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06 CAREERS SATURDAY NOVEMBER 26 2016 CAREERS UP to half of workers are likely to be looking for a new job in the next 12 months because workplaces are struggling with modern challenges. A survey of full-time, part-time and self-employed staff commissioned by global think tank Reventure finds job satisfaction, technology, productivity and general health/life are the most significant challenges confronting workplaces. The Snapshot of Australian Workplaces finds 49 per cent of 1000 people surveyed will definitely, or probably, look for a new job in the coming year because their needs are notbeing met. Lead researcher Dr Lindsay McMillan says it is issuing a call to action for all Australians to encourage employers to make changes more quickly. Workplaces which are engaging with these challenges have happier, healthier and more engaged staff with higher levels of commitment and productivity. Unfortunately the majority who are not engaged are in a vicious cycle impacting on stability, commitment and productivity, he says. We need to respond more effectively and at a faster pace which is why we have today launched a future that works. Over the next few years we will undertake more research into potential solutions to better engage employees, to lead with inspiration and to increase the healthiness of our workplaces, which generates higher productivity and economic benefits for the whole community. This research will be promoted using www.afuturethatworks.com.au as its platform, and will include practical tips for workers and leaders. UP to 20,000 new jobs are forecast in disability services in Queensland by 2019 but that does not mean workers are guaranteed to walk into a job. Employers are being selective about the candidates they hire, considering personal values before formal qualifications, to ensure the job match is right. Workers typically need a Certificate III in Individual Support to work in the disability services sector although other care qualifications may be considered if workers are willing to upskill but more important than that is their ability to work well with their customers. Disability service provider Cara chief executive Liz Cohen says qualifications can be obtained and it offers positions to inexperienced staff. But most importantly, the values of community support workers must align with those of the organisation, Cohen says. Our promise at Cara is we find possible, so we want possible people to join us, she says. We look for people who are open-minded, who think progressively, work well with others and con D I S A B I L I T Y S E R V I C E S R E A D E R R E V I E W W H A T T H E Y A R E S A Y I N G A B O U T . . . C A R E E R D E V E L O P M E N T It is a trusted brand and having this on my resume is a great talking point. The perks are good. Theres great talks, and lots of opportunity to learn. The technology is worth encountering during your career. Open to knowledge sharing and learning, encouragement for certifications on company expenditure, interaction with cross-cultural and crossfunctional teams. A free environment to work and implement new ideas. Great place to work that puts the worker first and allows a fair bit of autonomy and opportunities for excellence. M A N A G E M E N T Google values diversity and you can sometimes be confused why someone is in a position or might be less experienced than you. Great culture though and you are encouraged to listen to everyone around you. The leadership is very removed from the troops on the ground, despite efforts to make it appear otherwise. Theres even elitism *within* Google, in addition to the general elitism that a lot of Googlers display. Not all bosses are that good, so a quality of employee needs to be maintained. Google is a large company. It sometimes lacks charm of a smaller start-up environment or small business. VISIT SEEK.COM.AU TO READ MORE COMPANY REVIEWS BY REAL EMPLOYEES FLAIR FOR CARE Support organisations are placing greater weight on personal traits than qualifications, writes Cara Jenkin WORKPLACE well-being initiativeshave transitionedfrom being a perkto an expectationwith almost four in five workers saying they would leave their job if it did not meet their health needs. A Tour de Office survey, which shows 79 per cent of respondents feel this way, also reveals flexible work hours are by far the most important to workers (81 per cent). Health initiatives such as fitness challenges and inter-office competitions (42 per cent), break room activities such as ping pong tables and chill-out zones (39 per cent) and healthy lunch options (35 per cent) are also popular. Employment Office managing director and founder of workplace wellness initiative Tour de Office Tudor Marsden-Huggins says he is not surprised how strongly people feel about the topic. I think people these days do expect a minimum standard, he says. People work harder and longer and traffic becomes more of a