WE ONLY KNOW WHAT WE KNOW…

By Sam Hendry, College Manager

A wise person once said “We only know what we know, and we don’t know what we don’t know…”

When it comes to training, never a truer word has been spoken.

As many of you reading this will know, Kool Kids Training College (RTO 40636) offers centre based training in the CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care and CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care qualifications.

And we are busy marketing this centre-based training all over Qld and NSW. In fact, we have been busy for many years with this activity – knocking on doors, presenting at events, trade shows and like to promote what we believe to be the best training in our sector.

Notably when knocking on doors and dropping into childcare centres, it is an interesting exercise in understanding more about what centre managers and owners know about the important role training has in their overall service delivery.
On presenting what we believe to be the BEST training in the market we sometimes get the reply “Oh, thank you but we are happy with our training provider.

It is an interesting statement – being ‘happy’ in our world of training doesn’t translate to quality.

It can be code for ‘staying with what we know.’

And in some cases, there is real reason for this as many centres are fatigued by the training landscape. There have been Registered Training Organisation’s that have come and gone and have let many educators down.

As a result, centre owners and managers can be a little shy of making a change – it can be a bridge too far to again make a change – so the safe position is to ‘stay with what we know.

This point is not lost on College Manager, Sam Hendry, who said this week, “In the list of the top ten things Centre Managers will address tomorrow, for the greater majority the topic of training is number 11 in order of priority…”

“We understand that as we operate centres also (noting Kool Kids Training College origins are as a service provider in SE QLD and Nth NSW), and the increasing demands on Centre Managers means that if it ‘ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ and stay with what you know.”

“The irony is that when we unpack that position often centre managers are frustrated with their training provider”, Sam said.

“It takes some questioning, but I did ask recently after a centre manager advised they were ‘happy’ with their training provider to rate the provider on a scale of 1 to 10. The answer I got was 7 out of 10 and I immediately responded ‘why not demand excellence, why not demand 10 out of 10!

It is of course critically important for centre owners and centre managers to re-prioritise training so that it makes their top ten priority list and it is equally important to demand that the training is ‘10 out of 10’ in terms of quality.

The 5 most common shortcomings for training providers include:

1. Quality of learning resources
2. Lacking in practical skills mentoring and development
3. Trainer not attending the centre regularly enough
4. RTO not providing enough feedback on progress of student to centre managers/owners
5. Delivery method not delivering a ‘user friendly’ experience

If any of these 5 shortcomings are evident in your centre’s training, then demand ’10 out of 10’ training and call us today on 1300 048 133.

It’s All About Trust!

As many reading this blog will know, Kool Kids Training College (RTO 40636) is focussed on the delivery of exceptional training in CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care and CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care qualifications.

Sam Hendry, College Manager noted this week that training is at the core of any organisation that wants to be the best in its field.

“Really, everything starts with training…doesn’t it?” Sam said.

“If you get it right it can be very powerful in terms of quality educators delivering quality service. On the flip side, if you get it wrong, it can have serious consequences,” Sam said.

“For our college it all starts with Trainer & Assessor and Student relationship. If we get that right from day one then the journey to a quality training outcome is pretty seamless. But that requires great Trainers & Assessors with a 100% commitment to their students and also students who commit to the training plan and timelines set by their Trainer & Assessor.

“It really is a trusted relationship. One that sees both parties coming together and working for each other.”

The key elements of what makes a great relationship between the parties is outlined below:

ESTABLISHING TRUST

*Trainers & Assessors are tasked with communicating with students as soon as the student is enrolled and they are required to organise to meet whilst providing contact details to enable the student to seek support as they need it (3 weekly visits and same day phone and email actioning = high levels of contact and mentoring)

*The initial visit sets the tone for the Trainer & Assessor / Student relationship into the future (once trust is broken is hard to re-establish)

*Trainer & Assessors must be punctual and organised to help the student feel they are valued, respected and supported

*It is important that students feel a sense of welcome and enthusiasm from their Trainers & Assessors in order to take the leap of faith into the unknown (as many students may not have had positive experiences in their past schooling or training environments)

