Careers in education at our next Industry Live

Rebecca is the Health & Physical Ed. Manager

Rebecca, Health & Physical Ed. Manager

Back to School! It may be teaching young children their ABCs or turning your favourite subject of music or PE into a career. Education and training is a growth industry and from teacher’s aides to trainers, there are many great roles to explore. Want to know more about a career in education? Then our upcoming Industry Live is for you! In this week’s Industry Live on may 6th we will be joined by three excellent speakers, Rebecca, Caroline and Philip, providing insights about what it is like to make education your career.

Rebecca is the Health & Physical Education Manager at Elizabeth College in Hobart.

Rebecca’s background includes not only education but also coaching athletes at the elite level in netball for the Australian Institute of Sport. Rebecca’s current role as Health & Physical Education Manager at Elizabeth College in Tasmania combines her own sporting prowess and love of sport with a passion for working with and developing young people, both academically and athletically.

Rebecca will talk to us about how a degree in education can open up many doors and many possibilities for a career. She’ll also share with us some of the top tips she gives the young athletes she works with.

Caroline, Kindergarten teacher and panellist at Industry Live

Caroline, Kindergarten teacher

Our second panellist is Caroline. She is a kindergarten teacher who is passionate about making very young children feel secure and inspired in their learning.

Caroline is a kindergarten teacher who has used her own commitment to lifelong learning to help her develop and guide the young minds of tomorrow.

Caroline not only works with kindergarteners on their ABCs but also teaches them how to appreciate other cultures via a range of creative tools.

Caroline will talk to us about what the day to day life of a kindergarten teacher looks like, as well as the character traits that make the best early learning teachers.

Finally, Philip works in the higher education sector at La Trobe University in Melbourne, helping to support young people in their transitions to university and the world of work.

During his career so far, Philip has worked with university students to match them with industry mentors to maximise their opportunities after university and has also worked with high school students highlighting the benefits of higher education, whether that be going to uni or TAFE.

Philip, Outreach Advisor

Philip, Outreach Advisor

Philip will talk to us about the transferable skills he believes young people gain from participating in higher learning as well as what you can expect if you decide to go to university.

Registrations are still open and schools and students are encouraged to register to join. 

About Industry Live: 

Join Beacon Foundation online for Industry Live, a series of live career awareness and exploration events via video conference. We invite expert industry panellists to share their stories, top tips for success, and answer questions from school students across Australia in a discussion led by a facilitator. Industry Live is open to all students across Australia in Years 6-12.

Join our upcoming Industry Live –May 6 2020 – 11:30am – 12:30pm AEST.  Careers in Education – Education and training is a growth industry and from teacher’s aides to trainers there are many great roles to explore.

Simply register and we’ll be in touch to talk you through log-ins and logistics, more information about Industry Live and how to register can be found via this link.

 

 

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What’s On Term 2 – Stay Connected with virtual learning by Beacon Foundation

Throughout Term 2, Beacon Foundation offers a range of online learning opportunities through our Industry Live and Be@Connected. Recordings of the below events are available on Beacon’s YouTube channel. Beacon Foundation’s Industry Live regularly scheduled webinar series will continue throughout Term 3 and 4 of 2020 with schools invited to register to attend each live webinar. The full IndustryLive program can be accessed here.

Find the full schedule below:

April 

What: Life Skills Intro – with guest speaker Tim Paine, Australian Test Cricket Captain  

Who: Be@Connected live stream series by Beacon Foundation 

When: Thursday 30 April, watch the recording at any time during term 2 on YouTube. Registration is not necessary. 

Where: YouTube: https://bit.ly/BeaconFoundation    

 

What: Adaptability in the Workplace   

Who: Be@Connected webinar series by Beacon Foundation 

When: Thursday 30 April, watch the recording at any time during term 2 on YouTube. Registration is not necessary. 

Where: YouTube: https://bit.ly/BeaconFoundation  

 

May
 

What: The Right Attitude & Personal Brand   

Who: Be@Connected live stream series by Beacon Foundation 

When: Tuesday 5th May, 11.30 – 12.00 or watch the recording at any time during term 2 on YouTube. Registration is not necessary. 

Where: YouTube: https://bit.ly/BeaconFoundation  

 

What: Careers in Education   

Who: Industry Live event, by Beacon Foundation 

When: Wednesday 6th May, 11.30 – 12.30   

Where: Register here: https://bit.ly/IndustryLive2020   

 

What: The Power of Creativity   

Who: Be@Connected live stream series by Beacon Foundation 

When: Thursday 7th May11.30 – 12.00  or watch the recording at any time during term 2 on YouTube. Registration is not necessary. 