problem so they want to come in early and go late but that means they want to get their exercise and health and wellness during the day ... its become more integrated. Only one in four survey respondents (26 per cent) nominated onsite gyms as important to workplace health and wellbeing. On-site gyms are nice to have but dont get used that much, MarsdenHuggins says. Putting in a gym and saying right I have looked after workplace wellness is not enough. He recommends subsidising workers involvement in events like corporate triathlons or going for walks while conducting one-on-one meetings. The survey also finds 97 per cent of respondents usually experience stress at work highlighting the importance of wellbeing initiatives. Mental Health at Work managing director Ingrid Ozols says workers should learn to differentiate between positive and negative stress. Red flags for negative stress include headaches, stomach aches, changed eating habits, and not sleeping well. tribute to team success and who can accept feedback and learn. Disability services workers must be able to actively listen, including to non-verbal cues, be approachable, mindful, have empathy and respect the choices of customers, she says. One of its tactics to identify the best staff is to invite people it supports to join its recruitment interview panel. It gives the applicant an opportunity to interact with Caras most important people our customers, Cohen says. Its vital we get it right. The advantage is twofold our customer gets an understanding of the (person) with whom theyll be working and the Cara recruitment team can see how the applicant relates to people with disability. Community support worker Mia Sarmiento believes it takes more than a piece of paper to be good at the job. Caring that comes from the heart connects people like nothing else, she says. The National Disability Insurance Agency forecasts Queensland jobs to grow from between 13,550 and 16,550 full-time equivalent roles to between 29,450 and 35,950 by 2019. WELLBEING T H E P E R K S M O R E S T A F F W A N T N O W MELANIE BURGESS POSSIBLE PEOPLE: Community support worker Mia Sarmiento with Cara customer Emma Gill. MORE WORKERS ON MOVE TRYING TO LIVE DREAM news & advicewith Your destination for career advice 6 CLASSIFIEDS SATURDAY AUGUST 6 2016 COURIERMAIL.COM.AU Registered Nurse required for large busy general practice. The position is a permanent part time. We are offering a minimum of 20 hours per week or upto 37 hours a maximum. We currently have 4 Registered Nurses so the successful Applicant will be joining a large experienced and Professional team. The SuperClinic is fully computerised with an excellent level of high tech equipment. The position commences on the 1st of August and requires some weekend and evening (up to 6 pm) work. Please email Cvs and Applications to : nursemanager@strathpinegpsuperclinic.com.au feature 5 6 % 4 4 % 67 98 168 55 79 120 B E I N S P I R E D Q&A T H E L I F E O F A B U I L D E R 7 4 % 55 70 92 O V E R V I E W O F T H R E E K E Y I N D U S T R I E S T H I S W E E K P R O F E S S I O N A L INDUSTRY/SNAPSHOT NEWS/MOVEMENTS In the five years to November, 2020 Australias professional workforce is expected to grow by 14.5 per cent, generating 396,400 new jobs more than any other occupational class in that period. HIRING NOW Project manager Window Design Solutions Pty Ltd, Brisbane Pay summary $K SOURCE: PayScale 484,900 professionals are employed in Qld H E A L T H C A R E INDUSTRY/SNAPSHOT NEWS/MOVEMENTS About 250,200 new jobs (up 16.4 per cent) are forecast to be created in the healthcare and social assistance industry in the five years to November, 2020 and are likely to favour part-timers and women. HIRING NOW Registered nurse Strathpine GP Superclinic, Brisbane Pay summary $K SOURCE: PayScale 296,000 healthcare and social assistance workers work in Qld 8 0 % 2 0 % T R A N S P O R T INDUSTRY/SNAPSHOT NEWS/MOVEMENTS An additional 52,200 jobs are forecast to be created in Australias transport, postal and warehousing industry in the five years to November, 2020. One in four are expected to be in road freight. HIRING NOW Owner drivers Capital Transport Services, Brisbane Pay summary $K SOURCE: PayScale 143,700 transport, postal and warehousing workers are in Qld 2 6 % SPOTLIGHT ON QUEENSLAND MORE JOBS IN THESE CATEGORIES INSIDE Michael Weller, director at Oasis Construction (Aust), Brendale WHY CONSTRUCTION? I didnt enjoy school back in the day and thought a carpentry background would help me to travel the world and have a working holiday which I never did. The first day I swung a hammer, I decided it wasnt for me so I finished my apprenticeship and went straight to university to do an Associate Diploma of Applied Science in Building Construction. Oasis was conceived in 2009. WHAT ARE THE PERKS? The industry is really satisfying. The reason we are in it is to build buildings. You get some spectacularly good people that make it worthwhile. HOW LONG