles on the horizon, taxi and truck drivers will go the way of the VHS machines and local video stores and become defunct.

However, those jobs which require a high degree of personal collaboration will remain. Nurses, doctors, family therapists, curators, addiction counselors, high school teachers and of course, computer system analysts – they will be busy programming the software that automates jobs.

Young women looking at job forecasts should consider engineering (mechanical, electrical, environmental and computer programming), scientists and medical professionals are the most likely to have jobs in twenty years. As the population ages, jobs in senior care will also grow. There is a concern about the number of women studying the sciences, which according to the American Society for Engineering Education, hovers at just under 20 per cent. The number of women pursuing Master’s degrees in engineering is a fraction higher at 23 per cent. Overall, it’s still very low.

Ten jobs that are the most likely to disappear:

  1. Credit Analysts: 97.85%
  2. Milling and Planing Machine Setters Operators and Tenders Metal and Plastic: 97.85%
  3. Procurement Clerks: 95%
  4. Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders: 98.04%
  5. Tellers: 98.28%
  6. Umpires and Referees: 98.29%
  7. Loan Officers: 98.36%
  8. Timing Device Assemblers and Adjusters: 98.49%
  9. Tax Preparers: 98.71
  10. Telemarketers: 99.02%

Ten jobs that are the least likely to disappear:

  1. Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers: 0.31%
  2. Occupational Therapists: 0.35%
  3. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons: 36%
  4. Dietitians and Nutritionists: 0.39%
  5. Choreographers: 0.40%
  6. Physicians and Surgeons: 0.42%
  7. Dentists: 0.44%
  8. Elementary School Teachers: 0.44%
  9. Medical Scientists: 0.45%
  10. Education Administrators: 0.46%

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September 2, 2015

Benefits of On-The-Job Training

On-the-job training involves learning in and amongst day-to-day work and can occur in the normal working environment or via specific training with a more experienced member of staff. On-the-job training is seen as the most popular and effective form of staff training – here’s why.

The first and most obvious advantage of on-the-job training, when compared to organised distant courses is often the cost. By getting new staff started straight away, employers do not have to invest in expensive training schemes or lose new members of staff to lengthy external training courses. It is also worth noting that once the employee has completed the training there is nothing to stop them deciding to quit and not go through with their job, if they realise it is not what they expected.

In a similar way, building experience and training while working means that the employee is likely to be bringing home a wage. This is especially important when trying to join careers such as teaching which require training before further examinations. By enrolling on a scheme with organisations such as EduStaff you are able to gain key training whilst working on-the-job.

It is also certainly worth mentioning the depth of passive training you will receive while immersing yourself in the actual role and learning from your experienced colleagues. All jobs and workplaces will have a myriad of different processes and cultural nuances that you simply cannot fully understand without settling into your new team and job.

Aside from the benefits for the new employee going through the process, on-the-job training is a great way for management to demonstrate the value they place on the more experience members of staff who help with the training. Tesco often asks experienced members of staff to conduct on-the-job training for new recruits. This demonstrates the trust the organisation has in those long-serving staff members who may not be suitable for other forms of acknowledgement, including promotions or raises.

One benefit that may only be applicable for some roles is that showing new recruits the ropes, while getting them started, can act as a canny assessment technique. Training new staff in exactly what their role entails means that their ‘sink or swim’ moment naturally comes early and both the organisation and the new recruit will know if they are likely to stay on in the long-term.

So, next time you go through training yourself, or plan training for a new member of your team, consider what you would be missing out on if you were subjected to external training from a faceless corporation who know little about the culture of the company and what your new role will truly involve.

June 28, 2015

Throwback Thursday: 5 Tips For Career Success

Sadly, women are still underrepresented in top positions in the workplace but that doesn’t mean it’s not possible to snag the job of your dreams. Here a few lessons and strategies to guide you on your journey to success:

Be bold

Seize opportunities, take risks and don’t take no for an answer. If you see a job you can do – do it. You might be paid to do a certain job but if there’s something in your workplace that you’re capable of doing, talk to your boss and make it happen. Have confidence and speak up.

Leadership is ageless

Don’t let your age stop you from portraying the qualities of a leader. Be mature, responsible, creative and assertive. Prove to your colleagues that you have talent and potential. However, it is important not to forget that making it to the top often means being a team player and being grateful to your co-workers and those who help you.

Stay connected
…and we’re not talking about wifi. Take every opportunity to meet people. Memorize their names, shake their hands and keep their business cards. Follow up your meeting with a friendly email and build relationships whenever possible. Remember: It’s not what you know, but who you know.

Keep current
Stay on top of trends relevant to your industry. If you’re fresh out of college, you will have an advantage of having the most recent training in your field. As we get older, it’s easy to fall out of touch with relevant technologies and tactics. Read news articles, blogs, basically anything you can get your hands on, to ensure you remain in-the-know and on top.

Take financial responsibility
Don’t rely on your partner or family to support you. You need to take care of yourself and have a financial plan, independent of your spouse. You owe it to yourself to own your life – this includes making a serious, long-term commitment to your career.

June 11, 2015

How To Earn A 6-Figure Salary – In Mining

Most of us have heard that the mining industry, in Australia, is booming. The only thing is, when people want to apply, they often hit a brick wall. This perplexing issue sends many people packing and they opt for much lower-paying jobs. Seeing it can be a tricky industry to get your foot in the door; I’ve spoken to some people employed in the industry, who have some great recommendations.

Essentially, people get into the mining industry a couple of ways. It seems the easiest way in, is to know someone who can either recommend you or give you some insider information. If you do have some connections, make the calls, do some networking and find out the following information:

  • The name of different companies, plus who have got upcoming contracts or positions to fill
  • What sort of skills you should look at acquiring to improve your chance of securing a job
  • Where to look for mining work and more importantly, which options to avoid. Some companies will ask for money up front to look for mining jobs, with no guarantee of actually securing a position
  • The types of jobs available and the conditions you’ll need to work or live in

Apart from knowing someone in the industry, the next best thing is list your skills in a professional looking resume and keep sending it off. Persistence is the key. Some companies want to know you are keen to work for them. They want to see the effort you are willing to put in, to secure a job with them.

So, don’t just send a resume in and wait. This won’t get you anywhere. Unless you are the best engineer or skilled professional on the planet and your reputation proceeds you, don’t sit back and wait for a call. An insider source said, that nagging companies can really pay off. Your name will become familiar to human resource staff, if you continue to submit your resume. Eventually, the hard work may pay off.

They won’t just let anyone in though. You will need to have some required skills and knowledge. Check mining industry websites and see what positions they have vacant. There are minimal positions for unqualified staff, so your best chance, if you really want to enter this industry, is to get some qualifications.

Getting your foot in the door should be your first priority. You will need minimal restrictions and be prepared to work and live in remote locations; often in difficult climates. Having this flexibility is attractive for big companies, who are inundated with employment requests. Therefore, you will need something special to reach out of your resume and say “hire me!”

Lastly, once you’re in the industry, there is a much greater chance of maintaining employment. This enables you to follow the work and keep the cash rolling in. Many companies offer training to increase your skill set and it is advised, you take full advantage of these opportunities.

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By Kim Chartres

August 10, 2014