Where: YouTube: https://bit.ly/BeaconFoundation  

 

What: Decision Making for Success   

Who: Be@Connected live stream series by Beacon Foundation 

When: Tuesday 12th May, 11.30 – 12.00  or watch the recording at any time during term 2 on YouTube. Registration is not necessary. 

Where: YouTube: https://bit.ly/BeaconFoundation  

 

What: Healthy Habits 

Who: Be@Connected live stream series by Beacon Foundation 

When: Thursday 14th May, 11.30 – 12.00  or watch the recording at any time during term 2 on YouTube. Registration is not necessary. 

Where: YouTube: https://bit.ly/BeaconFoundation  

 

What: Problem Solving for Innovation  

Who: Be@Connected live stream series by Beacon Foundation 

When: Tuesday 19th May, 11.30 – 12.00 or watch the recording at 

any time during term 2 on YouTube. Registration is not necessary. 

Where: YouTube: https://bit.ly/BeaconFoundation  

 

What: The Art of Communication  

Who: Be@Connected live stream series by Beacon Foundation 

When: Wednesday 20th May, 11.30 – 12.00 or watch the recording at any time during term 2 on YouTube. Registration is not necessary. 

Where: YouTube: https://bit.ly/BeaconFoundation  

 

What: Health and Medical Careers 

Who: Industry Live event, by Beacon Foundation 

When: Thursday 21st May, 11.30 – 12.30   

Where: Register here: https://bit.ly/IndustryLive2020   

 

 What: How to identify my strengths  

Who: Be@Connected live stream series by Beacon Foundation  

When: Tuesday 26th May, 11.30 – 12.00 or watch the recording at any time during term 2 on YouTube. Registration is not necessary. 

Where: YouTube: https://bit.ly/BeaconFoundation  

 

What: Goal Setting, motivation and drive 

Who: Be@Connected live stream series by Beacon Foundation 

When: Thursday 28th May, 11.30 – 12.00 or watch the recording at any time during term 2 on YouTube. Registration is not necessary. 

Where: YouTube: https://bit.ly/BeaconFoundation  

  

June

What: STEM – Jobs in Science, Research and Environment 

Who: Industry Live event, by Beacon Foundation 

When: Tuesday 2nd June, 11.30 – 12.30   

Where: Register here: https://bit.ly/IndustryLive2020   

  

What: Looking after yourself   

Who: Be@Connected live stream series by Beacon Foundation 

When: Wednesday 3rd  June11.30 – 12.00 or watch the recording at any time during term 2 on YouTube. Registration is not necessary. 

Where: YouTube: https://bit.ly/BeaconFoundation  

  

What: Resilience and bouncing back from a challenge – with guest speaker Tim Paine, Australian Test Cricket Captain 

Who: Be@Connected live stream series by Beacon Foundation 

When: Thursday 4th June11.30 – 12.00 or watch the recording at any time during term 2 on YouTube. Registration is not necessary. 

Where: YouTube: https://bit.ly/BeaconFoundation  

 

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Beacon Foundation gives young Australians a chance to ‘Be Connected’

We are excited to announce that Australian Test Cricket Captain, Tim Paine, has come on board to be the National Ambassador of Be@Connected!

Beacon Foundation is launching a new set of 12 FREE online learning programs, Be@Connected, streamed on YouTube.

Be@Connected will feature a range of prominent and inspiring speakers from a variety of fields covering topics including communication, resilience, wellbeing, problem solving and adaptability.

The short series is specifically designed for students across Australia to support them through this period of great uncertainty. Find the full schedule here of all Be@Connected sessions including our Industry Live events during Term 2. If you have any questions please contact us via industrylive@beaconfoundation.net. Be@Connected is free and students can watch the sessions on YouTube where they will be available throughout Term Two. Simply subscribe to the YouTube channel and join us!

 Subscribe to watch Be@Connected on YouTube here. 

 

Our young people need us – and we need them – more than ever

Tasmania’s Premier Peter Gutwein recently stated that COVID19 presents “the greatest threat our State and our Country have faced in generations”.

Quite rightly, the focus of our governments over the last few weeks has been on responding to the immediate threat that this virus presents to the health of our community, and on ensuring that we do everything we can flatten the curve. I particularly congratulate Premier Gutwein for the great example he has set for our State: he has provided clear and determined leadership and has helped galvanise us as Tasmanians during this significant time of adversity.