ARE DAYS? I am probably physically on the ground between 8am and 8.30am and finish anywhere between 6pm and 10pm but Im waking up at 2am and spending my weekends thinking about it as well. WHAT DO YOU DO IN THE FIRST HOUR OF WORK? I socialise with the staff and make sure everybody is happy, then sit down and check some emails, then start making phone calls to clients. WOULD YOU HAVE DONE ANYTHING DIFFERENTLY? The apprenticeship was a good solid background. Tongue in cheek, I probably wouldnt start my own construction company. We started at the beginning of the GFC so that created significant difficulties. Creating this business out of nothing, I have often wondered if it was worth the heartache but were here and still going strong. Its only in the most difficult times you wonder if its worth it. Mostly its very fulfilling. THE construction industry is keepingthe job market buoyant as the economytransitions from mining and resourcesto the services sectors.About 87,000 more workers are fore-cast for construction in the five years to November, 2020, an increase of 8.3 per cent, government figures show. Master Builders Australia chief executive Wilhelm Harnisch says the residential sector, in particular, has been a ray of sunshine. Building and construction is Australias third largest industry, employs one million people and trains 50,000 apprentices each year, Harnisch says. It plays a key role in generating economic growth, investment and jobs particularly in the wake of the resources boom. The residential building sector in particular has been a ray of sunshine in generating the nonmining investment needed to transition the economy. Ronan Mulry, business director of Hays Construction, says jobs are being created by robust building conditions in the new home, apartment and commercial markets. In Queensland the focus is on Brisbane where there is a steady flow of roles in the commercial sector while demand for residential housing will keep the market busy, Mulry says. Candidates in North Queensland are heading south to Brisbane or NSW to take advantage of these roles. Hays Quarterly Report for July to September shows Australias in-demand workers include degree-qualified contract administrators, project managers with multistorey residential experience, site managers with high-rise residential experience, commercial and residential estimators, forepersons, project engineers and civil designers. In design, architects with Revit software skills are in demand; and in trades, demand is for form work carpenters, concreters, concrete patchers with highrise experience, experienced carpenters, steel fixers, plumbers, electricians and painter decorators. Theres jobs galore in the building industry, writes Melanie Burgess FUTURE SET IN STONE news & advice with NEW OUTLOOK: Michael Weller went to uni after doing an apprenticeship. Picture: STEVE POHLNER COURIERMAIL.COM.AU SATURDAY AUGUST 6 2016 CLASSIFIEDS 3 AN EARLY START WORKS BETTER HIGH-SCHOOL dropouts are at least three times more likely to be disengaged from work or study as young adults. Students thinking of quitting high school are urged to consider vocation-focused options such as school-based apprenticeships, technical colleges and trade subjects in mainstream schools so they can pursue learning they enjoy while also working towards their senior schooling certificate. Figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics Education and Work report reveal even if the student does not finish their trade or traineeship after high school, their career prospects improve just for reaching Year 12. Of people aged 24 and younger who completed high school but had no post-school qualification, 10 per cent were neither employed nor studying in May 2015 compared to about 32 per cent of those who left school at Year 10 or 11 and about 63 per cent of those who left sooner. About 118,600 students aged 15 to 19 were undertaking vocational education and training as part of their school studies last year about half in a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship. MIGAS Apprentices and Trainees group chief executive Philip Marwedel says school-based apprenticeships and traineeships are a great way for teens to work out where their strengths and interests are, early on. It can be a really sensible way to transition from school to the workforce, and can often give high school graduates an edge as theyve built transferable skills, have real world experience and can demonstrate their ambition to future employers, he says. Ryan McPhillips, a school-based light vehicle automotive apprenticeship in the Brisbane BMW workshop, is currently in Year 12 at Australian Trade College. He says the decision to finish high school was easy once he reached Year 11 and saw how close it was. I knew it would be such a great thing to add to my resume. I wanted that piece of paper after all those years at school, he says. Ive been able to keep on track with both my studies and my work relatively