*Trainers & Assessors support students in this by smiling, use of intonation when talking, active listening and use of positive non-verbal expressions and body language

*If Trainers & Assessors organise to meet with a student, it is vital that they advise the student if they are unable to attend (and same applies to the student)

*Trainers & Assessors go through the unit in sufficient detail to help the student feel comfortable to attempt it

*Trainers & Assessors remind students that they are only a phone call, email or text away if they need help

*Trainers & Assessors provide students with the due dates and discuss how to go about completing assessments in a timely manner

THE RELATIONSHIP MUST GO BOTH WAYS

With the training college having quality systems to monitor activity and progress, it is very important that students recognise their responsibilities in this relationship and don’t let their Trainers & Assessors down by failing to meet timelines.

*Students need to maintain open communication with their trainer to experience the best possible training support

*Students need to have realistic expectations of their Trainers & Assessors

*Students need to work closely with their Trainers & Assessors and their supervisor to complete their assessments

*Students need to advise their Trainers & Assessors if they are unable to meet (if sick or away) demonstrating respect for their trainer.

The strength of the training relationship can impact significantly on a student’s success or failure to complete their training.

Sam concludes “It really is about trust and a positive relationship between Trainers & Assessors and the student. For many students it is a big step to upskill – it requires time and effort and a commitment to see it through.”

“Our college completion rates are very good as we build trust from day one in the training relationship. Once you have trust, you have ‘buy in’ from all the parties and that is when the magic happens!”

Interested to experience training that is truly WOW in your centre? Call the college on 1300 048 133

The Importance of Values and the Power of WOW!

In this blog post College Manager, Sam Hendry talks about the importance of core values and how Kool Kids Training College strive to deliver WOW in their training every day.

INTRODUCTION

Creating and believing in a set of core values is instrumental in any successful organisation.

Kool Kids Training College (RTO 40636) strives to be the BEST in its field and the foundation of quality training starts with the principles of what the college stands for – these are the college core values.

The college operates with 5 core values:

1.Quality
2.Team
3.Trust
4.Professionalism
5.WOW!

But committing to values and living and breathing them every day is the challenge that some organisations don’t follow through with.

Sam believes that values are only relevant when they are engrained into the mindset of all staff.

“Simply having a board at the front desk with some words on it is not enough.”

“Values need to be embedded into daily practices of everyone and their adherence recognised and rewarded. On the flipside where they are abandoned or not met, there needs to be action by leaders in the organisation to address that,” he said.

“For our college, our 5 core values are our guideposts for growth and keep us in check when hard calls need to be made. We have them built into our performance review processes with each staff member and we talk openly about where they have been met or not on a regular basis also.”

“If we are serious about our values then we put these ahead of any other consideration when making hard decisions and that can cost the organisation time and/or money but decisions have to be made with these values in mind.”

“If we are serious about our quality and professionalism values for example, then we limit our ratio of student numbers to trainers and assessors and we do not overload them with too many students. I have heard of some RTOs with 150 students per trainer – this simply won’t happen with us as we know we would not be meeting two of our core values.”

“Likewise, we are trusted by our students to be in centre every 3 weeks. If we let them down by not keeping to that schedule, then our trust value goes out the window. For every activity or inactivity there is a connection with our values. They are so important,” Sam said.
The college is increasingly being recognised for its ‘WOW’ value.

So, what is WOW and how do you get to WOW?

Sam attended a leadership course some years ago and studied Zappos – a famed US based online shoe retailer that effectively built its brand and success by delivering WOW!

“This company opened my eyes to innovative customer service or as they called it WOW! They had a value proposition of next day delivery and free returns and a 24×7 customer service line that would literally go above and beyond for every call. I recall one customer (and I think it was late at night and the customer was a little ‘under the weather’) who was trying to locate their local pizza shop and the Zappos staff took the call, helped locate the shop and then put the order in for them.”

Sam adds, “when you think of a story like that and the ripple effect of word of mouth recognition emanating from it, and the belief in service that all staff ‘buy into’, it literally is priceless.”

