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2 August 2012 - In May 2012, the Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling (CERIC) requested an article about the "Get the life you love Campaign and National Career Development Week from an Australia perspective ... for the Canadian career practitioner community as it is felt that they have a lot to learn from the Australian experience". See article on p15 in the Summer edition of ContactPoint Bulletin.[More]
Build a team to grow your dream - Get the life you love Forum
Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre
Mt Gambier, SA
Thursday 3 November 2011
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Building Aspirations - Get the life you love Forum
Bond University, 7 October 2011
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Come and talk to the NCDW Team - the Career Development Information Booth at the Skillex Expos in Sydney (4 - 6 August) and Melbourne (25 - 27 August) and SkillsWest Perth Expo (19 - 21 August) are run by the NCDW Team. Come along and talk to us.
The booth will provide career information factsheets and other career development information and showcase the Bullseye Posters, Job Guide, myfuture and the Australian Blueprint for Career Development.
Student Packs and Teacher packs available
Ask us for a Teacher Kit and tell your students to get the Student Information Pack which includes information for students making career decisions.[More]
Online career practitioner survey - on how children and young people can best be prepared for study and work - in particular in relation to career development needs. Online 10 -15 minute Survey until 11 March 2011.
All career practitioners who complete the survey will have the chance to win a $500 prize.[More]
New ambassador David Wirrpanda joins the National Career Development Week Campaign
The National Career Development Week Campaign is delighted to announce David Wirrpanda as our newest ambassador. David Wirrpanda is a remarkable individual. David's father is a Djapu man who still lives traditionally among the Yolnguin (Arnhem Land) people. He's not just any Djapu man, David's father is king - a title which will one day pass to David's son. But it's not his royal heritage that makes David so remarkable ...[More]
Recipe for Career Success?
Careers are important. There is not a doubt in my mind about the veracity of that statement. Think about it ... whenever you hear a story of life transformation it usually has something to do with careers. There is perhaps no better measure of the "Aussie battler" than one who has achieved a better life for themselves through hard work. Whether you live to work or work to live, many of us define ourselves through our work - a common ice-breaker question in social situations being "so what do you do for a living?" I frequently speak to journalists about the National Career Development Week (NCDW) campaign and often it leads to a conversation about their own career - a matter that is close to everyone's heart. As NCDW ambassador Angela Bishop said in Network Ten's The Circle interview for NCDW 2010, she got involved with the NCDW campaign after interviewing ambassador Anthony Field last year for NCDW and (in her own words) "got really caught up in the story and how relevant it was".
My son aged "almost five" is currently fascinated by all things Masterchef. This has been the case for a while now, since the last series was screened on Network Ten. This time around, it's spilling over into his lifestyle - he loves cooking. My pre-school son's fascination is such that on a recent visit to our local café, he couldn't be persuaded away from the kitchen doorway where he stood observing the chef and sous-chef and kitchen staff until his own food arrived on the table. From what I've heard, he's not the only one for whom the Masterchef series phenomenon has sparked a passionate interest in all things food. I even heard a caller to a popular radio show last week bemoaning her husband's zeal for his own culinary perfection - whether it was home-made pizza or a more elaborate dish, without a staff to call upon, his unfortunate wife was the one sent to the shops for quarter of a clove of garlic or a tablespoon more of olive oil. The Masterchef series itself is populated by competitors of varying ages, almost all of whom already have careers, some of them clearly have very successful or established careers, but all of them dream of doing something (in this case food-related) that they're more passionate about.
So the question is ... at what point does a career dream become a career journey?[More]
Due to the fantastic number and diversity of events being held during the 2010 National Career Development Week campaign's annual week of celebrations, we have decided to spotlight a huge 29 lead events across each State and Territory of Australia. Lead events taking place during 17 to 23 May were selected based on information supplied, diversity of audience, variety of organising host and array of activities. Other NCDW registered events being held throughout the year are recognised in our regular "Spotlight on Events" feature on the website. We congratulate those NCDW lead events selected for this year's celebration week.