As we all work together to combat the short-term threat of this virus, however, we must also remember the longer-term threat that this pandemic, and our response to it, could pose to the futures of Tasmania’s young people.

Having helped connect young people to education and employment for over 30 years, the Beacon Foundation is particularly aware of the risks that these perilous circumstances present to our youth.

Thousands of students have already begun learning from home. This has required parents to become overnight learning supervisors and placed massive pressure on schools and teachers to deliver remote learning, while still teaching some students on-campus. If we do not find ways to clearly guide learners through this unprecedented disruption, we risk thousands of students disengaging from education.

While this pandemic has already had a devasting impact on many in our community and resulted in enormous changes that all of us continue to come to terms with, it will also radically reshape the already rapidly changing future careers of our children. If we do not help prepare young people for this future, we risk creating a lost generation.

It is clear that now, more than ever, our young people need all of us – particularly industry and organisations like Beacon – to step up and work with them to make their futures as bright and secure as possible.

This is a challenge that the Beacon Foundation is taking on, and that we want others to take on with us. Drawing on our successful track record of working with over 10,000 Australian young people through online careers guidance, we are already working on ways to ramp up our online programs for school students.

Our Beacon team is at its best when it is working with like-minded partners to innovate and respond quickly to the emerging needs of young people. Our current approach is a great example of that. We are currently working on with several collaborative partners to produce a suite of online resources that will be launched at the beginning of Term 2.

It is clear, though, that this is just the beginning – there is still so much more that will need to be done to ensure we do not leave our young people behind. We will need brave hearts and bold thinking, and we stand ready to partner with schools, governments, businesses, and other not-for-profits – as well as our hundreds of online mentors and volunteers – to do this work. Indeed, we believe that with the right partners in place, young learners could lead us in generating the ideas we need to respond to and recover from the impact of COVID19.

We also know the burden of these challenges will fall particularly heavily on young people experiencing disadvantage. In 2016, over 6,500 Tasmanian households with children stated that they did not have access to the internet. How do we support students in these families to engage in remote learning? On any given night, over 400 young Tasmanians will be experiencing homelessness. At such a challenging time, how do we meet the significant, complex needs of these young people, including supporting them to remain engaged in education?

Beacon’s Collective ed. initiative, which began in 2016, has already been working with six Tasmanian school communities – in Ulverstone, Deloraine, George Town, Jordan River, Clarence Plains and Sorell – to understand and address these types of important questions. Using a collective impact approach, we are empowering our partner communities to take control over decisions about what happens in their local areas, including how resources are used to support young people. We’ve helped to establish Community Leadership Tables made up of students, teachers, parents, schools, businesses and local organisations, and we are supporting these groups to start identifying and breaking down the complex, systemic barriers that are preventing many young people from thriving.

Our major Collective ed. partners – the Tasmanian Government and the Paul Ramsay Foundation – showed great courage in enabling this radical new approach to education and to community-based decision-making. We believe that this powerful approach is going to be more critical than ever in supporting communities to respond to and recover from this crisis.
As challenges emerge for our partner communities in the coming weeks and months, our Collective ed. teams will be supporting our six partner communities – particularly the young leaders within them – to identify and coordinate collaborative efforts in each local area. We would also welcome the opportunity to help other Tasmanian communities to use collective impact and systems change approaches as well. In listening to and collaborating with young people on these decisions, we are likely to find our most powerful and successful solutions.

This is a hugely challenging time for our government, and there are many immediate threats that they need to focus on. When they can, however, I implore our leaders to consider how to ensure young people can thrive during and after this crisis, and how Tasmania’s not-for-profit sector can be called on to help.

For our communities and ourselves as families and individuals, our focus has been on how to keep ourselves safe and healthy. In times like this – as we were often reminded not so long ago, when commercial flight was taken for granted – we must fit our own oxygen mask first, before assisting others. Once we have done what we can to protect ourselves and our families, however, we must begin considering how we can help those around us. There is only so much that the authorities can do on our behalf: the rest will come down to the solidarity and commitment we have towards each other.

Social distancing has limited the ways we can reach out to others, but there is still so much we can do together to support each other and to make a difference. Keep focussed on staying safe and well, but when you can: consider what you can do to ensure a bright future for our young people, and what role you can play to empower young people to build that future. If you want to be an online careers mentor; if you want to find a way to use your resources to support young people; if you want to support our communities to take locally-led action in responding to this crisis – reach out to us. We’re here to help.