“We see WOW as a competitive advantage. Once the whole team is invested in WOW, the magic happens. At the college we ask our trainers and assessors to report weekly on their WOW moment. Below are some for recent weeks. The joy the team get from sharing stories from Cairns to Campbelltown is amazing” Sam said.

Enjoy some of our WOW moments below…

WOW Moments from Kool Kids Training College Trainers & Assessors

“Wow” was reading two different PowerPoint presentations from students reflecting on their family, background and views while completing one of the cultural units. They both had completely different takes on the project due to their life stories, but both were incredibly moving to read. I love learning about the students and who they are. The big wow is seeing how culturally diverse students take on the culture cluster units with such passion, and it shows in their practices as Educators.

A centre that I am booked in to see on Halloween, let me know that they were going to all be dressed up that day so that if I wanted to join in and get dressed I could too. I think it is lovely that educators and managers include trainers when thinking about what happens at the centre

This week I visited a student who has English as a second language. When she started the course, she wasn’t very confident for that same reason as she thought she would struggle talking to educators and children. Back then she also thought that the English involved in the course could be a bit hard for her so if I thought that she wasn’t good enough, she wanted me to let her know. From the beginning she has been a good student and she works really hard on her assessments. When I saw her today, WOW, she seemed so confident and happy while she was interacting with the children. I could see a big improvement in her English and the way she was interacting with others. I’m so happy for her.

This week one of my younger Assistant Educators who I took on earlier this year has been promoted to Lead Educator of the Infants Room. This particular student when I took her on had completed one unit in a year. She has only 10 units left to do now and has worked so hard. She is one of 10 children in her own family, is the eldest of the children and looks after all of her younger siblings. I am so proud of her. She really deserved this promotion.

I have a student who is very passionate about her work and is always second guessing herself- this often results in many texts throughout the week and deep and meaningful conversations frequently. But it gives me great pride when I receive texts like this…

“Good morning. Thank you for marking my unit. I made it through and feel as though I have more confidence…..this is because of you, you keep me going, thank you so much for the past month or so you have been very patient and very helpful.”

During Wednesday night tutoring a student submitted her final piece of assessment for her Diploma. When she submitted it, she said “I’m so sad to be finished, I don’t want this to end”. And truth be told… I don’t want her to finish either! She has been organised, committed and a pleasure to support throughout her study journey.

When I signed her off the last unit, she said to me…

‘Before, I was not ready for this, you know, doing the program, running a room, evaluating experiences with other educators or supervisor, reflecting on myself, reflecting the day, how could we do differently next time? What was the main reason the day was so chaotic? Etc. But now I think I’m ready. I can say, I’m ready. I learned a lot from this course. Sometimes it took time more than I expected or you expected. Only because I wanted to submit the best response I could do.’

Such a dedicated student she has been. She is going to be 62 years old next year.

She said, using the rest of this year as ‘reflection’ and getting ready to take the next step confidently next year. It was such a pleasure to be a part of her career.

This week I went to an early learning centre to visit one of my students to do an on the job assessment. During my time in her room I noticed a boy that was obviously autistic he was non-verbal and very much content in his own world doing his own thing. Educators were supportive of his needs, but the moment of WOW was the children within his class that showed full acceptance of this boy… in particular it was lunch time and one of the children without being asked grabbed the boys water bottle and his hand, walked him over to the door ready to head to the lunch room. This was such a moment that melted my heart to see such acceptance and inclusion in children so young and the credit goes to the educators by creating an awareness in the children and encouraging inclusion and equity.

For more information on training in Early Childhood Education and Care, contact the college on 1300 048 133

Kool Kids Training College Goes International

GOLD COAST – October 26, 2018 – Kool Kids Training College, a Registered Training Organisation (RTO Provider NO 40636) specialising in Early Childhood Education and Care is inviting international students to enrol with the college from February 2019.

The announcement will see the Gold Coast based childcare training college offer the CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care and CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care to students who are visiting Australia.