Recognising Community Support for Career Development
The Launch of the 2010 National Career Development Week (NCDW) campaign took place last week. This year the annual NCDW campaign launch provided the platform for individuals of all ages and career stages to share their career stories with their community. The aim was to build community awareness of employment and training opportunities and career choices. The Launch Forum, which took place in Macquarie Fields, was a resounding success and exceeded all expectations - to inform, inspire and motivate, while being interesting and fun. You can read the media release and media coverage, take a look at the event program and photos (and soon watch the video too), but there's another story about this event that needs to be told. It's about the people that made the Launch Your Future - Get the Life you Love! Forum happen.[More]
Christmas is a time for believing (and following your heart)
Only 10 sleeps until Christmas - wahoo! Yes I know Christmas is really for the kids. Believe me I know, I have a four-year old! But it can be for the adults too. I know as adults many of us find we spend too much money trying to recapture that increasingly elusive magic of Christmas as we grow older, and many of us certainly feel the pressures of Christmas. But maybe we could all benefit from a shift of perspective that Christmas can bring us?[More]
It's Spring, let's celebrate!
I love Spring. It's my favourite season for so many reasons... I'm definitely not a cold weather girl - at least not for extended periods anyway. I know the winters are relatively short on this side of the hemisphere, I know this having previously lived and worked in London, but I still hold out all winter for the warmer temperatures and sunnier skies that Spring brings. I simply can't help it. Spring means living more of your life outdoors, eating alfresco, the beach for a swim, enjoying altogether more of the Australian lifestyle. And it's only a hop, skip, and a jump until Christmas ... did I mention I also love Christmas?!
Spring is also a time of new beginnings. As if to prove my point, my son was born in the Spring. It's a time full of promise when anything seems possible and - this is the important bit - you actually get things done! No wonder doing a "spring clean" has taken on a wider meaning these days. It's become synonymous with renewal, a sweeping out with the old and in with the new. It's a time to spring into action.[More]
Transforming adversity into opportunity
Career development is for everyone and one of the key messages of the NCDW campaign is that learning is ongoing! And so, one of the prizes in recognition of outstanding achievement in organising registered NCDW career development events was for a number of places for our hard working NCDW event organisers to attend a breakfast seminar entitled "Black Clouds Bring Rain! ...changing the way you think" in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.
The competitions held so far this year have included:
- Make a submission for becoming a lead event
- Tell us where you saw or heard an NCDW CSA, interview, or other publicity
- Tell us how you spread the word about your event
- Have your say about career development
In my last blog entry a few weeks ago, I shared with you some of the fantastic feedback, event stories and photos we've already received, but we're always looking for great ideas - so keep your feedback coming, as we still have prizes waiting to be awarded. Check out the latest stories and ideas on our website.
We'll be announcing more prizes in the next few days, recognising the achievements of our NCDW event organisers, including 10 career development books, and some Myer gift vouchers. So be sure to keep your eyes on our competitions page.[More]
Thousands of Australians of all ages and career stages took the first step towards better managing their life, learning and work, during the 2009 National Career Development Week (NCDW) celebrations from 18 to 24 May.
With more than 700 events, and now a year-long campaign, NCDW has become a vital link for all Australians making career decisions. In 2010, NCDW celebration week will take place from 17 to 23 May.
Remember that challenge I set for you to send in your NCDW stories? We've had such a fantastic response that it's taken until now to allow everyone time to get their great stories and photos to us (see above and go to our image gallery). So what did we learn? ...[More]
What a fantastic week we had last week with our National Career Development Week (NCDW) celebrations taking place from 18 to 24 May. I want to start by thanking all who participated. Don't forget the year-long campaign continues, with registered career development activities all year and new dynamic content continuously being developed on the website.
My week turned out to be an eclectic mix of activities fairly typical of the National Career Development Week campaign. So what did I learn? ...[More]
This week is National Career Development Week (18 to 24 May) and what better time to take some positive steps to improve your career, your life, and your options for your future. Whatever your age or your career stage, now is the time to put the "you" back in your career!