easily by keeping my eye on where Im headed. FOCUSED: Automotive apprentice Ryan McPhillips. B A K I N G R E A D E R R E V I E W S W H A T T H E Y R E S A Y I N G A B O U T . . . P R O S Good for new starter to gain experience in the mining sector. You personally can and do make a difference you actually matter if you so choose to put in the hard yards. C O N S Its a large organisation, so individual effort no matter how locally well-regarded is arbitrarily regarded by senior management, who are often remote and working on duplicated processes that suit HQs needs, not site. Being away from family and friends has been difficult. W O R K P E R K The medical reimbursements were wonderful, they supplied the flights for FIFO people, and having come from a hard rock mine it was great to have more breaks in a 12-hour shift. Generous employee benefits including corporate healthcare, share schemes, superannuationbased life insurance. O V E R A L L R A T I N G 94 per cent of 577 former and current employees rate salaries as being average or high. Meanwhile, 79 per cent of reviewers would recommend working at Rio Tinto to a friend. VISIT SEEK.COM.AU TO READ MORE COMPANY REVIEWS SKILLED tradespeople continue to be the hardest workers for employers to find, meaning it is a jobseekers market for those with the right experience who are ready to move roles. ManpowerGroup this week released its 11th annual Talent Shortage Survey, finding 38 per cent of all Australian employers have had or are experiencing difficulties filling job vacancies because there is a shortage of suitable workers. Managing director Richard Fischer says it is the first time in more than nine years that the percentage of employers struggling to fill roles has been less than 40 per cent. Its a positive sign to see this years results are at the lowest level since before the GFC, but thats not to say there arent still challenges for employers when it comes to securing the right talent, he says. Lack of experience (23 per cent), lack of available applicants (21 per cent) and lack of hard skills (20 per cent) were the top three reasons why organisations could not fill vacant positions. Skilled trades topped the list for the 10th consecutive year. Previously, this was linked to creation of roles through the mining boom, Fischer says. Now, although we continue to unwind from this period, we have shifted into a construction bonanza. This has seen sustained demand for specialist skilled trades and engineers. Driver was the other blue collar role on the top 10 list. Other roles include IT, accounting and finance staff, office support staff, doctors and other non-nursing health professionals. VACANCIES B I G J O B T O F I N D S K I L L E D T R A D I E S MORE women arechoosing careersin baking, slowlytransforming thedemographics ofthe traditionally male-dominated trade. Although less than a third of bakers and pastrycooks are women (31.8 per cent in 2015), this is more than five years earlier, Employment Department figures show. From 2010 to 2015, there were an extra 4200 women hired, compared to an extra 1000 men. Baker Kartik Singh recently completed her apprenticeship with Coles and now manages a bakery at one of its supermarkets with a team of 10. When I applied for the apprenticeship program, I was studying a Bachelor of Arts at university but I knew I had always wanted to bake, so I jumped at the opportunity, Singh says. The apprenticeship was really hands-on. We did nine weeks of training at TAFE at the start and then I spent the rest of my apprenticeship working at Coles. We bake hundreds of loaves of bread each day and as bakery manager I organise production schedules, order ingredients, develop product displays and co-ordinate team rosters. One of my favourite parts of the job is the smell in the morning when youve got the first batch of bread in the oven. Thats a rewarding feeling. Across Australia, an extra 1000 bakers and pastrycooks are forecast to be hired in the five years to November, 2020. Coles alone employs about 1200 trade-qualified bakers and is aiming to train more than 100 apprentices this financial year. Coles bakery craft skills trainer Mathew Embrey has baked more than 1.5 million loaves of bread in his 26 years in the trade. Ive trained more than 20 apprentices at Coles and its something Im really passionate about. Ive always loved being a baker and it still makes me really proud to see a customer pick up a loaf of bread that I have baked and put it in their trolley. Most Australian bakers and pastrycooks have completed an apprenticeship. About two in five have a certificate III or IV and about one in five have a higher qualification. ROLE IN THE DOUGH Make your bread in a rapidly changing career, writes Melanie Burgess ON THE RISE: Bakery manager Kartik Singh completed a nine-week course at TAFE at the start of her apprenticeship with Coles. Picture: JASON SAMMON Your destination for career advice blue collarwith == .. seek RioTinto I I