“Offering training courses to international students has been in our strategy for some time and after going through the necessary government approvals to secure CRICOS Accreditation, we are very pleased to announce from February 2019 the college will offer weekly classes in Southport with practical hours completed at centres across the Gold Coast”, College Manager Sam Hendry said this week.

Sam added “the training at Kool Kids Training College for international students will be life changing. Not only the quality of weekly class training and workshops but the focus we have on practical education is key. We support students with trainers visiting their early learning centres every 3 weeks at a minimum, in addition to their weekly classes. This high level of contact and mentoring is invaluable as they learn the core elements of the childcare training package.”

“Australia’s well-established reputation for excellence in international education and the support of organisations like Study Gold Coast has been instrumental in our move into the international student market. We can’t wait to help students from around the world experience the quality of education, mentoring and support our college offers,” Sam said.

Katrina Reid, Acting CEO of Study Gold Coast says “it is great to see local Gold Coast RTO’s like Kool Kids Training College offer more training options for international students. Childcare is such a fast-growing sector and Australia’s early learning centres are very well regarded. Our training courses enable future educators to educate and care for children and are amongst the best in the world.”

“We want students to learn from the best team in Early Childhood Education and Care training whilst meeting new people and experiencing the awesome lifestyle attributes of the Gold Coast,” Sam said.

Kool Kids Training College invites all students, agents and other service providers supporting international students on the Gold Coast to make contact with the college.

For more information visit the college international student page at https://www.koolkidstrainingcollege.com.au/international-students/

About Kool Kids Training College

A Registered Training Organisation (RTO No 40636) and CRICOS accredited (Code: 03515D) Kool Kids Training College’s mission is to ensure that the curriculum taught at Kool Kids Training College is the best in the sector and students are supported as they grow and learn. For further information, visit: www.koolkidstrainingcollege.com.au

Media Contact:
Sam Hendry, Director for Kool Kids Training College
P: +61 7 5532 5601
E: sam@koolkidstrainingcollege.com.au

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Kool Kids founder to build ‘world-first’ 8-floor medical childcare centre at Southport

A COLOURFUL world-first development that combines medical services and childcare will be the first post-Commonwealth Games project built at the Gold Coast’s Healthand Knowledge Precinct.

The eight-storey Centre of Growth is an initiative of Kool Kids founder Bruce Coulson, whose family is funding the multimillion-dollar project.

He has contracted to buy a 2000sq m block between the Gold Coast University Hospital and Gold Coast Private Hospital and the athletes village, where the jenga block-inspired building will take shape from 2019.

Of the 200 long day care places it will create, 40 per cent will be allocated to children with special needs.

Five-storeys of space will be available for paediatric medical specialists, eliminating the need for parents to ferry children all over the city and beyond to regular appointments.

An artist’s impression of the Kool Kids childcare centre and paediatric and medical care facility planned for the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct. Photo: Supplied Mr Coulson has signed a memorandum of understanding with Gold Coast Health, Griffith University, the council and the precinct’s project office to work together on the development.

“Children will be able to easily access doctors and specialists within the comfort and familiarity of their daycare centre,” he said.

“As well as the long day care service and medical facilities, we are looking to have medical research space with a particular focus on child development, and an Early Years training college.

“We want to collaborate with Griffith University and the hospitals to give students real-life training opportunities and to advance globally significant research into best-practice child development.”

 

Kool Kids founder Bruce Coulson has planned a childcare centre and paediatric and medical care facility at the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct. Photo: Supplied  Mr Coulson expects the project will create about 300 jobs in childcare, medicine, education and allied health and they intend it to be a provider under the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

The project has the support of Gold Coast Hospital and Health chairman Ian Langdon, who said it had the potential to change the lives of families of special needs kids.

Mr Langdon witnessed his own family’s challenges raising his grandson Ky, now 17, who has autism.

“It made me realise how little attention the community pays to the difficulties of parents in catering for the needs of these children from an early age,” he said.

 

Gold Coast Health chairman Ian Langdon with his grandson Ky Greenwood 17, who has autism and would have benefited from a centre like the one proposed. Picture Glenn Hampson.