National Career Development Week is for everyone, people wanting to learn new skills, people anxious about the future or wanting to do something else and younger people who are still planning their careers.
Getting involved is easy. The NCDW website has links to more than 600 events across Australia (with the number of events to choose from increasing daily) as well as career advice, information and resources.
Why not ask at your child's school if they'd like to have a classroom discussion? Or ask the school to include a note about NCDW to parents via the school newsletter? Or ask your local library to put up a display of relevant books, about jobs, skills, learning and other work-related topics. Or it could be another local community venue.
You are likely to find as I did that schools, libraries and other community organisations are more than happy to get involved ...
My local public Library displays its career resources as an NCDW community event.[More]
Due to the fantastic number and diversity of events being held during National Career Development Week (NCDW) 2009, we have decided to nominate a huge 27 events as Lead Events across each State and Territory of Australia. Events being held during 18 to 24 May were selected based on information supplied, diversity of audience, variety of organising host and array of activities. Other NCDW registered events being held throughout the year will be recognised in our “Spotlight on Events” feature on the website. We congratulate those NCDW lead events selected for this year's celebration week.
We have The Wiggles to thank for a fabulous new development in the National Career Development Week campaign. Our Ambassador, Blue Wiggle Anthony Field, believes so wholeheartedly in the messages of National Career Development Week that he's brought the full support of The Wiggles - Anthony Field, Jeff Fatt, Murray Cook, and Sam Moran - to the campaign.
The Wiggles will support this year's National Career Development Week (NCDW) with a national TV, cinema and radio campaign that says it's inportant to be proactive about job choices in the current climate - no matter what your age. For more information on the messages see media release.
Remember that inspiring career development activity I mentioned we had planned for Anthony Field, Blue Wiggle and NCDW Ambassador?
National Career Development Week 2009 launched with spectacular success, on Thursday 12 March, in and around the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney's Darling Harbour. Our hugely energetic Ambassador demonstrated he's passionate about learning new skills in his own life - and encouraging all Australians to be proactive about finding a job that matches their interests and lifestyle.
The Blue Wiggle, who in another life genuinely believes he would have joined the Water Police, got to further his career dreams, with the support of maritime industry partners including NSW Police Force, the Australian National Maritime Museum, the Navy, NSW Maritime, and the Department of Primary Industries - Fisheries.
NCDW Ambassador and veteran news broadcaster Steve Liebmann brought his expertise to oversee proceedings and ensure everyone learnt something from the experience. Navy cadets, school students, maritime museum trade apprentices, Police Sergeants and Inspectors, Fisheries officers, were amongst the array of maritime personnel, trying out the navy simulator and enjoying the beautiful day out on the water. We could see why Sergeant Larry Malone (who has just celebrated 30 years in the Water Police) claims he has the best office in the world!
Whether you're an educator, parent, or an individual with a passionate interest in maritime, you can find out more about career development opportunities with our maritime event partners via the NCDW website. For a fun educational exercise, why not check out our glossary of maritime terms on the NCDW website.
Whatever your interests might be, follow the Blue Wiggle's lead - dream big! - and make this the year you get proactive about improving your work and life with our support.
Watch this space, for more campaign news as it happens.
National Career Development Week (NCDW) 2009 launched at the Australian National Maritime Museum with the support of NCDW Ambassadors Anthony Field (Blue Wiggle) and Steve Liebmann (TV journalist and radio broadcaster) and Maritime Industry Partners:
- NSW Police Force
- Australian National Maritime Museum
- NSW Maritime
- NSW Department of Primary Industries - Fisheries. [More]
Another year is upon us, and the National Career Development Week (NCDW) campaign is already gaining momentum as we get closer to our week of celebrations in 2009, from 18-24 May. We encourage all Australians to make this the year they get proactive about improving their work and lives with our support.
It’s already been a tough year for Australians, with the continuing impact of the GFC, and the recent tragic events in country Victoria. The thoughts and best wishes of the NCDW team are with all Australians as they navigate through these difficult times.
So, what’s the latest NCDW campaign news?[More]