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The Northern Territory news Sat 29 Jul 2017



The Northern Territory news Sat 29 Jul 2017

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02 CAREERS SATURDAY JULY 29 2017 CAREERS BCME01Z01CA - V1 WHO HAS GIVEN YOU THE BEST CAREER ADVICE? EIGHTEEN of Australiasbest and brightestyoung trades workershave been selected torepresent Australia atthe 44th WorldSkills International competition in Abu Dhabi in October. The Australian team, known as the Skillaroos, are aged 19 to 22 and will compete against 77 countries. Australia is currently ranked 12th in the world, so is aiming to finish in the top 10 in 2017. WorldSkills Australia chief executive Brett Judd says the Skillaroos were chosen after an arduous training regime and their success at the national WorldSkills championships in Melbourne last year. This team has consistently shown the dedication, commitment and excellence we require of Team Australia when they rep YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED email questions to careers_qs@news.com.au TRADE COMPETITION A B O U T T O P U T B L O W T O R C H O N R I V A L S NATHAN McHugh, 21, is set to compete in the refrigeration and airconditioning category of the 44th WorldSkills International competition. The TAFE Queensland SkillsTech graduate completed a Certificate III in Airconditioning and Refrigeration and is employed by DTM Air Services in Jimboomba. Its an opportunity to put my skills on the table and see where I am at in comparison to everyone training in my industry, he says. McHugh began his WorldSkills journey at Brisbane regional level followed by the national competition in Melbourne. He then competed in the Global Skills Challenge, which he describes as a mock-up of the upcoming international event. For McHugh, his motivation for competing and spending his weekends and some weeknights training is the opportunity to get involved with other people in his industry. We get one-on-one training with the best of the best in the industry, he says. Its helped me in my career both in WorldSkills and in the workplace. 5 T R A D E S O N T H E N A T I O N A L S K I L L S N E E D S L I S T T H E T O P REFRIGERATION AND AIRCONDITIONING 1This trade involves assembling,installing, maintaining and repairing airconditioning and refrigeration equipment for domestic, commercial and industrial customers. They earn on average $80,000 a year. PATISSERIE AND CONFECTIONERY 2A qualification such as a Certificate IV in Patisserieleads to work as a pastry chef, making pastries, desserts and breads. Bakers and pastry cooks earn on average $48,000 a year. HEAVY VEHICLE MECHANICS 3Tradespeople in this areawork on heavy-duty vehiclessuch as buses, trucks, farm machinery and construction equipment. Motor mechanics earn on average $52,000 a year. HAIRDRESSING 4Hairdressers cut, style, colourand treat hair. They earn onaverage $31,000 a year, as almost half (44.3 per cent) work part time. LANDSCAPE GARDENING 5About two-thirds of gardenershave a post-school qualification. They earn on average $44,000 a year. T R A D E S SKILL TO TAKE ON WORLD resent our nation against the rest of the world, Judd says. I applaud their determination and congratulate them on their selection. But their success would not have been possible without the dedication and support of their skills mentors. The WorldSkills experts have been selected because they represent the best of their industry or skill category. They are also passionate about helping develop their industry and young competitors. Judd says WorldSkills Australia nurtures and develops the skills of young Australians. But it also highlights the opportunities available to those pursuing a trade or skill. These young people are excelling in their chosen fields and many have already been rewarded with international experience and opportunities, he says. Their trades are really taking them places. Eleven Skillaroos hail from NSW and three from WA, with one representative from each of QLD, VIC, SA and ACT. Vocational students and graduates will compete to become world champs. Melanie Burgess reports ELITE SKILLS: Graduate Nathan McHugh enjoys competing. Picture: LIAM KIDTSON news & advicewith EXPERIENCED DARREN BUCHANAN MANAGING DIRECTOR, HAYS QUEENSLAND The best career advice I ever received came from my parents. They owned and ran a very successful pub in England. This meant they worked long hours and had to provide exceptional customer service to their patrons. They did this very well in fact their pub was renowned for great service and a friendly atmosphere. They gave me advice when I commenced my recruitment career in London, but it was more their work ethic and attitude towards always giving your best and providing outstanding customer service that helped me succeed. MID-CAREER ANDREA DAVEY CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, EMPLOYMENT OFFICE Im lucky to have mentors and career sponsors who have given me great advice over the years. My parents run their own businesses so I couldnt help but learn from their experiences, from a very early age. Some of the best advice Ive been given includes consistency breeds credibility its so important for the people you work with to rely on you and know what to expect from you day-to-day. Another piece of advice that has always stuck with me is leaders are readers. There is so much to learn from well-written business books. UP & COMING JULIE FORD SENIOR EXECUTIVE CONSULTANT, McARTHUR There has never been one single person who has been a catalyst for anything Ive done in my career. Instead, I have heeded nuggets of wisdom given to me by a variety of people, some of whom were unexpected. The list consists of family, friends, colleagues, mentors, thought leaders and by reading a lot of articles. Over the years the best advice from all these sources distilled into my mantras, which I draw on for inspiration to remind myself that I love my career and Im guided by the decisions I make with the knowledge collected from these people. THE EXPERT DR NERIDA HILLBERG DIRECTOR OF PSYCHOLOGY, FERRIS MANAGEMENT CONSULTANTS Im an advocate for creating your own path and being guided by an intuitive sense of whats best for your unique, individual circumstances. As a psychologist, I often see people conflicted as they struggle to weigh up all of the pieces of career advice given to them. What works for one may not work for all. How careers are defined, and the world of work in general have radically changed over the years. So, advice that applies to your career today may be superfluous tomorrow. No one knows you better than you. ::~ii- seek

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