“At the moment, parents of these children have to go here, there and everywhere for appointments.

“This is an exciting vision, a vision that’s completely compatible with what we want, what Griffith University wants and what the Gold Coast City Council wants in this precinct.”

Source: Gold Coast Bulletin

Original News Link – http://www.goldcoastbulletin.com.au/lifestyle/kool-kids-founder-to-build-worldfirst-8floor-medical-childcare-centre-at-southport/news-story/157545513ab351adcd1601559963650e

5 Time Saving Tips to Help Busy Mums Find Balance

Do you feel like you’d have a better chance walking across a tightrope – as an elephant – than successfully balancing work and family life?

If you are ready to make the next move in your career, this can be frustrating. How can you find time to take classes when you barely have time to brush you hair?

Maybe you can squeeze 18 hours of responsibilities into a day. Maybe you’ll create a lunch your toddler will actually eat, read bedtime stories to your kids, and manage meetings and work tasks.

If not, how will you get everything done?

If you jam it all in you’ll need a lot of coffee and very little sleep – not exactly a great combo for maintaining your zen-like composure!

Believe it or not, you can do it. You can live a balanced lifestyle, do the things you need to each day, and fit in classes.

You can even have time left over for a lavender and orange blossom bubble bath and a good book before bed. The secret is healthy time management habits.

Infuse these time-saving tips into your life and find out how much easier a streamlined life can be. (Click to Tweet)

1. Embrace The Digital Era

Fortune 500 companies are saving millions and boosting productivity levels thanks to their powerful business management solutions. You don’t need a dynamic software system to master your operational processes.

But you can revolutionise how you manage your time with a free or relatively inexpensive productivity app like Evernote, Wunderlist, or Any.Do.

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2. Prioritise Your Tasks

It’s well-researched that our will power and ability to concentrate are strongest at the beginning of the day. Get your most challenging tasks done first.

Save folding the laundry and calling back your sister for the end of the day.

3. Dismiss Tech Distractions

They are addicting and they will drain you of precious time – and energy. From TV shows to Facebook, be committed to avoiding modern day distractions unless they are helping you move forward.

4. Plan The Day Before

Spend five minutes at the end of the day planning your tomorrow. Jot down your tasks in your planner, or better yet, use your organisational app.

That way you can get started right away with those heavier tasks when you get up. This will also give you the chance to streamline your workflow; you can plan for running multiple errands at once for example.

5. Make Me Time Every Day

Even if it is only 30 minutes, it’s essential that you set aside some time for yourself each day. (Click to Tweet) Make this time about reconnecting.

Brew a cup of herbal tea and listen to music. Read a book, draw, cook, or work on any other creative project that you have.

While this may feel like you are not ‘getting things done’, you are stopping time for a few moments. It will give you something to look forward to and will help you feel more relaxed while you are running around like a madwoman tomorrow.

When you manage your time well, you have the power to do anything! Want to learn more about taking your career into your own hands? Contact us today.

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Why Changing Careers is Good For You

Do you have your dream job?

If you answer “yes,” you’re one of only 14 percent of people who do. A study for the University of Phoenix in the U.S.A. shows that workers of all ages are unhappy with their careers.

Eighty percent of people in their 20s and 64 percent of people in their 30s wish for a career change. So what’s stopping them?

Face the Fear

The answer is very likely fear. We get used to being in the jobs we’re in, and changing career often feels like a mountain we’re too afraid to move.

But many people are in the completely wrong job for them. It’s not really surprising, as we are so young when we make career choices and they affect the rest of our working lives.

A lot of people end up drifting into jobs that have been chosen for them because they’re not ready to make their career decisions themselves.

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Know It’s Never Too Late

People also avoid changing career because they believe they’re too old, even if they’re desperately unhappy in their job.  (Click to Tweet)

They think people will laugh at them for wanting to retrain, or that they’ll be slower to learn than their younger counterparts. But this belief is actually wrong.

At KKTC we talk to lots of people over 40 and over 50. Many have teenage or early adult children and have been stay-at-home mums, or worked in occupations that are not fulfilling.

