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Career Counselling: – The Impact Of School And It’s Environment On Your Career

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Ravenswood

Blu Ripples provides Career Guidance and Advice to High School Students

 

 

 

 

 

As many regular readers may recall late last year (2011) I, Katherine Foster (t/as Blu Ripples) was honoured to provide Career Guidance and Advice to members of Year 8 at Ravenswood School for Girls.

An interesting question that was raised was: –

Do you think that a school and it’s environment can influence your career?

Detailed below is my response:- Read More


Career Counselling:- Ravenswood School for Girls

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Blu Ripples® was recently honoured to provide Career Guidance and Advice to members of Year 8 at Ravenswood School for Girls.

Armed with a series of in-depth questions including (but not limited to) educational and environmental influences, perspectives on HSC, subject and university selection; these young ladies demonstrated a thirst for knowledge and a maturity beyond their years.

Blu Ripples® wishes these young ladies the very best for their future; indeed one perceives that it will be very bright indeed.

 


Career and Workplace Counselling – Grief and Loss: – That job should have been mine!

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Workplace Counselling - Grief and Loss

Are you feeling deflated and upset after missing out on that job? Use those feelings as motivation to push forward with confidence and meaning.

How many times have you uttered these words?

Was it when you Read More


Career Development Assoication of Australia (CDAA) Membership – Katherine Foster of Blu Ripples

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CDAA - NSW COMMITTEE MEMBER; Katherine Foster - T/as Blu Ripples

Katherine Foster t/as Blu Ripples is a member of the Career Development Association of Australia

Blu Ripples® is proud to announce Katherine Foster has been accepted as a Member of the Career Development Association of Australia (CDAA), the national peak body for Career Development Professionals (Careers Counsellors) in Australia; in recognition of her ongoing dedication to and participation in the industry, professional and academic credentials and commitment to her continual professional development.


Career Counselling: High School Students – Are you ready for work?

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High School Students - Preparing for work

High School Students – Are you ready for work?

One of the major milestones of life is that of Child to Adult and all that brings along with it including entering the workforce.

Blu Ripples question to you is –

Are you ready for this?

Do you know what you want to do in life or are you struggling to find your path? Read More


Career Counselling: Making the Dream Happen (Part 3)

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Career Pathways

Which career pathway will you take to achieve your career goal?

In Blu Ripples previous Blog, Making the Dream Happen (Part 2), one encouraged you to define your rough idea into a SMART Goal both in the big picture and the first small step capacity.

Assuming you have undertaken the first step it is now the appropriate time to determine your path.   Using the example outlined in Part 2, Oncologist, one perceives that you believe that there is only one way to achieve this outcome.  Well I am here to tell you there is always more than one way it depends on how hard we look and investigate our options.

Did one get your attention?  Yes there is always another way to achieve your dreams!

The first step in becoming an Oncologist is to attain your Bachelor of Medicine and then specialise – correct?  Well not necessarily!

What if you don’t get into the Bachelor of Medicine – then what?  What other options are open to you? Read More


Career Counselling: Creativity in the recruitment phase – Is there a place for it?

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Creativity in Recruitment

Blu Ripples Career Counselling Services asks – Is there a place for creativity in the recruitment phase?

A simple and resounding NO!

Now before many of you debate ones response stop for a minute or two and think about the word creativity and/or the word create.  What does this conger up for you? Read More


Career Counselling: HELP ME PLEASE – I have no idea what I want to do!

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Career Planning - Help Me Please I Have No Idea What I Want To Do

Career Planning – Help Me Please I Have No Idea What I Want To Do

Before we start can you please go grab a piece of A4 paper or writing pad, a pen and highlighter.

Now draw a line down the middle of the page and write on the top left hand side “Enjoyment” and on the right hand side “Dislike”.

Moving forward, I want you think about every hobby that you have ever tried, had an interest in or tried and disliked since childhood (let’s start from 6 years of age inclusive) and write the corresponding hobby in the Enjoyment or Dislike column.  It is important that you do not stop, think and analyse every entry just let it flow.

Upon undertaking this exercise, you may find you repeat yourself a few times – this is OK don’t pay too much attention to this yet.

So now you have completed both the Enjoyment and Dislike columns I want you to leave the list alone and go and have a 10-15 minute coffee break and come back to it.

Welcome back, now I want you to take 10 minutes or so to review and analyse the lists.

  • What are the common themes that seem to be repeating themselves?
  • Can you group the common themes together for example Sports, Animals, Collections, Home-making, Art etc.

You may wish to use your highlighter to highlight the areas that keep repeating themselves.

So what did you find? What are your top 3 groups?

Your top 3 key groups (both Enjoyment and Dislike) are strong indicators of your personal preference.

Finally, upon review and analysis of your top 3 key groups can you identify any key sub-themes for example.  If you loved playing sports common themes may include: –

  • Outdoor Activity
  • Team Work
  • Social Interaction
  • Commitment & Discipline
  • Communication Skills

So how does this apply to my Career?  Think about it – do you really want to sit in an office all day by yourself with minimal contact with clients or colleagues or would you prefer a job that saw you out and about for example a sales representative, outdoor motivational trainer, personal trainer, trades professional etc.

Finally, remember to analyse your disinterest side also as the common themes here will give you a clear picture of what you do not like and subsequently what to stay away from.  This is particularly helpful if you are going to review job advertisements, job guides and descriptions as it allows you to analyse what percentage of the role incorporates these areas of disinterest and allows you to question yourself for example can you really cope with this area as a part of the position or is this area a non-negotiable aspect for you?  Only you can answer this.  Remember to be truthful with yourself for you are only fooling yourself if you are not.