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|  By Nicholas Wyman |  Australian Career Practitioner  |  Volume 27  |  Issue 2  |  Winter 2016  |

Australia is abundant in natural resources (iron ore, coal, diamonds, gold, oil), indeed it is ‘the lucky country.’

However, while Australia has enjoyed a growing economy and relatively low unemployment for the past 20 years, a few years ago the GFC wiped out a quarter of a million jobs and caused youth unemployment to skyrocket to over 20% nationally.

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Caption: Newcomb Secondary College P-TECH Students visit the Barwon Health University Hospital in Geelong.

May 18, 2016  |   Radio National

There is a labour market mismatch taking place on a global scale.
In Australia unemployment sits around 800,000 people, yet at any given time there are about 150,000 jobs that remain unfilled.
Employment expert, Nicholas Wyman sums up the situation as “people without jobs and jobs without people”.

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When Ken Hoang finished high school, he started a university degree in mechanical engineering. To Ken’s parents, it made sense that university was the best path to a successful career. But for Ken, uni didn’t feel quite right.
Two years into his program, Ken was ready for something more hands-on. He decided to leave the classroom and chase a passion instead. He pursued and quickly landed an apprenticeship at Porsche, Sydney.
“I had always enjoyed working on my own car, just doing basic servicing, but I wanted to learn more.” Ken liked the idea of learning by doing, rather than seated behind a desk in a classroom.
Once he had made up his mind to find an apprenticeship, Ken said the whole process took only three or four days. Ken’s parents were hesitant at first, believing that university was a more sure-fire path to success.
“But now that they see how happy I am in the apprenticeship, they are completely supportive,” Ken said.
“While I was at uni, I was also working at a telemarketing company,” Ken said. “Now I’m earning about the same amount of money, but I’m doing it while I’m studying. The difference is, the apprenticeship is much more exciting. I jump straight on tools when I get to work. I love learning on the job and building confidence in my abilities day by day.”
Ken enthusiastically recommends apprenticeship to anyone who wants to jump into doing what they’re passionate about. “It’s a good option—even better than university. I see a lot of potential in my career now. I’m enjoying the job, and looking forward to the future.”

Jacob, Building a Culinary #apprenticeship

Tuesday, 03 May 2016 11:16 Published in Latest WPC Group News

When Jacob Hayward decided to pursue an apprenticeship, he saw it as the start of “a career with unlimited opportunities.”
Jacob had some basic cooking experience from home economics class, but not much more than that.
“After finishing high school, I felt a little aimless,” Jacob said. “I was just sitting around with a casual job.” But Jacob didn’t want to just be “doing a job”; he wanted to start building a career.
As an apprentice chef at a high profile hospitality establishment in Brisbane, Jacob’s life has changed considerably under the direction of their well known Executive Chef.  
The restaurant and two café’s emphasize seasonal local ingredients profiled in creative, contemporary dishes.
“I was nervous at first as I had no prior experience, but working in kitchens has grown into a passion,” said Jacob. “Throughout my apprenticeship, one of the most positive things has been the great life experiences I’ve had in the three different kitchens.”
To be successful in his role, Jacob has learned that it’s important to be passionate about the work and have a strong will. The challenges of working in a fast-paced, high-quality kitchen are part of what makes the work rewarding. Jacob has learned how to work well in a team, how to work quickly without sacrificing quality, and how to adapt very quickly to new situations—a solid foundation to build a career on.
“I feel a lot more fulfilled now that I have my apprenticeship, and much more confident about the future,” Jacob said.
For other young people starting out on a career path or apprenticeship, Jacob’s advice is encouraging and optimistic: “Stick with it. You never know what’s in store.”
Even though the future is unpredictable, Jacob likes to remember his favorite saying, “At the end of the day it will be right.”

Emanuel Mangos was in his second year at university studying for an engineering degree when he decided to switch paths. His parents were a little surprised at first when he announced that he wanted to pursue an automotive apprenticeship at Porsche Centre Sydney South.

Emanuel has always loved working on cars, which he often did with his dad on weekends. He has fond memories of rebuilding a “small block 350 chev in his dad’s boat”

For Emanuel, the fascination with automobiles was more than a weekend hobby. It was something he wanted to do all the time.

“When the opportunity arose to go to uni, it looked like the better path at the time,” Emanuel said. But once there, Emanuel realized he wasn’t following his true passion. Even thought the career change was surprising at first, Emanuel’s parents have been supportive of his decision.

“With the automotive apprenticeship at Porsche, the hours are long but it’s worth it,” said Emanuel. “I’m learning how to be proactive and have a can-do attitude, and also how to work with a sense of urgency.”

The hands-on nature of the work means Emanuel is learning new skills and honing them every day, all while working in a field his is passionate about and meeting new people.

“Now that I’ve started the apprenticeship, I feel a big sense of potential, both here with Porsche and for the future in general.”

Emanuel’s advice to anyone choosing a career or considering an apprenticeship is simple and sound: “Choose something you enjoy.”