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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

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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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10 Inpirational Quotes That Will Make You Want to Change Careers

Sometimes even when all the signs are telling you that you need a change, you need some inspiration.

Some motivation to step away from the devil you know and start reaching for your dreams.

So, we’ve put together 10 inspirational quotes that will make you want to change careers.

We’ve also added links to the quotes so you can Tweet any you like. :-)

Enjoy!

 

Go where you are celebrated – not tolerated. If they can’t see the real value of you, it time for a new start. ~ Unknown (click to Tweet)

 

Nothing is work unless you’d rather be doing something else. ~ George Halas (click to Tweet)

 

Whatever you decide to do, make sure it makes you happy. ~ Abraham Lincoln (click to Tweet)

 

Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning. ~ Gloria Steinem (click to Tweet)

 

Find out what you like doing best, and get someone to pay you for it. ~ Katharine Whitehorn (click to Tweet)

 

The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. ~ Steve Jobs (click to Tweet)

 

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. ~ Confucius (click to Tweet)

If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try. ~ Seth Godin (click to Tweet)

 

Whatever you are, be a good one. ~ Abraham Lincoln (click to Tweet)

 

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. ~ William James (click to Tweet)

5 Signs You’re Ready for A Career Change

Feeling a little … meh?

Everyone has the occasional work slump, so how do you know if you’re ready for a career change?

To help you know when the time is right, we’ve put together this list of 5 signs that you’re ready to change careers.

Let’s take a look, shall we?

1.          You Feel Sick Every Monday

If you consider calling in sick every Monday morning then you need a career change.
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Everyone has experienced this at some stage, but if you feel this way every week then you’re in the wrong environment.

You spend about 10.3 years of your work at life, so make sure you enjoy it.

2.          You’re Unhappy and Unfulfilled

Is the work you’re doing fulfilling and satisfying, or is it ‘just a job’? Because ‘just a job’ gets tired pretty quickly.

The reason some people enjoy going to work is that they love what they do. They really, really love it.

If what you do for a living isn’t fulfilling, start working out what you should be doing instead.

3.          You Are Not Using Your Best Skills

If you use your best skills in your job, you’re likely to be happier. For example, if you love being with people but you work in front of a computer all day you’re unlikely to be content.

There’s always going to be some aspects of a job that you’re not mad about, but it should be a small part of the job. The positives should outweigh the negatives.

4.          You’ve Done Your Homework

If you’ve looked into your career options and worked out what area you want to move into, then you’re in a strong position. If not, then find out what sort of work might suit you (try this career quiz).

Once you’ve established what you’re good at, investigate the industry. For example, if you’re interested in working with children you can find out what qualifications you’ll need, and talk to people about working in the industry.

If you find a training provider who offers information nights be sure to go along. It will give you a fantastic insight into the sort of people you’ll be working with and the work environment you’ll experience.

5.          You Know Where You Want To Be

If you know what move you want to make career wise, well done! All you need to do is put a plan in place and start executing it.

Start by working out how you’re going to transition. Take into account any financial or educational impacts.

You may be able to study for your new career while continuing to work in your current job. You may even be able to negotiate a part-time arrangement with your current workplace, while you prepare for your new role.

Just Do It

Once you’ve worked out what move you want to make, and planned how you’ll make the transition … it can seem a little scary.

But you’ve done the thinking and the planning now is the time for action.

Don’t give in to your negative thoughts. Instead, trust yourself and take action.

You deserve to be happy at work. You deserve a career you love.

So don’t just dream it. Do It!

 

7 Signs You Should Be Working In Early Childhood Education

Not everyone ‘just knows’.

Some people know exactly what they want to do with their lives, or what they want to be ‘when they grow up’.

But not everyone does. Some of us know we want to do something meaningful, or something helpful – we’re just not sure what

And some of us need a change from what we have been doing.

Maybe your current job doesn’t satisfy you anymore. Or maybe you’ve started a family of your own and realise you’d like to work with children.

If you’ve been thinking about a career in early childhood education, here’s some signs that this could be the vocation for you.

A Meaningful Career Choice

A career in early childhood education is rewarding and fulfilling. You need qualifications, but the right trainers support you to achieve your goals.

The key is to find the right place to get your training. Somewhere with flexible enrolments, awesome trainers and incredible support for their students.

Stop wondering what your new career could be like, and start finding out. Your new life is out there waiting for you.

All you have to do is reach out and grab it.

What are you waiting for? Make a start today, and begin living your dream tomorrow.