Scott Harris is the CEO of the Beacon Foundation

Industry Live panelists

How to secure a future job that also helps others

Drew Beswick CEO Oak Possability

Drew Beswick, CEO Oak Possability

Interested in a future career where you help others? Want to learn more about jobs in the disability and aged care sector? Then our upcoming Industry Live is for you!

We have a secured two outstanding panellists for our Industry Live on April 2: Drew Beswick , CEO of Oak Possability and Fiona Huskinson, Senior Workforce & Industry Development Officer at ACSA (Aged and Community Services Australia).

This is a FREE Industry Live career awareness event for students in grades 6-12.

Fiona Huskinson works for ACSA who are the leading national peak body supporting not for profit and for purpose providers of retirement living, community, home and residential care for more than 450,000 older Australians.

Fiona’s role with ACSA is as their Senior Workforce & Industry Development Officer and she works to connect young people with work experience opportunities and information to help kick start their career within the industry.

Fiona Huskinson, Senior Workforce & Industry Development Officer, ACSA

Fiona Huskinson, Senior Workforce & Industry Development Officer, ACSA

Fiona has a wealth of knowledge about pathways to a career in aged and community services and is excited to speak to us about the rewarding roles available.

Joining Fiona is Drew Beswick. Drew is the CEO of Oak Possability. Oak Possibility has been a leading provider of disability services for over 30 years, operating in Tasmania and Victoria. The organisation is committed to enriching people’s quality of life and supporting skill development.

Drew will talk to us about the latest developments in the disability sector, which is a growth area, and the potential for lots of different careers.

Join Drew and Fiona as they share their stories, learnings and lessons to get to the top of their game in the disability and aged care sector, it is a line up not to miss.

 

About Industry Live: 

Join Beacon Foundation online for Industry Live, a series of live career awareness and exploration events via video conference. We invite expert industry panellists to share their stories, top tips for success, and answer questions from school students across Australia in a discussion led by a facilitator. Industry Live is open to all students across Australia in Years 6-12.

Join our upcoming Industry Live – 2 April 2020 – 1pm to 2pm AEDT. Topic: Jobs that help others. Explore the many rewarding roles in the growth area of social assistance such as disability and aged care.

Simply register and we’ll be in touch to talk you through log-ins and logistics, more information about Industry Live and how to register can be found via this link.

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Beacon Foundation COVID-19 Update

Like so many other organisations, Beacon are making decisions made with the health and wellbeing of our staff, schools, young people, partners and families at the centre of our thinking.

With recent changes to Department and school policy and with the health and wellbeing of all in mind, Beacon’s face-to-face Program and Services activities, including High Impact Work Readiness Programs and site tours will be suspended until end of April. We are also moving all our Collective ed. community activities online and the upcoming #Chain4Change in Deloraine has been postponed.

The good news is that we will continue to run our Online Programs (My Road and Industry Live) as usual and the scheduled sessions will proceed as planned at this stage.

Beacon prides itself on being a connector, what we do is bring people, organisations and communities together to create meaningful outcomes for young people that need it most. This will not and should not stop, in fact it is more important than ever.

Please feel free to reach out to any of our team, it is important that we continue to work together through this time.

We sincerely appreciate your support and commitment to Beacon and the young people that we so passionately work for, we look forward to getting back into schools and communities when we can and continuing to create great impact through our work.

Stay strong and please take care of each other.

Australian Tourism Winners Starring in Industry Live

Interested in hotels, hospitality and holidays?  Let’s be honest, who isn’t?

We have been able to secure two of Australia’s leading minds in this area and are delighted to be able to share them with you through Industry Live on 18 March, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM AEDT.

Jake Smith, General Manager MACq 01

 Last Friday night in Canberra Macq01 Hotel were awarded Australian Tourism Awards, recognised as the ‘best of the best’ in the country.

Pennicott Wilderness Journeys is no stranger to national and international recognition, having collected many significant awards throughout their years of operation.  Rob Pennicott is the Founder and Owner of Pennicott Wilderness Journeys and Jake Smith is the General Manager of MACq 01, Tasmania’s famous storytelling hotel. 

Rob Pennicott is one of Australia’s leading operators in nature-based tourism, evidenced by his incredible gathering of national and international awards.  The dynamo that is Rob runs an incredible fleet of yellow boats in both Tasmania and Victoria showcasing some of Australia’s most beautiful wilderness in an action-packed and quality experience.  Rob has been on a journey to get to where he is today and his personal story is one of incredible persistence, resilience, courage and innovation. 