When we talk about their experiences we help them unlock their true passion in life. They discover that becoming an educator and engaging with children will bring them great satisfaction and enjoyment.

These conversations are inspiring – it’s like a new energy has surrounded their soul in the space of a conversation. The joy of working with children and helping shape developing minds … now that is real personal fulfilment and meaning.

Studies show that over 80 percent of people who change career after the age of 45 are successful in their new fields. And the people who make that leap are happier and better off than they were before.

Make Your Life Work For You

Career coach Kathy Caprino is often approached by women who want to change careers. She asks them to step back and analyse what’s stopping them from making the jump into a career they’ll really enjoy.

Often it’s a lack of confidence.

“Until you let go of what you’re doing and thinking that keeps you stuck and small, you can’t build a happy, successful career,” she says. She advises them to learn about the field they want to go into and find some friendly, helpful people who have experience of the industry.

Build up a realistic picture of your new field by talking to these people. If it still feels like a good fit, it’s time to start making plans.

Changing careers doesn’t have to be hard.

Reconnect With Your Inner Child

Working in Early Childhood Education and Learning can be an ideal career. (Click to Tweet)

You can reconnect with who you truly are. You know, the person you were before you set foot on a career that was wrong for you.

Being around children will help you to rediscover your own inner child. And you’re likely to rediscover the joy in your own life.

So join us for our next information night. You can talk to people in the industry, and discover for yourself how we boost our students’ confidence and support them to live their dreams.

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Tim Ferriss’s Top Tips for Beating Procrastination

How do you beat procrastination when it’s got you in it’s python-like grip?

It’s hard. Everyone procrastinates, but some people seem to be able to throw it off and get stuff done.

Like Tim Ferris – author of The 4-Hour Workweek. Tim has written four #1 New York Times and Wall Street bestsellers, created TV Series and run successful businesses – but guess what?

He still procrastinates like the rest of us. He just has an arsenal of tools to help him wrench back control.

Want to know what they are? He shares them in this short video.

Here are the key points he shares.

1.   Break Down Projects

Large projects can be overwhelming, so break them down into smaller, more manageable pieces.

2.   Get Super-Specific

Get really specific. Instead of making your goal ‘get a new job’ or ‘change careers’ work out exactly what you’ll do by when.

It’s it easier to achieve goals that are targeted, like ‘research early childhood careers’ and ‘attend an information evening’. You can put time frames next to these specific tasks, too.

3.   Establish Your Next Move

If you’re not sure what your next move should be Tim says to think about what would make the rest of the tasks easier. Is there something on the list that will help you take action?

4.   Make It Easy

Think about how you can make things easy for yourself. Ask yourself, ‘What is the easiest way of achieving that outcome?’

5.   Make Yourself Accountable

Try to find ways to make yourself to commit to achieving your goals. That might mean having an accountability partner or making appointments with yourself.

If you’re studying, see if you can partner up with another student and be accountability partners for each other. That way you’ll both be on track.

Beat Procrastination and Reach For The Stars

So now you know how to unwrap the python of procrastination, imagine what you can achieve.

You might enrol in a new course.

You might find a fabulous new career.

You might even achieve things you only dreamed were possible.

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10 Dr Seuss Quotes to Make You Believe You Can Do Anything

Want to know a secret?

People think career coaching is hard because you have to help people work out what career they want.

But that’s not the case.

Career coaching is hard, but not for that reason. You see, the biggest problem that most people have is not figuring out what career they want.

The biggest problem is fear.

We’ve all met people who’ve told us what they do for a living, and we’ve thought, “Oh wow. I’d LOVE to do that.”

Maybe we’ve even said to them, “Really? You’re so lucky!”

They’re no luckier than you are, but they may be more courageous. They were brave enough to recognise what they wanted and to go after it.

They faced hurdles, just like you do. The difference is that they overcame them.

They persevered until they made it, and you can do that too.

You are just as capable as anyone else. You can chase your dreams and realise them.

