Career Counselling High School Students

Career Counselling: – Careers – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

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Unless I have had the opportunity of meeting you in person or communicating with you via online discussion  I do not know your individual story or where you are in your individual career life cycle however if your career story is anything like mine you have had some good, bad and down right ugly times in your life and career.  There is no judgement, just a hypothesis based on ones’ personal experiences and those of clients one has helped over the years.

So often we get caught up in the shoulds of life and our careers, which basically translates into us placing expectations on ourselves, that we lose sight of are the bare basics; simply put that life and our careers come down to two fundamental aspects – experiences and relationships.  Be it the relationship we have with ourselves and/or others or the experiences we crate or are presented to us in order to grow, develop and evolve as human beings.

Thus, when you look at the purpose of your career it really comes down to simply Read More


Career Counselling: – Is your Career Counsellor legitimate?

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I remember back in the early 2000’s when I first started my practice (then called HR Aspects) and commenced market research to compare and contrast my expertise and experiences with competitors of the time; the internet was still in it’s infancy and very few organisations advertised on Google.

Fast forward 15+ years and there are hundreds and thousands of career providers spruiking their services on Google alone claiming to be a Career Counsellor, Career Coach, Professional Resume Writer, Career Development Consultant, Specialist or Expert. Quite frankly, for the average individual looking for someone to help them with their career related queries or concerns it is very confusing – how can you possibly sort out what services you need and want if Read More


CDAA – NSW Committee Member; Katherine Foster – Blu Ripples

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Blu Ripples is proud to announce that Read More


Reinvent Your Career Expo (Sydney) 2015 – Career Counselling Expos, Tradeshows and Events

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Katherine Foster (Blu Ripples Founder) will be Volunteering at the Sydney Reinvent Your Career Expo 17-18 Oct 2015

Katherine Foster (Blu Ripples Founder) will be Volunteering her Career Counselling and Development Services at the Sydney Reinvent Your Career Expo 17-18 Oct 2015 @ the CDAA Stand

 

 

 

 

 

Blu Ripples is proud to announce that Katherine Foster will be volunteering her services at the Sydney, Reinvent Your Career Expo from Read More


Blu Ripples @ Newcastle Lake Macquarie Career and Training Expo 2015

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Katherine Foster (Blu Ripples Founder) will be participating in the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie and Career Expo along with a few local professional colleagues from the Career Development Association of Australia on Thursday 21st May 2015 from 9am to 3.30pm.

For additional information please click onto our Upcoming Events page and click on Newcastle Lake Macquarie Career and Training Expo – 2015 link.


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

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

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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.