Jake Smith is the General Manager of the multi-award winning MACq 01 Hotel on the Hobart waterfront.  This incredible property made front-page news when it was launched as Australia’s first storytelling hotel where all its rooms recognise an iconic Tasmanian.  Jake has been at the helm of this hotel since opening and has been able to lead the team to deliver exceptional holiday experiences, Jake’s personal story is one of great learning, progression, commitment and humility.

 Join Rob and Jake as they share their stories, learnings and lessons to get to the top of their game in the hotel, hospitality and holiday fields, it is a line up not to miss.

Rob Pennicott, Founder and Owner of Pennicott Wilderness Journeys

About Industry Live: 
Join Beacon Foundation online for Industry Live, a series of live career awareness and exploration events via video conference. We invite expert industry panellists to share their stories, top tips for success, and answer questions from school students across Australia in a discussion led by a facilitator. Industry Live is open to all students across Australia in Years 6-12.  Our next one is at 1:00 PM – 2:00PM AEDT – Mar 18th: Hotels, Hospitality & Holidays – Accommodation, food services and tourism are major growth areas with many different roles available. Simply register and we’ll be in touch to talk you through log-ins and logistics, more information about Industry Live and how to register can be found via this link.

106 Mentors to Open Doors to Opportunities for Young People on the Central Coast

Ulverstone’s Collective ed. team is working together with the community to enable young people to thrive, increase year 12 attainment and identify ways more young people can transition into meaningful pathways after school. This week, the Central Coast community held an event to celebrate the Central Coast 100 Day Challenge and to launch Doors to Mentors.

Hon Jeremy Rockliff, Deputy Premier, Minister for Education and Training attended the event at the Ulverstone Wharf Precinct together with Councillor Cheryl Fuller who launched Doors to Mentors on behalf of Mayor Jan Bonde. Trudy Pearce, Deputy Secretary Learning, Glen Lutwyche and Shane Cleaver, Principal and Assistant Principal at Ulverstone Secondary College and Beacon Foundation’s Collective ed. team led by Shaun Conkie were also present to celebrate.

Doors to Mentors is a community-driven mentoring program. As part of the Central Coast 100 Day Challenge held in 2019, 106 mentors were identified in 100 days to support this initiative. Doors to Mentors will match people aged 15-24 in the Central Coast with mentors to identify and support young people to achieve their aspirations.

Bailey Livesley, one of the  year 11 students from Ulverstone Secondary College and part of the Central Coast 100 Day Challenge Working Group, says it’s been a rewarding experience to see Doors to Mentors come to life;

“As a young person, you don’t often feel like your voice is heard. Collective ed. has enabled a space for conversation and discussion to take place, to contribute to our community.”

“It was a special feeling to share my ideas [as part of the Central Coast 100 Day Challenge] and see them actually come to life through the launch of Doors to Mentors”.

Collective ed. Ulverstone is one of six sites Collective ed. Ulverstone is one of six sites and part of the first Collective Impact initiative hosted by Beacon Foundation. Through Collective ed., Beacon is supporting six communities. The aim is to ensure more young people complete year 12 or equivalent and enable them to transition into meaningful pathways after school. Beacon Foundation CEO Scott Harris says it’s taking a holistic approach to community wellbeing;

“Beacon Foundation is proud to host Collective ed. It is outstanding to see the Central Coast community come together to determine initiatives that they believe will lead to a better future for their young people.

Beacon Foundation congratulates the Central Coast community on their commitment to collectively making a difference.

The Advocate covered the story in the article: “Beacon Foundation’s mentorship program Doors to Mentors launches on Central Coast

About Collective ed. Ulverstone
Collective ed. Ulverstone is one of six sites and part of the first Collective Impact initiative that Beacon Foundation has hosted. Collective ed. has set out to ensure more young people complete year 12 or equivalent and enable them to transition into meaningful pathways after school. Collective ed. is built on the power of the community and place the community it at the centre to drive large scale social change. Hosted by Beacon Foundation, Collective ed. is a $15 million, five-year project, funded by the Paul Ramsay Foundation, Australia’s biggest philanthropic organisation, and the Tasmanian State Government.

 

 

 

Beacon brings wind farm experience for Tassie’s West Coast Students

Sixteen Year 9 and 10 students from the Mountain Heights School in Queenstown have been given a rare insight into the construction of the Granville Harbour Wind Farm this week, as part of a two-day intensive program aimed at exploring ‘future work’ opportunities in the renewable energy industry.