You just need to believe in yourself.

That’s why we’ve put together these 10 quotes from Dr Seuss, to make you believe you can do anything.

  1. “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go” ~ Dr Seuss (Click to Tweet)

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  1. “So be sure when you step, step with care and great tact. And remember the life’s a great balancing act.” ~ Dr Seuss (Click to Tweet)

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  1. “You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so … get on your way.” ~ Dr Seuss (Click to Tweet)

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  1. “And will you succeed? Yes indeed, yes indeed! Ninety-eight and three-quarters percent guaranteed!” ~ Dr Seuss (Click to Tweet)

 

  1. “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” ~ Dr Seuss (Click to Tweet)

 

  1. “You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And you are the one who’ll decide where to go …” ~ Dr Seuss (Click to Tweet)

 

  1. “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” ~ Dr Seuss (Click to Tweet)

 

  1. “You’ll be on your way up! You’ll be seeing great sights’! You’ll join the high fliers who soar to high heights.” ~ Dr Seuss (Click to Tweet)

 

  1. “With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet, you’re too smart to go down any not-so-good street.” ~ Dr Seuss (Click to Tweet)

 

  1. “Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.” ~ Dr Seusss (Click to Tweet)

 

5 Career Myths I Wish I’d Known When I Finished School

It’s crazy the things we believe. And also what we don’t believe.

When we’re young we believe we can be anything – a dancer, a firefighter, even a superhero.

By the time we leave school we start to believe that life is hard, that we need to make the most money we possibly can and that our interests and hobbies aren’t important.

But what if we’re wrong?

As we get older many of us discover that we should believe a whole lot less in the ‘truths’ we’ve learned, and believe a whole lot more in ourselves.

Here are 5 career myths I wish I’d known when I finished school.

1. Money Makes The Difference

Most people look for the easy option when it comes to choosing a career. They think about the skills they already have and find a job that matches those skills as closely as possible.

What they’re really asking themselves is, ‘How can I make the most money possible with my current skills and knowledge?’

The problem is that this doesn’t lead to happiness. What we should be asking ourselves is, ‘what do I dream of doing?’ and ‘what career would make me happy?’

2. Interests and Hobbies Don’t Matter

Once we leave school we often sideline our interests. We might enjoy drawing or singing for example, but we think it’s a hobby. We believe we need a ‘real job’ to sustain us.

The thing is that our interests are a gateway to finding a career that lights us up inside. If you’re interested in singing and dancing you might believe that the only option is to be a struggling artist or – if you’re lucky – a sought after performer.

But that’s not your only choice. There are a whole range of options available, including teaching children to sing, or caring for children while bringing them joy with your voice.

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3. Careers Progress Naturally

We often start out with a job, and one role leads to another due to the opportunities that arise. We end up bouncing from one thing to the next, virtually on autopilot.

We settle for good enough when we could have great and it can take decades to realise that careers should be planned.

We need to have goals to strive toward and we need guidance and direction to create a career path. More importantly, we need to have the courage to discover what we want and then go after it.

4. Bad Bosses Are Part Of Life

When we’re young we often put up with difficult situations because we don’t realise we have options.

We put up with poor managers, unhappy work environments and even jobs that just don’t suit us because we think we have to. We believe  everyone has to deal with this stuff, it’s part of life.

But it’s not true. We’re just ignoring the signs that we need a change.

5. Safe And Secure Wins

We often think that doing what we know leads to safety and security. We don’t want to take a risk and try something new.

The problem is that employers can tell that we’re just going through the motions and meeting requirements. They can also tell who’s genuinely engaged and passionate about what they do.

Great organisations take passion and engagement over experience any day because skills and knowledge can be taught. But you can’t teach someone to be enthusiastic about a career that doesn’t light them up.

Believe In Yourself

You don’t have to be like everyone else. You don’t have to settle for making the most money you can in the ‘easiest’ but most soul-sucking way possible.

Instead, you can believe in yourself. You can discover a career that brings satisfaction and fulfilment as well as a reliable income.

Contact us and find out how we can help you change your life, today.

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