Granville Harbour Wind Farm Project Manager Peter Young said it was fantastic to welcome local students to the wind farm site and to provide some insights into what it’s like to work on a significant ‘clean infrastructure’ project.

“We’re extremely proud to partner with the Cradle Coast Authority and Beacon Foundation to provide a ‘real-life’ learning experience that we hope will inspire the next generation of West Coast students to consider a career in the renewable energy industry.”

“Tasmania has enviable natural resources and huge renewable energy potential – we are keen to help build capacity locally and encourage more young Tasmanians to develop the necessary skills to work in the industry that will help Tasmania to reach 100 per cent renewable energy by 2022.”

The program included a tour of the Granville Harbour Wind Farm site as well as opportunities to engage with wind farm employees to learn first-hand about the industry and the diverse range of career options available.

“Our workers really enjoyed the opportunity to engage with students and share their own personal experiences, as well as their passion for the industry,” said Mr Young.

“Ensuring that our region derives as much benefit as possible from renewable energy development is a high priority for us and our Member Councils. Helping students, parents and teachers understand what future energy careers look like, is an important and rewarding part of that” said Cradle Coast Authority CEO, Daryl Connelly.

Beacon Foundation State Manager Nick Probert said the innovative Growth Industry Programs (GrIPP) created and delivered by Beacon provided a unique opportunity for both students and their parents to learn first-hand about career pathways in Tasmania’s key and growing industries.

“Growth Industry Preparation Programs provide an important opportunity for young people to be exposed to the possibilities of a career in a particular industry. This is the first program we’ve conducted in the renewable energy industry and it represents a really exciting career option for students on the West Coast.”

The partnership was made possible through a successful funding application from the Cradle Coast Authority as part of the Granville Harbour Wind Farm Community Grants Program.

The program was a success among the students as well. Here is some of the great feedback we received after the day from the students:

  • Was good not to just sit there but they went and showed you the site
  • Discovered there were more jobs on site and that everyone played a part
  • Would like to go up in a turbine!
  • Got the most out of the mentor session and from Royce saying he needs employees who ‘have a go’.

The Advocate covered the story in the article “New program to generate interest in renewable energy careers“.

 

 

Story of a mentor: why you might like to join her

Think back to when you were in Year 10. Did anyone give you advice on where your strengths or passions could lead you in the world of work?

When you were in Year 11 or 12, was there someone who encouraged you, told you that you could achieve whatever you set your mind to?

For many people, the answer to these questions is “no” – including Sales Manager Kellie Laguzza. It’s one of the reasons she decided to get involved with Beacon Foundation’s career mentoring program, MyRoad.

“When I was in Year 10 this was definitely not something they did. I had no direction at school, no idea what I wanted to do.”

Kellie spoke to Beacon Foundation just after she finished her first session as a volunteer mentor, in which she was connected with a small group of young women via video conferencing.

“I really loved it. I was really nervous but I was very open with the girls by telling them it was my first session.”

Kellie searched out a volunteering opportunity for herself and her workplace team. She works for Sage Software Australia and is an Ambassador for the Sage Foundation, through which employees are encouraged to take five days a year to help a charity of their choice.

Kellie says she liked the structure of Beacon Foundation’s MyRoad program and the chance to share the story of her career journey. She told the students she applied for hundreds of jobs before getting her first position.

“I think you really have to draw on your experience. The students like hearing about some of the failures you had along the way as well.”

Kellie believes the MyRoad program allows students to think about jobs they might not have thought about before. And, she says, it encourages them to identify transferrable skills they already have which are sought after by employers.

“I left them with a final thought – to think about their passions. When you find something you are passionate about, you will succeed.”

Letting her colleagues at Sage know about the program is the next step for Kellie, and she’s already booked into her second session as a mentor.

“I’ve had a lot of hurdles to overcome to get to where I am. I’m now considered very successful at what I do – but it wasn’t an easy road. If I’d had someone to support me along the way, I might have gone on a very different path to get here.”

By encouraging others to take up volunteer mentoring, Kellie hopes more young people will be able to answer “yes” to the questions that opened this article – and will go on to say yes to many and varied career opportunities.

MyRoad is a free online mentoring program aimed at engaging young women (aged 16-19) in career conversations about the world of work. Mentoring sessions run for two hours and focus on: thinking about a pathway after school, how digital technology is used in the workplace, challenges they might face in the workforce and how to navigate them, and tips on starting a career.

To get involved as a MyRoad volunteer mentor, head to this link.